Today I am introducing a series derived from out text “choose life”. You can see here how gracious our God is. He treats us like children with care and perfect love, He never tramples upon your will because He made you after His own image. Instead, He puts before you, death and life but encourage you to choose Life. The human life has been victim of death since Adam. In this discussion we focus on the choice of life and warnings about the disruptive nature of death. When Jesus said…, Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:60 He was not referring to corpse in the graveyard, but to everyone who … lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God. Luke 12:21 Or those who are alive only for the pleasures of this world, but are dead to the way, the truth and life of God.
These series of videos were dedicated to the families of pandemic victims, the front line workers, first res ponders and our Leaders and Pastors.
Jesus Christ taught and minister to people with authority. Even His critics and enemies wanted to know the secret of His power. Matt. 8:23-24 People said “he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Matthew 7:29 Because His word made impact on people lives in a new way. He said. “Every good tree bears good fruit and a good tree cannot bear bad fruit”. Do people pick grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? The answer is no. Good fruit, therefore, is the product of good tree. Jesus is not talking about false prophets alone, He said, by their fruits you shall know them. Even Jesus was known by His own good fruits – He went about doing good. Matt. 14:33 And after Jesus left the earth, believers we called Christians because of the fruits they exhibited. Acts 11:26 And By your own fruits also, you will be known by God and the people around you.
The life and Ministry of Jesus Christ exemplify “The Acts of True Worshiper” He is the perfect example of how you serve God in Spirit and in truth. The Holy Spirit is the living water, John 7:38-39 and the truth is the word of God. John 3:21 Christ represent everything to us – He is the way to God, the truth of His word, and His life in the flesh. John 14:6 The springing up or the flow of the Living water, through your life, is how you worship God in Spirit and truth. True worship is more than an event, it is a whole life behavior. The Lord Himself, demonstrated true worship with His words, actions, and reactions during His temptation- indeed He gave his life to save man from sin.
The purpose of an encounter with Jesus is to know the way, the truth, and the life of a true worshiper of God. “Even every one that is called by my name: God said, I have created him for my glory,” Isaiah 43:7 He saved Israel from Egyptian Bondage that they may worship Him. The entirety of God’s redemption plan is to build a kingdom of true worshipers. God’s relationship with man since Adam, centers around those who worship Him, according to His will and in obedience to His ways and commandment. The bible is lined up with true worshipers like Abel, Abraham, Moses, and King David, among others. But we are focusing on the author and finisher of our faith, Jesus Christ.
Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. 21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. John 4:20-22 (KJV)
Psalm 27:1 “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid.” This is not a wishful thinking or mere confession to boost your faith; but a declaration based on the knowledge of God – who is The Light, and the source and power of divine illumination. King David who wrote this song, had once; without a weapon killed a lion and challenged a well-equipped army with a sling. He obviously knew what he was talking about. During good and bad times, Experiential knowledge makes a lot of difference. David was literarily saying; I know the LORD is my light. He is the source of strength and salvation needed for victory over adversity, and for protection in times of peace.
The cry for revival prayer is to keep you strong forever, more so in rough times like this. For if you faint in day of adversity, your strength is small. Proverbs 24:10. Please note that, we are not suggesting that revival prayer is a form of religious rights. Essentially, it is a spiritual security alert, to keep you focused and prayerful always. And to be persuaded, that nothing shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord...