Significance Of Service

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Eph 2:10

Introduction

It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness which constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know that elects are designed for service unto the Lord. Have you ever considered the impact service has? Why did Jesus Christ, the Lord of Glory say, ‘I didn’t come to be served but to serve.’ Isn’t a symbol of success the idea of people serving us?
Fundamentally as elects, we are called to ‘serve’ not ‘be served.’ In my message today on ‘Significance of Service’ after reading Mt 20:28 I discovered that the Bible extends practical help to make us become more like Jesus in the area of service. Let us identify the common misconception of godly service before dealing with the matter of service.

Misconception of Service
There is a tendency today to think of Bible characters as almost fantasy. For instance, most times we think of the disciples as ‘spiritual giants’ who live above sin, yet the Bible seem to teach us that they were just as fallible as we are. They experience some of the same feelings and problems. When I think about Jesus’ disciples, Peter would probably be the one who epitomizes the same type of struggles and recklessness that we endure. However, Peter wasn’t the only one who had problems and shortcomings. It seem that James and John had their set of problems which was generational, being adults they even got their mum involved in fighting for their rights for position and prominence. There are many more cases in the Bible that openly reveals the vulnerability of those who served God in their time. The Bible does not sugarcoat to make God’s servant look good at all times.
Service is a matter of :

Elects Health Is Paramount

Do elects realize that our bodies and mind were regenerated for activity? Not for passivity. I personally had to take a hard knock before realizing this simple truth. God’s elect ought to use their strength and godly knowledge for action. In fact, today many elects have become so lethargic and fatigue simply because they fail to maintain a good health for godly service. Adequate exercise and good eating habits play a pivotal role for us to render effective service with an able body. It is the responsibility of the elects to cultivate and care for their bodies and mind. When we are serving others, our health is strong. Listen, it involves both our physical health as well as our mental health. If we are serving others, we have no time to idle.

Elects Happiness is Paramount

Now, there are some notable exceptions but as a general rule people who serve because they ‘want to’ are generally happy people. Watch, they are happy because they are healthy and they have meaning in their lives. Jesus’ concerns were not for the things of this world but rather the eternally lost souls. The tears He shed were never for Himself but rather for those who were like sheep with no shepherd. Jesus’ happiness came from helping others. Show me a cranky, grumpy, bitter person and I will show you one who doesn’t serve. Even if they serve, they do it for the praise of men and not the praise of God. Know why?

Elects Heart is Paramount

The entire expression of our lives comes down to our heart. We will never find happiness if we expect to be served as if the world owes us something. We will never be healthy physically and emotionally if we expect others to look out after us and thus become ‘takers’ and never giving anything. I want to challenge every elects at NCCkl to find a way ‘where you are’ in your own ‘path of life’ to find a way to serve. No matter what station of life you are in, God has a plan to prosper you in all that you do. It does not matter who you are or where you are, you can make a difference, if you only serve the Gospel of God’s Righteousness and His Church.

Elects Heritage is Paramount

If we choose to serve, which is by the way our free choice, the heritage that we leave will be long lasting. Maybe we will impact the next generation of seekers for Christ. Maybe seeing us serve will be exactly what they need in order to serve unselfishly, with integrity and honesty. We don’t want to be in a statistic of people whereby the impact of service is least appreciated today.

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Everyday Influence

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God…..to Timothy, a beloved son……. I remember you in my prayers night and day….. when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also. 2 Tim 1:1-5

Introduction

It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness which constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know the power of influence. What is influence? Influence is the ability of a person to compel others to think, feel or behave in a specific manner. In 2 Tim 1:1-5, we discover that Timothy had the influence of his mother, grandmother, father and the Apostle Paul. In our message, ‘Everyday Influence’ I would like to show how we as elects can play a role in helping the unsaved become mighty for Christ through our everyday influence.

Power Of Influence

The future belongs to those who believe in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness. Elects ought to thank the church for helping us embrace our future in this beautiful Gospel Truth. Elects would not have attained true salvation for their souls if it wasn’t for the support God has provided each step of the way through His Word. Through every setbacks, struggles or unexpected twist, the church has encouraged us to press on and persevere. Most importantly, the church taught us the importance of having spiritual dreams and necessity of making our relationship with God the very center of our future. Though elects are continuously being bombarded by people and things trying to influence us but the church never fails to help us to become the individuals that we are today. Even as your pastor, I hope that my life would influence you in a positive way to encourage elects to love the Lord more by walking in the way He has prepared in advance for us.

