The Obedience of Joy

Welcome back to our Fruit of Spirit Series.

Galatians 5:22-23
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Day-3/4/14
The Obedience of Joy:

Psalms 119:111 (NIV)
111 Your statutes are my heritage forever; 
 they are the joy of my heart.

Proverbs 10:28 (NIV)
28 The prospect of the righteous is joy, but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.

Psalms 119:14 (NIV)
14 I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches

Remaining Focused On The Right Thing – Jesus

Welcome back! We hope you had a great weekend. We ended last week by talking about focus. We are going to talk about Remaining Focused On The Right Thing — Jesus. If you have any questions, comments, prayer requests or praises–you can click the question tab or leave us a message. Let’s dig in!

Remaining Focused On The Right Thing – Jesus
Passage – Matthew 14:22-33
You can click on the following link to read the full passage: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2014:22-33

1 – Jesus SENT the disciples out into the STORM. (14:22)
“Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd.”

2 – Jesus PRAYED for the disciples that He SENT. (14:23a)
“After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.”

3 – Jesus WENT to where the disciples WERE. (14:23b-25)
” Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.”

4 – Jesus CALMED the disciples MINDS. (14:26-27)
“When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

5 – Jesus TOLD Peter to COME to Him. (14:28-29a)
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” Jesus said.”

6 – Peter FOCUSED on JESUS and stepped out in FAITH. (14:29b)
“Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.”

7 – Peter LOST his TRUE FOCUS by letting the WORLD distract him. (14:30)
“But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

8 – Peter CALLED on JESUS to be his SAVIOR. (14:30)
“But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

9 – Jesus IMMEDIATELY helped his SERVANT Peter. (14:31)
“Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

10 – Jesus REMINDED them that with HIM all things are possible. (14:32)
“And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.”

11 – Jesus RECEIVED the PRAISE from the People. (14:33)
“Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Have a Happy Monday!
~Dr. G
John 14:6 – Jesus Is The Way, Truth, & Life

Happy Veteran’s Day

Today is a day to celebrate all past, present, and future veterans. They choose to stand in the gaps and fight to keep us and our liberties free! We at Why Jesus Ministries would like to thank all of you for your service! We pray for your safety and for your families! May God keep you all safe!

As someone once wrote:
It is the VETERAN, not the preacher,
who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the VETERAN, not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the VETERAN, not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the VETERAN, not the campus organizer,
who has given us freedom to assemble.
It is the VETERAN, not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the VETERAN, not the politician,
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the VETERAN, who salutes the Flag,
Who serves under the Flag.

We can learn three key things from veterans and apply them to our Christian life.

1. Obey Our Commander
John 14:23-24:
Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.”

2. Engage the enemy
Ephesians 6:10-18:
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”

3. Take a Stand and Fight to the End

Exodus 14:13:
“Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.”

2 Chronicles 20:17:
“You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.”

Psalm 20:7-8:
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.”

Matthew 24:12-13:
Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.

1 Peter 5:8-9:
“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”

Be blessed and be a blessing,
~M

What Do Christians Need?

What Do Christians Need?

Colossians 1:3-14 (NIV)
3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints— 5 the faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel 6 that has come to you. All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God’s grace in all its truth. 7 You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, 8 and who also told us of your love in the Spirit. 9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10 And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

In studying this simple passage we see a variety of things that Christians need.
• We need the Lord as our Savior. (Vs.3)
• We need Prayer, so we can communicate with God. (Vs.3)
• We need Faith in Jesus. (Vs.4)
• We need Love for God and His people. (Vs.4)
• We need Hope and Assurance of Christ. (Vs.5)
• We need The Word of God. (Vs.5)
• We need to Share the Gospel. (Vs.6)
• We need to understand Grace. (Vs.6)
• We need Christian Leaders. (Vs.7)
• We need to talk about what God is doing. (Vs.8)
• We need to pray for each other all the time. (Vs.9)
• We need to pray for an Understanding of Gods Will. (Vs.9)
• We need to pray for Spiritual Wisdom. (Vs.9)
• We need to pray our lives are pleasing to God. (Vs.10)
• We need to pray that we would bear good fruit. (Vs.10)
• We need to pray that we will grow in our knowledge of God. (Vs.10)
• We need to pray that God would give us Strength. (Vs.11)
• We need to pray for patience and perseverance. (Vs.11)
• We need to pray for the Joy of Salvation to revive us. (Vs.11-12)
• We need to pray prayers of thanksgiving to the Lord. (Vs.12)
• We need to remember why Christ came. (Vs.13)
• We need to accept Christ Redeeming Love the Forgiveness of our Sin. (Vs.13-14)

