Serve God His Way

Matthew 7:14. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Serving God out of love doesn’t mean it is going to be all sweetness and joy. We have to die to our flesh every single day of our lives. And that is not easy. What do I mean by dying to the flesh? I mean the flesh wants to do everything that doesn’t cost anything to itself. It wants the easy way out. The flesh is very demanding, like a spoilt brat. It is selfish in all its ways and has very low standards morally. There is a war on constantly for the believer in Christ Jesus to discipline themselves in the ways of God.

Matthew 11:29-30. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and My burden is light.

While serving God can be difficult, Jesus tells us, in my way of thinking – do it His way. What was difficult to do, becomes enjoyable, because instead of concentrating how difficult a thing is, we keep our eyes on Jesus. As a result, He gives us the grace to do what seemed impossible to do.

God is also very forgiving for the many, many times we fail Him, if we truly have a repented heart. So we can rest in Jesus, because of the trust we have in Him.

Many Christians love talking about Gods love, mercy and forgiveness, but few are willing to put the hard work in dying to self. It’s when we die to ourselves, all the God given benefits come. Such as we become more like Him every day, accordingly to how much we are willing to discipline ourselves out of love for Him. To be like Jesus, the miracles also come as well as imitating His nature.

Not to Idolise Anybody

There are many idols in this world. Anything you treat with affection above God, is an idol. We know that, but sometimes we have idols in our life and not know it. I found myself being corrected by God because I wasn’t happy with the way I prayed compared to somebody else, as if their prayers were more powerful than mine. God told me that wasn’t so. He told me on no account must you idolise another. We know actors, singers and sports people get idolised, but it seems they aren’t the only ones we glorify more than they deserve. So this is a gentle reminder to look into your heart to see what or who you give into idol worship to. It is something we don’t want to own up to. If we let God uncover our sins and allow Him to work on us and correct us, we are set free indeed. God is so forgiving and tender hearted that there is no shame attached to His forgiveness. We immediately feel our burden lifted and so loved. So don’t be unkind to yourself and allow God to wash you clean of all sin, not just idol worship.

Idol worship is a form of Satan worship. That might sound too hard to accept, but God is strong on worshiping Him only, that anything else is in fact serving Satan knowingly or unknowingly. All those false gods that other people worship in other religions are true identities. They are not gods but fallen angels that want to be worshiped as a god. You only have to ask a former Hindu person who has now found Christ will naturally explain things better than I would. They do get punished by these identities if they disobey them.

Satan is very sneaky. New Age practises seems harmless at first, but Satan isn’t going to tell you upfront, that you are going in the wrong direction, will he? He is going to make it look harmless, friendly and full of benefits that will entice you in. I use to practise reading tarot cards for about twenty years and be a Christian at the same time. I really believed there was nothing wrong with it. One day I finally got the message it was wrong, I got rid of all my tarot cards and books. And I am now happy to say I am a lot better off without them. I use to ask a question if something I was planning to do, was going to be a wise move or not. The cards will say it would be a fantastic move, then I would go ahead and do it and from then on the tarot cards would say it was the worst move I could have made. So it was tormenting. Now I just ask God and He gives me good directions. Satan is a copy-cat. He will never waltz in and say I am the devil. New Age which is witchcraft, is welcome in most churches today. Of course that is going to upset God. God is a very jealous God. God has just told me the punishment is so great in worshiping idols. Be brave and have a loving look into yourself and see if there is any false gods in your life. Ask God to reveal them and He will with great love for you. He will help you to remove them. Make God number one in your life and all will go well with you. Jesus says first seek the kingdom of heaven and all things will be given to you. New Age may promise you things but it will back fire.

God Abides in Us

John 14:20. At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.

When I first understood that God lives in me, I was shocked. At first it sounded blaspheme. But there it is in the Bible. When you grow with this knowledge it gives you a completely different view of God and yourself. God actually lives in a born again Christian. Jesus said when a man and a woman become husband and wife they become one body. The mystical marriage of Jesus and His bride the church is like that. We become one with God. We are never equal to God, but Gods’ energy and His attributes and His Spirit flows through us and in us according to how much we have surrendered to Him. Jesus is the vine and we are His branches. We become His feet and hands to serve Him as He pleases.

John 15:4-5.Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

If you allow yourself to believe God wants to be one with you. You can understand faith healers and miracle workers better. God’s Spirit is in them flowing through them, if they remain humble before God and know without Jesus they can do nothing, they can do great works in His Name. When we allow Gods’ Spirit to speak through us, we have the power in us to touch hearts, because it is God who is in us working through us, not us. When people get this knowledge and understand it, it can do either of two things. 1. Become proud and start to think they are better than other people and equal to God, or secondly become humble and therefore God will use them, because they will give God all the glory.

