Spirit of Fait 15.3.2020
“We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;”
2 Corinthians 4:13 KJV
- Our life in Christ is in faith
- Void of fear and doubt
- No other way to live this new life, but in faith
- To co-operate with the Holy Spirit is to operate in faith
“Jesus got into the boat again and went back to the other side of the lake, where a large crowd gathered around him on the shore. Then a leader of the local synagogue, whose name was Jairus, arrived. When he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet, pleading fervently with him. “My little daughter is dying,” he said. “Please come and lay your hands on her; heal her so she can live.” Jesus went with him, and all the people followed, crowding around him.”
Mark 5:21-24 NLT
“While he was still speaking to her, messengers arrived from the home of Jairus, the leader of the synagogue. They told him, “Your daughter is dead. There’s no use troubling the Teacher now.””
Mark 5:35 NLT
“But Jesus overheard them and said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith.”
Mark 5:36 NLT
Do not be afraid. Just have faith. -Jesus
He is who He said He is.
“Then Jesus stopped the crowd and wouldn’t let anyone go with him except Peter, James, and John (the brother of James). When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw much commotion and weeping and wailing. He went inside and asked, “Why all this commotion and weeping? The child isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.” The crowd laughed at him. But he made them all leave, and he took the girl’s father and mother and his three disciples into the room where the girl was lying. Holding her hand, he said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means “Little girl, get up!” And the girl, who was twelve years old, immediately stood up and walked around! They were overwhelmed and totally amazed. Jesus gave them strict orders not to tell anyone what had happened, and then he told them to give her something to eat.”
Mark 5:37-43 NLT
It’s time to live in faith.
“Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”
Mark 9:23 KJV
My Prayer Life 8.3.2020
“Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly];”
1 Thessalonians 5:17 AMPC
His house is a house of prayer (Matthew 21:13) – each of us are to be houses of prayer.
Dr. Lester Sumrall called prayer as “greatest source of untapped resources in the world”.
Quoting EM Bounds (Weapon of Prayer):
“Jesus Christ was divinely appointed leader of God’s people, and no one thing in His life proves His eminent fitness in that office so fully as His habit of prayer.”
We are to cultivate and grow in our personal prayer life.
Confidence (Eph. 3:12, 1. John 5:14) and humility (James 4:6) are keys as we enter the topic of prayer. We come humbly to Him confidently trusting His promises. We pray to the Father, in Jesus name.
Breakthrough points on prayer:
1. Access the blood & His great promises
“And now we are brothers and sisters in God’s family because of the blood of Jesus, and he welcomes us to come into the most holy sanctuary in the heavenly realm—boldly and without hesitation. For he has dedicated a new, life-giving way for us to approach God. For just as the veil was torn in two, Jesus’ body was torn open to give us free and fresh access to him!”
Hebrews 10:19-20 TPT
– Time to take steps! To boldly enter into prayer!
– We are directed to boldly come to the throne of grace! (Heb. 4:16)
Because of Jesus we have this great access! Because of what He has done!
2. Learning to know your Heavenly Father through the Word
.. people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.”
Daniel 11:32B KJV
By the Word of God we learn to know our heavenly Father.
– He is a covenant God
– He loves you
– He is almighty
More you learn to know Him, better it gets!
He is a God who answers prayer! Think about Peter in the prison, how Lord delivered Him as saints prayed! (Acts 12:5) Or what happened to Paul and Silas? (Acts 16:25) He answers prayer today.
3. Building faith in the Word
Key is to believe and act on the Word. Quick to obey!
“So then faith cometh hearing, and hearing the word of God.”
Romans 10:17 KJV
– Faith comes hearing of the Word of God
– Meditating on His promises to you
Once we know His will we can put our faith to work in prayer! (Mark 11:23-24)
4. Thanksgiving, praise and worship
“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;”
Ephesians 5:18-20 KJV
– Gratitude of heart
– Praise on your lips
– Pure worship
5. Praying in the Spirit
“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,”
Jude 1:20 KJV
New Testament prayer includes being filled with the Holy Ghost and speaking in other tongues. There is no example of the church in the Word of God without the Holy Ghost filling every vessel.
