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Christian Response to the News and Social Media in 2017

15But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!        (Gal. 5:15)

  • Walking in humility impacts the quality of one’s marriage and family culture as well as how their children will approach conflict and carry their hearts in their future.
  • As peacemakers, we are to seek to bring peace and not stoke the flames of fiery arguments. We must put biblical conviction above our political opinions and arguments.

9Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. (Mt. 5:9)

  1. As believers, we must preserve the bond of peace in spirit of unity. We must be able to disagree with a spirit of grace that respects and values the dignity of people who have different views.
  2. If we respond with anger, then our relationships will be injured, causing us unnecessary pain.
    How we respond when we are mistreated or when we disagree is foundational to our spiritual life.

A clip from “Beautified by Humility in an Age of Anger”

 

1I beseech you to walk worthy of the calling…2with all lowliness and gentleness3endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Eph. 4:1-3)

Outline of the Gospels

The book of Matthew is not as Chronological as one might think.  I hope you can use this outline to study and meditate on Christ’s life so it becomes real to you by the aid of the Holy Spirit.  Its important to note that Jesus wasn’t randomly traveling but there was a purpose of His ministry seeking the lost sheep of Israel and revealing and even sometimes hardening the hearts of Jews, revealing the Father to all that they may turn repent and be saved.
Early Galilean Ministry

  1. Rejection in Nazareth & Transition to Capernaum (Luke 4:16-31; Matthew 4:13)
  2. Feast of the Jews (John 5:1-47)
  3. Calling of the Disciples & Miraculous Catch of Fish (Matthew 4:18-22; Mk 1:16-20, Lk 5:1-11)
  1. First Sabbath in Capernaum (Matthew 8:14-17; Mark 1:21-34; Luke 4:31-41)
  2. Second Circuit Through the Cities of Galilee (Mark 1:39; Luke 4:43-44) & Healing of Leper (Matthew 8:1-4; Mark 1:40-45; Luke 5:12-16)
  3. Return to Capernaum & Healing of Paralytic (Matthew 9:1-8; Mark 2:1-12; Luke 5:17- 26)
  4. Calling of Matthew & Feast (Matthew 9:9-13; Mark 2:13-17; Luke 5:27-31)
  5. Bridegroom Fast (Matthew 9:14-17; Mark 2:18-22; Luke 5:33-39)
  6. Second Sabbath – Grainfields (Matthew 12:1-8; Mark 2:23-28; Luke 6:1-5)
  7. Withered Hand (Matthew 12:9-14; Mark 3:1-6; Luke 6:6-11)
  8. Prayer and Calling of Twelve (Mark 3:13-19; Luke 6:6-12)

GALILEAN PUBLIC MINISTRY

A. Healing of Multitudes (Mark 3:7-12; Luke 6:17-19)

B.Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1-7:29; Luke 6:20-49)

C. Faith of Centurion in Capernaum (Matthew 8:5-13; Luke 7:1-10)

D. Calming of the Storm (Matthew 8:23-27; Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:22-25)

E. Gadarene Deliverance (Matthew 8:28-34; Mark 5:1- 20; Luke 8:26-39

F. Jairus’ Daughter and Woman with Issue of Blood (Matthew 9:18-26; Mark 5:21-34; Luke 8:40- 56)

G. Second Rejection at Nazareth (Matthew 13:53-58; Mark 6:1-6) M. Sending of Twelve (Matthew 10:1-15; Mark 6:7-13; Luke 9:1-6)

H. Raising of the Widow’s Son in Nain (Luke 7:11-17)

I. Jesus & John the Baptist (Matthew 11:1-19; Luke 7:18-35)

J. Woman at Jesus’ Feet (Luke 7:36-50)

K. Encounter with Mother & Brothers (Mark 3:31-35; Luke 8:19-21)

L. Parable of the Sower, Explanation, and Parables (Matthew 13:1-52; Mark 4:1- 34; Luke 8:4-18)

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Chewing the Word

He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, 10 called by God as High Priest “according to the order of Melchizedek,” 11 of whom we have much to say, and hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.

