If you would like to receive a copy of Marlene's weekly Sermonettes contact her through the contact page.
Milk or meat? Where are you on the spiritual dietary scale? I hear the cry of the Father’s heart. ‘Where are the meat eaters?’
SUNDAY SERMONETTE by Marlene Anne Morphew 16-6-19
Two very different men. The story of the relationship between Elijah and Elisha and God in 1 and 2 Kings provides a glimpse into the nature of God and what is important to Him.
It was God who appointed Elijah personally, this man of the desert, to go before kings, bringing the message of warning and repentance. Elisha was called indirectly by God through Elijah to succeed him (1 Kings 19:16-19). Elijah was fully prepared and equipped when called. Elisha was an attendant apprentice to Elijah for twelve years before taking up his role.
Elijah’s heart was laid bare before his God when he became deeply depressed and fearfully afraid of the evil Jezebel. God’s love and patience with the ageing prophet was full of compassion and understanding. Elijah could have easily taken offence at God’s suggestion to anoint Elisha to take his place but he didn’t. His reverence and respect of the sovereignty of God was revealed in his obedience.
Elisha was given Elijah’s mantle at the time of his calling. But he wanted a double portion. So why did God give it to him? It was not because he requested it but because of Elijah’s fear of the Lord to the very end. Elijah could have acted differently. He could have taken matters into his own hands but he did not. He left the decision up to God by putting a condition on the request that only God could grant.
‘You have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, IF you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so with you; but if not, it shall not be so’ (2 Kings 2:10).
Elijah was then carried straight into heaven by a chariot of fire. As he did his mantle fell to the ground and Elisha having seen Elijah being taken up, responding with great grief at the loss of his mentor, went forward and picked up the mantle.
Elijah did not seek to be God’s messenger in the way Elisha did. As we read of their activities and prophecies we evidence two very different behaviours and how they dealt with situations. It would be easy to say Elijah is the greatest prophet because he slew 850 false prophets loyal to Jezebel. We could say Elisha is the most prominent man because of his many miraculous feats.
Elijah was a power prophet; exhibiting the great awesome power and judgement of God.
So who was favoured by God? Power or compassion? To find our answer we turn to Matthew 17:1-8, Mark 9:2-8, Luke 9:28-36 and 2 Peter 1:16-18. At the transfiguration of Jesus before his death he becomes radiant in glory, who is standing talking with Him? Moses and Elijah.
There is something greater than acting in power or compassion; the fear of the Lord. In Isaiah 11:1-3, the prophet describes the shoot (i.e. Jesus) that shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, ‘The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, A spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord, and his delight shall be the fear of the Lord.’
FUNNEL FROM HEAVEN
Sunday Sermonette by Marlene Anne Morphew 9-6-19
Supernatural flow from heaven to the Ecclesia is through the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
In 1 Corinthians 12:27-28 God has laid out an order of priority and these spheres of influence flow down from Heaven to earth. First apostles, prophets and teachers then miracles and gifts including a variety of tongues.
In Ephesians 2:17-22, Paul tells us how we are fitted together.‘…having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone….’
Jesus did this. WHY? Ephesians 4:11 explains ‘ And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the whole body.”
Those with the pastoral anointing need to be connected to the apostolic and prophetic, otherwise they will lead people back into self-focus and manmade options for problems instead of supernatural, heavenly options.
While the apostolic and prophetic bring the presence of God into an environment and lives, the pastoral/teaching anointing brings the nourishing of God through the Word. The apostolic anointing provides green pastures of freedom for spiritual growth and it is the pastoral anointing that guides people to find these pastures.
Teachers take the passion and revelation of the apostles and prophets and show how it becomes truth to apply to living while Evangelists target those who are held in darkness.
2 Kings 2:1-14 demonstrates we do not receive any anointing from man. Only God is able to anoint us and this can then be confirmed by man. Each anointing or mantle has its boundaries and it is only God who can extend these boundaries.
God is raising up an end times army. We must know our rank and stay within the boundaries God has set before us. He will provide a wider scope for us to minister when we are ready.
Some Holy Spirit surgery needs to be performed on hearts and mindsets first. Open wide your arms and receive the Holy Spirit funnel flow from Heaven.
SUNDAY SERMONETTE by Marlene Anne Morphew 1-6-19
There was a young man who complained that whenever he was filled with the Holy Spirit, he was like a bucket with holes. The Spirit drained out of him. His pastor said, “That may be true but even a bucket full of holes can be filled with water all the time if it is immersed in the river.”