Influence In Timothy’s Life

Timothy received tremendous influence within his family circle namely, grandmother, mother and father. In Acts 16:1, we read something that is very important concerning influence in Timothy’s life. Luke says, Timothy’s father was a Greek, indicating he was most likely an unbeliever. It is very possible that in addition to having the influence of a godly grandmother and mother, Timothy also may had the influence of an unsaved and ungodly father. Divided homes are not new to our time and culture and we know the effects of them. Lois, Timothy’s grandmother, appears to have been the first one to embrace the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that comprises Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection. Her life influenced her daughter Eunice and both attempted to raise Timothy in the Christian faith. We have a responsibility to be godly influences in the lives of those in our family. We may not see them saved by our influence alone but we can plant the seeds of faith in the Gospel. Influence

Outside Of Family

It appears that it was the Apostle Paul that was the ultimate person that led Timothy to Christ. I believe there were many influences in Timothy’s life, both godly and ungodly. His mother and grandmother planted the seeds of faith in the Gospel Truth. The Apostle Paul watered those seeds and Jesus Christ brought the increase that empowered him to surrender his life to God. Pro 22:6

The Ultimate Choice Is Up To The Individual

How are we influencing the lives of people? Timothy had many influences in his life but it was ultimately his choice to serve Jesus Christ. He did it supergloriously by the power of the Holy Spirit in the most paganistic environment of his day. Timothy became a man who was mightily used by the Lord to set the tone on what it is to be an elect. The godly influence of the Apostle Paul had shaped Timothy’s spiritual life. A person can be instructed in spiritual things, understand Scriptures, know all the words of the water and Spirit and yet their heart not be changed. Instructions precedes conversion, conversion should follow transformation but it doesn’t always happen the way that we expect it or according to our timing. We must not forget that God is sovereign in all that happens. There are times I feel depressed, thinking that I am losing the battle with some elects at NCCkl when it pertains to their spiritual well being. I feel at times that I am working against major influences in their lives. I feel that I am not getting the support that I would like to have from them to keep them saved in Christ. However, the Lord keeps encouraging me to be a positive and godly influence at all costs. Not to give up on them but to keep imparting faith in God’s Righteousness, hoping that something beautiful will stimulate their love for the Lord. May 2020 bring a harvest of souls that we can make a positive impact on them

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Reap Bountifully

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jer 29:11

Introduction
It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness which constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know how to reap bountiful blessing in Christ. Lack of knowledge in the righteousness of faith could cause elects to needlessly spend unnecessary time worrying, working and wrestling in order to reap God’s blessings.
In my message ‘Reap Bountifully’ I am using the book of Haggai to enlighten you on how to reap bountifully in Christ by setting our priorities straight. Haggai gave the people a word from God that reversed their demoralizing ways and motivated them to engage in God’s work to reap blessings. When God is pleased with our priorities, He promises to empower, guide and enable us to reap bountiful blessings in Christ. Let us identify some key principles based on the book of Haggai.
Bountiful blessings are not reaped because elects fail to put God’s purpose, priorities and plans first. In Haggai 1:4, the prophet spoke to the people calling them back to God’s values. “Why are you living in luxurious houses while my house lies in ruin?” Many elects fail to realize that they become preoccupied with the things of the flesh more than the things of the Spirit. Whatever is not done out of faith is sin. James 4:7

Bountiful blessings are not reaped because elects fail to remember God’s will, word and ways. Haggai cautioned the people in Jerusalem that the work of God was neglected, overlooked and are being considered as a lower priority than their own concerns. Haggai 1:7-11 God has the ability to withhold His blessings to such a disobedient lifestyle.

Bountiful blessings are not reaped because elects procrastinate. The people only began building the temple 23 days after they arrived from exile. Forgetting to act promptly is a recipe for disaster in God’s plan. James 1:22 Elects who hear a message from God’s servant and does not put it into action will not benefit anything. Many elects choose to delay serving God-given ministries and settle for mediocrity bereft of God’s blessings because they fail to act on God’s will promptly.

Bountiful blessings are not reaped because elects choose to dwell in their discouragements. Haggai constantly helped the people to overcome their discouragement with a strong authoritative word from God. It often takes listening to a person of God who inspires us to act and break out of our ruts. Haggai was a task oriented leader but God used him in a complementary fashion with Zerubbabel, a religious priestly authority. Haggai’s major influence came not through a political position but through God’s giftedness. He overcame excuses that were given about building he temple as there had been a delay for 16 years.

Bountiful blessings are not reaped because elects lack spiritual perspective. Haggai gave the people divine perspective in what was happening to them accordingly. When elects are able to see their circumstances from the eyes of God, they are apt to reverse their course. Elects ought to learn on how to use God’s word to head off excuses, discouragement and detours that come their way.

