Being a Witness Regardless

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea.
Acts 1:8 (KNJV)

This week we’ll be discussing what it means to be a witness regardless of what is happening around us.
We are all chosen for salvation, but sometimes God chooses specific people for a specific job at a specific time and place. Sometimes we won’t be chosen and we need to learn to be a good witness even in these times.
A great example of being a ‘good witness regardless’ is Barsabas. He had been with Jesus and the disciples for a long time but was still not chosen to replace Judas (you can read this story in Acts 1:20- 26). Regardless of the fact that he was not given the position, he continued to serve God faithfully.

We need to be able to replicate this, but we cannot do it out of pure willpower. We need to carry a revelation of who God is in our hearts so we can accurately reflect Jesus regardless of the position we do or do not have.
Just like Peter who did not have any money to give to the lame man outside the gate Beautiful (Acts 3:2-6), we do have something to give people. We have Jesus. Our testimony of what he has done in our lives is the power of our revelation, and it is worth more than any amount of silver or gold.

Reflection:
– How do you normally react to not being chosen?
– How can you better serve God even when you don’t have the position you were hoping for?
– What testimony do you have that you could share with others at any given time?

Fatherhood

Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.
Matthew 23:9 (NKJV)

This week we’ll be looking at a few important points on how to be a good witness to as a father:
Firstly, it is important for us to know that we do not need to rely on any man to receive the full love and revelation of Father God. Regardless of our relationship with our fathers, Jesus models the full love of Father God and as such we only need him in order to receive everything we need from Father.

Secondly, we need to take note of the importance of Godly, Kingdom families. When Fathers are absent from the home, children suffer greatly. However, we don’t need to try to be perfect. There are no examples of perfect families in the bible, just principles that help us to have healthy families.
We need to have strong relationships with God, our wives and our children, so that we can have the biggest possible Kingdom impact in their lives. It is also vital that we engage with our children not just in things like sports, but also in their spiritual and emotional journeys.

Finally, we need to stay humble and be less focused on ourselves. It is so easy to live a selfish, self-focused life, but as Kingdom Men we need to live in yieldedness and submission to God, and speak his words, not just our own.

Reflection:
– How can you rely more fully on Jesus to reveal the Father heart of God?
– In which areas in your life can you be more yielded to God?
– How can you practically go about speaking God’s words more often than your own?

You Shall Be My Witnesses

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon
you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea

and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

Acts 1:8 (NKJV)

This week we’ll be looking at a few important points on how to be a
good witness to Jesus:
Firstly, we need to know how important it is to be a good witness.
When unbelievers encounter us, it shapes the way they view Jesus,
and it is important that they are left seeing Christ and his church as
desirable and beautiful.
We do this by loving one another, being kind, walking in humility,
looking after the vulnerable, serving each other, giving to the needy
and living as brothers and sisters in Christ. We can’t, however, do this
in our own strength. We should rely on Holy Spirit to empower us to
witness effectively.
It is important to remember that when we witness we don’t need to
show people that we have it all together, but we must show them
how Christ has changed our lives. The world isn’t looking for perfect
Christians, but for Jesus’ grace. We simply need to show them what
a life impacted by Jesus looks like.

Reflection:
– What is keeping you from witnessing about what Jesus has
done in your life?
– How can you practice relying on Holy Spirit in your everyday
life?
– Where do you have the opportunity to witness about Jesus
with unbelievers?

The Enemies Tactics and God’s Triumph

The Enemy’s Tactics and our Triumphs.

This week we will be revisiting the sermon preached over the weekend by George Gourlay on “The Enemy’s Tactics and our triumphs”, as we feel it is important to be reminded of what God is saying to us as a family.

Nehemiah 6:2, 9 (NIV) – “But they were scheming to harm me; … But I prayed, “Now strengthen my hands.”

What am I trying to build?
– If we are building to advance the Kingdom of God in our marriage, family, workplace, in every area of life, there will be opposition. 1 Corinthians 16:9
– Put on the armour of God to take a stand against his onslaught – Ephesians 6:11

The enemy took notice of Nehemiah!
– The Enemy will cross your borders.
– John 10:10 – The enemy wants to steal what Jesus came to give us.
– He has no authority, but beware – he will visit every area of your life

The enemy will always look for a door.
Neh. 6:1 – Beware! The enemy looks for a door, 1 Peter 5:8

The enemy is continually sending messages
– Neh. 6:3-5 The enemy wants to distract our focus on the Kingdom of God
– The enemy sends thoughts of blame, shame, doubt, comparison, ect
– Be sensitive to discern whose voice you are listening to

The enemy is persistent
– Neh. 6:6:3-6 – Be alert and aware every day – he enemy comes over and over
– Be empowered in God’s grace to rise up in faith, stay focused and say ‘no!’

The enemy is a deceiver
– Deceive = to accept as true that which is false.
– John 8:44; 2 Corinthians 11:14

The enemy’s primary weapon is fear
– Neh. 6:9 – “If I feel fear, the enemy has my ear”. Fear drives us to consult with the enemy. Genesis 3:9
– Fear makes us stop the work of advancing the Kingdom of God

The enemy has no reply to the truth
– Neh. 6:8 – Nehemiah called the lie a lie. He stayed focus, unmoved!
– 2 Corinthians 10:4 – We have the authority to demolish very stronghold

Reflection
Declare over yourself: In Christ, “I am strong enough to rise up, to build and to establish the Kingdom of God in every area of my life!
I am strong enough to stand up against any tactics of the enemy and triumph!”