Monday 18 June 2012

Immersed in Revelation

Glory to God!

Yesterday we met in the Baptist Church in Eschersheim for a very special baptismal service. It is always such a joy to baptise believers in Christ and to proclaim their union with Christ's death, burial and resurrection. Hallelujah!

The Lord spoke to us about His desire to overshadow us with His revelation so as to conceive His Truth in our lives. Looking at the accounts of when God overshadowed His people (Moses - Ex. 33:22; Mary - Luke 1:35; Jesus - Matthew 17:5) we see that God's purpose in revealing Himself is to invite us to enter into the experience of that revelation. When God speaks or reveals something of Himself it is always for a purpose - it is not only to understand more about God but to experience God so as to know Him. God wants us to know Him. Those who know God can make Him known. John writes,

"Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love." 1 John 4:7,8

God wants His people to be enveloped or overshadowed (Gr. episkiazo) by His revelation so that they will know Him. The problem is that believers are too quick to be satisfied with knowledge about God rather than entering into the experience of the revelation and allowing God to overshadow and conceive the Truth in their lives. God takes His people from glory to glory as they respond to what He is saying step by step. When believers ignore or forget what God is saying, they cannot grow in their knowledge of God. The Lord wants His children to know Him and experience the deep things of God by His Spirit and it is only as we respond to His Word/ Revelation that He can overshadow us and conceive the deep things of God in our lives (1 Cor. 2:9-14). It is one thing to understand God's Word but another to receive His Word so that His Truth is conceived in our lives. John puts it this way,

"He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God....born of God." John 1:11,12

God reveals Himself with the purpose of overshadowing those who receive Him so that He can conceive His revelation in the believer's life. Then the believer will know God and make Him known. 

Quote of the week

"The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you." Luke 1:35


Tuesday 12 June 2012

Breaking Through

Glory to God!

On Sunday the Lord spoke to us through Alexander Blair about preparing for breakthrough and this is what He showed us:
  • God wants His children to have breakthrough in their lives because He watches over His Word.
  • God's people must understand God's timing and the season they are in.
  • God has called His people to both occupy and break through.
  • God is calling His people to not only break through in their own individual lives but also collectively as His Body.
  • God has provided everything we need to occupy and to break through. 
  • Faith receives what grace has provided.
Looking at the account of Joshua overthrowing Jericho, the Lord showed us how He prepared the children of Israel to experience the breakthrough He wanted them to have as He called them to consecrate themselves, fix their eyes on God, align themselves with Him, worship Him, walk in holiness in dependence upon God, and obey God completely.

We praise God for His revelation to us!

Quote of the week

"This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith." 1 John 5:4


Tuesday 5 June 2012

Reproducing the Kingdom

Glory to God!

These are truly exciting times! The Lord is teaching us to live the Kingdom life wherever we are and He is showing us how He wants us to walk in holiness.God is revealing that there is a process that needs to take place if we are to produce the fruit of the Kingdom. The process requires the believer to move from understanding God's truth to believing it, to accepting it, to living it and finally to reproducing it. Click here and read "Be imitators of God" for a more detailed outline of this process. 

Applying this essential process to our lives, the Lord showed us on Sunday that in order for the believer to reproduce the life of God, s/he must learn to die to sin and self. Having been united to Christ and therefore to both His death and life, the believer must realise Christ's death and resurrection in his or her own life on a daily basis. Paul writes,

"The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus." Romans 6:10,11

Unless the believer dies to sin, to the past and to self s/he cannot reproduce the Kingdom.

On Saturday KLF took part in "Global Outreach Day" (G.O.D.). It was a day on which our people opened their homes, invited neighbours, spent time with unbelievers, went out on the streets in Frankfurt, prayed for people and simply positioned themselves to be used of God to impart love and life to those who are separated from God. We were excited to hear testimonies of the openness of people to receive the Good News and prayer and about the opportunities we had to demonstrate the Father's love in many different ways.

On Sunday evening we had another opportunity to minister the Father's love to the homeless and needy in Frankfurt at our monthly soup kitchen. It was great to see many people respond to God's Word and again for the openness of people to receive prayer and encouragement. Glory to God!

Quote of the week

"We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life." Romans 6:4