Thursday, 29 March 2018

Finding Jesus Kingdom - Believe


FINDING JESUS' KINGDOM ON EARTH TODAY


This blog contains
The Word of God
Which is powerful enough
To change your heart
And your life

He who has ears
Let him hear.


Chapter 1 Are you Happy?
Chapter 2 Where to Start
Chapter 3 Was Jesus the Son of God?
Chapter 4 What Jesus did for You.
Chapter 5 Ask and Receive Jesus into your Heart.
Chapter 6 Believe in Jesus
Chapter 7 To be Sorry for your Sins (Repentance).
Chapter 8 Be Baptised
Chapter 9 Love and Obedience.
Chapter 10 Forgive.
Chapter 11 Coping with Sadness, Depression, Grief, Guilt and Addiction.
Chapter 12 Jesus is God
Chapter 13 The Holy Spirit
Chapter 14 Why does God allow Suffering?
Chapter 15 Bear Fruit.
Chapter 16 The First Seven Steps.
Chapter 17 Pray for the Kingdom.
Chapter 18 Finding the Kingdom.
Chapter 19 The Tongue.
Chapter 20 Spirit, Heart, Soul, Mind and Body.
Chapter 21 Your Heart.
Chapter 22 Your Spirit.
Chapter 23 Your Soul.
Chapter 24 Poor in Spirit
Chapter 25 Jesus is the Truth
 Chapter 26 The Word of God
Chapter 27 The Christian Adventure.
Chapter 28 Your Hope and Joy.
Annex 1 Evidence there is a Creator
Annex 2 Jesus’ Commands.
Annex 3 Jehovah’s Witnesses Arguments against Jesus’ Deity 
Annex 4 Poems
Annex 5 Book of Tweets
Annex 6 Source of Quotations from the Bible.

Chapter 1 – Are you happy?

Everyone wants to be happy. Yet happiness is a state of mind that may only last a few moments. On a scale, with sadness on one side, and happiness on the other, most of us spend the day fluctuating around the middle. In this state, you are comfortable with your environment and your activity. Your environment is the people and places that surround you and with which you interact. Your activity is what you do in that environment.

There is a third equally as important factor that effects your ability to be happy and that is your disposition. This is defined as your mood, nature or temperament. Some will say that your disposition is mainly influenced by your DNA which you were given at birth and which cannot be changed. This book teaches you how to have a positive disposition towards yourself and the world through faith in Jesus Christ. Your disposition or temperament can be changed through faith.

Each of us, is starting our journey through this book from a different starting point determined by our past. Your background may be Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Atheist or Jew. You might start with a hatred of Christianity or a complete indifference. The fact that you have read this far shows that you are searching for more in life. I believe that God put that ‘wanting something different’ into your heart.



Chapter 2 – Where to Start

You believe in something. An atheist believes there is no God.  All the quotes in this book come from the Bible. If you do not believe in the Bible, please be patient and listen to what it says. This is what the Bible says about itself:

Blessed (Favoured by God) is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll (the Bible).  Revelations 22.7

 So, if there is a God of the Bible, he wants you to understand what is written in it.

The next question is whether you believe in God. The Bible says:

Since what may be known about God is plain to them (people), because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what he has made so that people are without excuse. Romans 1.19-20

God says, just look at the world around you, that, in itself, is evidence that I exist. The sheer beauty, symmetry and diversity of the natural world around you are proof that there is a God.

There are two possibilities: either there is a God, or there is not.  If there is no God, then there is no judgement at the end of your life. If there is no judgement, it does not matter
what you do in this life, as long as you do not get caught. You could murder, steal, rape and provided you were not found out, you would get away with it.

Society could make up what laws it liked. It would decide what is right or wrong.  Since there was no God, we could make laws to persecute the Jews, segregate the black and
victimise the poor.  Countries who implement these policies, might be condemned by other countries, but since there is no God, they would not be judged for them in any after life.

Psychologists would argue that we have a built-in sense of right and wrong (moral truth).   When we talk about moral truth we mean that we know instinctively that something is right or wrong. If there is no God, there is no good and evil only man’s instinct of what is good and evil.

But if there is a God, He must have some form of power, otherwise he would not be a God.  Since man can communicate with man, God must also be able to communicate with man. What God has communicated with man throughout history?  The God in the Bible has.

This is what the Bible says about God:

He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.  Psalm 147.3-5

He made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.  Jeremiah 51.15

You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honour and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.  Revelations 4.11

You are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love. Jonah 4.2

Wow. If the God of the Bible exists, he has all the qualities you would expect a God to have: glory, honour, power, wisdom, understanding and love. The Bible says that God is Love:

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 1 John 4.16

This God is so full of love that he made the world to share it with us. But God did not stop there. When we disobeyed him and went away from him, he sent his own Son to save us:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3.16

 Annex 1 sets out a case against evolution and for there being a Creator.

Chapter 3 – Was Jesus the Son of God?

There is sufficient historic evidence from several different sources to confirm that Jesus existed and was crucified. Not many people dispute that Jesus existed. There is written evidence from different sources other than the Bible to confirm this.

The central message of the New Testament is to Believe in Jesus. If the Bible is the Word of God, God would give you as much evidence as He thinks you need to believe. No matter how much evidence God is going to give non-believers, they still will not believe.  Believers and potential believers will always listen to the evidence because they are always looking to justify their faith.

Historic Evidence

History is based on evidence, mostly of eye witnesses who record the events.  The more witnesses (sources) and the better their character, the more reliable the evidence.  The evidence that Jesus was not raised from the dead is the one report of the soldiers that his disciples stole the body while they were asleep (Matthew 28.13). If they were asleep how did they know the body was stolen? The clothes that Jesus’ body was wrapped in, were folded neatly in the tomb.  It is very unlikely that grave robbers would have been so neat while stealing a body with soldiers outside.

 Against this, we have six witnesses that recorded the eleven times that he was seen alive at separate events over a forty-day period after his death.

He appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve.  After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also (Paul). (1 Corinthians 15. 5 – 8).

Sightings were also recorded in Mark (16.9), Matthew (28.9), Luke (24.15) and John (21.1).
If this was fake news, the five of them would have had to conspire together to record it. Remembering the commands that Jesus taught, it is unlikely that these men would deliberately break a commandment and lie.  They would have no motive to lie.  Jesus being alive would make their lives much more difficult, otherwise, they could have gone back to their old lives.  

Jesus’ first appearance to Mary Magdalene demonstrates Jesus’ compassion (John 20.11 and Mark 16.9).  She was sitting in the garden outside the tomb completely distraught, because the body was missing.

Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”). John 20.16

Evidence from Modern-day Miracles

The proof that Jesus is the Son of God is evident from the miracles that are done in his name in today’s modern world.    Jesus said if you don’t believe in me believe from the evidence of my works (John 14.11).  Doubters would question the miracles, but there is no logical explanation for many of them other than faith in Jesus.  Many of them cannot be proved, but others where a doctor or consultant has made a diagnosis and the illness has completely disappeared following the diagnosis are unexplainable.

Jesus has done three miracles in my life which I do not dispute.  Doctors diagnosed, by taking several biopsies over a period, that I had irreversible destructive cell changes in my oesophagus (Barrett's oesophagus). When the time came for hospital treatment, the doctors found that my oesophagus had healed. An occurrence that they could not explain. I know in my heart Jesus healed me. This is only one small example there are many more on the internet and on YouTube.  The following website has video clips of many modern-day miracles done in Jesus’ name: www.godisreal.today/modern-day-miracles.

Evidence from Modern-day Testimonies 

If you go on YouTube, you will see many testimonies of people who have come to Jesus.  There are Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and Christians (not born again) who are turning to Jesus for help.  Each testimony is evidence of God’s power to change lives.  Each day, evil grows in the world, but good grows also.  Like the yeast in the bread (Luke 13.21), the Kingdom of God is growing.



What God says about Jesus

God speaks to us twice in the New Testament. Each time he tells us that Jesus is his Son whom he loves. He also tells us to listen to him.

And a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”
Mathew 17.5

As soon as Jesus was baptised, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”   Matthew 3.16-17

God tells you to listen to Jesus.

Chapter 4 – What Jesus did for You.

Jesus died on the cross for you because he loves you. Historic evidence shows that he died on the cross. The Bible says that he died for your sins. The Bible says:

The Lord Jesus Christ gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father. Galatians 1.3-4

He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. 1 Peter 2.23



You (Jesus) were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. Revelations 5.9

Jesus died for your sins. His blood was the price that he paid to rescue you. To be saved from this world, you need to believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose again.

