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The Subtlety of Pride

The Subtlety of Pride

Staying Close to the Heart of The Shepherd The Father heart of God is that the sheep would not be separated from their Shepherd (Jesus Christ). His desire is for us to remain close to Him, so that we would know His voice and follow Him. Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” John 10:27 King David said, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23 What a beautiful picture King David describes of the sheep as they...

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The Apostleship of Christ in the Church

The Apostleship of Christ in the Church

The Apostle Paul’s words ‘imitate me’ are a hard requirement for any man. Yet in it’s entirety it remains a key statement for the apostolic ministry within the local church — for it is Christ’s ministry that He continues to work in the lives of men, yet it is not a burden that man bears alone. The people to whom Paul made this address, are the very people who came to believe in Christ through Paul’s ministry. Yet Paul instructs them, imitate me!!

Strive to Work Together in Brotherly Love

Strive to Work Together in Brotherly Love

In the New Testament of the Bible, the Apostle Paul speaks on the diligent use of spiritual gifts among the brethren. Right at this time, he makes the following statement: “Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honour giving preference to one another.”
Romans 12:9 & 10

God Will Restore

God Will Restore

God Will Rebuild What Is Exposed In a previous article “God’s vision is for all” – Isaiah 54:1–10 reveals how the prophet Isaiah spoke prophetically to the Jews. He addresses three types of people, representing three different spiritual states – the spiritually barren; the widowed; and the wife who feels deserted and distressed. Through Isaiah, God gives them many powerful promises for what He is about to do in their lives in the future. This passage is also true for us as believers in Christ today and our restoration happens as we continue to look to him. The remainder of Isaiah 54 uses the analogy or picture of an afflicted city, without comfort and lashed by storms. During a storm, buildings are often Stripped of their outer coverings or facades so that their internal structure is exposed, and The strength of their foundations determines whether they are still able to stand. This can also be like us, when we have been broken down by sin or life’s trials. And just like the facades...

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Restoration Through Forgiveness – Part One

Restoration Through Forgiveness – Part One

The challenge of forgiveness is perhaps one of the hardest things for believers in Christ and non-believers alike to come to terms with. It doesn't seem to matter whether the offence has been great or small, real or perceived; all of us throughout many occasions in our lives will come face-to-face with the choice as to whether or not we will forgive. Forgiveness is an Issue of the Heart Forgiveness is something which flows from the heart. When we experience difficulty in forgiving others, that difficulty is there because of something deep within our hearts. We need to ask God about these areas and to allow Him to minister healing, because Jesus said we must forgive from our hearts! Jesus said, "The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart" (Luke 6:45). Forgiveness is a good thing! When Jesus was teaching His disciples about forgiveness, He told them a parable about an unmerciful...

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The Power  of Repentance – Part One

The Power of Repentance – Part One

All four Gospels of the New Testament, in their first few chapters, testify of one whom the prophets had spoken of, saying, “Behold, I will send My messenger, and he shall prepare the way before Me” (Malachi 3:1, KJV). This messenger was known as John the Baptist, He was “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the LORD; Make straight in the desert a highway for our God’” (Isaiah 40:3, NKJV).

Entering God’s Rest

Entering God’s Rest

A Day Like Any Other Day A day like any other day can change the rest of your life! It was on a day like any other day that God said to Abram: “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you”(Genesis 12:1). It was on a day like any other day that God prophesied over Abram: “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you” (Genesis 12:2 & 3). A day like any other day became a day unlike any other day because Abram had an encounter with the living God! It was on a day like any other day that God spoke and Abram obeyed! A day like any other day for Abram became a day unlike any other day and changed the course of history.....because he heard the Word of the Lord, he trusted Him and he obeyed! A day like any other day can change the rest of your...

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The Kingdom of God is Near — Part Two

The Kingdom of God is Near — Part Two

In the book of Genesis in the Bible, at the time that God made His covenant with Abraham that He would give the Israelites the promised land, the promise was for Abraham and his seed. As a sign of that covenant, the Lord had instructed Abraham, for each male to be circumcised on the eighth day of his life. “This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised.

Entering Into Freedom – Part One

Entering Into Freedom – Part One

We Need Faith to Walk in The Promises of God God wants every believer in Christ to walk in the fullness of the promises contained in His Word. The writers of Hebrews and James warn us however, that if we do not have faith, we will not receive the things that He has promised. “For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it” . (Hebrews 4:2) “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double–minded man, unstable in all his ways”. (James 1:6–8) The writer of Hebrews cautions us that like the Israelites who wandered in the desert and who did not enter into the Promised Land; If we fail to believe, neither will we enter into the promises of God. “So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief”. (Hebrews 3:19)...

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The Challenge of Doing it Right

The Challenge of Doing it Right

The Beggar Named Lazarus “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores. The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’ But Abraham replied ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from...

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Entering Into Freedom – Part One

Entering Into Freedom – Part One

We Need Faith to Walk in The Promises of God God wants every believer in Christ to walk in the fullness of the promises contained in His Word. The writers of Hebrews and James warn us however, that if we do not have faith, we will not receive the things that He has promised. “For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it” . (Hebrews 4:2) “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double–minded man, unstable in all his ways”. (James 1:6–8) The writer of Hebrews cautions us that like the Israelites who wandered in the desert and who did not enter into the Promised Land; If we fail to believe, neither will we enter into the promises of God. “So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief”. (Hebrews 3:19)...

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If you would like to have a relationship with God through accepting His Son Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour, please pray the prayer below.

Dear Heavenly Father. Thank You for sending Your Son Jesus to die on the cross for my sins. I am sorry for the sins I have committed and I ask You to forgive me. I now turn away from all the things that I know to be wrong and I receive Your Holy Spirit and Your gift of eternal life. Thank You for this free gift of Salvation and eternal life. Help me to come to know and experience Your love for me more and more, and to now share the love You have given me with others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

We would love to hear from you: If you have prayed this prayer for the first time, or have recommitted your life to Christ today I would love to hear from you to encourage you in your new walk with Christ. You can send me an email at:hello@lifeministries.org.nz

What next: Once we have started our relationship with Christ – it is important that we continue to grow in our understanding of Him, and experience His love for us on a regular basis. God does this for us as we read the Bible, which I encourage you to do on a regular basis, asking the Holy Spirit to help you understand it and make it “come alive” to you in a very personal way. May I encourage you to do this every day, and to actively pursue those things that God reveals to you. We also need to be spending time with other like-minded Christians on a regular basis, who are also growing in their relationship with God. We gain encouragement from being with other growing believers. Ask God to lead you to a Bible-believing church (or Bible-believing Christian group) that will encourage your relationship with Christ and help to meet your needs. Ask Him, and trust that He will guide you to the place of fellowship that is right for you.

May God both work in you and through you, those things that He desires, as you continue to submit your life to Him each day.