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SUNDAY SERMONETTE by Marlene Anne Morphew
The blood of Jesus Christ is alive.
The blood brings people out of darkness into the glorious Light. It speaks, saves, heals, delivers, frees, covers and protects.
The blood lifts us above our circumstances; out of distresses and pressures of the world.
The blood carries us to heavenly places in his presence where we find our eternal Hope.
The actual physical blood of Jesus body was shed from seven places:
His sweat in the garden before the crucifixion (Luke 22:44)
From His head and face (Matthew 27:29-30).
From His back (Matthew 27:26).
From His hands and His feet (Psalm 22:16; Matthew 27:35).
From His side (John 19:34).
Yet the blood is alive! For believers serve the only living God. We who know and have witnessed the fountain of his cleansing blood is ever flowing; ever alive.
Wherever the blood is honoured in faith or preaching, there the Spirit works and where He works He always leads people to Jesus Christ. This is one of the most powerful mysteries of God.
The evil one can fight us at every turn but when we apply the blood, God’s power comes alive.
Acts 20:28, ‘Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.’
Apply the blood unto salvation (Hebrews 9:22).
Apply the blood unto reconciliation with Father God (1 Peter 3:18).
Apply the blood unto cleansing and forgiveness (1 John 1:7-8).
Apply the blood unto overcoming and conquering (Revelation 12:11).
Many years ago, a group of missionaries and other believers in New Guinea were gathered to observe the Lord’s Supper. A young man began to shake uncontrollably. When asked what was wrong, he replied, “The man who just came in was a head hunter. He killed and ate the body of my father. I did not know if I could endure his presence but then I realised he is forgiven and cleansed in the same precious blood.”
The prophet Sandie Freed says, “When we are covered by the blood we are hidden in Christ, completely concealed, kept secret. It is a place of safety. The devil cannot touch us. This protection provides empowerment, authority and dominion in Christ. It is a place where the hidden things of God are revealed; divine strategies to overcome the enemy are birthed and where we possess our blessings (Colossians 3:1-4)”.
Just as Rahab must have smelt the blood of the Lamb when she welcomed the two spies in peace, it still brings protection, deliverance and draws others to believe (Joshua 2:1, 3; 6:17-25; Hebrews 11:31).
No movie can portray the power of the blood of Jesus Christ. As He was resurrected so was His blood.
POWER IN THE FIRST MOVE - Sunday Sermonette
by Marlene Anne Morphew
The barrier between man and God is SIN. Anything that is not pleasing to our creator God; anything that is rebellion against His Word and Truth.
But God the Father made the first move towards man. He sent His only Son Jesus Christ to earth. Jesus crossed the barrier for everyone to have an opportunity to be reconciled to God.
There is power in the first move
During Jesus’s lifetime, the holy temple in Jerusalem was the centre of Jewish religious life. It was the place where animal sacrifices were carried out and worship according to the Law of Moses was followed faithfully. Hebrews 9:1-9 tells us that in the temple a veil separated the Holy of Holies—the earthly dwelling place of God’s presence—from the rest of the temple where men dwelt. This signified that man was separated from God by sin (Isaiah 59:1-2). Only the high priest was permitted to pass beyond this veil once each year (Exodus 30:10; Hebrews 9:7) to enter into God's presence for all of Israel and make atonement (sacrificial payment) for their sins (Leviticus 16).
This veil was estimated to be the height of a six storey building or more and about four inches thick. The Old Testament (Exodus 25:40) teaches that this thick veil was fashioned from blue, purple and scarlet material and fine twisted linen. The size and thickness of the veil make the event of it’s tearing at the moment of Jesus death significant. ‘And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom’ (Matthew 27:50-51a).
When Jesus died God Himself reached down from heaven and tore the veil in the temple in Jerusalem from TOP TO THE BOTTOM so no man could claim the credit. The barrier between man and God was broken.
Dramatically symbolising that Jesus sacrifice, the shedding of His own blood, was a sufficient payment for sins, the tearing of the veil made the way into the Holy of Holies, the presence of God, open to all people, for all time, both Jew and Gentile. God moved out of that place never again to dwell in a temple made with hands (Acts 17:24). God was finished with that man-made temple and its religious system. He now chose to live within believers (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) by the power of His Holy Spirit.
‘Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from gazing at the end of what was fading away. But their minds were closed. For to this day the same veil remains at the reading of the old covenant. It has not been lifted, because only in Christ can it be removed’ 2 Corinthians 5:12-17. Yes, the veil is torn. Jesus is now our mediator. Believers don’t go through a person or rituals anymore. Jesus made a new and living way available for all to reach God. And God no longer dwells in structures but in all who obey and keep His commandments.
DID GOD CREATE HELL? Sunday Sermonette
by Marlene Anne Morphew
The woman standing before me proclaimed, “I don’t believe there is either a heaven or hell. When we die that is the end.”
