Being an Open Door
May 26, 2019 • Sean Finch
Come to the Table
Steuart Payne • February 16, 2020 • Steuart Payne
Pastor Steu speaks of the banquet which God has laid at his table for us in the presence of our enemies (Ps 23v5). Although our physical well-being is very important to God, our spiritual well-being is even more important. If we are to be spiritually strong and mature we need to consume healthy spiritual food and drink. God has laid a banqueting table before us and it is full of incredible food and drink that will only do us good if we consume it! It will cause spiritual growth and maturity. On His table are His Word (our food) and His Spirit (our drink). When we consume the spiritual food that God has laid before us, we will be filled with the life of God which does way more for us than any natural food. God has made the first move. The banquet has been prepared and there is a seat for every living soul at the table. Yet God can’t force anyone to come to His table, or to make them eat and drink the feast that He has set before them. This is an individual choice we must make for ourselves. When we taste the feast that God has laid before us, we will never forget it! It’s like nothing that the world can offer. It’s time to take our seat at God’s table. It’s time to stop being distracted by the world or influenced by those who are away from the table themselves. We ARE worthy to take our seat - because of His great love for us. God wants to wash away all insecurity, all fear, all inadequacy from our lives and remind us that we are worthy because of His mercy and grace, not because of anything we’ve done or could do! When it comes to eating God’s feast there is no limit to His supply and everything on His table is good for us. The more we eat and drink at God’s table, the more we will be filled with the ETERNAL LIFE OF GOD and the greater impact our lives will have on others as we go out to bring others in. How much we consume is simply dependent on how hungry we are.
Manna Living - Spiritual Bread
Andy Elmes • February 9, 2020 • Andy Elmes
Ps Andy continues speaking about "Manna Life".....As Christians we need to learn to call on God before we hit a crisis, rather than seeing Him as a "last resort" when we find ourselves in a time of crisis. Sometimes we find ourselves in a season of "manna life" where we have no idea what "tomorrow" looks like and we simply have to trust God "today". Sometimes we don't know where our provision will come from tomorrow, but we experience God's daily provision and simply have to trust Him. The "manna life" that Israel had to learn was firstly to HUMBLE God's people, reminding them that they couldn't survive in their own ability, they had to rely on God. It also tested their hearts. It showed "where they were at" in their relationship with God and in their trust in God. The hunger that Israel experienced in the wilderness also taught them they could not live by bread ALONE. That true life and sustenance comes from God's Word! Jesus reminded the devil of the TRUTH. He quoted God's Word with complete faith and authority, knowing the power of God's Word v. the deception of the devil. Jesus was able to do this because He knew the Word. Not just as a book that He quoted but as the living word that was very real and alive in His heart. He said, "It is written…" However, in order to use God's Word as a weapon against the enemy (Sword of the Spirit) we need to know His Word. God wants to provide for us on a physical level but also on a spiritual level. ONLY God's Word can truly satisfy us......Are we approaching the table that God has laid before us with APPETITE?...How hungry for God are we really?
Andy Elmes • February 2, 2020 • Andy Elmes
"Give us today our daily bread."......Manna life is not a 'storing' way of life, it's a 'trusting' way of life. Trusting God for everything we need on a daily basis. God wants us to depend on Him for everything we need. We were saved when we put our faith in the grace of God. We LIVE by His grace and we are called to WALK in the grace of God on a daily basis. Everything we need spiritually has already been provided by God in Christ. Pastor Andy speaks about living in the provision God has laid before us, moving to a life of thanking rather than of hoping.