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Glorious Ruins

Glorious Ruins!
By Pastor Brian Houston

Glorious Ruins- JTH (Hillsong Live 2013)

Verse 1:
When the mountains fall
And the tempest roars
You are with me
When creation falls
Still my soul will soar
On Your mercy

I walk through the fire
With my head lifted high
And my spirit will
Rise in Your story
I’ll look to the cross
As my failure is lost
In the light of your glorious grace

Verse 2
When the world caves in
Still my hope will cling
to Your promise
When my courage ends
Let my heart find strength
In Your presence

Chorus 2
Let the ruins come to life
In the beauty of Your name
Rising up from the ashes
God forever You reign
And my soul will find refuge
In the shadow of Your wings
I will love you forever
And forever I’ll sing

The idea of ruins come alive.

Zechariah 11:3
There is the sound of wailing shepherds!
For their glory is in ruins.
There is the sound of roaring lions!
For the pride of the Jordan is in ruins.

Ruins speak a lot of different things. The temples – glory of God filled the temple of God.

Ezra 9:8
And now for a little while grace has been shown from the Lord our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a peg in His holy place, that our God may enlighten our eyes and give us a measure of revival in our bondage.

Glorious ruins spoke of the old testament temples.
Glorious ruins spoke of creation of man

What God created was glorious. But when we fell, the hope of humanity was ruin.

You might be facing a ruin of dream, career or whatever. The wonderful news is in Jesus, the ruins come alive! The ruins come alive from ashes!

God can breathe ruins alive!!
Jesus left the glory of heaven, empty Himself. So that we can see what is glory became ruins.

Man take what is glorious ruin. Jesus take what is ruin glorious!

Whatever ruin represent to us, God will cause all ruins come alive! What was ruins became alive!!

It seems like the hope of disciples were in ruins when Jesus went to the cross. I know my Redeemer lives! What was ruins became glorious!

Ruins can be our past glory days. Ruins can represent the scars of the past battles. Ruins can be neglect, abandon. The good news is ruins come alive gloriously! We shall have testimonial out of this!

Ezra 9:9
For we were slaves. Yet our God did not forsake us in our bondage; but He extended mercy to us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to revive us, to repair the house of our God, to rebuild its ruins, and to give us a wall in Judah and Jerusalem.

To rebuild its ruins! Ruins coming to live!

Ezra 3:10
When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, the priests stood in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites, the sons of Asaph, with cymbals, to praise the Lord, according to the ordinance of David king of Israel.

Praise the Lord.

Ezra 3:11
And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the Lord:
“For He is good,
For His mercy endures forever toward Israel.” Then all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.

They sang responsively!!!

Don’t underestimate the power of praise! Lift praise! Praise is the entry to His gate!

Psalms 100:4
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.

If your dream is ruined, enter into His gate with praise! Thanksgiving!!
Be thankful

Glory! The Lord does the fighting for me!!!

Ruins come to live! Know the power of praise!!!

We start with praise because this is the entry point!

Ezra 3:13
so that the people could not discern the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the people, for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the sound was heard afar off.

Ezra 4:4-5
Then the people of the land tried to discourage the people of Judah. They troubled them in building, and hired counselors against them to frustrate their purpose all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of Persia.

Ezra 4:6
Rebuilding of Jerusalem Opposed
In the reign of Ahasuerus, in the beginning of his reign, they wrote an accusation against the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem.

Are u just discouraged, confused? Something we believe God for is ruined, praise Jesus! Praise all day long! Let everything that has breathe, praise the Lord!!!

John 11:38-40
Lazarus Raised from the Dead
Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. Jesus said, “ Take away the stone.”
Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.”
Jesus said to her, “ Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?”

U will see what is ruined becomes the glory of God!!!

Jesus started praising God when He was confronted with death in front of Him
John 11:41
Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “ Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.

John 11:44
And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “ Loose him, and let him go.”

The ruins came alive!!! In the beauty of His name!!!

Praise our ways in God-given miracles!!

Start confessing the word of God!

The power of praise was how the old testament temple was rebuilt!

Ezra 6:14
So the elders of the Jews built, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they built and finished it, according to the commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the command of Cyrus, Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia.

God’s word prosper on the prophesy. The word of God speaks into our future. Bible is not just history book, it breathes life into our future!!

Haggai 2:6-9
“For thus says the Lord of hosts:‘Once more (it is a little while) I will shake heaven and earth, the sea and dry land; and I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations, and I will fill this temple with glory,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘And in this place I will give peace,’ says the Lord of hosts.”