John 14:23. Jesus answered and said to him, if anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make Our home with him.

What a promise. Don’t be afraid to believe God wants to make His home in you. Our bodies are the Temple of The Holy Spirit. We are truly precious in His eyes. We should never doubt His love for us.

Agree to Disagree

Proverbs 3:5-6. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all our ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

We are living in a time of confusion and it will increase as many people lean on their own understanding and not trust the Lord with all their heart. It is easy done. We are told by the world over and over again to listen to it and not look to God for the answers. God does talk to you. Not everybody hears God audibly, but in our spirit which is one with Gods (that is if we are born again Christians) sense the truth and the paths God wants us to follow. More we obey and listen to the Spirit of God within us, the stronger we will be able to sense what He is saying to us.

Many people disagree with one another on the interpretation of different parts of the Bible. The important thing is learning to listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying and don’t rely on your own logic so much. The Bible is a living book. Sometimes passages of scripture will jump at you or manifest in some other way that you clearly know the Holy Spirit is talking to you. Many people believe if it is not in the bible it is not true. For example there are certain miracles that are happening that people think are all fake, because they are not found in the Bible. I don’t agree with that. I go one step further, there is a prophetess who goes by the name ‘Maria Divine Mercy’ who has said that God is going to add a few more books onto the Bible of the last days. Why I believe this to be so, is because we are moving into incredible times. Never like in all history. I believe there are going to be greater miracles happening in these last days. Greater than what is recorded in the Bible already and new revelations leading up to the Second Coming and after.

John 14:12. Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.

These greater works are just starting to happen in my opinion, but I believe even greater works are coming to the body of Christ in the future.

We have to learn to agree to disagree peacefully and lovingly at times. We shouldn’t get so upset with one another if we don’t see eye to eye with one another. Of course there will be people who will choose to deliberately twist the Bible message to something that is not, but I am not referring to them, but honest people who are seeking truth.

My concern is we should love one another and keep trying to improve our relationship with God and one another. Arguing about who is right and who is wrong, is not going to help us but divide us. A house divided will not stand as scripture tells us. We need unity more now than ever before. We have to be in unity to fight this battle that is here already. So we have to agree to disagree peacefully on many issues in our lives if we are to become overcomers in this war. No two Christians are going to think alike, we are all different, but we all belong to Christ if we genuinely seek to please God in everything.

Humility

If we are faithful to God, we are always calling on God to purify us, so that we become more like Christ every day. Jesus has told us that He is humble and meek of heart. I remember when I was young I didn’t know what humility was. Long story short, God put me in a position that I felt like people were using me and I was so angry with them. While I was in that state God put it to my mind that I wasn’t acting in a humble manner towards them. Then the light dawn on me. I knew what humility wasn’t so it must be the opposite. Humility is often portrayed as being weak and letting people walk all over them. I see it as love and truth walking hand in hand with one another. Somebody else might have a better description of it. When you humble and somebody gives you a compliment your head doesn’t swell up with pride. It can handle a compliment and give God the glory, knowing the grace came from God so you could act out in a way that was pleasing.

When you see a humble person, you might be shocked that they can say things that doesn’t sound humble to you, because humble people can stand up for themselves and tell the opponent an unpleasant truth. The difference with a humble person speaking truth to someone, from a person who does it in a prideful manner, the humble person is doing it out of love. And they hate having to rebuke a persons’ action. The proud will do it to make themselves look better and superior to the person they are talking down to. The proud person just looks mean. If we look at Jesus, He didn’t always say what people wanted to hear from Him either. Jesus doesn’t enjoy correcting us at all and nor does anybody truly follow Him enjoys it either. Correction is done out of love, knowing too that they are also a sinner who needs correction from time to time. A humble person welcomes correction, because they want to be more like Christ to please God.

Being humble is a challenge for us, because being prideful is a weakness in the human race and Satan is for ever tempting us to go the way of pride. When we humble ourselves, so many beautiful things happen, we find we are closer to God and our relationship with Him is warmer. We seem to pray with a lot more confidence. The humble grow in all things that Christ has to offer them. They become more childlike in faith, hope and love. I certainly wish to grow in humility. Like I said it is a battle, we have Satan on our backs trying to turn us away from all that God has to offer. So I beg pardon that preaching it is easy to do, practising it I find it is just as much a challenge to me as it for many people. The more you look into humility the more fascinating it is. God reveals secrets to the humble not the proud. The humble walk in the presence of God. Humble people know the difference between hatred and love.

Matthew 23:12. And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.

