Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

We started this blog { ascribeinstructedinthekingdomofheaven}, to share things new and old which we have learned over the years, as Christians.

Some are messages I preached for years.
Some are Sunday Bible lessons.
So we publish under: Preaching, Teaching, and Notes.
All are given with the prayer that they may meet a need in those reading them.

We were given principles years ago which laid out for us the Way we should teach to fellow Christians. One of them is:

“It is not a matter of especially gifted members, but rather of just normal Christians, each fitted into his or her place in the Body. Each with that particular portion that the Lord has given them.”
With this in mind; let us consider our place and our portion.

2 Peter 1:8 “For if these things be in you , and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

This is a very powerful statement, for God has called us to bring forth fruit to His glory and honor. And for God to bring forth fruit through us we must yield to the power of the Holy Spirit with in us.

When we think of the great power of God, we often think of deeds of valor or mighty acts done in time past; told us in the Scriptures.

But the most powerful and greatest revelation of God to the world is through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 1:2-3 “Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high”
This revelation was 1st by the earthly ministry of His Son, Jesus Christ; but now as Jesus is seated at God’s right hand , having obtained All Authority anew.
He now reveals Himself through His mystical Body, His Elect, His Church, here on earth.

1 Corinthians 12:12-14 “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body , being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
For the body is not one member, but many.”
1 Corinthians 12:27 “Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular”

We show forth Christ when we yield to the Holy Spirit ; For it is the Holy Spirit who lifts up the Lord Jesus in the lives of believers.
It is as we yield to the promptings of the Holy Spirit within; day by day.
It is the Holy Spirit Who fits you into your place.
1st He shows you your place. Then He empowers you for it, with the ability to do it.

(I have always been terrified about speaking in front of people. Writing, fine. But speaking in front of real people is NOT FINE. The 1st time I was called to preach before people who were not of my Church…I felt the lump in my throat getting larger and larger. I had to swallow and swallow. I thought I would not be able to do it.

Then The Holy Spirit reminded me of a story I will repeat here:
A soldier, who was later called to preach, was in the 1st World War. The trenches and ladders would be full of men, waiting to go up over the top and into the battle.
Usually that meant the firing was already going on and MANY men were killed, often a few steps from the top.
So on the ladder this soldier stood…so scared he was shaking. So he started talking to his body, “You go ahead and shake…I am going to take you up this ladder and over the top no matter how hard you shake.” And he did. He said it got him over the top every time.
The Holy Spirit reminded me of the story…for I had to do what he called me to: I was going to take myself up there and preach…..And when I did: the power to speak clearly–no more lumps or swallowing–was there.)

If He calls you to a work, gives you a gift then He will indeed be the power within you to do it, and by yielding to the Holy Spirit–willing with the Holy Spirit, you will be lifting up the Lord Jesus in your life and will be fitted in your place in His Body.

John 12:32 “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”
The Holy Spirit does the lifting up of Christ within us
The Father draws men to Christ thru us
But our part is to yield to the Holy Spirit

To attain to that which you were brought into being for.

So we go back to Peter:
2 Peter 1:3-8 ” According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. ”
(Here that translation we talked about yesterday in our blog, is seen. His divine power has given us all things that have to do with life and godliness. Because we have escaped the corruption–darkness–that is in the world through lust.)
“And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue, knowledge;” (Beside what God gave us by translating us out of darkness and into the light of His Kingdom; [We spoke about this yesterday in our Blog “The Holy Spirit”} we are also to add to our faith, “virtue”–this is “artea” in Greek, and means “force”. It is not the virtue or force of “dunamis”, from which we set the word dynamite, from the Lord Jesus [Mark 5:30, from the teaching we had several days ago] ; but rather the force of the Holy Spirit within you–artea. For by faith we are to yield to the light of the Holy Spirit and be light–and light is very forceful–for it gives us knowledge; of ourselves and of our God for us)

“And to knowledge, temperance; And to temperance, patience; and to patience, godliness;” (From that knowledge we get through the Holy Spirit’s power or force within us, we can begin to be moderate in all our dealings–not angry or sad or happy or troubled…up and down, but more deliberate and calm—for the Holy Spirit is ordering our reactions. And deliberate actions lead to patience with others, for the Holy Spirit guides us to see in His light; which leads by the Holy Spirit to godliness, or Reverence, which is an attitude of awe to God in all the things we do;)

“And to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, charity.” (When we develop this wonder and awe in the everyday dealings with God, then we deal more kindly with our brothers in Christ; and in this kindness to them, we show God’s love; which is the old English “charity”; to all mankind.)

And this will “make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ”

God places us as He chooses, and we can ; by cooperating with the Holy Spirit; turn “I can’t help it”, Into the possible.
In fact, I have found, that He places us in many of our circumstances; so we will turn to Him more readily, learn to trust more fully and seek Him first.

God wants us to know Him in all the circumstances of our lives, and His provision for us.

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