Is the Lord of Host that fulfil the prophesy!!

Whatever i am facing ruins, can u believe through the word of God, He breathes in life!!

This is what glorious ruins look like!!!

The presence of the Lord is our glorious ruins! He can restore us!! The word of the Lord is unshakable! All of our hopes is in Him!!

Zechariah 9:9
The Coming King
“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your King is coming to you;
He is just and having salvation,
Lowly and riding on a donkey,
A colt, the foal of a donkey.

The mountain shall become a plain.

Ezra 7:10
For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach statutes and ordinances in Israel.

Prepared the heart – seek the Word – To do it! (He live the word), lead the word (to teach)

Spend time alone with God.

Ezra 8:21
Fasting and Prayer for Protection
Then I proclaimed a fast there at the river of Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from Him the right way for us and our little ones and all our possessions.

Seek God for the Right way? The power of seeking God! We shall see ruins come to live!!!

Conclusion –

So the 3 steps of having your ruins restored beyond it’s former glory are:

1) Praise the Lord. To start the process of restoration.
2) Prohecy restoration upon your ruins.
3) Prepare to receive the restoration from the Lord.

RSM Meeting

RSM Meeting

Feed your spirit man!
God needs to pour the oil into the sheep. Corporate anointing to receive from the Lord!

The anointing with 2 is 10 times more!!

1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

– sitting, sedentary (means not moving)
– Speak of resting

– firmly persistent

– excel

– “kopos”-trouble, distress, weariness
– a beating

In the Lord
When we are in the Lord we are safe.

God never told us to look at people..but look at the Lord. Keep our eyes on the Lord.

We honour our husband or wife, but we keep our eyes on the Lord! Serve One – Jesus!

5 core values
1. Serve out of rest
2. People Matter
3. Excellence
4. Cutting edge (He fills us)
5. Honour

God honours us more than how we can honour Him

No one can touch God without Him depositing into us!

Only people who can submit result in honour.

God honour us more than anything else.

John 12:25-26
He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.

There is such blessings in honour. We serve Him and Him alone.

God serves with us, right there with us. He came to serve. He is serving through me.

He is bearing the armour with us!! God is right there with us when we search.

Our labour in the Lord is not in vain.

God gives honour. Honour always come with riches.

2King 2

Honour always yield fruits

1 Samuel 18:5
So David went out wherever Saul sent him, and behaved wisely. And Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people and also in the sight of Saul’s servants.

Favour is the fruit

1 Samuel 18:15
Therefore, when Saul saw that he behaved very wisely, he was afraid of him.

Promotion is the fruit

When God blesses us, it touches us all areas.

Loyalty is the fruit

4 fruits that comes out of honour

John 15:1-5
“ I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
“ I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

Vine and branches are one.

When we serve, He serves with us.

Proverbs 15:33
The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom,
And before honor is humility.

1 Timothy 5:17
Honor the Elders
Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine.

Me and Jesus are one! We dont stand alone. As He is, so am I in this world!!

Grace Revolution

Grace Revolution – From where all begun

The King that stops and stand still, the cry of a blind beggar. The shout of Yeshua means deliverance!

Jesus healed the blind man with mud. Because Israel was like that blind man when He came. No hope in mud because the earth fell.
Israel is about to see! Their blindness is about to end! They will see Jesus as the Sent One!
Veil is been lifted!

We have to see Jesus in every custom. See Jesus and we are blessed!

It is our job to see Jesus!

Israel needs the gospel of Grace. Before He comes there will be salvation in Israel, preaching of gospel.

Share gospel! Make sure the gospel goes to the needy, not just the food.

We can receive the good we dont deserve because another receive all the bads He dont deserve

John 1:17
For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Grace – hesed

Grace is not a teaching, is a Person.

Don’t separate what God did not separate.

Falling short of God’s grace cost people to be bitter.

God is restoring the gospel. Grace is not a topic. Grace is a gospel!

Use identity. I am Jesus’ girl! Use Christ’s identity! Christ is made unto us the wisdom of God, the holiness and the redemption! Grace is the mercy seat that covers the 10 commandments. When we fall from grace, temptation becomes hard.

Romans 6:14
For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

Believe God’s love!

The more i rest the more He works!

Rest is directed activity! What began in a garden, Jesus finished in another garden. We are been redeemed of the curse of sweat.

