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5th March 2012

G'day and welcome to Partakers ThinkSpot on Monday, the 5th of March 2012. Play the audio and see how Jim and Joy are challenging you to live your faith out this week!

The Offence of the Gospel

“You are upsetting me with what you are saying about that Bible teaching and Jesus Christ. I think I am a Christian and I dont need to go to church to be a Christian. I keep the Ten Commandments and I say the Lord's prayer every night but I dont need to get as serious as you do and spend so much times in church and thinking about God”

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Have you heard that before? Have you been in a similar discussion with someone and they have become so angry they were glaring at you and absolutely mad at you? You were left alone as they stormed off and left you shaking !!

Dont be alarmed it has happened to a number of us who were left thinking “Where did I go wrong? Should I have compromised or not said so much” “What a mess up I am shattered and weak at the knees.”

Friends, we are called to be faithful and providing we have spoken the truth in love we have not done wrong we have faithfully spoken but because of our compassion and concern we may have become a little overheated ourselves but dont be overly distressed. Be thankful they reacted at all!! Some people it dosnt go anywhere near their hearts they simply say things like “You know something I feel sorry for you its obviously something I dont feel I need but if its ok for you then go ahead but dont try to involve me I am not interested.”

When you speak of Jesus Christ and the gospel people get upset. They do not mind hearing of him as a 'rabbi' or 'good teacher' but Saviour?? “I dont need a Saviour” they say. They cannot understand that we all need a Saviour. We all have slipped off God'd pathway for our lives and cannot get back on ourselves. We have gone astray and cannot climb onto the narrow way . We dont even acknowledge we have ever been on the broad way leading to destruction. “All we like sheep have gone astray”(Isaiah 53) and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all” A prophetic utterance from Isaiah concerning the Messiah. Who is the Messiah? John the Baptist speaking of Jesus describing Him said “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world” (John 1:29;)

John the Baptist was a wonderfful example of a brave evangelist speaking out about His Saviour. John spoke out about sin, judgement and people got angry at him and to keep him quiet he was placed in prison and then died for his faithful witness to our Saviour.

Jesus spoke very highly of this man and his witness.

No, its not easy, witnessing is not simple and it takes a lot of time, patience, boldness and a lot of prayer. It can be very hard, sometimes painful and slogging work especially if you live with them !! Relatives will think you are mad (Even Jesus relatives thought this of Him)

Neverthless we are encouraged to take the God given opportunities and not to be surprised at anger when people are angry with us and either walk away or try to argue with us. They have their own ideas and do not want to be 'rocked' by another view.

They may ask awkward unanswerable questions where God alone knows the answers. Especially in regard to sorrow which comes into all our lives and why certain things happen which we consider could be avoided. They then smirk, and say things like “dont try tell me anything” and “Jesus was only a man.” Remember the christian believes all which is said about Jesus in the Bible and know He truly is the Son of God. Remember always when witnessing that God is only a prayer away. They cannot stop you praying.

Friend, when we witness for Jesus we are doing right and although it can be painful it will bring its dividends in the future. God calls us to be faithful and to persevere and to sow seed at every opportunity. “The night comes when no one can work” said Jesus and surely he made the best of every moment of the day and prayed through the night also. What a supreme example for us to follow. He also said If I suffer so it will be for my followers ” also he said in the sermon on the mount “Blessed are you who are persecuted for righteousness sake for yours is the kingdom of heaven.”(Matthew 5:10-12;)

So what exactly gets up peoples noses. Ourselves or our words? It is the gospel message. People do not want to be told they are insufficient of themselves. They admit thay are not perfect but ask them if they are prepared to follow God's teachings and change their lives to suit God and there will be opposition. So dont be surprised and do not give up there is a reward in heaven waiting for you for faithful witnessing. (Matthew 5:12;)

Joy's Prayer

Dear Lord and Heavenly Father

Thank you for your promised presence with us in all that we do for you. Thank you also that we know You love us always and we want to share that love. Your truth is a loving message of salvation but we encounter opposition and sometimes it is ugly. Please help us to press on into satan's domain and be ready to give a reason of the hope within us and Lord help us to remember we are the head and not the tail. We have all of heaven on our side. So give us confidence as we step out into the day and help us to keep close to you so we are all the more confident You are speaking through us and our lives. We love you. Thank you for the success you promise us although we may have to wait for results.

