Thursday, December 31, 2015

Chosen For This

Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen YOU, and ordained YOU, that YE should go forth and bring forth fruit, and that YOUR fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, He may give it YOU.               (John 15:16)

As an individual believer, WE are part of the corporate body of Jesus Christ known as the Church. If the Church is to fulfill its mission in the world, then each member must recognize their part in God's plan. WE have a personal responsibility for the world. That responsibility goes beyond mere church affiliation or membership.  It is more than the giving of an offering and even more than tithing. 

Our mission becomes our personal responsibility to the world as we move from being a spectator to becoming a participator in God's plan for the nations.

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Matthew 28:19

When Jesus said "Go Ye into all the world and preach the Gospel" and "YE shall be my witnesses," He was talking to a group of His followers. But as with every group, this group was made up of individuals. When Jesus said "Go Ye", it was not meant in just a collective sense, it was not only a group challenge, but also an individual challenge. Each member of the group was to accept the challenge personally. If the individuals within the group failed to respond, then the group would fail.

The challenge to go to the nations of the world is now assumed by the body of Christ; the Church. But the Church is made up of individuals and it will only be effective in meeting this challenge as each person personally responds to the Great Commission.

In the early church, each person took personal responsibility for spreading the Gospel. Cross-cultural evangelism was done by laymen who were not full-time clergy. Some of the greatest evangelistic campaigns were conducted by these laymen. Acts 6 and 7 illustrate this with the accounts of Philip and Stephen. They were both laymen, mightily used of God to spread the Gospel.

When persecution came against the Church at Jerusalem, believers were scattered throughout Judaea and Samaria. The Bible records:

Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word. (Acts 8:4)

Each believer accepted the challenge to teach faithful men and women who would be able to teach others also:

And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.             (II Timothy 2:2)

This unbroken cycle of spiritual reproduction resulted in continuous multiplication of believers.

The idea of the home as a center of spiritual development is not new. From the giving of God's law to man, the home was intended to be a training center:

And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart.  And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house. . .

And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house and on thy gates. (Deuteronomy 6:6,7,9)

Every home in the early church was a center of evangelism. Believers taught the Gospel not only in the temple, but daily in the home:

And daily in the temple and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ. (Acts 5:42)

The evangelistic thrust of the home groups was apparently so successful that when Saul was trying to crush the church he did not feel he could do it by just concentrating on the temple. He also entered every house to stop the spread of the Gospel:

As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison. (Acts 8:3)

The vision of God's plan for the cross-cultural spread of the Gospel was given in a home as Peter prayed on the rooftop.   As a result of the intervention, the first message to the Gentiles was preached in the home of Cornelius (Acts 10).

The great cross-cultural evangelism of  Paul was discipled by Ananias in a home (Acts 9). Paul taught both publicly and also house to house during his ministry:

And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed we, and have taught we publicly, and from house to house. (Acts 20:20)

Paul's final days of ministry were in a rented house where he received all who came, teaching and preaching to them:

And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him.  Preaching the Kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.   (Acts 28:30-31)

Jesus declared that His house was to be called of all nations a house of prayer:

And He taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? (Mark 11:17)

What were the results of this "every person" and "every home" approach in the early Church? They reached their world with the Gospel. The enemies of the Church themselves declared:

These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also. (Acts 17:6)

What would be the results if every believer followed this pattern today?  If each believer would reach just one person each year, disciple them, and have them pledge to disciple one person each following year, the world could easily be reached with the Gospel.

Much of the population of the world is yet unreached by the Gospel. But God has provided a strategy that, if employed by each professing believer, would easily complete the task of spreading the Gospel of the Kingdom.

There is a new movement growing throughout the world today. It is not a denominational or an organizational movement. It is a group of believers who have come to recognize their personal responsibility in spreading the Gospel to the nations of the world.  This group is composed of people of many races, cultures, languages, and religious denominations. The one thing they have in common is their personal commitment to become a World Christian. A World Christian is one who. . .

*        Acknowledges the God revealed in the Holy Bible as the one true God
*       Acknowledges the Holy Bible as God's written Word.
*       Has personally accepted God's plan of salvation through Jesus Christ.
*       Has adopted a Biblical World View.
*        Has personally accepted the challenge to take the Gospel to the nations of the world.

