Paul’s Frame Of Mind

Before he was killed, a group of Jews visited Paul to get from him what insight they could. They sought to touch his “frame of mind.” They probably were not prepared for what they found: a frame of mind in line with the Kingdom of God. The chief men of the Jews at Rome approached Paul in jail with the following request: “We desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest” (Acts 28:22, KJV). “Thinkest” is from the Greek phroneo. Their request meant, “We would like to pick your mind and see how you put your ideas together. We want to know what is your frame of thought. What makes you think, talk, act, and react as you do?” “And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus both out of the Law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening” (Acts 28:23).

In Philippians, one of his most self-revealing letters, we find more about Paul’s frame of mind, particularly as it concerned Jesus. In response, he expounded and testified about the Kingdom of God and persuaded them concerning Jesus. He revealed what was in his frame of mind and set before them a solemn exhortation, with clear testimony, regarding two matters. He defined the Kingdom of God as a personal operation and presence in his life, and he declared that Jesus Christ was alive and well because he knew Him personally. Paul was a prisoner, but his frame of mind was that of a king. He thought in line with the Kingdom of God. Even though he had lost his natural liberties and was a captive, he still was reigning in life by Jesus Christ (Romans 5:17).

Paul’s epistle to the Philippians was written while he was a prisoner in Rome. Many times he made use of the word phroneo, which means “to have a certain frame of mind.” We may conclude that in this letter he expounded in greater measure what we have in outline form in Acts 28:22-23 as he responded to the men who wished to hear his thoughts. We can learn from him as we see…

What he thought about amassing wealth… Philippians 3:8… “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung [useless garbage], that I may win Christ” (KJV).

What he thought about becoming right with God… Philippians 3:9… “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the Law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith” (KJV).

What he thought about reaching goals… Philippians 3:10-11… “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead” (KJV).

What he thought about his present spiritual condition… Philippians 3:12-14… “Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus [that I may lay hold on that for which Christ Jesus laid hold on me]. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus [I keep my focus set on Christ Jesus as I pursue the high calling God has placed on my life]” (KJV).

His advice to those who would become mature in relationship with Christ… Philippians 3:15 (KJV)… “Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded” (the word “minded” here comes from phroneo). “May every one of us who press toward maturity have this same frame of mind.”

His exhortation to those who would escape the corrupting influence of the world… Colossians 3:1-2… “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affections on things above [have a frame of mind that embraces things belonging to the heavens], not on things on the earth” (KJV).

His summarizing word to those who would know Christ Jesus… Philippians 2:5… “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (KJV). Or, have the same frame of mind that was in Christ Jesus.

Pastor George Belobaba

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Pictures Of A Glorious Church

Ephesians 5:27… “That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish” (KJV).

This is really a great verse and describes what a church should be in this life. The word “glorious” means “to be decked out in glory or in splendor, to be noble and honorable.” The word “spot” means “having no stain, blemish, defects, or disgrace.” The word “wrinkle” has to do with your visage, what people see outwardly. The visage of the church is to be without creases. The word “holy” means “to be pure and sacred and consecrated.” The word “blemish” refers to being faultless and without blame. All too often we believe this will be postponed into the future. God wants a glorious church now, in this life.

1 Thessalonians… Pictures of the glorious church…

1 Thessalonians 1:7… “So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia” (KJV). Note the word “ensamples.” This word means “a die (as struck), a stamp or shape”; i.e., a statue, a style, or resemblance (“type”), a model, a pattern, or a print. The Thessalonian church was a model church to be copied by others.

What makes a model church?

1) 1 Thessalonians 1:1… Experienced leadership… Paul the Apostle, Silas the prophet, Timothy the pastor and teacher–what a great combination. God gave these men as gifts to the church (Ephesians 4:11). These men were vision-implanters. They moved the church towards fulfilling the purposes of God in this world. People are saved in order to manifest God’s glory in the earth. God has an ordered path for the church to walk in. To be equipped and trained, every local assembly must be open to apostles, prophets, and teachers. In the Old Testament, especially in Exodus 35, we see a glorious tabernacle under construction. The tabernacle was glorious because the leadership and congregation worked together. This chapter mentions leadership as skilled: “wise-hearted men and women” (vv. 10, 25), “rulers” (v. 27), “teachers” (v. 34). They moved by the word of the Lord (vv. 5-19). The tabernacle was glorious because the spirit of the people was stirred by the Holy Spirit (vv. 21-22). The tabernacle was glorious because the people gave (vv. 22, 23). The tabernacle was glorious because it was “one tabernacle” (36:13).

