God’s Worker

“Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease. But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.  Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”  Matt 9:35-38

Introduction

It is important for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to pray and do God’s work.  The age of tribulation has indeed begun in this age and time where countless sinners are lost and wandering in their sins.  Elects need God’s supernatural empowerment to preach the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that can save lost souls.  Though we at NCCkl are few in number, let this year be a year when we testify God’s true Gospel Word in this age of the end times. 

God is working among the righteous to bear witness to the Gospel Truth.  Elects at NCCkl are already anointed and inspired to serve the Lord.  Let us examine who among us can become God’s worker.

 

  1. Only The Righteous Can Become God’s Worker

It is those who believe in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that comprises Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection and whose souls have been born again are able to save souls.  Only they can preach the Gospel Word of righteousness. It is only when we receive the remission of sin, the Holy Spirit comes into our hearts and make us God’s worker. Acts 1:8;Acts 2:38   If  one can witness that his sins has been blotted out and that he now has no sin in his heart, this is the evidence of the fact that the Holy Spirit has come into his heart.  It is because the Holy Spirit guarantees our witness that we have now become sinless by believing in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness.  When we have an opportunity to preach the Gospel, we may feel nervous or afraid but it is ultimately the Holy Spirit Who really works in our lives.  Mt 10:20   On contrary, anyone who does not believe the Gospel of God’s Righteousness is not qualified to become God’s worker.  Why?  It is because Christian sinners cannot bear witness to the Righteousness of God.  As such,  Christian sinners whose hearts have retained their sins cannot be used by the Holy Spirit as His instrument.  No matter how much such Christian sinners are devoted to the work of God, sadly everything is in vain.

 

  1. Only Those Who Love Souls Can Become God’s Worker

Among the righteous, it is only those who have compassion for the souls of sinners and whose hearts desire to save them can become the workers of God’s Gospel.

They may not be particularly gifted nor articulate or have anything else that is even remotely remarkable but the righteous whose heart desire every soul to be saved are qualified as God’s workers.  Among the righteous, those who love souls, even though they themselves have no power but still desire others to be saved are able to meet the challenges despite their insufficiencies.  Whatever we may lack can be filled by faith and taught by God’s Church.  It is not easy to save lives, whether spiritually or physically and so proper discipline of faith is really necessary.  Elects must discipline themselves until they become experts at preaching the Gospel of God’s Righteousness.  We must be filled with God’s Word to serve the Gospel and to lead souls.  God’s workers can have spiritual fellowship with sinners only when they listen sufficiently to the Word of God.  Elects themselves ought to have the spiritual knowledge of the Word and strong faith in it.  However, this training cannot be attained on one’s own.  We must be inside God’s Church and hear the spiritual Word that the Holy Spirit speaks to His workers through the Church.  No matter how much understanding one may have on the Word on his own, this itself cannot turn into a spiritual sword.  Only when we hear and learn the Word through God’s Church, can our knowledge of the Word turn into a spiritual weapon.  It is only then we are barely touching others with this spiritual sword. Then they will come to be saved  from their sins and be healed from the spiritual illnesses of sin.

 

  1. Only Those Who Pray Can Become God’s Worker

Even now, at this very moment, God is still looking for workers to send them into the harvest of lost souls.  God is looking for workers who would be faithful to their callings, preach the Gospel of God’s Righteousness and live by faith.  By saying that the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are too few, God told us to pray to Him to send us more workers to harvest.  Having said so, our Lord is also telling us, ‘you who are praying shall go.’  Those who pray to God to send God’s workers are asking this precisely because their hearts yearn to do God’s work.  They pray for this because they have compassion for all the lost souls.  This is why our God is telling us that we who are praying for this should ourselves go out into the field as His workers.  Do you believe in this?  In the end times, we need workers who can lead the people of God and nourish them with the bread of life.

 

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The Power Of Spiritual Consistency

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord..”  1 Cor 15:58

Introduction

It is pertinent for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know that staying faithful in a faithless world is not a simple matter.  The Christian life is a marathon, not a sprint.  The important issue is not how we start but how we finish.  When we believe in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness, the Lord makes His residence in our hearts.  The Lord doesn’t just patch us up with a spiritual bandage and send us on our way.  Scripture tells us that we become a brand new creation.

