Thursday, 15 February 2018

Restoration of your vision


What motivates you – is your life motivated by the same things that motivated Jesus

Luke 4:18 -19 "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favour."

Year of Jubilee – every 70 years every piece of property reverts to the original owner.

Go back to your original relationship with the Lord and evaluate where your focus is?


Our Presidents theme verse from Isaiah 61 is quoted by Jesus in Luke 4:18 – 19, this appears to be his theme text for his life.  He makes the following areas his theme for his ministry: -

1.     Jesus proclaims good news to the poor

The ultimate gift anyone can receive is a restored relationship with Jesus Christ.  No matter who you are and where you are from having a relationship with Jesus is good news.   The poor in this context is not the materially poor but its anyone who does not have an intimate relationship with Christ. Often, when we are at our lowest point in life and have no more resources we turn to Christ. Once this happens we experience the restoration of the joy of the Lord. As believers that should be our goal to restore relationships with Christ and not just focusing on a social Gospel because then we are no different from the world around us.  Any ministry must take place with the goal of sharing the good news of the gift of eternal life.

2.     Jesus proclaims liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind.

       True freedom is found in a restored relationship with Jesus, who offers forgiveness and grace. This        enables those who are his followers to experience the peace and liberty that only comes from knowing Him.  This relationship helps Christians to cope with many difficulties and discouragement and keep a positive perspective. Our goal should be to share this knowledge and relationship with as many as is possible and so church becomes more about those who do not know Christ and less about what makes his followers comfortable.  As a women’s ministry we should be creating opportunities for our local woman to share their faith journey with those who do not know Christ.

 3.     Jesus offers liberty to those who are oppressed.

This freedom that comes from Jesus is not about political freedom, but this refers to an internal freedom that comes from a relationship with him. As his children we experience the freedom from oppression because he gives us that peace to live day by day with the difficulties that we face.  He expects his children to live and treat each other in a God honouring way that is set out for us in the Bible.  Micah 6:8 “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” is a verse that clearly instructs Christ followers on how to treat each other on a daily basis.

4.     Jesus proclaims the year of the Lord's favour.

In the Old testament the year od jubilee was the year that property that had been sold was returned to its original owner and that which was loss or forfeited was returned.  As Christ followers we live with this blessing daily as our relationship has been restored to before the fall of Adam.  Once we accept Jesus we experience the Lord’s favour in a new relationship with Him.


As a women of God it is important to live with these truths in mind and be motivated for ministry so that we can led others to experience the blessings we have received through Jesus Christ.

Go back to your original relationship with the Lord and evaluate where your focus is?

Friday, 19 January 2018

Understanding Your Vision


When one looks at the passage in Isaiah 61:3 on which our President's theme is based it is important to realise that there is so much in this particular verse that this year we will be looking at phrase by phrase. 
Isa 61:1-3 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the LORD's favour, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn;  to grant to those who mourn in Zion— to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified.

However, we will start by looking at the context in which the prophet wrote these verses and reflect how these verses impact our lives based on the fact that Jesus himself quoted these verses in the book of Luke 4:18.
    At the start of the year it is important to reaffirm who we are and what our goals are that we will attempt to achieve.  Jesus does this in Luke 4 by quoting these verses out of Isaiah .  His declaration clearly states the following:-
  • God's spirit is upon Him to perform a task.
  • Each person who has God's Spirit should do the following tasks:-
      • Preach the Good News to the poor (Poor means anyone who does not have a relationship with Him)
      • Bind up the brokenhearted
      • Liberty for the captives
      • Liberation for the prisoners
      • Comfort for the hurting and discouraged
  • Those who do this will be considered righteous.
  • The  goal is for God to get the Glory. 
For those in ministry it is important to fulfil the goals and purpose that God has given you in the place where he has placedHe will be glorified in what you do when you fulfill the goal he has given us.  
 
Read the article in the resource program by Rick Warren to help wth the practical implementation of setting a vision for your womens ministy.
    

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Kingdom Ambassadors prepare for visit from their King

As believers we should celebrate our Saviour.

The Christmas story is a good news for Kingdom Ambassadors. Our Saviour's birth  changes our eternity and we should celebrate this fact. This event once again shows us God's heart He loves mankind and his heart is for a restored relationship.  Once we have accepted Christ as our Saviour he fills our hearts when we walk with him.  As Kingdom Ambassadors we need to entrust ourselves to God to live a life that seeks to honour.  In John 2:5 says "Ïf anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them."

