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Hi everyone and loving greetings to you all.
We are fast approaching the Christmas season, and forgetting all the festivities which really have nothing to do with this most amazing event, let me draw your attention to something that happened in the life of Isaiah the prophet, who had more to say about the coming and the suffering of God than any of the other Old Testament prophets.
Isaiah had a son called Shear-
In the midst of this prophecy of doom and destruction stands Shear-
In chapter 8: 1-
Let us note that these 2 examples of the Lord's Word being made flesh in the 2 sons of Isaiah should be linked to the prophetic word in 7:10-
One final thought. Paul says that "let the word of God dwell in YOU Richly. Colossians 3:16. Is it possible that God wants His living word to be incarnated in you and me today? I believe that is what He wants for each of us so that we may not only speak His word but be living demonstrations of it. Can you and I believe God for this in our day? I am convinced He longs for this in His blessed children and will respond to our trust in His promise being fulfilled in our lives.
Your brother Dai
I want to continue our exploration of the absolute necessity of Baptism, and I mean Spiritual Baptism, which is the reality, not water baptism which is the illustration. Let's keep in mind what we noted last time, that John the baptiser said of our Lord Jesus that, "He would baptise in Spirit."
This must be the baptism which Paul speaks of in Ephesians 4:5, which he called ONE baptism. So this is the one and absolutely necessary baptism and is the means whereby men and women come into life.
What a glorious work the Lord Jesus accomplished by His death and resurrection. He completed the work of redemption and was the only One who could receive the promise of the Father to pour out the Holy Spirit. This He did on the day of Pentecost and is still doing this today for all who will come to Him and receive. Upon their receiving, they enter into newness of life and begin a walk in the Spirit which glorifies the blessed Saviour.
Let me illustrate by looking into Acts 19:1-
When Paul met these 12 men he asked them a question which is most revealing. "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed". Firstly please note that in Paul's mind true believing is to be recognised by receiving the Spirit. Did Paul sense that He, The Holy Spirit, was not present in their lives. Their answer to his question plainly reveals that He was not in them and therefore they were devoid of true spiritual life.
To be in John's baptism implies that there had been a recognition of personal sin, repentance from their sin and forgiveness for that sin.[verse 4] But that is not new birth. That requires Jesus' baptism. Please note that Paul emphasises that John points away from himself and his baptism to Christ. the One who was to follow.
What a response these 12 made. They immediately saw the inadequacy of John's baptism and were baptised in water in the Name of the Lord Jesus. Now comes the fulfilment of the promise which we read of in Acts 2:38. Paul lays hands on them and the Holy Spirit comes on them. No doubt they were all filled at that moment and began to speak in tongues and prophesy. It is worth keeping in mind that when The Lord moved on the household of Cornelius in Acts 10, they were baptised in water after they had been baptised in the Holy Spirit. There is no one method with the Lord.
I hope that these events in Acts 19 impress our hearts and bring us to see that the whole point of water baptism is to point us to the baptism of the Lord Jesus whereby LIFE comes flooding in to dead spirits and makes them alive unto God. It is this activity of the Spirit which I pray for, as I am sure many of you also pray for. For in that moment of His coming we enter into the Kingdom of God and into a life of fellowship with the Father and the Son by the Spirit.
God bless you all and I hope to see you on Sunday morning. Dai.
Good morning everybody. I hope you are all well and proving the ability of the Lord to keep you in this shutdown. I am sure many of the Lord's people have been asking Him to put an end to the pandemic but as yet there seems to be no response from Him. Perhaps He has something He needs to accomplish before He allows it to die out. How good to know that He is over all and His will will be done to His honour.
Have you noticed that when John Baptist introduced forgiveness of sins to Israel he made no mention of forgiveness by means of the sacrifices under the law. He instructed no one to take an animal sacrifice to the priest, but to come to him. When they came with repentance in their hearts he was prepared to baptise them in water and the result was forgiveness of their sins. This was a new beginning in Israel and a movement away from the Old Testament means of forgiveness. It must have been mind blowing preaching for them. The Old Covenant was passing away.
When the Lord Jesus began His public ministry He followed the same method as John and as people came to Him they were baptised in water as evidence of their repentance and enjoyed the forgiveness of their sins. There was great similarity between them as regard the content of their preaching.
