Today @ Healingsprings fellowship

There is no dispute that Jesus was a figure in history. In fact, apart from the New Testament accounts, we also have sources from non-Christians like Pliny and Josephus.

Within Christianity some have challenged his divinity. But even if we do not agree on the Trinity, the traditional formula for Salvation (The Fall, Incarnation, Atonement and Redemption); and we fail to agree on the virgin birth, miracles, death, and resurrection; I believe that the teachings of Jesus still attests to his uniqueness.

Interestingly, while people might have issues with the church or Christianity as a religion, most people still have varying degrees of reverence for Jesus. They see him as a social reformer, political activist, kind man, community organiser, humanist, philosopher, thinker, or teacher. His life has inspired many to greater works.

For me Jesus is all of these and even more. His non-violent position against the oppression from the Roman authorities and Jewish rulers of his era, his position as the spokesperson for sinners, his outreach to the ostracised and those at the fringes of society, his vision for equality and World Unity, and his selfless nature; are things to be greatly admired.

I say this to illustrate that we do not need the formula for salvation, understanding of the Trinity and even the resurrection to believe in his saving power. His ideas and philosophy are divine enough to bring about lasting peace, harmony and prosperity for humanity.

Dear friends, even that is sufficient reason for me to believe in him, and attest him as The Son of God.

Join us as we continue with: God was in Christ. Today, we focus on Jesus' ministry.

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The Words of Our Elders: Joyce Meyer

God’s unconditional love is a very difficult concept for people to accept because, in the world, there’s always payment for everything we receive. It’s just how things work here. But God is not like people!

~ Joyce Meyer

The words of our elders, are words of wisdom.

The Words of Our Elders: Ross Douthat

“In this America, too, the Christian teaching that every human soul is unique and precious has been stressed, by the prophets of self-fulfillment and gurus of self-love, at the expense of the equally important teaching that every human soul is fatally corrupted by original sin. Absent the latter emphasis, religion becomes a license for egotism and selfishness, easily employed to justify what used to be considered deadly sins. The result is a society where pride becomes ‘healthy self-esteem’, vanity becomes ‘self-improvement’, adultery becomes ‘following your heart’, greed and gluttony become ‘living the American dream’.”

~ Ross Douthat

The words of our elders, are words of wisdom

The Words Of Our Elders: Andrew Murray (1828-1917)

“Each time, before you intercede, be quiet first, and worship God in His glory. Think of what He can do, and how He delights to hear the prayers of His redeemed people. Think of your place and privilege in Christ, and expect great things!”
~ Andrew Murray

The words of our elders, are words of wisdom.

Spiritual Intelligence: En Garde!

And again the word of the Lord came to Haggai on the twenty-fourth day of the month, saying, “Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying:

‘I will shake heaven and earth. I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms; I will destroy the strength of the Gentile kingdoms. I will overthrow the chariots and those who ride in them; the horses and their riders shall come down, every one by the sword of his brother.

Good morning friends. The prophet Haggai declared these words thousands of years ago, at this time the nation of Israel was slowly recovering from one of her weakest seasons in living history. The walls of Jerusalem had just been rebuilt, and the new temple which was no way in comparison to the grandeur and splendour of the last had just been commemorated, and Ezra’s reformation was underway.

After this prophecy, I suspect Haggai would have been asking The Lord questions like; When Lord? How long? Or even, Did I hear correctly?

The kingdom he prophesied against are the governments of this world. This shaking will bring them all to their knees, as they finally bow to the superior and everlasting kingdom of God. This is evident with the diplomatic cracks that have come to public light within the very foundations of institutions like the UN, EU, NATO , G7, G8 and G20. For instance: “allies” spying on each other, proxy wars; selfish interest and greed forcing a lack of cooperation on climate change, Syria, Iran, Ukraine, fair trade, and other issues of common interest.

But in spite of the devil’s agenda, God’s plans for the ultimate redemption of humanity is still underway. Dear friends, as sure as Jesus’ birth, life, death and resurrection is; so also is His second coming and judgement. With this in mind, we draw courage and strength from the words of our dear friend, Peter:

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

This eminent judgement will sift the wheat from the chaff. According to Simeon the Intercessor at His first coming:

Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against

En Garde!

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~ Sabali

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Much love,
Clem

Spiritual Intelligence: Divine Connection

Then Jesus cried out and said, “He who believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me. And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me. I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day. For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.”

Good morning friends. At the point of this insightfully spiritual lecture, Jesus was close to His death. A death He freely accepted in fulfilment with; prophecies, God’s will for His life, and God’s plan for the redemption of humanity. So, in the spirit of preparation, He was executing His exit strategy. A central part of this strategy was the delivery of key lectures in open forums where questions could be asked by His audience.

With that in mind, this lecture presents Him as the sent one. The one sent to be a model for humanity. The one sent to reflect God’s power and love on earth as the light of this world, the one sent to be the saviour of the world. At a time when heaven kissed earth, both realms were in harmony, and the church was conceived – glory hallelujah! He was sent to reconnect us with the father.

Let us pray:

Father, we bring our lives before you today. We realise that without your spirit, we are powerless.

We acknowledge that its your spirit that works in us, both to will and to do of your good pleasure. So we pray that your Holy Spirit will start a work in us today.

We need you Holy Spirit, our souls long for you as the deer pants for water. Amen.

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~ Sabali

Spiritual Intelligence: Our Passover

For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord. Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

The first feast of Passover was instituted as the last great sign before the Israelites left Egypt, and out of the bonds of slavery. After a long and drawn negotiation, and display of power between Moses, Aaron and the Egypt priests, this feast was the last showdown in Egypt. On that night, the souls of every Egyptian firstborn were taken by the Angel of Death. But every house where the Blood of the Lamb was sprinkled had immunity from judgement and death. For the Angel of Death had instructions to Passover!

Good morning friends. The Bible is interpreted using types, shadows and symbols. So we understand that occurrences in the Old Testament are not in isolation, but they were types, symbols, metaphors or shadows of things fulfilled in the New Testament, and things to come. With that as a backdrop, let’s have a quick look at the seven feasts in the Jewish calendar, and their significance to God’s plan for our redemption.

The Spring Feasts, four in total; Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits and the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost.

Their symbols:
– Passover – Death of Jesus Christ
– Feast of Unleavened Bread – Burial of Jesus Christ
– Feast of First Fruits – Resurrection of Christ
– Pentecost – Descent of the Holy Spirit, and Birth of the Church

The Fall Feasts, three in total; Trumpets, Atonement and Tabernacles are yet to be fulfilled. See below their prophetic significance.
– Feast of the Trumpets – Rapture of the Church
– Feast of Atonement – Second Coming of Jesus Christ
– Feast of Tabernacles – Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ

So back to my opening texts, Jesus Christ is the sacrificial lamb. This is confirmed by many scriptures including John’s statement when Jesus appeared on the scene;

Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

And in the words of Isaiah;
Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

Dear friends I pray that you do not miss your place in eternity. So, come today. Come as you are, come and be set free, come and find rest.

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~ Sabali