Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

A New Nature

Perhaps a explanation of what the term “nature” means, would be helpful:
Nature is the inclination of the heart and mind, and the characteristics of that creature.

As man, our nature comes from Adam, our first parent.

As born again man, our new nature comes from Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 5:12 “Wherefore as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”

When Adam sinned, death passed to his children, those of his nature: to all men. For we are all Adam’s children, and all have his nature, or characteristics.
(Mark 7:20-23)

God in all His Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, made a way for us to be justified before God, and saved from our sins; for He loved us.
1 John 4:9 “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.”

That way was for God’s Son, Jesus Christ, to come to earth and live a perfect life; then become obedient unto death, and pay the price for our sins.

This He did. A way, then, was opened up for life, His life (nature) to pass on to His children, to those who have received Him.
Those who are born again.

Romans 4:5 “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on Him (Jesus Christ) that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”

The Holy Spirit, Who abides with us forever, imparts Christ’s nature to us., giving us faith.

Romans 5:18-19 “Therefore as by the offense of one judgement came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of One the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of One shall many be made righteous.”

We are made righteous: Think of it! Sinners made righteous, or not guilty before a Holy God!
By the merits of Jesus Christ, who sought us, and saved us from our sin!

Romans 4:7 “Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven and whose sins are covered.”

But this is not all. Jesus Christ gives His new nature, His inclination and character; so that we may walk in light all our days.

We were in darkness, fear, and anger; now we are in light, and can have joy and peace.
His new nature within us gives us access to come to God as our Father, receiving all the Father has for us, as His children; through the merits of Christ Jesus, our Lord.
To love Him.
To grow in grace.
To know His will.
To be empowered to do His will.
To obtain the many promises He has for us.

New Life is not just receiving Heaven; but receiving His new nature and being all we can be, to His praise and glory,  here and now.



Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

We are Created in Christ Jesus

Ephesians 2:10 “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

There are two creations: the natural creation, and the spiritual creation.
We were created in Adam; naturally he was the father of all people.
We were created in Christ Jesus; spiritually, when we were born again.

1 Corinthians 1:30 “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:”

This shows what we have as a New Creation in Christ Jesus.
First there is Wisdom:
Wisdom is that sudden light from above which illuminates our lives.
We were afraid: wisdom came, and suddenly the thing we were afraid of, is seen against the background of God.
We were without understanding: wisdom came, and suddenly the “muddle of our minds” disappears, and we know.
And with the knowledge, that wisdom gives power to do.

Second, there is Righteousness:
There is the imputed righteousness of Christ which is given to us. But this righteousness spoken of here, is the righteous acts of obedience which we do for His sake.
When we see what He wants us to do, and realize that with that wisdom is power, then, we will with Him to do those acts of obedience to please Him.

Third, there is Sanctification:
Sanctification is the setting yourself aside for sacred use. To be used by God, for His glory and honor.
This sanctification is as we are in Christ Jesus:
It is by our Heavenly Father that we are sanctified.
Jude 1: “Jude the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:”

It is by the Lord Jesus Christ that we are sanctified.
1 Corinthians 1:2 ” Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:”

It is by the Holy Spirit we are sanctified.
1 Peter 1:2 “Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ : grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.”

Fourth, there is Redemption.
Redemption is two-fold. The ransom for our lives was paid in full by Jesus Christ. And by it we are given deliverance from our old life.
Or, simply put, it is the power to be saved from our sin and self.

Now all these things we have in Christ Jesus. If we will, we can have all in abundant measure.

He is willing to give us just what we need. But that is like feeding us with bread and water; it will keep us alive, but not healthy.

But He will give abundant life: pressed down and running over with His life in your life, if you will to go on with Him.
John 10:10 “The thief cometh not, but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

It is “might have”, for Jesus Christ bids us to will with His will for us, and receive all the glorious promises He has for us.

As we go along with the Lord in our walk, our life in Him becomes stronger, and more to His honor, and praise.


1 Corinthians 1:31 “That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”


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Our Stand before the World

After Judah had sinned, God let their enemies have the victory over them; to show them they should repent and turn back to Him.