Matthew 18:4. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Tithing Cheerfully

2 Corinthians 9:7. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.

When somebody gives us a present or money even, grudgingly we would feel insulted, wouldn’t we? Chances are we wouldn’t want to receive that gift, because of the hurt it causes in our hearts. If on the other hand somebody gives it to us cheerfully it warms and excites us. And every time we see that gift popping up, our minds turns back to the person who gave it to us with loving kindness. We are made in the image of God. (Not our sins.) If we are hurt and insulted by it, we shouldn’t be surprise that is how God also feels like when we give grudgingly. Think of it this way, God has given us so much including sending His Son Jesus to die a cruel death so that we maybe save and become kings in heaven and in return we are so mean, we don’t want to thank Him by giving Him back even a little of what God originally has given us in the first place.

Matthew 25:35. “For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink. I was a stranger and you took Me in.”

Think about it, when we are helping somebody else we are ministering to Jesus. That is a huge honour to be used by God. Also we are suppose to give and not be puffed up about it. We are simply doing what a good steward of God does. Obeying Him and loving our neighbour as ourselves. If somebody gives us something we needed that we know costs them an arm and a leg, wouldn’t we feel so grateful to them, and want to repay them back some way? That is how God feels when we go the extra mile. The more difficult it is in giving the more it touches God’s heart. When God is touched like that He is definitely going to outdo us in generosity. Also our God is not poor, that He can’t afford to be so generous that it blows our minds away.

Luke 6:38. “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

So God will open His hand in giving only if we open our hand first, especially if we do it out of a cheerful heart. God is a great big God, whose treasures never runs out. He is more generous and wealthy than any of us.

There is a saying I heard many years ago. “If you look after God’s interest, He will look after yours.” Maybe not in the way we are expecting, but as we are in need of. God will look after His own, most surely. Make sure you give to those, who God is calling you too. People who come around knocking at your door for example is often the one God has send you to help. If you plough your money or your gifts into people who are ploughing it straight back into the kingdom of God, is a good place to start. Money shouldn’t be our everything! Money can’t take the place of God. God can look after us with or without money. First seek the kingdom of heaven above everything else and then like the scripture says all things will be given to you.

We must examine our hearts every day, to see if our motives are pure and acceptable to God.

 

Performance

How many times when we are praying our minds wonder off, or some other distractions takes place. In the middle of the night there was an irritating fly of all things, kept buzzing around my head and then when I finally got up to spray it, it played hide and seek on me. I am thinking all this times, I just want to pray and this fly is taking up all my time. So eventually I go back to praying. Now I am totally unsettle and there is no peace within me and I am wondering if God will answer these prayers. Then a thought came to me, all God is asking for me is to do my best. Even if my best is deplorable in my eyes. God will accept it, because of His love and mercy for me. Then another thought came to me. My Aunt and Uncle had a son that was extremely bright. He passed his exams without having to study. The daughter on the other hand had to struggle really hard just to get a pass. My Aunt and Uncle praised the daughter’s’ efforts so much that the son complained and asked why she was getting all the praise and not him, when his marks were so much higher. He was told by his parents your marks came effortless where as your sister had to work really hard for hers. That came to me and I realise God just wants my will, not my performance.

My Prayers

My prayers can’t do one bit of good, if God doesn’t listen to them. I believe, when our prayer time is most difficult that’s when our prayers are most powerful. The reason being we are praying solely to please God, since we are not getting any pleasure out of it  ourselves. When we are praying and enjoying ourselves as well as pleasing God, it is not so challenging, therefore not as powerful in my opinion. I am not saying prayers aren’t powerful at any time, but there are times when we give God pleasure more when we prove we are doing it for Him alone and not for our benefit.

Who to Believe

There are many false prophets and teachers out there. So it is so important these days to stay humble and as Proverbs 5:5-6 says. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding: In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path.

We need to practise that more than ever these days, because deception is increasing. When the world agrees on something that’s when I get suspicious about it. Because the world is at enmity with God. So my reasoning is if the world is in total agreement with one another, the chances are it opposing the will of God. When Pope Francis was made Pope the world raved over him that to me was a sign that something was very wrong about this Pope. There is a prophetess named Maria Divine Mercy who long before any other modern prophet told us this Pope is the false prophet from the bible. Very few people believed her. She prophesised the one world region, the one world economics and the one world government years before anybody else did.

She has books called ‘The book of Truth’. I have got the volume two copy from 7th January to 4th September 2012. It is Choco block full of prophecies of the end time. I trust her anointing the most, because it is so powerful. You can get this book on-line. Just type down Maria Divine Mercy then click on the book of Truth. And you will see some of the things Jesus has told her about.

