Senin, 26 September 2016

Who Is Your Elder?


Who Is Your Elder?
“You younger people, submit yourselves to your elders.
Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility.”
-1 PETER 5:5

If our desire is for maturity, that is, if we desire to come to the full-knowledge of Christ and grow up into Him in all things, we should naturally pay attention to those who are elder in the Lord. My elder brother, or my elder sister, has walked with the Lord longer than I have. The implication is that they are more conformed to the image of Christ than myself; they have experienced a deeper work of the Cross than I have; thus, they have more practical wisdom than I do, they have something to teach me, and I need to hear Christ in them so I, too, can grow.

It should be obvious to you who is, and who is not, your elder in the Lord. And, it should be plain to see that not everyone who is older is necessarily elder. If you say you are a believer but you live no differently from the world, then you can be as old as Methuselah yet you are certainly not an elder.

Source: "The Church in the Wilderness"  by Chip Brogden

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Making Peace


Making Peace
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for
they shall be called sons of God.”
-MATTHEW 5:9

Peacemakers are simply agents of Grace, showing people the way to the Prince of Peace. Peacemakers are ambassadors sent to represent the King and His Kingdom.

What is the message? It is the message of reconciliation, the message that all is forgiven, the message of hope, and love, and grace, and a thousand other good things (see 2 Corinthians 5:17-21). It is the most awe-inspiring mission a human being could ever have: to represent Heaven in the midst of Hell; Light in the midst of Darkness; Liberty in the midst of Bondage; to proclaim the preeminence and Lordship of Jesus when we do not yet see all things submitted to Him (Hebrews 2:8). And to do all this in a way that does not drive people away or turn them off, but causes them to fall in love with Him and make their peace with Him – not through forced submission, manipulation, or fear – but willingly, gladly.

Source: "The Irresistible Kingdom"  by Chip Brogden

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Minggu, 25 September 2016

Embrace the Fire


Embrace the Fire

My child, when you experience the heat of the my refining flame, realize that it is not meant to burn you, but to burn away the dross that hides the gold that is within you. For I have not called you to be hidden behind others or to be forgotten and put on a shelf to live a life of mediocrity. I have called you to shine brightly and to be the light for the world that sees you. I have called you to not to be hidden, but to let the glory of my son to shine through you. For as you shine brightly, you will dispel the darkness and bring much needed hope and love to those around you.
So do not shy away from the heat and the pressure, but embrace it. My hand is upon you to reveal every good thing that I have put inside of you and to remove the hindrances and blocks that prevent you in walking in the fullness of what I desire for you. Rejoice that as the fire comes, and as you persevere, you are one step closer to shining more brightly than ever before.

Together You and I


Together You and I

When you cry out to me, know that I hear you, and I am talking to you always. My child, your prayers are answered, so stand in my power and let no one tell you otherwise because your Father has told you so.
Do not try to fight the battles and stresses of life alone, but rather lean on me, allow me to be your source of strength, and I will win the battle for you. I did not call you walk this road alone, but to walk it with me.
So, together let us walk this road, and we shall win the battles of this life!

Cross the River


Cross the River

Oftentimes in your walk, you will be faced by a raging river in front of you, and you realize that the way forward is on the other side. Though the water looks dangerous and your fears may rise up of being carried away and being dashed on the rocks, do not fear!
My child, when your situation looks impossible in your own strength, do you not know that is the time to use mine? Do you not know that when you have run out of ideas or solutions, that is the time to seek for my wisdom? If you are feeling weak and incapable, that is your chance to see the power in My hand that is ready to help you.
So, do not be afraid of the challenges in front of you, but come to me, and know that whatever you need to overcome is right here. I am with you, and you do not have to do anything alone. Step forward in boldness, with your hand in mine, and know that with any river that you need to cross, or any mountain you need to climb, I am with you.
In me, you will find everything you need to cross that river. The waters will not overwhelm you and you will continue your journey with the confidence that with Me, you can conquer any obstacle that comes your way.

Sabtu, 24 September 2016

The One Who is Greater

The One Who is Greater
“You are of God, little children,
and have overcome them, because He who is in you
is greater than he who is in the world.”
-1 JOHN 4:4

John declares that no matter what comes against us, the One within us is Greater. It does not matter what you feel like, what you see, what you hear, what people say, or what the devil does. It does not matter if Lazarus is dead for four days and is beginning to stink. It does not matter if the girl dies before Jesus can get there. It does not matter if the waves are about to capsize the boat. It does not matter if Paul is stoned and left for dead. Lazarus will be raised, the girl will be brought back to life, and the storm will be silenced, and Paul will preach again.

The Greater is always Greater, and the Lesser is always Lesser. We only have a problem when we see everything else as “greater” and see Christ as “lesser.”

Source: "The Irresistible Kingdom"  by Chip Brogden
http://www.chipbrogden.com/books/the-irresistible-kingdom

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In Christ Alone

In Christ Alone
“By grace you have been saved through faith,
and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,
not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
-EPHESIANS 2:8,9

When you come to the Lord Jesus for the first time, regardless of the circumstances, it means that on some level you have come to the realization that you cannot save yourself, that salvation is only possible through Him. No one seeks a Savior if they believe they can still save themselves. Only when you realize that you cannot save yourself will you acknowledge your need for Someone Else to do the saving. This is usually not the result of some intellectual argument or emotional plea, but the cold hard reality one faces after having tried unsuccessfully to do everything on their own.

We may fail once, twice, a dozen times, a hundred times. But when we finally surrender to God we are decreased, and He is increased. Practically speaking it simply means a little less confidence and faith in yourself, and a little more confidence and faith in Christ.

Source: "Embrace the Cross"  by Chip Brogden
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