Bountiful blessings are not reaped because elects disregard the importance of God’s work. Haggai fired up the people to not wax and wane in their enthusiasm. He strongly promised God’s strength, provision and enablement as they trusted and obeyed His will. Haggai did not give complicated answers but simple solutions from above. Often times, it is much better to just give God’s wisdom than intellectually complicated answers to people’s problem. This will often come from our own communion with God’s Spirit.

Bountiful blessings are not reaped because elects lack patience. Haggai taught the people that in order to see the bountiful blessings of God, they needed to wait upon the Lord and not immediately look for blessings. God will eventually come through if they remain patient. Persistence and faithfulness in prayer, devotion and obedience always yields God’s blessing.

Bountiful blessings are not reaped because elects look to other means for protection, progress and persuasion. Haggai got a special word from God and assured the people that God would provide protection, progress and persuasions against their enemies as long as they sought first His Kingdom and His Righteousness. Haggai cautioned them against getting side tracked. Elects ought to listen to their spiritual authority when the going gets tough and when they start to veer off course. Godly anointed and appointed leaders are able to pre-emptively avoid conflicts and dangers before they get blown out of proportion.

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Calling In Your Harvest

“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart…,”. Gal 6:9

Introduction
It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness which constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know that in due season we shall reap if we do not give up. Elects who are so beautifully saved by water and the Spirit ought to know why we serve God. Is it for temporal benefits or more is involved? Job was accused of serving God for what he could get out of it at the present moment. Job 1:9 However, God knew Job would be faithful whether it was to Job’s advantage in the short term or not. Job 1:1-2:10
It is absolutely true that a life of righteousness will be rewarded but the primary reward comes to us when this life is over. Gal 6:9 teaches three important characteristics that is required by the elects for calling in their harvest.
1. Elects Ought To Be Patient
Job is well known for this quality of character and it is essential for elects to possess it in these last days. Patience is the ability to endure, hold out, bear up and persevere. The person who is patient always takes the long view. Job was blessed for his endurance. James 5:10-11 When the nighttime closes in, elects must not forget the assurance that the Lord has given in the daytime. Patience is one of the great biblical virtues when elects are to call in their harvest. Heb 6:1-12; Heb 10:35-36 Jesus said by our patience we must possess our souls. Lk 21:19 Elects ought to know that by our endurance we will gain our lives.

2. Elects Ought To See Themselves As Farmers
Those who work with living and growing things often know the most about patience and trust. Farmers get their reward only at the harvest, so they must wait for long term results. The farmer continuously gives and gets nothing in return until the harvest. Imagine a farmer who resented his ‘ungrateful’ fields because he waited and asked for them and they never gave anything to him until the whole growing season was over. James 5:7-8 Farmers must be willing to trust the growing process that has proven itself in the past. The farmer must not lose confidence in agriculture principles that have proven their trustworthiness. Imagine a farmer who long before the harvest, got worried that the laws of nature might not work this year. Gal 6:7-9 Elects ought to cultivate both their patience and the trust of the farmer if they want to call in their harvest.

3. Elects Ought To Take The Long View
The elects at NCCkl ought to ask themselves whether they want to take a long term view of God’s blessing of the rewards of the righteousness of faith. In short term, what they assume that is right might not always ‘work’ or be ‘effective’ by their standard of judgment. Solomon observed that in this life the race is not always to the swift. Ecc 9:11 Elects must not take on an accusing attitude toward God and His servants for their seemingly indifference to one’s personal carnal expectation. Exo 5:22-23 If elects do not have the patience to wait till the end of the story as written, we ought not to draw premature conclusions even if we feel unjustly treated. We must have absolute confidence in God’s grace and faithfulness. 2 Cor 12:9 ; Heb 10:23 Elects’ main emphasis ought to be on the end of the story. Heb 12:1-2 ; Col 3:23-24 Heaven is worth even if we are facing challenges and testing in the short term. 2 Cor 4:17 ; Rom 8:18

Conclusion
If Satan were allowed to take away one by one, the temporal blessings God has allowed us to have, how many would have to be taken away before we quit serving God? What does God have to give us in this life to keep us on His side? Is Heaven’s blessings enough? Job 13:15 ; Job 19:25-26 God can deliver us from hardship, disappointment and hurts but even if He does not, it is still worth it to serve and live for Him. Nothing should separate us from the love that we have received in Christ Jesus. Therefore as the Scripture says, let us be steadfast, immovable and always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord our labour is not in vain. 1 Cor 15:58 Let us not grow weary of doing good for in due season we will reap if we do not give up. Gal 6:9

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My Spirit

I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken it and performed it,” says the Lord.’ ”.  Eze 37:14

 

Introduction

It is important for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness which constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know the greatest labour of the church in this hour is to have the Spirit of the Lord upon us.  In other words, we must have the anointing of  the Lord to accomplish the spiritual labour entrusted to us. 