2) 1 Thessalonians 1:3… Spiritual activity… Notice the words “your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope” (KJV). Faith, love and hope… a glorious church has all three. They believed in the Lord Jesus Christ and God saw it. Everything they did was centered in Jesus Christ.

3) 1 Thessalonians 1:5… The message… The gospel came in power in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance. The message that was preached changed lives. People saw men empowered with the Holy Spirit working miracles and healing the sick. The people said, “This is God’s doing.”

4) 1 Thessalonians 1:8… The program… Evangelism, missions, reaching out. The church in this city was a center for outreach and testimony. The happenings in the church “sounded out,” i.e., echoed. Their faith was spread out and their testimony was heard.

5) 1 Thessalonians 1:6-7… They followed (obedience). Leaders led out and the people followed. The people follow the Lord and those who led them to the Lord. They turned from idols to serve the living God and to wait for the return of the Lord Jesus Christ (vv. 9-10).

6) 1 Thessalonians 2:7-8, 13… A teaching program… They had a word for those who were young in the faith (v. 7) and good communication of spiritual truth (v. 8). The leadership was able to impart truth and bring people to maturity (vv. 13). Notice v. 11… Paul said, “We exhorted and comforted and charged each one of you” (KJV). Verse 12 tells why they did it: to enable the people to walk worthy (balance, i.e., belief and practice).

7) 1 Thessalonians 2:14-15, 3:5… Their behavior… especially when they were a target of persecution, when they suffered, and when they were tempted. A glorious church is the target of Satan, and also of her own countrymen (vv. 14-15). This church was glorious in behavior. They didn’t take vengeance, they didn’t revile back, and they didn’t take up arms.

8) 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13… Their increase… The Lord made them increase. It was God’s presence in the church that drew people in. The visitors saw the love of God in the church towards others, as well as toward the leaders. The visitors saw established lives.

9) 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8… Their discipline… They were clean, sanctified, separated from everything that could defile them, and morally pure. If any sinned, they didn’t learn it from Christ (Ephesians 4:20-21).

10) 1 Thessalonians 4:9-18, 5:1-28… Model community… Love… No criticism, no malice, no hate, but lots of mercy and compassion. They did their own business; that is, they attended to their own needs and helped others too. They walked honestly before the world. They built up people’s faith. They studied the Word of God. They attended to both their physical life and to their spiritual life. They lived right so as not to miss the coming of the Lord. They were children of the light; i.e., the prophetic anointing was active in their midst. They were in the know as to what the Lord was saying and doing. They learned to live and function as a group and how to solve problems that arose among themselves. They were happy.

The Thessalonian church was a glorious church here on earth and a model to be copied by every assembly. Every assembly must have their own God-given vision, goals, and purpose for their existence. The name of your assembly is significant for what you are called to do.

Pastor George Belobaba

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Walk Worthy (Beasts That Teach)

Job 12:7… “But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee” (KJV).

Ephesians 4:1… “I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called” (KJV). Paul wrote this admonition because many of the saints in Ephesus were returning to their pre-conversion lifestyle (vv. 17-20). “You didn’t learn that from Christ,” Paul states. “If you learned anything from Christ, it was the importance of walking worthy.” Jesus never encourages Christians to return to the lifestyle He saved them from. Psalm 101:6 says, “Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me.” The faithful of the land are those who walk worthy. The words “walk worthy” refer to doctrine and practice. If we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and believe what He says, we ought to walk worthily. What we believe and what we practice must be in harmony. Paul uses the word “vocation”; it refers to the course of action that has been set out for you. Paul wrote to the Philippian church and said, “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ” (Philippians 1:27, NIV).