If you are lost – you need Jesus.
And then filled with the Holy Ghost!
Praying in the spirit (1. Cor. 14:14), being edified (1. Cor. 14:4), speaking mysteries to God (1. Cor. 14:2), thanking Him well (1. Cor. 14:17) and being built up (Jude 20).
Stay in prayer for the church, pastors, leaders and all the helps ministry! It’s time to see big things!
Cover the Land 01.03.2020
“For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14 KJV
“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 KJV
1. Christ is the fulfillment
In Christ is the fulfillment of everything Old Testament was able show only in pictures and shadows. (Colossians 2, Hebrews 10)
“He is the sole expression of the glory of God [the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the divine], and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God’s] nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe His mighty word of power. When He had offering Himself accomplished our cleansing of sins and riddance of guilt, He sat down at the right hand of the divine Majesty on high,” Hebrews 1:3 AMPC
In Him, we have rest.
In Him, we have joy.
In Him, we are above all principalities and powers.
In Him, we have life.
He is the only begotten Son (Joh. 3:16), God in the flesh (Col. 1:22) and beloved Son of God (Luke 3:22) well pleasing to God!
We are here to share about HIM, talk about HIM, demonstrate HIS power, express HIS love for this generation and HIS will. Testify of HIS mighty power towards us and in us. Share about what HE has done for us. How HE suffered on the cross. Paid the price. How HE rose from the dead and lives forevermore
We are passionate about JESUS
2. To all who believ
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.” John 3:16-21 KJV
World has nothing to give!
Light has come, you can believe in Him today! All who call on that wonderful name can be saved!
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, where we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 KJV
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13 KJV
There is salvation, healing, and life in the name of Jesus!
3. You are His instrument
We are here to cover the land! And to possess the land!
New Testament church in Finland needs a militant attitude and loving hearts. Our mission is not force in the natural, but the Spirit of God. To win the hearts of the people. To preach the gospel. See boys and girls, men and woman turn to Jesus
“How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” Romans 10:14-15 KJV
2 practical steps to apply in your life
– Allow the Spirit of Jesus to change you from the inside out. Change in you will be the change around you. Revival starts with you. Your life, attitude, heart and family. Desire change! Stop pointing at others, look in the mirror!
– Yield to the plan of the Holy Spirit and take your place. Join us in prayer every weekday, join a group, join us on the streets, and don’t miss one Sunday when we come together.
It’s time to cover the land. Our mission.
What we live for, what we are willing to die for.
Are you in?
Your Love-life 23.02.2020
“So I give you now a new commandment: Love each other just as much as I have loved you.” John 13:34 TPT
How is your love life?
We’ve got a new covenant, with a new commandment.
In this new covenant: God kind of love reigns.
We are to live a life of love. Walk in love. Do everything out of love.
1. Rules in the Old Testament
In the old covenant God gave His people, Israel, the law through Moses. As they would follow the instructions and the law carefully (Joshua 1:8): they would see the promises fulfilled and the blessings. The Law was the schoolmaster (Gal. 3:24-25). With Jesus came the fulfillment of the promise God spoke His prophets.
“But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.” Jeremiah 31:33 KJV
The Lord promised to put the law in the hearts of His people. At the time of Moses the nation of Israel were given directions for outside conduct, to give guidelines how to live a set apart life and be a holy nation unto God. These laws included everything for civil law to ceremonial practices.
2. New Law of Love
In the new God’s plan was fulfilled in the new creation (2. Cor. 5:17) governed love.
“And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
Romans 5:5 KJV
This God kind of love has been poured into our hearts the Holy Ghost as we were born again. God’s love is perfect. God is love (1. John 4:8).