In Luke 4:18-19, we see something very powerful in order to succeed in the labour of spiritual harvest. 

We see that Jesus knew He was anointed to labour and what He was anointed to labour. 

 

  1. Jesus Knew He Was Anointed To Labour

Jesus was consciously aware of an enduement, equipping and a supernatural endowment called anointing placed upon Him.  It is the will of God that every elect at NCCkl are consciously aware of this anointing and able to declare ‘the Spirit of the Lord is upon me.’  This is not simply an idea or an expression nor a figure of speech, we are talking about the tangible, manifested reality of the power of God resting upon the elects to labour in the harvest field.  When anointing came upon  Samson, he knew it.  This was a conscious awareness that he had spiritual power and anointing upon him.  Samson knew when this anointing was upon him and when it wasn’t.  When this power, anointing and  unction was upon him, he was unstoppable in his spiritual labour for the glory of God.  That was a shadow, a type of anointing that was going to come permanently  upon Jesus Christ and His covenanted elects whose faith are established in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that comprises Jesus’ baptism and death. As God’s servant, I want to stress that this anointing for labour  was   not   just   for   Jesus   nor   pastors,  evangelists, prophets and teachers but also for all the elects born of water and Spirit.  It is God’s will that the elects made sinless and righteous by faith at NCCkl could say with the same certainty and authority as Jesus declared ‘the Spirit of the Lord is upon Me because He had anointed Me.’  The anointing is the divine enablement and empowerment to labour in the spiritual harvest field.

 

  1. Jesus Knew What He Was Anointed To Labour

Jesus was the pattern for us to follow with regard to knowing exactly what we are called to labour in the Kingdom of God.   In Acts 18:38, God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power when He went about doing good and healing all those who were oppressed by the devil because God was with Him.  Jesus in His physical body is no longer here but His anointing is still here abiding in the hearts of those who believe in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness.  The same Holy Spirit and power is in us and we are His body, hands, feet and voice to carry on His unfinished labour for the lost souls.  We are anointed to preach the Gospel of God’s Righteousness,  to cast out demons, to heal the sick, to deliver those in bondage, to release the oppressed and to set the captives free.  This anointing is God’s power to break every yoke and to restore those who are heavy laden.  Isa 10:27 ; 1 John 2:20

 

It is unbecoming for elects at times to sing songs claiming we got the power and yet not able to understand how much power we are given to serve His Righteousness and Church. The sad reality is, there are some elects who have never really tapped into the power supply even to this day.  Unfortunately, they are living weak, inferior and anemic lives and are always looking for someone to bless them, encourage them and lift them up.  In other words, some elects live their lives as professional patients whereby they live their lives always in need, always struggling, always hurting and always suffering.  What God wants to do by the anointing of the Holy Spirt is to turn every patient into a spiritual doctor.  It is God’s desire for the elects to function and minister by the same anointing and to inject God’s power that is able to heal and deliver others from their spiritual sicknesses.  Acts 3:1-8

 

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Blessed Emptiness

“Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; do not gather just a few.  2 Kings 4:3

 

Introduction

It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness which constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know that blessed are the empty.  To a carnal mind, it may not make sense but with God less is more and nothing is everything.

In 2 Kings 4:1-6, the prophet says, “go borrow empty vessels and borrow not a few.”  How strange it seems to the carnal mind that the answer to the woman’s dilemma did not begin with fullness but with emptiness.  The natural mind would immediately begin to look for an overflow or a great supply to deliver her from the adverse situation.  Instead God has always been in the business of making something out of nothing.  There is nothing that attracts the attention of God like emptiness.  Let me introduce three points on ‘blessed emptiness.’

 

  1. Blessed Emptiness Is A choice

There is a natural law that states nothing remains empty.  It must be filled and it will be filled.  Elects ought to recognize that since nothing can remain empty, then we must by deliberate act of our wills choose to be emptied.  In our story, we do not know what various things may have filled the many vessels that were borrowed.  All we do know is that under God’s command they were of no use to Him until they were first of all empty.  Regardless of the condition of the vessel or how it was used, emptiness is an essential criteria.  This emptiness we are speaking of is the heart condition.  It is an attitude and disposition of the heart that places the entire life before God in total surrender. Only those born of the Gospel of God’s Righteousness have the providence to discern that they are nothing apart from God.  It is a life wholly given and sustained by God.  John 15:5; John 6:53  Elects are the most valuable to God when they are empty.  When elects become nothing, then God can become everything.  It is when elects are something that God become nothing.  In reality, emptying ourselves is a choice elects must willingly take in order to serve God’s righteousness.