In John's gospel 4:1-
I wonder why He did not baptise? Perhaps the answer lies in something John had said about Him on an earlier occasion. It is recorded in John 1:33 where John was told that " He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining is He who baptises in with the Holy Spirit"
He has a baptism to give which is not a watery one. The water baptism of John and that which Jesus' disciples practised was a picture of the one He was going to introduce as a result of His death and resurrection. He even called this a baptism. So perhaps He withheld from practising water baptism so as not to confuse the 2 and give the impression that water baptism was as important as His Spirit baptism. We all understand that water baptism pictures death and resurrection: the end of the old man and the rising in newness of life. But water cannot achieve this and Jesus made sure that He did not give the impression that it could. It is His Baptism into death and His resurrection out of death which is now made available by the outpouring of the Spirit. This happened on the day of Pentecost to 3120 people. They passed from death into Eternal Life.
The 3000 who responded on that day are instructed to be baptised in water and they would receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. What a remarkable event[ Acts 2:38.] Perhaps they received the Spirit even as they came out of the water or immediately after. There was to be no long time delay between the water baptism and the Spirit baptism.
Let's be careful not to insist on this being the only pattern for receiving the Spirit. When the Lord moved upon the Gentile nations they received the Spirit first followed by water baptism. The order is not the vital issue. The receiving of the Baptism which Jesus gives is the all important issue. How much longing there must be in the heart of the Lord to be doing this in the hearts of folk today. He is the BAPTISER and His longing is to move in our day and to bring men and women into this for which He died and rose again.
Love to you all Dai
Good morning all, and if we will allow Him, the Lord will fill our hearts with His Spirit of love, joy ,peace and power for this day. How gracious He is in His dealings with us His sons and daughters.
When I was a young Christian I heard sermons about the New Jerusalem which we read of in Revelation 21 and 22. The speakers spoke of it as being a literal city which would be the place to which we would all gather when the Lord comes again. The gold was literal gold. The pearls were literal pearls. The wall [216 feet high] are literal walls. Everything was viewed from this literal perspective.
But my way of viewing these statements changed when I read the following. Let me quote from chapter 21: 9 and 10.
'Come hither, I will show you the BRIDE the Lamb's WIFE." "And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me THAT GREAT CITY THE HOLY JERUSALEM"
It occurred to me that John was seeing the CHURCH, not a literal city nor a future city. He was describing the Bride/Wife of the One who is called the Lamb. I think it is important to keep it in mind that the description of the New Jerusalem is a picture of the Church. That was a complete bomb shell to my way of thinking and I had to read these things from a new mind set.
It impressed on my mind the importance of the church and I began to see the huge place the Church played in the writings of the New Testament. I would like to point you to a few of these New Testament statements which are full of the wonderful way in which Christ views His glorious Church/ Bride.
2Cor 11:2 We are espoused to Christ, a chaste virgin. What language to use of you and me. What love is this that He has for us.
The Church is spoken of using different symbols, such as a TEMPLE in Ephesians 2: 21. As a HOUSE in Hebrews 3:6. We are spoken of as being SHEEP in Hebrews 13:20 and as being SALT in Matthew 5:13. This is symbolic/picture language conveying characteristics which belong to those who make up His Church/Bride. No one would understand these things literally. So let's view Revelation 21 and 22 as a picture of the Church.
Some might wonder about the Light and Glory in the city, or about the Wall of the city: perhaps you have wondered about the Foundations of the city, or what about the Water of the city. Are these to be understood literally or do they present to our minds aspects of truth which are meant to fill us with wonder and worship. Let me suggest some verses for you to investigate for yourself
Light and Glory. Revelation 21: 11 and 23. Does the Church have the light? YES. See 2Cor 4:4 and Ephesians 5:8 and 1Peter 2:9.