When we behold Jesus, the holy spirit begin to work!

No law given, just grace!

Instead of resting on what Christ has done, we trust our own righteousness, we bleed.
Be fruitful and conceive seeds for God’s glory!
Seek ye first the kingdom of God and ALL these things will be added to me!

Believe i am the righteousness of God in Christ and all blessings will come after me!

We are the righteousness of God, seek first His kingdom and all these will be ADDED unto us!!

Salvation is in us, work it out. It is God who works in us!

Moses could not see God’s face. Only see His back.
Jesus stopped and turned to us. Under grace we have face to face intimacy with God!

Jesus addressed the woman who had bleeding problem as daughter. He assured her to go into peace and she will stay well.

God wants us to see Jesus.

Be not afraid, only believe. 12 is the number of order, government.

Jesus brought Peter, James and John. The stone has been replaced by God’s grace!

There is a new sound and new generation!!!

Take the robe of His righteousness and see the young generation comes alive!! 🙂

God spoke, this is My beloved Son, hear Him. Not hear Moses or Elijah. Listen to grace!!

Jesus touched them and said don’t be afraid, arise! No commands, but grace only!

Glory of Jesus’ face is ever increasing!!! Expect good things to happen! Our sins are put away, expect good things!!

2 Corinthians 3:9
For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.

Glory of Moses – ministry of condemnation

Glory of Jesus exceeds!!

Strength to strength, glory to glory!!
Remind in peace and u will stay well.

Jesus said go and sin no more, neither do i condemn you. Jesus gave her the empowerment to sin no more.

Jeremiah 23:4-8
I will set up shepherds over them who will feed them; and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, nor shall they be lacking,” says the Lord.
“Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord,
“That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness;
A King shall reign and prosper,
And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.
In His days Judah will be saved,
And Israel will dwell safely;
Now this is His name by which He will be called:
“Therefore, behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “that they shall no longer say, ‘As the Lord lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt,’ but, ‘As the Lord lives who brought up and led the descendants of the house of Israel from the north country and from all the countries where I had driven them. ’ And they shall dwell in their own land.”

North country is Russia.

God will raise up shepherds who will feed his sheep.

It is a question of how good Jesus is, not how good we are.

God examines the Lamb. Is how good Jesus, the Lamb is.

Amazing Grace

Worship God !
By Pastor Lawrence

God loves u, ur sin is not fatal and final. Our God has made a everlasting covenant with us.

God is a good God! God wants us to know Him as a good God.

Is only by the grace of God that we are saved.

Psalms 107:1-2
Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy,

God wants us to say Give Thanks to the Lord for He is good and His mercy endures forever!

There is something amazing when we realise God is a good God.

His mercy endures forever.
His love endures forever.
His lovingkindness endures forever.

He is good and His mercy, love and lovingkindness endures forever.

Do u really believe God is a good God?

Revelation that God is good appears not only in New Testament but also in Old testament.

Why does it needs to endure forever?
We will fail in and of ourselves. God extend His mercy to every single one of us because for every fresh failure, His mercy is always there. He desire to love me and delight in loving me. There is nothing u can do to make God loves u more or less.

He always have and always will love me. He loves to love me!

David has a new covenant mentality. He always trusted in the mercy of God.

David understood the mercy of God because he received the mercy of God.

2 Samuel 12:13
So David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”
And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die.

This is mercy. This is the mercy of God.

We are living under the new covenant now.

In the old covenant, immediately after David said he has sinned, The Lord wanted to let him know that His mercy is there and his sin has been put away.

David understood and experience the mercy of God first hand!

God used this man who has sinned to write about His mercy!

2 Samuel 12:24-25
Solomon Is Born
Then David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in to her and lay with her. So she bore a son, and he called his name Solomon. Now the Lord loved him, and He sent word by the hand of Nathan the prophet:So he called his name Jedidiah, because of the Lord.

David and Bathsheba began in sin. But God chose Bathsheba and used her offspring to be the heir of the throne. God sent word by the hand of Nathan. Through Nathan came the judgement but God wanted to forgive and restore. But it must be through Nathan He showed His restoration and love.

God is telling David and Bathsheba that God loves them – Solomon

It does not matter what a mess we have made. Today if we are willing to accept Jesus and God is willing to turn things around for us! His mercy endures forever!!

