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Defeatism & The Suffering Kingdom

Matthew 11:12, NASB

“From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force.”

Defeatism can be defined as accepting defeat without struggle. We need to wrestle with the things of life to win back ground which was severely brutalised by the violence of the devil. Our work is not complete if we do not know there is a war waging on every side. Hence we’re speaking to the area of “defeatism” today.

It is the thing that gives up in us after a few rounds in the ring. No one has promised you a clean fight. The devil will throw everything he can at you to pull down your moral fibres of character and hope. It’s in these times James 1:12 reminds us to “rejoice under trial” as it will produce a crown of life. We’re to become those masters of the battlefield, waging a spiritual battle on every front to advance the kingdom. Our warfare is not against people, but we know the kingdom of darkness also has stations and outposts strategically trying to torment and hold people captive.

Conclusion: Let’s not take an attitude of ‘the defeatest’ into the rest of our life. Our trial will produce a great reward, and we want that crown of life!

Blessings, Qsp.

Establishing Kingdom Series: Part 2

Ephesians 4:11-13

11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.

The Importance of Christ as Foundation. I don’t think anyone is going to argue against the fact that Christ is the centre of his church. He is the King, seated at the right hand of his Father, and has left his first disciples and us who follow to continue his legacy. In the above passage, we notice four things: 1. “He” Jesus gave some; 2. The List of Positions; 3. The Reason: To equip the saints; 4. The Purpose: For the work.

1. “He (Jesus) Gave Some As.” Today what we’re wanting to stress is the fact the “He” (that is Jesus) gave some to be in these roles in establishing the Kingdom on the earth. These roles will only exist during this phase of the earth, afterwards, we will be in heaven and all would have been evangelised and believers of the Most High. There won’t be a need for outreaching or evangelising anymore. Last week we referenced to the verse of 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, ‘that no foundation can be laid other than that which is laid in Christ Jesus.‘ Jesus is the foundation which all the roles build in reference to. Jesus is the reference always in every step of the church building process.

2. The List of Positions. We find in this passage a list of positions which have been given as “gifts to men” (Ephesians 4:8) by Jesus himself as he ascended into heaven. We have 1. The Apostles, 2. The Prophets, 3. The Evangelists, 4. The Shepherds, 5. The Teachers. All these roles play critical functions within establishing the Kingdom on earth. It’s when either one is not properly understood that we find an area of dysfunction emerges in the Body of Christ. The roles go both ways. From those called to those who will sit under their care. Hebrews 13:17 talks about how to have confidence in your leaders as they will give account for your souls. In other words, they will have to answer for their works, and we all know those in ministry will be judged harsher than those who aren’t (James 3:1). It is also important to understand they have not only received a function within the body of Christ but also a measure of Christ’s gift (Eph 4:7). Which means God has also designated them certain areas of strength as well as capacities for those things. They are also gaining daily an understanding of their callings, and so patience is needed when sitting under any leader, but your faithfulness is not to them, but to the Lord. He is your rewarder when you know how this all comes together. We see this occur in the life of Paul among others, but he, in particular, was in the desert for three years making sense of the ministry the Lord called him to. Peter is another example of how someone can still refine their message, even whilst in ministry.

3. The Reason: To Equip the Saints. This equipping of the saints is the central idea as to why the roles are placed in the community of Christians. They are there to equip, educate, bless and open up an understanding of the Word of God, which all reflects the actions of Christ. It is like personal trainers have been left to instruct the church into its future identity of Christ. Christ is the model and they are positioned to establish Christ in each person they lead and care for. Every student needs a teacher, every disciple needs a Rabbi, the same is true for the church. Some are beginners in the faith and some more seasoned, but all called to fit into this picture of establishing the Kingdom on the earth. For more on this, we can look to a passage like 1 Corinthians 12 where it describes how the body is to function with each other. Something of another topic in light of this, but definitely part of the big picture.

4. The Purpose: For the Work of Service. I’ve called this point “The Purpose” because it is the aim of establishing others enough in their faith to effectively work in the aspects of Christ and their callings and mission paths in the community. The body of Christ can function properly as a whole also when each part does its part. Ephesians 4:16 actually points out how when each part functions “properly it causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.” This is when we know we’ve reached the healthy state of the Christian community. When it is able to keep rolling on with a momentum and the culture in that place is so strong it will remain. This service and momentum continue within the body, and also begins to impact the environment around it. It becomes part of the missional aware church of Christ’s Vision to all the earth.