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4.10

Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Matthew 20.28

This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people.  1 Timothy 2. 3-6

For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 1 Peter 1.18


Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.  Ephesians 5.2

And having died for you, God raised him on the third day:

God raised him from the dead and glorified him. 1 Peter 1.21

But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.  For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 1 Corinthians 15.20-22

Jesus rising from the dead is the greatest event in history. If it did not happen, we are all dead without any hope. If it happened, there is hope of life for everyone because Jesus died and rose again for everyone. Believe in Jesus and you are part of that hope.


And he ascended into heaven:

He (Jesus) was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven. Acts 1. 9-11



Chapter 5 - Ask and Receive Jesus into your Heart

Jesus, My Lord and my Saviour,

Thank you for dying for me on the cross and rising again,

I am sorry for my sins,

Jesus please come into my heart and save me.

Amen

If you said that prayer and really meant it, you have become a follower of Jesus.  Believing in Jesus will change your disposition and your attitude to yourself and the people around you. Jesus will put love into your heart.

And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Acts 2.21

Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. John 1.12


Ask and it will be given you;
Seek and you will find;
Knock and the door will be opened to you.
Matthew 7.7

Ask God to give you the faith to believe in Jesus Christ. Knock on Jesus' door and ask him to come into your life. Ask and you will receive the Holy Spirit.



Chapter 6 – Believe in Jesus.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  John 3.16

This is God’s wonderful promise to you.  If you believe in Jesus, you will be saved. It tells us that God loves the whole world including those people that reject his love.  The offer is to everybody. If you accept the offer, you enter God’s love. You are justified before God. If you reject the offer, you stand condemned. Not to believe in Jesus is a sin which will lead to your soul being condemned to hell on judgement day.

If you believe you will be saved. But with belief comes a box full of treasures that God has given those that believe in his one and only Son.

Righteousness

You have become right with God.  You are now justified and made right before God. You have received righteousness through your faith in Jesus. In Matthew 5, it tells you to seek God’s righteousness each day by following Jesus. Your spirit is alive because of righteousness.  You need to stay right with God each day of your life.

Peace  

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5.1

Grace

We have gained access through faith into this grace in which we stand. Romans 5.2


You now stand in God’s grace.  Grace is the love and mercy given to you by God because God wishes to give it to you, not because of anything you have done. You enter through the door of faith into God’s grace where you now stand. You are surrounded by God’s love and protection.

The Holy Spirit



This is Jesus’ promise of The Holy Spirit. By believing, you receive the gift of the Holy Spirit which is a life changing experience. He will be with you always guiding and helping you even when you don’t know he’s there.

This statement is proof that God is three persons - the Trinity. It implies that not only is the Holy Spirit is in you, but God and Jesus are in you through the Holy Spirit.

But note it is conditional there is an ‘if’.  To receive the Holy Spirit, you must Love Jesus and obey his teachings.

With it comes responsibility. If the Holy Spirit is in you, you don’t want to upset or grieve the Holy Spirit that is in you.  You want to do the opposite and please the Holy Spirit that is in you.  You please the Holy Spirit in you by loving Jesus and obeying his teachings.

Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you. 1 Cor. 3:16


Serve in the way of the Spirit

You become part of the body of Christ and within that body you will have abilities that can be used to serve Jesus (gifts of the Spirit).  If you don’t know what your gift is then you need to ask God to show you. You receive the fruit of the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit is love, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness. Forbearance is defined as - patient, self-control, restraint and tolerance.  Gentleness is not one of the fruits but is mentioned in Philippians 4.4 as a quality that you should have.



Chapter 7 –  To be Sorry for your Sins (Repentance).

God commands all people everywhere to repent.
Acts 17.30

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord. Acts 3.19

Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.  John 3.18-19


Sin is not to believe in Jesus. Non-believers stand condemned.  Sin is not to believe and love God, but to put yourself before God. Sin is not to obey God’s commands in the old testament and Jesus’ commands in the new testament.  


For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Romans 3.23





 

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. 1 Peter 3.18
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1.9

Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Revelations 3.19

Repentance is hard because you cannot undo the bad things you have done in the past.  You need to be sorrowful for your old ways, but you cannot let them drag you down. You have got to leave your sins behind you.  You need to forgive yourself.  Each day you start with a clean sheet.



Chapter 8 - Be Baptised

Repent and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2.38

No one can see the Kingdom of God unless they are born again. John 3.3

No one can enter the Kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.  John 3.5

Your baptism is an outward sign that you have died to your old self and are born anew in Jesus.

Although baptism in water is a once in a lifetime experience, your spirit can be born anew or refreshed each day.  The Holy Spirit is in you teaching your spirit. Each day, you can ask the Holy Spirit in you to refresh your spirit, soul and mind.

 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28.19






Chapter 9 -  Love and Obedience

Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts.
1 Corinthians 14.1

And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5.5

Paul encourages you to follow the way of love. God’s love is in your heart.  Love is described in 1 Corinthians 13 as follows:

Love is patient,
Love is kind,
It does not envy,
It does not boast,
It is not proud,
It is not rude,
It is not self-seeking,
It is not easily angered,
It keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil
But rejoices with the truth.
It always protects,
Always trusts,
Always hopes,
Always perseveres.
Love never fails.
1 Corinthians 13. 4

Since you believe in Jesus and have asked him into your life, you have Jesus’ love in your heart. Your ‘old’ self is dead, and you are alive in Jesus. These are Jesus’ qualities and he wants you to show the same qualities. Just reading these words or saying them in your mind brings an inner sense of calm.

In 1 Corinthians 13.10 it describes God’s love as perfect.   That means there are only four perfect things in the whole cosmos: God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and God’s Love.

God's love is perfect and never fails. It perseveres and protects. Love must be your motivation in everything you do.  Otherwise everything you do is meaningless (1 Corinthians 13.1 to 3). You can speak in tongues, prophecies, have faith to move mountains, but if you don’t have God’s love in you, it is nothing.

God is everlasting, so God’s love is everlasting.   It also never fails. That’s how powerful and gentle it is. Now this powerful and gentle love is in you. How magnificent is that. Paul says that following the way of love is a most excellent way to live.

If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. John 14.23

This passage from John’s gospel shows that God’s love goes around in a circle.  You love God and God loves you in return. The circular flow of love.  You enter grace through faith in Jesus Christ and receive God’s unconditional love.  God loves you and asks you to love him in return. Hence there is a circular flow of love.

Little children, love one another
As your heavenly Father loves you.   



Obedience

If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love
John 15.10

This is a game changer.  If you obey Jesus’ commands, you will remain in Jesus’ love. To remain in Jesus’ love, you must obey Jesus commands. Jesus commands are set out in the gospels. His teachings on how you should behave, are set out in Matthew Chapters 5, 6 and 7 which are summarised at Annex 2.

It is very important that you live each day in accordance to Matthew chapters 5,6 and 7. That is what Jesus wants you to do.  He wants you to follow these commands. If you do not obey Jesus commands, you do not remain in his love and like the branches on the vine that wither and die, you will be cut off (John 15.1).  

Love keeps no records of wrongs.
1 Corinthians 13.5

Each day you start with a clean sheet.  There is a clean sheet for your sins and a clean sheet for the sins of all those people that have sinned against you (because you have forgiven them).  Jesus’ death on the cross has taken them all away. Each day try to obey his commands as set out in Matthew 5, 6 and 7. You should have them in your heart and in your mind, helped by the Holy Spirit.


If you love me (Jesus), you will obey what I command. John 14.15

Although you are part of the world, you are different from the world because Jesus’ love is in your heart.  This changes your disposition to yourself and the people around you. You now have a greater capacity to love your family, friends and even your enemies.



Chapter 10 – Forgiveness

(Father) forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. Matthew 6.12

 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6. 14

You must forgive everyone who has or will hurt or abuse you. This is fundamental to the cleansing of your heart. This will release you from the chains of the past that hold you down.
Forgiveness comes from the heart (Matthew 18.35). In future, whenever the hurt or abuse comes to mind, your forgiveness will also come to mind. Your forgiveness will be with you, inside your heart, for the rest of your life. It is a continuous process. But you are not alone. Jesus’ powerful and forgiving love is inside you, helping you. Jesus’s love inside you keeps no record of wrongs. It perseveres, protects and never fails. Whatever you have done wrong, if you have forgiven others from your heart, God will forgive you. Your sins are wiped clean.