When the first child of David and Bathsheba died, he worshipped God. David did not just worship God when things are good in his life. Worship God in whatever circumstances we are in. Worship God! There is always hope in Jesus Christ!

David had a revelation and insight of God. He knows God knowing He is a good God!

I want to know Jesus for who He really is!

Let the past be past. Whatever has happened in the past is over and done with.

God has a brand new beginning for us! Our God is a God of second chance.

Praise the Lord for He is good!!

Psalms 103:7-13
He made known His ways to Moses,
His acts to the children of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor punished us according to our iniquities.
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
As a father pities his children,
So the Lord pities those who fear Him.

Moses knew the way of God. But the children of Israel knows the act of God.

Let there be light and light is still expanding.

His mercy is as high as heaven above the earth. U cannot measure it. Universe east and west is very far and cannot met. We are forgiven this far. Our sin will not haunt us again unless we are in disbelief.

Obedience to the faith is believing we are forgiven!!

The secret of David is he has the heart for the ark of God! The ark speaks of our forgiveness and His mercy!!

Isaiah 22:22
The key of the house of David
I will lay on his shoulder;
So he shall open, and no one shall shut;
And he shall shut, and no one shall open.

Are u aware that God’s mercy endures forever?

His mercy is new every morning. For every fresh sin, there is mercy! We cant out sin the mercy of God!

We think there is a limit to God’s mercy. We think because we have sin so many times we are not worthy of God’s mercy. But since when we are worthy of God’s mercy. It does not matter how many times we sin, it matters who is the Sacrifice at the cross for us. Behold the Lamb of God! It is the value of the Sacrifice!
He is altogether lovely!

He died for us. It is the value of the Man who died!

God loves us! Hesed!

2 Chronicles 20:21
And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying:
“Praise the Lord,
For His mercy endures forever.”

What were the word and emphasis, when they sang the worship song?
They sang praise the Lord for His hesed endures forever!

We sing and worship God for His mercy endures forever!!

2 Chronicles 5:13-14
indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying:
“ For He is good,
For His mercy endures forever,” that the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud,
so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.

We should praise God for He is good! The cross is the evident!

See that God is good towards me. Experience for myself. We need to know for ourselves. His mercy endures forever!

Mercy -> Hesed – love, lovingkindness and mercy

Hesed is the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Our God is a God full of lovingkindness.

Micah 7:18-19
Who is a God like You,
Pardoning iniquity
And passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage?
He does not retain His anger forever,
Because He delights in mercy.
He will again have compassion on us,
And will subdue our iniquities.
You will cast all our sins
Into the depths of the sea.

God delights in mercy!!!

God takes pleasure to those who hope in His mercy! When we count on His mercy, it makes Him happy!!

God is a happy God!! I am His beloved child!! We make Him smile!

In His presence is fullness of joy! He leaves joy behind for us.

Only time He was sad was at the cross. He was carrying our sins. He has borne our sorrow and carried our griefs. He was wounded for our transgression. All the joy He has in His heart, He forsook them to carry our sins for us.

God loves me. No matter who u are and what u have done. When Jesus went to the cross, His hands were pierced. His beautiful holy and pure hands, which touched and healed. His feet were pierced. His feet were the feet that went to heal. His love towards us brought Him to the cross for us!

Christ in the centre!

It is God that promotes! As long as we are following the Lord, it is what that matters.

There are poor people with plenty of money.
We are enjoying grace and peace multiplied in the knowledge of the Lord. To know Him is real life!

First mention of Love is in Genesis 22.
The chapter is talking about the love of the Father to the son.

God wants us to know even if our earthly father put us aside, God wants us to experience His Fatherly love. God gave up Jesus for us!

From the highest to the lowest, God proclaimed Jesus as His beloved.

Genesis 24- the love of a man to a woman. This is the 2nd mention of love in the bible.

See Jesus in the marriage. Bring Jesus into our lives! Life takes on a whole new meaning!

We are created to enjoy and flourish in God’s love!
When we pursue Jesus, all other goodness will pursue us!

The bible calls death an enemy. God never meant for anyone to die. The gospel is the book that will make us success in every area of our life!!

Numbers 8:1-4
Chapter 8
Arrangement of the Lamps
And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to Aaron, and say to him, ‘When you arrange the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light in front of the lampstand. ’” And Aaron did so; he arranged the lamps to face toward the front of the lampstand, as the Lord commanded Moses. Now this workmanship of the lampstand was hammered gold; from its shaft to its flowers it was hammered work. According to the pattern which the Lord had shown Moses, so he made the lampstand.