 

  1. Blessed Emptiness Will Be Filled

Elects ought to realize that when they empty themselves, God will fill them  up.  In 1 Sam 15:17 Samuel said  “When you were little in your own eyes, were you not head of the tribes of Israel? Furthermore, there is a story in Judges where God uses emptiness in a very powerful way.   In Judges 7:16 “Then he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet into every man’s hand, with empty pitchers, and torches inside the pitchers.”  No swords, spears, knives or even stones were used.  Just a trumpet, an empty pitcher and a candle.  Judges 7:20   What was it that made the clay pitcher valuable to God’s purpose?  It was not their beauty, shape, origin, make or who used it but it became valuable to God’s purpose because they were empty and can be filled by God.  More so, the pitcher were breakable.  Likewise, elects can only become valuable to God if we can be filled and remain breakable.  If we want to get God’s attention, we need to show Him our emptiness,  If you want to attract the heart of God, we need to show our brokenness.  Elects can never serve God’s higher purposes until they are empty and broken.  Contrary to the ways of the world, God does His best with broken things, broken  pitchers, broken bread and broken hearts.

 

  1. Blessed Emptiness Will Be Filled With God’s Anointing

When elects are empty and ready to be filled, they will be able to house the divine treasure of God. 

Elects’ brokenness would allow the light that was inside to be seen, released or exposed to the dark world.  Unfortunately, many will not be used for God’s higher purpose because they refused to be emptied and filled by God.  Hence, those who refuse to be emptied  are not ready to be broken.  It is the light inside that must be seen, that is the whole purpose.  The sacred treasure, the divine holy anointing  that must be manifested.  Only emptiness can properly display God’s glory. Many elects have forgotten that our reason for being saved through the Gospel of God’s Righteousness is not to have a better, comfortable, happy life and go to Heaven but to manifest the reality of a resurrected living Savior to the world. A Savior Who has the power to save, deliver, heal, loosen, fill and to set the captives free from the bondage of Satan.  The emptiness we are speaking of is the emptying of the self life, a condition that must be maintained by us.  As we maintain this condition, we can receive the divine flow of Christ’s life within us and among us.  It is what we know as the abiding life in Christ. John 15:5-7; Acts 17:28

 

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Radical Seed

 “7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. 9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.  Gal 6:7-10

Introduction

It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness which constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know that Jesus Christ is a Radical Seed.  As elects we are the offspring of the Radical Seed.  Hence, being radical in our pursuit for Christ is not a bad thing as long it is done with the right motive and love for lost souls. 

One of the most persistent laws of God is that of sowing and reaping.  This principle works in the natural, spiritual, emotional and intellectual realm.  Let me highlight two areas of bearing seeds that elects need to be concerned with namely, what we are sowing in our lives and what we are sowing on other people’s lives.

 

  1. Sowing And Reaping Gal 6:7-10

The Bible teaches us that we should sow the seeds of righteousness in our lives and to sow the word of righteousness in others.  Elects are called to be seed bearers.  It is impossible to change the laws of God, we get exactly what we sow in the harvest.  It is impossible to delude God on this unchanging principle.  Unfortunately, we tend to be smarter with carnal sowing than we are about spiritual ones.  What we sow eventually comes back in an identical way as the harvest.  Elects can’t sow to the fallen flesh and hope to reap spiritually healthy things.  Our lives today at NCCkl are the harvest of seeds planted in our lives.  What kind of fruits are we experiencing?  What kind of seeds are we putting in the ground right now?  Like farmers, we need to realize that we will receive in our lives only that we have sown all along its pathway. 

The one nice thing of the law of sowing and reaping is that if we are realizing a bad harvest because of poor seeds sown, we can plow up that field and ‘replant’. This almost sounds the same as ‘repent’ in the spiritual sense.  This is the true essence of salvation and faith in the righteousness  of  God  that  provides  spiritual   transformation.  It  is sometimes reflected in the Bible as ‘plowing up our hearts’ or ‘breaking up   the   hard   ground’.   However,  the  biggest  difficulty  about  this principle is the ‘waiting’ period.  It takes time for the harvest to come forth after planting.  Part of the frustration of the ‘waiting’ time between seeding and harvest however is the sense of continuous work with little reward for some time.  This is why some get discouraged and quit too soon.  We can become weary in doing good things and waiting for the fruit can be at times quite draining.

