The Life God Sees for Us
Gina Elmes • February 23, 2020 • Gina Elmes
Ps Gina speaks of the life that God sees for us.....God is a lover of feasts and celebrations! He set out seven feasts each year for the Children of Israel. Everyone is invited to these feasts. In John Chapter 7 we see Jesus attending the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem. All Jews had travelled to Jerusalem to take part in this seven day feast. This was Wall to wall excitement in Jerusalem, and a celebration of God's provision to His people while they were in the wilderness - manna and water. During this feast they would celebrate the future outpouring of God's ‘water’, the Holy Spirit.....Then on the most important day of the feast, the last day, Jesus stood and shouted out to the crowds — “All you thirsty ones, come to me! Come to me and drink! Believe in me so that rivers of living water will burst out from within you, flowing from your innermost being, just like the Scripture says!” Jesus was prophesying about the Holy Spirit that believers were being prepared to receive. But the Holy Spirit had not yet been poured out upon them, because Jesus had not yet been unveiled in his full splendour. (John 7:37-39 TPT). Ps Gina then spoke of the vision that Ezekiel had about the River of God flowing from the temple......the temple being the life of the Spirit-filled believer. This is what God wants for us - His LIFE flowing from our lives...(Ezekiel 47:1-12 NKJV). Ezekiel saw this prophetic vision whilst he was in exile in Babylon and his land (that this prophecy was about) was desolate. This shows us that even when things look lifeless and impossible, God has other plans! This was prophetic for the Jews at that time but it is also for us today as Spirit-filled believers, temples of the Holy Spirit. God wants His Spirit to flow from our lives. His living Water is to fill us and flow out of our lives. He doesn't want us to stay ankle deep, knee deep, or even waist deep. He wants us to swim in His Living Waters and for it to flow out from our lives in increasing measures.
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.
Jesus Can Handle Our Brokenness
Gina Elmes • January 26, 2020 • Gina Elmes
Pastor Gina describes how we all have elements of 'brokenness' in our lives, hurts, failures, fears, insecurities, etc. She speaks of how storms come & damage our lives. However, God has sent Jesus to fix broken things in our lives. God wants to repair us as we go. Not just once. He wants to bring strength and life to us. Ps Gina highlights scriptures showing how He wants to breathe life into our lives when they are dry, how God wants us to come into His 'harbour' so that He can repair us and make us whole. In vulnerability we can experience the fire of His Spirit & Word to burn away the chaff and bring wholeness in our lives. God wants to complete the good work that He began in each one of us.
Saints, Servants & Stewards Part 2
Steuart Payne • January 19, 2020 • Steuart Payne
Pastor Steu uses The Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25, 14 - 30) to illustrate Part 2 of his series on Saints, Servants & Stewards. The challenge is for us not to be just servants but good stewards of that which God entrusts us with....treating responsibilities, tasks, items and so forth as if they were ours and thus maximising the gain obtainable for His Kingdom.
Andy Elmes • December 29, 2019 • Andy Elmes
David and Fiona Killough review their ministry whilst visiting the Portsmouth Congregation. Pastor Andy Elmes then speaks of Reviewing and Resetting our lives as the year end approaches. He speaks of lasting resolutions coming from having a correct perspective on life and situations.
The Brilliant Christmas Message for Everyone
Andy Elmes • December 22, 2019 • Andy Elmes
Pastor Andy speaks about the true purpose of Christmas, the birth of a special baby. God came down at Christmas, Jesus came to give us a second birth, God stepped down from the heaven he knew to experience the real life just as we do, with all its drama, problems, & issues. The arrival of Jesus was a lot more like our everyday lives than we realise. Jesus was not born in a palace, but a barn, he had everyday parents with everyday jobs. His future was that of a carpenter working under his Step Dad Joseph! All this was done not to judge us but to give us everlasting life, hope and a future.
Jesus ended the separation between God & Man
Andy Elmes • December 15, 2019 • Andy Elmes
Pastor Andy recaps his recent series describing how Jesus' ultimate sacrifice has provided for the separation which previously existed between man and God to now be reversed so we may live unseparated lives in perfect relationship with our Father.
Staying in Step with The Spirit
Andy Elmes • December 8, 2019 • Andy Elmes
Pastor Andy speaks about us having a fresh revelation of how we are in Christ, how we ought to walk in the Victory of Jesus rather than as paupers before his main message which picks up from previous weeks focusing on the Holy Spirit being inside us enabling us to be relationally His rather than religiously obligated.