Thursday, 1 September 2016

Unlocking Heaven

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Glory to God!

The Lord reveals Himself to us so that we can grow in our knowledge of Him, experience Him in that revelation and imitate Him. In his sermon entitled The unmerciful servant, Richard showed us the nature of God's abundant grace and the Lord's purpose in revealing His nature to us. Looking at the parable in Mt 18:21-35 we saw the extent of God's forgiveness and how He expects His children to be like Him and how upset He is when we don't pass on what we have freely received.

In his message entitled With God there's more than enough (part 1), Alexander showed us from the account of the feeding of the 5000 in Mt 14:13-21 how God can move us from a place of scarcity to a place of abundance as we take hold of 4 principles revealed in the account. Alexander pointed out the following:

  • we must understand the challenge we are facing (location, time/season, needs, resources)
  • we must understand the options we have (avoiding the challenge or committing oneself to the solution)
  • we need to break down the problem into managable pieces
  • we must appreciate and apply the available resources
Applying these principles will help the believer unlock the resources of heaven and move him or her from a place of lack to a place of abundance!

In the second part of his message entitled With God there's more than enough, Alexander continued looking at the account of the feeding of the 5000 and showed us that God must be our source for every need; that we must give if we want to receive and that we must expect a miracle when we sacrifice what we have. God cannot multiply what we hold on to but as we rely on God as our source, release what we have and have faith in God's ability to multiply what we entrust to Him, we will see God pour out more than we can possibly ask for or imagine! Hallelujah!

On Sunday, David spoke to us from John 21:1-14 in his message entitled 153 fish and showed us how God restores us into His calling because of His desire to recommission us into His purposes regardless of whether we have failed or how we feel;  how we need to allow God to speak into every area of our lives, particularly those where we think we know it all so that God can speak into our "business as usual," and how God assures us that He will always be our Provider.

We praise God for His revelation to us and for giving us keys to unlock the resources of heaven!

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