 This does not necessarily mean a World Christian will leave their own nation to go to another culture, although they are willing to do so if God should so lead. What it does mean is that they are committed to spreading the Gospel right where they are, in their own village or city. They are also committed to sending others to the unreached peoples of the world. Whether in full-time ministry or a secular occupation, the first priority of a World Christian is spreading the Gospel.

The people who have accepted this personal challenge have made a special commitment to God. This is what they have pledged:

"By the grace of God and for His glory, I commit my entire life to obeying the commission of Jesus Christ :

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.  Matthew 28:18-20

Make up your mind that wherever and however God leads you, giving priority to those peoples currently beyond the reach of the Gospel; endeavor to share this vision with others.

Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation:  But as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see: and they that have not heard shall understand.  (Romans 15:20-21)  

As believers ready to accept the challenge of Jesus and become actively involved in God's plan as a World Christian we must be in right position:


*      Present yourself a living and sanctified sacrifice to the Lord (Romans 12:1-2)
*        Be sure there is no sin which will interfere with your spiritual hearing or eyesight (Ephesians 1:18; Colossians 1:9)
*       Eliminate preconceived personal plans and ambitions (Psalms 25:9)
*      Form the habit of daily prayer and Bible study (Joshua 1:8; Psalms 77:12; 119:15,25,45)
*      Wait patiently on the Lord and expect Him to direct every step of your everyday life and activities. He will make His will and calling sure (Proverbs 3:6; Psalms 23:3; 32:8; 37:5,7)

(Biblical Studies) 


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

According to HIS Glorious Power

That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Colossians 1:10-14

Praise God for yet another day that He has made.  We should certainly rejoice and be glad in it.  

Every morning when I open my eyes I thank God for another day in which He chose to keep me.

I will bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is within me, bless His holy name.  Praise God from whom all blessings flow!  And again, thank God for Jesus, the sacrificial lamb, who made salvation possible for us.

There are many believers in Christ who have been wounded and have never allowed that wound to heal.  The wound may have come before Christ or after but when ever it came, we must take the steps to allow God to put us in a position to be healed.  We can not serve God in a broken or hurt state.  My prayer today is directed toward spiritual healing among believers in the body of Christ. 

Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water."    "Sir," the woman said, "you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?   Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?"  Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."   The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water so that I won't get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water."  John 4:10 – 15

If the body of Christ, those of us who are proclaiming the name of Jesus, would think on Jesus, as He instructed the Samaritan woman, and the well of living and eternal water and tap into it, we would have a consistent flow of the Holy Spirit and all that comes with it.  Out of that well flows hope, peace and power which fills us with such  joy in the power of the Holy Spirit that it transcends all understanding.  Through that well of living water, we do not have to be anxious about anything.  When we tap into that well, our fruit in the holy spirit, love, joy, peace, longsuffering, faith, goodness, gentleness, meekness and temperance blossoms.  When we tap into that well, we put our faith in God, we trust that we can do all things through and in the name of Jesus Christ.  We trust that what is impossible with man is made possible with God.  

But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.  (Matthew 19:26)  

We understand that Jesus paid it all; that he was the final sacrifice and that when He ascended into Heaven, He sent the comforter to keep and sustain us; 

Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.  John 16:7

If only we will tap into Him; the source; the well that contains living water.  The well that never dries up, never becomes stagnant; never becomes tainted; our eternal ever flowing source. 

God said that He would never leave us nor forsake us.  He is not dead; He is eternal; He is alpha and omega, the beginning and the end and He sent us the comforter; the spirit of power, not fear!  

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  2 Timothy 1:7

There is absolutely nothing that we may go through that when we call on the name of Jesus, He won't help us bear.  God tells us in in His word that we have nothing to worry about, nothing to fear for; that we should be of good cheer because He has already overcome the world.  

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.    John 16:33

We just need to place our faith in Him and lean not to our own understanding.  Having said that, this is my prayer on this morning:

Dear heavenly father, we come to You this day with grateful hearts and praise on our lips that You kept us just one more day; that You allowed us to wake this day with our health and our strength and clothed in our right mind.  We thank You because we have a continued mind to serve You.  And because we serve and trust You Lord, we have a blessed assurance that You are our refuge and our fortress; no battle is too big or too small for You to handle; and heavenly father when our situations, cares, concerns and issues overwhelm us, we thank You because we can hide in the shadow of Your wings, o mighty God, we can have safety in the shelter of the most high.   We can say with assurance that this battle belongs to You God; in You will we trust.  We thank You heavenly Father for a steadfast desire to serve You despite whatever obstacles come up against us  -  knowing that You say in your word to arm ourselves for suffering even as our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ suffered. 

Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;  1 Peter 4:1

We know that this is a suffering way, that even as Jesus suffered, we must suffer also.  But Lord, we thank You that we have a well of living water.  A place where we can go and find rest and shelter and be replenished by that living water.

We thank You heavenly Father for Your wings of comfort and protection. You tell us in Your word to be careful for nothing; but in everything we do, by prayer and supplication and with thanksgiving, we are to let our requests be made known to You. We thank you because we know You hear our prayers and our supplications and that You will answer us. We thank You Lord, for we know that if we seek Your kingdom first and Your righteousness, that You will come down and see about us. Help us to run this race with perseverance. Help us to fix our eyes on Jesus, who is the author and perfecter of our faith. We want to hear You say, ‘well done, my good and faithful servant, enter into my rest’. A place where there is peace and joy forever more. Help us not to grow weary in our good works, to have patience and wait on You for all things.  Help us to change our desires from material to spiritual.

Help us dear Lord to throw off everything that hinders us and break every yoke of sin that so easily entangles us.

We ask Lord that You help us to keep our minds stayed on You.  Help us to be prayerful in our actions so that we are pleasing in Your sight.  There is none greater than You Lord.  It was You who sent us Your son to purchase our salvation.  We thank You Lord for the comforter, the precious gift of Your Holy ghost that was sent to keep us and intercede on our behalf.  And with the Holy ghost and the name of Jesus, we are victorious, we are more than conquerors because there is power in the name  of Jesus, that in the name of Jesus there is victory, there is healing, there is salvation.  At the name of Jesus, demons flee, yokes are broken, strongholds are cast down, souls are saved.  Through the name of Jesus and the precious Holy Ghost within us, we are more than conquerors, we are  overcomers and we are no longer victims – but we are victorious through You!

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.  Romans 8:37

Dear heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus, we plead the blood against everything that is not like You.  We ask that You command Your angels to guard us in all our ways; in our coming in and in our going out; to protect us from all hurt, harm and danger of those things seen and unseen.  Lord we ask that You continue to watch over our spiritual leaders and that you keep us lifted up and sustained in You as we complete the assignment you've given us.

Dear God, we thank You for great and everlasting faithfulness!  We thank You for Your goodness and for Your mercy.  We know that when we walk in obedience according to Your word that You will supply every need we have according to Your riches in glory.   We thank You for providing the living water that flows through us.  It is through You that we live, move and have our being.

We need You, oh God, in our lives.  Remember all the prayer requests that have gone up before you; all of those who are suffering both physically, mentally and emotionally.  We pray, oh Lord God that You bring peace and deliverance to those that are troubled, that You bring comfort to those in sorrow, healing to those who are sick.  We pray, in the precious name of Jesus, that You bind everything that is contrary to Your will.   

And now as we prepare to begin our day, Lord we pray that You be with us, that you lead us and guide us, give us wisdom and knowledge to speak and act according to Your will; that we may be laborers in Your field today; that Your manifested glory be revealed through us dear God. 

We ask all these things and we thank You for all things, in the matchless name of Jesus we pray, amen.

Thank God for this prayer today; hopefully something was said that will bless us and keep us today and that our minds will be in perfect peace with the Lord.

The God who made the world and everything in it, this Master of sky and land, doesn’t live in custom-made shrines or need the human race to run errands for him, as if he couldn’t take care of himself. He makes the creatures; the creatures don’t make him. Starting from scratch, he made the entire human race and made the earth hospitable, with plenty of time and space for living so we could seek after God, and not just grope around in the dark but actually find him. He doesn’t play hide-and-seek with us. He’s not remote; he’s near. We live and move in him, can’t get away from him! One of your poets said it well: ‘We’re the God-created.’ Well, if we are the God-created, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to think we could hire a sculptor to chisel a god out of stone for us, does it?   “God overlooks it as long as you don’t know any better—but that time is past. The unknown is now known, and he’s calling for a radical life-change. He has set a day when the entire human race will be judged and everything set right. And he has already appointed the judge, confirming him before everyone by raising him from the dead.”  Acts 17:25-31 [msg]

God bless you all and have a wonderful Jesus-filled day.

Elder C. L. Henry

Monday, December 21, 2015

Jesus, Do You Know Him?

