Monday, June 13, 2016

THE MASTER HAS NEED OF THEE: PART 3

Written by Allison Sylvester-Conliffe

Why would Jesus choose to loose us?  This is the very reason why He came – to set captives free.
“The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.” Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him.  And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” Luke 4:18-21
Those of us who are being held captive by the negative effects of experiencing broken relationships, broken homes, rejection, disappointment, despair, hopelessness, lying, stealing – and the list goes on and on!  Jesus has come to make us whole in every respect – to give life and life more abundantly.

The Lord our God has need for all who would dare to follow Jesus, but we must be set free before we are able to free others. He needs us to be salt as well as lights in this unkind and messed up world.  Salt flavours the unsavoury thing and light shines to dispel darkness in order for us to see clearly where we are going.


As we live in Christ and share our experiences with others about Him and as we share from His Word, we become as salt and as light to this world.

Zacchaeus felt the call of the Lord as he went about his own business.  The important thing was that he heeded the call of the Lord to his restoration, and was therefore able to reap the benefits of the Kingdom of God for himself, as well as for his household.  In other words, Zacchaeus chose to experience life eternal with Christ, and because of his obedience he became a candidate to be used by God.

On the flip side of that, he could have felt the call of God and chose instead to ignore it, and continue in his old lifestyle.  Where would he have been headed? He would have been heading away from God’s kingdom into hell, the place which was designed for the devil and his demons.
Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst. Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it. Isaiah 5:13-14
Have you felt the call of the Lord?  Maybe at a church service or maybe as someone shared his or her testimony with you?  Have you responded positively to His call?


Consider this  - The Master has need of you!

Friday, June 3, 2016

THE MASTER HAS NEED OF THEE: PT 2

Written by Allison Sylvester-Conliffe

Jesus taught principles of the Kingdom of God through parables, using everyday examples.  He told about a nobleman leaving his servants to go to a far country - but before he left, he distributed one pound to each of his ten servants and told them to ‘occupy’ till he comes back.  To occupy means to have one’s place of business – or to take possession or control of a thing.

On the nobleman’s return, he found that most servants had invested the money that was given to them, and that pleased the nobleman who gave each servant additional responsibilities.  However, one servant did nothing but hid the money that was given to him and on the nobleman’s return, the servant gave the one pound right back to him.  Jesus said that the nobleman called him a ‘wicked servant’.

Remember that I said before that Jesus taught parables to explain Kingdom principles. Let us bring the story home to the principle being taught by this parable.

When a person accepts Jesus as his or her Lord and Saviour – the responsibility lies on that person to go and tell of his or her experience of salvation!  Jesus has need of those of us who have accepted the Gift of Salvation to go and tell others.

As seen in the Book of Genesis, the Lord our God needed replicas of Himself, so he created two. Therefore He made original man in the image of Himself who He then gave the responsibility to produce more of their kind.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: Genesis 1:27-28a  
God wanted man to be replicas of Himself to populate the earth. After Adam and Eve had sinned and therefore disqualified themselves of being in the image of God, it was impossible for sin to create purity. In the New Testament God offered mankind the opportunity to return to His image and likeness by sending Jesus as man’s Restorer!
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
When mankind accepts this gift from God, he becomes a disciple of Jesus and is expected to make more disciples.
And He [Jesus] said unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. Matthew 4:19
And with many other words did he [Peter] testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this perverse generation. Then those who gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day about three thousand souls were added to them. Acts 2:40-41 
As we look further into Luke Chapter 19, the Lord Jesus gave His disciples some instructions.
And it came to pass, when He drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mountain called Olivet, that He sent two of His disciples, saying, “Go into the village opposite you, where as you enter you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Loose it and bring it here. And if anyone asks you, ‘Why are you loosing it?’ thus you shall say to him, ‘Because the Lord has need of it.’” Luke 19:29-31
 The preceding verses are significant to my mind as it speaks of Jesus’ authority to loose mankind from bondage – from the chains that have had us bound. The colt referred to in the scripture belonged to someone, but Jesus demonstrated that He possessed authority over all that is in the heaven as well as all that is in the earth.



To be continued....

Monday, May 30, 2016

THE MASTER HAS NEED OF THEE: PT. 1


Written by Allison Sylvester-Conliffe

Consider yourself as being rich!  I would assume that you would be able to afford everything that you would ever need to make your life comfortable – and some more!  You would basically be in need of nothing.  Yet, the Bible tells us in Luke, Chapter 19 and verse 3, that Zacchaeus, though rich, sought to see who Jesus was!

