Amazing Grace

April 23, 2010


All of us face times in our lives when don’t know exactly what to do, times when we get knocked down. The Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;” He too faced trying times and in the midst of it, He claimed something that you and I can claim and that is the assurance that our God is always working and His grace is always sufficient. You and I have to understand that our greatest resource during a trial is not more education, more companions, more in the realm of human help, but rather, our greatest need when sorrowing is the anointing presence of God in our life. Which, can only be experienced through time spent with God in His Word and in prayer. The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 12:9 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” When the Apostle Paul asked the Lord thrice to remove an infirmity in his flesh, God did not choose to remove his trial, but instead He gave Paul a resource that is available to every Christian today, a resource called grace. Grace is the inner-working of the Holy Spirit in our heart, infusing in us the divine resources of God only made available to hearts fully yielded to the Lord. Paul had that supernatural enabling infused in him, that in the succeeding verses he could strongly say “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”. How could a man so weak, so frail, declare strength in the face of weakness? The answer – the grace of God.

Someone wisely said, “God is not attracted to our strengths; He is attracted to our weaknesses”. God is not impressed by our talents, abilities, and “what we can do for Him”, but rather, He is impressed when we come to the end of our resources and realize that without Him we can do nothing. You see, God made the world out of nothing, and it is only when we are nothing that God can make something out of us. When we are something, then God is not everything. As we empty ourselves of ourselves and seek the face of God for who He really is, then, and only then, will we able to experience the fullness of His power being manifested in our lives.

Colossians 1:29 “Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.”

2 Corinthians 3:5 “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;”

Just a thought!

Bro. J

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Confident in Christ’s Presence

April 22, 2010


(Message given to the Ambassadors Department – April 18,2010)

Text: Hebrews 13:5-6
Title: Confident in Christ’s Presence
Introduction: For the past few months, we have learned about being “Confident in Christ”, in His Promises, in His Character, and now, we will learn to to be Confident “in His Presence”.

Philippians 1:6
6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

The apostle having finished the doctrinal part of this epistle, closes it with practical exhortations to these Hebrews, puts up prayers for them, and sends salutations to them. The exhortations are to brotherly love, and the continuance of it.

I. Exhortation to Contentment – v5

A. A Manner of life

Note – Let your conversation – That is, the whole tenor of your conduct, the manner of your life, or rather the disposition of your hearts in reference to all your secular transactions.

Be without covetousness – Desire nothing more than what God has given you; and especially covet nothing which the Divine Providence has given to another man, for this is the very spirit of robbery.

Luke 8:14
14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.

Read – 1 Tim. 6:9-10

Note – Contentment will make a poor man rich; discontentment will make a rich man poor.

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Confident in Christ (theme)

April 22, 2010


(Message given during the Vision Meeting of the Ambassador’s Department.)

Text: Philippians 1:6
Title: CONFIDENT in CHRIST
Introduction: As we face a brand new year, we can’t help but think of the new opportunities that await us, and with these new opportunities come new opposition. However, it is comforting to be assured of the fact that in spite of all these trials and challenges, we can be “Confident in Christ”. Confident that He is in control, that He will see us through.

DATE: A.D. 62Written at the same time as Ephesians, it is one of the prison epistles.

CITY OF PHILIPPI: Philippi was a Roman colony. Although it was a miniature of Rome and imitated and aped Rome in every way, it was nonetheless a city which had a higher cultural level than other cities visited by Paul.

CHURCH OF PHILIPPI:

1. It was less Jewish and more Gentile than were all others (the names of individuals mentioned are Greek and Roman). This was the first church established in Europe (Acts 16:6-40), which gives special meaning to Gentiles.
2. Women occupied a prominent place in this church. Paul attended, first of all, not the synagogue, but a prayer meeting of women (Acts 16:12-15). A woman named Lydia was the first convert in Europe. Two women were prominent in the church (Philippians 4:2), and there were others who labored in the church (Philippians 4:3).

3. It was generous in its gifts to the Lord’s work (Philippians

4:10-16). Paul cited them as examples to others in giving (2 Corinthians 8:1-5).

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