Scripture describes the believing human body, soul, and spirit as a temple, the dwelling place of God. How much access does He really have? Are we allowing walls to grow up in our hearts to limit and conceal Him?
The Holy Spirit is God Himself, with all the power of the Godhead dwelling within the individual and corporate life of the believer; saving, guiding, comforting, guarding and empowering us to meet any challenge our lives may encounter. His claim over us comes with rich blessing.
Hebrews 4:1 "Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. 2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. ... 11 Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief."
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These two single messages consider the rewards for the one who allows the Spirit of God full access, body soul and spirit; contrasted with the spiritual anemia and paralysis that set in when we deny Him access to our innermost beings.
The Book of Ruth
Faith always has an element of risk in it. The safety of such a placement of trust, is always determined by the thing, circumstance or person in whom the faith is placed.
Overwhelmed? We often assess our unresolved circumstances, or personal deficiencies and shortcomings as things we need to fix, remove or conquer. In 2 Corinthians 12:9 Jesus' answer was, "My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness;" and then Paul's response was: "Most gladly, therefore, will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
Fruit of the Spirit
Spiritual freedom and liberty, a challenge to religious legalism, is the theme of Galatians 5. Embedded in this chapter is the description of the fruit of the Spirit:
"...love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and self-control..." (verses 22, 23)
Do these character qualities each stand alone? or are they segments of the single fruit of divine love? And on a practical level, are we finding them low hanging attainable fruit or elusive expressions, as the storms of life pummel our lives.
Fortunately, scripture reveals that while these are impossible for us to produce in and of ourselves, they are inseparable character qualities of the Spirit of God. Spiritual fruit is a product of His life in us; "for it is God which works in you both to will and to do his good pleasure". Phil 2:13
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Epistle to the Colossians
The most dangerous error is that which is nearest the truth because it appears harmless and it often goes undetected. The two errors in the Colossian Church were religious legalism and human philosophy. They threatened to undermine the faith of the Christian believers by substituting human effort or wisdom for the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
This letter to the ancient Colossians is as fresh today as it was then because it stresses the preeminence of Christ in all things and sets Him forth as the fountainhead of all knowledge, wisdom and truth.
Colossians 2:6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: 7 Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. 10 And you are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power.
In Defense of the Faith
"Why do you think that you are right and everyone else is wrong?" is a question often asked of evangelical Christians; who as a group, have a tendency to be (or appear to be) monastic, isolated and detached from the issues of our day.
Throughout the past two thousand years, countless millions of Christians have lived in hope and have died in peace, because they placed their faith in the promises of the Bible and discovered for themselves that what it says is true!
Given the eternal implications of its claim, any thinking person gives the Bible a hearing... It's claim is simply stated in
I John 5:11-12, "This is the record that God has given us eternal life and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life and he who has not the Son, has not life."
Risen and immortal though He was, Jesus revealed Himself to Mary as a man who knew her name! The One who stood before her was not a detached or distant power, but Jesus her friend.
The miracle of His being raised from the grave by the power of the His Father had not diminished the intimacy of their relationship.
It was when the mist of false conceptions was swept away, that their relationship became personal and it grew so precious.
The same intimacy we see recorded that first Easter morning, when He called out "Mary", He desires with us. You and I did not know Jesus prior to his death but He still knows each of us by our names. Learning to relate to Him as our friend, as well as our Savior and Lord, is a satisfying pursuit of Christian living. Jesus prayed to His Father just before he died "...this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God and (Myself) Jesus Christ whom Thou has sent." John 17:3
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Isaiah 43:1 says “…thus saith the Lord that created thee…for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.”
The Gospel of John was the first series we posted on this site. It can be accessed by clicking on the highlighted title link. This Easter message is #42 of that series.
Parable of the Seed & Soils
A fruitful life...of what does that consist?
The sowing of the God’s Word, in the world of men, is the setting of a parable in Mark 4; where the “world” is narrowed down to the soul of the individual.
In fact, each of us falls into one of the four sections the Lord Jesus mentions and no one is exempt. In each instance, the good seed of God’s Word is sown and we read in Mark 4:15, 16, 18, 20 that the Word was heard. The “soils” are the four human responses to the truth sown.
Faith is the secret to good fertile soul-soil. The life giving seed will have no effect unless it finds lodgment and growth within the hearts, souls and minds of those hearing it.
We can ask God for this belief as did an earnest man in Mark 9:25 "Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief."
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“Blessed is the man that trusts in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.