Love and forgiveness go hand in hand. If you love someone, you will also forgive them.  If you forgive them, you will also love them.

Forgive from your heart.

Little children, forgive one another
As your heavenly Father forgives you.

And forgive yourself.



Chapter 11– Coping with Sadness, Depression, Grief, Guilt and Addiction.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11.28-30

Whatever crisis you are facing now, Jesus is with you. His love surrounds you and protects you.

Next time you are tempted with your addiction or trying to cope with a crisis, say,

Our Father, in the name of Jesus, please help me.  Help me through the next minute, the next hour and the whole day. Amen.

Prayer the same prayer for someone you know who is suffering now.



Chapter 12 - Jesus is God

In the beginning was the Word (Jesus), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. John 1.1-2

It says clearly at the start of John’s gospel that Jesus is God.  Throughout the gospels Jesus teaches you that he and the Father are one.


Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. John 14.11

 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” John 20.28

If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. John 14.23

You need to recognise and acknowledge that Jesus is God and worship him with all your spirit and heart.  Similarly, and equally, you need to worship and love the Father and the Holy Spirit.  

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity (Godhead) lives in bodily form. Colossians 2.9

Jesus Christ is God in bodily form.

 The fact that Jesus and the Father are one is central to Jesus’ message to you. They share God’s Deity together. John who was Jesus’ best friend when he was on earth, repeatedly mentioned this in his gospel. 

If you are or were a Jehovah’s Witness, you might have difficulty accepting Jesus is God. The Jehovah’s Witness evidence that Jesus Christ is not God is discussed at Annex 3.


Worshipping Jesus has God is a stumbling block for many. God, the Father, and Jesus are separate living entities but at the same time they are one. This might seem like a contradiction in human terms, but in heavenly terms anything is possible with God. There are verses supporting their separation and verses supporting their existence as one (see verses above).

When you worship Jesus,
You also worship the Father,
And when you worship the Father,
You also worship Jesus
Because Jesus and the Father are one.



Glorification of Jesus

And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began. John 17.5

To glorify is to praise and worship.  This was one of the last things Jesus asked his Father before the crucifixion. That was one of his last requests to God.  If you love him, you can fulfil that request by glorifying him now today.

In a loud voice they (thousands of angels) were saying: Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and praise! Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying: To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honour and glory and power, for ever and ever! The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped. Revelation 5.12-14

Worthy is our Lord, Jesus to be praised, worshipped and gloried by you. Jesus, I glorify you with all my heart and soul and mind.




 Chapter 13 – The Holy Spirit

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14.26

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
2 Corinthians 13.14

Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28.19

The Trinity is God in three parts: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. All three form one God. 

Love God the Father, Yahweh
Love God the Son, Jesus (Yeshua)
Love the Holy Spirit, every day.

Fellowship with the Holy Spirit

Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, you are not alone. You have a faithful friend with you always – the Holy Spirit.  Feel the Holy Spirit in your heart. He loves you and cares for you. He guides you and protects you.  Everything you have achieved in your Christian life has been achieved through him. He deserves your love, respect and friendship in return. In your quiet moment, remember to thank him.

Thank you, Holy Spirit for being my friend and guiding me and helping me each day.

Glorification of the Holy Spirit

When Jesus commanded his disciples to baptise people, he told them to baptise people in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28.19).  He wanted the Holy Spirit to be recognised as part of the Trinity.  Jesus wants the Holy Spirit to receive the respect he deserves.  That is why you should glorify the Holy Spirit.

Glorify God the Father,
Glorify God the Son
Glorify God the Holy Spirit
Each Day.



The Holy Spirit is your best friend.

Chapter 14 – Why does God allow suffering?

I do not know why God allows suffering in the world, but I do know that he has a plan for the world and a specific plan for you.

God has a plan and that plan is for his perfect Kingdom to exist on earth. A Kingdom free of suffering. He wants everyone to find his Kingdom. Satan exists on earth. He is God's enemy and he wants to control everyone. This is the truth explained in the Bible, which satan doesn't want you to know.

Jesus answered, the one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the Kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. Matthew 13.37

So there is a war between satan and God for the souls of the people on earth. God has set the rules and boundaries for the war and satan has limited powers. God lets the war continue because there are still more souls to be saved.

Are you a good person leading a comfortable life without Jesus? Then you are exactly where satan wants you to be and he won't bother you. You are either good seed or weeds. There is no in-between. You have a choice: to receive Jesus into your heart or to continue in sin. Sin is not to recognise Jesus as your Saviour.

Who do you think causes the suffering in the world? Is it God or satan?

Why does God who is full of love, allow satan to cause so much suffering? Why does he protect and heal some but not others? Who are we to question God. Be grateful that he gave you life and use it wisely. The secret of life is to obey Jesus.

Most of the human suffering is caused by man's abuse of power. Wars, starvation and genocide - satan is to blame because he exists and controls most of mankind. Satan is enjoying the power he has over the world right now. He enjoys destroying souls by hiding the truth about Jesus from as many people as possible. If in the process mankind also destroys the planet, he doesn't care because his days are numbered.

God included in his design of the world storms, hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis. They will probably exist in his new Kingdom, but they will not have the power to kill since the souls in the new Kingdom will have everlasting life.

In short, human suffering occurs in the world because satan loves to see it happen. Why God lets it happen? We don't know. But then again, who are we to question God. The question should be, “Why does God allow satan to cause suffering”? God has the power to create and heal, but satan can only destroy what God has created.
Chapter 15 - Bear Fruit

If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15.5

Jesus says that he is the vine, the Father is the gardener, we are the branches and we should bear fruit. Bear fruit means telling people about Jesus. You tell them about Jesus, Jesus will turn them and heal their hearts.

If you remain in Jesus, you will bear much fruit. Like the good branches on the vine God will prune you and care for you so that you bear much fruit. If you don’t remain in Jesus, you will not bear fruit and you will be cut off. 

There is a condition - you must remain in Jesus. How do you remain in Jesus? By obeying his commands.

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. John 15.7 and 8.

This is a life changer. How do you bear fruit?  This verse says that you bear fruit by asking. By asking God in prayer to save someone that you have told about Jesus. As simple as that.

Purpose – You were created to glorify God.  You should live every day to glorify Him.  This should be the purpose of all your thoughts, words and deeds.  You should not only Glorify God each day but also glorify his Name.  Hallowed be your name.  His name is YAHWEH. He is ELSHEDAI (God Almighty).

Outcome of our Action – Bear fruit – telling someone about Jesus and bringing them to Jesus.

How is this Achieved – By asking. How do you ask? By praying to Him. Our Father which art in heaven. God is telling you to ask. To ask, not for yourself, but for the people around you.

Conditions – if you remain in me and my words remain in you. Jesus’ words must be in you.  You should have Jesus’ words in our hearts and minds daily. Whether by reading the new testament or from memory. They must be part of you. God will show you the words that are important to you.

Always remember the purpose of all this is for the glory of God.  You are helped by the Holy Spirit in you and around you. You have received God’s grace which is the love he gives you. You have God’s righteousness which is credited to you by faith. Most of all, you have God’s love in you. You know from 1 Corinthians 13 that God’s love never ever fails.

For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. Luke 19.10

Jesus came to seek and find the lost. Jesus is no longer with us, so it is up to you to seek and find the lost through the Holy Sprit that is in you. God will show you how.

Our Father help me seek and find the lost so that they might believe and be saved.


Chapter 16 -  The First Seven Steps

The first three steps are:

·         Believe in Jesus
·         Ask and receive Jesus into your heart
·         Repent of your sins

You can remember this from the word BAR.
The next four steps are:

·         Be Baptised – renew or refresh your spirit
·         Love – follow the way of God’s love
·         Obey – God’s and Jesus commands
·         Bear Fruit – tell people about Jesus

You can remember this from the word BLOB
All of this is for the GLORY OF GOD

You can remember this as:

BAR BLOB for GLORY

You can commit to these seven steps each day. You can pray that the people that you pray for commit to these steps. 

 
Chapter 17 - Pray for the Kingdom

The new testament asks you to pray to the Father in many places.

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7.7

Do not be anxious about anything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Philippians 4.4

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. John 15.7-8

Jesus commands you to pray.  You should talk to God frequently throughout the day. In the bathroom in the morning, over breakfast, on the bus waiting for the bus, walking the dog, in the gym, waiting in the dentist, driving the car, lying in bed first thing in the morning and last thing at night.

