Posted 3/15/17 at 8:51 PM | Greg Gordon
But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. - Matthew 6:15
Lesson of Forgiveness
Sometimes the lesson of forgiveness can only be obtained through being the recipient of someone not being willing to forgive you. If we have been hurt in our past by someone we can be those who will not forgive others who hurt us.
When we do not release others we end up not releasing ourselves. Even physical ailments can be a result of this pent up hurt and unforgiveness that manifests itself in bitterness, envy, resentment and even anger. For a Christian to hold onto any grudge or anger towards someone in the body of Christ affects not just themselves but others are defiled by their sin. It is not only a sin to not forgive but as we do this we enter into the strategy of satan because the demonic world is a world of unforgiveness. Not offering forgiveness is to not offer the love of Christ to another believer.
We have received unmerited grace and forgiveness but then we say to someone "I will not forgive you," we are doing what is opposite than Christ. When we do not forgive we show that we do not love Jesus because if we love him we will obey his commands. And his command is to forgive all. FULL POST
Posted 3/11/17 at 8:29 AM | Greg Gordon
Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? - Matthew 15:3
Traditions! Some hate them and some love them, what when we come to the New Testament scriptures and the Church what are we to do with them? Are they good, bad or neutral? The Scripture passage shared above is one of the first bible verses we think right away on the position of our Lord on human religious traditions. It seems on the outset that all traditions are against the commands of God and therefore we have to disregard them. But let us take a closer look this passage and others. The pharisees were coming to Jesus stating that his disciples were breaking their traditions, "the tradition of the elders" (Mark 7:3). The pharisees believed they were keeping the passed on traditions of moses and elders in hand washing. But what they missed was the inner reality of why the hand washing was done. God was desiring inward purity and they lost the inner meaning and simply focused on the outward. FULL POST
Posted 3/5/17 at 3:36 PM | Greg Gordon
“Enter in by the narrow gate...”
Verses like this one can be confusing to the modern Christian mind. How does this apply to my daily experience? The answer to this question and others lies in a secret truth that the early believers closely guarded. It was the secret of Martyrdom.
In The Following of Christ, Greg Gordon gives us a glimpse of what following the Lord truly meant to the Early Church. Join hands with your nail-pierced Lord’s hand and learn of that great cloud of witnesses (Hebrews 12:1) who have gone before us, some giving their very lives.
What Others Are Saying?
"This little book helps us to not only admire the ancient Christian martyrs, but to examine our lives and prepare for own martyrdom should God will it. As Greg reminds us, God grants special grace to those whom He calls to suffer by the sacrifice of their lives, enabling them to be fearless and even triumphant." - David Servant, Founder of Heavens Family FULL POST
Posted 2/28/17 at 6:02 PM | Greg Gordon
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. - Psalm 51:1
So many times in life we feel deserving of right treatment, we feel like we deserve always good things. We look at others and think of them as worse then us and try and justify ourselves. Those who always judge others are not recipents of mercy or have at least forgotten the great mercy shown to them. We consider God a just God, and in many ways He is, but if He were truly just without mercy we would all be sent to hell. God chooses to remember us when we should be forgotten and left to our own devices.
Asking for God's mercy is something the prophets and believers of the Old Testament cried out for. In the New Testament we see this same cry, notably three times in the Gospels. The Canaanite woman cries out "Lord have mercy on me" (Matthew 15:22). The two blind men cry out to Jesus, "Lord have mercy on us" (Matthew 20:30-31). Lastly, Blind Bartimaeus cries out, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me" (Mark 10:46). These individuals saw the reality of humanity that it is in need of God's mercy. Jesus clearly gave these people mercy, something they did not deserve. FULL POST
Posted 2/21/17 at 7:22 AM | Greg Gordon
The Roman Coliseum was one of the main centers for entertainment and, on this day, it was not gladiators or sports competitions, but a different type of crown was being competed for. Rows upon rows of circular seating, with humanity throbbing inside. Fifty thousand faces fixed their attention on the scene below. The noise at times was deafening with cheers of the crowd, anticipating what was to come. To whet the appetites of the onlooking romans, gladiators were sent out to fight. Then wild animals who were starved were released, and a skillful gladiator would kill each one. But all of this is just to prepare the crowd for the main event and attraction. It was the Christians that were competing today for a heavenly crown following the way of Christ in the noble way of martyrdom.
What happens next, The Martyr of the Catacombs, details the sad scene well for us:
“An old man entered upon the scene. His form was bowed, and his hair silver white with extreme old age. His appearance was hailed with shouts of derision, although his majestic face and dignified manner were only calculated to excite admiration. As the shouts of laughter and yells of derision came down to his ears he raised his head and uttered a few words.