Job 12:7… “But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee” (KJV). Proverbs 30:29-31… “There be three things which go well, yea, four are comely in going: A lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not away for any; A greyhound; an he goat also; and a king, against whom there is no rising up.” The word “comely” means “to be well, to make well, to sound beautiful, to be happy and successful, to show skill, or to be accepted.” The Holy Spirit points to God’s creation to teach us how to walk worthy. The word “comely” also means “nothing misshapen or deformed,” but “balanced and in order.” Job, in this verse, is referring to character development. We can learn some basics from these four beasts. Let’s see what they can teach us.

The lion… The lion is the strongest among the beasts and does not turn away from any. The characteristics of a lion are boldness, stateliness in walk, fearlessness, pride, strength, persistence, no fear of noise, calmness, control, and being an overcomer (Numbers 23:24, Isaiah 31:4, Proverbs 28:1, Revelation 5:5). The lesson for us is that we need to be a people with strong convictions, a people who prevail over adversity. The lion fixes his eyes upon his prey and will stay with it until he prevails. We too need to fix our eyes upon our goals and stay persistent until those goals are fulfilled. When the Lord gives us a vocation, we need to stay with it until we finish that course. Many start out well, but soon turn away. They were moved by circumstances and lost control of their spirit.

The greyhound… The character traits seen here are gracefulness, swiftness, patience, and endurance. When the greyhound begins to run, its gait is smooth and even. The lesson for us here is that when we set ourselves to run the race God sets before us, we are to be graceful, patience, swift, and with even gaits… and we are to be finishers. Too often, Christians have a good start but they stop and jerk and groan. Many Christians are poor finishers. Walking worthy includes these characteristics of a greyhound. Make your “dog days” days of endurance.

The he-goat… The characteristic here is that of watchfulness. The he-goat is the protector of the flock and a climber, a lover of heights (Psalm 104:18). The lesson for us here is to be watchful and be a protector of your life, your family, and your finances. Breathe the air of the heavenlies. Take responsibility. Walking worthy includes all of these things.

The king…A king against whom there is no rising.” What we see here is good management. Where there is good management there is peace, and freedom from worry, frustration, and anxiety. There is respect because authority is used correctly. Many Christians are poor managers of their lives, and many are irresponsible. We ought to be good guardians of our talents, our skills, our gifts, our possessions, and our bodies. Many in our society do not trust Christians because they see that belief and practice are not in harmony. Walk worthy… God has set you on a course. Be “comely,” and you will be successful.

Pastor George Belobaba

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A Nation In Trouble

“United We Stand”

Isaiah 1-5… The word “united” means “to bring together so as to form a whole, to combine (people) in attitude or action, to be built or combined into a unit, to join and act together in a common purpose or endeavor, to be fused together, or to be of one mind.” Listening to news commentators and interviewers I find that the nation seems to be more divided than ever. I do not believe that America is doomed and marked for immediate destruction, but I do see fearful times facing our nation. Yes, the seeds of destruction have been sown and there will be a reaping. The Old Testament prophets do describe corrupt societies, and what faces them when there is no repentance. The prophets also tell how God appeals to nations so that they will return to Him. There are solutions. Godly principles founded America and made it a great nation. There must be a return. The first five chapters of Isaiah tell of a nation in trouble and rebellion. These five chapters talk about Judah, but it is also a picture of what is going on in America. Judah in Isaiah’s time period was in rebellion against God. It was a pleasure-seeking and a materialistic society. It was idolatrous and morally corrupt. Let’s look at the signs of a nation in trouble.

Isaiah 1:1-10… A nation in trouble and rebellion… Notice v. 4 especially, “Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward” (KJV).

Isaiah 1:11-15… A nation filled with empty religion… Note v. 15, “And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.”

Isaiah 1:16-20… A nation that needs to repent… Notice v. 18, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Isaiah 1:21-23… A nation with a corrupt seat of government… Note v. 21, “How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.

Isaiah 1:24-2:5… A nation that can be restored… Note v. 26, “And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counselors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city.

Isaiah 2:6… A nation filled with eastern religion… “Therefore thou hast forsaken thy people the house of Jacob, because they be replenished from the east, and are soothsayers like the Philistines, and they please themselves in the children of strangers.

Isaiah 2:7… A nation with materialistic designs and militarism… “Their land also is full of silver and gold, neither is there any end of their treasures; their land is also full of horses, neither is there any end of their chariots.