My reply gave her some time to re-think her comment. “If there is no heaven and hell then it won’t make any difference to either of us but if I am right and there is a heaven and hell as the Word of God says then it will make a big difference to you.”
God’s manual for life states He created heaven and the earth (Genesis 1:1). In the New Testament Jesus calls HELL a place of torment (Luke 16:19-31). Jesus Himself descended into hell and won victory over death so He would know hell is a real place. The exact location is not known but the concept is in the bowels of the earth (Psalm 139:8). It would seem a logical conclusion God created hell.
Hell was never created for mankind. It was created for the rebellious angels from heaven and Satan (the devil). But all those who refuse and reject the offer of eternal life in heaven with Jesus spend eternity there as well.
In the gospel of Luke 16:23-24 and 26 Jesus tells a story about a rich man and a poor man. The poor man dies and is carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom in heaven. The rich man dies and is buried. In Hades (hell) he lifts up his eyes, being in torment, and sees Abraham far away, and Lazarus (the poor man) in his bosom. He cries out, 'Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire….The answer comes from Abraham himself reminding him of all his self-indulgence when alive and the sad plight of Lazarus (a believer). ‘And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.' The rich man asks for someone to be sent to his family to tell them hell is real. Abraham makes it clear if people will not listen to the Word of God and His prophets concerning life after death and repent (turn away from sin towards a living God) then they will not listen to someone even rising from the dead.
Once in hell it is too late to make a decision for Jesus Christ.
The most important question is not who created hell but how to not go there when we die. Cast yourself upon the mercy of Christ, the One who died to pay for the sins of all who would trust in Him. But do not receive Jesus as Lord and Saviour so you can go to a better place; heaven. Receive Jesus Christ so you are reconciled back to a heavenly Father.
References: Psalm 9:17;139:8,Proverbs 5:5;15:24;23:13;Matthew 5:22,29-30;7:13;10:28;13:38-42,49-50;16:18;23:15.33’25:28-30.41.46; Mark 9:43,45,47; 2 Thessalonians1:9; James 3:6; 2Peter 2:4; Jude 1:6; Revelation 1:18;6:8;9:1-2;14:10-11;19:20;20:10,13-15;21:8.
MELCHIZEDEK - SUNDAY SERMONETTE by
Marlene Anne Morphew Ministries/Rusty A Lang 28-7-19
I have heard it said, “Jesus does not need our money”. I would say to you, “Yes He does.” Now come with me as we pull this statement apart.
The king of righteousness - the king of Salem - this mysterious Melchizedek - first appears in Genesis 14:18-23 – ‘he was a priest of the God Most High.’ By the simple act of the first recording of the communion, Melchizedek brings out ‘bread and wine’, blesses Abraham demonstrating prophetically all our battles are won at the Cross of Jesus Christ.
Abraham’s response was to give Melchizedek a tenth of all the spoils of recent battles, celebrating victory over enemies.
The first communion and the first tithe are linked as principles of God to follow, connecting Melchizedek and Jesus forever.
This tithe was over 400 years before the law introduced it to the people of Israel so it has nothing to do with law.
Psalm 110 is prophesying of Jesus. Verse 4, ‘The Lord has sworn (made an oath- an agreement) and will not change His mind, “You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek”’. This is fulfilled in Jesus as the Great High Priest for believers forever (Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:10-13; 7:1-28).
The writer of Hebrews clearly tells us Melchizedek was not of the Levitical priesthood. He was ‘without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, he abides a priest forever’ (Hebrew 7:3).
So Melchizedek and Jesus were not alike in these matters. Jesus had a heavenly Father and an earthly mother. His genealogy is stated both in Matthew 1 and Luke 3 and His human form was crucified (Mark 15).
Why were they likened then? Neither Jesus nor Melchizedek were of the Levitical priesthood. Jesus descended from Judah, not Levi (Hebrews 7:13-14). The Levitical priests died but Jesus, like Melchizedek holds His priesthood forever (Hebrews 7:25).
Back to the statement about whether Jesus needs our money. According to this connection with Melchizedek yes He does. It is to Him we tithe. He is more than worthy to receive our tithes and offerings. He needs it to further His Kingdom on earth through His true chosen, anointed and Holy Spirit gifted apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers (Ephesians 4:11-13; 1 Timothy 5:18).
AND we need to support the work for our sake (Malachi 3:10-12) and the harvest of souls because ‘He is able to save forever those who draw near to God through Him since He always lives to make intercession for them’ (Hebrews 7:25).
THORNS Matthew 13– SUNDAY SERMONETTE
by Marlene Anne Morphew 14-7-19
‘And others fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them out’ (v7).
Jesus is speaking a parable to multitudes. He uses an agricultural story to fit the era and region. But everything the Lord Jesus said had spiritual principles to learn. So we hear there are four lots of seed and four different responses (v22-23.
Now what about these thorns?