An image of leaking buckets out of the flow of the Holy Spirit river.
‘Then the Lord stretched out His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me, “Behold I have put My words in your mouth. See I have appointed you this day over the nations and over the kingdoms, to pluck and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.’
Jeremiah was a youth. A person of no consequence. Yet God had consecrated him before he was born. He had separated him to be a prophet to the nations. He was called into secret service for the Lord.
The Lord reassures him he will be able to speak the words he is given and He would watch over the specific words Himself. BUT the Lord also says that if he does not obey, he will ‘dismay Jeremiah before the people’ (1:17). Although chapter 1:5 had made the fact of predestination of Jeremiah's life, there also followed the requirement of obedience.
the word will soon have no word to proclaim.
Once enlisted into secret service for the Lord, He will make that person impregnable as a fortified city (1:18). ‘And they will fight against you, but they will not overcome you, for I am with you to deliver you’, declares the Lord (1:19).
Secret service requires preparation and ongoing obedience. Four times the Lord gives Jeremiah prophetic warnings to deliver to the people of Israel and each is a test for Jeremiah himself. Each one is a reminder for him to stay the course.
First Jeremiah was instructed to ‘gird his loins’ (1:17) – A symbol of preparation for exertion; implying a firm purpose. Second he is taken to a potter’s house – here the Lord shows him what is meant by uprooting, pulling down and destroying; building up and planting a nation. Then he is instructed concerning the breaking of a jar before the disobedient people (19:1-15). Finally the Lord shows Jeremiah a basket of good and bad figs (24:1-10). In every warning, every illustration and demonstration God’s intentions are made clear and Jeremiah is given the words he is to speak.
This principle of obedience applies to every true, called disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ as we enter His secret service; His end times army.
SUNDAY SERMONETTE by Marlene Anne Morphew 19-5-19
Have you found the secret or believing a lie?
If you have been told the work of the Holy Spirit died with the apostles, and believe it, you are being robbed of the greatest truth after the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The Holy Spirit was evident in the Old Testament. He came upon people for specific purposes but now under the new covenant of Jesus Christ the Holy Spirit is available to all men and women who believe in Jesus Christ and follow His Word.
Is the Holy Spirit simply the One who has taken your soul out of prison of sin or does His life radiate from within you? (Acts 2:4; Luke 4:18).
Is your life being transformed daily? (Romans 12:1-2).
Does your life reveal a touch of eternity? (Acts 13:52).
Is the Holy Spirit the One who lifts your burdens and is the source of overflowing joy? (Romans 14:17).
Is He the One who gives you the power to overcome? (Romans 8:11).
Is He the One who gives you a burning desire to know Christ and live a disciplined life? (John 14:26).
Is He the One who encourages you to yield to Christ Jesus and lead a holy life? (John 16:12-15).
Is He the One who continually cleanses you from the inside out and perfumes the atmosphere around you so others are drawn to Jesus Christ? (Galatians 5:22-25).
Is He the One who endures with you and satisfies your every need? (Romans 15:13).
Is He the One who gives you the words to witness and guides you through an adventurous Life? (Acts 1:8).
To be filled with the Holy Spirit, we need to allow Him to take possession, pervade our body, soul and spirit; be baptised into him. To allow him to control so we will be motivated, energised, taught and strengthened towards God’s goals for our lives to reach spiritual maturity (Ephesians 5:18).
Maturing in the Spirit is accomplished by surrender, not by determination (Romans 8:26). The secret of the victorious Christian life is only found in a relationship with the Holy Spirit.
HOW BIG IS YOUR GOD?
Sunday Sermonette by Marlene Anne Morphew 12-5-19
Our arms are too short to box with God so why resist him? ‘Woe to him who quarrels with his maker’ Isaiah 45:9.
Who else can hold all the water of the earth in his hand? And mark the expanse of the heavens with the width of his palm? Who else can weigh the hills and mountains in a scale? Who else is able to direct the Holy Spirit? Who else is able to lift up the islands like fine dust?
To whom will you liken God? Or what likeness will you compare to him? Who else sits above the firmament? Who else lives in the heavens? Who else can wither rulers and judges by a mere breath? Who else created the myriad of stars? And calls them all by name? (Isaiah 40:12-26).