Does the Church have the Glory of the Lord? YES. John 17:22 Ephesians 5:27
Wall. Suggestive of protection and peace in a troubled world. See Isaiah 60:18/19. Thy wall are salvation and thy gates peace and thy God thy glory
Foundation Revelation 21:14. The wall had 12 Foundations and in them the names of the 12 apostles of the Lamb. See Ephesians 2:20 where we read that the Church is built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ being the chief corner stone. This is not speaking of bricks and concrete but of the Truth brought to light in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. Praise God
Water. Revelation 22:1. he showed me a put river of Water of Life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. We have 2 passages in John 4: 10-
What a glorious Church we are meant to be. I pray that everyone who reads this will recognise the amazing grace that God has poured out both ON and IN His church, and our hearts cry will be that He will fulfil all His hearts longing for the world through this amazing company of men and women He has brought into newness of life. Amen and Amen Your brother Dai
Good morning brothers and sisters. Have you noticed how much literature there is about on the subject of the second coming of the Lord Jesus. There is so much on the various God channels on TV as well as UTube. Magazines are published by various organisations which have differing opinions on the subject and the events surrounding the Lord's return. What a minefield it can become and the worst thing about it all is that differing opinions can lead to falling out and some leaving fellowship because their view is not the predominant one within the church.
Some folk are so blinkered that they have never considered the possibility of another point of view and are unwilling to consider that they could be wrong. They claim to have had a revelation about the second coming which has led to all sorts of bizarre behaviour and extremism, and much of it based on the idea that I could not possibly be wrong because of the truth which God has showed me. I remember reading of one such group who were persuaded by the leader that the Lord was coming at a certain time so they did not bother ploughing their fields for planting because the Lord was returning before the crops would be ready for harvesting.
How do we handle all the confusion which can arise? How do we sort out who is right and who is wrong in their thinking, and more importantly how do I stay sweet in spirit, especially if I am persuaded that I am right, and I have a greater revelation than my less well taught brother or sister.
Perhaps we should remember the Biblical statement that no one knows anything as he ought, and we see through a glass darkly now but then face to face.
I am sure there are some things on which all would agree. HE IS COMING AGAIN. Of that we have no doubt. We do not know when, but we all should be living lives of such a kind that we would not be ashamed if it were today. We are clear in our hearts before Him and before each other. We would have our lights trimmed and oil in our vessel ready for His appearing. If this were to be THE LAST DAY, we will have lived it in the fulness of the Spirit, with grateful hearts full of faith in His faithfulness, knowing that we have lived it to His glory and in obedience to His will.
Another thing that is certain is that when He comes we shall see Him AS HE IS. What a glorious sight that will be and what a transformation will happen to us all. We shall have new bodies in which there will be no more sickness or tiredness. Sin will have been burned up along with the devil the beast and the false prophet and we shall be forever with the lover of our souls throughout the ages of the ages.
While we wait for His coming let us serve Him with a full heart, overwhelmed by His love for us, and loving one another with a pure heart fervently. Make it so Lord Jesus. Amen
Your brother Dai
I expect you have all discovered how easy it is to think wrongly about the way we read and understand Scripture. There is an important rule which, if broken, can lead to a misunderstanding of what Scripture is saying. The rule is that we must keep the context in mind. Some clever fellow once said that if we avoid the context we end up with a pretext. So as we examine Philippians 4:13 we will have context, context,context in mind.
The verse in question is this. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." The statement has been used to declare that I can heal anyone who is sick or that I can raise the dead because Christ strengthens me to do it. There has been a claim over the past 20/30 years that I can claim all manner of things because of my relationship to Jesus Christ, including wealth and perfect health. Our verse has been used to support such claims. But let's look at the context and we see a different truth emerging.
Verse 12 speaks of some of the extremities which Paul the Apostle endured, as well as some of the delightful things which came his way. These difficult experiences came into Paul's life and were the means whereby the Lord taught him how to be content no matter what the outward conditions were. How little contentment there is these days, and I wonder how many of the Lords people have learned Paul's secret.
He uses the word INSTRUCTED in verse 12, and of course he had the very best of Teachers, One who was able to lead him into all truth.The other meaning of the word TRUTH is REALITY. This was no theory for Paul. He actually went through these hardships. No matter what the outward condition he had learned to be content, meaning of course that he was not disturbed or uneasy though he was in extreme poverty.
Each of us has the same Teacher as Paul, and His intention is that we should learn the secret of inner peace and contentment which comes from Christ and is ministered into our spirit by the Holy One. We need have no fear of the way the Lord leads us, as long as we recognise that He is faithful to strengthen and empower us for the doing of His will. This is the way of faith and it casts everything on the faithfulness of the Lord Jesus.
