Invite the outsiders

Luke 5:29-32 (MSG)

“Levi gave a large dinner at his home for Jesus. Everybody was there, tax men and other disreputable characters as guests at the dinner. The Pharisees and their religion scholars came to his disciples greatly offended. “What is he doing eating and drinking with crooks and ‘sinners’?”
Jesus heard about it and spoke up, “Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? I’m here inviting outsiders, not insiders—an invitation to a changed life, changed inside and out.”

Jesus has a heart for the lost, the sick and the hurting. While He did spend time making disciples, He avoided the Pharisees who thought they had it all together.

He ate with those who were unsaved, uneducated, sinners and others whom society looked down upon.

Why would He spend all His time with the healthy when He could be far more effective at showing God’s love to the broken hearted?

It is important for us also to extend invitations to the sick; that is, those who need a Saviour and are yet to find Him.

Sharing a meal with someone releases a spiritual connection enabling God to open their blind eyes. There is a presence during a meal setting to transform hearts and bring healing, caused by a covenant created between those sharing the meal.

Jesus broke bread to signal a relationship covenant with those He ate with. We also need to create an atmosphere for God to unite with the lost. As we bring the Holy Spirit to the table and invite outsiders, we will see changed lives inside and out.

God’s favour is on you!

Ecclesiastes 9:7-8 (NIV)

“Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for it is now that God favours what you do. Always be clothed in white, and always anoint your head with oil.”

Did you hear that? It is NOW that God favours what you do.

How have you gained such favour with the King? Did you do something special to deserve this? No. You only continued in faithfulness.

Your loyalty and dedication has risen as a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.

Now it is the time of favour for you, your time of reaping and multiplication. Whatever you put your hand to will be blessed.

Wherever your feet tread will be your territory. Remember to have joy in all you do. Be glad and be thankful for it is now that God’s favour is upon you!

Not by words, but by the Spirit

Acts 20:7-12 (MSG)

We met on Sunday to worship and celebrate the Master’s Supper. Paul addressed the congregation. Our plan was to leave first thing in the morning, but Paul talked on, way past midnight. We were meeting in a well-lighted upper room. A young man named Eutychus was sitting in an open window. As Paul went on and on, Eutychus fell sound asleep and toppled out the third-story window. When they picked him up, he was dead.

Paul went down, stretched himself on him, and hugged him hard. “No more crying,” he said. “There’s life in him yet.” Then Paul got up and served the Master’s Supper. And went on telling stories of the faith until dawn! On that note, they left—Paul going one way, the congregation another, leading the boy off alive, and full of life themselves.

Imagine that! While you are speaking, someone just falls asleep and drops out of the window! How humiliating.

Was Paul boring and monotonous as he spoke on into the night? I’m sure he tried to be exciting and persuasive.

It took a very sudden and dramatic disaster for God to get everyone’s attention. Through the Holy Spirit Paul raises Eutychus from the dead.

I love this! When we are weak, He is strong and His strength is shown through our weakness.

Paul’s actions while operating in the miraculous were far more powerful than hours of preaching about it. Without the manifestation his speech is dead.

God will follow through with signs and wonders as we enter into a place of faith and truth. As He reveals truth through His Word, we will never fail to be amazed at the miracles that will follow.

Every chance with God

Luke 18:27 (MSG)

“No chance at all,” Jesus said, “if you think you can pull it off by yourself. Every chance in the world if you trust God to do it.”

Jesus is reminding us here that we cannot do things in our own strength.
Although we are tempted to push and strive we will just end up disappointed and stressed because we are coming up against God’s desire to help us.

Imagine a father desiring more than ever to buy his son his first car. The colour and model are exactly what the son likes and the father longs to surprise him with it knowing he will be overjoyed.

But what if the son does not accept the father’s gift and decides instead that he would work overtime to pay for it himself. Soon, the son realises he can’t possibly work hard enough to pay for it and with regret, wishes he had taken up His father’s offer.

We must believe God’s Word and take up His offer. If it is God’s promised gift, and we trust Him to do it on our behalf we will be able to see things that would otherwise have been impossible come to pass.

