The Living Word

The Church of Philadelphia

calmur | September 04, 2015 10:54

Revelation 3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;

8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

 When studying the seven churches that the apostle John sent His letters to, we will see that there was a pattern of messages given: therre was a blessing; there was a reproving; there was an acknowledging of their effort.

Jesus reveals Himself to the churches depending on how they are living as the body of Christ. The open door Jesus promises Philadelphia is an opportunity for spiritual growth and opportunities that would be encouraging. This is a sign of His approval of them and in fact an invitation to grow further in God, to know Christ more. Jesus is the great I AM - one with the father - able to open and close doors that no other can change. Jesus's first words to this church as of His approval and His blessing. He acknowledges that He sees their works - meaning that it matters what we do on earth. Even if it seems no one is watching - Jesus is watching - even in mundane and seemingly insignificant deeds. We shine the light and love of Christ to those around us.

Jesus says He is aware of those who are actually demon worshippers posing as Christians in their midst. Jesus promises to cause them to bow at the feet of the true Church as a sign of His love for the Church at Philadelphia.

Keeping the word of patience has significance to those who lived through difficult situations. As a special grace or favour, Jesus promises to deliver them from temptation (most likely during the reign of the Anti-Christ). 

He commands them to keep the truths that they have, to continue doing what they know to do as right and to let no one take their crown. It isn;t so much of a struggle to fight to keep the crown - but the emphasis is on keeping the faith, keeping the light that they have been taught.

 Although this message is written to one of the seven churches, it is meant for all of us. Although their were specific churches during the life of John the Apostle, these truthsaremeant for us to apply to our lives today. In every Christain Church their are true Christians, those pretending and those who try to hinder God. This same message applies directly toour modern Church. We should read these words, pray these words, literally thanking God that He knows what is occuring and He is the rewarder. He is the Resurrection and the Life, the Alpha and Omega.

The Church of Philadelphia

calmur | September 04, 2015 10:54

Revelation 3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;

8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

 When studying the seven churches that the apostle John sent His letters to, we will see that there was a pattern of messages given: therre was a blessing; there was a reproving; there was an acknowledging of their effort.

Jesus reveals Himself to the churches depending on how they are living as the body of Christ. The open door Jesus promises Philadelphia is an opportunity for spiritual growth and opportunities that would be encouraging. This is a sign of His approval of them and in fact an invitation to grow further in God, to know Christ more. Jesus is the great I AM - one with the father - able to open and close doors that no other can change. Jesus's first words to this church as of His approval and His blessing. He acknowledges that He sees their works - meaning that it matters what we do on earth. Even if it seems no one is watching - Jesus is watching - even in mundane and seemingly insignificant deeds. We shine the light and love of Christ to those around us.

Jesus says He is aware of those who are actually demon worshippers posing as Christians in their midst. Jesus promises to cause them to bow at the feet of the true Church as a sign of His love for the Church at Philadelphia.

Keeping the word of patience has significance to those who lived through difficult situations. As a special grace or favour, Jesus promises to deliver them from temptation (most likely during the reign of the Anti-Christ). 

He commands them to keep the truths that they have, to continue doing what they know to do as right and to let no one take their crown. It isn;t so much of a struggle to fight to keep the crown - but the emphasis is on keeping the faith, keeping the light that they have been taught.

 Although this message is written to one of the seven churches, it is meant for all of us. Although their were specific churches during the life of John the Apostle, these truthsaremeant for us to apply to our lives today. In every Christain Church their are true Christians, those pretending and those who try to hinder God. This same message applies directly toour modern Church. We should read these words, pray these words, literally thanking God that He knows what is occuring and He is the rewarder. He is the Resurrection and the Life, the Alpha and Omega.

Keeping the Word of the LORD

calmur | August 25, 2015 10:15

Deuteronomy 11:8 Therefore shall ye keep all the commandments which I command you this day, that ye may be strong, and go in and possess the land, whither ye go to possess it;

9 And that ye may prolong your days in the land, which the Lord sware unto your fathers to give unto them and to their seed, a land that floweth with milk and honey.