Zacchaeus, was a chief among the publicans and a rich man.  The publicans were the tax collectors of that day, who would usually collect from citizens the taxes due to the government.  It was also the nefarious custom of these tax collectors to receive from the people an extra sum of money which was for their own personal gain.  These acts were probably what aided Zacchaeus to become a rich man.

Yet, he wanted to see Jesus so badly that he climbed a tree to get a perfect view of the Lord.  Why was Zacchaeus so eager?  What did he have need of?  After all, he could have had all the material gain of this world if he so desired!  Yet he was anxious to see who Jesus was – why was that so?

The Bible went on to say in verse 5 that Jesus saw him, and called him by his
name, (He knows us all by name!) and beckoned him to hastily come down from the tree, for He, Jesus, wanted to abide at his house.  I would think that the strangest thing happened next, when one thinks of Zacchaeus’ status in society.  The Bible says in verse 6 that Zacchaeus “made haste, and came down” – not only did he hasten to come to Jesus in obedience to Him, the Bible says that he, (Zacchaeus) received Jesus joyfully.

Immediately after receiving Jesus, Zacchaeus repented.  You may say that the Bible never said that he repented.  I beg to differ.  Jesus never once questioned Zacchaeus about his lifestyle and about all the wrong that he had done.  Yet, willingly Zacchaeus began to say to Jesus in verse 8, that he would return all that he had wrongfully taken from the people and would give even in greater measure than what he had taken.  What was it that had just happened there?
Zacchaeus received what the Bible calls, the gift of Salvation –
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Eph 2:8
Let us walk this through – Firstly, this rich man, who had the opportunity to have everything that he could possibly want in this life, has a desire to see Jesus.   You and I know very well, that if we have the opportunity of living the good life, with lots of money, none of us - of ourselves - would really spare a thought about Jesus, much more to have a desire to want to see who He is?  Clearly the Lord our God must have put the desire into Zacchaeus to go after Jesus.  Then, consider regurgitating all your wrong deeds to a person that you barely knew and going even further in committing to make amends for what you have wrongfully done! Clearly those actions say that something supernatural was at hand!

What had happened to Zacchaeus as he met with the presence of Jesus is called conviction of sin.  As a result of that conviction, his response was to repent to the One who has the power to forgive sin ... and no doubt Jesus restored Zacchaeus as well as his household – verse 9.  Jesus had need for Zacchaeus.  You may ask once again, how do you know that Jesus had need for Zacchaeus?  Take a look at the verses that followed verse 9.

To be continued….

Monday, March 21, 2016

THE REVELATION OF GOD'S LOVE: PT. 3


According to the Apostle Paul, we could say that we are truly God’s workmanship in Christ Jesus unto good works, and that it was God who had purposed in Himself to do that for His own honour and glory.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
When we think about boasting in ourselves, we must instead boast on the goodness of Almighty God. We must come to the realization that we are nothing in ourselves except for the grace of God extended to us through His love.

For those of us who are reading this article, who have not yet accepted the gift of Salvation, Jesus Christ, I urge you at this point to consider your own life in relation to what God expects from His creation.  God offers the gift but we have to willingly receive it.  It is not an automatic process as many have been duped into believing.

The benefits of kingdom living cannot be measured against life outside of Christ Jesus.  I am not proposing that all problems will go away when one experiences Salvation, but certainly the peace experienced while the problem persists cannot be explained.  As a matter of fact, God has ordained “trouble” as the tool He uses to get believers to anchor our faith in the Word of God.

Salvation offers an opportunity for believers to walk in divine health, divine provision divine protection and divine favour.  This is not the sum total of the blessings that are attributed the gift of Salvation but it is enough to make one stop to think of what God has prepared for His saints simply because He loves us.

Let us not take the gift of Salvation lightly nor take it for granted.  We cannot believe the saying “once saved, always saved”!  Lucifer was present before God as a worshiper extraordinaire – there was not another being that could have worshiped God as He did.  He was chief musician before the Throne of God, yet he sinned before God and fell from heaven, and is now called Satan, our adversary, the devil.  What would cause mankind to think that we would always remain in the state of grace.  Paul cautions us in the following verse of Scripture –
Therefore let the one who thinks he stands firm [immune to temptation, being overconfident and self-righteous], take care that he does not fall [into sin and condemnation]. 1 Cor 10:12 (Amp.)
Therefore let us not frustrate the grace of God.  Let us strive to guard our Salvation jealously against all odds and reciprocate the love of God toward God Himself as well as toward those with whom we would encounter.
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: 1 John 3:1

Blessings to all!