What is in front of you that you know you can’t do on your own?
Don’t even try. That’s right, you can’t aside from Him no matter how hard you try.

But when you trust God to do it you have every chance in the world to see it happen!

After the pruning…(prophetic word: video 5)

Have you experienced a real shake up recently?
At the time you really could not see a way out or how you could overcome?

The bible talks about pruning and the increase that follows. Check out this latest prophetic video to discover the harvest blessing that awaits you…

One thing fast on the heels of another

Amos 9:13-15 (MSG)

“Yes indeed, it won’t be long now.” God’s Decree.
“Things are going to happen so fast your head will swim, one thing fast on the heels of the other. You won’t be able to keep up. Everything will be happening at once—and everywhere you look, blessings! Blessings like wine pouring off the mountains and hills. I’ll make everything right again for my people Israel:
“They’ll rebuild their ruined cities.
They’ll plant vineyards and drink good wine.
They’ll work their gardens and eat fresh vegetables.
And I’ll plant them, plant them on their own land.
They’ll never again be uprooted from the land I’ve given them.
God, your God, says so.”

What a great promise from God! Things have been unfolding at a fairly consistent pace until now. You’ve been moving, but just not as fast as you had hoped.

You have been waiting for this moment when God would speed it all up and propel you into a snowball effect of exponential growth. Well, wait no longer because things will accelerate so quickly that only by God’s grace will you keep up.

As quickly as you plant, you will harvest, plant and harvest. You look around and more harvest, more blessings!

Amazing! Things that you have planted years ago will be reaped in this season. This is abundance, overflow and multiplication.

God will position you in your land and securely plant you there. No longer will you be tossed from place to place but blessings will come to you.

He has saved His best wine for now and will transform water into mature wine. Wine is pouring and overflowing off your mountain so let it flow down over your head and completely saturate you in His glory!

Contentment in Christ

Philippians 4:12-13 (NLT)

‘I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.’

I wonder…can you say the same? Are you going through a desert in the natural and living through tough times, scratching for every last dollar to meet the bills or put food on the table?
Or are you living in abundance with plenty which can also have its drawbacks.

The secret has been revealed that no matter what season you are in, you can still have peace and contentment through Christ.

Let Him be your all; your every desire. What an amazing discovery that peace doesn’t have to depend upon your financial or physical status.

True contentment comes through Christ who is your strength. Stop looking in your pockets for contentment. Relationship with Jesus Christ is here. Have you found the Secret of living in every situation?

Come to the Gardener

John 15:1-4 (NLT)

‘“I am the true grapevine, and my father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and He prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in Me”’.

God wants to pluck away at the unfruitful areas of your life. He will prune off those unfruitful relationships, time wasting procedures and areas where He is not the centre.

The essence here is to remain in the Lord. All your nutrients and nourishment will come through the vine, which represents Jesus. As you seek to ‘remain in Him’ you will be transformed more and more into His likeness.

This requires constant communion with Him through prayer, worship, fellowship and meditation in His Word. All of these actions draws you closer to God.

Let’s identify unfruitful areas in our lives and allow Him access to prune and refine us.

Don’t go to mourn, go to the Lord

John 11:28-33 (NIV)

After she (Martha) had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. “The Teacher is here,” she said, “and is asking for you.” When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.
When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

Mary knew what she had to do. When she was in her deepest time of need she went straight to Jesus as quickly as she could. Those around her assumed she was going to the tomb to mourn. But amidst her doubt and sorrow, Mary went to Jesus, the source of comfort and hope.

Isn’t it interesting that whenever we are in a crisis situation, those around us decide that we must need to mourn.
They almost write us off as having to visit the tomb, visit the place of death, the place where our loss is buried. They assume that it’s normal to revisit your troubles over and over.

If things haven’t turned out the way you had planned, God has a better plan! The enemy wants us to stay in a place of mourning. But instead of heading toward death, we need to go after Life, the ultimate Light Source, Jesus Christ. He is available to meet us at our point of need and raise all our promises and desires from the dead.

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