 God was promises Israel  tremendous blessing. He had delivered them out of 400 years of slavery. He had miraculously saved them and preserved them, nourished them and protected them. He made it so clear throughHis servant Moses, keeping the Word of God (the commandments)would result in tremendous blessing.

1. They would inherit the land they had been promised.

2. The land was not like any land they had known beofre. It would be exceedingly fruitful and crops would grow abundantly. There would be pasture lands so lush there would be food for their herds; there would be place for them to raise bees - honey plentiful. Also peace was promised, victory over every enemy. 

3. They had to fight to get the land but God would give them victory. By their obedience, these blessings would be theirs. This was a chance to have it all - all they had been told by Moses. All they had been promised by God.

What was required on their part was honour, respect for God in keeping His commandments. 

We also can inherit the promises of God to our lives by living with Him as the priority. Keeping Christ first, living by the strength of the Holy Spirit and keeping instant in prayer, we allow God to bless us with opportunities. If you do not know what God has promised you - please first do these things.

1. Pray asking God to reveal His will for your life, what He would have you to do.

2. Search the scriptures for any promises of God related to that topic. Example if it is to be a mother of children, search all the scriptures (you can use a concordance or on line Bible tool) concerning this topic. If it is to be a teacher, search the scriptures concerning this topic. Perhaps you know the career path for your life but you have a prayer request.

3. Search the Scriptures for any promises of God concerning this topic. For instance in buying a house, you may not find any scripture - but you can find scriptures about God giving wisdom to His people. Pray it for yourself. Actually prayer the scripture.

4. Pray the scripture until you know it by heart and keep on praying and asking God for revelation concerning it. Praying God's Word is coming into agreement with what He wills for us. Agreeing with God also means our lives should reflect Christ. Keeping the Word of God we have been taught or that has been revealed to us is essential to inheriting the promises of God.

5. God's desire for is is that we should be fruitful, abundant, blessed (financially, physically, spiritually) and joyful. Keeping the Word of God is the way to inherit the promises of God.

God can make a way

calmur | August 18, 2015 10:17

Isaiah 43:19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

20 The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen.

 

Our God specializes in His unique ways of answering our prayers. There is no magic formula for prayer with a standardized responce. God can use anyone on earth to answer a prayer. For instance Philip was walking on the road and suddenly an Etheopian nobilty was riding by and asked him if he understood the words of Isaiah.

Of course Philip knew this was a divine opportunity for him to share Christ with this man. He explained the Messianic prophecies and how Jesus fulfilled them. TheEtheopian immediately received Jesus as Savious and asked for water baptism. God can put someone in your pathway that can offer you a job, can serve or give you a unique opportunity. God can send angels of course but He most usually sends a person. In fact you could be the answer to someone's prayer.

There was a widow woman who had a debt she could not pay. she knew she could get help by going to the Prophet Elijah. He asked her what she had. She saw her lack of substance and said "Nothing except a litlle oil". The Prophet told her to go borrow as many vessels or cantainers as she could and to start pouring the oil. She did and she poured filling all the containers. She had more than enough to pay her debt. God multiplied what she had.

 If it seems there is no way out of something - expect God to do something. This is the God who parted the Red Sea and made a way for Israel to pass through on dry ground. This is the God who caused rocks to spring forth water in the wilderness. He provided manna for the people - not for one day but for 40 years!

If there is no known way, expect the way maker to create a new way. If you cannot solve something, pray and ask God to show you the way. He can make a way where there is no way. He does not have to use the conventions of the earth but He certainly can. He can produce whatever is necessary if we would turn to Him in prayer.

Don;t expect the results to be done your way. For instance Naman the Leper went to the prophet asking for a way to be healed. He was told to go bath in the river 7 X. He didn't like the answer. At first he was not going to do it. He was insulted and wanted some special treatment. His servant reasoned with him and said if it were a hard thing you would do it. He implored, go do this easy thing and lets see what happens. As Naman obeyed, he was completely healed. 

If there is a need you yourself can not answer or solve - pray asking God to make a way or show you the way. Be humble and don't try to decide how God should do it. Let Him answer you in His way. Pray in faith believing that He will. Be receptive. Be obedient. Whatever He tells you to do, do it.