Jesus commands you to pray in secret -  No one must know when you pray or what you pray for.  Not even your wife or husband.  It’s your secret with God.

What do you pray for? – You pray for the Kingdom.  Your Kingdom come.

Your Kingdom come in people hearts.   You pray for the people that God puts in your heart to pray for.  They might be individuals, towns, cities, countries or nations.

You pray that God will come into their hearts and deliver them from evil. Use the Lord’s prayer as a model for your prayers.

Pray with passion for the people that God’s put in your hearts to pray for. Pray with love in your heart believing that it will happen. Persevere with your prayers for those persons until God removes those persons from your memory which might be never.

Remembering God’s love is perfect and never fails. When you pray with love in your heart for the salvation of the people of this world, a powerful mesh or web of love forms. Your prayers will bear fruit and advance the Kingdom of Heaven for the Glory of God. You pray for the Kingdom:

Our Father, your Kingdom come in my heart and in the hearts of the people I pray for. Amen

You pray to the Father, in the name of Jesus and through the Holy Spirit.   The prayer for personal salvation is directly to Jesus because only Jesus can save you (see chapter 5).




Chapter 18 - Finding the Kingdom

Jesus told you to:

Seek his Kingdom and his righteousness. Matthew 6.33

In Matthew 6 Jesus told you not to worry about what you eat, drink or wear or any aspect of your life but first seek his Kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be yours.  You seek God’s Kingdom with your heart. You should seek God’s Kingdom and his righteousness each day. This chapter is about how you go about finding God’s Kingdom each day.

The Kingdom of God is within you. Luke 1.17

Where is God’s Kingdom?  The Kingdom of God is within you.  The Kingdom of God is made up of God’s people.  If you believe in Jesus, you are part of his Kingdom.  If you have received the Holy Spirit, the Kingdom of God is in you now. You could say that you have already found the Kingdom because it is in you. You keep God’s Kingdom in your heart.

Jesus told many parables to explain the Kingdom of God.  These parables fall into two types. There were those that explained the future Kingdom that will be set in place when Jesus returns. For examples, the parable of the weeds and the wheat (Matthew 13.25), and the parable of the wise and foolish virgins (Matthew 25.1-13).  The other type of parables is those that referred to the Kingdom of God that exists in the now. 
 
The Kingdom of Heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Matthew 13.44

The man had to consciously search for the Kingdom because it was hidden.  You must seek the Kingdom to find it.  The man didn’t have to wait until the resurrection to find it.  He found the joy of finding the Kingdom of Heaven in the present world in the now.  The Kingdom of Heaven is in you now. Note that he gave all he had to buy it.  Jesus requires total commitment. It becomes the most important thing in your life. The Kingdom of Heaven is in your hearts because that where God’s love is.

Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it. Matthew 13.45

Again, the merchant is searching for the pearl and again he sells all he has, to buy it.

He told them another parable: The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.  Matthew 13.31

The Kingdom of Heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough. Matthew13.33

You find the Kingdom of God by praying for it. Praying for it to come into your heart and into the hearts of the people you know.  You are the mustard seed and your prayers will cause the Kingdom of Heaven to grow like the mustard seed. You are the yeast and your prayers will cause the Kingdom of Heaven to spread like the yeast.

If you place your self in the right place with God, God will use you for his Glory. Guided by the Holy Spirit, motivated by his Love, he will give you the opportunity to serve him. Jesus must be in you to achieve God’s outcome.

Jesus was determined to teach us about the Kingdom of Heaven.  Most of Jesus’ parables are about the Kingdom. He wants everyone to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

The Parable of the Sower

Then he told them many things in parables, saying: A farmer went out to sow his seed.  As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.  But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.  Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.  Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.  Whoever has ears, let them hear.  The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”  He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.

Listen then to what the parable of the sower means:  When anyone hears the message about the Kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy.  But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful.  But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Matthew 13. 1 to 23

To bear fruit for Jesus, you must hear the word and understand it.  You must understand the message about the Kingdom.  Notice the things that can happen to prevent this happening:  worrying about your life, the deceit of wealth, trouble or persecution because of the word or, simply, not understanding. Satan does not want you to understand the message about the Kingdom.  God does.

Otherwise they (the people) might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them. Matthew13.15

The Kingdom of Heaven is God’s people here on earth now.  To enter God’s Kingdom, you need to see with your eyes, hear with your ears and understand with your heart.  Once you understand you need to turn.  It says Jesus himself will heal you.   That how important understanding the message is.  You should want to understand the message more than anything else in the world.  The Kingdom of Heaven should be the centre of your life.

Rejoicing in Heaven

In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents. Luke 15. 10

Like the prodigal son, who realised he had sinned against his father and against heaven, you need to turn and the Father will welcome you with open arms. The stories of the lost sheep (Luke 15.4-7), the lost coin (Luke 8-10) and the lost son (Luke 15.11-32) say that there will be rejoicing in heaven when one, just one, person repents and turns to God. Like the story of the one in a hundred sheep, the Father does not want to lose anyone. He wants everyone to turn to Jesus for salvation. When you turn to God, Jesus will heal you.  You need Jesus’ healing hands in your life, every day of your life. He will heal your heart.

The Kingdom of Heaven has been forcefully advancing and forceful men lay hold on it. Matthew 11.12

You forcefully advance the Kingdom of Heaven by praying for it to come into people’s hearts.

Humility

To enter or receive the Kingdom of God you must humble yourself before God like a child. Only the humble will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. You need to change your attitude towards God and become lowly, gentle and humble in your heart recognising Him for who he is and you for who you are.

Truly I say to you, Unless you change and become like children you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.  Whoever makes themselves lowly like this child, will be the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. Matthew 18.3-4

Humility of heart and spirit is the key to the Kingdom.

Chapter 19 – the Tongue

The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. James 3.6

But no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. James 3.8-9

Your disposition, towards the people around you, is conveyed by what you say. Always be supportive, encouraging and positive in what you say.  

Normally, your thoughts come from the heart, overflow into the mind and you speak when you feel in your heart.  There are times, when you are stressed or over excited, when you the mind takes control and you speak the first thing that comes to your mind.  That is when you might say a lie to get out of an awkward situation or say something negative or hurtful.  

For, whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech.
1 Peter 3.10

  
Chapter 20 – Spirit, Heart, Soul, Mind and Body

There is a spiritual man with heart and spirit inside you and there is your physical man with mind, soul and body.

Spiritual Man

The heart and spirit of an unsaved person is set on earthly desires and needs. When you ask Jesus into your life, your heart and spirit are transformed.  God's love is poured into your heart. The Holy Spirit enters your heart. Jesus' words enter your heart and your heart is healed.  Your heart miraculously understands Jesus' message and is turned. This can occur instantly or over a period of years.  Your heart fills up with God's love and treasures leaving less room for earthly desires. Your heart’s capacity to believe, love and obey is increased.

Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" Galatians 4.6

And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:5

Your heart is your innermost spiritual being. The heart thinks, plans and feels all your emotions.

Your heart is fused with your spirit because it is working continually with your spirit.

The spirit of an unsaved person is virtually dormant and inactive because they have no or little communication with God. 

When you are saved the spirit is reborn, refreshed and made new (regeneration).  Before you were an empty glass now you are full or partly filled glass.

The Holy Spirit that dwells in your heart combines with your new born spirit to glorify and worship God.  Your heart and spirit work together to serve and communicate with God.

The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Romans 8:16

This is the spiritual man that lives within the physical man.

 Physical Man

The thoughts and deeds and emotions of your spiritual man overflow into the life of your physical man influencing your mind, soul and body. Goodness overflows from the heart into the soul.

For example, when you glorify God with your heart and spirit, this overflows into your mind, soul and body who also glorify God.  If your heart is right with God, your soul and mind will follow because the soul and mind are led by the heart. 

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.
Mark 12.30

Your heart loves first and your soul and mind follow.

Unfortunately, not only does the good things overflow from your heart into your soul but also sinful thoughts and deeds. How do we stop these sinful thoughts when they occur in your heart and soul? Think or speak Jesus words when the thought occurs.  God has given you his words in your hearts. Use these words to overcome the evil that is in you. I receipt, “Jesus said, I am the way, the truth and the life no one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14.6), or  “The eyes are the light of the body, if the eyes are good the whole body is good” (Matthew 6.22) also works for me.