8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, that spreads out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat comes, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be anxious in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8
The Sovereignty of God
Our Father God is revealed to us as a compassionate but active, initiator; One who does the deciding, who does the purposing and who does the fulfilling. In the context of salvation, parallel lines run through scripture of God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility. A paring, which in eternity will become clear, is for our finite minds impossible to reconcile.
The Apostle Paul describes a time when “at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of things in heaven and things in earth and things under the earth; and that every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" Philippians 2:10-11.
This single message delves into the mysterious subject of God's sovereignty.
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For further study, click on: The Attributes of God
The 4th message, The Sovereignty of God, will explore this subject more fully.
"Imagine a man driving under a great archway. Under the front it reads 'whosoever will may come' Revelation 22:17.
Yet as he looks back from the other side, he reads 'chosen in Him before the foundation of the world' Ephesians 1:4-5." Pastor Ashley Day
The Life of Abraham
The characters of the Bible were fraught with the same weaknesses, fears and frailties that characterize us today. These great personalities didn't overcome their circumstances because they were 'super saints'; they overcame because they believed God. Sometimes their paths to faith were wobbly ones and many of them failed before learning the basic lesson that: without God we can do nothing. That which Paul put into words in the New Testament, the Old Testament saints had to learn the hard way! They discovered through real experience that the grace (strength) of God is released only when we see our own incapacity and weakness and learn to trust Him completely.
The light we envision on that first Christmas night lit up the Judaean Hills for the Shepherds and 32 years later, enveloped the Lord Jesus before the amazed disciples. Clearly from scripture, we know that physical light surrounds and radiates from the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ.
However, the Bible also refers to a different form of light, spiritual light. To appreciate this light, consider the world into which the Christ-child was born. It was a world of darkness, spiritual darkness and one without hope. Isaiah, 700 years before, prophesied the condition of hearts “we wait for light but behold obscurity, for brightness but we walk in darkness. We grope as if we had no eyes. We stumble at noonday as in the night: we are in desolate places as dead men.”
The Light and the Life
God has provided illumination but it is inseparable from the life vested in His Son. Man's condition of spiritual darkness was precisely the reason the Lord Jesus came.
When old Simeon held the infant Christ-child, he called Him
“a light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of Thy people Israel.”
Later the Apostle John wrote
“In Him was life and the life was the light of men.”
Jesus said of Himself to the religious rulers of His day
“I am the light of the world: he that follows Me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12
The Life of Samuel
Samuel entered Israel’s history at a chaotic period during which there was no king and “every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” The time of judges was drawing to an end and there was great need within the nation of Israel. God’s purposes were evident early on in the unique circumstances of Samuel’s birth. Later revelations of God’s design for this man, led this prophet to anoint kings and direct a nation. This series of messages follows his life through the first 16 chapters of I Samuel. We can learn through this account as we study God’s dealings with him and those over whom he is given influence.
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The Attributes of God
Explaining what God is like is an impossible task as God is incomprehensible to the human mind. He is the Source, the Creator Who inhabits eternity. He is far above our ability to grasp. He is timeless, knows no limitations, no imperfections and is above all, through all and in all. “In Him we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17:28.
A.W. Tozer writes "Only the Spirit of the Holy One can impart to the human spirit the knowledge of the holy. Yet as electric power flows only through a conductor, so the Spirit flows through truth and must find some measure of truth in the mind before He can illuminate the heart. Faith wakes at the voice of truth but responds to no other sound."
Our goal in this series is to find out from the Scriptures what God has revealed about Himself and to see how these revelations affect, aid and assure us in our Christian lives. This series was recorded in a Bible School setting. The nature of our study is such that no one passage of Scripture covers any one section of our subject. So we will be moving through the Bible comparing Scripture with Scripture.
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The Healthy Church
Before His attentive listeners in Luke 4, Jesus took the scroll and began reading from Isaiah 61. He claimed these prophetical words for Himself. He announced that He had come to preach the Gospel to the poor; to heal the broken-hearted; to liberate those being held captive. He came to give sight to the blind; to release the downtrodden and to usher in a period of grace during which men and women might enter into a personal relationship with God Himself. Later Jesus reveals how His words are to be divinely accomplished through the organism of His Church.
Through the power of His Holy Spirit, Christ’s Church is to be a place where prayer becomes effective, faithfulness is instilled, lost sheep are found, self-righteousness is exposed, forgiveness brings healing and restoration and where spiritual sight equips us to be ‘more than conquerors’. This is not a utopia but it is a biblical description of a healthy growing organism of flawed people called the Church.