Now, even though we are saved by the water and blood of Jesus, we may find that we continue to struggle in living out a Christian life focused on bringing glory to God.  When we lead people in the way of discipleship one of the issues we must deal with is the boring nature of it all.  I mean, there is only so many ways we can ‘spice up’ the habits that characterize consistent growth in Christ.  There will be many days even elects won’t feel like reading the Bible, pray, serve or do any other practices of spiritual development.  Consequently, we might be tempted to reframe or describe spiritual growth as some grand adventure completely free of drudgery.  In the end , what we will find is that consistency wins over everything else time and time again. 

In today’s message, I want to explore what it truly means to renew our minds by focusing on the Lord, challenging us to examine how our actions are influenced by our consistency.

 

  1. Consistency Emphasizes Faith Over Experience

What makes an elect get up and do the same thing day after day regardless  of  whether we  feel  like  it  or  not?  We could argue that it is simply being a creature of habit but we could also say that such action is driven forward by our righteousness of faith in the Gospel Truth.  Elects do the same spiritual practices  because we genuinely believe that the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and  resurrection  is  the  only  way to be saved and to remain saved by grace through faith.  Elects read the Bible because we believe it is the Word of God and pray because God

hears us.  The alternative to this kind of consistency is a life driven by experience.  If that is the case, our spiritual development is likened to a yo-yo moving up and down with the flippancy of emotion.

 

  1. Consistency Causes Roots To Grow Deep

When elects opt for consistency over excitement, we will develop the kind of practices that will carry us through the seasons of spiritual dryness that all of us will encounter.  In other words, our roots are grown deep.  When elects integrate the same, repeated practices into our lives, day after day, we will find that eventually when we don’t feel anything, when we are suffering, when we simply cannot pray anymore, we will find our roots will have extended well past the shallows to see us through.

 

  1. Consistency Works Into Other Areas Of Life

One of the side benefits of this kind of spiritual discipline is that it will work into other areas of life as well.  Elects will find, I believe that not only we will be disciplined ‘spiritually’ but physically, emotionally and mentally.  Then again, that is why ‘spiritually’ is in quotes because I seem to remember Jesus say that we should love God not only spiritually but with every part of ourselves. 

 

Conclusion

Dear friends, time is our powerful ally.  One drop of water at a time and slowly, the landscape changes. 

A consistent spiritual life will lead us to attain the fullness of Christ according to the perfect will of God.

 

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The Mark Of An Elect

“Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days..”  Dan 6:10

Introduction

It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know that consistency is an essential mark of an elect.  In this message, the person of interest is Daniel, the  OT prophet.  When studying Daniel’s life, we can find the consistency in everything he did.  Spiritual consistency is defined as holding together, firm or coherent.  When I think of consistency, I think about words like practice, continuing, perseverance, determination and faithfulness.

Daniel is known in the Scripture to be one who was obedient, faithful, diligent, dependable, endowed with a good spirit, a man of prayer and a man who was a diplomat.  Our text shows what Daniel did when crisis came. 

Consistency is an earmark of an elect. 

There are three things I want as elects in NCCkl to consider about the subject of consistency.

 

  1. Elect Need To Accept Absoluteness For Consistency

Consider the world’s insatiable appetite for consistency.  How important consistency is for athletes, employers, employees, military personnel and doctors to meet their expectation.  Consider the Bible’s admonition for consistency.  2 Pet 3:18; 1 Tim 4:12-16; 2 Tim 4:18; Acts 14:22 & Acts 18:11.  Elects ought to see how the  world demands  consistency  and  how the Bible declares that we  elects should be consistent and continue in our divine call. The plain fact of the matter is that like Daniel, we are consistent in the things that we think is important.  For example, if we think it is important to read the Word, then we will consistently read it, etc.

 

  1. Elect Need To Know The Necessity For Consistency

It is an undeniable fact that life or death can depend upon one being consistent.  Consistency could be the very trait that enables us to make it through our dark valley.  It certainly drove Daniel to his knees when crisis came.  Daniel benefitted tremendously from his previous consistent walk.  Consistency itself can be a friend that encourages us to press on and stay true to our commitments. 

 

  1. Elect Need To Develop An Appetite For Consistency

Looking into the life of Daniel, a sanctified, God honoring walk with our Heavenly Father does not come about by chance, luck, good intention or osmosis.  In fact, it does come about by an appetite that has been cultivated over a period of time.  Elects must acquire a standard, a disciplined mind set and a consecrated desire for consistency.  The appetite should not be feasting on a self promoting and pharisaical motive.  No, the elects at NCCkl should aspire to consistently possess right motives in all they do for God’s glory.  This attitude ought to be maintained at all times to fulfill our walk and service unto God. 

