Friday, September 25, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
“And the king of
What really is the Order of Melchizedek? ……..In the above Bible verse, we learn that after Abram and his alliance of 3 men who were connected with him went out to defeat the 5 kings, the king of Sodom came out to pay tribute to Abram for what Abram had done in setting Sodom and the surrounding places free. Here the King of Sodom represents the king of this earth, or the system of this world. We often realize as Christians that after we come into a dimension of power, or into a place of victory, the things that will try to lay hold of us will come from the systems of this world. The final attack on the church is not coming from the demonic world, its coming from the market place; it’s going to be how we as Christians will survive in the market place (the places of our daily interactions with the world). This is why demons are gong to find every way and means not just to attack us directly, but they will begin to use the systems of this world, to latch unto us, to attack us, and to reduce the strength of the local church. That’s why people are going to be sucked up into the systems of this world, their jobs, their vocations and everything that happens around and about their lives.
The devil plans to draw Christians away, just like King Nebuchadnezzar came into Jerusalem and for 2 years he made a siege over Jerusalem, and took over the city and took every article from the temple (2 kings 24:10-13), so that the temple function will be hindered. In like manner, the church will always be hindered from moving forward because the articles of the house have been attacked. God’s people are His articles, God dwells in them- His gifts are in them, His power, His grace, His grace are all in His people, so that the people can release them and function in them! Therefore if the devil lays hold of people, then the work is going to be hindered and destroyed. So find out that when Abram is making advancement that the king of
You see it’s easy to understand how in the spiritual realm that the devil’s there and we are here, and we know how to bind and loose, but the tangible manifestation of these things will occur in the market place. The Order of Melchizedek shows us that the same way that Abram or Abraham - the Father of Faith – overcame the devil and the system of this world is how we (the church of our Lord Jesus Christ) must overcome the systems of this world and the powers of darkness in the market place. This Order will give the church the grace to govern and the power to prevail! It is this kind of grace that is needed inside the church today so that we can prevail over the powers of the enemy in every environment or situation we may find ourselves. So that we can be like Isaac (in Genesis 26:16) going into Abimelech’s territory and begin to realize that we have become more powerful than them, even though we came in as strangers, but now, we are taking over! We cross into their territory in order to take over. God is giving His people all kinds of territories to take over – in different nations, or regions or politics, military, entertainment, media, sports, etc. God is restoring back the articles which the devil had stolen from the temple. And when all these articles are returned to the temple, then the whole house will be in full function!
Praise the Lord!
Compiled from my notes on the Message of Dr Jonathan David: The Order of Melchizedek.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
For many years and even till now, people have usually had a natural tendency to go through life without really understanding the bigger picture of God’s understanding, plans and purpose for their lives. They just stumble on and accept whatever comes their way as the best. I found the following verse of Bible scripture very interesting:
“1 O LORD, You have searched me and known me.
2 You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
3 You comprehend my path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.
4 For there is not a word on my tongue,
But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether.
5 You have hedged me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is high, I cannot attain it.
7 Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
8 If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall[a] on me,”
Even the night shall be light about me;
12 Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,
But the night shines as the day;
The darkness and the light are both alike to You.
13 For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.
17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
When I awake, I am still with You........
........ 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
24 And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.”~~~(Psalm 139 NKJV)
Talk about God’s perfect knowledge of man. King David in this Psalm embarks a journey of discovery of God’s omniscience, omnipotence, and omnipresence. Until he saw the bigger picture! King David’s relationship with God was dynamic and intimate (a man after God’s heart - Acts 13:22), it was from this relationship that his perspective on life changed. As the king of Israel and the greatest military leader of his time, he rejoiced that he could draw upon God’s infinite wisdom; that he could never run from God or God’s justice, and that he could always count on God’s power whenever he needed it.
