December 2019 / January 2020
From the Pastor’s desk
Followers of Jesus Christ
Beloved, God has called each of us,
as born-again believers in Jesus, to be followers of Christ:
not to be set apart from the world but to be set apart FOR God in the world.
We live in this world while not being a part of it.
When Jesus prayed for us in John 17:15-16, He said,
“My prayer is not that You take them out of the world,
but that you may protect them from the evil one.
They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.”
Choosing to be a follower of Christ, we daily “present our bodies as living sacrifices,
holy and acceptable to God, which is our spiritual worship.
We choose not to be conformed to this world but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds,
so that we will prove what HIS Will is – His good, perfect and acceptable Will.” (Romans 12;1-2).
Jesus, the One we follow, is a tried and tested leader who is mistake-free and completely dependable.
Because of who He IS, the Holy Spirit always has us in His sights, leading us closer to Jesus.
When we follow God’s pattern, with His guidelines for our lives,
we will find that their application and their end result is far better than we could ever have imagined.
There may be rough patches along the way but still we see God’s hand in leading us
and we must never forget that it’s all about Jesus –
for HIS glory, not ours and then for our good in Him.
Let’s consider three points about being a follower of Christ:
1. Our desires must take a back seat to HIS desires for our lives.
Our own desires might seem more attractive to us, but if we consider all things before God in prayer,
we will not only be pleasing Him (because obedience is better than sacrifice),
but we will draw closer in our relationship with Him (because He sees the big picture.)
2. We must take up our cross daily.
Beloved, I’m not speaking about taking up Jesus’ Cross!
His Cross was the gift of salvation to humanity,
with resurrection life and power when He rose again.
’m speaking about the act of “dying” to our fleshly selfishness, self-centredness and pride,
so that our heart’s desire becomes – “Lord, I want YOU more, I need YOU more;
not my will but Yours be done in me and for my life.”
3. We must lose ourselves to find ourselves.
We have a choice between the world and its ways or Jesus, the Giver of abundant Life.
It is when we walk in that true revelation that Paul speaks about in Galatians 2:20 –
“it is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me and the life I now live in the flesh,
I live by faith in Jesus, who loved me and gave His life for me.”
God bless you. Alex.
*** District Prayer meeting: will resume again in 2020
*** Mission Prayer Watch: Australia
Sometimes, as Christians, we find ourselves in a season of lament.
Despite his lament, Jeremiah was able to say in Lamentations 4:19,
‘But you, O Lord, reign forever; Your throne endures to all generations.’
And then in Verse 21, he says,
‘Restore to us Yourself O Lord, that we may be restored. Renew our days.’
– Lyle Shelton.
Let’s join with each other in prayer to keep going!
*** RESILIENT FAITH =
WALKING IN SANCTIFIED KINGDOM LIGHT WITH JESUS, EMPOWERED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT,
AGENT OF CHANGE; FILLED WITH ENDURING HOPE
AND WITH A BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW OF GOD'S LOVE
ON A LIGHTER NOTE:
Lost on a rainy night, a young man stumbled across a monastery and requested shelter there.
Fortunately he was just in time for dinner and was treated to the best fish and chips he had ever tasted.
After dinner, he went into the kitchen to thank the chefs.
The first one said, “Hello, I’m brother Michael and this is Brother Charles.”
“I’m very pleased to meet you,” the young man replied.
“I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful dinner.
Out of curiosity, who cooked what?”
Brother Charles replied, “Well, I’m the fish friar.”
The young man turned to the other brother and asked, “then you must be…”
“Yes, I’m afraid I’m the chip monk!”
“When we wake up each morning, if praise of the Risen Christ were to fill our hearts…
then in the monotony of daily life, an inner surge of vitality would reveal our hidden longing.”
“Then Jesus said to the crowd,
‘If any of you wants to be My follower, you must turn from your selfish ways,
take up your cross daily and follow Me.”
Glenorie Community Church
1507 Old Northern Rd Glenorie 2157
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And I said to the man who stood at the gate…
And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the New Year:
‘Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.’
And he replied,
‘Go out into the darkness and put your hand in the hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
Minnie. L. Haskins.
A year with Jesus:
Worship in your daily world.
“While involving ourselves in Christian assembly
and gathering together with believers for encouragement,
exhortation and worship are extremely important ( “Hebrews 10:19-25),
our worship should be much more extensive than an hour or two of the week spent with other believers.
Abba Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit want your whole life to be your worship.
It must be much more than just a sliver of your time offered one or two days of the week.
Jesus commanded us “to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.” (Mark 12:30).
This means that everything we do should be part of our worship.
Hebrews 12:28 exhorts us:
‘Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful
and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.’
So, what specifically IS - this worship in our daily world that is done with “awe and reverence”?
Chapter 13 gives us these exhortations:
*** Let your love continue toward each other.
*** Extend hospitality, including to strangers.
*** Don’t forget to care for those in prison for their faith.
*** Value marriage and keep your marriage pure and dedicated.
*** Stay away from greed and the love of money.
*** Be content with what you have.
*** Trust that God will never forsake you.
*** Respect and follow your Godly leaders.
*** Stay away from new and strange teachings.
*** Avoid the kind of worship that values special foods.
*** Join Jesus and HIS work, led by the Holy Spirit.”
- from Heartlight Inc