Sadly they would not, and Nebuchadnezzar came to Jerusalem three times. The first two, he took much of the riches of the land; and the learned men. The third time, he destroyed the walls, and burnt the temple.

On the first conquest, Nebuchadnezzar took away the young men of skill. Princes who had been taught in science and who demonstrated wisdom. They would have to learn the teachings and the language of the Chaldeans, so they could be of use to Nebuchadnezzar.

Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego were four such young men. When brought to the palace of the king of Babylon, they were given over to the prince of the eunuchs; or the one in charge of their learning process.


Daniel 1:5 “And the king appointed a daily provision of the king’s meat, and of the wine of which he drank: so nourishing them three years that at the end thereof they might stand before the king.”

They were in a foreign country, living at the whim of the king, and the food that was presented to them was designed to “nourish them”. (make them stronger, smarter, and able to stand before the king, looking good.)

They could have reasoned that they had no choice.
That if God let them come to this land, then He would want them to “go along” with the plan of those that took them.
(The food had been offered to the king’s gods; then given to the king and his favorites)

But Daniel “purposed in his heart” that he would not defile himself with these foods and wine.
He was concerned with serving God, even in a foreign land. He was not going to forget the commandments of God, just because he was not in the land of Judah.

But what should he do?

Daniel 1:8 “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.”

He went to the one in charge of their care, and asked that he might not eat these things.
He did not have a fit, and refuse to eat; but asked: giving respect.
God blessed him, and put respect for Daniel in this man’s heart.

But it was not just his safety that was in question.

Daniel 1:10 “And the prince of the eunuchs said unto Daniel, I fear my lord the king, who hath appointed your meat and your drink: for why should he see your face worse liking than the children which are of your sort? Then shall ye make me endanger my head to the king.”

Daniel understood the danger he was putting this man in; so he asked for a test.
If it was a matter of their strength and looks, then God would surely let their obedience be blessed; that they may look healthy and strong. (So they would look healthier than the other young men that had been brought to Babylon to learn their sciences and knowledge.)

Daniel 1:12-14 “Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse (grains) to eat, and water to drink.
Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenances of the children that eat of the portion of the king’s meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants.
So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days.”

Daniel was going to leave this test into the hands of the Lord. God would bless His word, and give them health and strength; so the eunuch would be able to see the difference.
They would be able to live, the eunuch would be able to live, and they could obey God, even in this foreign land.

Daniel 1:15-16 “And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children that did eat the portion of the king’s meat.
Thus Melzar (the eunuch) took away the portion of their meat, and the wine which they should drink; and gave them pulse.”

So Daniel and his friends remained obedient to God, and continued in this training.
They became very important to this king, and honored God in their service many times.
Daniel 1:17, 18, 20 “As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill and learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all vision and dreams.
Now at the end of the days that the king had said he should bring them in, then the prince of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar.
And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm.”

At first Daniel stood alone, for God’s commandments; but soon three others joined him.

We may be sent to another place, or job, or school; or stay in the same place. But being His born again ones, we can serve the Lord wherever we are.
We are never alone, for the Holy Spirit is within us; giving us the blessing of His Presence and guidance.
And help.

He works in us; but He is also working things out around us, if we just trust and obey Him.

Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

The Diligence of Faith.

2 Peter 1:5 “And besides this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue, knowledge;”

Faith is always active. It is a gift from the Holy Spirit, when He comes and abides within us, at new birth.
It is either growing within us; or it is diminishing.

Faith is the active ingredient of our Christian lives; for we act in faith, and live by faith.
We are strengthened by our faith, and encouraged by our faith; for faith always looks to Christ Jesus, our Lord.

Are we using the faith He has given us, to gain more from Him?

2 Peter 1:3 “According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue:”

Notice: “all things of life and godliness” are given us, as we get knowledge of Christ. This is everything we need for our life and work.
For He has called us, as Christians, to manifest the glory (His authority and goodness) and the virtue (His power) of His word, by us.

Faith is (according to Paul) “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1)
Without it, there can be no Spiritual Reality.

Faith is the eyes to see God; and the ears to hear His Word to us personally.