‘And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the Word, and the worry of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches choke the Word, and it becomes unfruitful’. (v22)
• There was nothing wrong with the sower.
• There was nothing wrong with the seed
• There was nothing wrong with the soil.
• There was nothing wrong with the Word.
Thorns are a soul issue. When the mind and thoughts, emotions and feelings and the will of the soul are too strong and entrenched in the world’s ways for the heart to be receptive. A will not able to let go of the cares of the world. Not willing to surrender to the transforming work of the Holy Spirit. A soul still full of fear, worry, jealousy, resentment, un-forgiveness, anger, pride……………….
Jesus is able to renew our minds and heal our emotions as we surrender them to Him. Through the power of His Holy Spirit He takes our fear and worries and turns them into peace and trust. He takes our jealousy and resentment and turns them into love and generosity of heart. He transforms our unforgiving attitudes into forgiveness and freedom for ourselves and others. Anger becomes tamed under the fruit of the Spirit of self-control and pride is whittled to humility of spirit. Stubbornness is turned about into endurance. Bad habits are enveloped in Spirit power and replaced with good habits.
How do I know this?
BECAUSE HE WORE THE CROWN OF THORNS AND TOOK ALL THE UGLINESS OF OUR THORNS TO DIE WITH HIM.
(Note from Marlene – Initial inspiration for this Sermonette came through the Holy Spirit while listening to Mark Varughese preach).
MALCHUS - SUNDAY SERMONETTE
by Marlene Anne Morphew 7-7-10
Cold evil in the air. He knew it was coming for Him.
Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane with a soul full of unspeakable sorrow. Suddenly there was confusion, panic, horror, anger, fear, a scuffle, a flash of a sword, a cry, and blood -- then Jesus voice spoke its stern calm, ‘Stop, no more of this’
Peter could not believe that the Christ must suffer and die. He was ready to go to war to defend His Lord against His enemies. But this was not a war to be fought with swords. This was a spiritual war. Why was Peter’s action a mistake? To slice, the sword only needs to be sharp on one side. One side of the spiritual sword is not Truth (Hebrews 4:12).
Jesus reaches out, touches the severed ear of Malchus and heals the man. A tremendous act of grace and love demonstrating the mystery of God’s deep love for mankind. It was a simple act, simply done, the right ear – the ear open to spiritual understanding. Jesus taught often about having ears to hear (plural). A metaphor for the left to hear the words (the physical realm), the right to discern the meaning (the spiritual realm). In Revelation, Jesus no longer says, ‘Anyone with ears,’ but changes the phrase to ‘anyone with an ear’ emphasizing spiritual understanding in the Last Days (Revelation 2:11).
And what of Malchus? As the head servant of the High Priest, Caiphas, Malchus must have known the claims of Christ and what the religious leaders like his master thought of Jesus. But he was given a job to do. He continued on playing a vital role in fulfilling scripture for in the next moment our Lord's arms are pinned, they were upon Him, and it began -- the terrible passion, the prelude to death.
When Jesus bowed His head on the cross, His last words were, ‘It is finished’. He had fulfilled Scripture; fulfilled His purpose on earth. Jesus left a legacy of finishing what He started. He could have allowed Himself to be taken by the mob without healing Malchus’ ear. But that was not His way. In those extraordinary circumstances, under enormous strain, Jesus heals by a deep instinct that is as natural to Him as breathing. His heart holding no malice. His great desire that all men and women be well and whole, free to respond to the gospel.
Jesus was always full of surprises from the first miracle recorded, turning water into wine, to the last; the healing of an ear.
References - Luke 22:39-51 John 18:10 (Malchus, Peter and the right ear). Matthew 26:51 Mark 14:47 (general account – no specifics). Luke 22:39-51 (full account). Importance of the “right side” – Genesis 48:13-14; Psalm 110:1/Matthew 22:44; Ephesians 1:20-21; Romans 8:34.
SUNDAY SERMONETTE by Marlene Anne Morphew 30-6-19
Play with sin and evil now and live with the devil in hell for all eternity for that is his end (Revelation 20:1-10).
The alternative is enduring and overcoming with the Holy Spirit of the only living God and share with Jesus all the promises of blessings in heaven (John 3:16).
Someone once said the Christian life is no cupcake with sprinkles. This is true. But the rewards far out way the sufferings we go through here on earth.
Be Bold. Be Brave. Be Saved. ‘With God all things are possible’ (Matthew 19:26)
Wait a minute… we always assume this means it is God who is able to do the impossible and I believe that is true but it says all things are possible WITH God. That means we have to be WITH God, following Jesus Christ his Son, obeying his Word and taking the good with the bad yet praising him still.
When we are WITH him we are next to him, breath to breath, not at some distance living in false hope.
We cannot save ourselves. Man cannot save us. Our good works cannot save us from hell for heaven. Only as we are reconciled to God through faith in Jesus Christ are we WITH God in an eternal relationship.