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1 Jun 2014




June 1, 2014

Message Of Life - Teach - Part 2

Acts 5: 21b - 25




When the high priest and his officials arrived, they convened the high council, along with all the elders of Israel.  Then they sent for the apostles to be brought for trial.  But when the Temple guards went to the jail, the men were gone.  So they returned to the council and reported, "The jail was locked, with the guards standing outside, but when we opened the gates, no one was there!"

When the captain of the Temple guard and the leading priests heard this, they were perplexed, wondering where it would all end.  Then someone arrived with the news that the men they had jailed were out in the Temple, teaching the people. 







Last week we learned the high priest and his friends, the Sadducees, were not happy about the all the miracles and things the apostles were doing for and with the Lord.  They reacted with violent jealousy, arrested the apostles, and put them in jail.  We also learned an angel of the Lord opened the gates of the jail at night and brought them out telling them to "Go to the Temple and give the people this message of life!"  The message of life was "The Messiah you are looking for is Jesus."  With that directive, the apostles entered the Temple about daybreak and immediately began teaching.

Now this week, we learn that the high priest, his officials, and the elders of Israel convened to begin a trial against the apostles.  The charge:  disobeying their laws and of the land.  A big to-do shindig in that day and time.  As would any court convening be when laws are broken in this day and age.  

When the Temple guards went to get the apostles for court, they learned they were gone.  I would not want to be the Temple guards having to report they could not return with the lawbreakers, because they were out living their life, continuing to break the law in a 'devil may care fashion'.  Their report:  "The jail was locked, with the guards standing outside, but when we opened the gates, no one was there!"  Presumably, the jail guards were oblivious to the situation. 

How cool is it to consider...realize....know....that an angel of the Lord can rescue you from a life of imprisonment, be it physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, financial?  How cool, also, is it to hear the voice of God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, or their angels, as they guide, lead and direct you?  Have you had that experience yet?  Golly, pay attention and listen for them!  Surely it is not because they are not trying to converse and help you!  They are!      

'When the captain of the Temple guard and the leading priests heard this, they were perplexed, wondering where it would all end.'  Of interest to note:  it hasn't ended yet....it will never end....until Jesus is the victor over all of life and death.

Can you imagine the expressions on their faces when they learn that the apostles were not in the jail and no one knew it, or how it happened?  Priceless!  When do you think the leaders will 'get' that GOD IS in these people?  That the God they have believed in and worshiped could take these people and use them for profound teaching and miraculous wonders? 

Today, the Jews refuse to believe yet, still, that the God of the Gentiles, of those Jews converted to Christianity, IS the God of the Jews....God of the universe for ALL.  They refuse to be believe that OUR God, and Jesus the Messiah, can reign in the hearts and minds of all believers.  And that the Messiah came, and is here for them today.  They still wish to hold onto the government of their spirituality, rather than let God reign over all.  As is true of all other religions as well.  And yet we learn in Acts 4:12,  'There is salvation in no one else!  There is no other name in all of heaven for people to call on to save them"  We learn that person is Jesus Christ from Nazareth.  'The stone that you builders rejected has  become the cornerstone.'  Acts 4: 10-11 and Psalm 118:22.  Jesus IS the Messiah, the Savior come.  

And so, what are we to do, how are we to believe, act, and 'have our being'....go forth?  Well, first we read what the apostles did.  Scripture indicates the following:  'Then someone arrived with the news that the men they had jailed were out in the Temple, teaching the people.'

The answer to the previous question then is to 'teach the people'. 

"But what should I teach?" you ask.  You teach the message of life:  "The Messiah you are looking for is Jesus." 

"But where should I teach it?  Do I have to find a Temple to preach from?"  You teach it wherever you can, every chance you have, by voice, and by the way you live your life. 

"How?"  "What should I say?"  How you teach it is to read and know the New Testament, so you can share it with others.  The words to say are within.  The more you read, the more the words, the intent, will be within your heart and mind to call upon at will, saying what God places on your hearts for each person or everyone.  How you live it is to do the same.  Living your life in and with Christ will come naturally.  All of the New Testament tells us about who God, Jesus, Holy Spirit are, how they lived, live, and will continue to live.  It tells us how other Christians lived their lives.  We are to use their examples, as well as directive guidance from God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, angels, and other CHRISTIANS they place in our path to help us.  We are never alone in our walk with our Savior, Jesus. 