 

Conclusion

Dear friends, as elects, can we characterize our life as consistent?  Our prayer time, bible time, giving, witnessing, godly attitude, walk etc. 

 

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Keys To Unlocking Consistent Character

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”  Heb 10:23

Introduction

It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know that spiritual consistency is a magnificent outcome of a well-developed spiritual life.  Neglected spirituality naturally tends to stagnancy, then gradually falls into spiritual deterioration.  Spiritual nourishment and right association are very essential to every elect. 

Obedience to the Gospel Word of God’s Righteousness is a great door to spiritual consistency.  Faith animates our Christian service but fear and love of God maintains our spiritual consistency. 

God loves people who walk with him consistently.  Spiritual derailment and seasonal spirituality are very visible these days in the lives of many professing elects.  Every elect must be awakened and not be weakened. 

This sermon has been weighing heavy on my heart.  Before I begin, I have to make a disclaimer.  I am not even close to perfect but am trying to identify places in my life where I can demonstrate consistent character and pursue a life of integrity.  If we can work to eradicate inconsistency in our lives, we open up more room for God to use our lives in influential ways.  Here are some practical steps that I am seeking to practice in my life to unlocking consistent character. 

 

  1. Identify Aspects Of Behavior That Require Change

In Ps 139:23-24, David willingly ask God to show him areas of life that need polishing.  As elects,  do we do this enough?  God knows us intimately, therefore we should not be afraid of being transparent with Him.    God desires for us to be whole and healed.   Elects at NCCkl  have  to  decide  what  they  ought to change in their behavior to align themselves closely to what they believe. Be brutally honest with God with yourselves. 2 Cor 7:1

 

  1. Face The Obstacles That Causes Us To Make Excuses

Elects ought to face the obstacles that causes them to make excuses or justify their lack of change.  Kick this nasty habit.  It has become second nature for us to lie to ourselves in order to justify actions that bring hindrances to our spiritual consistency.  We were created for more than that.  It may be confusing to think that consistency comes about because of change, as these concepts seem contradicting to each other but it is true.  These are obstacles in our way that can be removed by faith as small as a mustard seed.  Mt 17:20   Removing obstacles and justification is the way of saying, ‘God, I trust You…..I have faith that You can guide me to escape temptations that I face and help me to choose holiness this moment.’   Holiness is a by product of integrity and consistent character.

 

  1. Take Your Thoughts Captive

Elects ought to take their thoughts captive and bring it to the obedience to Christ.  The keys to unlocking consistent character is  found in 2 Cor 10:5.  Honestly, this is one of my favorite and least favorite Scripture.  It can be exhausting, initially, to practice paying attention to every single thought that comes into our minds.  It is much like learning a language ….it takes a lot of time and effort at first and then it becomes internalized and habitual.  We need  to work to be conscious everyday of the decisions we make, however big or small and how close they bring us to being the person we really want to become.  Captivating our thoughts and taking responsibility over what we do with them is the key that will get us out of any tempting situations that arises. 

 

  1. To Be Persistent

Elects ought to nurture a life of spiritual persistence to attain spiritual consistency.  Don’t give up trying.  This circles back to my intro.  It will be easy for me to stop trying to pursue righteousness, holiness, integrity and consistency because I mess up sometimes.  It is possible that I might think, ‘well, I have already messed up so badly, so I might as well just keep doing it…..this is just who I am.’  Be really careful to allow your mind to believe this statement even a minute.  This doesn’t just apply to ‘big sins or negative behavior, it can be laziness, worry, anger, fear or distraction…..whatever it is, it is not worth getting off the road of consistency.  God wants to use our persistence to teach others!

 

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Be diligent to enter God’s rest

“Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience..”  Heb 4:11

 

Introduction

It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know that unbelief keeps the people of God from entering into the Promised Land and the rest God had promised.  Heb 3:19   Elects can draw reference from this  verse that unbelief poses constant and dangerous temptation to one’s faith.  As such, persevering in faith to the end becomes an indispensable act for all elects at NCCkl.

Entering the rest of God is an alternative expression for entering the Kingdom of God.  Elects are to strive diligently to enter into the rest of God.  God’s Word is clear that entering the rest of God is neither something guaranteed nor something that happens automatically,  once and for all, when one first believes.  In contrast, it is something we need to give due diligence till the end.  Mt 13:1-23; 1 Cor 9:24-27   

In spite of the fact that Jesus paid it all for us through His baptism, death and resurrection, some elects continue to struggle in their faith.  If that is your situation today, I implore you to stop trying and start believing.   How to enter God’s rest? 