He also realized that God knows our every thought, every word, and every move (Psalm 139:1-6). That God directs us, no matter where we go (Psalm 139:7-10). He realized that God knows no hopeless or helpless situations (Psalm 139:11-12). It became clearer to him that God is the one who formed every complex detail of our bodies, minds, and spirits (Psalm 139:13-16), and that God constantly has us in His mind and is concerned with the details of our lives (Psalm 139:17-18).
Today, I realize also like King David, that God searches our hearts and will purify our motives (Psalm 139:23-24). What about you dear friend, do you see the bigger picture of your life in God? A relationship with God through Jesus Christ can give you a better perspective on life.
If you are looking for peace, you can't find it anywhere in this world except in God. Also, no one can be perfect, or have a perfect life. But every one of us has the opportunity to experience perfect grace through a personal relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ.
You can receive Christ right now by faith through prayer. Praying is simply talking to God. God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart. Here’s a suggested prayer:
"Lord Jesus, I want to know you personally. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life to you and ask you to forgive my sins and come in as my Savior and Lord. Take control of my life. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Make me the kind of person you want me to be. Amen"
Does this prayer express the desire of your heart? You can pray it right now, and Jesus Christ will come into your life, just as He promised.
Is this the life for you?
If you invited Christ into your life, thank God often that He is in your life, that He will never leave you and that you have eternal life. As you learn more about your relationship with God, and how much He loves you, you’ll experience life to the fullest.
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Posted by House of Virtue at 3:47 PM
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
“Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands! Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.”~~~ (Psalm 100:1-5 NKJV)
This song of praise should be considered as a prophecy, and even used as a prayer, for the coming of that time when all people shall know that the Lord He is God, and shall become His worshippers, and the sheep of His pasture. Great encouragement is given us, in worshipping God, to do it cheerfully. If, when we strayed like wandering sheep, He has brought us again to His fold, we have indeed abundant cause to bless His name. The matter of praise, and the motives to it, are very important. Know ye what God is in Himself, and what He is to you. Know it; consider and apply it, then you will be more close and constant, more inward and serious, in His worship. The covenant of grace set down in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament, with so many rich promises, to strengthen the faith of every weak believer, makes the matter of God's praise and of His people's joys so sure, that no matter how sad our spirits may be when we look to ourselves, yet we shall have reason to praise the LORD when we look to His goodness and mercy, and to what He has said in His word for our comfort.
Culled from Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary
Posted by House of Virtue at 7:14 AM
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
And Jonah prayed to Jehovah his God out of the fish's belly, and he said, I cried to Jehovah from my distress. And He answered me. Out of the belly of Sheol I cried for help, and You heard my voice.~~~(Jonah 2:1-2 MKJV)
In the above Scripture, it can be observed that when Jonah was in trouble, under the tokens of God's displeasure against him for sin, he prayed. Likewise, when we are in affliction we must pray. Being kept alive by miracle, he prayed. A sense of God's good-will towards us, notwithstanding our offences ought to open our lips in prayer; our lips which would have been closed with the dread of wrath. Also, consider where his prayer rose from; in the belly of the fish. No place is amiss for prayer. Men may shut us from communion with one another, but not from communion with God. To whom he prayed; to the Lord his God. This encourages even backsliders to return.
Jonah’s prayer here seems to relate his experience and reflections, before (in his trouble) and afterwards (answered prayer from God). Jonah reflects on the earnestness of his prayer, and God's readiness to hear and answer. If we would get good by our troubles, we must notice the hand of God in them. He had wickedly fled from the presence of the Lord, who would have been justified to take his Holy Spirit from him, and never to visit him again. Really miserable people are those whom God does not or will no longer own and favour (and its usually their own choice, not God’s). But though he was perplexed, yet he was not in despair. Jonah reflects on the favour of God to him, when he sought to God, and trusted in him in his distress. He warns others, and tells them to keep close to God.
Those who forsake their own duty, forsake their own mercy; those who run away from the work of their place and day or their calling, run away from the comfort of it. As far as a Christian copies those who observe lying vanities, he forsakes his own mercy, and lives below his privileges. But Jonah's experience encourages others, in all ages, to trust in God, as the God of salvation.