Sunday, 22 April 2018

Why So Many Professing Followers of Christ are Angry and Bitter at God


Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart (Psalm 37:4).

God created you for a unique purpose that only you can fulfil successfully.  No one else can fulfil it. He will give you all that you need to fulfil your calling that He has called you to. 

You may be at a season in your life where everything seems dry, or that nothing which excites you is happening in your life. If that is what you are experiencing in your life, God is preparing you for something greater. He wants you to wait on Him expectantly, patiently, but not desperately. 

If you are waiting on God for something desperately, it means that your desire for what you are waiting on God for is your own desire, and not a desire God has placed in your heart. The desires in your heart, and the only desires that God will give you, are those which He has placed in your heart. Psalm 37:4 says “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart”, and not simply “He shall give thee the desires of thine heart” which many people mistakenly think.

Any desire of your heart which does not align with God’s Will, be it His Commandments, or His specific will for you, will not be given to you. This has caused much anger and bitterness of many towards God. Such anger and bitterness is extremely dangerous because it leads to doubt and unbelief in God’s goodness and promises. 

God loved you even while you were still His enemy demonstrates His great love for you by sending His Only Begotten Son Jesus Christ to die for your sins, so that you may be saved from His just wrath. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16). For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life (Romans 5:10).  

This all testifies of His goodness. As Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose”.

Many of you despise the love and goodness of God. You know that the Bible says that God is love, but yet you refuse to believe it. You refuse to believe in the goodness of God. How? You doubt His promises, despite knowing His promises for you, simply because you can’t see it. You are relying on your sight, not faith. Followers of Christ walk by faith, not sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).

If you are angry and bitter at God for not giving you the desires of your heart, repent. Ask God to make the desires of your heart His desires for you. Cease to walk by sight, but rather, walk by faith. Trust in God and God alone. Do not trust in people.

Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD (Jeremiah 17:5).

Sunday, 8 April 2018

The Wise Life is the Blessed Life

Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding (Proverbs 3:13).

The conventional view of a blessed life is one that is full of earthly temporal gifts, such as a well-respected profession, marriage and family. While such things may be gifts, they are merely temporal. What good are they if they do not make one to be rich in Christ, by making one serve Christ more faithfully, adding to one's heavenly riches?

True riches, the only true riches, are heavenly riches which come only by serving Christ and loving Christ.

The Bible says that the blessed life is one that is wise. Only by wisdom does one knows what direction one should live to please God to live a righteous life. To be blessed to be favoured by God because of living righteously before Him. Righteousness gives true joy and peace. The wise life is the blessed life. It is one characterised by constant learning, and understanding, leading to greater understanding and wisdom day by day.

Having all the things in the world, even if they are good gifts, is not a sign of favour with God, or that one is wise. The kindness that God shows to people is often to draw them to repentance, and not a sign that they are right with God, and therefore favoured by God: Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? (Romans 2:4).

Do not be ensnared by the devil into thinking that having more earthly temporal gifts is a sign of greater blessing. Possessing any earthly gift is not a sign of blessing.



Friday, 6 April 2018

Portrait of a False Convert

A false convert, if nothing else, seeks Jesus for what he can get from Jesus. He does not seek Jesus because He is Lord of Lords, King of all Kings and therefore be a worshiped and obeyed in all things. A false convert prays for all kinds of earthly "blessings" to be bestowed upon him, and "obeys" Jesus only when it is easy, convenient or gives him a benefit. 

A true convert seeks Jesus because He is Jesus. He truly loves Jesus and is intimate with Jesus.  He submits all things to Jesus, obey Him as the Head of the Church, who is His body. He entrusts all things to Jesus, and lets Him make the choice in all things, and initiate all things in his life. He waits on God for all things in humility and obedience, not simply because it is logical or because he wants something.

The false convert is like the Rich Young Ruler described in Mark 10:17-22. He comes to Jesus looking for the rewards, but does not truly want to give his whole life to Jesus, where all things are for Christ, for the glory of God. 

And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?

And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.
Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.
And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.
Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.

(Mark 10:17-22).

Sadly, this is the way of many in the professing American Church and the professing Australian Church.


See this sermon by Derek Price titled, Taking Time to Wait on God at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTryBHxFzWM




Sunday, 1 April 2018

The Abundant Life is Not the Materially Comfortable Life, But Life full of True Worship in Spirit and in Truth

And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth (Luke 12:15).

Many people in the modern professing Church think that having an abundant life means to work hard for one's job or career, get married and have children, buy a house, buy a car, earn as much income as one can, take as many holidays as one can, and be an influential well-respected member of society and one's circles.  

They think that this all shows how "blessed" they are, that it is a sign of God's favour to them because of their righteousness and holiness. They are smug behind all their material comfort and think that those who have less than them, or who lack something they have, or are suffering are less holy and righteous than them, all without realising it. They think they are more worthy in God's eyes than those who have less than them, or who lack something they have, out of their pride, and smug arrogance.

Jesus made it very clear that such material riches are empty, not simply because that they will be gone one day, but because they have no eternal value whatsoever. They are in and of themselves emptiness, in and of themselves vapour. In Luke 12:16, Jesus said, "Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth".

Many in the modern Church are like the rich man in the Parable which Jesus told, who wanted to tear down his barns to build them bigger.  