Heb 4:12-16 depicts that the Christian life is not one of striving to earn favor rather a life entered into God’s promise and lived out by faith in the Righteousness of God.

 

  1. Take Heed To The Word Of God vs 12-13

The Bible is the written Word of God that reveals to us the incarnate Word, Jesus Christ.  Vs 12-13 is a classic passage on the power of the written Word of God.  These two verses reveal  several  characteristics  regarding the written Word of  God.  It is noteworthy to recognize that the Word of God is living, powerful, cutting and revealing.  Elects  must be founded in the Word of God to avoid unbelief seeping into their faith. 

 

  1. Hold Fast To The Son OF God vs 14-15

This simply means that the elects must hold fast to the confession of faith in the person and in the works of Jesus Christ.  ‘Hold fast’ means to seize, to grasp with power, hold on and don’t let go.  In these verses, we discover that Jesus Christ is the unique Son of God, our Savior.  He is also our High Priest.  The High Priest in the Old Testament entered into the Holy of Holies once a year to make atonement for the people of God.  Jesus has entered into the heavens into the very presence of the Father, as our High Priest.  Note that Scripture declares Jesus Christ as a faithful High Priest, a sympathetic High Priest and a victorious High Priest.  Elects must consider Jesus Christ as their Apostle and the High Priest at all times to avoid unbelief in their faith.

 

  1. Come Boldly To The Throne Of God vs 16

In the Old Testament only the High Priest could enter into the Holy of Holies once a year.  After Jesus’ baptism and death, the veil of the Temple was torn from top to bottom signifying that the way to God’s Presence was open for everyone who believes in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness.  In Christ, elects are invited to come boldly to the Throne of grace.  This verse is an open invitation to prayer.  Elects have the glorious privilege of approaching the very Throne of God.  Prayer is our hotline to Heaven, to God Himself.  Elects are admonished to come boldly to the Throne of grace in time of need.  As we approach the Throne by faith in the Righteousness of God, we will find God’s mercy, grace and promises.  Mt 11:28-30  Elects must recognize the open heaven available to them by faith in order to avoid unbelief particularly in times of trouble.

 

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Why due diligence is important to God?

“And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”  Heb 6:11-12

 

Introduction

It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know why due diligence is important to God.  The Bible has a lot to say about diligence.  What is it?  What should we be diligent about and  what does God promise for those who are diligent? 

In Heb 6:11-12, Paul was addressing converted elects by the Gospel of God’s Righteousness. 

Christianity consists of three things – knowledge, experience and practice. 

These three things the elects whom Paul was addressing evidently possessed. They were acquainted with the principles of faith in the Righteousness of God and had tasted the heavenly gift.  Let us explore the diligence expected of them:

 

  1. Due Diligence Is Important For Knowledge In Realizing And Enjoying The Heavenly Blessings

Paul begins chapter 6 by admonishing the elects, “let us go on unto perfection.”  In fact, such a spiritual perfection or maturity was also expected by Christ.  I conceive this implies that the elects  ought to comprehend all the blessings  of God and to have a perfect knowledge of Christian doctrines so that we would no longer be tossed around by every form of teachings.  It also implies a perfect possession of all Christian graces that would enable the elects to have full assurance of hope in Christ.  More so, elects ought to advance steadily toward spiritual maturity that would lead us to perform Christian duties effectively for the glory of God.  Furthermore, it implies the entire dedication of the elects to God, doing all to the glory of God and looking for the glorious appearance of Jesus Christ unto eternal life. 

 

  1. Due Diligence Is Important In Order To Attain The Blessed State Of Christian Experience And Practice

Here we shall have to  answer a query.  If this be Christianity, how is it that we see so little of it in the world?  The answer is here :  “that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”   These blessings of which I have been talking  about  are   not   given   to   idlers.    Spiritual   sluggishness  is  incompatible with Christianity.  Christianity is exhibited by the elects who endure relentless spiritual warfare by exerting all their spiritual prowess.

What kind of diligence then is expected of elects? 