So keep the context in mind as you read the Word of the Lord and we will not claim something that these Apostles of God never did. Love to you all Dai
Greetings to you all, and love from us both. How wonderful to have been taught by the Lord Himself how to rejoice in all our circumstances, even in our covid lock down. If we are slow learners then let's ask the Lord to come and be our own personal tutor so that we may live as He wants and so bring glory to His Name.
I wonder if you have come across a little book written by Hudson Taylor called Union and Communion? It is well worth a read and presents the truth of Oneness with Jesus, the result being that we can then have communion with Him and with all those who are of the same Spirit as He. I have read recently of an emphasis which troubles me. The author speaks of being identified with Christ, and the language is suggestive of being in a sort of Christian club. If I belong to the Labour party I would identify with the politics being promoted by the Labour party. But Jesus has come to do something far more profound than that. His coming has made it possible for us to be joined to Him, perhaps united to Him is a better picture. Paul uses the picture of marriage in his Ephesian epistle, and speaks of us being Christs bride. We would find it strange language if a newly wed couple spoke of being identified with each other. They have become one flesh says scripture. And we are united to Him, a far more wonderful truth than being identified with Him.
Most families have difficulties and when we were away recently we came across it with Pai's cousins. There are 3 brothers and the 2 younger boys have fallen out with the older one. Such is the division that the middle one will have nothing to do with the older one. They do not commune because they are not united. Thank the Lord that He has broken down every obstacle which has prevented UNION with Himself. He comes to every willing heart in washing, renewing power and brings us into Himself so that we may fellowship with Him. We do not belong to an organisation dear brothers and sisters, nor to a particular brand of Christianity, but to CHRIST.....joined to Him in the bands of an eternal love, which He has gifted to us. The first attack of the enemy is on this union which we have with Him and the second is on that communion we have with each other. Finally a reminder from Paul in Ephesians 4:3 that we are to KEEP the unity which we have. We are not trying to create this unity because we have it in Christ, but we must strive to maintain it because the enemy seeks to destroy it.
Let us all abide in this wonderful Christ of ours, enjoying union with Him, and ever learning of Him and being a means of encouraging one another as we commune in the Spirit of life and love and power.
Love to you all your brother Dai.
Good morning everyone and was it wonderful to wake this morning knowing that the Son of righteousness was risen in our hearts. How real He wants to make Himself.
I have called this little article "Do I care" I suppose that anyone reading this would say, 'well I know God cares' And so he does. But have you noticed the response of the disciples on the boat in the middle of a life threatening storm, and of Martha when she was upset with her sister Mary.
The disciples said,: CAREST Thou not that we perish: and Martha said CAREST Thou not that my sister has left me to cope only own. How easy for caring to become selfish. Was not Martha caring for Jesus and all the disciples. She had a lot on her plate, and her expectation of Mary was wrong. What of these disciples who had seen such care from the Master. Why could they not rest in the midst of the storm like Jesus. Do you ever examine your heart in the light of the reactions of these Bible characters.
It is in the light of His care for us that we are to make our response. And how He has cared for us. Perhaps Care is seen best in the Shepherd heart that Jesus has for His sheep. We are in this sheep fold of His and let's notice His CARES for the sheep.
He lays His life down for them................The hireling does not, and why not? Because the sheep are not His. But we are His and His alone
He guards them from the wolf................The hireling flees, but He protects. How safe we are if we will live as obedient sheep.
He feeds them, leading them into fresh pastures. We are all to be filled with the fresh pasture of His grace and to drink beside still, gentle waters. He guarantees to lead us there. How wonderful when our independence is dealt with and we stay ever close to the Shepherd.
Paul had friends whom he so trusted that he could send them to the churches he had established knowing they would CARE for them as he would.
Let me introduce you to 2 of them. Timothy and Titus. Paul said of Timothy that he would naturally CARE for the saints in Philippi and all because of his attitude of mind, which was one of such love that he would CARE for them just as Paul did.
Titus was to go to Corinth but he had never been there before. How would he handle these saints where there had been difficulties, some of which had caused division and upset. He testifies of Titus that God put an earnest CARE into his heart. Isn't it such amazing grace to us all that if we lack such CARE He will put it into our hearts.
