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....
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