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in Heaven and in earth. (Matthew 28:18)

Jesus came to mankind for one specific reason and that was to reconcile man back to God's original intent.  Jesus was given to us by our Heavenly Father so that who ever believes in Him; the son, would not perish but would have everlasting life through Him.  This was an awesome responsibility and one that could not be carried out through human strength and might; a supernatural power was needed.

Power is given to achieve a purpose.  People do not delegate power to others unless they have a reason for doing so. There is always a purpose when authority is delegated.

God is triune in nature; made up of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The source of power is God the Father. God delegated power to His Son, Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit later endued believers with power delegated by the Son.

The main purpose for spiritual power is the extension of the Gospel. But there are many other important purposes for this delegated power and authority.   Jesus came equipped with power and authority to carry out the will of God.  The religious leaders of His time recognized it.

Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought him?  The officers answered, Never man spake like this man.  (John 7:45-46)

Jesus was born in the power of the Holy Ghost:

And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.       (Luke 1:35)

Jesus was the visible manifestation of God's power:

But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. (I Corinthians 1:24)

John recognized the power of Jesus. He said:

And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose.  I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost. (Mark 1:7-8)

When Jesus was baptized by John in the river Jordan the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in the form of a dove:

And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from Heaven like a dove, and it abode upon Him. (John 1:31)

God had told John . . .

. . . Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, the same is He which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. (John 1:33)

This was confirmed when the Holy Ghost rested on Jesus in the form of the dove.  Jesus was not only filled with Holy Ghost power, He was to baptize with power.

Immediately after His baptism, Jesus went into the wilderness to be tempted by Satan:

And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost, returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. (Luke 4:1)

Power is proven by testing. Each temptation by Satan challenged the power and authority of Jesus. Jesus successfully overcame each one and. . .

And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. (Luke 4:14)

God the Father was the source of Jesus' power and authority. Jesus said:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.     (Luke 4:18-19)

Jesus did not exercise power independently of God the Father. Continually, throughout His earthly ministry, Jesus credited God as the source of His power:

Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father. (John 10:32)

There were no limits to Christ’s power. He was given all power in Heaven and earth:

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in Heaven and in earth. (Matthew 28:18)

Jesus has power. . .

Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:  And (God) hath put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be the Head over all things to the Church. (Ephesians 1:21-22)

Jesus is the head of all other powers:

And ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power. (Colossians 2:10)

Jesus had unlimited power. He was given:


The scribes based their authority on the Old Testament scriptures. Jesus based His authority on God Himself:

And they were astonished at His doctrine: for He taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes. (Mark 1:22)

And they were astonished at His doctrine: for His word was with power. (Luke 4:32)


Jesus had power to forgive sin:

But that ye may know that the Son of Man hath power on earth to forgive sins. (Matthew 9:6)


When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: (Matthew 8:16)


And He arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. (Mark 4:39)


As thou hast given Him power over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given Him. (John 17:2)


Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?  Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin. (John 19:10-11)


Jesus said:

I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. (John 11:25)

Through His own death and resurrection, Jesus. . .

And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. (Colossians 2:15)


Jesus explained regarding His life:

No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father. (John 10:18)


God has given Jesus power to execute judgment:

And hath given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man. (John 5:27)


Jesus had power and authority over demonic forces:

And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! for with authority and power He commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out. (Luke 4:36)

And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth He even the unclean spirits, and they do obey Him. (Mark 1:27)

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the Devil; for God was with Him. (Acts 10:38)


The purpose of Jesus in the world was also to destroy all the works of the Devil:

For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the Devil. (I John 3:8)


After His death and resurrection, Jesus returned to Heaven. There He continues to minister in power and authority at the right hand of God:

Hereafter shall the Son of Man sit on the right hand of the power of God. (Luke 22:69)

And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing on the right hand of God. (Acts 7:56)

Jesus also continues to minister through the power delegated to believers. Before Jesus returned to Heaven, He delegated power and authority to His followers. They were to do the works He had done, and even greater works:

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.  (John 14:12)

Jesus will return to earth in great power and glory:

And then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in Heaven: and then all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of Heaven with power and great glory.  (Matthew 24:30)

At that time all the powers of Heaven and earth will be delivered up to Jesus:

Then cometh the end, when He shall have delivered up the Kingdom to God, even the Father; when He shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. (I Corinthians 15:24)

The entire universe will acknowledge the power of God the Father and the Son, Jesus Christ:

Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.  And every creature which is in Heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. (Revelation 5:12-13)

(Biblical Studies)