Conclusion. The idea of church is to enjoy your leaders and to take care of them. They’ve been called to accomplish a task in your midst of training and equipping you for able workmanship in God’s Kingdom. Understand how each part comes together and you’ll find your church perspective shift to a powerhouse thinking which is all accredited to our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Blessings, QSP.

Establishing Kingdom Series: Part 1


1 Corinthians 3:10-11

10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise master builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one must be careful how he builds. 11 For no one can lay a foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.

We need to value the Apostolic gift more. With this, we also need to understand the Apostolic still functions today. As I’ve worked in various communities, I find this has become more and more obvious. I used to think it was obvious. “Continue in the teachings of the Apostles,” the word says and, “built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets”. We need the Apostolic, but we never hear who these people are? Today we only hear about Pastors, Teachers, Elders, Evangelists, and if your lucky true Prophets. One of the things Satan has carefully worked as is washing away the foundations.

In Closing. I hope this has encouraged you and brings an awareness of this area into your life. It is a desperate prayer need for this country of Australia, and globally. Australia, in particular, is close to my heart as I’ve been sent to slave here, and there are some very clear reasons it struggles in this area, and most of it boils down to pride and irritation with authority figures. Please keep Australia in your prayers.

Many Blessings, QSP.

God’s Sovereignty.

The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. Proverbs 16:9 ESV.

God is not a human, but functions at a divine level. He lets us do or lets us continue with our free will. This is part of the teaching of Gods Sovereignty and Predestination. God is actively involved in the person of the Christian faith. Jesus says, “no one comes to me unless my Father draws them to me.” This means God functions in the realm of our heart’s desire. Not speaking of this passage directly now, but in the sense, he’s always active in the hearts and minds of those he wants to himself. It is his desire that none should perish, and many deny/grieve the holy spirit in their lives this is the only reason people will not access heaven – because they have loved their sin and not their God. Praise God for his wisdom and his righteousness. Praise the Lord. Qsp

Prophetic Testimony

2x Prophetic Testimonies:

1. The Storm of 2010 & 2. The Trip to Jamaica

If you have a story, please share it! We all benefit

from testimonies – it builds faith!

Blessings, Qsp.

God’s Big Picture.

In reading Stephen’s case before the high priest and people of the Jewish community. (Acts 6:1-8:3) It is amazing, to see Gods hand over the big picture of things. If you’ve read the story you will know that Stephen is recorded to be full of “grace and power” and how no one could “withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking”. (6v10) We can agree he was a God fearing and godly man! But people rallied against him in unity and brought false witness against him. And they succeeded and he was stoned. But do you see God’s big picture!? Reading further we see the Fathers redemptive plan at work and how he will set his nation who bear name of his Son free. God converts Saul who was present at the stoning of Stephen. Saul then becomes Paul whom we all love and appreciate because most of the New Testament was penned by him. We’ve received much knowledge and truth by this man. Can you see the master plan of God? Some of us will cop those initial death penalties, but God will work on the hearts of those who plan such evil against his works. Saul thought he was doing God a service, but God revealed to Saul that was doing the opposite! The last thing I’m sure Saul would ever want to be doing. This impacted his life so much, that he become an apostle chosen of the Father to teach millions the words and oracles of God. From one man’s death came the life of another, and the fruit of that ministry has gone into all the earth and even our generation.

Praise God for his master plan. Don’t see such an event as the death, but as the grand plan which God orchestrates to right those wrongs and fix the problems faced by the people called by the name of his Son, Jesus Christ! God will turn the situation around. There was death but there will come life. Let us only believe and have faith in God. As the faith of Stephen didn’t fade while being stoned, let us never lose heart when we might be the person being stoned. God will not forget and God will work tirelessly on those people. Trust in God no matter it being peace time or persecution. Amen. Blessings, Qsp.

Did you know an offense is bitterness?

