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Some Christmas Health Tips

I heard someone mention that during the Christmas Season the average person will gain 8 – 10 pounds. When it comes to eating, we all enjoy those Christmas meals and the extra deserts.
To keep the pounds off here are 3 basic tips…
1. Eat Regularly – 5 to 6 times daily is better than having one big meal per day…
2. Eat Healthy – cut back on the carbs and eat those vegetables and fruits
3. Eat with someone – in our busy schedule and with the distraction of the TV, computer, cellphone… eating with someone is often neglected even with an entire family intact.

These are health tips for the body… but when it comes to our spiritual well-being we need to do the same thing…

In Revelation 3:20, Jesus says, “Behold I stand at the door and knock. If any man hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him and dine with him and he with me”…

The same tips apply to us spiritually. Jesus is the Bread of Life. To Peter he said not once but three times… “feed my sheep.” When it came to those disciples that followed him, many walked away when Jesus said that they need to “eat his flesh and drink his blood”. Jesus needs to be within us…

So often, people don’t eat His Word regularly. And especially as His coming is soon, we need to get together regularly to be fed by His Word so that we can stay strong spiritually. (See Hebrews 10:25). We need to have a regular diet.

Secondly, we need to eat healthy. So many people don’t want to eat their vegetables, those foods that are good for us. Sometimes we just do the fast food thing. We get what we want. We hear what we want. We may even go to a fast food place to have the pastor feed us what we want to hear…”to tickle our ears”… when it comes to the things we don’t want to hear, we say “no” to the One that came to this world 2000 years ago to die for us so that we can have life eternal. Let us tell Him we love Him by not just hearing his commands, but by keeping His commands.

Thirdly, we need to eat with Him. Jesus said, “I will come and dine with you and you with me…”. To be spiritually alive, we are first born of God when we open the door when He knocks and we let Him come in. We don’t have to have a degree to do that. When I ask Jesus to forgive me of my sins and come into my life, I was only seven years old. It was a choice that I never regretted. It was my choice. For each person, the Lord comes and knocks at our heart’s door and desires to come in. We do this by faith. Romans 10:9 and 10 speak of confessing Jesus as Lord with our mouths and believing in our hearts. Jesus came into my life the moment I chose to let Him come in by faith. I believed He was the only one that could save me and give me life eternally.

Jesus desires to come into your life and “dine with you”. Not just once to begin life within us, but daily, regularly in a healthy way so that we can grow and mature. He loves you!

So, don’t forget to not only take care of your body physically this Christmas… but take care of your body spiritually. Eat regularly, eat healthy, eat with Someone…the benefits are eternal.

Don't Take the Things of God for granted

Youdi Binda : Don’t Take God for Granted
Lev 9:23, 24 Le 9:23 ¶ And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of the congregation, and came out, and blessed the people: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the people. 24 And there came a fire out from before the LORD, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: [which] when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces.
1. God is not routine
2. Come to meet with God expectantly – Ps 118:24 This [is] the day [which] the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
3. Give Jesus your heart – Ps 24:3 ¶ Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
4. Ro 12:1 ¶ I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.
5. Don’t take what you do for God for granted – if God doesn’t give us the anointing, we are dead and dry.
6. When we see the glory of God, we recognize who we are … Isa 6.1-8
7. Where is the fire of Pentecost – did it only happen in the early church?
8. Whatever is not pure, the fire burns up.
9. The awe of the presence of God – how long will you wait? Isa 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint. Le 9:24 And there came a fire out from before the LORD, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: [which] when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces.
10. When they experienced the fire of God, they fell on their faces …
11. God specializes in the impossible …

The Sower and the Seed

The 4 Soil Types...the type of soil you are is determined by your response to the Word of God...we determine the soil the seed is sown in...

Luke 8:4-21, Mark 4:3-25
1. SEED ON THE PATHWAY (Luke 8:12)
-this person hears the word but rejects it – the person that is within the body of Christ who has “pathway soil” in their life will be the type of person that is constantly saying “no” to the Word of God in their life – subsequently – the enemy easily picks away the seed which could potentially bring fruit from growing in their life

2. SEED ON THE ROCKS (Luke 8:13, Mark 4:17)
-this person hears only that word that makes them feel good
-“as long as the Word makes me feel good… I am good”
-salvation and their daily walk is based on an emotional response to the Word
-to the point where they will only listen to those that say what they want to hear’ (2 Timothy 4:3)
-any tribulation or agitation in their life that comes as a result of the Word convicting or asking them to repent is a problem – so this Word is rejected and as a result there is a withering away – this person will only listen to those things from God that make them feel good
-these people live a very “up and down” emotional existence

3. SEED ON THE THORNS (Luke 8:14, Mark 4:18,19)
-this type of person places a higher value on 1 of 3 different things, all which take precedence over the Word of God to them – 1. the stresses of life that need to be dealt with; 2. the riches or those things that they place as having more value then God – God comes second or is somewhere down the list; 3. the pleasures of life that come before God – “if you fit into my schedule, God, I will have time for you”
-all of these things, cause the Word to be choked out in their life – consequently, there is no fruit that grows to maturation in that person’s life they basically have no time for the Word, or for fruit to grow in their life

4. SEED ON THE GOOD GROUND (Luke 8:15)
-this is simply the person that hears the Word and says “yes” to the Word
-there is a submitting and obedience to the Word in their life
-they become automatically fruitful in every area of their life
-in this they show their love to the Lord… if you love me, keep my commandments…

– Luke 8:21 …they hear the Word of God and do it…
– the type of soil the seed is planted in is totally determined by your response to the Word of God
– the seed, which IS the Word of God, will produce fruit in your life!
– the Word of God is for our BENEFIT, nothing about it is detrimental to our lives

– 2 Timothy 3:16-17 – we walk by faith in Jesus’ finished work for us on the cross, not by how we feel, or our emotions, or by the situations in our lives

Let me hear your Word, oh Lord. Let me do your Word, oh Lord. Let me be fruitful, oh Lord!!!

Humility, Insistence and Perseverance

What a powerful service we had this morning! The Lord is building His church! What an anointing on the ministry and the Word that came through our brother Joe from Argentina. The Holy Spirit ministered through our brother. Let us remember that the favour of the Lord can be upon us as we walk before Him in humility. As we do, we can enter boldly into the throne room of the Most High God by the blood of the Lamb and humbly insist our Heavenly Father for those things He already desires to give us. We are His Children and He loves us so much! When it comes to those things in our lives personally, or for our family, or for our church and community, let us be persistent in our supplications to the Lord.

Father, it is my desire to see 1000’s come to salvation through your Son. May they not just be saved, but may they grow to maturity and into your stature, Lord Jesus. That they would be stable in all their ways; that they would walk before you in the holiness and righteousness that you have created for them. That they would put off the old man and be transformed by the renewing of their minds! That your love would be seen in them and through them. In Jesus’ name I pray, I love you Father…

… and I love you, my brothers and sisters.

Your brother through our Lord Jesus,

Pastor Dave