Servants of Jesus Christ !

We are called to be servants of Jesus Christ and stewards of the gospel. “If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him. ” John 12:26

A servant of Jesus Christ is a faithful follower who dutifully serves him. What did Jesus mean by serve? It means to perform our duties. In other words, the Lord expects us to perform our responsibilities as his disciples that are set out in scriptures according to our own individual gifts and calling.

Since each of us are different and have been given different mandates according to the will of God then we must be faithful to perform all the directives he has given to each of us personally as well as corporately.

A steward is a caretaker of another’s property. Since we are not our own but bought with a price, redeemed by the Lord, all he has given to us, whether; family, friends, church, business, and other responsibilities, belong to him.

Therefore, he expects us to treat those responsibilities as an extension of his grace to us and be good stewards for him in those gifts of grace. ” As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” 1 Peter 4:10

Nowadays this is not a popular message even among Christians because the natural minded person wants to live for themselves and follow after their own path. The carnal nature desires things that bring comfort and glory to the flesh which in reality is basically selfish motivation.

Quite the contrary, Jesus said that if we want to be considered a spiritual giant in his kingdom then we must be willing to be last, hidden, and sometimes even get no thanks for the performance for our duties. When we submit to the plan of God in this life we are in effect laying up treasures in the next life.

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. ” Colossians 3:23,24

“The greatest among you shall be your servant.” Matthew 23:11

“For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Jesus Christ. ” Galatians 1:10

The only real freedom is to be IN Jesus Christ and be found having his righteousness, not our own. Our plans needs to be in line with Jesus’ plan for our lives which always have as a central theme the extension of his glorious kingdom.

We are called as good stewards to be hid in Jesus Christ and not going about doing our own thing. We are not our own scriptures tell us ! We have been bought with a price!

The servant and steward have been given Jesus Christ’s authority to fulfill all his will, not our will. The Lord’s agenda must be our agenda! The Lord’s will must be our will!

As good stewards of the kingdom of God we are called to glorify God in all that we do!

Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. ” John 4:23

Are you ready to make Jesus Christ your King today?

“Who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. ” Philippians 2:6,7

What is New Wine ?

It’s interesting to note that the very first miracle that Jesus did was to turn the water into wine. The significance of this is that in order for God to pour forth his new wine from earthen clay vessels (there were 6 clay pots. 6 is the number in scriptures that represent mankind) they had to be filled with water first.

Water scripturally speaking represents the word of God.

In other words one must receive the word of God and then be made alive unto God through his living word, the logos made flesh. This is the regeneration process of the Holy Spirit or the born again experience.

The old clay pot of ours after we put our trust in Jesus Christ for salvation is miraculously filled with his living water and then that living water is turned into wine! (Which in scriptures represents the manifestation of the Holy Spirit.)

When the water becomes wine it is meant to be poured out so that others may taste and see that the Lord Jesus is good!

Wine left in the clay pot vessel doesn’t bring blessings to others. Wine must be served from earthen vessels to those who are invited to the wedding banquet of the lamb.

Having tasted the old wine or worldly experience the recipients can now taste the new wine through God’s earthen vessels.

Then the recipient must decide whether they want to partake of the wine of God’s Holy Spirit. Remember it is those who eat the bread of life and partake of the divine nature who are saved and not just tasting of the powers to come.

If your earthen vessel has been filled with the water of the word and changed into the new wine of the Holy Spirit then you can be used of God as a vessel to pour forth that new wine to others.

The first miracle Jesus wants to do in your life is to turn the water that you received at the new birth into wine. Once you are filled with the Holy Spirit then (as the life of Jesus continues in the book of John), even greater works will you do because Jesus has given to you his Holy Spirit.

God wants to use your clay pot and pour out his new wine from your vessel. Scriptures exhort us to”Be filled with the Spirit!” because only vessels filled with the Holy Spirit can pour forth God’s miracles!

Ask to be filled with God’s new wine today!

John chapter 2:7-10

Jesus the Rock of My Salvation!

Jesus is the Rock. All who belong to him are secure in his strong fortress. In Jesus Christ the child of God can hide from the storm’s of life and be protected. Jesus the rock is a fortified place of refuge for the oppressed. A refuge from our enemies. When life tries to over whelm us then we can run to the rock that is mighty in strength.