New commandment is to operate in this God kind of love. As the new commandment is followed: blessings follow!
Are you living the life of love God designed you to live, or are you living under rules, traditions and religion? In other words: how is your love life?
3. What is love?
There are different kinds of love mentioned in the Word of a God.
- Human, or natural kind of love is always conditional and selfish. In other words: there is an exchange. If you do this, I’ll do this.
- Even the best kind of earthly love has a selfish component to it.
- God’s love in us is unselfish, is not self seeking. It is not centered around us.
“It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].” 1 Corinthians 13:5 AMPC
This is the love Jesus told us to live in.
“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” John 13:34-35 KJV
How is your love life?
4. Always going with love
“Love does no wrong to one’s neighbor [it never hurts anybody]. Therefore love meets all the requirements and is the fulfilling of the Law.” Romans 13:10 AMPC
- Allow no bad thoughts or intent against anyone!
- Sometimes there are situations where your flesh and your mind feels justified to react outside of love
“But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.” 1 Corinthians 9:27 KJV
- In all situations, and all circumstances. We go with love!
“For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh love.” Galatians 5:6 KJV
5. Forgive, and forgive!
“And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
Mark 11:25 KJV
As a child of God forgiveness is required.
“Everyone thinks forgiveness is a lovely idea until he has something to forgive.”
― C.S. Lewis
- Bitterness and unforgiveness are causes for sickness and disease.
- Much torment in the mind comes from these issues of the heart.
- Faith doesn’t work without forgiveness (Mark 11:23-26)
- Prayers are hindered due to lack of love walk (1. Peter 3:7)
“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
Ephesians 4:32 KJV
Walking in love: always forgiving. Quick to forgive.
Think of how much He has forgiven you.
6. Perfected in love
“No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.”
1 John 4:12 KJV
“But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: here know we that we are in him.”
1 John 2:5 KJV
Love of God is already in us if we are born again and belong to Jesus, however that love is not perfected in us before we walk in the light of the word of God and start walking according to that love towards others.
7. Walking in the Blessing
“For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
Galatians 5:14 KJV
Just as the word of God promises blessings for obedience to those in the Old Testament who walked in the shadow things to come, as we with our whole hearts walk in the light of the word, love Him, and love people… we can expect heaven’s best!
“And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.”
Exodus 15:26 KJV
“And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:”
Deuteronomy 28:1 KJV
I’m living life in God kind of love
I love people
God’s love is perfected in me
Jesus gave me a new commandment
Love one another
As I have loved you
So from this day
I walk in forgiveness
I will walk in love
Beauty of Holiness
1. Holy and beautiful
“O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.” Psalms 96:9 KJV
We as believers are crucified with Christ, we are buried with him, and now Christ lives in us, we walk in the newness of life, and with Christ we have been raised up together to sit in heavenly places in Him! (Gal. 2:20, Rom. 6:4, Eph. 2:6)
Our life is hid in Him, and we live a life of holiness unto God. He has given us a new heart, and now we keep our flesh crucified, and the old life buried. Lifting holy hands (1. Tim. 2:8) and having clean hands and a pure heart (Psalms 24:4).
God is Holy – and we are called to be as He is. Word of God instructs us to be holy, as He is holy (1. Peter 1:16). Our bodies are the temple of God (1. Cor. 6:19).
Called to be beautiful, set apart for Him.
Away from the world, and holy unto God!
Say this out loud:
“I’m beautiful and holy! Dedicated for the Lord!”
2. Reasons why many struggle in this area
A) Giving room to the flesh – whatever you feed: grows in your life. What you sow into will yield a harvest.
“Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.” Romans 6:13 KJV
– More you give room for the flesh, more it will take ground.
B) Wrong thinking/teaching on some vital issues of life
Issues such as “Who I am?”, “My standing with God”, “What’s possible to me” and “What are my responsibilities?”