And Peter says: we are to use the promises the Lord gives us, (not like throat lozenges which just soothe the sore throat and do nothing for the illness); but we are to obtain them: get them into our lives, where they will do us good.

2 Peter 1:4 “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises; that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

Faith by the Holy Spirit, enables us to hear the Lord’s promises to us, through His Word.

And also enables us to reach out and get them into our lives.

If we need patience, He works that patience within us. How?

For me: He placed me in situations, and with people, that required me to be patient.
Then He said, “I will give it to you, if you just exercise it.”
So I did. (Not always; sometimes I gave way to my self and became very irritated at people.)
But when I just ‘hung on’ to His Presence, and exercised the patience He gave me; I was patient.

If we need boldness, He places within us by the Holy Spirit, that boldness.

For me: I never could talk before people. And I was called to peach!
Did God make a mistake?
No, He gave me boldness to stand and speak.
(I remember the first time, there was such a big knot in my throat, I thought I would not be able to say anything. But when I stood up and started speaking, my voice was there. Though shaking on the inside, at first; by the end I was steady; standing on the Rock that does not move.)

And the list goes on. What we need, He supplies.
We just need to use the faith given and yield to the Holy Spirit within; and get the promises He has for us in our lives.

This is diligence; the diligence of faith.

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The Fountain of Life
Psalm 36:9 “For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.”

Have you drank from the fountain of Life?

Well, if you have, then that living force ought to be turning into a “river of living water” within you.

You see, God’s power is living. It is not a dead, or stagnant thing. He does not save, then desert, and say in effect, “Go ahead and make your way through a hostile world; you will get to heaven alright, but you have to fight your way there by yourself.”
N0. Christ Jesus has promised never to leave us or forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5). Jesus saves to the uttermost.

That means: He saves from the love of sin. This is conviction by the Holy Spirit of the wretchedness of it.
He saves from the guilt of sin. We are born again, and become clean through His sacrifice and resurrection.
He saves from the power of sin. Called Sanctification: it is a setting aside to God of all ourselves, little by little, till we are willing subjects of His Kingdom here, and now, in all our circumstances.
He saves from the presence of sin, when we go to Heaven.

John 7:37-38. “In the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink.
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”
Now when you get water flowing, what does it do?
It keeps flowing, one way or the other: when it flows downhill, and it meets a rock in its path, it just flows around it.
This is the way of the Living Water, which is the Holy Spirit within you. He gives light (John 14:26) and life, by the graces of joy, peace, consolation, strength, and love. (Galatians 5:22-23)

But what if there is a hinderance to the living water?
Some hardened place within our hearts: a root of bitterness, or hurt feelings, which will not respond to the gentle influences of the Spirit, as we should.

Perhaps, something hinders your enjoyment of the Lord?
Then seek the Lord, for He is willing and able to see that it is put right.
Are you willing that He should?
Will you yield to Him?
The Holy Spirit will help with that as well, if you will come to Him and seek it.

His power turns our hearts to Him:
Psalms 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”
Psalm 80:7 “Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.

Let the Living Waters flow out of your inner most being, and yield to the Lord: He is the Fountain of Life: and in His Light you will see light.


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Standing before the God Who is there.

Romans 11:29 “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.”

If the Lord has ever called you to a ministry or work (we call it work, because so many people feel “ministry” is only for preachers), He has not changed His mind concerning you.

Our whole existence should be: to will to please our Lord, as His creature and servant.

As creatures, we are responsible for all He has given us.

Who I am and what I am rests with the God before Whom I stand.

I can not make myself what I am not; nor can I excuse myself for what I have been.
But I can give myself over to the molding of the Holy Spirit within, and do God’s Will in obedience, now.

He will work within the increase of faith, hope, peace, and joy that I need, as I yield to Him.

It is: I stand, as His servant, before Him in each situation.
It is not as someone else, or someone I might be someday, but who I am, using the faith that God has given me.


Acts 3:1-2 “Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.
And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them which entered into the temple;”

Peter and John, had been filled with the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.
But they were still Peter and John.

