You only need a touch from God to change everything in your life.
When God looks at you, He sees you if you are in Him, a child of the Most High God. He can’t see you as a sinner again.
Ps Ray Bevan (3rd svc) sermon starts:
There are three types of weather here. Hot, hot hot and wet hot.
Ps R introduces the book “Stolen Childhood”- by Ps Bevan’s wife, Lila
“I wasn’t afraid of dying. I was afraid of living.” She used to be cynical about the love of God. A very good book.
Ps R jokes about the title of the sermon:
What to do when u dunno what u are doing when u thought u were doing it right etc etc XD
7 steps to a successful circumcision lol XD
Real title is:
IT IS TIME TO SILENCE THE BULLIES.
He came to the outskirts of Jericho. A blind man was sitting beside the road asking for handouts. When he heard the rustle of the crowd, he asked what was going on. They told him, “Jesus the Nazarene is going by.”
He yelled, “Jesus! Son of David! Mercy, have mercy on me!” Those ahead of Jesus told the man to shut up, but he only yelled all the louder, “Son of David! Mercy, have mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and ordered him to be brought over. When he had come near, Jesus asked, “What do you want from me?” He said, “Master, I want to see again.” Jesus said, “Go ahead—see again! Your faith has saved and healed you!” The healing was instant: He looked up, seeing—and then followed Jesus, glorifying God. Everyone in the street joined in, shouting praise to God. (Luke 18:35-43 MSG)
Bart said who was passing by and they told him Jesus was passing by. Interesting he cried out Jesus Son of David, not Jesus of Nazareth. Saw more than those who could see. Spiritual eyes. Saw that Jesus was more than Joseph’s son, the rejected, the dishonoured, a carpenter. Nazareth speaks of rejection, self-righteousness, faithless. Bart shouted through the eyes of grace as a sinner w desp needs. Saw Jesus as the raiser of people from the dead, the messiah, the Son of God.
This house has been raised up with a shout that is drowning out the voice of judgmental, accusative, self righteous, performance based religion. NCC is calling out JESUS THE SON OF DAVID, not Jesus of Nazareth, declaring to the world Christianity is about the sacrifice we trust and not the sacrifice we make.
Ps R bought a small factory to reach out to the youth and poor. Financially reached a crisis. NCC sent to the church in Wales that not only broke the crisis and hundreds or young people and thousands of needy have their needs met because of a shout of grace and generosity from this church. Giving out 100k over food hampers giving out to needy people every month thanks to NCC.
Those ahead of Jesus warned the man to shut up, but he only yelled all the louder, “Son of David! Mercy, have mercy on me!” (Luke 18:39 MSG)
When u warn someone, there is a threat attached to it. Bart, even though he was bullied, he cried out all the more. Like this situation there are bullies who bully believers, this is the time to take up Bart’s spirit.
Voices that tell u u can’t be healed, u are useless, ur life is going wrong- condemnation and accusatory voices…. It feels like u are crying out to Jesus and people mock u if God is there with u when things are going wrong despite your cries. U learn best from normal things in our lives.
One day, Ps R’s PILs came over to help care for the kids n went back. Then he went to preach service wearing comfy underpants. Told wife to buy more of that. His wife saw it and said it was a pair of granny’s knickers.
Just because it is uncomfy doesn’t make it wrong. Sometimes a of will touch your world to get you to the place where your dreams will be birthed.
The Bully of sin will threaten the believer first of all-
Contamination, condemnation, seperation (disconnect u), limitation (Rob u)
Remind ourselves every day that there is REALLY no more condemnation in Christ Jesus. Important.
Youngster shooting rocks but hit nothing. Spotted his granny’s duck and managed to hit the duck. Hid the duck in the wood shed. His sister saw him and she emotional blackmailed him by telling him, “remember the duck.” Couldn’t bear it. Apologised to grandma and confused. The grandma lol and told him she saw everything- at window when he killed duck died. Love him and already forgiven him. Just wondered how long he would let his sister make a slave out of him.
Yes, we have done wrong and bully of sin demands we pay for our wrongdoings… But the punishment has been carried out, died in Jesus.
Church has become a place that tells guilty people how to be more guilty.
Our dirt is His business. God only sees one type of sin today- FORGIVEN sin.
Need to marinate our minds in this revelation of no condemnation. Even some people who don’t believe Jesus can teach u about Jesus.
Sat next to portrait painter on a trip. He is the personal portrait painter for the royal family and Margaret Thatcher. Asked Ps R what he did. He wanted to say he is an artist that takes God’s Word and painted it on people’s heart. Didn’t. Said he is a preacher. The painter got serious and asked- 15y ago he had a dream, standing before a man. Knew it was Jesus. Told him all his sins and bad things. Can paint expressions and know what faces say. Jesus looked unmoved. Worse thing he said, Jesus I don’t believe in u. Then Jesus face showed disappointment. Woke up. Felt embarrassed about the encounter. Ps R said Jesus wasn’t moved by his confession of sins because He had already paid for all of to them in full.. the disappointment in his eyes because he didn’t believe it. Painter said he was going to have an exhibition called FAITH to show the heads of churches and Ps R suggested the painter to paint the disappointment in his eyes. Sin is not the issue. The disappointment is we don’t believe sin has been forgiven.
