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Why Ask Why? When God Has Done Great Things!

WHY ASK WHY?  WHEN GOD HAS DONE GREAT THINGS FOR US & JESUS’ GRACE IS THE GUARANTEE OF FAVOUR.

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Most warfare is in the mind (2Co.10:5). So we use God’s promises to change our thinking (Ro.12:2) by replacing lies with truth, and renewing our worldview so we see things by the Spirit the way God see them.

  1. Why should I feel unloved when “neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord”. (Ro.8:39)
  2. Why do I doubt God’s goodness when it says “For out of His abundance we have all received one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favour upon favour and gift heaped upon gift. (Jn.1:17 Amp)
  3. Why should my needs not be met knowing that “My God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus?” (Phil.4: 19).
  4. Why should I say “I can’t” when the Bible says “I can do all things through Him Christ who strengthens me”? (Phil. 4: 13).
  5. Why should I fear when the Bible says ”God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and a sound mind?” (2Tim.1: 7).
  6. Why should I doubt or lack faith knowing that “God has allotted to each a measure of faith?” (Romans 12: 3).
  7. Why am I weak when the Bible says “The Lord is the strength of my life “(Psalm27: 1) and “People who know their God will display strength?” (Dan.11: 32).
  8. Why should I feel condemned when the Bible says “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Ro.8:1)
  9. Why should I focus on my sins when God says “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” (Heb.10:17)
  10. Why should I focus on The Law when it says “We are not under law but under grace?”(Ro.6:15)
  11. Why should I allow Satan to have supremacy over my life, for “Greater is He that is within me than he who is within the world?” (1John4: 4) and Jesus and the cross has “disarmed the powers and authorities”(Col.2:15).
  12. Why should I accept defeat when the Bible says “Thanks be to God who always leads us in His triumph in Christ?” (2Cor.2: 14).
  13. Why should I lack wisdom when “Christ became to us wisdom from God” (1Co.1:30) and “God gives wisdom to all men generously and without reproach who asks Him for it?” (James 1: 5).
  14. Why should fear tomorrow when I can recall to my mind and therefore have hope that “the Lord’s loving-kindnesses indeed never fails, for his compassions never ever fail. They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness?” (Lam.3: 21-23).
  15. Why should I be depressed when “The joy of the Lord is my strength (Neh.8:10) and Jesus said “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete”. (Jn.15:11).
  16. Why should I worry and fret when I can “Cast all my anxiety on Christ, because He cares for me?”

(1Peter 5: 7).

  1. Why should I ever be in bondage, for “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”(2Cor:3:17) and “It was for freedom that Christ set me free.”(Gal.5: 1).
  2. Why should I ever feel alone when Jesus said ”I am with you always, even to the end of the age.(Matt.28: 20). And I will never leave you nor forsake you?”(Heb.13: 5).
  3. Why should I be discontented when, like Paul, I can ”Learn to be content in whatever circumstances I am?” (Phil.4: 11).
  4. Why should I feel worthless when “God made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him?” (2Cor.5: 21).
  5. Why should I feel accursed or the victim of bad luck when the bible says, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us in order that in Christ we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith?” (Gal.3:13-14).
  6. Why should I ever have a persecution complex, for “If God be for me, who can be against me? (Rom8: 31).
  7. Why should I be confused? “God is not the author of confusion, but of peace” (1Cor.14: 33) And, “Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things freely given to us by God.”(1Cor.2: 12).
  8. Why should I feel a failure when, “In all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us?” (Romans8: 37).
  9. Why should I let the world bother me when Jesus said, “In the world you have tribulation, but take courage, I have overcome the world?” (John16: 33).

 

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Joy

JESUS & THE ANOINTING OF JOY

JESUS CAME TO ANOINT WITH JOY

Heb 1:9  You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.”

Isa 61:2  to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, 3  and provide for those who grieve in Zion– to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.

(Joh 15:11) Jesus said I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12  My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

(Joh 17:13)  “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them.

Today, the time of God’s favour (2Co.6:2), jubilee, is the time of grace

Unmerited favour & empowerment. Grace & blessing came in Jesus (Jn.1:16-17)

I believe Jesus was the most joyful person who ever lived….full of the Spirits joy (Lk.10:21)

Jesus had fun: e.g. Wedding feast. A boat load of fish. Multiplying food. Walking on water. Reading people thoughts etc.

 

JESUS GREAT EXCHANGE OF THE NEW COVENANT

(Jer.31:13)  Then young women will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow…. (v33) the New Covenant

Joh 16:20  Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn (have sorrow (KJV)) while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.

