Archive for September 2014

“Who Told You That You Can’t When You Can?”

Today’s Daily Devotional From Pastor Andrew Bills

yes you can

Who Told You That You Can’t When You Can?”

 

Philippians 4:13 NASB says,

“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me..”

With confidence in God’s word and the help of The Holy Spirit, you can bear up under any trial, perform any duty, resist any temptation, pierce through any darkness, overcome any evil, start any dream and accomplish any goals that Christ has placed in your heart.

So, who told you that you can’t when you can!!!

You’re not too old to learn something new or not to young to serve The Lord.   He is the arm that we must lean on and the strength that we must trust in.  He alone is our way of escape through the wilderness journey, the only one that can restore that which has been devoured and our only hope towards victory.

“Yes You Can” for Christ will enable you to begin, conduct and perform all things by having faith and relying on Him.

This is one of the most memorized and quoted verses throughout the Bible, but do you really believe it?  Don’t doubt God in your heart for God still uses the “foolish things in the world to confound the wise and the weak things to confound the mighty.”  (1 Corinthians 1:27)

Even though The Apostle Paul was imprisoned, he wrote this passage of scripture because he knew that The Holy Spirit is almighty and has unrestricted, supernatural and divine authoritative power.

So even while incarcerated, He continued to take care of the churches and to preach the gospel, while bearing afflictions and persecutions. Through the presence of The Holy Spirit, he endured continual slander, cruel  and torturing opposition all for the sake of Christ.   Not in his own strength, for even Paul was aware of his own weaknesses, but in his reliance upon the Spirit of God.

It is only through our spiritual union in Christ Jesus that we are made sufficient.  Through His Word and Holy Spirit, believers are strengthened, unrestricted, enabled and empowered to face and press forward despite the challenges, lack or hindrances.

Consider the other original Apostles and early Church saints, who without the benefits of our modern technology  or transportation, took the gospel of Christ to the world.  No telegraph, telephone, automobiles, jet airplanes or no comfortable ocean liners.   No computers, internet, printing presses, comfortable hotel suites and no credit cards.

Without any of our modern conveniences, while under great persecution and other horrific opposition, they took the message to the world, shaking towns, villages regions and nations with the message of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

How much more are we enabled, with the help of The Holy Spirit of God, to achieve a dream or accomplish a desired goal?

What a privilege it is to be a Christian!  To know and have God as our “Unchanging Father and Friend” in these rapidly changing and very tough times.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

“Have The Churches Today Forgotten It’s Two Primary Missions On Earth?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

hands on earth 

Have The Churches Today Forgotten It’s Two Primary Missions On Earth?”

Mark 2: 17 NIV says,  On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

These precious words of Jesus were spoken as a revelation of His love and mission, but also as a rebuke to the scribes and Pharisees.  Matthew, also called Levi, was a Jew, but also was a tax collector for the Romans.  Not being a man of good character with traditional religious values, he was viewed as a “publican” along with the worst of sinners.  However, Christ had just summoned Matthew to  ”Follow Him.”

Later that same evening, as Jesus was dinning at Matthew’s house, the scribes and Pharisees asked His Disciples, “Why is He eating, drinking and keeping company with such wicked and notorious sinners?”

When Jesus heard their words, He responded by declaring the primary reason of His Father’s mission and His coming.  He declared, I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” 

Jesus made it known that redemption, deliverance, forgiveness, healing, prosperity and victory was through, and still is today, by Him.  Therefore, the  first mission or primary goal of the church is to preach Christ to a lost and dying world.

Have the churches forgotten that He is still trying to conduct this mission through us on today?   Many of our programs, methods, platforms and activities have moved away from touching lives and winning souls through Christ Jesus and have the worldly appearance of theatrical events filled with philosophical jargon, political persuasion and even circus antics.

The gospel is not for the all-stars, the piteous or the illustrious,  nor the legendary traditionalists.  While some mocking have declared that it’s for losers, it’s for “learners.”

It’s for the broken, sick, wounded, hungry and the defeated, not the proud and the dominant.    It’s for those who realize they are unable to carry the weight of the world on their shoulders, that there’s a void in their souls and that without God, their lives are completely bankrupted.

It’s for those that have realized that they are not gods, that they recognize that while they are incomplete and lacking, that God is more than sufficient.

If the world were righteous, there would be no need for His coming, either to purchase our redemption,  preach repentance or to offer forgiveness.  But with God, through Christ, there is mercy to pardon the greatest of sins, and grace to change the greatest sinners into holy and righteousness believers in Christ.

He came as the Great Physician, not infected by the disease of the patient, but to die for the sins of the world and to overcome him who had the power over sin, the devil.

The second mission of His Church, through the power of The Holy Spirit, is to teach, disciple, train, educate and edify the saints of God through His Word.

For Ephesians 4: 12-14 NTL says, “Their responsibility (Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers) are to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.”

Therefore, let us forever be about our Lord’s work in impacting lives through Him.