 

  1. Sowing And Responsibilities Lk 8:5-15

Jesus assumes all elects as sowers. This parable is about spreading the Word of righteousness around.  It is apparent that the farmer sowed seeds every where even though some would have inadvertently fallen  on  bad soil.  It becomes obvious that the sowers task was simply to spread the seed.  The seeds are given to him to sow. The farmer cannot make the seed, it is provided to him.  No farmer can guarantee the perfect conditions for every seed.  Farmers can sow seeds freely everywhere but yet would not know whether every single seed would find the right condition.  The farmer’s job is to scatter as widely as possible the seed provided for him.  This is an individual responsibility.  God has given us the best seed – the Gospel of God’s Righteousness. The area to cover is the whole world and to hope for the best.  The conditions would determine the quality of harvest.  Good things will definitely multiply if good seeds are used.  Likewise, if wicked seeds are used and the conditions are ripe, a larger harvest of wickedness will arise.

Jesus explains to the disciples that  they have been given this good seed and when they are spread around, it will find a variety of soil conditions to fall upon.  Some  will produce brief life, some will produce weak life and some will produce huge harvest.  There will be variety of responses to the good seed of the Gospel of God’s Righteousness but no matter what kind of response we receive, we should keep on sowing.  There will be those who embrace the Gospel Truth for only personal gain and refuse to serve the Lord.  There will be those too preoccupied with the affairs of this life to allow spiritual growth to reach maturity.  There are those who produce a huge harvest from such small seeds entrusted to them.   However, one thing is clear, if we don’t sow, there will be no growth no matter what the condition of the soil is.  

Therefore, as elects we are called to be sowers of the seed of God’s Righteousness because only then the Gospel Word can sprout and bring life to the dead soul.

 

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Jordan Crossing

“for the Lord your God dried up the waters of the Jordan before you until you had crossed over, as the Lord your God did to the Red Sea, which He dried up before us until we had crossed over.” Joshua 4:23

Introduction

It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness which constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know that everyone has a Jordan to cross.  It is something that stands between us and the inheritance of salvation that God has promised. 

Jordan crossing is a critical point where we either breakdown or breakthrough.  It is one thing to know about salvation but it is another thing to inherit that salvation.  Jordan is a place that God had ordained and it acts as a dividing line.  It is a place where we need to decide whether to sow faith in the Word or in the flesh to attain salvation. Joshua 3:1-17 teaches us on what it takes to get across Jordan. 

 

  1. Sowing Into God’s Promise

God promised to send His Son into the world to save man from their eternal destruction.  Likewise, God promised Abraham that He will give the land of Canaan to His descendants.  In this passage, God does wonders among those who are willing to sow faith into the Word of promise. If there is anything that would keep us from crossing Jordan is unbelief and disobedience to the Word of promise. At the   age of thirty, Jesus came to the same River Jordan  as the Ark of the Covenant so that John the Baptist could pass all the sins of the world upon Him.  None of us can cross Jordan on our own.  One can only attain the true salvation of grace by sowing their faith in the Word of promise.  Only those who are baptized into Jesus can be baptized by faith into His death in order to rise up again with Jesus to enter into the Kingdom of God (Canaan).

 

  1. Sowing Into God’s Righteousness

After the death of Moses, God appointed Joshua as the leader of Israel.  Moses was the representative of the Law in the OT.  If Moses had crossed the Jordan River with the people of Israel and arrived at Canaan, it would not have been necessary for Joshua to become the leader of the people.  However, God made Moses reach the area just in front of the land of Canaan and prevented him from entering it. The reason why God gave man the Law (Moses) is to give one the knowledge of sin, to  make  the Law  one’s tutor and lead him to Christ so that one  could be justified by faith in the righteousness of God.  Gal 3:24   After the death of Moses, God appointed Joshua, the leader of Israel and ordered him to enter the land of Canaan with the people of Israel.  The name Joshua means ‘the Savior’ synonymous with ‘Jesus’.  Joshua ordered the priest to bear the Ark of the Covenant and to cross the Jordan River while leading the people as God instructed.  Through this incident, God teaches us that He had completely eliminated death caused by sin and subsequent judgment from mankind through the righteousness of  God.  This is reflected  when Jesus insisted to be baptized by John the Baptist when He said, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.”  Mt 3:15

 

  1. Sowing Into God’s Power

The Jordan River is the place where Jesus virtually became sin Who knew no sin so that in and through Him we can become sinless and righteous by God’s power.  It is where the sins of the world were passed upon Jesus by John the Baptist who represented all man.  The historical events surrounding the crossing of the Jordan River is recorded in the OT and NT.  It is extremely an important act of faith to release God’s power for the deliverance from the curses and judgments arising from the sins of mankind.  In this river, Jesus through His baptism received all the flow of sins that cannot be ceased by any human beings and later died on the cross by accepting judgment in our place for those sins.  Throughout the history of humanity, all man were heading for destruction from their birth because of sin.  Even though they try hard to control their sinful nature, they could not  and that is why they were marching towards the river of judgment that leads to ultimate death.  However, Jesus Who is the power of God, cut off the flow of sin and judgment.  This story suggest that to be freed from sin, we must pay the wages of sins, which is death  and that through Jesus’ baptism and death, we are purified from all our sins to enter Heaven. 