 

a. “that you do show the same diligence” as they have shown in the commencement.  Elects ought to continue using the same diligence when they were first awakened from spiritual deadness.  The same amount of zeal, energy, sincerity, loveliness and the excellence of faith in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness must be displayed. 

b. Elects are to use the same diligence, diligence proportioned to the end of our spiritual journey. We profess to be Christians, what, then, is the object proposed to us by the profession of Christianity?  Surely it is more than a name.  Certainly it is eternal life – it is to save deathless, immortal souls!

c. Diligence is to be proportioned, not only to the blessings to be obtained but to the evil to be avoided. Th evil to be avoided here is the everlasting loss of the soul, the punishment which awaits disobedience to God throughout eternity.

d. There must be diligence, again, proportioned to the time allotted to us. How long have you and I to live?  How long will probation continue? 

e. There must be diligence, again, proportionate to that which our enemies are using in seeking our distraction. Are we ignorant of Satan’s devices?  Does Satan ever slumber?  Are not his temptations, as well as his emissaries, countless? 

f. There must be diligence, again, proportionate to the means that God gives us for this important end. God has given grace to elects and a measure of the Spirit is given to elects to profit.  We have the influence of the Holy Spirit to draw near to God and to receive continual strength of grace.

g. There must be diligence proportioned to our daily mercies. Our whole life is one continued mercy.  Our salvation is a mercy.  Then ought we not to be diligent in the services of God, seeing that the mercies of God are so inexhaustible? 

h. There must be diligence proportioned to the price paid for our redemption. We are not redeemed with silver and gold or corruptible things but we are bought with a price.  Ought we not, considering how valuable we are in the sight of God, considering at what we have been entrusted by our Savior Who saved us – to use diligence proportionate, that we rob not God? 

i. There must be diligence, finally, in proportion to the relation in which we stand before God Who is our Father and our God. In proportion to the accountability which we must render up to Him in that awful and dreadful day to which we are hastening.

 

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Pathway To Excellence

“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life”.  Proverbs 4:23

 

Introduction

It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know that we are not home yet!  While elects want to be delivered from this world, they need to remember that we are living in a world that is under a curse.  As a result of that curse, there is a lot of groaning and turmoil taking place.  In the midst of all that, it is easy to become discouraged and laidback than to be diligent. 

However in Romans 8:18-27, Paul teaches the elect that the pathway to excellence is one of diligence. 

The word diligence means ‘to be characterized by steady, earnest and energetic activity.’ 

It is the opposite of mediocrity.  Paul shares with us three arenas of life where there is diligence in the midst of a devastated world to attain pathway to excellence in Christ.

 

1. The Creation Groans vs 19-22

The word ‘groan’ means to sigh.  It has the idea of one groaning under a burden.  This is the image used to describe creation. 

a. Creation’s experience vs 20 – creation came under curse not by its own doing but because of the sin of Adam.  Gen 3:17-19   Adam chose to walk in rebellion to the command of God and all of creation was thrown under a curse.

b. Creation’s expression vs 22 – it depicts as sighing or writhing like a woman in the throes of childbirth. The results of that curse are plain to be seen such as earthquakes, thorns, deadly animals, poisonous snakes, death and violence.

c. Creation’s expectation vs 19-22  –  it tells us that creation itself expects  to  be delivered from the curse that has been placed upon it.  Creation  yearns  for that  time when  it  will  in fact be delivered from ravages of the curse of sin.

 

2. The Christian Groans vs 23-25

These verses describes how elects are groaning to be free from their sinful bodies.  Rom 7:24   Elects long to be remade into the image of the Savior.  This is the heart of every born again saints of God.

a. The Christian agony – along with creation, the elect groans to be free from this mortal and sinful body.  Paul mentions the ‘first fruit of the Spirit.’  This refers to  the indwelling ministry of the Spirit of God  in the elect’s life.  When elects got saved, the Spirit moved into our spirit.  1 Cor 12:13; Rom 8:9    The Holy Spirit produces within the elect  a  sense  of longing.  Elects  want to be delivered from the sinful mortal bodies. Regardless of what anyone tells us, our flesh did not get saved!  It is depraved and wicked as it had ever been.  Rom 7:18-25.

b. The Christians anticipation –  Paul tells us that we are saved by ‘’   What does he mean?  Hope in the Bible has a vastly different meaning than it does in our world today.  When Bible use the word ‘hope’  it means an assurance based on a conviction.  Instead of hope being a fond wish or desire, biblical hope is a deep settled knowledge grounded in the promises of God.  We are saved by faith in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness  that comprises Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection.  It is the only faith that one day our Lord will come for us and take us home.  1 Cor 15:49-55

 

