Seasons of Refinement and Refreshment.
By Christopher Rimmer. 29.3.20.
Key Verse Isaiah 48v10:
‘Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction’.
Q. Ever feel on fire for God one minute then be freezing and wonder what just happened?
Q. Where has my passion and zeal gone you ask? In some cases life can feel and seem worse than before you met Christ. It can be confusing & painful and sometimes dry.
Your decisions and understanding require a Kingdom perspective. We cannot just rely on passion and zeal. Because at times it’s not sustainable. And it may not be the enemy, it may very well be God’s hand of discipline or God’s way of growing your character and maturity through pruning, sanctification & refinement. God may be lifting His hand to see how you respond.
Q. Do we still trust when we cannot discern His presence when things are dry? Is sin blocking intimacy? Are we relying on experience and manifestation rather than Scripture and truth as a foundation?
It is written: 2 Chron.32v31b ‘God left him, to try him, that he might know all that was in his heart’. Hezekiah had enjoyed a close fellowship with God, but at a crucial point in his life God left him alone to test his character, to reveal a weakness, and to prepare him for more responsibility.
In Hosea 2:14 it reads: ‘Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her.’
Food for thought:
If you’re on fire and going through the fire, nothing changes!
So don’t be disheartened. This process is not that unusual. Ironically, it’s the same process a piece of steel goes through when making a sword. From hot temperatures to cold all while blows of pressure are refining the metal.
Remember, God is both the potter and the blacksmith. You are being prepared. Coming back with a greater resolve, wisdom and endurance every time. It’s not always a pleasant process. But in the end your faith can be impenetrable. Just like the steel in that sword!
He purifies and refines. Makes and moulds. Changes and crafts. Cares for and carries you through, that in all that your Kingdom potential will be displayed reflecting to Him all the glory and honour making you the soldier for Christ you are!
John 15:2. ‘Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
Each of us is still upon the “Potter’s wheel,” though we keep faith that God is moulding us and shaping us to reach our end.
‘’As sure as ever God puts His children in the furnace, He will be in the furnace with them’’. (Charles Spurgeon).
‘’Blessed art You, LORD our God, King of the universe, who makes us captives of hope’’.
Finally, it is written: Revelation 22:17:
‘And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely’.
Sunday 5.4.20. Psalm Reading for today- Psalm 100. Please consider reading aloud.
If you are taking Communion at home at 11.30, you may like to read through 1 Corinthians 11v23-34.
Here is love, vast as the ocean, loving kindness as the flood; when the Prince of Life my ransom, shed for me His precious blood. Who His love will not remember? Who can cease to sing His praise? He shall never be forgotten, through heav’n’s everlasting days.
Good Friday 2020.
‘And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?’ Mtt.27v46.
Wounded for me, wounded for me, there on the cross He was wounded for me; gone my transgressions and now I am free, all because Jesus was wounded for me.
Risen for me, risen for me, up from the grave He has risen for me; now evermore from death’s sting I am free, all because Jesus has risen for me.
Living for me, living for me, there on the throne He is living for me; saved to the uttermost now I shall be, all because Jesus is living for me.
Coming for me, coming for me, one day to Earth He is coming for me; then with what joy His dear face I shall see, Oh how I praise Him-He’s coming for me. (W.G.Ovens).
Sunday 12th April- ‘Resurrection Sunday’
Today’s Psalm Reading-
Low in the grave He lay- Jesus, my Saviour! Waiting the coming day- Jesus my Lord!
Up from the grave He arose, with a mighty triumph o’er His foes. He arose a Victor from the dark domain, and He lives for ever with His saints to reign; He arose! He arose! Hallelujah Christ arose!
Vainly they watch His bed- Jesus, my Saviour! Vainly they seal the dead- Jesus my Lord!
Death cannot keep His prey- Jesus, my Saviour! He tore the bars away- Jesus my lord! (Robert Lowry).
Sunday Sermon- ‘Biblical Evidence of the Resurrection’ Pastor Richard Hardy.
Many thanks to the members of the worship team for their contributions.
‘God Speaks Today’
By Christopher Rimmer.
Key verse; John 10v27.
“The Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analysing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)
“For every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action), So that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
The whole point of relationship is for it to be two-way. I depend on the Father’s voice, and the wisdom and teaching of Holy Spirit. Otherwise, it is not a relationship, it’s just education and knowledge without revelation, which ultimately is dead religion without intimacy. God’s Logos, Word, speaks through Scripture. His Rhema or revealed word is through His voice via intimate relationship.
1. Father speaks and communes with us through nature (Rm 1:20; Psalm 19:1).
2. God speaks to us through His voice
(John 10:27). He speaks through a gentle whisper (1 Kings 19:12).
3. Holy Spirit speaks through conviction of Judgment and righteousness (John 16:8).
4. Holy Spirit speaks through revelation
5. Our Father leads and instructs (Isaiah 48:17).
6. God warns in dreams (Numbers 12:6; Acts 2:17).
7. Holy Spirit speaks through wisdom, words of knowledge, discernment and prophecy (1 Corinthians 12; James 1:5).
God has also commanded us to proclaim what you hear Him say.
As it is written: “What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered in the ear, proclaim upon the housetops.” (Matthew 10:27)
He also gives divine knowledge according to the measure that we pray, study and meditate on the Word of God.
As it is written: “Be careful what you are hearing. The measure [of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure [of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you—and more [besides] will be given to you who hear.” (Mark 4:24)
As it is written: “I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the Truth. Everyone who is of the Truth [who is a friend of the Truth, who belongs to the Truth] hears and listens to My voice.” (John 18:37b)
Holy Spirit is also a Person:
1. He thinks (Acts 15:28)
2. He speaks (Acts 1:16)
3. He grieves (Ephesians 4:30)
4. He decides (1 Corinthians 12:11).
Most importantly, He Teaches and is the best Teacher as confirmed by 1 John 2:20-27.
As it is written: “Holy Spirit, the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf].” (John 14:26-28; John 16:8-11)
1. “He will teach you all things.
2. He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you.” (John 14:26)
3. When He comes, He will convict and convince the world and bring demonstration to it about sin and about righteousness (uprightness of heart and right standing with God) and about judgment. ” (John 16:8)
* “Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” (Revelation 2:29; Revelation 3:32; Revelation 2:7; Mark 4; 23)
“As for you, the anointing (the sacred appointment, the unction) which you received from Him abides [permanently] in you; [so] then you have no need that anyone should instruct you.
*Just as His anointing teaches you concerning everything and is true and is no falsehood, so you must abide in (live in, never depart from) Him [being [rooted in Him, knit to Him], just as [His anointing] has taught you [to do].” (1 John 2:27).
Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified Bible. Amplified ® Bible (AMPC). Copyright © by the Lockman Foundation- used by permission http://www.Lockman.org