In Jesus Name

Amen

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  • sandra delemare

    This is spot on! made me think, was John the Baptist the first Christian martyr? When people get angry, unless we deliberately wound them up, it’s their problem, we’ve touched a nerve - they are not in a good place to listen to reasoned argument - our job then is to pray.

    Mar 5, 2012 at 8:09 am
  • davegroberts

    Thanks Sandra! Will let Jim and Joy know you have left a comment!!

    Mar 8, 2012 at 5:47 am

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5th March 2012

G'day and welcome to Partakers ThinkSpot on Monday, the 12th of March 2012. Play the audio and see how Jim and Joy are challenging you to live your faith out this week!

Why Read the Bible?

“Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe practice it to be holy.” These words are written in the front of my Bible. They remind me how important the Bible is to me. It is my food and drink. It is described that way in the Bible It is also described as Honey as well as a hammer. A lamp and light to my path. Strong meat, a sword, milk and I am sure a good number of other words because it is so important and so indispensable to the Believer.

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Men and women around the globe have died rather than recant words from this book explaining Who Jesus is.  It contains the very words of God spoken to 40 writers over 1600 years and today speaks still as loud to billions upon billions who pick it up and begin to realise what a treasure is contained here. The very Creator of the Universe, the Maker of sun moon and stars speaks to us from this very book. The Bible is also described as quick and powerful, pure and unadulterated, strengthening and stimulating,

It is above all books and is a world's best seller. . It has been translated into many different languages and is still being translated into the language of tribes who need to hear God's Truth today. Above all information in this amazing Book is the incredible story of God the Creator of the vast Universe. It is made out of nothing. Even more incredible it tells the story of man falling out with His Maker and the  story of how God reconciled the world to Himself through His Son Jesus Christ.

It explains the way man is to live his life in every detail and the source of His needs to be met and the very purpose of his being here on earth. In fact no stone is left unturned in explaining all we need to know in this world into which God our Creator has placed us concerning our lives and our future.

My friend, if this book is so wonderful and is so helpful why is it that it is often pushed to one side in so many homes? Why are so many Bibles finding their way into charity shops and even being thrown away?  Because the enemy of our souls Satan does not want us to find the way to God and Heaven. He wants us to be uninformed how to live out our lives . He wants us to despair rather than find the answers to our many questions.

Do you remember the words I read at the beginning of this talk? Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, practice it to be holy. We need to get to know the author and ask His help as we look into its many pages of wisdom.  We need to set up a daily plan for reading it and digesting its contents. We need to realize  how unsafe this world is for us without the knowledge of The Holy and the vital need of His  Presence with us every step of our earthly journey to our final destiny. We need to take time to be holy and spend much time with His Word.

We live in a world of darkness and need the  Light of Gods Word to show us the way ahead. We need to know how insufficient we are and  our need of direction and and redirection when we have the left the straight path and wandered off. Practice it to be holy. To be like Jesus we need to have a soaking of God's Word into our lives daily,  to be washed by the pure water of God's Word and to be filled anew with His Spirit Who explain the Scriptures to us. May we all find some more time to spend in this wonderful Book and delight ourselves in it. If not it will be to our cost and will affect our destiny.

Joy's Prayer

Dear Lord and Heavenly Father,

Teach us to revere the Bible more than we do. To have it by our side, ready to be referred to rather than  hidden away out of our sight only to be brought out next Sunday to take to church with us like an ornament. It is our daily manna so please give us an appetite for it to even a craving for it when we miss a days reading. Imprint upon our minds to read it to be wise, believe it to be safe and practice it to be holy.

Sorry, if we have neglected it, especially if we have been afraid to look into its pages in case it made us feel guilty of sins we have committed. Lord may we be an open book before you ready to be spoken to by You and ready to readjust our lives when shown the error of our ways.

If downcast lift us up through its many pages of encouragements where your people have been in similar circumstances and needed to be strengthened by you. Lord we love the psalms, may we read and see ourselves there with David and others who faced difficult times and discover how they found their peace and rest in You. Lord we do love you and thank you for the Bible .May we treasure it for ever.

In Jesus Name

Amen

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