3. The Comforter Groans vs 26-27

These verses go on to tell us that it isn’t the creation and the Christians who are groaning in this present world.  Our Heavenly Comforter, the blessed Holy Spirit, also groans with us.  We are glad to have One with us Who is able to experience our needs,  Heb 4:15          

a. The Comforter sustains vs 26a   –  this verse teaches us that the Holy Spirit comes alongside of us as we travel through this harsh world and ‘takes hold of our burden.’  What burden?    The burden of living in the weak, sinful and morally defiled bodies!  The Holy Spirit knows our tendency toward evil and He helps us.  The Holy Spirit knows that we are prone to wander and He helps us.  The Holy Spirit knows that we often grow weary in wellbeing and He helps us.  It is only through the ministry of the Holy Spirit working in us to help us that we are even able to do anything that could be called good.  We are weak in the flesh but the Holy Spirit strengthens us so that we are able by His help to carry on for the glory of God. 

b. The Comforter speaks – to illustrate his point, Paul appeals to the arena of prayer.  It is because of our sins and our propensity for evil, we are not able to pray in a manner that is absolutely consistent with the perfect will of God.  However, the Holy Spirit, Who is God, knows the will of God and He knows what is in our redeemed spirit.  He takes our prayers which are often flawed and misguided and straightens them out and tells the Father what is really in our hearts.

 

Conclusion

Whoever said the walk of faith was an easy walk lied.  However, I will say that even though it isn’t always easy, it is never impossible.  We have the Spirit of God within us Who leads us to the pathway of excellence if we remain diligent and committed.

 

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Fervent in spirit

“Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord”.  Mat 25:23

 

Introduction

It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to maintain a diligent spirit towards God and His Kingdom in our everyday lives.  Evidently, the spirit of diligence is at work in NCCkl.  Even though God is a doer of these things, the spirit of diligence brings them to manifestation. 

A diligent spirit is a spiritual virtue and a key ingredient required for success in our spiritual lives. 

It showcases persistence, determination, consistency and earnestness to complete a task in Christ.  Diligence is the platform for excellence.  The reward of diligence is creativity, promotions, order and establishment. Elects must be spiritually diligent in their lives and be conscientious about growing spiritually. Listed are several aspects of diligence that elects can pursue :

 

  1. A Diligent Spirit Aspires To Glorify God

The word ‘diligent’ is a biblical word that is used to express the need for fervency to show great care and conscientiousness in one’s work or duties in spiritual matters.  Let me interject at the outset that all elects at NCCkl are striving to hear the Lord say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”  In order to hear the words ‘well done’ elects have to do it with a fervent spirit.  ‘Well done’ is a task or undertaking carried out successfully or satisfactorily.  Josh 11:15   One of the many complaints Jesus had with the Pharisees was the fact that they were not diligent about spiritual matters.  Lk 11:42   It is important to know that God does not overlook what we don’t do   by  what is  done  or accomplished in our lives.  A diligent spirit will not settle for something half done!  When it comes to our service to the Lord, we cannot do it half way! Hos 7:8    Half done is worthless to God.  There is a danger of fulfilling spiritual services with the worldly spirit.  Israel worshipped and served idols and they also worshipped and served Jehovah.  Elects cannot mix worldly approach with services to the Lord. Like oil and water, they are meant to be separated.

 

  1. A Diligent Spirit Leaves No Room For Anything Less

When an elect has a diligent spirit, it completely fills his life to the place that isn’t any room for complacency, apathy, slothfulness and worldliness.  Spiritual complacency depicts an attitude that accepts failure easily, self satisfied and unconcerned for betterment.  Spiritual apathy displays an absence of emotion or enthusiasm and lack of interest or drive for spiritual matters.  Spiritual slothfulness shows laziness and lack of desire for spiritual endeavors.  Spiritual worldliness expresses concern with worldly affairs to the neglect of spiritual needs. 

 

  1. A Diligent Spirit Produces Godly Qualities

Elects who are diligent are constant in their efforts to accomplish something for the Lord.  They are attentive and persistent in whatever they do.  Exo 15:26   Elects with fervent spirit are diligent in hearing the voice of God and always do what is right in God’s sight.  A lack of diligence will cause the elects to lose that which we have received through the Gospel of God’s Righteousness.  However, a spirit of diligence can cause the elects to find what they have lost in the past.  Lk 15:8   God rewards our diligence in seeking the Kingdom of God.  Heb 11:6  Elects possessing a diligent spirit would constantly watch one another to ensure none falls back from and fails to secure God’s Righteousness and grace.  Elects practicing diligence would not allow root of bitterness in their hearts.  Heb 12:15  A diligent spirit cause the elects to make necessary preparations by the guidance of the Holy Spirit to usher the soon coming Lord of Glory.  2 Pet 3:14

 

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Great Is Thy Faithfulness

“God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”  1 Cor 1:9

 

Introduction

It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know that God is the model for faithfulness.  The faithfulness of God is deeply rooted and is an integral part of Who He is.  When elects know God’s track record of faithfulness, they would want to respond with trust and obedience.