 

Conclusion

It is recorded in the OT that when the priests dipped their feet into the  River Jordan, the river turn into dry land.  It is already miraculous enough that the water stopped but more than that it is incredible for the river turning into dry land. 

This incident serve as a guarantee of God’s deliverance from sins through Jesus’ baptism and death. 

The dry land represented the way that all the sins of the world would be forgiven in Christ.  All sins went forth from Adam out to all mankind but the curse of judgment ended with Jesus’ baptism. Now all one needs to do to be forgiven of sins is simply  to have faith in Christ and receive the Holy Spirit.

 

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It’s A New Season

“And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him.,.” 1 Sam 22:2

Introduction

Dear friends, Blessed 10th Anniversary!

It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness which constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know that NCCkl is ushering in a new season. 

The Scripture above depicts a picture of our spiritual condition when we first started at NCCkl 10 years ago.  Don’t get mad at me, I do see that all of you are looking great today.  Somewhere back down memory lane, we came bound, oppressed, distressed, debtors, angry and bitter.  We came to Jesus with all our problems.  Jesus received us just like we were, just like David did with these 400 men.  The Lord saw something in us.  He looked at the worst and saw the best. 

 

  1. The Mission

Is anybody glad God saw something in us?  David looked and accepted a bunch of rejects and decided to turn them into the greatest military fighting force the world has ever seen.  They became an elite army of the highest level of courage, ability and integrity.  The Lord is doing the same thing with us at NCCkl,  building an army of soldiers to advance the Kingdom of God.  An army held together by commitment to God, the church and the lost.  An army made alive in Christ, full of force and energy.  It is not in the defense but on the offense to fulfill the Great Commission forcefully and aggressively by engaging and overcoming resistance.  Lk 10:19   Make no mistake, God is not speaking of everyone in the church.  He is speaking specifically to the elects that are consumed with the kingdom mandate to proclaim His sovereign grace. The elects are chosen to serve  in the frontline because they are best trained, best equipped and most qualified in the battlefield.

 

  1. The Vision

The Lord entrusted us with the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection so that we can set people free from demonic power and advance the Kingdom of God.  NCCkl is marching forward into a new season when so many churches have become lukewarm, self seeking, self preserving and self centered. God  is  raising up  a Vanguard Church.  Not a place where we hide out from the devil and pray for Jesus to come and deliver us but a place where we are trained, equipped and mobilized to take the world for Jesus.  I know this prophetic statement is not for everyone, it is a little too sharp and too penetrating for those who prefer comfort but there is a breed of people that know they were bred for battle.  They know God did not save them to fly away to Heaven but serve His righteousness on earth.  We are not just the family of God but we are also the army of God.  An army is made up of different ranking officers, each  is specifically trained and equipped to carry responsibilities and the authority of that rank.  The higher the rank, the higher and the greater the responsibilities as well as the authority. 

 

  1. The Commission

A Vanguard Church does not just happenMuch like the special forces of military services, the vanguard church is governed by God.  It must go through a process where God has to identify and call His elect and separate them from the main stream.  At first, this is very difficult because it feels like we are alone and isolated.  To be a vanguard church, we have to know that we do not rely on majority consensus for our confirmation of God’s call for our lives.  The vanguard church  demands extreme commitment, extreme loyalty and extreme passion towards God.  It is hard sometimes because we can be mistaken to be too fanatical.  This happens because true radical devotion and commitment to Christ exposes luke-warmness, half-heartedness and indifference in those who are mere church goers.  True unbridled passion and devotion to Christ always  awakens criticism and persecution from nominal Christians.  As your shepherd, I stand as a prophetic voice and declare what I am hearing what God is saying.  God is saying that He is not looking for a low-flying, don’t rock the boat and don’t disturb anybody kind of church because they are so preoccupied with the world.  God is looking for vanguard church.  Vanguard church is going to lead  the way passionately in sowing seeds of soul.  We are going to bring the lost out of the darkness into the light. 

I am anointed, called and appointed to lead the vanguard church of extreme radical Holy Spirit filled, devil hating and Jesus loving warriors into battle in the new season.

 

Conclusion

Vanguard means a position at the fore front of a new season with new ideas and development.  Moving together with radical passionate worship in pursuit of the Presence and the glory of God.  There will be a supernatural release of the Spirit and anointing of revelation that will begin to materialize in our minds like concepts and ideas,  The concepts and ideas are going to be so revolutionary that they are going to place us immediately in positions of influence and resources.  Let us stand today against the backdrop of carnality, slothfulness, spiritual indifference and take our place as the vanguard church of the Lord Jesus Christ in these last days.