We belong to a body, the body of Christ, and each of us is to be careful for the other and not only for the things that concern ourselves. Let us demonstrate to this world the love of God in Christ which issues from our lives in sacrificial love and Care.
Your brother Dai
Here are two more songs to bless you and encourage you in worship.
There's encouragement, too, to trust absolutely as we walk through the shadow of coronavirus, and to see more evidence of "all one in Christ Jesus".
Listen when you have the opportunity, and though the songs are new to us, the words are (more or less) familiar (Psalms 23 & 34) so you might want to join in. Keep your Bibles handy!
The Lord bless you all!
David & Meg
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Here's an opportunity to hear how to Biblically challenge the current slide in personal relationships.
On Monday, September 7th, at 8pm, Christian Concern will feature on Facebook and Youtube Dr Peter Jones, of TruthXchange, applying Romans 1. Here's an extract from the TruthXchange website:
"If you are seeking truth in the cultural context of a “going within” kind of spirituality, you need to reread the biblical texts. This is the most important thing you could ever do because a few things never change. The Word from the “outside,” the Bible, is one of them. A historical and biblical perspective is most necessary in our age of global optimism for a transformed planet.
Our name, truthXchange comes from something the Apostle Paul wrote to a church in first-
With a major flaw at its base—the sinful human heart—our well-
TruthXchange seeks to unpack what Paul meant in his day and what his words mean for our day. Whether spirituality comes from the inside or the outside makes a huge difference in everything we do and think. Are we alone in this vast impersonal cosmos, making our own rules, evolving (we hope) for the good of all? Or, are we part of a vast, intelligently made universe that is the work of a personal, distinct and glorious Creator, who has reached down in the redeeming love of Jesus to rescue us from ourselves? The implications of Paul’s analysis are volcanic."
This seems to me to be an important issue on which to be well-
Hello everyone and loving greetings from us both. What a wonderful Saviour we have and what grace he has shown to us lost sinners that He has made us His sons and daughters. Part of the amazing ministry of the Spirit He has given us is that He is The Comforter. Jesus called Him The Comforter, not a comforter.
In difficulties, others may offer us a word of comfort or perhaps a touch of comfort. We should be grateful for such care from brothers or sisters, and we are called to be carers one of the other. The Lord teach us to be such, and to realise that in the circumstances He allows, He comes to comfort us so that we may be able to comfort others who are in distress.
Perhaps the greatest need of comfort is when we are tempted, and temptation can come in so many ways. For some it may come as despair or a feeling of intense loneliness. For others habits of thought leading to uncleanness or unkindness. Perhaps struggles with doubts and unbelief. Let me quote one of the most comforting words to be found in our New Testaments from Hebrews 2:18. "In that He Himself hath suffered being tempted, He is able to succour [comfort] them that are tempted." Is it not worth while going through anything if only in the end others may be helped.
What a completely different view Jesus had of His own suffering, and we can have this same view when our hearts are in line with His. We recognise that we are comforted in the midst of our difficulties so that we may be help to others. It is not a matter of putting up with hardships but allowing the Spirit, The Comforter, to succour our hearts so that we may minister this Life to others.
Shall we ask Him to set us free from all self centred ness so that we may be able to succour [strengthen] those who are being tempted. He is both willing and able to do such a work of Grace in every believing heart.
Oh to see His work in all our lives bringing forth this amazing grace in all the circumstances of our lives. Your brother Dai
Dear Brothers and Sisters,This afternoon I was browsing the internet for some Christian choir music, and came across the singing of the 'BESY' choir, from the Bible Society of India, in the eastern region of Mizoram. The following link explains more about the setting and includes options to click on some of their songs. Not only is the singing uplifting, but the words are provided on screen so that you can sing along with them and worship the LORD together -
With much love in the LORD!
Hi everyone and thank the Lord for His enabling grace in all the circumstances of life. A grace of such a kind that it brings the power of the risen Lord Jesus into immediate contact with whatever we are experiencing.
I hope the following may stir your heart to consider the kind of man/woman that Jesus is looking for. He wants us to be His representatives in this world which is His.
The first Corinthian letter and chapters 1,2, and 3 present 3 different kinds of person. They are the NATURAL, the CARNAL and the SPIRITUAL.