As we approach the year end we must ask God to fill our hearts with obedience and a love for his work and fulfill our role as Kingdom Ambassadors.

Kingdom Ambassadors have strict orders

The Lord tell us to make disciples.

1.  As Kingdom Ambassadors we are to help each other grow in Christ. 

2. As Kingdom Ambassadors we need to preach the Word and assist unbelievers to become Christians. 

3. As Kingdom Ambassadors we need to help people to become believers and taught how to live in a way in which to honour our King. Teach them to feel and act like a Chirstian. 

4. Kingdom Ambassadors grow disciples in every situation as they live there lives. 

The bible is full of passages that encourages this practice:-

  • Titus 2:4
  • 2 Tim 2:2 
  • Eph 6:4
  • Matt 28:20
  • Heb 3:13
  • 1 Peter 4:10
  • Acts 18:4-26
Every Christian should be helping unbelievers become believers by showing them how to live like Christ that is our mandate as Kingdom Ambassadors. 

Kingdom Ambassdors serve their King

Authentic servant hood is expressed in sacrificial and exemplary living.

In 1 Corinthians 4:1-21 Paul highlights the fact that genuine Christian living results in having a servant attitude and not a self-exalted view of who they are.

Authentic servants involves faithful stewardship 4:1-5

  • Paul indicated that God expects faithfulness from those who serve him.
  • Authentic servants are faithful to do what God expects.
Authentic servants are faithful to do what God expects 4:6-8.

Authentic servants willingly sacrifice when sacrifice is necessary for the Lord. 4:9-13.

Authentic servants involves parental-like love and concern 4:14-15.

Authentic servants lives exemplary lives 4:16-17.

Authentic servants bear witness to God's power 4;18-21.

Authentic Christian living results in servant hood.  People who meet you must be able to give testimony of your attitude of service in Jesus name.


Kingdom Ambassadors seek the best for residents of the host country.

As Kingdom Ambassadors need to be growing and developing as individuals.  Julia Bettencourt makes the following point, "I love the fact that I don't have to imagine that I'm royalty in Christ.  When we accept the Lord as our Saviour, we are part of his royal family." 

Romans 8:16,17 says that the Spirit bears witness with our spirit   then we are joint heirs with Christ.

In her devotion Royal Treasures Julia Bettencourt highlights that we gain much from being in our royal family.  Using various fairy-tale characters she highlights the fact that as royalty we have many privileges:-

Snow White - in the story of Snow White we see she was fair, kind and good.  As Kingdom Ambassadors we in Christ don't have to be snow white but we can be as white a snow. Is 1:18 tells us that though our sins be like scarlet we will be as white as snow. Snow White dreams of her coming prince.  We know for sure that our King is coming again. Snow White had dwarfs for friends but we have many friends in the Lord and that we can have fellowship in Christ together. 

Cinderella - she had to do all the work around the family despite having sisters who could have helped in order to maintain her support and salvation .  As Kingdom Ambassadors we do not have to work for our salvation Jesus gave us as a free gift. Titus 3:5 clearly states that our salvation is a gift not something we have to work for. Like Cinderella rags that were transformed into a ball gown so are we transformed into Kingdom Ambassadors from sinners.  

Sleeping Beauty -  In the story of sleeping Beauty the princess is cursed by an evil fairy. She did not die but she went to sleep until her prince came to give her a kiss and wake her up.  As a Christian when we die,we are just asleep in Christ and He will take us to heaven to live with Him.  What a wonderful gift we have from our King!

The Sword of the Spirit  is our tool in overcoming obstacles and difficulties and we should share this resource this everyone we come into contact with. Eph 6:17 highlights the fact that we have to put on the helmet of salvation.

The Princess and the Pea - in this story a pea was used to test to see if this lady was indeed a princess.  The King knows who we are and nobody has to see if we are ambassadors.  In 2 Timothy 2:19   "The Lord knows those who are his"

Being Kingdom Ambassadors we know that we will go to heaven someday it all depends on whether we have asked Jesus to be our Saviour.