Almond tree is the first tree that bear fruits after winter. It speaks of life out of death!

Lampstand is like a golden almond tree.

Panim – over against

Everything we do is to bring glory to the centre – the Lord Jesus!!

Higher purpose – focus on the glory of Christ!

God wants our light to bring light!

The true test of any ministry is whether it brings glory to the Lord Jesus Christ!

Revelation 1:12-13
Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band.

Whatever correction is got to do with Jesus in the centre!!

Jesus is outside the church knocking on the door of the 7th church. He has the power to knock the door down, but He did not. He knocks for them to open but they did not

Jesus is the Alpha and Omega.

The beginning and the end refer to work.
In everything He has the first place!

Do everything to the glory of God for the name of Jesus!!

Numbers 8:2
“Speak to Aaron, and say to him, ‘When you arrange the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light in front of the lampstand. ’”

Our lives and ministries, is to point and bring glory to the Lord Jesus! Power comes into our lives!!

Acts 3:6-13
Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: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. So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God. Then they knew that it was he who sat begging alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
Preaching in Solomon’s Portico
Now as the lame man who was healed held on to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the porch which is called Solomon’s, greatly amazed. So when Peter saw it, he responded to the people:“Men of Israel, why do you marvel at this? Or why look so intently at us, as though by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified His Servant Jesus, whom you delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let Him go.

Whatever Jesus has, we have!!

It is the NAME of our Lord Jesus Christ! It is His power and the name represent!

God wants our lives and gifts to bring glory to Jesus Christ!!

There are things in our lives, have it been there still in our lives, that our Lord has cut away for us, we will not enjoy the relationships we are enjoying.

Always bring glory to Jesus Christ!!

Acts 12:21-24
So on a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat on his throne and gave an oration to them. And the people kept shouting, “The voice of a god and not of a man!” Then immediately an angel of the Lord struck him, because he did not give glory to God. And he was eaten by worms and died.
But the word of God grew and multiplied.

All the kingdom is ordained by God.
At the end of 7 years, he looked up to heaven.

The most high God rules over the kingdom of man.

God holds my breath in His hands.

Alah – to ascend, lift high

The way God calls us when we are depressed, He lifts us up!!

Jesus loves to lift people up!
To the downcast, He lift us up!

Many people sin because they lose their vision.

The way God makes us shine brightly is to lift us up!!

God is the lifter of my head!!!
Raise up, take up your bed and walk.

He lifts us up!!

John 15

John 15:2-3
Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.

He takes away – means to lift up in greek. A vine when it is in the dust it cant bear fruit. It is supported and cling onto something and bear fruit.

Vine cannot bear fruit on the ground.

Jesus came that we might not be condemned.

Jesus gave the gift of no-condemnation so that she can go out and sin no more!!

Jesus came down to the dust to raise us up!!

In the place of darkness, the perfect Light grew up!

Give Jesus what little i have and He can give glory out of it! He loves it when we give to Him

Exodus 27:20-21
The Care of the Lampstand
“And you shall command the children of Israel that they bring you pure oil of pressed olives for the light, to cause the lamp to burn continually. In the tabernacle of meeting, outside the veil which is before the Testimony, Aaron and his sons shall tend it from evening until morning before the Lord. It shall be a statute forever to their generations on behalf of the children of Israel.

Arak – > Tend – to arrange or lay in order.

In the darkest time, God will shine brightly in our lives!

From evening to morning, the path of the righteous shines brighter and brighter!!

Today we are focused on Jesus, the devil objective is for us to take our eyes off Jesus. We are stronger healthier and good looking when we look at Jesus!

Doubt is taking our eyes off Jesus.
As unto the Lord…, focus on Jesus!

What Jesus has cleansed, we call it uncommon!

We find fault with people because we are hard on ourselves.

The best education is to point them to the Lord Jesus!

The entire Numbers chapter 7 is about giving.
The light of the lampstand shows the motive. Are we serving for Jesus?
The lampstand is right in the middle of chapter 7 and 8.

May the Lord Jesus has the centre place in our lives!

Serve the Lord in rest!

To have a life full of grace, favor and peace! Grace and peace wholeness be multiplied unto us through the Lord. Beholding Jesus!! Not doing.

Something happen when we look at Jesus.

Holy spirit transform us from glory to glory!