Isaiah 2:10-22… A nation with strange philosophies (political correctness)… Note v. 12, “For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low.

Isaiah 3:1-12… A nation with blind and vain (proud, perverted, and those who condone wide-open sin) leadership… Note v. 8, “For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen: because their tongue and their doings are against the LORD, to provoke the eyes of his glory.

Isaiah 3:13-15… A nation that abuses the poor… Note v. 14, The “LORD will enter into judgment with the ancients of his people, and the princes thereof: for ye have eaten up the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is in your houses.” (Note also James 5:1-6.)

Isaiah 3:16-4:1… A nation with self-oriented women… Note v. 16, “Moreover the LORD saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet.

Isaiah 4:2-6… A nation who can find hope in the house of the Lord… There, in the house of the Lord, the nation will rise up with faith, a nation cleansed by the Spirit. The true church will emerge with anointing and with the presence of the Lord. The flaming fire of the Holy Spirit is a nation’s defense. At the present time, our nation has developed a system of worship that the Holy Spirit can’t break into. It will soon change.

Isaiah 5:1-7… A nation that will get God’s warning… Note vv. 5-7… “And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down: And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor digged; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it. For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked for judgment, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry.” In parable form, God tells of the start of the nation and how they failed to preserve it. God will lay it waste.

Isaiah 5:8-10… A nation whose mentality is that of greed… Note vv. 9-10… “In mine ears said the LORD of hosts, Of a truth many houses shall be desolate, even great and fair, without inhabitant. Yea, ten acres of vineyard shall yield one bath, and the seed of an homer shall yield an ephah.” In other words, a financial disaster is coming.

Isaiah 5:11-12… A nation who seeks to “party” without any regard for God.

Isaiah 5:13-17… A nation who will see the results of their rebellion… People who will be made captives to debt, to habits, to lying, to pride, to immoral sins. They would learn from all of this that (v. 16), “But the LORD of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness.

Isaiah 5:18-23… A nation whose thinking has been corrupted… Note v. 20, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Isaiah 5:24-30… A nation whose judgment is coming, and with it sorrow. Our nation has begun to experience some sorrow.

Isaiah, after seeing all of this, goes into the temple and sees God and His holiness. Isaiah repents and is cleansed, and he comes out with a message of healing. Our church leaders need to see the holiness of God once again. When the leaders are cleansed by God, their message will reflect God’s will and glory.

Pastor George Belobaba

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The Day The Ark Came

Somewhere, we have lost something essential in the church and it must be found. Some time ago, I wrote an article on “fixed liturgy”* in the church and said that we have developed a system of church service that leaves no room for the Holy Spirit to break into. In other words, we have lost the presence of God, and with that loss, we have created lethargic Christians. The Holy Spirit wants to change all of this. Early in January of this year, the Lord gave me this. I had asked the Lord at the end of a prayer time, “Lord, my soul needs some inspiration. What’s going on?”

1 Chronicles 16:11… “Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually” (KJV).

The story for this verse is this. King David had just returned the Ark of the Lord to Jerusalem. He set up a tent for it, and burnt offerings and peace offerings were made unto the Lord. King David then appointed Asaph to lead a group of ten Levites to minister before the Lord. The name “Asaph” means “one who gathers, or one who can lead and organize.” In the meaning of the names of the ten Levites, we see the character and gifting of these men. Some were built up by God; others were strengthened by God. In other words, the anointing of God was upon them, and David saw it and chose them. The number ten is the number of law (order) and responsibility. After this was done, David delivered a psalm to Asaph (the leaders). A psalm is a message put to song. Singing is more than a melody. It speaks a message.

1 Chronicles 16:7-10… “Then on that day David delivered first this psalm to thank the LORD into the hand of Asaph and his brethren. Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people. Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works. Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD” (KJV).

The message to Israel (the church) was to worship, praise, and give thanks unto the Lord for all His deeds. In praise, we speak of God’s glorious deeds. (Surely you can find a few things to testify of what God has done). Praise and worship produce an environment in which God can work. For example, in Psalm 69:30-31, King David was going through an affliction. It was bad enough that people avoided him. He felt like he was sinking in a mire too, and he wept. He became a song in the mouth of drunkards.

