The Bread of Purity & Truth

It’s not good for you to brag. Don’t you know that a little yeast spreads through the whole batch of dough? Remove the old yeast ⌊of sin⌋ so that you may be a new batch of dough, since you don’t actually have the yeast ⌊of sin⌋. Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. So we must not celebrate our festival with the old yeast ⌊of sin⌋ or with the yeast of vice and wickedness. Instead, we must celebrate it with the bread of purity and truth that has no yeast.

1 Corinthians 5:6‭-‬8 GW

Now, concerning food offered to false gods: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge makes people arrogant, but love builds them up. Those who think they know something still have a lot to learn. But if they love God, they are known by God.

1 Corinthians 8:1‭-‬3 GW

After all, I passed on to you what I had received from the Lord. On the night he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took bread and spoke a prayer of thanksgiving. He broke the bread and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.”

1 Corinthians 11:23‭-‬24 GW

I was thinking this morning about the communion elements.

The bread and the cup.

I didn’t understand communion for a long time when I became a believer.

Why do we do what we do?

To remind ourselves of truth.

It’s interesting that the bread used is unleavened bread.

It represents Christ’s body.

It’s not puffed up with pride.

It’s not full of hot air, appearing bigger than it really is, lacking real substance.

It’s humble but serviceable.

It’s not sugar-coated.

When we take communion we are admonished to consider ourselves.

Have we put aside all anger and malice?

Have we forgiven everyone who has sinned against us?

Are we walking in the purity of the truth of Christ’s love?

You don’t have to know everything to be saved.

You don’t have to understand God’s ways to enter into relationship with Him.

In fact, we only need to have faith like a child.

We only have to first believe that God exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.

Christ will teach us all things by the Holy Spirit.

Belief in Jesus is the doorway to a relationship with God.

I overheard someone talking to a hopeful agnostic yesterday.

He probably was getting filled with information and knowledge because his girlfriend was a church going Christian.

Had anyone shared the Gospel with him?

I don’t know.

And neither did I.

I was disobedient.

I didn’t want to be rude and barge into his conversation with someone else.

He was ripe for harvesting.

And I ignored the still, small voice which said, “Introduce Me.”

Salvation is the beginning of eternal life.

All of the angels in heaven rejoice when another lost sheep gets found.

I let down my team.

Lord, forgive me for my sin.

Please strengthen me from within so that it won’t happen again.

Always be ready to share the reason for your hope.

Be ready in season and out of season.

We’re often bench players.

And when the coach says to get in the game, don’t duck your responsibility.

People were getting saved, baptised and filled with the Spirit on Saturday night.

Saturday’s only a memory now.

Monday was game day.

I failed to show up when it mattered most.

I was just another face in the crowd.

I’m sure he’ll get to where he needs to go someday.

But he also could have died that night.

I wouldn’t want that hanging over my conscience.

And think about it.

How hard is it?

It’s as simple as saying, “I’d like to introduce you to my best friend, would that be okay?”

What’s His Name?

His Name is Jesus.

He’s knocking on the door of your heart.

Won’t you invite Him in?

Repeat after me.

Lord God,

I open my heart to receive You as Savior.

I want to believe the truth.

Help me God to know You more everyday.

I invite You into my life right now to be my Lord and my God.

Fill me with your Holy Spirit, Lord.

Thank You for saving me.

I love You, Jesus.

Walk with me the rest of my days.

In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit baptise me with the Holy Spirit and fire, in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, amen and amen.

Congratulations my friend!

Welcome to the family.

The forever family.

We got to keep practicing.

How do you explain the Gospel?

Share the Gospel, not your opinion.

Breakthrough

May the Lord direct your lives as you show God’s love and Christ’s endurance.

2 Thessalonians 3:5 GW

Jesus said to him, “Whoever starts to plow and looks back is not fit for the kingdom of God.”

Luke 9:62 GW

A good person obtains favor from the Lord, but the Lord condemns everyone who schemes.

Proverbs 12:2 GW

Personal renewal always precedes corporate revival.

Corporate revival precedes the organic, spontaneous spiritual awakening of our communities.

Do you want to know where you should be focusing your efforts?

Your personal relationship with God.

Get that right, and everything else with get righted, too.

God comes first.

God comes last.

Let God direct all your in-betweens, too.

How does one live a life of faith?

One moment at a time.

It’s a continual surrender to God’s plan and purpose.

Not my will, but Thine be done.

Your Kingdom come, Your will be done.

We’re not here to do our own thing or to follow our bliss.

That’s what got us all into this mess in the first place.

Why are addictions and other obsessive-compulsive behavior patterns so prevalent in our world?

Because the enemy sold us a lie.

He corrupted God’s original design for our lives.

We’re meant to be dependent on God.

We’re designed to abide in His presence.