The OT word for faithfulness is related to the word for truth.  They both come from the same root which means ‘firmness’ or ‘stability.’ 

Faithfulness actually grows out of truth. 

It is an interesting note to know how often faithfulness and truth are used together in Scriptures. Isa 25:1; Rev 19:11   Scripture extols God’s faithfulness.  God has spoken in truth and His Word is sure, every generation can count on what God has said.  No wonder Jeremiah exclaimed with joy  “Great is thy faithfulness”  Lam 3:23    Several specific applications of God’s faithfulness are made in the NT.

 

  1. God Is Faithful In Assuring Our Salvation

The spiritual lives of the Corinthian Christians in this text are left much to be desired but Paul commends them for “awaiting eagerly for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who shall also confirm to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  1 Cor 1:7-9    Paul is confident that the Lord Himself will make them steadfast and preserve them from falling away.  That confidence does not rest in the strength or ability of the Corinthians but in the faithfulness of God.  If God promised eternal life to those who place their faith in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness, then God will deliver what He promised.  God will never allow them to perish.  What a satisfying assurance for those who are sealed with the Holy Spirit. 

 

  1. God Is Faithful In Providing For Our Victory

God wants us to enjoy victory over sin, death, Satan, flesh, world and triumph through trials but He has not left us on our own to achieve it.  He offers us help.  1 Cor 10:13   God promises to protect us from more than we can bear and to provide with every temptation or testing a way of escape.   God’s faithfulness guarantees it!  God has given us His Spirit  to  live in us and help us.  God  has  equipped  us  with  His  Word  which  sets  Satan  on  his heels.  God is continually available for  communication through prayer.  When we step out by faith to obey Him, God meets us there with His strength.  These are resources which He has faithfully provided and when we use them we enjoy His victory.

 

  1. God Is Faithful In Forgiving Our Sins

Unfortunately, most of us only use God’s resources for victory intermittently and as a result we sin.  However, God’s faithfulness reaches us even then,  “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  1 John 1:9    We can enjoy blessing when we acknowledge our sins to God as a righteous child who have been completely cleansed from all our sins through the baptism, death and resurrection of Christ.  God forgives us on the basis of two aspects of His character.  One of it is His righteous or just character.  He has already punished His Son on our behalf through His baptism and death, so justice has been served and God now has no reason to withhold forgiveness to those who believe in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness.  The second is His faithfulness.  Jer 31:34    Though our sins seem so horrible that God could never be expected to forgive them, God says He will and is always faithful to His Word. Confess your sins to God as a righteous and sinless child, then take God at His Word. Believe that God has forgiven us and cleansed us from all unrighteousness through Christ Who is our perfect sacrifice. 

 

  1. God Is Faithful In Sustaining Us Through Suffering

One of the times, we are most tempted to doubt God’s faithfulness is when suffering strikes our lives.  It often makes no sense to us and we see no reason for it.  We may search our lives and although we find some sins which we have previously overlooked, we still cannot believe we deserve what God has allowed to happen to us.  We begin to think that God has forgotten us or really does not care about us.  Isa 49:14-16    God allows us to suffer at times but He could never forget us in our suffering because He is faithful.  He does not forget us.  He really does care.  How can we appropriate this great doctrine of God’s faithfulness and enjoy calmness and contentment when hard times come?  The only way is to do what Peter suggested,  “therefore, let those also who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.”  1 Pet 4:19   As the Creator, God has the power to carry out His perfect plan for our lives and to accomplish His perfect purposes through our suffering.  As the faithful Creator, God can be counted on to do it.  Therefore, we can consciously entrust ourselves to His care with complete confidence and hand the safekeeping of our lives over to Him, believing that He will do what is best.  When we do that, we will have peace in the midst of adversity.