Part of the great exchange of the cross. He became a man of sorrow so we can have joy.

Sorrow was part of the fall – women give birth in sorrow.

 

PERSONAL JOY IS A GREAT BLESSING

Neh 8:10  Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

The anointing is one of joy. Joy is a great blessing. Being joyful is a strength. A manifestation of presence.

We have a lot to be joyful about: forgiven, immortal, union, blessed….. all the promises.

 

HOLY SPIRIT PRODUCES JESUS JOY AS A CHARACTER

Act 13:52  And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

(Gal.5:18) Led by the Spirit…..  (v22) the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace…….

1Th 1:6  You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.

1Pe 1:8  Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.

It’s all about presence, God in us, God upon us, hidden in Christ, abiding in Him, alive in Christ (Gal.2:20)….

There is an emotion of joy, but also a fruit – joy becomes part of the Christian character, and it’s wonderful and attractive!

The Spirit in us produces a joyful character within, the Spirit on us imparts joy without.

 

THE COURT FOOL

(1CO.4:9) We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to men. 10 We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored!

(1CO.1:26) Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.

One day the Lord asked me “Garry will you be a fool for Christ? Because people will mock & laugh at your childlikeness, your laughter, your simplicity- especially fellow (wise) Christians“.

It’s interesting that in the old days the king would have a Court Fool (a Jester) who was there to bring joy to the king and comfort him when things were getting the king down. The interesting thing is that because the Court Fool was normally looked down upon and scorned  by the court nobles, he was the “kings man” because he did not side with one faction or another (as he was not considered insignificant by those who plotted intrigue and formed factions) and because he was devoted to the king. Because of this the “Fool” was trusted by the king and knew the kings inner most secrets and struggles. He was often sent as a neutral ambassador for the king when messages needed to be passed discretely to visiting people of power or to help defuse a dangerous situation. A Fool was one that had overcome his pride and self consciousness, one who was prepared to do anything to bring the king joy. He laid down his own agenda and ambitions to serve the king at all times, he dwelt in the house of the king and was on call all hours. The Fool was looked down upon, mocked and scorned by the “wise” for his simple childlike devotion to the king, some may have even considered him mad or simple. But the Fool who laid down his pride, enjoy a relationship of intimacy with the king that few others ever knew.

 

THE LINK BETWEEN JESUS, GRACE, RIGTEOUSNESS AND JOY

Rom 5:21  so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness

1Co 1:30  It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God–that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.

Rom 1:17  For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed–a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

Isa 61:3 We are Oaks of righteousness

Knowing we are right with God through Jesus is the foundation of joy – it’s all a gift of grace

 

JESUS’ KINGDOM, RIGHTEOUSNESS & JOY

Mat 6:33  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Rom 14:17  For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,  18  because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God.

The missing link: Spirit righteousness that produces joy and carefree attitude.

Kingdom living is joyful living.

The kingdom came by the Spirit and people thought they were drunk (Acts 2:15)

Be filled with the Spirit and sing heart songs (Eph5: 10) ….. sounds like a spiritual drunkeness –  not wine drunkeness

Psa 23:5  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Joy is spiritual warfare – we laugh at the enemies schemes

 

LAUGHTER AND JOY IN THE CHURCH

Psa 126:2  (Zion) Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” 3  The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.

Luk 6:21  Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.

Laughter is the most common and natural expression of joy

It’s real medicine – we all need to smile and laugh a lot – it has physiological and phycological affect

Laughing people are healthier people, attractive people.

Abraham our spiritual father was righteous by faith…. he knew the gospel from the king of righteousness.

His son, his only son, his son of the promise; Isaac = He who laughs

 

LAUGHTER & MANIFESTAIONS

There are many examples of physical signs or manifestations throughout the bible. In fact the bible teaches that we can expect signs to accompany the preaching of the Gospel and the presence of God among us. Sometimes these signs may appear strange to people watching.

(Gen.15:12) Abraham fell into a deep sleep…. and the Lord spoke to him

(Ezek.3:23) God’s glory came and Ezekiel fell down… and the Lord spoke to him.

(1Sam19:24) King Saul lays down and prophesies non-stop for 24 hours.

(Daniel 10: 8-17) In the presence of a visitation Daniel lost his strength, fell down, trembled all over, experienced fear, was unable to speak, and was unable to breath properly.

(John 18:6) When Jesus spoke, people involuntarily fell to the ground.

(Acts 9:4) When Paul heard Jesus’ voice he involuntarily fell down.

(Rev. 1:17) John fell down when Jesus appeared to him.

(Jeremiah 5:22) Says that we can expect to tremble in God’s presence.

