Loving God’s Way


Weekly encouraging messages from our Pastor Ray…..enjoy and be uplifted.

Loving God’s Way

In line with the desire to make our walk with the Lord more practical, let’s look at the most important commandment….’Love your neighbour as yourself. I’m sure we’ve heard these words many times, but have we really understood what Jesus meant? In order to appreciate His command, we need to see how it is that God intended us to love others.

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Eyes to See


Weekly encouraging messages from our Pastor Ray…..enjoy and be uplifted.

Eyes to See

Jesus gave us a command in Matt.28:19 to Go and make disciples. Most of us become a little concerned when we read this scripture because we think we’re not good enough to fulfill this role – and in extreme cases some begin to feel condemned. We think we need to become qualified teachers, preachers or Evangelists before we can share the word of God with others – not so.

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The Kingdom of God – Part Two


For those of you who have just joined us, you need to read through “The Kingdom of God” first.

Luke 17:20-21 KJV

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20And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 21Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

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Thy Kingdom Come


Luke 17:20-21 KJV

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20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

Barnes’ Notes on the Bible

‘…Is within you…”- This is capable of two interpretations.

  1. The reign of God is “in the heart.” It does not come with pomp and splendour, like the reign of temporal kings, merely to control the external “actions” and strike the senses of people with awe, but it reigns in the heart by the law of God; it sets up its dominion over the passions, and brings every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
  2. It may mean the new dispensation is “even now among you.” The Messiah has come. John has ushered in the kingdom of God, and you are not to expect the appearance of the Messiah with great pomp and splendour, for he is now among you. Most critics at present incline to this latter interpretation. The ancient versions chiefly follow the former.

There are those among us that believe that the arrival of the Kingdom of God, was heralded by the ministry of Jesus, via John, as option 2 above.

My own personal understanding is as option 1 above.

Whichever option we choose is up to us and I would not engage in an academic discussion as to which understanding is correct.

Being fully immersed at baptism in a Pentecostal denomination, I had followed option two. After a few years I left denominational fellowship and decided to, “go it on my own.” I spent eighteen years in the mission field before I had personal clarity about the Kingdom of God ‘within me’. This clarity worked for me and has done since that time.

Never before has the love of God been so realistic to me.(a useful note here; I started to search for God at the age of twelve years.)

Not only in a spiritual sense, but in a strong practical sense, on a day-to-day basis do I enjoy the thrill of God’s presence. I don’t preach or teach anymore, and I don’t know if I ever will again. If I did, I could only say, “God is within me, He is my inner being.”

I have come to the place of loving my fellow humans more than ever before and offer them assistance whenever, wherever and however possible. My prayer is that as His loves flows forth from me, others will desire that which has been given me so freely (Zech.8:23.)

My spiritual life is now very deep within me and I refer to the Protagonist of my life as ‘Father Coach’. I hope this expression won’t offend the more conventional among us. I call Him this because, He coaches me day and night, through work and play.

My use of words like Father, Him, He, are more in the secrecy of my heart, because I do not believe that one who is indescribable and whose works are far beyond the scope of my understanding can be caught up in the issues of sexism.

Whether you believe ‘in’ or ‘among’, ‘Father’ or ‘Mother’, ‘Him’ or ‘Her’; have peace, love your fellow humans; try not to judge anyone, enjoy and be grateful for the life you have been given.

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Nursing Emotional Weaknesses


We are naturally self-centred and therefore it’s not easy for us to accept what other people say about us. We have a built in instinct to defend ourselves and criticise situations or others, if we do not approve.

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The Business of God’s Love – Part Two


In Part One, we saw that God wants us to “Love your neighbour as yourself”. It is very difficult for us to obey this command if we try to love one another with human love. Part One showed us the difference between God’s love and Human love. We continue….

To care if others come to the Kingdom of God – This should be our total motivation for serving God. This is the greatest gift we can possibly give to another. How wonderful to be the vessel God uses to channel His gift of everlasting life to others. With this goal in mind, we will then willingly serve others.

As we fellowship with other believers our goal should remain the same – to care if our brethren come to a deeper knowledge of God. Criticizing and judging others destroys people and breaks down situations, which is not how God works. “Loving our neighbour” by laying down our selfish motives in order that those around us come to the Kingdom of God, is a far more encouraging way – and is God’s way.

Apostle Paul shows us how Gods love (not human love), works.

How kind and patient are we? Do we brag? (even slightly?). God’s love does not take into account a wrong suffered and bears all things (not just those that are convenient!). Are we able to endure all things?  It would be good for us to daily meditate on this scripture during a quiet time with the Lord.

Jesus shows us another way in which we love our neighbour. Sadly, today it is easier for us to gossip behind the backs of others rather than to confront the situation in an open way. In our emotional state we are afraid to approach others for fear of rejection or offending. We find ourselves witnessing the sin and talking to others about it (as harmless as it may seem).

If we really care whether that person comes to a deeper knowledge of God (love our neighbour), we will openly reprove them (in private at first) so that they may come closer to God through that admonishing word of encouragement. Remember: We judge the sin, NOT the person!

If we witness the sin in others and do nothing about it – is that really ‘loving our neighbour’ or caring whether they come to a deeper knowledge of God?

These two kinds of love are completely different. God’s love through us is based upon a laid down life, caring if others come to the Kingdom of God (at any cost to ourselves).

Human love is based on emotion. The two cannot mix and we need to seek the Lord daily to have His love flow through us.  This can only be done as we die to the self-centered nature and live a more spirit led life.

God’s Love (1 Cor.13:4-8) Man’s Love (Gal.5:19-21)
Suffereth long and is kind Uncleanness, hatred
Envieth not, Vaunteth not Envyings, revellings
Not puffed up, seeketh not her own Disputes, dissensions, factions
Is not easily provoked, does not think evil Wroth, witchcraft, emulations (jealousy).
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, rejoiceth in the truth Impurity, evil desire, greed  (Col. 3:5)
Beareth all things, endureth all things Wroth of man worketh not the righteousness of God. (James 1:20)

From: “…time with the Master…”

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The Business of God’s Love – Part One


In line with the desire to make our walk with the Lord more practical, let’s look at the second most important commandment…..Love your neighbour as yourself. Most of us have heard these words many times, but have we really understood what Jesus meant? In order to appreciate His command, we need to see how it is that God intended us to love others.

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Using Keys to release the Kingdom


God works in many wonderful ways and we see evidence of this all around us. I have seen how He has allowed sicknesses to be healed, marriages to be restored and businesses to be blessed. People have been encouraged by God to start ministries or works which will benefit others; such as orphanages, hospitals, shelters and businesses.

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A Timeless Tale – Chapter Twenty Four


Living a Life in the Kingdom of God – Continued

What is God’s Desire?

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A Timeless Tale – Chapter Twenty Three


 

Living a Life in the Kingdom of God – Continued

We continue this week, discussing the third part of our three-part human make up – the spirit.

Living in the Spirit.

Before beginning this week’s session I need to, once again, emphasize an important point. As a young man training for the priesthood, my tutor used to say over and over again, “Repetitio est mater studiorum” repetition is the mother of studies. As you can see through this series, I have adopted this approach.

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