While we have been here in Newcastle, things have been different than anywhere else we have been. I guess I have come to expect that though. Last week, we got to go and pray with the YWAM Newcastle team and give them some encouragement. They have been here for more than two years now and there is only three of them. Although they are small in number, we know that “the fervent effectual prayers of a righteous person bring about great things”!!! We also know that persistence pays off. It was a good time of being with them and God gave us several words, but the main thing was that He was incredibly proud of them. I was brought to tears at the pride that Father takes in His children here.
God has also given me the first opportunity for me to preach in a church setting since we started this trip. I felt led to speak about the promises of The Lord coming about with faith and patient perseverance. This encouraged many people and was effective in doing what God wanted it to.
I have the privilege of speaking once again this week at another church. It was totally God that He was speaking to me a message and the passage The body is studying is goes with this message.
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” This is a very popular quote from Shakespeare in his play Romeo and Juliet. It is somehow appropriate for God to speak this to me while I am here, while i am in England. In Luke 9:18-20, Jesus asks two questions. The first is “Who do people say that I am?”. If we answer this question today, there is no end to answers. There will be anything from not believing that He ever lived to believing that He was some sort of disembodied spirit. However, the disciples only answer a few things, some say John the Baptist (a radical preacher), some say Elijah (a miracle worker), some say a resurrected prophet (a teacher, righteous man). Every one of these answers is lacking in different ways. Is Jesus a preacher but have no power? Is Jesus a miracle worker, this does not mean He knows God (Matt 7:21-23)? Is Jesus a good teacher that says nice things?
When Jesus asks who these disciples, the closest ones to Him, said He was there was only one response. Peter says “the Christ, Son of the Living God.” If we truly believe this statement, which Jesus commends Peter for, our lives will be different. What we believe about Jesus will always determine how we think, act, and live!!! If we believe Him as any less than the Son of God, God in flesh, we will not live in pure devotion to Him! If He is our end, our only desire will be to please Him completely and totally in our thinking, our speaking, and our doing!!!
How do you really see Jesus? Is He the One Desire in your life? Is He above all else? Are you living like it? Ask Holy Spirit to reveal how you see Jesus and How you need to be changed more and more into His image! Seek Him with all that you are and come to know Him as He truly Is!!! John 14:12 reminds us that that “to him who believes in Me (Jesus), the things I have been doing and greater he will do”!!! I believe and am trying to live in pure devotion to Him. What do you believe? How are you living as proof to this belief?
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!