Did you know that an offense is bitterness? I only recently discovered what bitterness was. I always knew the effect of bitterness, things like grumpy old man, bitter old woman, etc. But for some reason I could never figure what caused those attitudes and misearble outcomes. Then I looked up the word ‘bitterness’ and it said the attitude taken at the slightest of offenses. Wow. Now it all makes sense, why the bible says to guard against a root of bitterness, or that if your brother has offended you to go to him quickly and try and sort it out. Wow. Be careful of being offened and I would encourage you to not simply just pray away an offense, but to as far as you can to talk with the person who has caused the offense. I bet you’ll find that people don’t do this these days, but those conversations are so important to solve to truly love and care for the community around you. Blessings, QuickStudyProphetic.

Choosing your friends wisely.

Yes it’s true that as Christians we’ve been called to all people. But I still believe there is such strength in having a few closer than the rest types of people in your life. Not everyone can handle the real grime of your day like a close friend can. It is important to choose these people carefully, as sometimes mixed values can blur the lines of your calling and mission for which the Lord has sent you. Jesus often went off to a secret place, but would have his sidekicks Peter and John with him as he went. Why was this? It was always the same two disciples, but didn’t Jesus choose twelve? These are the closer friends that I’m speaking about. You need to have them around to help you when your going through tough decisions or times, and likewise you can repay them and be there for them in equally tough times and changes. It is a very assuring thing to know that these people will be there on the other side of the storm, and this is the reason I think Jesus himself sought to have this kind of closer relationship with the two men. If you are this to someone, be encouraging but also truthful and honest. Just because we don’t agree some of the time, does not mean the relationship is over. In fact a little testing with fire can produce a very strong case in the correct direction. We need these people in our lives, so protect those relationships wherever possible. God bless, QuickStudyProphetic.

I wanted happiness.

I’m looking for happiness, when it’s been in the long term striving all along. It’s not about figuring it out, it’s about walking the road set before you. Nothing is guaranteed. It is how you handle those matters of life that are the fun parts which lead to victory or defeat. Time to give glory to God! The curse brought in a lot of problems. Working hard, pain, thorns, weeds, etc. All these never existed once before but with the breaking of belief – sin entered this world through Adam. Notice how Paul writes “through Adam”, not Eve even though she was the first to be deceived. Humanity rests on the shoulders of responsibility. We need more people seeing the truth and explanations of God as pure and righteous to get somewhere. God has set us free from the curse in Christ, however the curse still exists on this planet profusely. On every side we have people dying, getting sick, and being possessed by that felon the Devil! These are all effects of the curse, or the effects of not obeying the Lord God Almighty, and accepting his knowledge to be supreme to ours. Accept it God is higher, stronger, and faster. Nothing will ever change that. God bless you guys in Jesus name. Amen. Qsp.

No more machine gun preaching.

I feel the Lord has just given me a vivid revelation about humans fighting each other with bullets. Now keep in mind I have family in the Navy. This subject has been something on my mind for some time. The following is what the Lord has walked with me in writing. USA and British should not fight ISIS tooth for tooth. In other words gun against gun, but should turn to the protector of all people God Almighty. You might say but God has given me a brain to protect myself in advance, but do you not know that God has foreseen the future before you were even born. How much greater wisdom than the peace which surpasses understanding? God will not forget any nation who turns to him as their main line of defense. And even if you are killed, God does not forget. The blood of the martyrs cry out to God constantly that he would bring justice to their injustice, and I promise you that day is coming very soon. Perhaps you cannot even see it. Australia you should also step down your arms and surrender to God Almighty as your sword and shield, your armed drone and nuclear submarine! Give over the control to the Lord God Almighty and He will make straight your paths. Speak only what he speaks to you, and put away your quick tongue. Listen more than you speak. God will show you the very thing you’ll need to do, ask, or say. Wait on the Lord he knows best! So just so that we’re clear even helping the local military of Iraq, to defend itself is still fighting this battle weapon against weapon. This should not occur, our weapons are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, and destroying principalities. Wait on God. Forget such thing as human strength. God is not sleeping he waits patiently for his name to be called. Speak with God and you might learn something oh gun slinging man. There is nothing against weaponry as tools for game either food or protection, but against another human life this shouldn’t be the solution. Thanks, Kind Regards, Richard.

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