The Table of The Lord

Like the ground that brings forth its crops and like a garden that makes the seed in it grow, so the Almighty Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up in front of all nations.

Isaiah 61:11 GW

If you live in me and what I say lives in you, then ask for anything you want, and it will be yours.

You give glory to my Father when you produce a lot of fruit and therefore show that you are my disciples.

John 15:7‭-‬8 GW

It is God who produces in you the desires and actions that please him.

Philippians 2:13 GW

There is so much fruit on the vine, that the branches are breaking.

It is the fruit of righteousness.

Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and all its righteousness.

Then all those earthly things that you need will be given unto you.

If you seek first what you think you need, instead of trusting God, you’ll miss out on what God wants to give you.

God is our provider.

What is truly eternal?

What is worth seeking?

In the presence of our Lord is the fullness of joy.

The joy of the Lord is our strength.

Our strength is found in God’s presence.

For when we are weak, He is strong.

Lean not on your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.

I’ve found that nothing in this world makes sense except for Jesus.

And the more time you spend with Jesus, the more this world reveals itself to be a tragedy of misguided efforts.

Wait for God.

Don’t rush ahead.

Don’t lag behind.

Walk with Him, step by step, in the cool of the day, just as originally intended.

Sin separates us from God.

There is no sin in God’s presence.

We must abide in God’s presence to bear spiritual fruit.

So really, what is our whole Christian life supposed to be?

Simply abiding in Him.

All the rules, commandments, precepts and wisdom point to one thing.

Be one with Him.

And you can’t do it by any effort of your own.

You have to surrender.

You have to be broken and crushed.

There is nothing good in me, that is in my flesh nature.

Nothing.

There is nothing to boast in.

There is nothing to be proud of.

There is nothing that can save me.

The only good in me, is when I’m broken and the Glory of the Lord is revealed.

Just as Christ’s body was broken and crushed because of our sins so that God’s resurrection life could be revealed, so it is with us.

Humility does not come naturally.

The flesh wants to be prideful.

But that trap of pride will kill you.

God is the only good there is.

As we lay down our lives, we are raised up again in His life.

I have no plan.

I have no agenda.

I’m not even sure what I want.

I just want Him.

Forever.

Amen.

He prepares a table for us in the presence of our enemies.

All are invited.

Yet, so many refuse the invitation.

They are distracted by the things of this world.

My bride, my car, my job.

I gave them all away.

The adulterers, thieves and liars played their parts.

You can’t steal from me if I give it away.

Forgive them, Lord.

For they knew not what they were doing.

They were under the influence of the evil one.

The curse has become a blessing.

I am free.

Free to be His.

Come to the table.

Eat.

Drink.

Taste and see that the Lord is good.

He purchased our freedom with His blood.

He ensured our inheritance by grafting us into His Body.

He has made peace for us with God.

Christ Jesus is the Savior of the world.

He wants to dine and sup with us.

He wants to live inside of us.

We are the children of God.

The Father is good to us.

All thanks to our older brother, our friend, the Lord Jesus Christ.

May God reveal His Glory to you.

Amen.

We Sing Hallelujah

When you didn’t know God, you were slaves to things which are really not gods at all. But now you know God, or rather, God knows you. So how can you turn back again to the powerless and bankrupt principles of this world? Why do you want to become their slaves all over again?

Galatians 4:8‭-‬9 GW

The believers had a single purpose and went to the temple every day.

They were joyful and humble as they ate at each other’s homes and shared their food.

Acts 2:46 GW

We pray to God that you won’t do anything wrong. It’s not that we want to prove that we’ve passed the test. Rather, we want you to do whatever is right, even if we seem to have failed.

2 Corinthians 13:7 GW

The believers had a single purpose.

For that to happen, there had to be unity of vision.

But more than vision, they had to have a sense of mission.

Salvation belongs to the Lord.

Every day the Lord saved people, and they were added to the group.

Where do you go every day?

Do you go to work?

No, you take a day off to rest at least once a week.

Where do you go every day?

You go home.

To your family.

The believers are one family united in faith in God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.