Spiritual Immaturity

12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. 14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

What does this verse mean to you?  I think that digesting solid food has to do with chewing the Scriptures in prayer, both 5:11-14 and chapter 4:7-12 are connecting the idea of laboring in the Word to hearing His voice.

I’d say you can’t have verse 14 without verse 11, the Lord is saying through the writer of Hebrews that they aren’t hearing God as well because they aren’t chewing the Word and being sustained as by meat, but just hearing it like a baby drinks milk.  This is like people who live off of sermons but don’t get in the Word, study it contextually, and then take it to God in prayer, and dialogue.

The Lord who made the ear is using the analogy of a baby that has too much milk and too much mucus built up and ears are clogged.

John 5:37-40, John 15:7, and Col 3:16 are essential prophetic Scriptures where Jesus is saying it is essential to have His words abiding in us, and they say how to do it, we want the written word to take us to the living word

We can pray-read scripture, in the classic contemplative prayer model, we first thank Him for the verse and then ask for either power to obey or ask for revelation on it.  If the written word doesn’t become prayer then we are just reading the menu and not eating the meal

We want to eat the scroll, eat the meal of the Word, I do a verse a day, and write down revelation as we want to be good stewards of what God gives us.

Jesus is the Living Word, the Scriptures are Jesus and we will never get to a place to where we don’t need to eat, some can live anemic they need to take the word to the word. No one is skilled by coming to the bible alone but by coming to Jesus (John 5:38-40).

John 17:3 “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, who you have sent.” (What a stunning statement! The sum of Christianity, the entirety of even life itself is one thing—knowing God. Not a knowing restricted to the realm of intellectual knowledge. While information is not a bad thing by any means, this is not what Jesus is talking about. This is life indeed: encountering the person Jesus Christ; for the truth of who He is to move the human heart and draw it into an eternal intimate fellowship.) Meditating, seeking, declaring, making the verse relational in prayer. “Jesus let this written word take me to You!!”

(Heb. 10:16) “I will put My laws (Word) into their hearts (emotions) and in their minds (understanding) I will write them…”

MIND: God promises to release the spirit of revelation to our mind as we progressively gain living understanding of His Word.

HEART: God promises to empower our emotions until we feel the power of His Word with new holy desires. God promises to write His Word on our heart and mind (2 Cor 3:3) as He wrote the ten commandments on tablets of stone (Ex. 31:18)

This doesn’t happen just be reading the verse but by chewing on it. “Our joy is to abide in the Vine and to meditate on His Word day and night. His joy is to respond by bringing forth fruit and to make us as trees by streams.” (John 15; Psalm 1) (Jn 7:38 Living Water).

In John 14:23 He says He wants us to tend His words so that He can manifest His presence in greater ways in us.  I believe this relates to the promise of John 15:7 and that He will manifest His presence related to the degree we have His Word abiding in us. But it takes hunger, time and pursuit, rewriting the code of our heart by meditation and talking to God on the Scriptures, that He would write the Word on our heart.

Turn of a few things and let boredom take you to hunger, He says blessed are the hungry!  Jesus is building His church on this rock, the Spirit of Revelation of Christ, that He is revealed to us by the Word and Spirit, if we like Proverbs 2 says cry out for the knowledge of God!  Take one verse to work and meditate on it all day, asking for revelation and then come home and meet with Jesus. The call of the hour is to get OIL, and buy GOLD, Make the Holy Spirit your best friend get revelation!! (Rev 3:18, Mat 25)

Passion For Jesus

Knowledge & Intimacy

  • Our love and passion for Jesus must be rooted in the truth of who He is as revealed in Scripture by the Holy Spirit. Any ‘passion’ not completely anchored in His identity will be fleeting zeal and hollow sentiment.
    In other words, intimacy must be based on the knowledge of who Jesus is. Knowledge is the fuel for love and relationship. We are most intimate with those whom we know at the deepest levels.
  • Application to the Life of Christ
    These simple, foundational truths I’ve just stated, necessitate that a large part of our relationship to Jesus and our passion for Him be based on the inspired account of His life.
  • If our passion is for a Person, the most natural thing would be to devour every detail of His life available to us. Love demands entrance into every chamber, even the smallest, that it might discover more about the object of its affection.
  • The Crisis of Ignorance
  • It is becoming common for people in this generation to know very little about the life of Jesus and yet call themselves followers of Him without seeing any contradiction. Christianity is increasingly being defined by belief in very basic truth-formulas, participation in activities, and allegiance to issues rather than a loving preoccupation with Christ Himself.
  • We must soberly ask hard questions about what our ‘relationship’ with Jesus is based upon and consider the possibility that we are often guilty of being more in love with the idea of Christ than with Jesus Himself. How can we relate to Jesus in authenticity if we have little regard for the story of His life – His past, His family, His friends, where He went and what He did