Vision for your life personally is important, so you know the Word of God what God’s will for your life is, and what your assignment is!
C) Yielding to flesh and not knowing the will of God will result in wrong habits, attitudes, words and actions. This will produce a life without victory with constant failings. But yielding to the Spirit of God, obeying the Word of God and walking faith in love will produce a life of victory, honor, love, results and blessings!
3. Waiting for HIS return: staying ready
As on a wedding day the bride is clothed in spotless, beautiful, and white dress, so are we to keep our heats, hands and clothing clean waiting for His coming! No bride wants to have a dirty dress, it would be embarrassing! Same way, our desire is to be ready for the Lord’s coming.
“Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” Matthew 24:44 KJV
Declare this over your life:
From this day forward
I’m set apart from this world
I’m holy unto God
HEART OF A WORSHIPPER Feb. 9th, 2020
John 4:23-25 (NLT)
But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. 24 For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”
26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
In the beginning in the Garden of Eden there was simply a relationship between God and man. God wanted fellowship with man.
God is much more concerned about our fellowship with Him than about our works, our activities and our traditions. God wants relationship and everything God established for man was built on this desire for fellowship.
As a result of the Fall of Man – this original design was broken.
But Jesus came to restore that design and God is calling us to live in that place of sweet fellowship with Him through knowing Jesus Christ.
That’s why we worship Jesus – that’s why we praise Him!
He’s the way, truth and life!
Isaiah 55:1 (NLT)
“Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink— even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine or milk— it’s all free!
- We drink new wine, His Holy Spirit!
- We are nourished the milk of God’s Word – 1 Peter 2:2
John 10:10: “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
God’s Use of Principles
Psalms 19 and 119 also clearly reveal the necessity of understanding and obeying God’s principles of creation. This is true because only the manufacturer of a product knows what factors are necessary to obtain the maximum operation of the product. In essence, you can’t use a product according to your own ideas and expect it to fulfill what the manufacturer promised it could and would do. If you want a product to work, doing all that the manufacturer said it would do, you have to obey the principles (laws, commandments, instructions, etc.) of the one who designed and made the product. God’s demands of us are always based on His principles because He knows we cannot fulfill our purpose and enjoy fulfillment in life unless we operate within the parameters (principles) He has set for us. The effects of His laws cannot be avoided because they are inherent to the law. Therefore, our relationship with God, both our perception of Him and His response to us, is based on how we respond to the principles He has established throughout creation. He is not capricious in His responses to us, but rather is faithful and just.
One of the important principles God established is the principle of coming into His Presence with a worshipful, thankful heart full of praise!
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. 5 For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.
Did you know that God has a songbook? Yes, He has. It’s called “The Book of Psalms” and most of the Psalms were written one amazing, well-known songwriter who still really owns the copyright even to the most of the modern praise and worship songs.
King David – if he lived today – he’d be my best friend. We still talk about King David 3,000 years later. He was a man after God’s own heart! He was an exceptional man and there is so much we can learn from his life.
King David Worships in the time of trouble
1 Sam. 30:1-6 NKJV
Now it happened, when David and his men came to Ziklag, on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the South and Ziklag, attacked Ziklag and burned it with fire,
2 and had taken captive the women and those who were there, from small to great; they did not kill anyone, but carried them away and went their way.
3 So David and his men came to the city, and there it was, burned with fire; and their wives, their sons, and their daughters had been taken captive.
4 Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep.
5 And David’s two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite, had been taken captive. 6 Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was [a]grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.
King David had lost everything Wives, Kids and Possessions.
Also his men had lost everything. And they saw this as Davids fault and all men were blaming him and getting ready to stone him.
David could have found many excuses to defend him and try to reason with his men to forgive him. For sure he had been treated very unfairly King Saul.
He did not withdraw.
He did not let his flesh prevail and go on a revenge in anger.
He did not try to reason himself out of the situation with excuses and pity party.
Instead King David turned his heart and soul toward ‘the Lord his God.’
