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Obedience is Better Than Sacrifice

Many times, most Christians are comfortable with doing what they want to do rather than doing what God has asked to them to do.

Love those we want to love.

Forgive those we want to forgive.

Live our lives the way we want to.

When Samuel made this statement to Saul, it was to address his partial obedience. Partial obedience is still disobedience.

1 Samuel 15:22

22 But Samuel replied: “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.

Saul had been asked by God to go to the Amalekites and destroy them, destroy the whole city, animals, kings, everyone no one was to be spared.

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Behold the Man!

In the book of beginnings, Genesis, Jesus is introduced to us with the Father and the Holy Spirit, as co-creator of heaven and earth. He is the seed of the woman who bruised Satan's head.

In Exodus, He is the Paschal Lamb, whose blood was sprinkled on the lintel of the Israelites' houses, averting God's judgement and securing their salvation from Egyptian bondage. By implication, His blood secured both our salvation from sin and eternal salvation in heaven.

In Leviticus, He is presented as the Lawgiver and the High Priest who pleads our cause before God and makes atonement for our sin with His precious blood.

In Numbers, He is portrayed as the Serpent of Brass lifted up in the wilderness for the Israelites bitten by the fiery serpents to look upon and me saved.

He is the Pillar of Cloud by day and Fire by night providing guidance through the wilderness journey.

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LESSON FROM A FIG TREE

 Mark 11:20-24

20 Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. 21 And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.”

22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

Today many Christians do not realise or understand the power or authority they have in their mouth.

The world system is based on the power of words. Those who shout loudest get heard quicker than those who fail to speak or voice their concerns.

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THE BE ATTITUDE

 

The sermon on the mount is the longest and most detailed set of instructions to the disciples of Jesus. Jesus was specific and deliberate in the sermon on the mountain.

If anyone should ask us how we should live or behave as Christians, it is detailed in these three chapters of scripture, Mathew 5-7. 

The sermon on the mount is popularly referred to as the “BEATITUDES”.

Over the years I have looked at these as “THE BEAUTIFUL ATTITUDES” or “THE BE ATTITUDES”.

I believe that Jesus’ instruction to His disciples was simple and straight forward. If you want to succeed, be strong in the faith and be fruitful in this life, this should be your attitudes as a believer.

This is what Jesus was saying to us as believers, watch your attitude because your attitude will determine your actions and your actions will determine your blessings.

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SUPERNATURAL HARVEST

 

Amos 9:11-13

11 “In that day I shall raise up and restore the fallen [b]tabernacle (booth) of David, and wall up its breaches [in the city walls];

I will also raise up and restore its ruins. And rebuild it as it was in the days of old,

12 That they may possess the remnant of Edom (ancient enemies)

And all the nations that are called by My name,” Says the Lord who does this.

13 “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “When the ploughman shall overtake the one who gathers the harvest, And the one who treads the grapes [shall overtake] him who sows the seed [for the harvest continues until planting time]; When the mountains will drip sweet wine

And all the hills shall melt [that is, everything that was once barren will overflow with streams of blessing].

All over the world the Lord is supernaturally touching lives, transforming lives, restoring lives and souls are been won to the Lord as the church returns to the builder of the Church, Jesus Christ.

Over the years many have introduced another Jesus, 2 Corinthians 11:3-4 alludes to this fact that some will preach another Jesus, another doctrine, another gospel which is not biblical.

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The Servant King

 

This joyous Christmas season we celebrate the birth of our Servant King - Jesus.  From the time of His birth He was declared and revealed to us to be King.

 

Matthew 2: 1 - 2

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, [a]wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”

Yet this King did not come to be served and waited on. He came to serve God the Father, and to serve humanity. He came to serve you and I.

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The Power of Praise in Your Mouth

 

Key Scripture:

1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

Our mouth is a special gift from God that He has given to us. It is a powerful gift and a multi faceted gift.  We use it to eat, to speak, to pray, to confess, to declare, to decree, to cry, to proclaim, to preach, to teach, to bless, to praise, to worship, to communicate etc.

One very important reason God gave us our mouths is to praise Him

To praise the Lord is a command that God gives us His people. We are commanded to praise God. It is a command that He expects us to obey. It has been said that there are approximately 250 commands and declarative statements about praising God in the Bible

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