The Overcomer Series
'Overcoming' is defined as "succeeding in dealing with a problem or difficulty." Our invincibility as Christians lies in our claim in an historical fact, through our alliance with a living Person! Overcoming is our spiritual right, our heritage, even our duty... The word 'duty' needn't stress us because we do not overcome by feelings, circumstances or even by will power.
"Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on Him, if you continue in My word, then are you My disciples indeed; 32 and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:31
Asa: The Victory of Faith
You and I are little micro-kingdoms. Each, a tiny reflection of the political structure existing in the world at large. Depending upon who is reigning at any given moment, we succeed or fail in our endeavors. This single message, telling of the historical Asa from the 9th century BC, illustrates practically how to walk by faith.
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The Foundations of Faith
This 12-message series is a healthy refresher of the basic tenets of our faith.
In a concise and systematic way, we consider a believer's
Position in Christ
Tension, Anxiety & Fear
Feelings of Distance from God
Relationships with Others
Purpose of the Church
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The Life of Gideon
There is a territory, in life's turmoil, that God offers the human heart. It is one of quietness, peace and fulfilment. This series on Gideon's life begins with a people out of place, identifying enemies and clarifying the way of discerning God's will; always spotlighting the source of man's strength.
Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter
...he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. 1 Timothy 2:5
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The Epistle to the Ephesians
Ephesians reveals a beautiful blend of eternal mystery, present manifestation and practical mastery. Scattered throughout the early part of this book are glimpses into how God thinks of His children. We are told that a Christian is "without blame, adopted, accepted, redeemed" IN CHRIST...
This series looks into how receiving God's mercy and love by faith fleshes out in our daily lives, equipping us to face whatever may come.
The Book of Joshua
Joshua was tasked by God to lead the children of Israel, after 40 years of wilderness wandering, into the promised land. The first recorded action of Joshua in Scripture is in the context of warfare. It is an act of obedience and carried out through faith. We are also told that "all these things happened to them as examples and are written for our learning and admonition." I Corinthians 10:11
Pastor Ashley Day's life verse was Joshua 1:9 "Have I not commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest."
The Christ of Christmas is knowable! When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, God stepped out of eternity and into time for the specific purpose of bearing the penalty of men's sin upon Himself and restoring relationship with guilty souls.
Such intimacy with the God of the universe requires a humble cooperation like that of His mother, Mary, who bowed before God's request to enter her life. Like her, our salvation depends upon opening ourselves to Him: "be it unto me according to Your word!" I receive You as my Savior and I give myself to You. I allow You Lord Jesus to come to live within me.
The Christmas story reveals God's initiative, provision and challenges us to trust Him.
1 Corinthians contrasts the flawed thinking of man, left to himself, with the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. The Apostle Paul addresses several major themes throughout the book -of unity, wisdom, spirituality, worship, love, gifting and eternal life. Three quarters of the way into I Corinthians, these insights are crowned with chapter 13, the love chapter.
Scripture often takes our value system of 'success' and paradoxically turns it upside down:
I Corinthians 1:26 "For you see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yes, and things which are not, to bring to nothing things that are: 29 That no flesh should glory in His presence. 30 But of Him are you in Christ Jesus, Who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31 That, according as it is written, He that glories, let him glory in the Lord."
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The Second Coming of Jesus Christ
Acts 1:11 You men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
The Wiles of the Devil
Two extremes unbalancing many Christian lives are either an obsession or neglect of Satan. His presence is very real whether we are cognizant of him or not. Sadly, many of us give ‘lip service’ to the presence of spiritual warfare, while our Christian lives contradict our professions. The Wiles of the Devil is a series of four messages helping us identify the strategies of our enemy, the source of our conflict, the weapons he uses and the supernatural authority available to us in the Lord Jesus Christ.
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How do these verses work out practically in our lives?
John 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
1 John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.
1 Corinthians 15:57: Thanks be to God which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Acts of the Apostles
Salvation is a personal thing One-to-one. Christ came for one soul because salvation is always in the singular. Each face that composes the world's masses is a person, not just one-of-a-crowd, nameless, blurred and indistinct. When He left the perfection of eternity, lived, suffered, died and rose again, Jesus Christ did so knowing and calling you by name. When you receive Him as your Savior, you do so as an individual, sharply in focus and quite distinct from everyone else around you.
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