CHANGING OUR PERSPECTIVE: ENCOUNTERING GOD IN THE FLESH

Passion for the Life of Jesus

The reason why the Gospels are so rarely focused upon is not mysterious – it is because we are simply not that interested in His life. The question, therefore, is: how do we change our perspective so that His life is a precious treasure to us? One part of the answer is to come to the story of His life with a dynamic awareness of the divinity of the One on the pages. The Gospels themselves beckon us to see Jesus in this way.

It is one thing to read Paul affirming the divinity of Jesus, but there is something even more piercing to the heart when we hear Jesus Himself speak of the glorious heights of His deity. We are drawn into mystery of His own consciousness, where what is baffling to us is splendidly lucid (Mt. 22:41-46).

THE GLORY OF GOD IN THE FACE OF CHRIST

9For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form… (Col. 2:9)

A. He is The Fullness of Revelation

The result of the unique identity of Jesus is that He is the fullness of Divine revelation. In Christ alone we find the definitive answers to the questions of “who is God?” and “what is He like?” The incarnation is God’s ultimate self-disclosure, accomplished through a perfect, sinless human life that will never end.

  1. He is the Word1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God…14And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. (Jn. 1:1-2, 14)
  2. He is Wisdom2…attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself, 3in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (Col. 2:2-3)
  3. He is Light6For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (2 Cor. 4:6)

Implications

  1. If we desire to grow in the knowledge and love of God we must do so by fixing our attention and affection upon the face of Christ and not simply mentioning His name in our rhetoric.
  2. Jesus is often viewed merely as the stepping-stone necessary to ascend into the knowledge of the Father or encounters with the Holy Spirit. Having received forgiveness, we subtly marginalize Him in favor of a host of other topics, causes, and experiences. (Jn. 14:8-10)
  3. Many are sincere but misdirected in their pursuit of God. Unless Jesus is the focal point, all movements toward the Divine will at the least end in frustration, if not confusion. We simply do not have the liberty to circumvent God’s design and decide to adopt a version of Christianity without the person of Christ at the focal point.

THE ONE NEEDFUL THING

All of this leads to the realization that the one needful thing in our lives is to gaze upon Jesus (Ps. 27:4, 9) and hear His words. In the gospels we find a feast of the glory of the LORD laid before us. With every heartbeat of Jesus of Nazareth the fullness of Deity was being put on display through the humanity to which He had chosen to cleave unreservedly.

  1. The Father Calls us to “Hear Him”
    1. The Mount of Transfiguration (Mt. 17:1-8, Mk. 9:1-8, Lk. 9:28-36, 2 Pet. 1:16-18)
    2. Mary of Bethany (Lk. 10:38-42; Mk. 14:3-9, Mt. 26:6-13, Jn. 12:1-8)
  2. Meditating Upon the Life of Christ

Starting with His precious words, we must make Jesus’ entire life the subject of our adoration. By joining Himself to the human story, Jesus has invited us to throw ourselves into His story. To ponder, muse, listen, and gaze is what the Bible calls meditation, and by engaging in this ancient practice we draw near until our ears hear His voice, our eyes behold His form, and our hands touch His skin (1 Jn. 1:1-3).

 

Taken From Stephen Venable – Passion for Jesus Conference Notes

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Rivers of Living Water

John 7:38, “Rivers of living water will flow out of your innermost man” (Jn. 7:38).

