God’s Squad

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God’s Squad

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We are perfect.

It doesn’t take people long to realize upon meeting me I have a keen, or should that be, a wicked sense of humor. On Sunday at church I shared the communion message around Hebrews 10: 14 14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.

The truth be told, I don’t know how many times I have read that passage and surrounding passages and skipped over the being made perfect bit – until Sunday morning, and the Holy Spirit illuminated to me like a neon light.

The verse gripped my very heart, God has perfected us – though, though the walk of sanctification is a ongoing one towards holiness – the blood of Jesus has wiped every sin away. Perfectly, and therefore there is no condemnation for any in Christ Jesus.

Yesterday morning I had a knock at the door, and on opening it, discovered two Jehova witnesses standing at the door, asking if I would like to talk to them about God. Immediately, my wicked sense of humor rises to the fore, and I said to them, “Why, do you want to talk to me about God, I am perfect!”

I have learnt that when the JW’s come knocking, its best to rattle them a little, so that they can’t continue with their prepared script, and normally, many of them find it hard to discuss any Scripture outside of the Script they know. Yesterday was the same. And they asked me if I knew what the Bible said about my claim to be perfect?

To which again I replied “Yes I do, the Bible tells me that I am perfect!” By now, I have truly rattled them. And so I grabbed my Bible and we looked up Hebrews 10:14. And what do you know, their New World translation says exactly the same thing… that for once and for all, we have been made perfect.

This floored them, and they tried to argue against it – until I said to them, “You said to me, that you wanted to discuss God, and the Bible. Either you believe the Bible, or you don’t, which is it For the Word of God clearly tells me that through the sacrifice of Christ, every believer has been made perfect.”

You could see the neon lights starting to light up behind their eyes, as the Spirit of God started to reveal to them the truth about Christ, once and for all. My phone rang, and so I made an excuse to go and answer it, and close down the discussion. They wanted me to take some of their literature, which I declined, politely telling them that we had some serious distinctions of belief, and that I needed to take the call, which ended up being from my wife.

Friends being perfected in Christ, doesn’t mean that I am, or you are perfect. For we are still in the process of being made holy. But, for those who put their trust in Jesus, we are made perfect in Jesus, because all of our faults, our sins, our foibles, and our lawlessness is forgiven and forgotten by God. And that is good news indeed.

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Are you an anxious person, one who lacks peace. The Bible tells us that if you lack peace, and are anxious about anything – go and tell God about all your concerns, tell him what you need – and praise him, thank him for all his goodness.

And in return, the peace of God will permeate through your heart.

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My prayer for this morning.

The world is very good at mixing up our kids. Mixed up kids end up becoming mixed up parents, who end up producing more mixed up kids, and so the cycle continues.

This morning I prayed, “Father God, our kids are all mixed up, please un-mix them!”

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It’s Done and Do! Not, Do and Done!

Last night a group of us were sitting around at church for a bible study with Dr. Stan DeKoven, who is the president of Vision College.  We are also extremely blessed at our church, to have Dr Ken Chant, as one of our members and regular preachers, who is the founder of Vision College. Teaching certainly runs in their family, as his brother Barry Chant, likewise founded the well respected Tabor college. 

During our discussion we debunked the myths about having to forcibly enter our way into the presence of God. That we have to force our way to receive the blessings of God.  Of particular concern was those tele evangelists who say, give me $100 and God will bless you ten fold. Or those who teach that we have to pray and fast to find God.

The fact of the matter is, we already have every spiritual blessing through Christ. We already are seated in the heavenly realms with Jesus, who has brought us into relationship with God, because of what he has done. We don’t have to beg God to be able to come into his presence. Simply because, we are already there.

Certainly there are times when we don’t feel we are close to God. It’s during those experiences its commonly said that God hasn’t moved; its us who have moved away from God… To that, I want to say, its total rubbish! It’s total bunkum! And the rural farmer side of me wants to say its totally something found in the cattle yards; but I wont!

For the Apostle Paul says that there is no height, no depth, no width, no nothing, that can separate us from the love of God. King David declared in one of his songs, that there is no where we can escape from God’s presence. And so Paul teaches us that the Spirit of God works through all things, over all things, and is within all things.

Friends, if your a Christian, you can freely come to God, because you are already positioned beside him, because of what Christ has done for you. Let us boldly come to God, because, God has already seated us beside him.

And its from this position, that we step out in obedience, because of what has already been done for us.

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Sacred Cows – Powerful Prayer; or ‘ALL’ Powerful God?

I have been thinking this week about prayer. Well actually, truth be known, its a subject I think about on a daily basis. More than that, its something I like to practice on a daily basis. I have a relationship with God. And because of that, I like to talk to him on a daily basis.

Regarding the subject of prayer; one thing that riles me up, is when people think others are powerful prayers. They are a powerful man or woman of prayer. And its within this context that I wan’t to stand up on my soap box and cry, “There is no such thing!”

There is only an “ALL POWERFUL GOD” who answers our prayers. Every single Christian has access to God through Jesus Christ. Prayer is answered – not because of our own merit – but rather, because of what Christ has done for us.

Certainly throughout history there are men and women who were known to be men and women of prayer. But, lets not kid ourselves. They were not powerful men and women of prayer. Instead, they were humble, and weak people – people who knew they depended on God for everything. People who knew that they had no ability to twist God’s arm to answer their prayers. And they were people who knew that God was a God who only heard their prayers – through Jesus Christ.

I want to encourage you today, that God hears your prayers. Nothing is impossible for him. Certainly its good to live in relationship with others, and ask others to pray for you. But, we don’t ask others to pray for us, because we believe they have more access to God than we do. We ask others to pray for us, because relationship is always about sharing the load.

Anyways, God I pray, that you will cause us to be filled with your spirit of revelation and wisdom, so that we know our position in Christ, that we know you are an all powerful God who is willing and able to listen to, and answer our prayers. In Jesus name I pray.

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Thinking of changing my blog title.

The Bennett’s have been busy. I am into the first week of my final subject of study, and am looking forward to graduating. At the same time, house prices have sky rocketed in our local area, and we are looking at selling up, heading bush, and buying a farming property.

There is a saying, you can take the boy from the bush; but you can’t take the bush from the boy. And this is incredibly true for myself. Living in an urban environment was a step of obedience for myself. There are times when you know that you know, that God is calling you to do something, and living in the blurbs was such a case for us.

But, living in the blurbs, came at a cost. Gradually my soul started to dry up. Yes, I saw God moving powerfully in the lives of those I was connecting to, and in that regard, I was flourishing. But, no matter how many times I laid the yearning down, and submitted it to God’s will – The yearning for the bush, always rose its head.

A few months ago, my wife and I sat down and planned some needed renovations for our house, and after some weeks of being unsettled over it, we looked at each other and said, why not go bush instead. We spent much time in prayer, and felt released that it was time for us to go.

Our intention is for me to continue as a community Chaplin in a tent making capacity and already we have made some good connections with key locals in the area.  Wealso plan on using the farm as a place for people to come and rest. For churches to use as a place for a church retreat. For those burnt out, to come and sit, breathe, take stock of life once again. As such, I am toying with the idea of changing the name of my blog to something like “Confessions of a praying farmer,” or other such idea

Anyways, life is exciting for us at this point in time.

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