Being filled with the Holy Spirit, is to be filled to the capacity in your soul at that time, to receive the rule and power of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit never interferes with you being you, in your personality, but only guides you away from sin, and into knowledge of God’s Will.
Then He gives grace or the empowerment to do God’s Will. (We still have to use it)

Peter and John were going along to prayer service, when they see this lame man.
He sat at the gate of the temple to beg alms.
He saw Peter and John, and as usual, he asked them for some money.

Acts 3:4 “And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.”

The lame man saw nothing different in them, for he expected some small change, as others gave him.
But Peter wanted to direct his eyes away from the coin, to what he said. For he knew that the Lord wanted to heal him. (“Fastening” here, means looking with a purpose in mind.)

Acts 3:6-8 “Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.”

Notice Peter said, “such as I have give I thee”. What did he have?
He had the knowledge of Jesus Christ and of the power of His name.
For Jesus Christ can change men’s lives.
And Peter knew the Lord’s Will, and used what he had to obey.

Notice also, he took him by the hand. Peter did not wait for the man to believe, but “lifted him up” in faith, himself.
And God did the rest: “his feet and ankle bones received strength” to walk and leap.

Then faith in the man caught up and he did not run home; but went into the temple to praise God.

If you read further, you will see how God used this to enable Peter to preach about Christ to others. Many believed. (Acts 4:4)

(Yes, they were put in “hold” for a night, but even that gave them the opportunity to preach in Jesus Name to the rulers, elders, and scribes.
They were threatened, but told the council, “Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”)

After such an experience, Peter and John went back to the company of believers and told what had happened.
All the gathered believers prayed for boldness to “speak Thy word”.

Acts 4:31 “And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.”

Here they were filled to the greater capacity in their souls. They had a larger capacity because of what they had done, and they needed more of His help.
And He gave it.

Standing before the God Who is there is simply being His obedient servant; and receiving and using the faith and help He gives.

Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

The Scribe Which Is Instructed Unto the Kingdom of Heaven.

(I am copying again the first message we put on our blog)

Matthew 13:52 ” Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which brings forth out of his treasure things new and old.”

We are starting this blog for Christians. To strengthen and encourage God’s people to seek, and trust the Lord.
All given with the prayer that they meet the need of those who read them.

We believe that one of the greatest needs of this Church Age is to understand and Have Christ’s kingdom come within the heart of each of His own.

Matthew 6:10 “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven.”(KJV)

Notice it is “in earth”, not on it.
This is His Personal Kingdom coming with in your life. When you make Him King, and He reigns there.
When we are born again (John 3:3, 7) and “ye must be born again”….we enter His kingdom as His citizens. But it is only when we are obedient to His laws and ordinances that we make Him King in our lives.

If we are still “running the show” ; He is not King, Personally.
“Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be done.”
When this becomes a fact in our everyday lives, we are subjects of that Kingdom, and expressions of it:
Our Wills are His, and are then empowered to do His Will.
For it is then, He sits on the Throne of our Hearts.

Not that we make others do His Will….but that  we do His Will.

Then His Kingdom has come within us.

It is a great feeling to come to the place where the arguments WITH GOD, end; and the Holy Spirit–instead of correcting , empowers to go forward in peace, joy and faith.

Preaching, Teaching, and Notes


Manasseh was one of the Bible’s worst persons, he was a king, born into luxury and position.
Loved of his father, Hezekiah, who was a Godly king.

As a matter of fact, Hezekiah was going to die, and he prayed that he might live. That God would extend his life.
He had no son, and wanted to have an heir, before he died.

Manasseh was the result.

From the first, he departed from the ways of his father. And forsook the worship of God, for idols.
The pleasures of this life was all he was interested in; that, and leading others into the same sin.

2 Kings 21:1-2 “Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign,…
And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, after the abominations of the heathen, whom the Lord cast out before the children of Israel.”
2 Kings 21:6 “And he made his sons pass through the fire, and observed times, and used enchantments, and dealt with familiar spirits and wizards: he wrought much wickedness in the sight of the Lord, to provoke Him to anger.”

He destroyed those who spoke out against him, and became worse and worse in “having his own way”.
2 Chronicles 33:10. “And the Lord spake to Manasseh, and to his people: but they would not hearken.”