The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart.  For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks. Luke 6:45

When you die your spiritual body will go back to heaven. Your physical body will burn or rot away. However, at the resurrection, your soul will rise to meet the Lord and find rest in heaven. All the unsaved souls will suffer in hell. You are not alone. Your spiritual body is part of Jesus' spiritual body. Jesus said, remain in me and I will remain in you. You are part of the larger body of Christ.



Chapter 21 – Your Heart.

God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:5

This is an amazing statement. God has poured his love into your heart. Is that amazing?   Your old un-imaginative heart as now been filled with God’s love increasing your capacity to love your family, friends and everyone else. He wants you to use that love, first, to love him (Matthew 22.37) and secondly, love everyone else (Matthew 22.39). 

Not only is God’s love in your heart but the Holy Spirit is also in your heart.

Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" Galatians 4.6

If you think your heart is pretty full with the Holy Spirit and God’s love in it, there is more. It is in your heart that you keep Jesus’ words (Rev1.3 and Psalm 119.9). Your heart is where the Kingdom of Heaven is in you.

Your heart is the centre of your whole being.  It is where you store all your heavenly treasure given to you by God.  The treasure therein is your love for Jesus your Saviour, your love for the Father God Almighty, and your love for the Holy Spirit in you and around you.

Your heart is where you commit your life to God. Your heart is where you decide to follow Jesus.


 Functions of the Heart.

It is with your heart that you believe. Faith comes from your heart.

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. Romans 10.9-10

It is with your heart that you love God.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.
Mark 12.30

It is with your heart that you understand what is written in the Bible. You take God’s words to heart.

Otherwise they (the people) might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them. Matthew13.15

You think with your heart. 

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 

You praise God with your heart.

I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. Psalm 86:12

It is with the heart that you repent

My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite (repentant) heart that you, God, will not despise. Psalm 51:17

You sing with your heart.

speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord. Ephesians 5:19

You call on the Lord with your heart.

Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 2 Timothy 2:22

Your heart has a dark side. Both good and evil thoughts come from your heart.

For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person. Mark 7.21-23

The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart.  For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks. (Luke 6:45).

The emotional state of your heart affects the rest of you.

A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.  Proverbs 15.13

a cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17.22

The heart and spirit are fused together. The heart is the centre of your character.  Your heart is closely linked to your spirit.

God has given you a new heart.

I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 11:19

Rid yourselves of all the offences you have committed and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, people of Israel? Ezekiel 18:31

He has purified your heart by faith.

Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 10.22

God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us He did not discriminate between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith. Acts 15.8-9.


At the time of judgement, God will judge your heart. The word of God judges your heart.

In the time of judgment God will expose the hidden counsels of the heart. 1 Corinthians 4.5




Chapter 22 - Your Spirit

God, whom I serve in my spirit in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you. Romans 1.9

You serve God with your spirit.

When a baby is born, he has a spirit in him giving him life.  As the body grows, the spirit grows in the same way until a fully-grown spirit exists in that person.  But that spirit is inadequate or insufficient on its own. That is why there is no true happiness on earth.  That spirit needs God’s Holy Spirit to make it complete. People are walking about like half-filled glasses. Only when you receive the Holy Spirit inside you will your glass be topped up and become full (regeneration).

The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Romans 8.16

The Holy Spirit needs a conduit or vessel to serve God on earth. You are that conduit.  The Holy Spirit combines with your spirit to pray, praise, worship and serve the Lord. The most important thing your spirit does is serve and worship God.  When you praise, worship and pray to God, the action starts in your spiritual man (heart and spirit) and overflows to your physical man (mind, body and soul).

I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind. 1 Corinthians 14:15



Your heart and spirit should be: destitute, steadfast, gentle, lowly, quiet and needing God. Jesus described his own heart as meek and lowly (Matthew 11.29)

And he began to teach them. He said: Blessed are the poor (destitute) in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5.1

Blessed are you when you realise that your spirit is insufficient or inadequate and need God’s help. When you realise this, you will have found the Kingdom of Heaven

God encourages you to have a steadfast spirit.

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10

(Steadfast means resolute and unwavering).

God encourages you to develop a quiet and gentle spirit.

Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.  1 Peter 3:4


Your emotions

Your spirit is fused into the core of your heart and it is here that you feel your deepest emotions.  These are the emotions that affect your daily disposition.   


Your spirit is not constant. It varies with your moods and can be refreshed.

For they refreshed my spirit and yours also. Such men deserve recognition. 1 Corinthians 16:18

Your feelings are felt by your spirit.

When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. John 11:33

Your perception comes from your spirit

 Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things? Mark 2:8

Your spirit need the Lord and needs his grace.

The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you all.
2 Timothy 4:22

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
Philippians 4:23

Your spirit gives your body life.  You will give up your spirit when you die.

And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. Matthew 27.50


Purification

You need to ask God to purify both the spiritual man (spirit) and the physical man (body) in you.

Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. 2 Corinthians 7:1


May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:23




Chapter 23 - Your Soul

The feelings, emotions and thoughts of your heart overflow into your soul.   Your soul is led by your heart. If your heart is good your soul will follow.  

God will judge the words and thoughts of your heart, but if your heart is found wanting, it is your soul that will pay the price of sin.

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28

What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Mark 8:36

The soul of sinful man will be destroyed in hell.  This is what satan wants.

The soul is part of physical man which consists of soul, mind and body.  The spirit is part of spiritual man consisting of heart and spirit.  Jesus’ words are part of spiritual man and overflow from the spirit to the soul at times of worship.  Hence the word of God divides soul and spirit.

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12


You need to ask God to sanctify both your spiritual man (spirit) and your physical man (soul and body).  Both need to be kept blameless. But if the heart and spirit are right with God, the soul will follow.


Mary’s spirit was right with God and her soul followed.

And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my saviour.” Luke 1:46


Seeking God’s Kingdom and righteousness each day of your life will keep your heart pure.  A pure heart will lead to a pure soul that praises the Lord each day.

Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. 1 Peter 2:11

Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Psalm 103:1 



Chapter 24 - Poor (Destitute) in Spirit

It's the starting point/the launching point from where you start to talk to God. The poor in spirit are ready to talk to God.

It is when your spirit concedes to God recognising Him for who He is. Your spirit is poor because you realise how inadequate and insufficient your life is and how much you need Him.

Lord I need your help today and everyday

Lowly in heart and spirit
Lowly in your innermost self
An inner peace
Meek before God
Trusting him
Yielding yourself to him
Aware of his presence
Safe in his care
Sorrowful for your sins
Sorrowful towards the world
Yet joyful In the Spirit
Open to God
Yet not wanting
Happy in his presence
Content
At peace
Wanting to be righteous
In his eyes
Wanting to please him

Slow breathing
Hypnotic state
Yet wide awake

Touching the Kingdom of Heaven inside you.


Blessed are the poor in spirit
Because theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven

You have just found the Kingdom of Heaven in you.



Chapter 25 – Jesus is The Truth

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. Matthew 14.6

We live in the most confusing age. There are so many false beliefs and doctoring, so much false news and propaganda, so many lies and deceit because everyone is pushing their own agenda. There are so many people putting themselves before God.

Jesus is the Truth. When you say those words, you get the feeling of God’s power in the room. While writing this book, a Voice spoke to me saying:

Truth and justice come through Jesus our Lord and Saviour.
 On this I will build my church.
And the truth that is in me will set you free
From sin that is in the world.
Stand in my faith and grace
Rejoice in my love
Believe in me and anything is possible.

Jesus is the truth
And that truth reigns within your heart.



Chapter 26 - The Word of God


For the Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12


The Word of God is not just words written in the Bible but is alive and active. These words have been poured into your heart through the Holy Spirit and in your heart they are alive and active.  



 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. John 15.7 and 8.
 
In your heart, these words have power and the Holy Spirit will teach you how to use that power.

 First, Jesus' words are a defence from the evil one.  Whenever you are tempted by receipting Jesus words you can overcome this temptation.

Secondly,  If Jesus words are in your heart, you can ask God for things to happen and provided those wishes are for God's glory and for the glory of His Kingdom, they will happen. You might not see them happen, but they will happen.

Thirdly - when you witness for Jesus, the Holy Spirit will teach you to use these words as a basis for what you say.  These words are the basis of your life in Jesus, so when you speak the truth from your heart, these words will come out in some shape or form.

So when you read the Bible,  God through the Holy Spirit will help you understand the words so that they are no longer just words on paper, but meaningful words written on your heart.

Ask God to teach you how to use that power - the Power of His Words.


Chapter 27 - The Christian Adventure

God has chosen you.