All of our pleasure and comfort should come from God.

We take matters into our own hands and get trapped in our own dysfunction of personal preference.

It doesn’t matter what it is, the result is the same.

Separation from God.

Sin is sin.

Deal with it.

Or it will run rampant in your life, and in your community.

Recovery circles are amazing places to see God’s power on display.

One changed life impacts many others.

It’s as if when God grabs a hold of your life and turns you into a living stone, He throws you back into the pond and the waves of impact ripple outward.

We need to place our trust in God.

Do what He tells us to do and leave the results up to Him.

Follow Jesus.

Show God’s love.

Endure suffering like Christ on the cross.

Keep going forward no matter what.

He’s leading us into uncharted waters and new territory.

Our spiritual disciplines need to be rock solid.

Quit worrying about how to make things happen and instead just trust and obey.

We have the mind of Christ.

Let God do the heavy lifting of thinking for you.

When in doubt, ask your Father in heaven what to do next.

He won’t lead you astray.

Holy Spirit of God breathe on me.

Breathe new life and fire into me.

Pour out rivers of living water through me.

Bless me so that I may be a blessing to others.

In Christ Jesus we pray.

Amen.

The Spirit of Love

Jesus answered her, “Everyone who drinks this water will become thirsty again. But those who drink the water that I will give them will never become thirsty again. In fact, the water I will give them will become in them a spring that gushes up to eternal life.”

John 4:13‭-‬14 GW

Instead, as we lovingly speak the truth, we will grow up completely in our relationship to Christ, who is the head.

He makes the whole body fit together and unites it through the support of every joint. As each and every part does its job, he makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

Ephesians 4:15‭-‬16 GW

God’s love has reached its goal in us. So we look ahead with confidence to the day of judgment. While we are in this world, we are exactly like him ⌊with regard to love⌋.

No fear exists where his love is. Rather, perfect love gets rid of fear, because fear involves punishment. The person who lives in fear doesn’t have perfect love.

1 John 4:17‭-‬18 GW

God’s love has reached it’s goal in us.

He wants us to feel His love.

It makes us alive and radiates out of us like light from the sun.

We love indiscriminately.

We do what is best for everyone.

We live in unity that the bond of peace provides.

Jesus is the bond of peace.

In His body, He put to death the hostility between Jewish and non-Jewish people.

The religious leaders of His day hated Him because He was righteous and they were hypocrites.

As long as there is darkness, the works of darkness can remain hidden.

Now, the true light has come into the world.

Jesus is the light.

And as members of His Body, we have that same light in us.

How is your relationship with the Lord?

Have you grown up completely yet?

Is He your head?

Is He your heart?

It starts with the heart.

The seat of our passions.

Let your heart be set on fire for the Lord.

Return to your first love.

Do you remember the first time you fell in love?

What an overwhelming feeling.

Your thoughts and emotions were consumed with one person.

Let Jesus be that one again.

He is the only One who is always faithful.

He thinks thoughts of love towards us even when we are unfaithful.

When we sin, we are unfaithful to Him.

We choose Satan’s agenda over God when we disobey the commandments.

What are those commandments?

Love God with all your heart, all your will and with all your strength.

And love your neighbor as yourself.

Like the Samaritan woman at the well, He invites us in to relationship and eternal life.

She was not Jewish.

Jews didn’t associate with Samaritans.

She was unfaithful.

She had had many husbands, and the man she was with was not her husband.

Jesus knew all of this and told her so.

But the invitation remained.

Those who hear and believe will be saved.

Jesus is the Messiah.

He is the Savior of the world.

Those who change the way they think and act and follow Him will be saved.

Our actions prove who we are.

Don’t let anyone deceive you with meaningless words.

It’s not what goes into a person that makes them unclean. (All food is permissible.)

It’s what comes out of a person that makes them unclean.

The evil thoughts that live in our carnal hearts and minds pollute us like a poisoned well.

Be hot or be cold.

Be fresh or be bitter.

Be a blessing or be a curse.

A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.

God is calling us to task.

It’s time for a come to Jesus meeting.

Do you believe?

Prove it.

With your life.

God is love.

Those who do not love do not know God.

God is a spirit.

Those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.

Pray in the spirit always.

Be filled with the spirit.

Let the spirit overflow out of you.

What is that spirit?

The spirit of love.

Everything we do and say should be done in the spirit of love.

Jesus Christ was the physical manifestation of God’s invisible spirit of love.

You can’t see the Father.

But you can see the effects of His indwelling spirit.

You can see how being in a relationship with Him changes everything.

Jesus is our example.

He laid down His life for all of us.

None of us deserved His grace and mercy.

It was a gift freely given because of His overwhelming love towards us.

Let that avalanche of His love crush you and be resurrected anew in His image.

To God be the glory forever and ever.

Amen.