FromYour Pastor’s Heart,
Pastor G

A reminder for us all… What will you do today to encourage someone’s faith? …May God Bless you as you Serve Him.

Love Leads To Obedience And Insight

Love Leads To Obedience And Insight

John 14:23-26 (NIV)

23-Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.
24-Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.
25-“All this I have spoken while still with you.
26-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 14:23-26 (NIV)

Vs. 23 —
If we truly love God then as an act of expressing that love we will obey His Word. We must show God that we love Him. Anyone can say the words I love you. It is only by expressing the words I love you with action that we show God our love for Him. Question is, do you really love God? God desires to take up residency within all who truly love Him.

Vs. 24 —
We can say I love you Lord all day long, but unless you show that love. Your words are meaningless. Jesus did not water down the message of love. He spoke straight forward to the people. If there is no love for God then there will be no obedience to Him. Jesus spoke only what God The Father instructed Him to speak. He spoke nothing more and nothing less than what His Father desired from Him. Jesus gave all credit to His Father who is God The Father. He even goes as far as saying that it was God The Father that sent Him God The Son.

Vs. 25 —
Jesus said this to His disciples so they would understand that this was all part of God The Fathers master plan.

Vs. 26 —
Jesus assures us that as He ascends to Heaven we will not be left alone. He shares with the believers that God The Father will send God The Holy Spirit to continue the work of God The Son who was and is Jesus Christ the Savior of all who Confess and Believe. What is really interesting is Jesus said this will be done In My Name the very Name of Jesus Christ. Just as Jesus taught the people about salvation, repentance, forgiveness, love, and how to live a life that is pleasing to God. So too God The Holy Spirit will dwell among us until Jesus Returns. God The Holy Spirit was sent to teach and remind us what God The Father desires for us and from us.

This simple straight forward teaching from Jesus Christ is still just as relevant today as it was on the day it was spoken. If you truly love God, then your actions will reflect your words.

Prayer —
Father I come to You this day to say Thank You For Who You Are and What You Have Done. May our words, actions, and thoughts be pleasing to You. May we no longer just say the words I love you Lord. May we live it, show it, prove it, and say it. I Love You Lord. In Jesus Name Amen.

Pastor G
Pastor – Why Jesus Ministries
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1 Corinthians 13:8a “LOVE NEVER FAILS”

Just how Radical are you for Christ?

Look with me at Luke 9:57-62

“As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” 59 He said to another man, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.” 62 Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

These people said that they wanted to follow God, yet their actions spoke differently. If following God was easy, then everyone would jump on the band wagon. Jesus tells them plain and simple that if they want to truly follow Him, then they need to do so with immediate obedience. If you say to God that you will follow Him wherever He wants you to go, then you better be ready for what lies ahead. According to this passage of scripture, we are to drop everything and obey immediately. Jesus also said that life would not be easy. Verse 62 tells us not to keep looking back at our old lives and desires, but to look forward and follow His path for your life. So just how Radical are you when it comes to following Christ? Do you obey Him with immediate obedience or do you say like the others, Lord just let me do this or that first and then I will follow You. God requires immediate obedience, not hey just let me think about it or pray about it for 20 years and then I’ll obey You God. If God is calling you, then please just do it. Be Radical in the world’s eyes and follow Christ with all that you are and all that you have. I pray that God will bless each of you who radically follow Him.

In Christ Service,

Pastor G