You chose God out of your own free will. But God knew that you would choose Him before you chose Him because He knows everything.

You start your Christian adventure at the point, that you see with your eyes, hear with your ears, understand with your heart and turn to Jesus. Jesus comes into your heart and heals it. You understand with your heart and believe. You receive the Holy Spirit and your heart and spirit are renewed. You are saved. You now stand in God’s grace. You are righteous with God through your faith.

At this point, in Christian terms you are like a young child (even though you are a grown person) who has much to learn from Jesus. God has a long and fruitful education planned for you.

At this point you have a split heart.  Part of it holds the Holy Spirit and God’s love in you. Part of it holds your sinful nature and desires. These two parts are in conflict within you.  This is the hybrid Christian struggling between sin and goodness.

God has started a transformation process in you and gradually or suddenly he turns your heart from being self-seeking to being God seeking.    Your ‘good’ heart becomes stronger and God teaches you to use the power of God’s word to overcome your sinful desires. The Kingdom of God grows in you. Each day you seek his Kingdom and his righteousness, and the Holy Spirit helps you.

Your life becomes controlled by the spiritual man (heart and spirit) that lives inside you. Physical man (soul, mind and body) has less control over your daily life.

The next change point comes when you dedicate yourself completely to God and to his Glory.  You give him your heart, spirit, soul mind and body to serve him as He pleases.  At this point, you completely trust in Jesus your Saviour and in God the Father Almighty. You are His.

This process took me 34 years. I am sure it can happen in days.  Once you enter this wonderful state with God, anything can happen.  Each day you live for Him and for his Glory.



Chapter 28 -  Your Hope and Joy

When you believe in Jesus, God starts a marvellous transformation in your life. Your disposition towards yourself and the world around you, changes. God’s Love fills your heart. Every day you want to seek his Kingdom and his righteousness because when you find it there is an inner joy. You become motivated by God’s Love inside you and every day you want to please Him. All this is for His Glory which He wholly deserves. Your hope is in Him.

If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.  John 15. 10 -11

Keep Jesus’ commands, and your joy will be complete.
  

Let it be (Amen).



Annex 1 - Evidence there is a Creator

Fact 1 – The probability of a single cell forming is infinitesimal and if it did form it would have no means of reproducing itself.

The Theory of Evolution says - Life forms came about because chemicals randomly came together in an ancient primordial soup, 3.8 billion years ago to form a single cell by chance.

A single cell is very complex - astronomically complex.
A simple one cell bacteria or Coli contains DNA information units that are equivalent to a hundred million pages of Encyclopaedia Britannica. Cells have functional units called proteins. There are thousands of proteins in a single cell.
Probability of one protein forming is ten to the power of two hundred and sixty, i.e. impossible.

They still don't know how the first protein was made? The dilemma is that you need DNA to make protein and you need protein to make DNA.

Even if a single cell was formed by chance, how would it reproduce? It would need to develop a method of reproduction in its own life time or the species would die.

Fact 2 -  There is no evidence to support the theory that mutations in the DNA chain create new species.

 Darwinist Theory - Creatures evolved by mutations causing changes in the DNA chain.  Genetics came after Darwin’s Theory and this is the only way they can explain evolution in terms of genetics.

The DNA of each species is different. Although the DNA of a chimpanzee has 98% of the DNA of a human, that 2% makes a huge difference physically and mentally.

Mutations are rare, but they can alter the DNA structure of a single cell. All known mutations observed so far have reduced the information in the DNA chain. Mutations are irreversibly destructive. There has never been a mutation discovered to date that has added information.

Fact 3 - There is no evidence in the fossil records to support evolution.

All the fossils discovered are of distinct species.  No in -between or intermediate fossils have been discovered. We have discovered fish fossils and frog fossils but nothing in-between. There are many breeds of dog, but they are all one species.

Fact 4 -  Certain biological systems cannot evolve by successive small changes to pre-existing systems by natural selection.

A single system which is composed of several interactive parts and where the removal of any one part causes the system to cease to function. Examples the immune system, the ear and the eye.

Because the eye system could not occur by evolving from something simpler, it must have been created by a Creator.

This is Irreducible Complexity Theory by Michael Behe.

Fact 5 - Wonderful Earth
Earth is a rare planet and was specially made to sustain plant, animal and human life. When you consider all the factors that came together to create a planet capable of sustaining life, you realise what an amazing creation it is.
Our planet exists in a solar system with a stable sun that has provided a constant source of energy for billions of years. It is exactly the right distance from the sun so that temperatures are not too hot or not too cold.  It rotates at a constant speed at the right tilt so that the seasons are not too severe. It has the right amount of retained water to support our environmental weather systems.  Jupiter acts like a giant magnet attracting comets and asteroids away from the earth ensuring its survival.  Photosynthesis ensures that there is the right amount of oxygen in the air. It has a large moon in the right place to control the tides and oceans.  It has the right composition of elements to sustain life especially hydro carbonates.  It is as if someone went out of his way to create the perfect environment for plants, animals and of course humans.



Annex 2 - Obey – Jesus’ Commands.

If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love
John 15.10

Obeying Jesus’ commands is essential to your Christian life.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.
Mark 12.30

This is Jesus’ greatest command.  Notice that you not only love with your heart, but also you love with your soul and mind.  If you love someone with your heart, soul and mind you really are loving them.  It shows the circular flow of love.  If we love God, God will love us in return.

And the second is like it: Love your neighbour as yourself.
Matthew 22.39

The apostle John spend is latter days in Ephesus setting up churches for Jesus.  It is reported that he used to say to people: “Little children love one another.”  He was Jesus’ best friend on earth and understood Jesus’ message of love better than anyone.  In this message he is not only saying love your neighbour but also you should do it humbly like children.

Jesus teachings on how you should behave, are set out in Matthew 5, 6 and 7. It is very important that you live each day in accordance to Matthew 5,6 and 7. That is what Jesus wants you to do.  He wants you to follow these commands.

Matthew Chapter 5

Chapter 5 covers Jesus’ sermon on the mount in which he tells all the people how they should behave.  Before the sermon Jesus preached to the people, ‘Repent for the Kingdom of heaven is near’ – Matthew 4.17.  Becoming a Christian is a life changing experience and not to be entered lightly.  As part of the change, God expects you to acknowledge that your old life was wrong. It might not feel that wrong, but because you did not love God and believe in Jesus before, your old life was sinful.

     
The Beatitudes

Jesus starts by explaining how you (heart, spirit and mind) should be towards God (the beatitudes).

And he began to teach them. He said:
Blessed are the poor (destitute) in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5.1 to 14

These are the 8 conditions of heart and mind to please God.

The poor in spirit -  Your spirit is poor because you realise how inadequate your life is and how much you need God. Your spirit concedes to God.


Those that mourn – Those who pray for God’s help. How do you mourn? You mourn by praying to God either for yourself or other people.  The Holy Spirit is the comforter. You should   mourn to God for help each day.

Happy are the meek - They that are humble before God. Humility is the key to the Kingdom of Heaven. Your heart and spirit must be meek and humble to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

They that hunger and thirst after righteousness -  Those who want to be right with God.  Righteousness is achieved through faith. You should seek righteousness every day of your life.

The merciful are those that forgive when they have the power to punish or hurt.  You should forgive the people around you and not hurt or punish them by what you say or do. 

The pure in heart – your heart is made pure by God’s love. You keep it pure by obeying Jesus’ commands and by abstaining or avoiding things of the world that might corrupt your heart.

The peace makers – Those that spread the word of Christ. The sowers of the word who keep Jesus’ words in their hearts. At the right opportunity, tell people that you believe in Jesus.
 
You are persecuted when someone says, thinks or does bad things against you because you are a Christian. This is a situation you find you self in through no fault of your own.  Don’t worry because God’s love will protect you. Endure dislike because God’s love is with you.

POMMER

P - poor in spirit-  needing God’s help to be saved
M - mourn – pray for yourself and others
M - meek before God
R - right with God through believing in Jesus.


MPPP

M – Mercy - Love everybody
P – Pure in heart - God’s love is in you.
P – Peacemakers - spread the word
P – Persecution –  because of the Word

Jesus starts by explaining how you (heart, spirit and mind) should be towards God (the beatitudes).  The world will not understand them but we as Christians need to understand them.  If you follow them then you are following Jesus’ way - to remain in his love.