Then he decided to call upon God through praise and worship. He magnified God through thanksgiving. He said that this was better than offering bullocks and other sacrifices. Then David speaks to us. He says in Psalm 69:32-33, “The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God. For the LORD heareth the poor, and despiseth not his prisoners” (KJV). The word “humble” as used here means those who are grieving, hurting, and oppressed. He said to the people, “Your heart shall live that seek God,” i.e., through praise and thanksgiving. When people praise and worship the Lord, He listens to the cry of the needs that are in your heart (Moffatt’s translation reads, “The Eternal listens to a life in need.”)

1 Chronicles 16:11… “Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually” (KJV). What a great verse.

Notice three things that we are to do…

a) Seek the Lord, i.e., pursue Him, ask, petition Him, search Him out, inquire of him, and seek repentance when you have sinned.

b) Seek His strength, i.e., seek His power, seek the anointing, seek His might, seek His boldness, and seek His majesty.

c) Seek His face, i.e., get God’s attention and get in His presence. There, you will get His words. Malachi 2:7 tells us that His ministers must seek the Word from God’s lips. In John 17:8, Jesus said, “For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me” (KJV). Preachers will stand in God’s presence one day. Will they be able to say, “For I have given to them the words which you gave me”?

1 Chronicles 16:12… “Remember his marvelous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth” (KJV). Take note of what God is saying and doing–Jesus did. John 5:30 says, “I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” Even today we must know what God is saying…

1 Chronicles 16:15… “Be ye mindful always of his covenant; the word which he commanded to a thousand generations” (KJV). Always be mindful of God’s covenant. We are covenant people. The covenant that God gave to Abraham was for a thousand generations, i.e., everlasting and forever. We are Abraham’s seed–the blessings of Abraham are our blessings too.

V. 22… “Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm” (KJV). That is, do not quench the Spirit. We need genuine prophetic words today.

Vv. 23-24… “Sing unto the LORD, all the earth; shew forth from day to day his salvation. Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvelous works among all nations” (KJV). Reach out and show the people of the earth the Lord’s salvation (not yours).

V. 31… “Let men say among the nations, The LORD reigneth” (KJV). Tell the world that the Lord reigns. The world needs to know that the Lord reigns. The USA needs to know this too.

Pastor George Belobaba

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*See “Fixed Liturgy,” posted June 7th, 2014.

The Cross–Seven Words, Pt. 2

(Part 2 of 2)

IV. The Word of Anguish

Matthew 27:46… “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (KJV). The word “forsaken” is a terrifying word, especially when God forsakes someone. These words were words of prophecy by David in Psalm 22:1. Here we see the awfulness of sin and its wages. The wages of sin is God’s silence. Psalm 66:18 teaches, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.” Sin separates us from God. Jesus on the cross was bearing our sins. Note 1 Peter 2:24, “He personally carried away our sins in his own body on the cross so we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. You have been healed by his wounds!” (NLT). Jesus’ words of anguish show us the absolute holiness of God and His true justice. God is holy. He judges sin wherever it is found. He is also love and delights in mercy, and through Christ, He forgives sin. Upon our acceptance of Christ as our Lord and Savior, God’s justice is satisfied. Christ bore our curse and all our iniquities. Galatians 3:13 states, ”Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree” (KJV). Jesus died on the cross to save us. You are no longer forsaken, but redeemed.

V. The Word of Suffering

John 19:28-29… “After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a sponge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth” (KJV). David prophesies in Psalm 69:21, “They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.” The words “I thirst” show a universal need. There is a craving in man that needs satisfying. That craving is a thirst for God. The only thing that can satisfy the spirit is God himself. Here on the cross, Jesus bore our thirst. Psalm 42:1-2 reads, “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?” Are you thirsty? Come to Jesus. Isaiah 55:1 invites us, “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.” When someone comes to you with a thirst, what do you give them? Note Matthew 25:35-40… “For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

VI. The Word of Victory

John 19:30… “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost” (KJV). It is finished. Jesus triumphed. He finished His Father’s will. He was no longer a victim, but a Victor. Atonement was complete. Satan was bruised once and for all. All the prophesies of redemption in the Old Testament climaxed here. A new creation was birthed when Jesus uttered these words. The works that the Father gave Jesus to do were finished (John 5:36, 17:4). There is a day coming for you. Are the works the Father gave you to do finished? Paul said in 2 Timothy 4:7-8, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

