Category Archives: David Williams

21Jan/17

Prayer precedes any move of God

Two rivers run through scriptures

  1. God’s sovereignty
  2. Human responsibility

Prayer does not rule out the sovereignty of God but somehow He is able to weave the prayers into His sovereignty

Early in the morning, while it is still dark, he went to pray

While it is still dark phrase – what is dark?  Future? Today? Circumstance?  Are we coming to the Lord saying we are in the dark and need His light and His help

Illustrations:

  1. Old Testament. Nation of Israel. Family find themselves in Egypt.  God comes to Moses because of the cry of the people. It was God’s will for them to live in the promised land; walls rebuilt because Nehemiah prayed.  But God’s will for Jerusalem was to be restored.   When prayer happens things can actually get worse.  Because there is an enemy that does not want breakthrough to happen.  So we need to persevere.  Daniel is a book of God’s sovereignty and human responsibility of prayer.
  2. New Testament.  John the Baptist. Divine sovereignty that he would come; but he came in to being because God heard Zechariah’s prayer.   Day of Pentecost was foretold in sovereignty, but 120 people prayed!
  3. Experience.  Every revival starts with prayer. Welsh revival.  Outer Hebrides.

 

21Jan/17

Preparation

God is saying to prepare!

How did the wise men prepare?

Loved him simply because of who He is.  We need to be in that place of just loving him: not just because of what he has done (that’s still good), but also because of who He is!  They came to honour Him and bring gifts to Him.  We need to not keep asking him for things (which is still ok) but giving to him our worship; bringing our gift of worship to Him.

How did Mary prepare?

She was leaning on the word of God – be it unto me as the word of the Lord has said.

How did Simeon prepare?

Listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit.  The spirit has spoken once and he was waiting on the Holy Spirit to speak again.  He was ‘tuned in’, living close to God.

How did Anna prepare?

Looking to the Lord – she was praying and fasting and looking to the Lord for what he was going to do

How did the Shepherds prepare?

Living oblivious to the preparations when suddenly God broke in.  We can’t live like that because we are not ignorant – we need to be living in expectancy

How did teachers of the law prepare?

Loopy.  They knew it was going to happen but they did not prepare for it.

 

21Jan/17

Old has gone and the new has come

Terms

Terms have changed over the years,  For example, ‘cool’ used to mean cold; but today it means something completely different.  ‘Gay’ used to mean happy, now it is very different.  Terms change.

Also in spiritual terms;  Jesus spoke in a language the people could understand.  The term ‘in Christ’ has been replaced by ‘my faith’, ‘my baptism’; ‘I believe God’ but they do not convey the truth of what it means to be in Christ

Trust

What does it mean to be ‘in Christ’?  People IN the ark were saved.  Everyone IN Rahabs house were saved.  Those who are IN Christ will know salvation.

Transformation

In Christ we are a new creation!  That is transformation.  5 words and a demonstration:

  1. A letter gets put in an envelope. 
  2. The letter is accepted into the envelope
  3. The letter now has security because it’s in the envelope
  4. The letter in the envelope knows significance. It’s important and it’s special. Significance not because of what you do, but where you are
  5. The letter in the envelope has got destiny!

How can we know acceptance, security, significance, destiny?  Because the letter has a stamp on it!  The price has been paid by the precious blood of Jesus.

06Jan/17

Jesus the healer

Jesus wants to make you whole, make you complete

10 lepers were healed but only 1 was made whole because his spiritual condition was touched because he came back to give thanks,

Jesus knows what is best for us.  Because he knows what tomorrow holds.  King Hezekiah in the Old Testament would of been better not living for the extra 15 years!

Jesus says grace is sufficient. Paul’s thorn in the flesh was not specific therefore it covers everything – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual. 

Paul would rather be weak so that God’s power would be made visible.

 

06Jan/17

Jesus the preacher

Matthew 4v17

What kind of preacher was he?  Did he use notes?  Was he jumping around when he preached?

But it’s not the type of preacher but what is said that is important.  When he preached Jesus:

  1. brought light
  2. brought good news
  3. talked in a way people can understand
  4. was focused
  5. showed people how to apply it

A kingdom is just where we live

Jesus was asking what kingdom do we want to live in because Jesus is saying the kingdom of God is near.

We are born into the kingdom of darkness.  Drugs, deceit, despair, disobedience, depression, death, defeat.  But He has delivered us from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light.

We ought not to live lives in the ashes back there but we need to repent! For the kingdom of God is at hand.

We, we, need to set our affections on things above rather than the ashes of yesterday.

And we pray – Thy kingdom come!  In my life, in my church, in my community.