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Christians with an excellent spirit

calmur | August 11, 2015 11:15

Deuteronomy 28: 14 And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

Deuteronomy 28 is one of my favourite passages of scripture because God clearly lists the blessings He intends for us as believers. You may say - I thought that was only for Moses. No - these promises are for Christians. Jesus came to fulfill the law not to throw it away. Jesus fulfilled every Messianic prophecy and kept all the laws of Moses without sin. He lived a Holy Christian life and died an agonizing death. Faith in His blood shed for us, His death, burial and resurrection give us eternal life, but it also gives us the blessings of the covenants that God made with Moses and Abraham.

One of most tremendous blessings many Christians take for granted is that they are not prone to sin. Their children are not prone to sin. They choose to serve God. They choose to live a godly Christian life. This in itself is often not even noticed by the people who are doing it. They are Christians 24/7 - 365 for all their lives. They pray; they praise; they serve God; they go to Church; they are model citizens; they are respected in their workplace; they are excellent at whatever they do; they are givers; they care; they witness Christ to others; they are hospitable; they are trustworthy; they want more of God; they want to grow spiritually; they are companions of people who are similar;  they are living in covenant relationship with God Almighty. 

This type pf excellent spirit that inspires these faithful Christians to live such lives is because they have true covenant relationship with God. They are in communion with God; they know Him and their relationship with God is always the top priority. This in itself is a witness to others around them.

First of all, to Christians who are either new and don't know how to live a Christian life - they are model mentors and friends that can lead them closer to the LORD. Mature Christians are living Epistles of God's Word, ways and will.

To Christians who have lost their way and fallen away from the LORD, the steadfastness of the true believers' constant witness of lives sold out to God, are as light houses shining the way back to Christ.

To the non-Christians, the type of excellent life I have described is a constant example and can earn respect even from those who do not choose to serve God. perhaps one day, when they need prayer, they will turn to these people for prayer or wise council.

Living a Godly Christian life is often because their parents faithfully served God; their children will faithfully serve God; generational blessing will continue as members of the family see the excellnce of Christ through their relatives. If you are part of this type of family - rejoice. Thak God for Godly parents and gradparents. Thank God your children are following the LORD. Pray for all generations after you to continue to be salt and light in the earth.

You can be a colabourer with God

calmur | August 05, 2015 07:55

Titus:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

The grace of Salvation is so tremendous, thousands of sermons have been preached on this grace and millions more can follow. But we are saved for a purpose. This is the topic of this blog. The reason we are saved is not just to get to heaven, even though that alone would be awesome. We were saved to be a people on earth who are distinct, seperate, unique, set apart for God's goodness. Although we live in the world and have obligations and needs just as others do. We are to be a Holy people. We should not be given to sin. That is our focus should be Jesus. Many people in the world fix their eyes on success, education, humanitarianism. all of these are honorable pursuits. But we should fix our eyes on Jesus, our Creator and what He has for us. Some in the earth do not know the reason they exist so them fix their eyes on pleasures such a sex, alcohol, drugs, indulgances to whatever they desire. Some of these people are respectable and law abiding; some of them are criminals. Neither are ever going to know more than earthly pleasure unless they come to Christ.

We who have been saved and acknowledge it and confess it should not fix our selves on rules or even the commandments. If we focus on Jesus Christ and who He is and what He did for us and what He has for us, we can come to know purposes of heaven here on the earth. as we become colabourers, willing workers for Christ, God will use us to bring salvation, peace, deliverance, joy, blessing to other people on earth. They may only have us as a reference as what a Christian is. God will speak to us, direct us and lead us into a joyful life of giving of ourselves and talents so that others can be blessed. Those who don't know Christ will be able to see the life of Christ living in us. It will draw them. Those who know Christ will be encouraged by us.