VII. The Word of Contentment

Luke 23:46… “And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost” (KJV). It was after His cry, “It is finished,” that Jesus uttered these words of contentment. Jesus had given His body and He was forsaken; then He gave up his spirit–His last act. He was filled with contentment. There was no fight, just a release. He accomplished His Father’s will. Psalm 31:1-5 prophesies of the last act of Christ. He was confident. He did not fear death. He was totally submissive. A lot of folks die without contentment. They die in fear, not knowing if God will accept them. Many die without peace. Have you prepared your soul for eternity? It starts by doing the Father’s will. 2 Peter 3:9 teaches, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Pastor George Belobaba

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The Cross–Seven Words, Pt. 1

(Part 1 of 2)

John 12:32-33… “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die” (KJV). Paul said in 1 Corinthians 1:23-24, “But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.” The message of the cross must burn in our hearts. Our time on earth and our time in eternity depend on it. The death of Jesus on the cross was both natural and supernatural. It was a real death. Acts 2:23… “Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain.” Peter tells us that Jesus had no sin (1 Peter 1:19 and 2:22). John tells us that Jesus was pure (1 John 3:5). Paul writes that Jesus knew no sin (2 Corinthians 5:21). The death of Jesus Christ was marked out beforehand. Revelation 13:8 teaches that Jesus was the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Before sin ever entered the world, God had planned salvation. The death of Christ was supernatural. Jesus said in John 10:17-18, that He laid down his life willingly. The seven words that Jesus uttered on the cross bear witness to the supernatural character of the death of Christ. We too can learn from those words…

I. The Word of Forgiveness

Luke 23:34… Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (KJV). Man had done his worst. Jesus was rejected. Isaiah prophesied in Isaiah 53:12 that Jesus made intercession for the transgressors. Jesus also forgave people prior to the cross. Note Matthew 9:2, “Thy sins be forgiven thee.Matthew 9:6 states, “The Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins.” Sin can be caused by ignorance: “for they know not what they do. Leviticus 5:15-16 teaches that “if a soul commit a trespass, and sin through ignorance,” atonement had to be made (Numbers 15:22-27). People deliberately crucified Jesus, but Jesus said to the Father, “they know not what they do.” We can learn from this. We too must learn to forgive those who trespass against us. Matthew 6:14-15, “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Note also Luke 17:3-4… “Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.” When Christ prayed for forgiveness, He struck at the root of human need. An unforgiving spirit causes many troubles in life. 1 John 1:9 teaches, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

II. The Word of Salvation

Luke 23:39-43… “And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise” (KJV). These words were spoken in response to a request by a sinner. This was no accident that two should be crucified at the same time that Jesus was crucified. Isaiah prophesied that Jesus would be numbered with the transgressors (Isaiah 53:12). One of the two was unrepentant; the other believed in Jesus. The same circumstances are prevailing today. There is no salvation to the hard-core unrepentant. When the gospel is preached, two men can listen to the same truth. One is moved by it; the other is not. One may shut his heart; the other may open his heart. One is set free; the other is not. Why? Because God does not destroy human responsibility. We too in our generation must offer the word of salvation to others. There are malefactors all around us. Peter teaches in 1 Peter 3:15, ”But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” Some folks may need the gospel message of salvation… lead them to Christ. Others may need a word of cheer… cheer them by a word of exhortation. Others may need healing… heal them by your prayer of faith. All of these are words of salvation.

III. The Word of Affection

John 19:25-27… “Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home” (KJV). There was a lot of grief around the cross. Hurting people were everywhere. Mary had experienced great joy at the birth of Jesus, but now at his death there was sorrow. When Jesus saw those who were hurting, He was always moved with compassion. In time of difficulties, a word of affection is in order. Anointed relationships heal the sorrowful. Natural ties in life are as important as spiritual ties. There is a lesson in these words of Jesus for us today. Care, share, unite, and fellowship. It’s a word from the cross.

(To be continued…)

Pastor George Belobaba

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