"Can miracles occur in my life and others', as a result of me teaching for and with God, Jesus, Holy Spirit?  Absolutely, you should expect it and count on it.  But understand, you are not the miracle worker, they are working through you.  You are merely a vessel, if you will, by which the Trinity (God, Jesus, Holy Spirit) can reach others.  [For those hung up on the term 'Trinity', it is merely a short cut to say the 3 of them; the Triune God-head (visualize an umbrella comprised of God, Jesus, Holy Spirit under which is the whole world); and also an honorarium when capitalized.] 

Will the miracles occur dramatically?  They might!  Or they might occur subtly.  You may never know.  It is not important for you to know if miracles are occurring, it is important for you to stay focused on what you are to do....teach the people.  Fantasmagorical drama is not necessary surrounding miracles.  Sometimes God prefers the quiet essence of his touch to go deeply into the hearts and minds of believers.  This can't be done when drama or theatrics are present.  On the other hand, there are times when Holy Spirit wants to do a mighty act for many to see and be a part of.  In which case, hang on, it'll be a wallapalloosa of an event.  Either way, the miracles will come as a result of God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit teaching the people....through you.  So TEACH! 

Never falter....keep on keeping on.  In good times and bad, in season and out....teach the Word of God.  You will be blessed, but you will also be attacked for it.  Satan is a formidable foe.  Like Jesus was tested in the desert, and spit on, and attacked, beaten, and more, and, like the believers/disciples/apostles experienced flogging, attack, and more, you, too, will be subject to much.  But HOLD ON to the LORD!  He WILL be by your side through it all.  He will NEVER leave you, nor forsake you, IF YOU KEEP YOUR EYES fixed on him!  And the testimony you will be able to share for the Lord will be WONDERFUL.  You will be astounded at the working of the Lord in your life.  Just hang on....and teach the message of life:  The Messiah you are looking for is Jesus. 





  Let Us Pray


God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, I come to you now with a humble heart.  Thank you for all you've done for me....including dying, Jesus, that I might have the opportunity to have eternal life.  Please forgive me and cleanse me of my sins, God.  Holy Spirit, please fill me  to overflowing, that I might have all you have to give me to help me go forth teaching 'The Messiah you are looking for is Jesus'.  Help me be bold enough to step forth and speak, teaching everything you would have me to teach.  Help me be gentle, caring, and loving in my approach, so that you will be heard through me.  Help me be respectful at all times, never seeking my way, but yours.  And help me embrace everyone as you would, that they might feel your arms, not mine.  Father God, Savior Lord Jesus....Messiah come, Teacher and Guide Holy Spirit, I surrender all to you that you might rise fully within me, so I can do your will, not mine, so others can see you in me, and know that YOU live in me.  And that you work through me to help others.  I praise you and thank you.  Amen.

If you have not accepted Jesus as your Messiah/Savior, and want to, pray this prayer, or one from your heart:

God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, I have not loved you with my whole heart, I have not loved my neighbor as myself.  I am truly sorry and I humbly ask your forgiveness.  Please heal my mind, body, spirit, soul, and heal me financially, economically.  Please forgive and heal my family, too.  Help me help them be able to come to you, too, on that last day when the trumpet sounds, when they, like I, have shown their self approved, and can receive the prize of the high calling of you, God, being in your arms, and that of THE Lord, Jesus Christ.  Help me, my family, and others learn all we can about you, and obey you, teaching others about who you are, that you are, and how wonderful you are.  Thank you, Jesus, for giving me this opportunity to know you and be one with you by your birth, life, death, and resurrection to heaven.  Thank you for helping me to obey you.  Now, Holy Spirit give me utterance, that I may speak and teach what you tell me to, so others may know you through me.  Be so fully within me, Holy Spirit, that others may be healed by you through me.  I pray this with praise and thanksgiving.  Thank you.  Amen.         





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 Jesus' Prayer of Thanksgiving

'The Unforced Rhythms of Grace'


"Abruptly Jesus broke into prayer:  "Thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth.  You've concealed your ways from sophisticates and know-it-alls, but spelled them out clearly to ordinary people.  Yes, Father, that's the way you like to work."

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   Matthew 11:  25-30

  The Message


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