(Jeremiah 23:9) When God’s word is preached Jeremiah trembled and appeared to be drunk.

(Habakkuk 3:16) He heard God’s word, his heart pounded, his legs trembled and he got weak.

(Acts 2:15) When the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost the disciples appeared to be drunk.

(Eph. 5:18) Paul equates the experience of being filled with the Spirit to that of being drunk.

(Neh. 8:9) People wept as scripture was read.

(Psalm 126:2) People who have been set free laugh and sing for joy.

(Mat. 3:11) Jesus baptizes us with the Holy Spirit and fire, where there is spiritual fire, we can expect to get hot.

 

MANIFESTATIONS ARE HISTORICAL

The personal diaries and journals of great men and women of the Church record such signs.

Jonathan Edwards the main leader of the Great Awakening in America (1725-1760) in The Distinguishing Marks of a Work of the Spirit of God records in detail such physical signs coming upon people as he preached.

John Wesley (founder of the Methodists) and his close friend George Whitefield were both amazed at such things happening as they preached. Whitefield noted people having a type of “harmless convulsion” and other strange physical manifestations.

Charles Finney (1792-1875) one of the greatest 19th century evangelists also recalls such physical signs coming upon people as he evangelized.

George Fox (1624-1691) founded the Quakers – why do you think they were called Quakers? His journals are full of amazing physical signs as God’s power was released.

Charles H. Spurgeon says in his Autobiography p124 that “there is as much holiness in a laugh as in a cry…. I may laugh the laugh of sarcasm against sin”

  1. Martyn Llyod-Jones states in Revival p134-136 that in the presence of God people may fall, faint, go into trances, become unconscious.

Quakers and Shakers (org.17thcentuary) were called by this name because of their shaking and trembling.

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THANKS GIVING EMPOWERS US IN GRACE

Listen to a teaching on SoundCloud that will renew your mind & empower you.
Jesus gave thanks & then fed more than 5000 people.He gave thanks & then raised the dead. Jesus showed us that thanksgiving is a spiritually powerful act.Thanksgiving and gratitude is part of living in the favor and blessings of Gods grace. Thanksgiving renews the mind & puts our focus on God & His goodness to us as His beloved children. Jesus is our thank offering & Jesus qualifies us in every way for the abundant life He promised so that we can share His life with others, the question is can we see it, do we want it, & how do we live in it. Thanksgiving is a key.
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The Amazing Promises of Isaiah 61

There is some amazing promises here, check them out, they belong to you and me because we are part of Jesus’ body on earth:
Isa 61:1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,
Isa 61:2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,
Isa 61:3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion– to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.
Isa 61:4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.
Isa 61:5 Strangers will shepherd your flocks; foreigners will work your fields and vineyards.
Isa 61:6 And you will be called priests of the LORD, you will be named ministers of our God. You will feed on the wealth of nations, and in their riches you will boast.
Isa 61:7 Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.
Isa 61:8 “For I, the LORD, love justice; I hate robbery and wrongdoing. In my faithfulness I will reward my people and make an everlasting covenant with them.
Isa 61:9 Their descendants will be known among the nations and their offspring among the peoples. All who see them will acknowledge that they are a people the LORD has blessed.”
Isa 61:10 I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
Isa 61:11 For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.

Luk 4:20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. Luk 4:21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” Luk 4:22 All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips.

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International teams visiting

INTERNATIONAL TEAMS VISITS
As part of our missional interaction with teams from the USA,  EU, and  Australia a team from Ashland University Ohio, spent three weeks at our outreach Grace-Love-Truth: The Isaiah House in Molweni, KZN. They were an amazing blessing – well done everyone, thanks for coming!
Let us know if you have University or Church team wanting to link in with us or who want to visit. Contact one of our representatives on Face Book: Abby Mkhwanazi (SA),  Mallorie Miller (USA),  Rachel Mthembu (Australia), check out www.theisaiahhouse.co.za  and   www.orphanaid.co.za 

USA team visit

We have been hosing teams  for the past twelve years so as to bridge the culture gap and advance the kingdom. The teams live in the local community and get involved in cross cultural outreach through evangelism, discipleship and training, preaching, building, serving the poor, kids clubs etc. They will be stretched and will grow in faith and ability as we help them share the good news. At the same time enjoying local outdoor beauty of South Africa surfing, hiking/ trekking, rock climbing and other sports which we offer as either as an add on or use to empower local youth.

As a perk to the mission we can also arrange adventure trips such as game viewing, shark interaction, scuba diving, high mountain hike  as these are all fairly local.

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