In ancient Israel fortresses were made of Dolomite which is a sedimentary rock. Today it is called Jerusalem stone. Dolomite is resistant to erosion. It can handle heat, wind, and water without scratching or breaking. Dolomite is even acid resistant!

When the gates of hell target us then the Holy Spirit will leads us to the rock that is higher than our own strength and power. We can run to Jesus our rock of defense!

The key however, is to run to him. Don’t take matters into your own hands ! Don’t opt for deliverance by your own methods ! Rather look to the rock from which you were hewn!

Jesus is a mighty stronghold that will keep the storm from sweeping us away.

There is no power of hell that can breach the fortified rock of defense for those who put their trust in Jesus the rock. Run to the Rock and hide in him! No power on earth can remove you from him who is greater than all!

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SET FREE

Romans chapter 6 explains that now that Christians have been set free from the bondage of sin we have now become servants of righteousness. 
This is not something many Christians like to hear. 

Remember that Paul is talking from the perspective of the Roman Empire. There was no such thing as a servant who could come and go as he pleased. The servant was the property of his master. He had no individual rights. Jesus said in scriptures that whoever you obey or take your orders from is your Lord. 

Let us examine Romans chapter 6 which says that because we have been bought with a price we are now to live in a way that glorifies God. We are no longer to serve sin but rather from our new born again natures we are called to serve the Lord. 
Christians have been purchased by God. That means bought or redeemed. 
God paid the randsom through Jesus. He bought us back from another master. 
In other words the life of Jesus was given to redeem us from being the property of Satan in captivity to his corruption of the fallen nature. We now have being given another master. 

Having been bought by God through the redemption of Jesus Christ we are now called to submit to God.  When we Obey God we walk in his blessings but when we do not obey or yield to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and the word of God we fall back under the curse of the law. Then Satan can cause havoc in our life. Grace does not abound to those who continue to live in sin. Grace leads to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. If some one is continuing to live in sin then it is evident who their Lord is. 

Being made free from sin we are now called to be servants of righteousness. This means that we are serving in newness of life and have a new master. 
Our lives like a mirror reflect who we belong to. If we live according to the dictates of the Holy Spirit through the word of God being separate from the world system we are revealing that we are servants of God. Continuing to live a life of sin and worldliness reveal that we are really a slave of the darkness. 

Romans 6

  1. What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
    2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
    3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
    4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
    5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
    6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
    7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
    8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
    9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
    10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
    11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
    12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
    13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
    14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
    15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
    16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
    17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
    18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
    19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
    20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.
    21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.
    22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
    23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Grace Abounds

Grace abounds to the sinner to bring salvation but when one is saved grace then has another job. Grace sanctifies.

Scriptures tell us that God’s grace which brought us salvation also teaches us that we should deny ungodliness. That is, we should refuse any kind of wickedness.

Grace teaches us by the Holy Spirit to refuse worldly lusts or desires of this world. What are these desires that we are to refuse? Any affections which are associated with this world system such as worldly aspirations, worldly ideologies, worldly habits, worldly sensuality. Worldly in fact is anything contrary to the word of God that claims our due attention and distracts us from doing God’s will for our lives.( Titus 2:11,12)

God’s grace also teaches us to live soberly. To be sober means to be of sound mind. This includes being free of addictions or any thing that causes us to not have our full faculties.

God’s grace teaches us to live righteously. That is to be just and upright; morally right and fair in our lifestyle, honorable, to keep our word. To be Honest in all things.

God’s grace teaches us to be godly. That is to be God fearing, prayerful, holy and faithfully devoted to spiritual things.

God’s grace teaches us to keep our eyes on Jesus and eternity for we have been saved from wickedness, sin, corruption and made new in Christ to be zealous; passionate, enthusiastically doing good works that each of us has been called to do as peculiar or special people of God.

Titus 2

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ;

Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Grace not only saves by the unmerited mercy of God but Grace sanctifies by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus not only saved us from our sins but he has defeated the power of sin. (Romans 6)

When we yield to God’s sanctitying grace we are kept by his grace from the power of sin. (1 Corinthians 15:10)

Sin cannot rule over a blood bought redeemed child of God because the blood of Jesus has power to save from sin to the uttermost.

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