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.
Where is my focus?
I’ve been asking myself this question for some time now. Why do we seem to forget the little things which made us spark at the beginning of our journeys? The flesh is weak that is for sure. We need the strength and mercy of God to help us through these times.
Recently my wife and I have became members of a new church and its something we’ve been wanting to do for a while now. To finally have a community in which we could be involved and live out God given gifts and abilities. We are only part of a body, not the entire body after-all.
But something I’ve noticed in this journey is the desire to be seen and known by these people. Both my wife and I have degrees from Bible College, and there’s something inside me which says let us help you, but the Lord I believe is saying otherwise! But this has challenged some hidden things inside my heart I believe. It’s been a very long time since I’ve simply attended church and done some simple things around the place. I’m used to in over my head, but glory to God kind of stuff. But he’s teaching me something new. And through the frustration I think I’m beginning understand what it is now.
Sometimes we forget why we began loving God in the first place. It wasn’t because of status and position in the church, it was because we loved him with all our hearts and we could not help ourselves in face of his goodness. It was a desperate place where our hearts lay bare and we’d love him till the day we’d die. I know this is my story anyways. God gripped me deep down in my being.
So he leads us, and I must say it has been an enjoyable journey thus far. So I leave you with this today, where’s your journey taking you, and have you figured out yet why certain frustrations might be present in your life? It’s a good exercise, and something which requires prayer and periodic questioning and reflection. Keep seeking to find.
With the Love of Christ, God Bless.
οὐδὲ ἕτερον ὄνομα – “there is no other name”
The Greek language reveals that name can also be interpreted as ‘authority’. Thus there is no other authority by which we can be saved. Nothing else will get you into heaven except the name of Jesus! It is the only name that will cleanse you of all unrighteousness and forgive you as far as the east is from the west. (Ps103:12) It’s all about the name, because in His name there is command and there is power. By it we will cast out demons (Mk16:17; Mt7:22; Lk10:17-20), ask anything and it will be done (Jn14:13-14; Jn15:7; Jn16:23), we will also to make disciples in it (Mt28:18), be hated for it (Mt10:22), and every knee will bow to it (Phil2:10). Why is knowing His name so important? The answer is simple. Jesus said “all authority in heaven and earth has been given to me” (Mt28:18), therefore everything is under His reign and dominion. Everything has been given to Him by the Father. Everything to do with our new covenant has to do with Him now. Jesus Christ is the only supreme authority over all the earth. The key to knowing this though is to know what His will is. Everything has it’s place under a king, and Jesus is the King of kings. There is nothing which takes place on this earth (or in heaven for that matter) where Jesus does not know of it and participates in it. The scriptures reveal that “But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.” (Heb10:13) This footstool spoken of in this passage stands for the word – ὑποπόδιον – and symbolized according to HELPS Word-studies a “footstool used by a conquering king, to place his foot on the neck of the conquered.” This means our enemy the devil has been defeated once and for all. Everything which opposed us from being in communion with God has been disarmed and destroyed. So what does that mean when we know people still get possessed? It means we are to bring those demons up to speed from the lies they are peddling. To cast them out, because they have no territory in people any longer. This is the work that we’re left with! We’re to go make disciples, heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out the demons, cleanse the lepers – and the reason being for all these thing is: as signs of the kingdom of God. There is new leadership in effect and we are all under Christ’ jurisdiction.
So what about the people don’t fall under his jurisdiction? Well because God created free-will, every bodies going to have to make a decision and be in or out. So what of those people who never heard about the Gospel before they died, what’s going to happen to them? Well like stated before God is fair and will judge in a fair manner. Those who want Him will have Him, but those who don’t won’t.
Well the good news will be preached to the ends of the earth and then the end will come, this however does not mean everyone will want to come under the jurisdiction of Christ. Those who perish without Him are without Him. What of those people who never got a chance to know His name? I believe scripture reveals Jesus saying “no one will come to the Father except by me” (Jn14:6) therefore God will not take a persons free will away from them. They will be given the choice to chose, and thereafter their fate will be.
God bless From QuickStudyProphetic
“As regards the gospel, they are enemies of God for your sake. But as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.” (Romans 11:28-29)
In this passage it speaks of Israel, and more specifically practicing Jews, God fearing Israel, those who choose to believe in God and follow his ordinances. So how do we understand the Jewish faith today in relation to God and in relation therefore to the new covenant founded By God in Christ Jesus?
This passage shares that there is a mystery which God will still enact upon (v25). In v29 we see God’s gifts and callings are irrevocable. Therefore to the nation of Israel, God still has prior obligations to this people – based on their forefathers (v28). We all know this and this can be seen all throughout prophecy as well. The nation of Israel is a key player leading to and including the second coming of Christ. Therefore the questions appears – why is God still so active with this people, even though he’s made a “newer and better covenant” (Heb12:24)? And that is for ALL to come under. I say all because our mission still remains to the Jews first. We know how Paul was known to be called to the Gentiles, whilst Peter was known to be called to the Jews. God still pursues them relentlessly! So in summery this passage reveals that the Jewish people have been ‘temporarily hardened’ until the full number of Gentiles has come in (Rom11:25). This means therefore that, Yes Christianity IS the new and better covenant (based on grace not works), but at the same time whilst Israel is hardened, God is still faithful to his promises made to their forefathers. Does this mean that they’re exempt from believing in Jesus Christ? No definitely not, but it does mean that God will judge them accordingly. God bless, and have a great day! ~ From Quick Study Prophetic
This is the word the Lord spoke to me some time ago. Prepare for what and to what extent well I’m not 100% but I do know it has to do with a sophistication and a level which is professional (and I don’t mean suits and ties!). A creating of A good, honest and real ambassadorship who will proclaim the greatness of God and the littleness of mankind. “If it were not for God where would be and what is it that you have that was not given to you from Him!?“ This is the kind of speech with which those of the humbled house speak and go about their daily lives. Guys don’t forget you are not alone and the promise of the Lord is to never leave you nor to ever forget you! Give him your life and he will give you His eternal life! Bless God in the most high who lives forever and ever and nothing catches Him off-guard! To the one and only, the beginning and the end praise forever more ~ HALLELUJAH AMEN!
 John 3:30
 1 Corinthians 4:7 & John 19:11
 Deuteronomy 31:6 or Hebrews 13:5