And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:

 
And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?

And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.

And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.

But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?

So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

(Luke 12:16-21)

The rich man in the Parable of the Rich Man wanted to accumulate wealth, and simply live a life of comfort and security. He wanted to "take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry" (Luke 12:19). Despite what many churches and church or ministry leaders teach, this mindset of wanting to accumulate wealth to live a comfort life is absolutely and totally diametrically opposed to what Jesus taught.

God did not call him a fool because did not get involved in ministry, did not marry and have children, or because he took drugs, or was sexually immoral. He called him a fool because he wanted to accumulate wealth for his own, and probably his family's comfort. 

Jesus in addressing the Jews would have describe the typical respectable Jewish man of old age. He would have been well-respected by many of us because he had money, and probably had a family with many children, as was the Jewish cultural norm. Despite having these things, including a family, God said he was a fool.

Family is not an excuse to accumulate wealth and comfort on earth. Providing for family is one thing, but seeking earthly material comfort and security for anyone, be it oneself or one's loved ones, is another. 

The truly abundant life is one full of  true worship of God, one that worship in Spirit and in Truth: "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth" (John 4:24). 

It is not a life of earthly material comfort, including even the most basic earthly comfort. 

Nor is it a life of strong marriage and family which so many American evangelical idolise, that is the truly abundant life. Indeed, Jesus said "If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple" (Luke 14:26).

It is the life of worship of the true Living God, in seeking first His Kingdom, and abandoning all for Christ, that is truly abundant.

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me (Matthew 16:24).















Sunday, 25 March 2018

Christ is the ONLY and ULTIMATE Blessing

Many in the modern Church think that they are so "blessed" because they have a house, spouse, car, dream career, take regular holidays and have plenty of disposable income. That itself a tragic indictment of the Church.

What do all these things mean if you live a life not worthy of Christ? Nothing. It is just vanity of vanities. These things where they tempt you to love the world, or your own life more than Christ are just curses to you.

None of these things are blessings in themselves. They may be manifestations of God's favour, but they are not in and of themselves blessings. It is Jesus who is not only the ultimate blessing, but the only one. Without using all that God graciously bestows upon you for Jesus Christ, to serve Christ and your fellow man, all the so-called "blessings" you have are not blessings. They are just empty vain curses.

Your own very life is just vanity of vanities, a vain curse to you where it is not worthy of Christ. For God gave you a life, which is a gift, but you lived it for your own treasure and pleasure, as opposed to for Christ. What was given to you as a gift will be a curse to you where it is used for yourself, your own pride, and your own glory, as opposed to for Christ.

To Hell with all your so-called earthly "blessings" which become a curse to you, including your honorable things like marriage and family, if you love them more than Christ.








Friday, 16 March 2018

Boasting about Your so-called "Blessings" leads to Hell

Many in the modern Western church love to talk about how "blessed" they are, because they have a nice house, luxury car, fulfilling well-paying job with good work conditions, good marriage, and good children, regular holidays, and a big network of friends.

Such is a false and deception view of what it means to be truly blessed, which has taken the Church by storm. Their boasting, they think, is a means of glorifying God, but it is not. It is an abomination to God: Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished (Proverbs 16:5).

Woe to you who love to boast about your so-called "blessings", and parade it in front of everyone. You may think you are so favoured by God because of what you have, but you are not. You are full of perversion and pride. You think God loves you more than the believers in the poorer nations, because you have more wealth, health and prosperity? You think you have a special status before God because you are more 'prosperous'? You even think you are truly prosperous because you have more earthly possessions?

If you think that way, you mind is darkened, totally influenced by the doctrines of the "prosperity gospel". You may say that you don't go to a "prosperity gospel" church but a good, Bible-believing conservative evangelical church. Well, that makes no difference, if you think you are more "blessed" then others because you have more earthly prosperity.

The Bible also tells us not to cause others to stumble into sin (1 Corinthians 8; Romans 14:13-23). Many in the modern Western church are guilty of this in their boasting of their prosperity, which stirs up much envy, covetousness, jealousy, and unfaithfulness to God. That is exactly how boasting about one's prosperity causes people to stumble.

Woe to those of you who love to boast about how "blessed" you are because of your money, house, car, marriage, family, job, vocation, friends, power or influence are in danger of God's judgment. You are not "blessed", but are cursed if you do not repent of your pride, and your way of causing others to stumble into Hell.

Pride is a sin against God, just as lying, stealing, fornication, adultery, and using God's name in vain. God is justly angry at sin and must punish sin because He is good. That punishment is eternity in Hell, a place of torment and suffering. God is a God full of mercy and grace. God is love. So, He does not desire that anyone be thrown into Hell. That is why He sent His Only Son, Jesus Christ to die for your sins so that if you turn from your sins and place your faith in Jesus, God can wipe away your sins. When God wipes away your sins, you are right before God, and He gives you eternal Life in Heaven.

Eternal life in Heaven is a free gift from God. You cannot earn or work for it. Your good works cannot grant you a place in Heaven. It is only by turning from your sins, and placing your faith in Jesus Christ that you can be saved from God's wrath, and be given eternal Life in Heaven.

Turn from your sins and trust in Jesus Christ today while you still have time.