The Holy Spirit is a Genius. He told me to tell you that.

by Tony 10. March 2014 15:34

This is a quote from Graham Cooke. He goes on to say the reason the Holy Spirit said to tell us that He is a genius is because a lot of us don't know it.

When I think back to when I was doing my Ph.D. there were a number of times I'd tire myself out trying to get the solution to something. Then I'd go to bed and wake up in the morning with the answer. Where did that come from?

I suppose some people would say that's just the way the mind works. But I'm beginning to learn that He actually is a genius in all sorts of areas (and why wouldn't He be)?

Here is a link to a Graham Cooke YouTube video that's not especially about this but worth watching: How to Recognise God's Voice Speaking to You.

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For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.

by Tony 7. March 2014 15:29

I am a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Science, and a Doctor of Philosophy. In his day Saul (Paul) was equally and maybe greatly more qualified. Mine was a Pauline conversion. I read the bible and had experiences. The experiences backed up the bible and vice versa. In fact over a period of a few months I had revelation after revelation after revelation.

And here's one of the major revelations. If anyone supposes that he knows anything, he has not yet known as he ought to know. Just before this the passage says: Knowledge makes arrogant, but love edifies.

In 2 Corinthians 11 Paul defends his apostleship by saying his knowledge is in no way inferior to any of the most eminent apostles. He's saying (I believe) "If they have knowledge then I have more, but if they really had knowledge they would get back to just loving and edifying each other." In 1 Corinthians 2 he says "For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified."

I have noticed recently that my pleasure or annoyance when I am listening to speakers seems directly proportional to the number of times they actually mention Jesus and the Cross during their talk/preach. (This could be just a phase I'm going through). Maybe this is because when we talk about Jesus and the Cross we are talking about love in it's best and purest form.

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The Church is a Bride not an Organisation

by Tony 15. February 2014 10:22

What do you notice about a bride? Do you notice the way she's put together? Well, perhaps you might to some extent. That she carries herself well. That she has an elegant posture. But what you really notice is her radiance, her beauty, her smile. And if you get talking to her you will feel her sheer joy at being a bride and maybe catch some of the humility the occasion brings to her spirit.

And you notice her dress. How beautiful her dress is. What should we notice about how the church is dressed?

We are to put on compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience. And above all love. That is what you should notice about us - as well as the joy and the radiance and the beauty. It cannot be about events and being preached at. If you notice leaders at all you should notice them flat on their face before the Father (just my opinion).

So if the church isn't yet a radiant joyful bride of Christ, how is it going to get there? We need the Holy Spirit to make that happen. And many people are prophesying a new wave of the Spirit coming soon.

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Why doesn't God do something?

by Tony 18. January 2014 13:54

We are totally forgiven and cleansed by the blood of Christ. God not only forgives but forgets our sins. All because of Christ who took the punishment for us. The thing is He took the punishment for everyone else as well. I would like God to do something about those who've hurt me, who've abused me, who've treated me unjustly. Maybe those I've wronged and badly hurt feel the same. But how can He? To do so would be to say that the Cross was not enough.

What He can do though, through the Holy Spirit, is to totally and completely heal our wounds. And we can become like Him and 'keep no record of wrongs' and be part of the 'ministry of reconciliation'. We can be like 'our Father in heaven who makes the sun shine on the good and bad alike'.

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Playing hide and seek with God

by Tony 28. November 2013 09:31

Have you ever played hide and seek with your children. If it's a two year old there's a large part of your leg sticking out so they can find you easily. If they're a bit older you make it more challenging but you never let it get to the point where they get anxious because they can't find you. I think God the Father is the same.

In Jeremiah it says "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with your whole heart". But Jesus uses the parable of the lost coin and the parable of the last sheep to say that rather it is God earnestly seeking us. Even in the parable of the prodigal son the father is earnestly looking for the son and the son knows where home is. He just has to return.

So, I personally go with Jesus. If we need to seek God I think He will always let Himself be found. Sometimes after a bit of effort. And quite often not in the way we expected. He is God after all.