 

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Sacrifice What?

 “And Abel brought of the firstborn of his flock and of the fat portions. And the Lord had respect and regard for Abel and for his offering,.” Gen 4:4

Introduction

It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness which constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know what sacrifice pleases God. The first recorded offering made to God is found early in the book of Genesis.  It says that God respected Abel and the sacrifice that he brought but it also said God did not respect Cain and the sacrifice that he brought.  Was it the sacrifice?  Was it the attitude?  Was it both?

The sermon for today is titled ’Sacrifice what?’  I would like  to highlight three points about the sacrifice that pleases God using Rom 12:1 which  the Apostle Paul was urging, fervently asking us to become.

 

  1. Sacrifice Must Be Total

There are a number of different animal sacrifices instituted in the OT.  In some of them,  the complete   animal was offered by fire and it would be totally consumed until nothing but the ashes were left.  It was a total sacrifice.  The animal could not just sacrifice part of his life and go on living the way it had before.  The sacrifice was total, it was complete.  It is clear that we are looking at such a sacrifice that had to die.  If nothing had to die, then there was no sacrifice.  Therefore, if we are to present ourselves as a living sacrifice, then something has to die.  In Rom 8:13-14, Paul explains what needs to die so that we can go on being a living sacrifice. 

A living sacrifice does not live according to the flesh because it leads to death but if by the Spirit,  we put to death the deeds of the flesh, we will live. 

When we become a living sacrifice, when we respond to God’s calling, we put off the old man, the old way that we used to live.  The sacrifice is total, we cannot cling to even a little bit of our favorite former ways.  Col 3:5-9  The totality of who we are must be committed to following God, our emotions, our thoughts, our desires, all of it.  For us to become a living sacrifice does not mean that we literally sacrifice our physical body but it does mean that we completely turn that life, the life that we have, over to God to use as He sees fit.  A total sacrifice is a continual sacrifice.  When we are a living sacrifice, it is not just a one time event in our lives.  It is something that has to be on-going throughout the rest of our lives.  1 Cor 15:31-32

 

  1. Sacrifice Must Be Holy

The verse in Rom 12:1 continues to allude that as living sacrifice we ought to present ourselves as holy.  To be holy is to be like God for He is holy.  A holy God wants to have a holy people.  1 Pet 1:13-16     Peter wrote that we are to be holy in all our conduct and behavior.  He says we are to be obedient children.  We must obey God to be holy.  Peter also writes here that we are not to conform ourselves to the former lusts.  It refers to the old desires that we had before we were born again by the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that comprises Jesus’ baptism and death.  This is describing again on how we need to put to death the lusts of the flesh and be led by the Spirit to be holy as God is holy.  To do that, we need to always have God’s Word in our mind and in our hearts to guide our actions.  To be holy, we must continue to practice righteousness by consistently meditating on the Gospel of God’s Righteousness.  God delights when we obey His voice.  To obey is better than sacrifice.  1 Sam 15:22  As a living sacrifice we need to be holy and pleasing to God.  It is vitally important that we obey God’s voice and strive to walk by faith in the holiness of God.

 

  1. Sacrifice Must Be Acceptable

A living sacrifice means to be acceptable to God.  Looking back to the sacrifice that Abel and Cain offered, God disrespected Cain’s offering because he denied that he was a sinful creature under the sentence of divine condemnation after the fall.  Instead of accepting and approaching God’s way, he offered to God the fruits of the ground, which God had cursed.  He presented the product of his own toil, the work of his own hands.  God refused to accept it.  This is to validate that salvation is only through grace by faith in the absolute finished work of Christ that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection.  However, Abel brought the first born of his flock and of the fats portion.  It consisted the flesh, blood and fats of the lamb.  This acceptable offering represents Jesus Christ Who is the Firstborn that came by the flesh, blood and the Spirit.  Salvation is attained only when we bring Jesus, the perfect sacrifice given to us before God.  Lev 22:17-21   As elects, after being saved by Jesus Who came by the baptism and death, we must continue to bring Jesus our acceptable offering before God in all that we do.  A living sacrifice must be perfect  without  defect to be acceptable.  Which of us are free of defect?  Which of us are perfect?  How can we ever fit that description?  We can become an acceptable sacrifice,  free from defects  through Jesus Christ.  He gave Himself for us so that He can sanctify and make us holy.  We have been washed from our sins by His pure water and blood.  We have been made perfect by a single offering so that we can become an acceptable offering to God.  Heb 10:14

 

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