     

Kingdom Ambassadors promote reconciliation

The result of our relationship as Kingdom Ambassadors should be what motivates us to evangelize people who do not know Christ.

Here is an outline of why we should focus on sharing the Gospel with those who do not know Christ.
(These ideas are taken from http://azsbc.org/my316docs_eng/Outlines.pdf)

God's Love is the key factor.

1. The reason - God loves us is the first thing that John 3:16 teaches us , "For God so loved".  the reason why "God so loved"because God himself is love. 1 John 4:7-10
2. The object of God's love is the  "The World"
3. The sacrifice of God's Love's -  is 'that He gave his one and only son" What is the sacrifice of God's love? It is Jesus Christ dying for the sins of the world.  Romans 5:8 says "But God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."  Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins, was buried, but in three days He rose out of the grave with all power in His hands (1 Cor 15:3-4) 
4. The recipient of the Gift of God's Love - whosoever:  "Whosoever believe in Him should not perish, but shall have everlasting life."John 3:16
 

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Kingdom Ambassadors show compassion

When preparing for social ministry outreach we need to remember that as ambassadors we have a responsibility to function within the three basic foundations of Scripture. The criteria are:-

1. Love God - (Matt 22:36-37)
"Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?"
 And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.

2. Love your neighbour - (Matt 22:39)
 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

3. Make disciples - (Matt 28:18-20)
 And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."

As believers we need to speak the Word and do the work, but in all things we need to point to Jesus.







Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Kingdom Ambassadors live as if they are at home.

Kingdom Ambassadors need to have healthy relationships:-

1. With God
A Kingdom Ambassador needs to be like Mary and sit at the feet of Jesus and seek to know Him more and to grow in our knowledge of him and to let our choices reflect our knowledge of Him.

2. With People 
A Kingdom Ambassador needs to live a humble life with other people and still be an example of a Christ follower.

  • We need to remember that its not about us but about trusting in God to have our best interest at heart. We need to believe His word and the promises and the truth it contains.  
  • We need to live out God's plans and purposes for our lives and not compare ourselves to others who have a different mandate from God.
  • We need to express our new knowledge of God as we relate to our fellow brothers and sisters in the world around us.
  • We need to show Grace to those around us as we have received Grace from God.
  • We need to trust God's guidance and find contentment in my relationship with Jesus and not be discontent with the things I do not have which my neighbour does have. 
  • We need to know that living on earth with other believers and non believers is not easy and so we need to draw our strength from our King.
  • We need to work hard at maintaining our witness in our home to our closest family and friends.
  • We need to accept that at times we are going to be angry but we need to manage our actions in such a way that God is glorified.
  • We need to keep our focus on God and not on the things and situation below that can so easily become discouraged and loose our joy.
  • We need to remember that all my plans, purposes and achievements are only possible because of the abilities and resources God has given us.

" Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted."

 Matt 23:12

We will succeed some days but other days we will not be a good example.  Our should always be set an example of a Kingdom Ambassador but when we do not succeed we  need to ask for forgiveness and ask the Lord to help us to do better the next day.

My family knows that I am not perfect but I still continue to be the best example of a Kingdom Ambassador to them.


Kingdom Ambassadors remember the King

During the last year the British have celebrated the 60th year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth with parades, TV shows, parties and memorial services.  It should be no different for us as Kingdom Ambassadors we need to set time aside to remember our King.  Every year the remembrance of the events that took place at Easter gives us the followers of Christ an opportunity to celebrate our King. It is important for us to remember that without the events that took place at Easter we would not have reason to celebrate as we would not have the benefits that we receive from death of our King.

  • We would not have spiritual life.
  • We would not have eternal life.
  • We would not have the Spirit living in our life.
  • We would not have the many benefits of being in relationship with him.
That is why we have Easter and all the symbols that remind us to celebrate the gift of Eternal life given to each of those who call Jesus their King.
     

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Kingdom Ambassadors are sent by the King

As believers we are sent out as Christ's representatives with the message of reconciliation.  We have been commissioned by Jesus himself to preach the Word, to train and teach the saints so that they can grow in their faith and practice. We should live our lives with that uppermost in our thoughts:- "We are Christ's representatives on earth and everything should bring Him."  We need to reflect the light of Christ into this dark world.

