In this teaching, taken from Mk. 6:30-40, Pastor David shows us how Jesus advocated for rest, for himself and his disciples. However, it should be noted that Jesus was also moved with compassion. Thus, when he saw there was a spiritual need, He chose to prioritise meeting the spiritual needs that He saw and encountered.
Minister P gives a whistle stop review of the previous teachings on 2 Peter 2 vs 1-15. The overview summaries the nature, behaviour and cunning practices of the False Prophets and the ensuing consequences of their unrighteousness acts. We are warned to be wary of false teachers, whose teachings are deliberately targeted to appeal to fleshly desires; with the sole purpose of exploiting others for personal gain. An understanding of such practices along with knowing God and His word for ourselves, will go a long way in helping us to not fall prey to false teachers and the ‘rewards of unrighteousness’, which is judgement.
Pastor David, also use various scriptures in Exodus to demonstrate that God was not the one who hardened Pharaoh’s heart - illustrating the role we play in the condition of our heart. Thus, reminding us that what we focus our mind on - we become sensitive to. Whilst, what we ignore - we become hardened to.
In this continuation of the Hardened Heart series, Pastor David uses both Old & New Testament scriptures to outline some of the characteristics of a ‘hardened’ heart. In Mark 6, Pastor David specifically highlights that the disciples’ reaction of ‘wonder’ & ‘amazement’ at Jesus walking upon water, was as a result of their hearts not CONSIDERING Jesus’ previous miracle of feeding the 5,000. He also explains that us being amazed, or in wonder or excited when miracles happen is not a good place to be in. Rather, God wants us to view miracles as the norm, and to only be surprised when we do not see miracles happening. However, this will only come about when set our minds to really knowing God and His power and HIs ability,
Pastor David continues the Hardened Heart series, focussing on the conflict between doubt/unbelief and faith. Pastor takes us through Matthew 17 where we see that it is possible to have the two forces existing at one time. Unbelief can be caused through, ignorance, lack of the right knowledge or based on our senses. The first two types of unbelief can be challenged by obtaining the right knowledge but the unbelief based on the reliance on senses can only be dealt with by prayer and fasting. Pastor David encourages us to deal with the unbelief.
Minister Emelia continues in 2 Peter 2. The apostle continues to describe the false prophets who have no redeeming character traits. We are encouraged to put on the new man, have our heart on the things of God, deal with desires that do not line up with God and use our will the right way so that we do not become pray to these false prophets.
Pastor David continues our series on the Hardened Heart. We return to Mark 6 where the disciples are in the midst of a storm and have just seen Jesus who they perceived, at first, to be a ghost. We see how Peter stepped out of the boat to walk on the water! How amazing that a word from God can make the seemingly impossible, possible. Peter walked on the water to Jesus but then saw how boisterous the wind was and began to sink. We learn how when we take our eyes of Jesus, we become less spiritual/more carnal and this initiates the gradual "sinking". Brethren if you are sinking it is not too late to reach out and look at Jesus. When Peter cried out Jesus reached out to him. Make time for intimacy with Jesus, unbelief will decrease and you will walk on the water again.
Minister Danielle continues in 2 Peter 2. We come to understand that the false prophets were brazen enough to speak against angels and that they were like brute beasts living according to their carnal instincts. They dared to mingle with true believers, taking advantage of their charity. These false prophets were destroying themselves by their destructive actions. I pray that these types of people have no influence in our lives and the we walk according to the righteousness we have been given, never appearing as spots or blemishes.
Pastor David shows us that the "Lord’s prayer" reveals the manner in which we should pray rather than a prayer to recite word for word. We also come to understand the nature of God who hears our prayers. It has been preached that we must be like the man who repeatedly knocked at his friend's door until he got what he wanted (see Luke 11:5-13). Is God really like that? Do we have to beg or irritate him into answering our prayers? God is not like that brethren! Listen and be encouraged to know that as a child of God, you are praying to a father who would withhold no good thing from you.