David called God his God.
One Bible commentary notes it well:
“it would appear as if David was the very first of all the ancient singers to grapple that thought that he stood in a personal, individual relation to God, and God to him.” (MacLaren´s Exposition)
6 Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was [a]grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.
What did he do? How did he encourage and strengthen himself in the Lord his God?
*Maybe with the song found in Psalm 27:1-2
The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When the wicked came against me To eat[a] up my flesh,
My enemies and foes, They stumbled and fell.
He didn’t have anything else left.
He could not say any more my city, my possession, my wife, my children,
but there was one thing the Amalekites had not been able to steal.
David had relationship to almighty God, he called him `my God` in his darkest hour
And when he had His God, He had everything he needed.
*Maybe King David had to command his soul to focus on His God and not the circumstances like in Psalm 42:5:
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” Psalm 42:5 NIV
*Or maybe he began to praise him and testify about past victories. Like in Psalm 34:1-6
I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; The humble shall hear of it and be glad.
3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me,And let us exalt His name together.
4 I sought the Lord, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears.
5 They looked to Him and were radiant,And their faces were not ashamed.
6 This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him,And saved him out of all his troubles.
* King David encouraged and strengthened himself in the Lord His God
He drew strength from His God.
He took courage in His God.
He made effort to press in to His presence and receive the strength he needed.
He received the joy “for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10
He found it. As he praised and worshiped His God, as he reminded himself of His goodness and faithfulness, he received strength to get up and get going.
He received wisdom from the Lord what to do and he did it.
He went after the amalekites, found them, won them and brought back everything that they had lost.
1 Samuel 30:18-19 NKJV
18 So David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away, and David rescued his two wives. 19 And nothing of theirs was lacking, either small or great, sons or daughters, spoil or anything which they had taken from them; David recovered all.
Praise and Worship brings us to the place of TOTAL VICTORY
Remember Joshua when he was leading the nation of Israel to conquer Jericho. This story is found in Joshua 6. Walls fell down flat because of the supernatural impact of people’s victorious shout of praise. Praise is also our war cry to break down the walls that divide us from each other, that enemy tries to raise up to prevent us to take that first breakthrough victory to start to possess our Promised Land here in Earth. Praise Him and you will see giants fall! Praise Him and you will see how you will win in those battles and challenges you’re facing right now.
Joshua 6:27 (NLT)
So the Lord was with Joshua, and his reputation spread throughout the land.
Apostle Paul and his companion Silas are some of the best examples of New Testament believers who understood the power of praise and worship. Both of them really had a heart of a worshiper. This powerful story is found in Acts 16
But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.
You’re living in a nation where we have freedom to worship Jesus and to preach His name. And we declare that it will stay that way! Remember they were in prison because of their boldness and faith. You might be in the prison because of your own choices or because of something someone else did. But this principle of the power of praise and worship still works – God is faithful to His Word! So you’re not in an actual prison like Paul and Silas but it could be another type of prison – prison of broken relationships, prison of hatred, prison of doubt and unbelief, prison of fear and sickness or a prison of debt. But just like Paul and Silas – when you lift up a song of praise and worship at your midnight hour – you will see how God is adding His super to your natural – and His supernatural power will miraculously deliver you from the bondage you’re in right now.
A HEART OF A SERVANT 2.2.2020
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.””
Mark 10:45 NLT
- God’s very nature, and character are to be seen in us as His children.