Paul identifies these 3 and his purpose in writing the epistle is that we may all know that we are people of the Spirit, governed by the Spirit because of a mind set which is Christlike. He makes that statement at the end of Chapter 2 verse 16.
So what are the distinguishing characteristics of each of these 3 person types.
The NATURAL. These are those who have never received the Spirit of God, so that the things of God seem to them to be nothing but foolishness. Chapter 2 :14. The things of God seem both illogical and absurd to them and they are unable to make any sense of them. We all know such people, some of whom may be in our families, and we need to be praying that The Lord will open their eyes to truth. It is ONLY when the Spirit of the Lord comes that the hidden things of God can be revealed to us. Till then they are unknowable.
The CARNAL. These are those who have had experience of the Spirit of the Lord, but are dominated by their human nature and not by the Lord who is the Spirit. Paul calls them babes, controlled by their human desires and impulses. Chapter 3:1-
The SPIRITUAL. Paul presents himself as being a spiritual man, and fundamental to this understanding is the CROSS. He had no philosophy to offer as did the Greeks. His emphasis was not signs from heaven, which the Jews sought after. See Chapter 1:22. He preached CHRIST and Him crucified. He knew that it was the power of this risen Christ which was the saving power which operated in His life and was the source of his power in preaching the Gospel. Chapter 1:18 declares his certainty that he is saved, yet is being saved by the message of the cross. Utter dependence on the finished work of Christ is the sure way to becoming a spiritual man/woman and having the certainty that the Spirit given us will be the constant minister of that finished work in our lives.
Let us then yield ourselves to the blessed Spirit who will centre our thinking, our praying, our activity in the one source of spiritual power which is Christ. The Lord lead us on and into this life in the Spirit. Your brother Dai
The Cross Sunday 2nd Augut
Good afternoon everyone and how wonderful to belong to the King and to be in His kingdom by a glorious new birth. The new birth was made possible by His death and resurrection, which led to the outpouring of the Spirit whereby we become new creations. I want to point to something recorded by Matthew in chapter 16:21. Something new began at this verse which separates the previous chapters from what follows. Jesus gathers His disciples around Him and tells them of His suffering and execution and then of His resurrection. This is the first time He has spoken to them so directly about the future events of His life. He excludes the crowds from this conversation because He is wanting to teach His own about the necessity of the cross. He is immediately challenged by Peter who says "May God be merciful to you" That is a better translation of what Peter said.
He repeats the same prediction in 17:22 and this time Matthew records that they were exceedingly sorrowful. Have you ever considered why? The fact of His resurrection should have made them overjoyed but it didn't. Perhaps that part of His statement did not register with them. All they could think of was His departure from them which meant the end of His kingdom and His Messianic reign. They really did not understand Him nor why He had come into the world. John tells us that sorrow filled their hearts when He told them He was returning to the Father who had sent Him 16:6
I wonder whether the significance of the cross has flooded all our hearts and minds. It was an unthinkable thing for the Messiah to die. How could He set up His kingdom if He were to die. But Jesus knew that He could never set up His kingdom in the hearts of men and women except by the cross. He knew that only by being united to Him in His death could sin and its power be brought to an end in lives, and a new life imparted which had overcome sin, self and death.
Perhaps the greatest work which the Holy Spirit achieves in our lives is to join us to this glorious Saviour, and in so doing we prove that His death is mighty to deliver us from sin, the devil, the world, and to bring us into that love of God which has always been His aim. Paul said that he gloried in the cross. Not in his gifts or ministry or apostleship but in the CROSS, which had brought that vengeful, fanatical pharisee to an end and made him into a lover of God and of men.
Shall we be an example to the men and women of our day of the power of the cross by living clean lives, full of joy and peace, which bring honour to His most wonderful Name. Let us seek Him, that He be honoured in our generation. Love you all Dai
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Power Saturday 25th July
Dear All, some thoughts for us to think about but most importantly to respond to as we submit to the Kingship of the Lord Jesus.
There is a verse in Ephesians 1:19 which contains the 4 words which are used in the New Testament to speak of God's power. They are
DUNAMIS which is inherent power: God is inherently powerful and needs to draw upon no other.