Who else made the nations? (Psalm 86:9).
Who else parted the sea for Moses and took the thousands of Israelites across to safety? (Psalm 77:19-20).
Who else would be able to bring a Saviour to earth from heaven and plant him as a seed of a human being inside a woman by the Holy Spirit? Who is able to love to the point of sacrificing his own son for all mankind? Who else is able to raise him from his death tomb to reconcile man to himself? (Luke 1:26-35; 23:33-38; 24:1-10).
If we knew the greatness of God, would we be so greedy and covetous, angry and lustful? If we saw the greatness of God would we be so easily offended? Worry about appearance and performance? Would we spend our time on mindless activities? Or be so discouraged about evil and godlessness in our culture?
Our God has always been and always will be. He challenges anyone to proclaim greater. No one else can prophecy the future of the world and its people; he alone knows (Isaiah 44:27).
HEARTS ON FIRE – Acts 13
Evil hearts are full of deceit, fraudulent, enemies of righteousness, sons of the devil.
But this evil heart did not hinder the evangelistic group of companions or the advancement of God’s plans. In 13:13 Saul becomes Paul and suddenly the order of names are reversed and from then on we read about Paul and Barnabas moving on.
Paul rose to speak in the synagogue in another city and this time he experiences awakened hearts. (13:26-30, 38-39). These were Jews who knew the scriptures so God had already awakened their hearts but they would not receive the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. They preferred to follow ritual. They were dying on the inside but did not know it. This is a very dangerous place to be.
‘Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but walked in their own counsels and in the stubbornness of their evil heart, and went backward and not forward.' We either go forward or backwards according to Jeremiah 7:23-24. Awakened hearts can either slide over into the kingdom or slide further towards hell.
So the Word spread even amidst jealousy, judgement and strongholds (13:45-50) as Paul and Barnabas kept their hearts on fire and their eyes on their calling. ‘And the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit’ (52).
Posted by Marlene/Rusty on 13-4-19.
For copies contact Rusty.
SUNDAY SERMONETTE by Marlene Anne Morphew 7-4-19
Marlene Anne Morphew Ministries/Rusty A Lang
Do you see Jesus carved on a wooden cross on the wall?
Do you see Jesus fashioned on the cross of a necklace?
Do you see Jesus still nailed, torn and bleeding in the stain glass window?
Is there no life in your hope?
No answer to your prayers?
No deliverance from strife and sin?
No relief from pain?
No escape from your heartache?
Have you not heard? Jesus is not on the Cross. He is not in the tomb, ‘He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said’ Matthew 28:6.
The image on your wall does not make you a Christian.
The emblem around your neck is just a piece of jewellery.
The beautiful stain glass window simply a piece of art.
‘Now God has not only raised the Lord (Jesus), but will also raise us up with His power’ 1 Corinthians 6:14.
Freedom from our life of sin starts at the cross and goes through to the empty tomb. Don’t linger at the cross, keep moving forward to resurrection life. The blood of Jesus cries out, GO THROUGH! GO THROUGH! And the Holy Spirit of God says, COME. Surrender to the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Calvary is not the end. It is the beginning of a new life. Go through to full restoration and resurrection in an eternal Kingdom. There you will find a treasure box of different colours as God unfolds his rainbow of welcome and blessing as you submit to him and receive His Spirit. Jesus gave his life willingly because he looked through and saw beyond the Cross to the release of the Holy Spirit to all who would believe. (Acts 1:8)
The covenant God made with Noah applies to all humanity and all living creatures. God created the rainbow as the sign of this everlasting covenant (binding agreement) between God and every living creature of all flesh on the earth. (Genesis 9)
Do you not know even your life breath is borrowed from the One and only living God? Go through to resurrection life and resolve to live a godly life. Seek a living relationship with Jesus Christ. Seek the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Live in resurrection glory, the presence of God within, the Holy Spirit.
Romans 10:9-10, ‘..if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.’
Posted 6-4-19. To receive a copy contact Marlene/Rusty
Also Available by Request:
NO HONOUR AMONG THIEVES - state of the church today
LUST FOR POWER - religious trappings
MAKE NO APOLOGY - standing by truth against opposition
JESUS IS COMING - call to be ready
TEAR DOWN THE WALLS - giving God the glory for victory
WATCH YOUR WAY - people's end
GO DEEPER - deep calls to deep