If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love
John 15.10

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
Matthew 5.13

Although we Christians are few in numbers we put God’s flavour into the whole world.  But be careful, because if you do not obey Jesus commands, you can fall out of Jesus’ love and lose your saltiness and be worthless (Similar to the dead branches on the vine (John 15).

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5.14 to 16

When Jesus was in the world he was the light of the world. When he left, we became the light of the world. Let your light shine so everyone can see it. How do you shine your light?  By the gentleness, patients and kindness you show when you do good things for others.  You are justified by faith, but works are important so that your light can shine.  This was one of Jesus’ commands to you, Let your light shine. 

Do not think that I (Jesus) have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfil them. Matthew 5. 17

But whoever practices and teaches these commands (the old law) will be called great in the Kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5.19

Do not forget to keep the ten commandments. They are equally as important as Jesus’ teachings.

Have only one God me
Do not worship idols
Do not miss-use my name
Rest for one day each week
Honour your father and your mother.
Do not murder.
Do not commit adultery.
Do not steal.
Do not lie.
Do not covet.

They are just as important in today’s world as they were in biblical times.

Jesus added the following 6 commands to these ten. This is a summary of Mathew 5. 21 to 48.

Do not be angry, be friends with everyone.

Do not look at a woman lustfully.

Do not divorce your wife unless she is unfaithful.

Keep your promises, keeping them simple as yes or no

Do not resist an evil person who hurts you or steals from you

Love and pray for your enemies and those who dislike you.


Matthew Chapter 6.

Give to the needy in secret.
Fast in secret
Pray in secret.
And your Father will reward you.
(Summary of Matthew 6. 1 to 18)

Jesus emphasised the importance of doing all these in secret.  As far as possible, you should do them without telling your wife, your children, your family.  The Lord will give you the opportunity to do them in secret,

Jesus taught you how to pray:
  
Our Father who art in heaven
Hallowed is your name (YAHWEH)
Your Kingdom come
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven
Give us today our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive others their trespasses against us
And lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil. Matthew 6. 9 to 13

You should pray to the Father.  His name is important, and it is YAHWEH. You should pray for the Kingdom.  The Kingdom of God is made up of the people of God. The Kingdom of God is in your hearts. You should therefore pray for the Kingdom of God to come into people’s hearts. God will lay on your heart the people., the towns, the countries and the nations that he wants you to pray for.  You pray that they will believe in Jesus, ask Jesus into their hearts and repent their sins. Praying for the Kingdom is important.

Asking God’s help to deliver you and the rest of the world from evil each day is important.  The enemy is in you and around you. You should ask God’s to help you each day.  

Use the Lord’s prayer as a model for your prayers

Forgiving others is so important it is mentioned twice.

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matthew 6. 14


Forgiving - Letting go of the past.  Letting go of things that hold you. Setting yourself free from the past. Forgiveness is continuous. It is not a one-time thing.  That is why Jesus asks us to do it daily in the Lord’s prayer.

But there is a bonus. If you forgive others in your heart, God will forgive you your sins. Each day you start with a clean sheet holding no resentment for anyone or anything. You will feel a lightness in your heart as God’s love takes over.



Fasting

Fasting.  In Matthew 6 it says when you fast not if you fast. So why do you fast?  It is explained in Acts 13. 1 to 3.  You fast to show God that you are serious about what you are praying for and that you are intent on those prayers being answered.  Fasting intensifies your prayers. Fasting makes your prayers stronger.

Treasures in Heaven

But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  Matthew 6. 20 -22

This section comes immediately after Jesus tells you that God will reward you if you give to the needy, pray and fast in secret.  Doing these things will result in you being rewarded.   It does not just say store, it says store up. That means the more you do these activities the more rewards that will accumulate.   This is our heavenly treasure which is unlike any earthly treasure.

Your body might belong to the world, but your heart belongs to Jesus. Your heart is part of God’s heavenly Kingdom. Your heart is in the Kingdom of Heaven that is in you. Your heart is where Jesus’ love remains. His love combined with your love creates a love that never fails.

Your heart must be right when you give, pray and fast.
Give to the needy with love
Pray for others with love
Fast with love.

The Eye

The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness.
Matthew 6. 22

If Jesus’s love is in you, you will look at life with a completely different attitude.  You will see with your heart the goodness and beauty that is in the world that he created.

Human nature makes you lust, covet and envy.  Jesus’ love overcomes these desires and helps you see with a healthy attitude.

You can train your eyes to be good so that when you feel human nature taking control of your mind, YOU THINK OF JESUS’ WORDS.  Reciting Jesus’ words will expel any bad thoughts from your head.

You cannot serve both God and money. Matthew 6. 24

Jesus tells you to serve God.  You were created to serve God.  There is no choice. When you serve God, you trust in Him and He will provide. You serve God by believing in Jesus and obeying his commands.

Everybody needs money to live. Money is hard to earn. You spend most of our waking life earning it.  But it is wrong when money controls your life. God should be the motivation for all you do. You should not be motivated by money.

Worry

Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes…
 But seek first his Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6. 25 and 33

This a wonderful command. Do not worry about anything. He knows that our human nature is to worry, and He tells you to stop it immediately and start trusting in God every day of your life. Now you have stopped worrying, what do you do instead each day. Each day you seek his Kingdom and his righteousness.  How do you do this by praying for the Kingdom. 

Matthew Chapter 7

Judgement

Do not judge, or you too will be judged. Matthew 7.1

As soon as you see a person, your human nature has formed an opinion of that person.  That is human nature and very difficult to stop. The eyes are the lamp of the body and if the eyes are good the whole body is good (Matthew 6.22).   If Jesus’s love is in you and your eyes are good, you will not be judgemental.


Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces. Matthew 7.6

You should be friendly towards others, yet cautious of their human nature. Be discreet with whom you share your inner beliefs. The Holy Spirit will guide you as to whom to witness. You don’t witness to everybody.

Asking

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7.7

Jesus commands you to ASK (A= ask, S = seek, K = knock). God wants you to ask for things. He wants you to communicate with him each day.

Evil in Us

If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him.  Matthew 7.11

This is Jesus stating as a fact that you are evil because your human nature was corrupted by satan in the Garden of Eden.   It is good and sobering to remember that you are indeed evil, and you are completely reliant on God for your salvation from the evil in you.


Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Matthew 7.13 -14


Watch out for false prophets. Thus, by their fruit you will recognise them. Matthew 7.15 and 20


Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  Matthew 7.21

Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  Matthew 7.24

At the end of his speech on how you should behave, Jesus said that whoever hears these words and, importantly, puts them into practice is like a wise man building his house on rocky hard foundations.  You must do three things; hear the words, understand them and thirdly put them into practice in your daily lives.

It is not easy to obey all these commands.  You will fail. Otherwise you would be free of sin and nobody is free of sin.  But what Jesus wants you to do is to try each day. But you are not on your own.  You have the Holy Spirit inside you and God’s love helping you each day.



Annex 3 Jehovah’s Witnesses – Argument against Jesus’ Deity 

I respect Jehovah’s Witnesses because they work hard for their God Jehovah and are just one step away from the Kingdom of Heaven. That step is believing that Jesus is God.  They believe that Jesus is not God but the Son of God and thus should not be worshipped as God. They use the following 5 Bible verses as evidence to prove that God/Jehovah/ Yahweh is one and that his deity is not shared with Jesus and the Holy Spirit. 

Verse 1

Here O Israel, Jehovah our God is one Jehovah. Deuteronomy 6:4. JW Bible
 

Hear, O Israel, Yahweh: is our God – Yahweh alone. Deuteronomy 6:4 Rotherham’s Emphasised Bible.

The writer was telling the Israelites that they should not worship other gods but Yahweh alone.

Verse 2

You, whose name is Jehovah, you alone are the Most High over all the earth. Psalm 83:18 JW Bible.

The actual literal translation of this verse is:

That men may know that thou whose Name alone is Yahweh art Most High over all the earth. Psalm 83:18 Rotherham’s Emphasised Bible

The alone refers to God’s name not to his deity.

Verse 3

This means everlasting life, their taking in knowledge of you, the only true God, and of the one whom you sent forth, Jesus Christ. John 17:3 JW Bible.

Before Jesus came to earth man did not know God. Jesus purpose was to reveal God to man.  Jesus came to expose the truth. In this prayer Jesus is praying to God, his Father to be glorified with God with the glory I had with you before the world began (John 17.5).  Jesus was united with God in the beginning.  He became separated from God when he came to earth and he is praying to be re-united with God to share his glorification. Glorify means to praise or worship. Jesus is now with God in heaven and united with God. He therefore deserves your praise and worship as part of God.   