God’s love for us is not general, is individual!

John 12:26
If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.

Are u serving because of other reasons? Doing for self, pride or vain glory?

The Lord said if anyone serves Me, My Father will honor.

Filled with the spirit, we serve and pour out to and we will not be frustrated. We GET TO serve Him. When we serve Him, our time are multiplied to us.

God sent His Son, knowing one gospel book alone is not enough.

Jesus portrayed in 4 different books-

-Son of God-Eagle

Every leaders should have these 4 faces!

Learn how to come down.

Learn when to come down, and be with family.

The Lord has 4 faces and He wants us to be transformed in these 4 faces.

1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

No work for the Lord is futile unfruitful empty or vain. There will be some rewards.

Steadfast from the greek word is to be relaxed and settled.

The way we get saved is to receive the finished work and we sit down.

Our lives is a life of relax and be cool!

Abounding in the work of the Lord-is quality and quantity!

Our works is not in vain.

Gospel of Mark is the gospel of divine Servant.

Philippians 2:5-8
The Humbled and Exalted Christ
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

God wants to exalt us and He don’t us to exalt ourselves. If we exalt ourselves, we have to maintain ourselves. But when God exalt us, no one can bring us down.

Mark was written to Gentiles, not Jews.
There is no jewish law in Mark.

In the gospel of Mark we have 3 times more miracles than parables.

Jesus came not just with grace but with power!!
He came not just to be served but to serve! It is the Lord serves us until we are so full…in His most tired form..Jesus was refreshed when He gave.

Steadfast – immovable!

In Matthew, we have 3 times more parables than miracles.

Eutheos – immediately, straight away.

Mark 1:20
And immediately He called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went after Him.

A lot of ‘immediately ‘ in the gospel of Mark! 11 times in Chapter 1 in Mark!!

Chapter 1 in Mark has 45 verses. Out of 45 verses, 35 out of it he used the word begin with And..

It is about divine Servant of Yahweh. He is always abounding in the work of the Lord! With all the glory an power, He used it to serve us, to heal us and to set us free!!

Mark 1:43
And He strictly warned him and sent him away at once,

Mark 1:1-4
John the Baptist Prepares the Way
The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the Prophets:
“Behold, I send My messenger before Your face,
Who will prepare Your way before You.”
“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord;
Make His paths straight. ’”
John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.

Prepare the way for Yahweh.

Only children of God can use the name of Jesus 🙂

Jesus served with power over the visible and invisible world!

Learn the principle of serving and humanity.

Power belongs to the servant’s heart.

Mark 1:3-4
“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord;
Make His paths straight. ’”
John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.

Words come first than voice. Jesus is the Word made fresh. John gave voice to the Word that was before him. John pointed people to Jesus.

True ministry always bring people to Christ and bring Christ to the people.

John 1:10-11
He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.

Heaven opens to Jesus! God opened to Jesus before He created any miracles. It was at the lowest place in Israel.

The highest to the lowest, the Father said Jesus is His beloved Son.

God approved of us before we serve Him!

Submission is when we are smarter yet we give in.

Jesus increased in favour after He submitted to His mother.

The love of God is beyond religion, is relationship!

Mark 1:10-11
And immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove. Then a voice came from heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Descending upon Him like a dove-anointed by the spirit.

His ministry is healing the broken hearted.

7 As
1. Announced by the forerunner
2. Approved by the Father
3. Anointed by the Spirit
4. Assailed by the devil
5. Acknowledge by the wild beasts
6. Attended to by angels.
7. Acclaimed by the multitudes

God delights to hear our voice. Be it broken or out of tune. Is from the one He loves!!

TWA – Travelling With Angels

Mark 1:32-34
At evening, when the sun had set, they brought to Him all who were sick and those who were demon- possessed. And the whole city was gathered together at the door. Then He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him.

Everything else knew who He was, but man were blinded.

Our Lord serves with grace and power!!

Mark 1:12
Satan Tempts Jesus
Immediately the Spirit drove Him into the wilderness.

Mark 1:13
And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him.

Even the wild beasts were together with Jesus. They acknowledge Him. Jesus had dominion over the wild beasts.
Angels ministered to Him

John Mark is the one who wrote the gospel of Mark.

God chose the servant who failed to write about the Servant who never failed. Mark failed. God restored Mark later on.

Look to Jesus and we will be conformed by the Holy Spirit.