“He is the sole expression of the glory of God [the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the divine], and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God’s] nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe His mighty word of power. When He had offering Himself accomplished our cleansing of sins and riddance of guilt, He sat down at the right hand of the divine Majesty on high,”
Hebrews 1:3 AMPC
- As new creation, we are to renew our minds, and not conform to this world, but become as He is (Eph 5:1, Rom. 12:2, eph 4:23)
- One characteristic of our Lord is His heart of a servant
“These are the names of David’s mightiest warriors. The first was Jashobeam the Hacmonite, who was leader of the Three —the three mightiest warriors among David’s men. He once used his spear to kill 800 enemy warriors in a single battle. Next in rank among the Three was Eleazar son of Dodai, a descendant of Ahoah. Once Eleazar and David stood together against the Philistines when the entire Israelite army had fled. He killed Philistines until his hand was too tired to lift his sword, and the Lord gave him a great victory that day. The rest of the army did not return until it was time to collect the plunder! Next in rank was Shammah son of Agee from Harar. One time the Philistines gathered at Lehi and attacked the Israelites in a field full of lentils. The Israelite army fled, but Shammah held his ground in the middle of the field and beat back the Philistines. So the Lord brought about a great victory. Once during the harvest, when David was at the cave of Adullam, the Philistine army was camped in the valley of Rephaim. The Three (who were among the Thirty—an elite group among David’s fighting men) went down to meet him there. David was staying in the stronghold at the time, and a Philistine detachment had occupied the town of Bethlehem. David remarked longingly to his men, “Oh, how I would love some of that good water from the well the gate in Bethlehem.” So the Three broke through the Philistine lines, drew some water from the well the gate in Bethlehem, and brought it back to David. But he refused to drink it. Instead, he poured it out as an offering to the Lord. “The Lord forbid that I should drink this!” he exclaimed. “This water is as precious as the blood of these men who risked their lives to bring it to me.” So David did not drink it. These are examples of the exploits of the Three.”
2 Samuel 23:8-17 NLT
- Serving is a quality of the heart – we don’t pretend or put on an act
- Same way as faith, honor, love is of the heart, serving is a heart thing.
- We don’t do things because of a show, to be seen, or to impress a man.
- It’s a quality of the heart, that is expressed through our actions, and words.
NOT EVERYTHING THAT LOOKS LIKE HUMILITY IS HUMILITY.
And not everything that may seem to be pride is pride.
Don’t mistake confidence as arrogance!
And lack of fruit as humble life!
David inspired the mighty men!
“Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Psalm 139:23-24 AMPC
- His example and heart could be seen in the men who followed Him
Serving makes a difference!
- In humility, in dependence on God, and in developing faithfulness
- All key elements to take you further, and keep you established.
David’s mighty men were CHAMPIONS!
- True performers and men who accomplished amazing things with God’s help
- Still they were willing to serve, from the heart, not to “volunteer” to cover a need, but in total dedication.
- As you take ground, and advance the Kingdom – never lose the heart of a servant.
FISHERS OF MEN 26.1.2020
Mark 1:17-18 (NKJV) has recorded the words of our Savior – the very words He used when He called Peter and Andrew to become fishers of men almost 2000 years ago:
“Then Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him.”
True christianity is all about following the example of Jesus. As we learn to know His Word and His Presence better we get a hold of the revelation that in the core of true christian life is spreading the message of salvation. Jesus is the only way to eternal life. In addition He wants to give us an abundant life as we seek first His Kingdom according to Matthew 6:33 – when we seek His way of living, loving and leading. True christianity has never been ceremonial faith observing certain rituals but it is personal faith – you believe in your heart. This means practically that we follow our Master’s example in words and deeds. In the core of following Jesus is preaching of the Gospel. When we learn to know Him – we want to make Him known. Jesus has given us very clear instructions in His Word.
Matthew 28:19-20 (NKJV)
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.”
This is our time. Now is the time to live according to His Word. It’s time for us to go and declare the Good News of the Gospel. It’s time to lead people to Jesus but the commission doesn’t end there. We also need to teach the Word of God to those who make a decision to receive Jesus into their hearts. This is why we’d like everyone to be a part of home group close to the place where they live. Home group is a place where you can grow in your faith and where you can bring new people into the fellowship with the family of God. You can reach people nobody else can reach. You are the plan of God for the people around you. If you don’t preach the Gospel to your community then who would preach? Finland will be changed one heart, one family and one community at a time. You just need to take your place in God’s great plan. The Great Commission Jesus gave us is still in effect. The only reason He hasn’t returned yet is because He still wants millions of people to be saved before it’s eternally too late. This year 2020 will be a year of great growth and multiplication here at River Church Finland. The villages, towns, cities and suburbs of Finland will hear the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Mark 1:38-39 (NKJV)
“But He said to them, “Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth.” 39 And He was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons.