 

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Faithfulness To The Faith

“Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me..”  Luke 9:23

 

Introduction

It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know that we stand today one generation from extinction.  It is vitally important to pass along our faith in the Righteousness of God to the next generation at NCCkl.  Of course, I am not talking about nuclear annihilation or natural calamities but rather about the preservation of the purity of the Gospel Word.  Mt 10:28

We are one generation from becoming religious in form without faith in the righteousness of God.  We are one generation from piousness without true faith.  We are one generation from being a congregation without Christ.  Unless the next generation picks up the challenge to be the body of Jesus Christ, proclaiming this powerful Gospel that comprises Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection, NCCkl will be irrelevant, impotent and a Sunday morning spiritual scrap heap!  There is urgency today for faithfulness to the faith.  Let us examine Neh 13:23-31 to identify some of the shortfall of faithfulness to the faith in the Gospel Truth.

 

  1. Worldly Culture

In too many so called ‘churches’, worldly culture has replaced true Christianity.  Worldly culture that take the edge off our loyalty to the King of kings.  When worldly culture replaces Christianity, we lift high the banner of political correctness, moral relativism and multi culturalism.  In the name of that current most sacred cow called ‘tolerance’ we may allow the fact that ‘anything goes.’  Sadly, when ‘anything goes’ infects the church, what is ‘going’ is the church – straight into oblivion, irrelevance and total uselessness in the Kingdom of God.  Saddest of all is that many in the church may not recognize the signs and even some who do see may not really care.  That lack of vision or care can be seen in today’s Christianity.  It is a shortfall of faithfulness to the faith in the Gospel Truth of God’s Righteousness.  What I have just stated is an updated view of God’s people we read about in Nehemiah’s world.  Despite revival and renewal the elects then constantly refused to abandon their sinful ways.  It is called spiritual adultery and it is nothing new.  We make a vow to God to love Him, serve Him and to be faithful to the faith in the Righteousness of God and then we slip right back into the same old mold.  2 Pet 2:20-22   Strong words from Apostle Peter indeed but a warning we must not ignore!  Nehemiah dealt with spiritual adultery from the opening to closing days of his ministry.  Anytime an elect violates his faithfulness to God and God’s call on his life by making a choice against God’s will, he is in a state of spiritual adultery, he is following Satan and not the Lord Jesus Christ.  In other days we called it ‘backsliding.’

 

  1. Worldly Influence

Specifically, we have seen in our study of Nehemiah the partnership of God’s people with heathens.  The  influence  of  pagan  culture  on  what should have

been godly homes was devastating.  It crippled the concept of worship in homes throughout the land.  Nehemiah knew it and we should as well, that you cannot mix faith with unbelief and think you will come away with anything pleasing to God.  Never for any reason partner with an unbeliever or fruitless deeds of darkness, that is if you intend to have any seriousness about your walk with God.  Emotions will begin to cloud your judgment, overriding your common sense and in some ways your life will suffer ruin.  Wise Solomon couldn’t get away with it and neither are you likely to.  When Nehemiah found out about the spiritual adultery through mixing faith and unbelief, he sent a startling wake up call.  We at NCCkl cannot look the other way on these issues.  None of us are perfect but there are some things we can control.  If not, we pay the consequences spiritually and sometimes physically without fail.

 

  1. Worldly values

Loss of spiritual vitality doesn’t happen suddenly.  It is more like a slow leak in your tire that lets the air out gradually.  A loss of faithfulness to the faith can happen when we compromise our Christian values.  Faithfulness to the faith in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness is our calling – everyone of us at NCCkl.  Nehemiah is most remembered for building the walls of Jerusalem and restoring the city.  However, if we look carefully, his whole aim wasn’t a monument of walls or building but an uncompromising worship of Almighty God of Israel. 

Nehemiah wanted to be known for his faithfulness to the faith.  Nehemiah measured everything on  how God and His Word were being honored. 

 

a. Purify Neh 13:30

To purify means that elects are going to examine your life and pull out the things that don’t belong to God.  Look for those things that tend to pull you away from God in your worship and service.  Look for the things that interfere with your quiet time or personal devotion.  Look for the things that have crept in to rob you of your joy and those things that weaken your witness for God.

 

b. Provide Neh 13:31

Nehemiah made sure to provide for the continuing of worship.  It is one thing to purify – get rid of those things that pollute your relationship with the Lord, it is just as important to take positive steps to keep your worship of God vital. That means being ready to daily give God  control of your life. Do you pray?  Do you read your bible?  Do you tithe?  Do you share your faith? Can God have whatever you have?

 

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