 
Verse 4

Now there is no mediator when just one person is involved, but God is only one.  Galatians 3:20. JW Bible

This verse is part of the scripture that says that the Law was a contract between God alone and the Israelites.  Moses was the mediator, but he was not part of the contract.


Verse 5


There is no reason why the Father, part of the Godhead, should have information or make decisions of which Jesus, part of the Godhead is unaware.  

These are the verse that Jehovah’s Witnesses quote as proof that Jesus is not God and should not be worshipped.

All JW bible quotations taken from:

Our Father made it clear to us in the gospel of John that he and Jesus are one.
I (Jesus) and the Father are one. John 10.30

Every translation that I could find, had these words.  If you deny these words, misinterpret them, or satan is blinding you to their meaning, then you are denying Jesus his rightful position and denying the words he spoke for you. 



Annex 4 - Poems

Crucifixion (Is Death by Bleeding)
He had a choice
At any time
To come away
To leave the agony
Of the pain behind.

He chose to stay
To bleed his life away
For that's the price
He had to pay
To buy us back
From him who loves us not,
For Him, who created all we know.

The purpose of the nails
Was to make the blood flow slow,
Down the wood
To form a puddle
On the earth below.

The importance of the blood Is that it washes away
All the wrongs
The earth has known.
So now, there
Is no guilt in sin
Only forgiveness
From the one above
To all who know the Son.
Crucifixion Day

That day started at six,
By nine he was nailed and hoisted up.
At twelve the day went dark.
We never expected such a crowd
To see a man, die at three.
It was at that moment,
The sergeant of the guard realised
He really was the Son of God.

By His Wounds We are Healed.

A lot happened at the cross that day.
Yes, he died, so what?

What can one man do
To save a world
That's lost in hopelessness.
Yet he persevered
Knowing the trouble, we were in
And that his sacrifice
Would change the course of time.

Before that day
The fat controller came and went
Owning all he saw
For man had chosen him.

Now there is another choice
For this one man
Has with his blood

Bought us back for God.
By this one act
He heals us of our former sins
Offers a new friendship with God
A new friendship with each other
He can heal our bodies
Our spirits and our fears.
He offers a chance of peace.

A lot happened on the cross that day.

Thoughts

Thank you, God, for inhabiting
The thoughts of my mind.

But let me remember
The seeds you plant within
Are Yours.
And when I think they're mine,
They will disappear
Like the mists of time.

Free Will

For some unknown reason
He has set men apart.
He has made them
In his own image
And given them free-will.
He has even allowed them
The freedom to decide
If he exists.


A Time

A time for sowing,
A time for reaping
A time for waiting and praying
While the seeds grow.

We sow in love
We reap in joy
We pray and wait in hope
Of things to come.


Force of Life

There is a force
That is the reason for everything.
It causes plants and animals to grow
It causes the seasons and time.

This force is God
His Spirit is in the grass
 In the trees
In the animals and seas
And is in you and me.

Listen to the force!


  
For the Asking

He's waiting now,
To see what you're going to say.
What's it going to be?
Can you, will you,
Quietly, humbly, trustingly,
Ask him into your heart,
This man Jesus,
Into your heart to stay.



Annex 5 - Book of Tweets



 Believe in Jesus
and become
a child of God
John 1.12

The Word of God
Is alive and active
not just recorded in the Bible
But written in the hearts
Of Jesus' followers
Say Jesus' Words
in your mind
to strengthen and comfort you
for the day ahead

To live
Without Jesus
Is empty
To die
Without Jesus
Is empty
and so so sad
You have
Free-will
So believe.


Believe
and Ask
Jesus into your heart
And you will receive
The gift of
The Holy Spirit
And the Grace
Of the Lord Jesus Christ
Please ask now

May the Love of God
The Grace of Jesus
And the Friendship of the Holy Spirit
 Be with you.

Jesus is the truth
  That truth will set you free
  Free from everything that binds you
  Physically and mentally  
  It starts with a need
  A need to understand
  Understand the meaning of everything
  The search eventually leads you
  To the Word of God

Pray
With absolute faith
In Jesus.
Pray
With absolute love
For those
You pray for.

His kingdom grows
Through your prayers.
Pray for the Kingdom
to come into
The hearts
Of men and women
Everywhere.

Forgive others
And Yahweh
Will forgive you.

He's waiting now
To see what you're going to say.
Can you, will you
Quietly, humbly, trustingly,
Ask him into your heart
This man Jesus
 Into your heart to stay.

The lost coin
The pearl
The hidden treasure
All parables
About searching and finding
God's Kingdom
Here on earth now.
Pray for the Kingdom
To come into the hearts
Of men and women
Everywhere

The vine and the branches
The mustard seed
The yeast in the dough
Foretell of the growth
of God's Kingdom
On earth now.
Pray for God's Kingdom
To come into the hearts
of all men and women.

If the Father
Stopped forgiving us
We'd be in serious trouble.

Pray for the Kingdom
To come into
The hearts
of men and women
Everywhere.

The greatest words ever spoken:
If you remain in me (Jesus)
And my words remain in you
Ask (pray for) whatever you wish
And it will be done.
To my Father's glory
That you bear fruit
Proving to be my disciples.
 John 15.7

Pray for the Kingdom

Glorify Him
And Glorify Him Again
Because He deserves
All the glory that you can give.

The rule is simple
Obey Jesus
and you can
Achieve
Anything.

If you believe in Jesus,
Let your light shine
In this cyber darkness.

You are his light
 His light shall shine
 Like the sun
 In this cyber darkness
 Go into the public domain
 And witness for Jesus

I breathe
  To glorify Him
  And pray
  For His Kingdom
To come
Into the hearts of men and women

Come Jesus come and make your home in my heart and heal me from all my wrongs.

  Believe in Jesus
  And Ask Him
  Into your heart
  For His Love
  And forgiveness
  Will change you.
  

Do not worry  about your life, 
 What you eat 
 What you drink  
About your body  
Or what you wear.     
 But first 
 Seek his Kingdom
 And his righteousness  
And all these things  
Will be given to you     
 Jesus’ command in Matthew 6.
  
Our Father, Yahweh,
May the people
See your Glory
With their eyes,
Hear your Word
With their ears
Understand your Love
with their hearts
And Turn
To Jesus
Who will
Heal their hearts
Blessed are the poor in sprit for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

Your spirit is insufficient and inadequate
And needs God's help
When you realise that you need God's help,
You will have found the Kingdom of Heaven

The kingdom of heaven that Jesus talked about
is here on earth now.
Jesus wants you to seek and find it.
Faith in Jesus
and humility before God are the keys to the Kingdom. 

The Kingdom of Heaven is here now on earth.
It consists of all the people who believe in Jesus.

Holy Spirit
  Comforter
  Enter
  The Hearts
  Of People
  So that
  They see
  Your Glory
  With their eyes,
  Hear
  Your Words
  With their ears
  Understand
  Your Truth
  With their Hearts
  And Turn
  To Jesus Christ
  Who will
  Heal
  Their Hearts and Minds.
Mat 13.15



Glory to the Father and the Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit

And from the days of John the Baptist until the present time, the kingdom of heaven has endured violent assault, and violent men seize it by force [as a precious prize–a share in the heavenly kingdom is sought with most ardent zeal and intense exertion].
The Kingdom of Heaven has been forcefully advancing as forceful men lay hold of it
Matthew 11.12

You forcefully advance the kingdom of heaven by praying for it to come into people hearts through faith in Jesus. Apart from jesus we can do nothing.

Our Father,
In the name of Jesus, I  declare war on Satan in this world.
Pour out your Holy Spirit on all believers,
Pour out your Love
Pour out your grace that comes through
Faith in Jesus.
For your Glory

Jesus is the truth
And that truth will set you free
From everything that binds you
Physicaly and mentally

Believe in Jesus
and become
a child of God
John 1.12

The Word of God
Is alive and active
not just recorded in the Bible
But written in the hearts
Of Jesus' followers
Say Jesus' Words
in your mind
to strenghten and comfort you
for the day ahead

To live
Without Jesus
Is empty
To die
Without Jesus
Is empty
and so so sad
You have
Free-will
So believe.





Annex 6 - Source of the Quotations from the Bible in this Book

Scripture quotations taken from the HOLY BIBLE,
NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION
Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved. "NIV" is a registered trademark of International Bible Society. UK trademark number 1448790.


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