How often it is, that sin leads to more sin. We can begin by getting angry, and the next minute, we can be thinking about getting even.
We can begin by speeding, and end up endangering others.
Sin is addictive; that is why we need our Savior, Jesus Christ, to save us from it. (Matthew 1:21)

The blood he shed, (it is supposed that he killed Isaiah for preaching against him) and the idols he worshipped, brought the curse of God on to the nation of Judah.

2 Kings 21:16 “Moreover Manasseh shed innocent blood very much, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end unto another; besides his sin where with he made Judah to sin, in doing that which was evil in the sight of the Lord.”

2 Kings 21:11-12 “Because Manasseh king of Judah hath done these abominations, and hath done wickedly above all that the Amorites did, which were before him, and hath made Judah also to sin with his idols:
Therefore thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Behold, I am bringing such evil upon Jerusalem and Judah, that whosoever heareth of it, both his ears shall tingle.”



And this is amazing grace….Manasseh repented.

2 Chronicles 33:11-12 “Wherefore the Lord brought upon them the captains of the host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns, and bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon.
And when he was in affliction, he besought the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers,”

To “humble ourselves” in the Hebrew is to “bend the knee” or submit to God.

This is what Manasseh had never done. He had not submitted to anyone or anything.
No matter what image he had brought and set up; there was always something else to seek after.
For none of them satisfied Manasseh’s real desire. He had used power to do what he wanted, when he wanted, as he wanted; no matter who got hurt in the process. (Remember he sacrificed his own children.)

But God was to be sought, heard, and obeyed; not refused and rebelled against.

And God knows how to bring down a person’s pride.
How to finally awaken the person to His claims, upon the life He gave us.

2 Chronicles 33:13 “And prayed unto Him: and was entreated of him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom.
Then Manasseh knew that the Lord He was God.”

Repentance brought him to the place he needed to be: saved from his sins by belief in God.

And brought him to his kingdom again. This time he was in subjection to God, bringing back the worship of God to Judah; whereby saving many of his people.

2 Chronicles 33:15-16 “And he took away the strange gods, and the idol out of the house of the Lord, and all the altars that he had built in the mount of the house of the Lord, and in Jerusalem, and cast them out of the city.
And he repaired the altar of the Lord, and sacrificed thereon peace offerings and thank offerings, and commanded Judah to serve the Lord God of Israel.”

Peace offerings! Because he had found peace with God. (So can we. Romans 5:1-2)
Thank offerings! Because he had finally found true satisfaction in God.

James writes:
James 4:6. “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”

Grace is the unmerited favor of power in our lives, by Jesus Christ our Lord.

He has power for us: everyday power to live for Him, and enjoy the peace and joy, He only can give.





Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

Time to Take Inventory of our Progress

It is tax time, when everyone takes stock of their finances for the last year.
How much did we actually make?
How much will the tax be?
How much will we get back?

So let us pause and take stock of our spiritual gains and losses; for this last year.


Let us look and see if we have walked along with Christ; or let cares and troubles burden us down.

How much of last year was spent in rejoicing in the Lord, and how much was spent in worrying?
Philippians 4:4, 6-7. “Rejoice in the Lord always: again I say rejoice.”
“Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”


Last year, how much time did we spend in prayer?
Colossians 4:2. “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;”

Matthew 21:22. “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”
Have we prayed for our brothers and sisters in Christ? Those close or far away?
Has our time of prayer, increased or decreased?


Has our knowledge of what Jesus Christ will do for us personally, increased?
It comes often by our obtaining the promises we have been given.
Or increasing in God’s grace which He gives us by His Spirit.

2 Peter 1:2-4 “Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord.
According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises; that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature (having Christ’s character), having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”


What about our stand as Christians?
Are we standing on the Rock?
It is quite true that amid the many anxieties and troubles, we may be shaken.
But our Rock never moves under us.

Matthew 7:24-25 “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of Mine, and doeth them, I will liken unto a wise man, which built his house upon the Rock:
And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a Rock.”