They went to the temple everyday.

What do you do at the temple?

You worship God.

You talk with your fellow believers.

It’s a family meeting.

Our modern world is so fractured, so hypnotized by the enemy into living a lie that we live lives of quiet and not-so-quiet desperation.

We need to get back to basics.

Get back to what works.

Practice the fundamentals over and over again until you can do it without thinking about it.

We need to love.

Love God.

Love people.

Especially the family of believers.

Revival is in the house.

Or more specifically, it’s in the house churches.

When we gather together, share our food and our lives together, something happens.

God moves.

God speaks.

The body ministers to itself in love and power.

The revival won’t come from the stage or the pulpit.

Revival starts with us.

When God grabs a hold of your life and you live in obedience, things get moving.

The things that held you in bondage move out.

And God’s Spirit floods in.

Deliverance and discipleship are both birthed from the love of God.

God’s Spirit is invading the enemy’s territory.

And nothing can stand against.

Meet with God at the temple everyday.

Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.

You can’t hold an audience of strangers accountable to the sermon that’s preached.

We hold each other accountable to the Word of God.

Iron sharpens iron.

And so the words of a friend sharpen his neighbor’s wits.

We’re all in this together.

So let’s pull together.

Christ is the head of the Church.

Listen up!

Stand your ground.

The occupying force is here.

We are the forerunners of reformation.

Back to our roots.

The root of David.

Be the humble and obedient children of God.

Your Father in Heaven loves you and cares for you.

Nothing can separate you from His Love.

Blessings to you and yours this day.

In Jesus’ Name I pray.

Amen.

Blind To Sin

Some of the Pharisees said, “The man who did this is not from God because he doesn’t follow the traditions for the day of worship.”

Other Pharisees asked, “How can a man who is a sinner perform miracles like these?”

So the Pharisees were divided in their opinions.

John 9:16 GW

Have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

Philippians 2:5 GW

You will know Christ’s love, which goes far beyond any knowledge. I am praying this so that you may be completely filled with God.

Ephesians 3:19 GW

A lot of people have a high opinion of their own opinions.

Faith in Jesus is not a matter of opinion.

It’s a gift from God to be a believer.

Immature and carnal minded people argue and sow division.

Mature Christians are humble, gentle, and peaceful.

Read the story of the man born blind that Jesus gave sight to on the Sabbath in John 9.

It’s okay, I’ll wait for you to come back.

What was the Pharisees’ problem?

They were slaves to tradition.

And they loved power and control instead of God and their fellow human beings.

Whenever religion or tradition causes you to split into opposing factions, you know you’ve missed it somewhere.

There is one faith.

Some people are slaves to human rules about the Sabbath.

We know from the teachings of Jesus that the Sabbath was made for man not man for the Sabbath.

Pride is the first sin.

It separates us from humbly serving God and breaks our fellowship with His Spirit.

We must abide if we are to bear fruit.

Pride wants to exalt self.

It uses religion in an attempt to control others.

Religion will never triumph over relationship with God.

All religion can be codified as a set of rules.

You can know those rules.

You can use and abuse them for your own benefit.

Love breaks the rules.

The love of Jesus is unlawful.

He fulfilled the Law and transcended the Law to show us that the Law is powerless to save us.

Only a living and active faith in Jesus can save you.

It frees you from worrying about what rules you should be following.

Instead, we have liberty.

With the love of God as your guide, you’ll naturally do what God approves of.

And that’s loving God and loving people.

If you’re constantly examining and judging others’ actions, you’ll completely miss out on what life’s all about.

It’s about being kind, generous and doing lots of good things.

The people who don’t do anything good like to criticize others to make themselves feel better.

That will be their only reward.

Love covers a multitude of sins.

Jesus came to rescue us.

He came for the sinners, not those that thought they had God’s approval.

Go in the love, mercy and grace of God and share the message of truth from a pure heart with a clear conscience and a sincere faith.

God is love.

Have the same attitude as Christ Jesus had.

Be completely filled with the Spirit and know the peace and love of God which goes beyond all understanding.

To God be the glory.

Amen.