P.S. Just been to church and reminded that Jesus said that the Father is more than willing to give the Holy Spirit just for the asking (Luke 11:13)

 

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Testimony Six: Jesus and the Random Phone Call

by Tony 31. October 2013 12:55

So I was sat in the house one night and I thought the Lord was prompting me to just ring a random number on the phone. So after a fair bit of hesitation I did. And I got through to the phone number of someone called Gram Seed. I didn't get him personally but I got his answering machine with a little poem on it saying he was out telling people about Jesus.

This was a man I'd first met when he was living on a bench drinking cider or whatever. He was wonderfully saved through the ministry of some young Christians I knew.

You can find out something about him on the Sowing Seeds Ministries website. He has an amazing testimony.

But what was also amazing was that I would reach his phone number by a random phone call. The odds of even reaching anyone you know at all are very very small.  I met him again the other day which brought this back to mind. And he is still telling people about Jesus.

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Testimony Five: Jesus and the Stigmata

by Tony 30. October 2013 19:59

I was a baby Christian. All was new - awesome, scary and challenging. All things Christian became interesting as they had never been before. I became fascinated by the Saints and other great men of God.

There was a Catholic priest named Padre Pio who had stigmata (the signs of the crucifixion) on his hands and feet. This was said to be a sign of his holiness. And somehow I knew that I was holy, as holy as any Saint. So I said "Lord, I'll have those". And within a week I had the marks on my wrists.

However, no-one ever noticed them. I think the Lord knew I wanted them for the wrong reason. Maybe He had a good laugh at me. Anyway after about six months I said "You might as well take them away Lord" and within a week there were gone.

Thinking about it now maybe He wanted to reassure me that I was holy in the midst of doubts and anxieties. And of course I am, but entirely because of Jesus and the Cross.

P,S. Padre Pio was also said to have the gift of bi-location so if any of you see me in two different places at once let me know.

 

 

 

 

 

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When did Jesus get angry? I bet you get it wrong. I did

by Tony 1. October 2013 17:22

I would have said He got angry with the moneylenders in the temple but the word used there is not angry but zealous.

The one time where it is mentioned that Jesus got angry is in Mark 3 (NKJV)

And He entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a withered hand. So they watched Him closely, whether He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him. And He said to the man who had the withered hand, “Step forward.” Then He said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they kept silent. And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man,“Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.

It is possible (although I don't like doing it) to look at this from the Pharisees' point of view. The warnings about and penalties for doing any kind of work on the Sabbath are very serious (Exodus 31:12-17). Also why couldn't he be healed the next day? What was one more day? Then the man could have been healed and all the proprieties satisfied. They saw themselves and portrayed themselves as reasonable people.

But what was being covered up and what grieved and angered Jesus was their hardness of heart.

I definitely see many 'reasonable' people like that in the world and more than a few in the church. And of course this might be another 'get the log out of your own eye' situation. So maybe I'd better start by asking the Lord to soften my own heart.

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My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father

by Tony 27. September 2013 11:08

Our advocate is Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 

Suppose you owed a lot of money, say £100,000 (That's a lot for me but choose your own amount). And suppose you had a rich and powerful friend who paid it off for you and also paid extra, say £200,000.

Now suppose your former creditor comes to you and says you owe them money. Will you not got to your friend and say "Didn't you pay that back for me?". What will your rich and powerful friend do? Will he not go to your former creditor and say "I paid that back and more besides. Get out of here and do not show your face again." Or words to that effect.

Jesus has paid (and more than paid) for all our sins past, present, and future no matter how bad they were. If Satan or anyone he's working through tries to tell you otherwise take it straight to the Father and say "Weren't all my sins paid for by Jesus through the Cross?".

I think I might take my own advice and try this myself.

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Awesome, awesome, testimony

by Tony 27. August 2013 13:29

An awesome, awesome, testimony which is from the Bethel podcast of August 18th. You can maybe still get it there or listen to it below.

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