06Jan/17

Jesus – Baptiser with the Fire

Symobolised by fire: burning bush; a fire goes before Him and burns up all his enemies; tongues of fire on the day of Pentecost

Fire signifies presence.

Baptised in the Holy Spirit and with fire means baptised in His power and in His presence.

Presence

We need to understand being baptised in His presence.  Having the fire means we start to understand Him

Purity

When the fire falls the rubbish is burned away.  Are we ready for the rubbish in our lives to be consumed?  Look at judgement seat of Christ.  Malachi talks about the refiners fire – the hotter the fire the purer the gold. 

Chaff was once useful. Is there anything in our lives as ICF that was useful but we are still hanging onto it.  It was good in the past but not needed anymore.

Passion

Do we need our passion revived?  To rekindle those dying embers

 

Where does the fire fall?  On the sacrifice.  Fire needs fuel.

06Jan/17

Jesus – Baptiser with the Holy Spirit

Think about it in terms of the anointing.  In the Old Testament anointing the oil was poured over the head and it covered them from top to bottom.

Kings were anointed; Prophets were anointed;  Priests were anointed;  Jesus was anointed with the Holy Spirit.  If Jesus needed it, how much more do we need it!

What does the anointing do?

  1. Brings release into my life – breaks the heavy yoke
  2. Brings release into the lives of others
  3. Enables us to carry the presence of God.  What distinguishes us? A shining face – the presence of God.

 

 

06Jan/17

Jesus the Nazarene

Matthew 2:13-23

Jesus the Nazarene is a subject not really preached on.

3 times in the passage it says, “as the prophets foretold”:  Egypt (Hosea 11:1); Children weeping (Jeremiah 31:!5); Nazarene – prophets said, but it’s not in the Old Testament

Humanity; Humility; Holiness.   The Prophets have a lot to say about these 3 things

Humanity

Nazareth gives Jesus a human base.  He came out of Egypt but he belonged to Nazareth. He had human roots, human origin.  Prophets were clear about Jesus being human.   Gen 3:1 – seed of woman would crush the head of Satan.  Root of Jesse – Jesus has human origins.  Yes He is fully God but He is also fully man.

Jesus had an age, yet God is ageless.  Jesus got tired, yet God does not slumber or sleep.

Humility

 Place can carry a stigma.  The term ‘send to Coventry’ means being rejected.  Craig Dunain associated with mental institution.  Nazareth carried a stigma.  Nathaniel said, ‘can anything good come out of Nazareth?’

Isaiah 53 says he was despised and rejected and his own received him not.  The prophets spoke of the stigma – the humility – Jesus can identify with us all. 

Christians used to be called those who belong to the sect of the Nazarene.  In other words, those who are of the despised.

We also need to draw alongside the despised.

Holiness

Described as a Nazarite. Samson was a Nazarite.  A Nazarite was set apart for God and God alone.

 

31Dec/16

Jesus – King

Jesus is King.

3 things – where is He? Who is born? The King of the Jews.

Where is He?

For wise men: In Bethlehem. In a house. Bethlehem means house of bread. The bread of life was born in the house of bread.

Now: Jesus is ascended.  What is He doing?  

He is praying for you.  John 17: for our protection from the evil one by the power of His Name; for our sanctification by truth (make them holy); to make us one as the trinity is one; people that will believe through us.

He is providing for the church.  When He ascended He led captives in His train (Old Testament saints went to Sheol – a waiting place – He led them to heaven because heaven was now open) and gave gifts to men – apostles (move in authority); prophets (vision), evangelists (grow and gather), teachers (teach), pastors (care).

He is preparing eternity for you.  Going to prepare a place for us. Where He is, there He will take us.

Who is born?

Jesus was born.  Unto us He is born.  He’s not dead, because His government will know no end.

God was born. What difference does that make?  That God came to where we are. Christianity is unique because other religions try to get to God, but God came to us.  God could come to us with punishment and judgement but He comes with grace and mercy bringing gifts of His Holy Spirit.

King of the Jews

He was born King. Prince Charles, William and George were born to be King; but Jesus was born King.

He is the King of Creation – raven brought Elijiah bread (rather than eat it); rain stopped for 3 months, then rained for 3 months

He was King in the cradle

He was King on the cross. Pilate got it right. He’s on the cross not because He was a victim but by choice.

He is King in the clouds. As the bible says, we are almost in a cashless society and He is going to reign!  Reign over plant life – because deserts will bloom – over the animals for the lion will lie with the lamb.

Conclusion

Israel wanted a King.  God said He was King, and God let them have one but in God’s perfect timing, God sent Jesus – born King

Wise men said King of the Jews.  He was not their King, is He my King?