2 usages of the word “tempt”
1. Tempted to sin

Jesus cannot be tempted to sin. Jesus was never tempted to sin. He was tempted not pertaining to sin! He was tested!!

Jesus is pure gold!! He was drove into the wilderness by the Spirit. He was tested in all points yet not pertaining to sin!

Jesus came into our darkness.
1st chapter of Mark, ends with sunset
Last chapter of Mark, there is a sunrise

Jesus came to all our darkness to serve and to bring the light of His grace glory and power!!

Mark 16:19-20
Christ Ascends to God’s Right Hand
So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.

He is still working even when He is in heaven. He work WITH us, not apart from!

Jesus did not come to be served. He came to serve!!

This message is for those who are Steadfast, steady, unmovable and restful!

Jesus is my Shepherd

Jesus is my Shepherd!

The church is where 2 or 3 gather in Jesus’ name.

When we worship God with our hands raised, angels are around us. The church is larger than what we see right now! The angels are here to minister to us. We are the heir of salvation. The angels have protected us and kept us.

They have come to obey Jesus!! The more we see Jesus the more we enjoy and transformed.

All true change is effortless.

God’s purpose is for us to conform in the image of Jesus.

God foreknew who will be here and accept Jesus. God don’t make us to accept. He don’t touch our free choice. God foreknew how we will use our free choice. Those received Christ, He foreknew that we are predestined to be transformed like Jesus!

There is no man like Jesus!

When Jesus is strong He will not hurt me. When our loved ones correct us is because He loves us!

Our Lord Jesus is been revealed more and more today!

God’s favour and peace multiply in our lives!!

Shalom is perfect well-being! When you feel alive, that is shalom!!

Picture of good shepherd. Shepherd and His flock.

A biz man had lost of ideas. He meditated on Psalm 23 and his biz turned around and he was made millionaire.

The Lord is my Shepherd and i shall not be in lack!

Psalm 22, is oh my God why have they forsake Me..
This speaks of Jesus on the cross

Psalm 24 speaks of the King of Glory shall come in.

We are not in Psalm 22 or 24, we are in 23!

The Lord IS my Shepherd. He is still IS! We will not lack. We are the richest person on planet earth! We are not lacking for peace or rest.

Jesus said He has come that I may have life and have it more abundantly.

Psalms 10:10-11
So he crouches, he lies low,
That the helpless may fall by his strength.
He has said in his heart,
“God has forgotten;
He hides His face;
He will never see.”

The abundant life is to see Jesus as our Shepherd.

Psa 23
The Lord the Shepherd of His People
A Psalm of David.
The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord

The greatest need in the body of Christ is FOOD!!!

Feed and be patient. Something comes by growth. The greatest need is food!!

Good food will produce.
Rest is needed

When the sheep has food and rest, he will not lack!

Feed of the sheep will produce pathway. They walk around in circles and this is what Psalm 23 meant by walk in the path of righteousness.

We have a positive expectation to end up in HOPE!

We still need to go to same truth. But every time we go through the path, it is slightly higher.

1 Kings 4:32
He spoke three thousand proverbs, and his songs were one thousand and five.

The song of songs celebrate the love of Christ!

We love the things that belong to our beloved. Lack of love to one another is because we lack of love to Jesus.

God made this universe! You live in this body. Don’t check out too early. Take care of your body.

Jesus loves me like a bridegroom. It is always so fresh!! As a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, the Lord rejoices over me!!!

He only has eyes for me.

Love is not a feeling, is a work 🙂

If you can be kind to stranger, you can be kind to your family.

Shepherd and His flock
The gardener and His garden

David is a picture of Christ.

Myrrh is bitter – Suffering love

God made man like Himself.

We are a spirit being. There is a place to house us.

Universe is built in Time, Space and Matter.

Time has 3 parts- past, present and future! God is not restricted by time! God is the Lord of time! He made time! He can go to the past to heal our wounds for us. He can go future to path our future for us!

He is our I Am. He is the Lord of time! He created miracle when He turned water to wine. For wine to be used, the Israel has to wait for 7 years.

There are 7 signs in the gospel of John. The 1st one He turned water to wine!!

Anything you can plant on this earth, you can plant in Israel.

The lowest place on earth is Israel, the Dead Sea. Jesus can compress time!!

The Lord is the Lord of Space!

Noble man’s son was healed. Jesus said go your way, your son lives. The son was not with Him and He healed him. Jesus is not restricted by space.

