Honour in the Kingdom (3)

November 10, 2012 at 8:24 PMTony

The person I know about who teaches most about the culture of honour is Danny Silk. The scripture says: Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. (Romans 12:10). I think we've got a lot to learn in this area. The Holy Spirit will help us. And Jesus will build His church.

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Honour in the Kingdom (2)

November 10, 2012 at 8:15 PMTony

Can't say better than this scripture. Except to comment that it's a bit radically different, isn't it?

On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it. (1 Corinthians 12:22-24 NIV)

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Honour in the Kingdom

October 18, 2012 at 8:23 PMTony

The Spirit witnesses with our spirit that we are children of God. Fantastic. I've got a Ph.D. so I can use the title Dr. But I'd rather have the surety that I am a child of God. Jesus was (and is) leader, teacher, prophet, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. But I bet He loved it best when God said “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” at His baptism and “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” at the transfiguration.

Jesus said that unless we become like little children we will not enter the Kingdom of God. Children aren't usually bothered too much about honour. If they know they are loved they're too busy having fun.

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The Holy Spirit

October 16, 2012 at 5:04 PMTony

The Holy Spirit is a gentleman I've been told. But that can't be an accurate description. He knocked Saul off his mule and blinded him, Ananias and Sapphira died because they lied to Him. Many of us Christians have been "slain in the Spirit". Sometimes we submitted but other times it just happened whether we submitted or not. He can act sovereignly. After all everything that exists was created through Him. He is about to act sovereignly again.

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Mark Stibbe

October 12, 2012 at 7:27 PMTony

Mark Stibbe has entered into an inappropriate relationship we are told. Mark is the author of some inspired teaching on the father heart of God. These teachings are probably going to be devalued now - maybe this is satan's aim.

We are in the new covenant so we are not into condemnation. But hopefully we are all into allowing the Holy Spirit to convict us of our sin and correct us when we're going astray.

One revelation I had of the father heart of God was how really, really tender it is. It surely must be hurting for all involved at the moment.

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Pioneer or Settler Religion

October 5, 2012 at 10:09 PMTony

In pioneer religion the church is a covered wagon. It is tattered and battered - arrows sticking out all over it. God is the wagon master. He gets down in the dirt with us and helps get the wagon moving when it gets stuck. Jesus is the scout. He ranges ahead and we follow Him. The Holy Spirit is the buffalo hunter. He provides food but He's a wild character. You never know what He's going to do. The pioneers are a bit tattered and battered too. But they don't care. They trust the scout and are up for the adventure.

In settler religion the church is the town hall. It is well appointed. God is the mayor. He is in his office upstairs. You hardly ever see Him but He is in charge. Jesus is the sheriff. He sorts out the bad guys and keeps order for the mayor. The Holy Spirit is the bar girl who provides comfort for the settlers but also tells the mayor what is going on.

Unfortunately for the settlers the real Holy Spirit keeps riding into town and shooting up the place.

I pray that He will keep on doing it (and He will). Preferably before the settlers get too settled.

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Jesus - the bigger, better solution (2).

September 8, 2012 at 12:09 PMTony

When Jesus came down from the mountain He found the disciples and the scribes arguing (Mark 9:14-9:29). As soon as Jesus asked them what they were arguing about they shut up.

Jesus then healed the boy in response to his father's plea. We need everyone to shut up and let Jesus do His stuff. A wave of the Spirit is coming.

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Jesus - the bigger, better solution.

September 8, 2012 at 7:42 AMTony

When the adulterous woman was dragged before Jesus (John 7:53-8.11) who could have imagined what He would do.

The more I look at it the more I see that it ticks all the boxes. The hard-boiled accusere were convicted of sin which opens the way for their reconciliation with God. The woman was told to go and sin no more, and I personally don't believe Jesus tells you to do something without supplying the power to do it.

If it had been us what half-baked solution would we have come up with? Come to think of it, what half-baked solutions are we presently trying to come up with to deal with the mess of sex and relationships at this present time?

We need the bigger, better solution: Jesus. A wave of the Spirit is coming.

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Songs to wake up to

August 19, 2012 at 5:14 PMTony

Both of these songs I've woken up to singing in my spirit. 'All My Hope' was suggested to me recently by a friend.

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Abba, I belong to you

August 14, 2012 at 10:57 AMTony

I have a few different things going on in my life right now. Some of which could be called challenging.

I was about ten minutes into a Brennan Manning Video called The Abba Experience when I came across the phrase in the title above. He suggested using it many times daily.

I'm going to try this. I'm in the third day so there's a little way to go yet.

I stopped watching the video but it's probably worth a watch. At least the first ten minutes of it, anyway.

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