We need to be available to be used by God and not be afraid that we will not succeed.  God will work through His Holy Spirit to achieve His purpose through us and we need to be willing to allow him to use us. As believers we have been blessed and we should desire to be a blessing to others and share how others can have this blessing.  We have received forgiveness and we should want others to experience forgiveness as well.

Take your responsibilities seriously and share the gift of life with those you come into contact with.

Here is an example of doing something small to share God's love with those around us.  These senior citizens from connect church have prepared these gift packs to give to news mom's in need to show them  God's Love.
 

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Kingdom Ambassadors represent the heart of the King.


In 2 Cor 5:20 we are reminded that we as Christ followers have both a command and a commission to do ministry on Christ behalf. We have been appointed as Kingdom Ambassadors to represent Christ here on earth.
" Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God."

In the month of February the world focuses on Love as we celebrate Valentines day but as a Christ follower I cannot ignore the greatest Love story that was ever told that we read about in John 3:16:

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God loved the world so much that he gave us his Son and because of that love we have life eternal. Even more amazing is that God's Son was willing to come to die for people that would not necessarily appreciate this gift of love or accept this free gift. Yet He was still willing to sacrifice himself for the chance that we would accept this free gift.

We need to accept that nothing can separate us from God's love and accept that He loves us unconditionally.  When we start to relax and enjoy this inner peace and relationship with Jesus we begin to change as God restores and heal each and everyone of us. When we are at peace with ourselves we will be able to show love and care for those who do not know Jesus. As Kingdom ambassadors we need to love others with this love and seek to share this amazing gift that is available to each and every one of us    

How do we do this in our everyday lives:-


  • We set aside time for pray for those we work for and with.
  • Take a prayer walk around the building where you work and pray for the people who come there daily.
  • At the start of the day pray for every person that you will be meeting during that so that you will be sensitive to any opening you may have during your time together to share your faith. 
  • Plan intentional acts of kindness to encourage people in your life.
  • Help people in your office or workplace who are struggling with a heavy workload.
  • Smile
  • Look for opportunities to encourage and compliment people you come into contact with.
  • Have a servant heart and be willing to serve others even if the task is unpleasant.
  • Be the first to apologize even if you feel you are the wronged party.
  • Make opportunities to talk and listen to people around you.  Follow up by remembering the details and asking how the situation has worked out.
Be a minister of reconciliation and welcome many new folk into the Kingdom by being an intentional Ambassador of God's Kingdom. 












Thursday, 12 January 2017

Kingdom Ambassadors have a relationship with the King


“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.  For our sake, he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. “
2 Corinthians 5:20-21

This passage gives us both a commission and a command for ministry.  As Christ’s ambassadors on earth we are to fulfill a specific function on earth as His representatives.  If we claim to have a relationship with Christ we have a task to fulfill.

  1. Our task as Kingdom Ambassadors starts with our commission from the King.
Our office comes with authority, dignity and seniority. The ambassador is the voice of the one s/he represents. This person has the authority to speak on behalf of the King and therefore will be listened to because he has access to the authority and power of the King. 

The ambassador’s responsibilities are the following: -

·         He communicates regularly with the King and on behalf of the King.
·         He stands in solidarity with his countrymen – the church.
·         He speaks with authority and pleads the case of Christ
·         He seeks to transform lives with the message he has been mandated to share.
·         He has no choice but to speak on behalf of His King as that’s what he has been sent to do.
·         He urgent in seeking men to respond to the requests of the King.
·         He encourages the citizens to use the information that has been given to improve conditions in the host country. 

  1. Our task as Kingdom Ambassadors starts with a command for ministry.
Once we have accepted the position of an ambassador we have a responsibility to fulfil the mandate we have been given, it is no longer a choice but a responsibility. God ‘s attitude to sin resulted in Jesus death on the Cross because of God’s longing to save men from sin.

The ambassador’s response to this command is: -

·         The realization that without the death of Christ hell would be our future and we must prevent as many people from experiencing that as possible.
·         The urgency of sharing the message of redemption to improve the quality of life of the citizens of the host country.
·         The encouragement to the citizens to find safety in the gift of eternal life.
·         Obedience is an essential requirement for an ambassador.
  

Dear sisters let us fulfill the mandated that we have been given to fulfill in response to our relationship with Christ. Let us work towards celebrating this gift of righteousness we have received by sharing it with others we come into contact with daily.