Jesus said here: ”Go into the next towns.” He said: ”Keep on moving forward and taking new ground.” What new place can you go to this week and preach the Gospel there? Do you have a friend or a neighbor to whom you have not preached the Gospel yet? These new places need to hear the Gospel. Your friends and neighbors must hear the Gospel. Think about the big picture in our nation right now. The population of Finland is greater than ever before in the history. Just think about certain areas and suburbs of Helsinki. Some of these suburbs have tens of thousands of people living in them in a geographical area of just 2 or 3 square kilometers. Many of these people are like “sheep without a shephard” – yet many are hungry for real life that is only found in relationship with God. This is a great opportunity for us. People are longing for hope, answers and direction for their lives. The Gospel gives a great value for every individual. The Gospel births understanding in the hearts of people that their life is significant and special – they’re not designed to be insignificant slaves of the society and its’ systems. Most importantly lost people need salvation of their soul before thet pass on from this time to Eternity. Jesus is still the only way! So we got to preach the Gospel so people can receive this great salvation. We need to have a sense of urgency about the mission God has given each one of us. Let God do a big work in your heart – then He’s able to do the big work through you. God wants you to become a fisher of men among this generation right here in Finland!
JESUS WAS MOVED BY COMPASSION – Matthew 9:35-38
”Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. 36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. 37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. 38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
What moved Jesus should move us! What did not move Jesus should not move us!
What moved Him? People without a vision, people without a leadership, people who were lost, sick and hungry. He had a constant fellowship with His Heavenly Father, Father told Him where He should go and what He should do. Multitudes were touched His ministry.
What did not move Him? Religion that used a lots of words, long, learned and loud prayers with little action and application. People’s acceptance did not move Him. Multitudes loved Him and then there were those who hated Him. 2 Tim. 3:12: ”Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” Indifferent attitude did not move Him.
There were few people in the Bible whom Jesus called to follow Him but these people ”had better things to do…”. For example the rich young ruler in Matthew 19:16-22. We never hear about him again after he went away to other direction even though Jesus had called this young man to follow Himself.
But we still talk about those who started to follow Him – Peter, James, John and other disciples. They really became fishers of men. They changed society, they changed nations and they changed the course of history.
What can I do this week to become a fisher of men?
1) ACTIVATE your soulwinning.
Romans 10:13 (NLT): ”For Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Acts 4:12 (NLT): ”There is salvation in no one else! God has given NO OTHER NAME under heaven which we must be saved.”
2) ACTIVATE your participation in home group.
This is your community. This is a place where you really grow up spiritually. If you don’t have a home group yet, visit one this week. This is a place where people know you. Home group is a place where you can be accountable in a biblical, healthy way to those leaders who God has placed as your authority. Home groups are designed to grow, accelerate, multiply and then to branch out to new areas, new suburbs and even new cities. This is how we can win towns, cities and suburbs of Finland for Jesus Christ.
Acts 2:46-47 (NLT): ”They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity — 47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.
3) ACTIVATE your love walk. Always believe the best from you brother or sister. Let’s compete in honoring each others. When Holy spirit fills us – our hearts will be full. Full of love and peace everywhere – at home, at school, with friends, at business or work place. Then our life becomes an attractive life – we are givers, not takers – we are leaders, not those who are following the ways of this world. When you live like this, you actually start to lead people to Jesus your words and your life example. Walking in love gives you godly confidence.