A few people I follow on the internet are Kevin Zadai ‘Warrior Notes’. Sadhu Sundar Selvaraj, Godshealer 7 End Time Prophecy, LatterRain 333, David Heavener – Last Evangelist, A Servant’s Heart. Those are some of the children of God I watch fairly regularly. There are others too. I do watch as well like garden, survival hints, and cooking. I have given you this list so you know where some true prophets are on the internet. They will keep you on the straight and narrow. Of course there are others who follow Jesus closely, but that is enough to get started with. There are so many who say what people want them to say rather than the truth. The truth can be hard to swallow at times, but it is the truth that sets you free. Too many people I find are burying their head in the sand hoping all the judgements will just go away and leave them alone. It won’t you have to choose what side you are on. And then fight the good fight and persevere unto the end.

Churches Disputes

We all suffer from blind spots. And sometimes it is no use pointing it out to us, because more times than not we won’t believe it. Not until the Holy Spirit reveals it to us do we believe. We are told to pray for wisdom and treasure her. Having wisdom will save us from falling into a trap that the devil plans for us. So as to destroy us if he can, and he is more successful than we like to admit.

I like you to turn your attention to all the different denominations of churches out there. All having different views on how to interpret parts of the bible. All claiming to be right. I believe without a doubt they all can’t be right in everything. I have been baptised and brought up in the Presbyterian Church and then became a Catholic. Now I am disappointed in all the churches, but I am not blaming any of them, because we all are human with blind spots.

I believe in Holy Communion that Jesus is truely present in the bread and wine. I use to believe it was symbolic like a good Presbyterian. Since then Jesus has communicated to me directly from the Host, and many other experience, I have received from the Holy Communion that proves to me that Jesus meant what He said. Read John chapter six. I learnt that from the Catholics. I learnt more about the spiritual gifting from the Protestant. I speak in tongues for about an hour a day. I believe in honouring Mary. There is a great difference from honouring and worship. I say about eight rosaries a day if not more, because I believe the power of Mary’s intercession. Once I failed God and betrayed Him and I asked how I could thank Him and He told me to say the rosary. It was Jesus speaking to me not the devil disguising himself as Jesus.

Mary the mother of Jesus told me fairly recently that I don’t go under the banner of a Protestant or a Catholic. The truth is very important to me. Jesus does say seek and you shall find. I believe in following Jesus closely, and not the church so much. He will free you from the religious spirit that is in most churches of today. The church you are in I believe isn’t going to be perfect, because only Jesus is perfect. And we are called to follow Jesus under the influence of the Holy Spirit. You will find some of your beliefs, if you are growing will be corrected, where it needs to be corrected, that is if you give God a chance to teach you.

I am not dismissing the importance of churches role by any means. But what I would like you to consider is to pray for wisdom and discernment daily. And don’t be so sure you are right every time. I have been guilty of that many times myself. So from personal experience I am saying to you God will only reveal His secrets to the humble and teachable, not the proud. Only a few find the narrow gate that leads to life, is what Jesus said. Let us be that few.

Matthew 7:14. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Be a Follower of Jesus

Matthew 7:21. ‘Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father in heaven.

To follow Jesus we must all obey Him, only then can we say we actually following Jesus. So many people pick and choose what they want to believe to be true, instead of genuinely seeking truth. The Holy Spirit will open our eyes to truth if we genuinely seek it. But so many, so many people who say they are followers of Jesus don’t really want to know the real truth. It shows when they openly disobey Him. Like one person said on one of Sid’s Roth shows, everybody wants a saviour. They want a saviour in their relationship, their finances, their healing and so on. But not many are willing to bow down to Jesus and call Him Lord of their life. Most of us want our cake and eat it. But with God that is not possible. You are either all in or you are out. God is a very jealous God and we have to remember that with holy fear and trembling. God is a God of love and mercy, but He is also a God of justice. And because even our good deeds are nothing but filthy rags to Him we need Jesus to save us. But it is not possible if we don’t even try to obey Him. There are perfect examples found everywhere in the whole Bible on how to live. The Bible explains clearly how to behave in EVERY generations. We are answerable to God.

Be brave and stand apart from the rest of the world. Then people will know Jesus better by our lifestyle. Most people I believe who call themselves Christians are Christians in name only. They are living a duel life. One foot in the world and the other at Church. We must listen and obey Jesus all the time. We pray daily that we are found worthy and ready when He come for us. God is saying to you. ‘My only desire is to see you safely in my arms.’ This is a message from God to you.

We are a child of God who is saved by grace not by works. But we must try to do the will of God and believe Jesus has paid the full price of our redemption. God forgives the repented sinner. And we are always falling short of God’s glory, but we keep trying to please God in everything and in every way, proving to the world we belong to Jesus and not to the world.