Have we let troubles deprive us of God’s joy or peace?
Do we know His sufficiency? In illness? In loss? Amid anger?
Are we letting His Presence comfort and guide us?

Romans 8:32, 37-39 “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”


Paul wrote even after years of serving the Lord:

Philippians 3:12. “Not though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.”

And how did he do that?
Philippians 3:13 “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do,
forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,”


Whether we have learned a lot; or not gone very far with Him, in the past year; we still we have a new year to gain.
To go on and get into our lives what has been given us in Christ Jesus.

Rejoice in the Lord.
Pray for ourselves, and others.
Believe, and obtain the promise of peace, everyday.
Stand on the Rock.

Forget those things which are past.
Reach forth for those things Christ Jesus has for us ahead.



Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

Are you yoked with Christ Jesus?

The Christian experience is an ever upward movement.
When we fall or fail in our walk, we lose ground.

But coming to Christ Jesus is always the first step in being restored, or in what is next for our lives. (Even after we have failed)

He is our hiding place, our fire within, our rest of soul, our peace. Coming to Him should be one of the easiest movements for us, as Christians, because we know His great love for us.

Matthew 11:28-29 “Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy ladened, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”

When we come to Him, the first thing He gives us is rest. It is rest of spirit (this you feel, as the sea was calmed by the Voice of Jesus), and it is rest of soul (this comes with understanding His Word, and knowing His love in our hearts).

And then, with the rest of heart and mind, He shows us His way of progress.

Whether two oxen are plowing, or harvesting, or pulling a wagon to town; the way the work gets done for them both, is the yoke.

This yoke, then, represents His way of bring His will to pass in our lives.

You say, of course His way is His will.

There are two Christians. Each one knows someone that  needs to come to Christ. And they feel they are to help them come.
That is God’s Will.

God’s Way for one is to witness of Christ in life and word, whenever opportunity comes.
God’s Way for the other is to pray for that person everyday until they are born again.

Christ’s Yoke is the way He will lead us to do His Will.
You can fret against it, and become hurt in the process. (Many oxen had sores on their shoulders because they chaffed against the yoke)
Or you can yield to His way, for you; and enter into a rest of soul beyond which you have ever known.

Personal Example:
Years ago I had a medical problem which was not going away; and no money to go and see to it.(it could have been extensive)
My wife had prayed about it, and felt that she should pray for the Lord to heal it.

We both felt this was God’s Way of dealing with this problem, so she prayed for it.

Now my wife (she told me this latter), like so many who have a conviction from God about a problem, thought that she could pray for it once, and it would be gone!!!
(for some, it might happen that way, but it was not here)

But it wasn’t gone. It was still there, and I told her it was a little more sore.
(This made her mad, she told me latter)
So we prayed about whether this was indeed the way to have it taken care of.
“Yes”, was the answer we both had.

This set up a test for my wife, which I did not really enter into. She had thought God was going to heal it right away.
So how was it to be healed? Was her question to the Lord. (And she admitted later that she had quite a fit with the Lord, before she got around to REALLY asking this question. But she wanted the healing the Lord had for me, so she yielded to His Way.)

The answer:
Luke 11:9-10 “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given unto you; Seek, and ye shall find; Knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
For everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”

She was to ask, and keep asking for my healing.
She was to seek for any means (other than this) that should be utilized.
She was to knock on heaven’s door till I was healed.

Well, she did.   And the Lord did heal me.

The Yoke that the Lord offers to us, is His Way for us. But it is His Way, worked out with Him, pulling and doing with us.

My wife learned a lot by those prayers. And I was healed. But it was Christ’s way of doing it. (For us, it may not be the same way again.)

By yielding to His way of bringing His will to pass, we are saying we will learn of Him.

As we learn of Him, we begin to see more and more of His heart behind all that He wills and does for us.

Matthew 11:30 “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

The picture here is, not as some imagine, The Lord putting the yoke or burden on us alone.

No, the picture here is the Lord and I, being so much in union, that when He says “my yoke” and “my burden”, He is speaking of “us”, together in everything.
The work is easy and light, for it is always easy to do with the Strength of Someone you love.