Jesus multiplied 5 loaves and 2 fish. This is matter! He is the Lord of matter!

The One who was, the One who is, and the One who is to come!!

He is the One who is existing and continue to exist!

When you come to Jesus, don’t worry about time, space and matter. The most important thing is come to Jesus!!

In and of ourselves we are sinful. He loves us in spite of our sins! He put His grace on us!!

Song of Songs 1:7-8
(To Her Beloved)
Tell me, O you whom I love,
Where you feed your flock,
Where you make it rest at noon.
For why should I be as one who veils herself
By the flocks of your companions?

(The Beloved)
If you do not know, O fairest among women, Follow in the footsteps of the flock, And feed your little goats
Beside the shepherds’ tents.

She is hungry for food. She is hungry for rest.

Jesus said come to me, I will rest you.

She is hungry for food and rest. And the good Shepherd come and rest her.

Follow the flock and you will be fed. If you want more feeding, feed!!

Individual sheep are the one that get attacked. Follow the flock!!

Jesus spoke the word and the fishermen caught the fish!

We put Jesus in the centre because He is altogether lovely!!!

Find someone to feed!! Feed them! Give them food!!! Feed them with the Word!! This is bread that satisfy!!

If you want feeding, follow the footstep of the flock!!

The Lord is my Shepherd, i shall not be in lack!!

Hungry sheep is always around. Feed them!!!

When Jesus rose from the dead, He made breakfast!!

The biggest concern for Jesus was His flock.

Jesus told Peter 3 times, feed My lamb, tend my sheep, feed my sheep. Lamb are younger believers
Tend is not just feed but protect.
Sheep, the older believers.

Jesus chose Peter, although he failed last time. He will heal our wings and we can fly much higher and better with His restoration!!

The matchless love of our Lord Jesus! He always restore us with quality.

Isaiah 40:11
He will feed His flock like a shepherd;
He will gather the lambs with His arm,
And carry them in His bosom,
And gently lead those who are with young.

Jesus did not see them as rebellious. He saw them hungry and tired because they are like sheep without shepherd.

See ourselves with the eyes of Jesus. He is kinder than I think. His kind heart is kindest beyond all measure.

Matthew 9:36
But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.

The church is a place where sheep are gathered and we unite to one Shepherd.

Lachem -fight feed

The best way to fight against the devil is to feed on the Bread! We are fighting FROM victory.

We sit at Jesus’ feet and eat!!

Stand because it is victory ground!!

We are healthy, not trying to achieve, but we are and have health. It is easier to stay healthy knowing we have health and not trying to get health!!

We all make time for what is important. The Lord is able to multiply time!

We are salt. We make people thirsty in the world.

Luke 11:11-13
If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

The Father wants to give us good things!

Put our mind on the bright side of life. Look out to the window and see the stars and not mud! mud will pass away but stars stay forever!!

Who so look, live! Look to the bronze serpent!! Simplest thing in the world is looking. It is the Person we look at that is important. Divine health is better than divine healing!

The manna is the picture of heavenly food! Don’t look down on the manna. We eat champion food!

Enjoy the food that comes from God and we will be kept healthy!!

The positive side of ministry –
Bread, Fish and Egg

Bread is any teaching – systematic teaching on the bible, expounding Christ.Shepherd feeds the flock with bread. Bread is Himself!

Fish depicts application. Bread without fish is not enjoyable food.

Take time with Jesus.
Jesus always rejoice over me!
It is always fresh!!
Sense of heaven about me! It is application!!
God make fish that has fins that filter the dirty pollution.

Egg is something we sit on it, meditate on it. We get food after the incubation.

Meditate on something you get from preaching.

The negative side of ministry-
Stone, Snake and Tail

Instead of bread, stone is the negative side.

Stone – you get condemned, stone threw on you. You cannot get nutrition from stone.
Stone can kill.

Don’t preach out of anger.

Fish instead – snake

Snake – poison is in the mouth. Instead of teaching God’s word, they are preaching something else. Cast doubts.

Egg instead – tail
The poison in the tail. They kill everything that is good. Implying that not everyone get saved. The sting comes in at the end. Be careful of that!

Children that are corrected grow up strong.

Be in the ministry of Bread, Fish and Egg.

Stay away from ministry of Stone, Snake and Tail!

You need more than just food, you need Jesus’ protection!!!

You need the Lord!!
In feeding you are fed!

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