ENERGIA which is power in action. Paul speaks of it as working power
KRATOS which is power demonstrated
ISCHUOS which is power accomplishing His will.
When Jesus prepared His disciples for His departure to His Father, He told them that they would receive power from on high when the Holy Spirit came. They were to do nothing but to wait expectantly for that event. The power which came upon them and filled them was the DUNAMIS power, the ability of God occupying and filling them. That Dunamis power was quickly operating in them and they began working[ENERGIA] the works which God had prepared for them to do. There was an immediate demonstration of that power and thousands entered into the kingdom on that same day. There could be no doubt that the will of the Lord was done that day.
There is a phrase in the 19th verse which unlocks the secret to the operating of this power. Here it is: "What is the surpassing greatness of His power TOWARDS US WHO BELIEVE" Does the thought seem an impossible one. Can this be for me we ask? Yet the matter is resolved when we come to faith in the ability of God to accomplish what seems to us to be impossible. The Lord Jesus responds to childlike faith and imparts His power into the trusting heart that knows it's weakness but believes He is true to keep His word and do that thing which seems most impossible.
So power comes to make possible what was once impossible. Now we have power to forgive. Now we have power to be His witnesses. Now we have to walk in obedience. Now we have power to walk in purity of heart. The list becomes endless. Let us, brothers and Sisters, recognise that His great Grace has planned these things for us and the only condition is that I believe His word to be true for my life's work.
Praise God for His unspeakable gift
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Saturday 25th July
Good morning to everyone. David Longworth has worked hard to get the Zoom meeting set up so we are going to begin on Wednesday August 5th at 7pm. He will send the ID number and password to everyone and those wishing to join can log in. The meeting lasts 40 minutes maximum and it will be an opportunity to talk, pray, read from the scriptures of truth, and pray for any need. Hope you can join in.
The ruling in Wales does not allow for more than 2 households to meet, so the idea of meeting outside in John Frith's and Phil Burman's is still not possible. I hope that restriction will be lifted soon.
Thanks and the Lord bless each of us with His presence and power. Dai
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Glory Sunday 19th July
Good morning everyone. We are enjoying a few days with the family in Cornwall, which has been so lovely. The grand kids are growing and changing so quickly. Oh that they all might come to know the wonderful grace of the Saviour. We will back on Thursday.
I was thinking about the comparison Paul makes between the Old covenant under Moses and the New covenant under Christ. This is recorded in 2 Corinthians chapter 3. He speaks of the glory that attended the giving of the law, but points out that it was a fading glory. Moses covered his face so that the people of Israel should not see the fading glory. Some think it was to hide it, but that is not what Paul says. He then continues by speaking of the veil which is on the hearts of the old covenant community. It remains there to this day, as it does on the hearts of all peoples. But here is the wonderful good news that the moment the heart turns the veil is taken away. I cannot think of a better picture of repentance than that, can you?
So what happens when that veil is removed: remembering that it is the Lord Christ who removes it and fills with His Spirit. This Spirit is spoken of as being the Lord. verse 17. That is a striking statement. We tend to speak of Jesus as being the Lord, and so He is. But in His dealing with the souls of men He gives another who is just like Him, and He is the Lord the Spirit. His presence brings about a liberty whereby we can keep the law of the Spirit who now dwells in our hearts. That is a most profound difference between the 2 covenants. There is gifted to us by the Lord the Spirit, the ability to obey this inward principle of righteousness and the result is a growth in glory. Not a glory that we can see because our gaze is focussed on Him and not ourselves. We see the wonder of His image and are being changed from one degree of glory into another, not by our own effort by by the Spirit of the Lord.
So brothers and sisters, what a glory is ours. Let us pray for each other that we may be increasing in this glory which makes us more and more like Him who is the only Saviour and Lord. Would it not be a wonderful thing to emerge from this shutdown with a greater glory on our faces than when it began.
Love to one and all. Your brother Dai
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The senior citizens meetings for Saturday 28th March and Saturday 25th April have been cancelled. A decision about the May meeting will be made later.
Les Wheeldon's visit to Emmaus due in April has been cancelled and the Exploring Christianity course will be postponed till the Autumn.
A number of people are stopping whatever they are doing at 1:00pm each day to pray and to read their Bibles. Please join us at that time.