We should be a people zealous for good works. We should desire to care for others on the earth. I am saying we should offer ourselves each day to Jesus Christ saying" Here I am O God, use me". He will use us to bring words, hugs, blessings, whether they are financial or other, etc to people. We can be a co worker with God to bring joy to people's lives. This in itself should bring us tremendous joy. The fact that God would use us to be a part of something bigger than ourselves, something that matters beyond this life, should stirr us to want to be a godly man or woman. If you haven't prayed this yet today, please pray - God make me zealous for good workers; I want to be a colabourer with you. I want to bring joy, life, peace and your kingdom to people on earth. Amen.

Angels on Assignment

calmur | July 30, 2015 08:39

Psalm 91:11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. 12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone

 

Once you are a child of God, you have special priviledges and graces. Not only are your sins forgiven, and you have access to forgiveness for all of your life, but you have the blessings of the New Covenant. That could be a teaching on its own but what I will say is that part of these blessings include, heath, strength, prosperity, long life, the blessing of the LORD on all aspects of your life. Deuteronomy 28 is a must read at least once a week so you can remind yourself of the blessings God has for you. The blesssings of Abraham, the blessings upon the covenant God made with Moses - all the blessings of all the covenants have given to us by the resurrected LORD Jesus Christ.

Protection - There is a sphere of blessing that surrounds you. You literally have angels on assignment in your life to protect you, to keep you in your ways. Most people never see angels. They are strong, mighty beings who minister on our behalf. If we are confessing God's Word, praying God's Word, and living our lives pleasing to God, these angels enforce the Word. In special situations, they bring messages, fight demons, open passageways, release answers to prayer. 

Even people who do not intimately know the LORD often believe in angels but with a wrong perspective. We are not to seek fellowhsip with angels. We are not to pray to angels or glorify them in any way. They are servants of God that are special agents of righteousness to bless us, to hep us, to care for us. We can and should pray for God to release angels in our lives. We should align our speech with God's Word to give the angels something to use as weapons. They make it possible for us to not only obtain victory but also cause us to give God all the glory because only He could accomplish certain things in our lives. 

If you haven;t thought about the angels God uses to protect and help you. Take a moment and Thank God for the unseen things He does and the angels that He uses to help you. Pray for God to release angels to minister in areas of your life where there is a need - protection, answers to prayer etc,

The angels of the LORD minister to us and on our behalf. They are enforcers of God's Word.

The Flesh and Blood of Jesus Christ

calmur | July 22, 2015 12:24

John 6: 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

 53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.

Most Protestant Christian denominations do not literally believe these words. Often we hear words like "these are emblems or symbols to show we believe in Jesus". 

Jesus was teaching a crowd of people who wanted physical manifestation. He had just fed the 5, 000 people plus women and children by a multiplication miracle. The child's lunch became multiplied miraculously. The people who had gathered to hear Jesus was there because they wanted his words more than anything. There was no place to get food or refreshment. The people lingered anyway. Jesus had mercy on them, seeing their desire was for spiritual food. They wanted what he had to say more than earthly things. That is why Jesus did the miracle recordered. He saw their hearts desire for Him and their need.

Other people heard about the miracle and thought "free food". They didn't care about Jesus really. They wanted what He could provide. They saw Him as a means to their end to fill their bellies. I am being blunt but Jesus spoke to them quite directly and even more bluntly. They asked Him for a sign that He was the Messiah and proof. They wanted Him to provide bread. 

Jesus redirected them completely. He pointed out that He was the bread of life and His blood was as wine. Most of those people were offended. Even some of the followers of Jesus were offended and left Him. The crowd was dispersed. What type of person would say His flesh was bread and His blood was wine? 

Jesus was speaking fo course of His death on the cross. His body hanging there in atonement for our sins. His blood was shed so we wouldn't have to die. He was prophesying and giving us the true meaning of His purpose on earth. Although the disicples didn't understand His words, they did not leave Him. They would come to know His words after His death and resurrection.

The communion table is a place where we make covenant with God. It is the place we say, Jesus you are my hope opf eternal life. As we take the bread and wine (sometimes juice) we are taking ordinary elements. They are not Holy in themselves. There is no mystical power they have. But as we take them in faith believeing, we are partaking of that Body hanging on the cross and that blood shed for our sins. We are agreeing with God's covenant provision for our sins by accepting the sacrifice of Jesus Christ's life for our sins.

 

 

 

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