Don’t let bully of sin affect u.
Never forget under old convenant when the clean touches the unclean, they become unclean. But under new covenant, when unclean touches the clean, the unclean becomes clean.
Bible says sin shall not have dominion over us coz no longer under law, where sin abounds grace super abounds. So don’t fear about being surrounded by sin, no power over us.
We need to shout louder than the bully of sin.
Ps R’s brother got hooked to drugs as a musician. Went to visit his brother at his performance in a club. Felt uncomfy about the club. Many women. Not many men. It wasn’t just a club. It was a brothel. Ps R found himself the reverend from the shire found himself on holiday at a brothel. Bully of sin said he was going to contaminate him and Ps r was freaking out. Met the owner of the brothel and his ashtray alone was dripping with enough gold to pay for the national debt of Wales. Lol.
The guy’s secretary was typing away. His brother told him don’t do the Jesus stuff here. Secretary had a bad neck. “Long time bad neck.” Ps R couldn’t help it. Went up to the guy and his brother turned ashen. Ps R said that the God he serves wants him to lay hands on the sick. He wanted to be healed so Ps R placed his hand on him. Instant healing n the owner was so excited. “Now in my culture because of what u have done, I must honour u,” said the owner. “you go downstairs and pick any four women u want.” Ps R said he would rather sing in the club tonight- 2 gospel songs (Amazing Grace and Have I Told u lately that I love u). Asked keyboard player if he knows Amazing Grace. He said, she doesn’t come here. Lol. He was surrounded by degradation and heart ache and sin that night. But he tasted and smelled the grace of God. Sensed the presence of God. Owner excited and wanted to hire him and fire his brother. Lol.
Take advantage of the environment because greater is He who is in u than he who is in the world. 😀 Don’t let the bully of sin overcome u.
The bully of sin says I can separate u. U know u have the tendency to sin so I am going to use that one sin to separate u and cause u to lose ur salvation.
[Now] we have this [hope] as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whoever steps out upon it–a hope] that reaches farther and enters into [the very certainty of the Presence] within the veil, [Lev. 16:2.] Where Jesus has entered in for us [in advance], a Forerunner having become a High Priest forever after the order (with the rank) of Melchizedek. [Ps. 110:4.] (Hebrews 6:19, 20 AMP)
Nautical terms used here. Forerunner is a job someone had on a ship. In those days, when the ship enters the harbour, the forerunner will go on a small boat w the anchor and slowly guide the ship in to avoid the rocks and anchor the ship down.
Jesus has gone behind the veil after His death. Now a young fella emptied out by the world, goes to watch a movie about the life of Jesus. Thinks I will blv it. Jumps in and attached to the LORD via his faith. Then made a big sin. Bully of sin says U ARE DONE. U SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER. The young man tries to backslide and runs away but his forerunner has anchored his salvation. Motive for searching Jesus is no longer to get, but because he received. Things get better then bam, sinned again. Big sin. Tries to backslide but cannot. Realise now that nothing can separate us from love of God. Our forerunner, Jesus, will winch us home.
Even though we are saved and believers, we tend to allow bully of sin tell us that he can limit God.
Recall what Jesus said to Bart. Law says we must do for God. Grace said to Bart, “What do u want me to do for u? No conditions.” When are we going to be like children again? Children just believe.
Ps R’s grand daughter asked about his age. She thought he was 20, Ps R told her he is 65. She bawled. Thought he would die soon. So she decided that to her, he was going to be thirty and smiled. She lives in a world where pumpkins turn into carriages. Children believe the fantastic.
What is it u want Jesus to do for u? Jesus isn’t limited by your sin. Where sin abounds, grace super abounds.
Ps R preaching this message in his church when suddenly a lady walked down the aisle. Got on the stage and looked at him. He said hello to her. She said she is Joan, asked what is his name. It was her second time at his church. She came for the JESUS CARES food programme. The van travels all over Wales to deliver food aid. Ps R asked her who gives u food all the time? “The king’s church where Jesus lives.” She told Ps R that as he preached, she thought surely Jesus couldn’t do her legs. He already gave her a food parcel. But nonetheless she asked and suddenly had feelings in her legs! So she walked walked all the way. Ps R told her Jesus wants to be in her life and live in her home. She received Jesus and asked to speak to everyone. Said she had been a terrible person all her life. But look at what Jesus has done for her. He gave her a food hamper, healed her legs and going home with her. Asked the congregation why not they receive the same too? Don’t limit God.
Jesus stands here and today the asks u what do u want Me to do for u?
Grace asks what do you want me to do?