Ephesians 4:2-4: ”With tender humility and quiet patience, always demonstrate gentleness and generous love toward one another, especially toward those who may try your patience. 3 Be faithful to guard the sweet harmony of the Holy Spirit among you in the bonds of peace, 4 being one body and one spirit, as you were all called into the same glorious hope of divine destiny.”
4) ACTIVATE your prayer life. A believer who prays is a believer who wins in every area of life. Jesus prayed, Elijah prayed, men of God in the Bible prayed. Men and women of God in our time are people who pray. So we should pray and pray fervently.
James 5:16b (NKJV): ”The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”
James 5:16b: (AMPC): ”The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].”
JESUS prayed a lot. JESUS preached a lot. He reached a lot of people – thousands at a time. He performed mighty miracles. He fed the multitudes (Matthew 14:21). Early Church and first christians prayed a lot and preached a lot. They reached a lot of people – thousands at a time. They performed mighty miracles among the people. Poverty was eradicated from the Early Church (Acts 4:34). I believe you can see the connection. We should be men and women of prayer. Prayer changes us and prayer will change this nation.
When we follow Jesus – when we follows His example, we will become fishers of men and we will fulfill God’s plan for our lives.
Finland shall be saved! Europe will be shaken the power of God! This is our time and this generation will not go to devil’s hell.
It’s time to plunder hell and populate Heaven!
LIFE FREE OF WORRY 19.1.2020
First step is to make God’s Word your primary source of direction.
God has outlined His will in His Word. When we go outside of the plans that He has for us, we can’t expect the see the good things He has planned for us in His will.
“Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. [Ps. 55:22.]”
1 Peter 5:7 AMPC
- God’s will for you is to live a worry free life – without cares and heaviness
- He cares for you, and watches over you.
- Your responsibility is to cast your cares on Him, and leave LEAVE them all with Him, and not pick them up again.
We are to cast our cares to Him.. and when we do, we no longer have the burden, we don’t whine and complain and we don’t have a pity party, because the Lord has our cares.
We cannot walk in His will, according to His plan, and in faith.. if we worry and have cares.
- We have our part in life, we have to lay down the life in the flesh, and live the live of a new creation. Part of it is laying down our cares.
- Many things we have to STOP doing, and go with the WORD instead.
- Stop sinning, and start doing right!
Having a revelation of the greatness of God, His power and His love is a key:
“Then you will be empowered to discover what every holy one experiences—the great magnitude of the astonishing love of Christ in all its dimensions. How deeply intimate and far-reaching is his love! How enduring and inclusive it is! Endless love beyond measurement that transcends our understanding—this extravagant love pours into you until you are filled to overflowing with the fullness of God!”
Ephesians 3:18-19 TPT
- Paul’s prayer for the church was, that they would personally experience both the love, and the power of God (v. 16).
- And act, faith (v. 17) and complete trust.
- We cast all the cares on Him.
Jesus instructed us not to worry, as our Heavenly Father already knows what we need (Matthew 6:32). He clothes the flowers, feeds for the birds. How much more He cares for His children?
God loves me, cares for me, and watches over me.
He already knows everything I need.
It is not God’s will for me to worry.
I repent from worrying and carrying cares.
Forgive me Father.
In obedience to His word today:
I am a doer of the word, and not just a hearer.
I cast all my cares on Him.
And I leave them there.
I’ll walk in obedience, and I am willing.
I’ll praise Him, and thank Him.
“Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).”
Ephesians 6:18 AMPC
“Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.”
Philippians 4:6 AMPC
“Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature or to the span of his life? [Ps. 39:5-7.] And why should you be anxious about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field and learn thoroughly how they grow; they neither toil nor spin. Yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his magnificence (excellence, dignity, and grace) was not arrayed like one of these. [I Kings 10:4-7.] But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and green and tomorrow is tossed into the furnace, will He not much more surely clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear? For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all. But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides. So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.”
Matthew 6:25-34 AMPC