“A loud outburst of yells and execrations from the fierce mob drowned his voice. Before it was over three panthers came bounding toward him. He folded his arms, and looking up to heaven, his lips moved as if murmuring prayers. The savage beasts fell upon him as he stood, and in a few minutes he was torn in pieces. “Other wild animals were now let in. Into the midst of this a helpless band of prisoners were rudely thrust. They were chiefly young girls, who were thus sacrificed to the bloodthirsty passions of the savage Roman mob. The sight would have moved to pity any heart in which all soft feelings had not been blighted. But pity had no place in Rome. FULL POST
Posted 2/16/17 at 10:35 AM | Greg Gordon
I Don't Know What To Do!
I went into my study, sat on the floor and simply prayed: “Jesus, I don’t know what to do. I know so much and everybody thinks I am a spiritual person, but I am so lost. I don’t know where You are, and I can’t find You. Please talk to me.” And He did. At the end of seeking Him for two weeks, the Lord showed up. I can’t explain how, but within a few seconds, millions of pictures began to flash before my eyes: faces, images and places I had been to on the mission field. And then He said, “I have been waiting for this day when you would come to the end of yourself. I have called you. I know you.”
I expected the Lord to say, “You messed up. Sell everything, go back to India and wear rags.” But He didn’t.
Instead, I was so overcome with the awareness that He loves me, He understands me and He wants me. I wasn’t able to stop crying. For weeks I couldn’t think of anything else than just being His. I was so overwhelmed by His love that He could have asked me anything outrageous, and I would have done it. FULL POST
Posted 2/13/17 at 7:45 AM | Greg Gordon
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. - Proverbs 11:2
Pride and the Devil
When we speak of pride we also often times think of the devil. He was the beautiful angel who through transgression and pride fell from his place with God to a fallen state. Lucifer, an anointed cherub of God became the devil, the father of lies (John 8:44). He was soiled and became filthy and the enemy wants to defile all those who are unsoiled also. When we are free from pride the enemy of our souls desires to sow prideful thoughts into our life. Pride is a preoccupation with self, it is to say that I am more important then all others. Pride says "I" am always right. Pride is when at all costs we need to revenge ourselves of our abusers. Pride says that we are more important then others and when sinned against our rights are more important. Personal glory and importance leads to a proud heart and opposition to God (1 Peter 5:5). FULL POST
Posted 2/12/17 at 5:36 PM | Greg Gordon
Will strong persecution come to North America in our lifetime? Seasoned preacher, Christian author David Ravenhill believes it will.
He states that in his lifetime we could see the “underground Church” start in North America because of persecution.
Currently around the world persecution against believers in Jesus Christ is on the rise. Many Churches theology leave out the possibility of persecution, because in their lifetimes they did not have any.
The Gospels are clear that coming persecution world-wide will happen before Jesus comes a second time:
“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come (Matthew 24:9-14 NIV). FULL POST
Posted 2/8/17 at 7:28 PM | Greg Gordon
I am afraid that when I come again my God will humble me before you, and I will be grieved over many who have sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual sin and debauchery in which they have indulged. - 2 Corinthians 12:21
Humility in our Walks with Christ?
There are many tests for the humility of our walk with Christ. One of them is how we react to correction and namely correction by spiritual leaders in the body of Christ. It is never easy to consider we have been wrong in an area of our life and our decisions have caused hurt towards others. Paul the Apostle was encouraging the Corinthian believers to repent fully of their past behaviours, he was full of grace towards them that they could change. But sadly in the 2nd letter he wrote to them at the end he started to doubt whether they had changed. He wrote, I fear there would be "discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder" (2 Corinthians 12:20) still among you! FULL POST
Posted 2/3/17 at 8:44 PM | Greg Gordon
He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. - John 8:44
We have To Rememeber
We have to remember that Satan is the father of lies. He is a murderer from the beginning and dwells in falsehood. He never wants the glory to go to Jesus Christ but rather twists the truth and deceives those in the Lord’s work to take glory to themselves. Satan is also the master counterfeiter who has been deceiving God’s people since the beginning. He spoke to Eve and deceived her by twisting the truth of God saying, “Has God indeed said?” Such twisting of the truth is his normal activity.
Since the earliest days of the apostles, even with our Lord himself, there were deceivers and false brethren present: those who secretly come into God’s flock for personal gain and to infiltrate the liberty of the believers, betrayers, deceivers, false brethren, false prophets, and those desiring preeminence among the saints (3 John 1:9). Diotrephes and one's like him did not seek honour in the church as much as sought his own truth, his own way and seperated himself from the doctrines of the Apostles and all the other Churches. FULL POST