Friday, March 11, 2016

THE REVELATION OF GOD'S LOVE: PT. 2

God’s desire is for people to love Him.  He pronounced that His Name is Jealous and that He is a Jealous God  (Exodus 34:14). His desire is for His creation to turn to Him and worship Him and Him only.  He looks for His creation to worship Him in spirit and in truth –
But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. John 4: 23-24
Our motives for loving God should not be for material gain, or any selfish motive.  Rather, God wants us to worship Him and to love Him just because of who He is.  This is expressed in His own commandment to love.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:5
As believers study the Scriptures, we see time and time again the expression of

God’s love for us, and His intention and desire to restore fallen mankind to Himself.  As Jesus walked the earth, healing all manner of sicknesses and diseases, and as He taught about the Kingdom of God, what He was really doing was a restorative work for those who have eyes to see it.  The expected response was that men would be grateful enough for their deliverances, and as a result follow after Jesus and glorify God the Father.  Some caught it, but most didn’t.

God knew that all would not choose to follow Him at His Word, but He still pursues mankind today with His blessings.  I ask again - What kind of love is this?

God extends His grace to persons as a gift, so that when a person believes the Word of God, the salvation of their souls can follow.  Salvation is not only a gift from God, it is truly a miracle wrought solely from the love of God.  Mankind cannot do anything in order to attain Salvation.  Our best efforts cannot result in Salvation.  The Bible teaches that Salvation is a gift from God.
For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Ephesians 2:8-9
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
Imagine...God in His unconditional love for us, saw us when we were frolicking in sin in times past, yet He did not abandon us. Instead, He chose to work with us, even without us knowing it, until He succeeded in getting our attention focused on Him.  When we look back at our former state, I am sure we could attest to the fact that it could only be the unconditional love of God to bring us out of the level of sinfulness that we were steeped in.

To be continued...

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

THE REVELATION OF GOD'S LOVE - PT. 1

Written by Allison Sylvester-Conliffe

Have you accepted God’s Gift of Salvation, Jesus Christ, as your Lord and Saviour?

The revelation of God’s love and His intention for mankind was given to Paul the Apostle, and he expressed it as he wrote to the Ephesian Church.

By careful examination, one would find that the love of God for fallen man is revealed in Ephesians Chapter 1.  It is difficult to understand that God, in His
“bigness”, God in His great power and might – God in His Majesty, would think on mankind, who is oftentimes rebellious against His Word, and notwithstanding that, would proceed to create a plan to urge mankind to return to communion with Him!

Almighty God has sent His Son, Jesus Christ, in the likeness of flesh, in the same way as mankind is in the flesh. Though He is sinless, God would allow Jesus Christ to suffer the pain of rejection, physical pain, betrayal, and the discomfort of being misunderstood, in the same manner as we now suffer. He does this just to show us how we could overcome those very things, and thus live victoriously in this oftentimes selfish and cruel world.

Believers, let us look at the benefits when we chose to accept this Gift of Salvation.  The Lord our God has chosen by His own admonition, to bless us with ALL spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ! Ephesians 1:3. Though other doctrines may teach contrary to this scriptural statement, God has made it clear through His Word that we cannot tap into those blessings except we come through His Son Jesus Christ.  This is explained in John Chapter 3.

We also see that God has predestinated those who would accept His plan of Salvation, to be His adopted children - again through Jesus Christ!  What kind of love is this?  God created mankind, and put a plan in place even before time began, so that fallen man can have an opportunity to be redeemed, and return to fellowship with Him.  He did so even though He knew before time began that the majority of His creation would reject that plan.  You may ask, how can you tell that the majority of mankind would reject God and His Son Jesus?  The answer is found in Matthew 7:13-14, as Jesus Himself taught saying –

 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.  Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

This is indeed a hard saying but it is true.  Though God is love and extends His love to everybody, the just as well as the unjust, not many persons acknowledge God so far as to commit their lives to Him.  Many persons would see the hand of God in their lives and may or may not opt to say “thanks” to Him for whatever blessing they may have received, but most persons continue to live their lives as they see fit.  I believe that this type of behaviour is called ingratitude.

to be continued....

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