Here’s the condition, though. He said, “This will only happen if you believe on Me in the way the Scripture says”.  Rivers will flow. You could call it a flowing river; you could call it a fiery heart or a fiery flame; it’s the same thing. Whether it’s a flowing river on the inside, as in John 7:38, or rivers flowing in the innermost man, or fire burning on the heart, it’s an identical concept.
•    Jesus said in John 7:38, “Rivers will flow.” I’m paraphrasing, but there’s a condition. People don’t read the condition, and the condition is this: “If you believe on Me in the way the Scriptures describe believing on Me.”
•    If you go through the New Testament looking for it, you find the biblical definition of believing is believing that incorporates a spirit of dedication, a spirit of devotion, and a spirit of grace.
•    I’ve found that many, many people approach the Word with two of the three. You have to believe on Him in the way the Scripture says. You can’t pick two out of three and then expect the rivers to flow. It’s three out of three. We have to feed our spirit on all three things. We need to have the vision to be wholehearted. There’s no substitute for the yes in your spirit, for the determination to have a hundredfold obedience. There’s absolutely no substitute for a big yes in your spirit. You may not walk it out, but it’s a fiery determination in your soul to get through those issues. The Lord says, “I see that. That’s real to me.”
•    It’s not enough to be a rule keeper who says, “I’ll stay out of all the bad mud holes.” You have to have a spirit of devotion, and an “I love You” in the journey.
•    That’s not enough either.  Some people who have devotion and dedication, but they aren’t established in the spirit of grace. They have an “I will obey You” and “I love You,” but they say, “Lord, I know that You don’t take me seriously yet and I know that I’m still on probation. I know that I still haven’t earned the right yet to enjoy Your presence.” They don’t have the spirit of grace operating yet. They end up giving up on the miraculous power of the written Word touching the inner man. They give up on it. They say, “Well, I read the Word and it just didn’t work.” No, you didn’t believe on Him in the way the Scripture says. You believed on Him in the way your denomination taught you. You believed on him in the way your fellowship taught you. You believed on Him in the way your Bible camp taught you. That’s not enough. We need to believe on Him in the way the Scripture teaches and then, like He said in John 7:38, it flows like a river on the inside, in time. I don’t mean that night, necessarily, but over time, it flows like a river on the inside.

THE HEART IS SET ON FIRE BY FAITH IN THE WORD
•    2 Thes 2:13—  It says this: the way that you enter into sanctification, the way that you enter is by faith in the Word and by the Holy Spirit. The way the heart is set on fire is when we have faith in the Word. We believe what the Word of God says, but particularly about the need for the spirit of dedication, the spirit of devotion, and the spirit of grace. You can call those three things different things if you want; you can use your own terms. You can call it a spirit of obedience instead of dedication; you can call it a spirit of “I love you” instead of devotion. You can call it what you want, but those realities need to be present in the heart.
•    Let me tell you, when those things are present, the Word of God has a miraculous dimension of releasing fire, or releasing the living waters. It has a miraculous dimension of changing your emotional chemistry. It changes you for real if you do this consistently. I’ve never seen it fail, ever. I’ve seen people give up on the process and I’ve seen them approach with two of the three or, more commonly, one of those three elements. They approach reading the Word with one of those three elements, or sometimes two. Sometimes they have all three of the elements, but they give up in a month or two. At least give it a good five-year run before you conclude that the Word of God doesn’t work. Don’t give it three months; give it five years. It won’t take five years, but when those five years come and go, you’ll look back over it and say, “Oh, my heart is flowing like a river; I don’t even know when it started.”
•    I absolutely assure you that there’s a miraculous dimension where the Word of God touches the human heart with these three components: the spirit of dedication, the spirit of devotion, and the spirit of grace. I find that the most difficult is the spirit of grace. I find that the easiest is the spirit of dedication. If you have 1,000 people out there at a conference, 800 will say yes to a spirit of dedication. Large numbers of people will say, “I will go all the way.” The vision to be wholehearted is a very important vision. It’s a life vision. It’s a personal vision in your heart, a determination, saying, “I will be wholehearted.” Continue reading

Do we really know Jesus?

I don’t share other’s posts often, but this one I couldn’t resist. You want to read this:

Int http://www.joshuahawkins.com/blog/2010/01/intimacy-god-do-we-really-know-jesus

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