Obedience Today

Obedience is a word and a concept that today is considered old fashioned and misplaced in an “enlightened” and post-modern world. Especially with the prevailing worldview of relative truth and subjective reality in our society. The idea of obedience then is misconstrued by such perspectives, that it’s relevance becomes subject to convenience, social acceptance and immediate gratification.

As followers of Christ however, we are required to obey God’s Word unequivocally. That means that we are to do what God commands us to do, even at the expense of what is convenient for us personally or what may or may not be popular in the world. There is also the great temptation to delay obedience for another time for the sake of personal gratification now. As parents we teach our children about delayed gratification in order to instill resilience and discipline in them and in like manner, as Christians, it’s our personal desires that must take a back seat to immediate and radical obedience.

It’s of vital importance for us to understand that God gives us his laws and statutes to follow, not because He is some egotistical megalomaniac as suggested by modern atheists but because obeying his word is of great benefit to us spiritually and physically, as well as every other aspect of human life. On the contrary, a life that is without rule and boundaries is often destructive and unfulfilled.

Radical obedience to God’s word is not laborious or mundane but it is life and life more abundant because it is obedience borne out of a love relationship with our Creator and Saviour, Jesus Christ. We don’t instruct our toddlers not to walk on the railway track because we want to be controlling parents and make life miserable for them, we do it out of love, even if they don’t completely understand the why. Obedience is so powerful that without it, we can not go to heaven but to reiterate, it is an outflow of our passionate love for Christ and as such, it is not a chore or a burden, but a privilege.

John 14:21 Those who accept My commandments and obey them are the ones who love Me. And because they love Me, My Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal Myself to each of them.

John 15:6-7 Anyone who does not remain in Me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. But if you remain in Me and My words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted

This is a blog post from Stanley Harvey, the Senior Pastor of the Pentecostals of Sydney.

Rise Up

RiseUp!!!Whilst Jesus was on earth, He brought healing to an innumerable number of people.  The miracles, healings and deliverances written in the Bible are not the only ones done by Jesus….they were the only ones recorded.

God manifested Himself in flesh and walked the dusty streets of Earth not only for our salvation but also for our healing.  Over and over throughout the Gospels, we read of the compassion, love and mercy of Jesus to the people He came into contact with.

An infirm man sitting by a pool in Bethesda was one of them.  He had been in that state for 38 years.  The only chance of hope he had was when once a year, an angel stirred the water in the pool and whomever it was that stepped into the pool first, was healed.  Being infirm and having many, many people around him who were also needing a healing, didn’t give him good odds to getting into the water first.

This man thought his only way of healing would come through the troubling of the water.  But, who needs a pool when Jesus is around?  Jesus asks him if he wants to be made whole?  The man responds with excuses.  You can hear the desperation and hopelessness in his voice as he explains to Jesus that he has no one to help him into the pool when the water gets troubled.

Jesus tells him to ‘Rise up’.  Think about it.  Even if he was infirm, he must have demonstrated some faith….trying to use his muscles in his body to actually do what Jesus was telling him to do.  A little faith was all that was needed.  The man received his healing!  God responds to faith, not needs.  If God responded to needs, there wouldn’t be any hungry people in this world and we wouldn’t need money to propagate the Gospel.

I want you to think about your own life and the answer that you are waiting for from the Lord.  Could He be answering you in a different way than you are expecting Him to and therefore missing His answer?  God’s ways are different from our ways.  That is because He operates from a vantage point of knowing the end from the beginning.  He knows what we need and how we need it!

I challenge you today to rise up from where you are at spiritually…  Trust God that He knows what He is doing in your life….  Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.  What He did for the infirm man, He will do for you!  Just a mustard seed of faith is needed!

This is a post from Jena Grech, the Assistant Pastor of The Pentecostals of Sydney and author of “Fruitful in the Land of My Affliction”

May Sermon Quotes

It has been another great month at The Pentecostals of Sydney. We have experienced awesome times of worship and wonderful preaching of God’s Word. Following are some quotations from the sermons preached throughout this past month to help you reflect on what God has shown us in His Word and what He has in store for your life and the church!

True Worship
Pastor Stan Harvey | 6 May 2012 | Sunday AM

“True worship involves worshipping Him from your inner being and in Biblical truth.”

“Worship is putting God in His rightful place.”

“You cannot seek Deity and always maintain your dignity.”

The King’s Word
Pastor Stan Harvey | 6 May 2012 | Sunday PM

“God’s Word is powerful but it can be nullified in our hearts. When His Word comes to us we have a choice to either neutralize it through unbelief or continue to give it life through our faith.”

God Can Take the Least and Make the Most
Robyn Harvey | 13 May 2012 | Sunday AM

“Hopelessness is selfishness. Hopelessness focuses so much on self that it cannot see anything else.”

“If you give the little that you have to God, He will take care of your needs.”

Beyond The Last Cake
Asst. Pst Jena Grech | 13 May 2012 | Sunday PM

“There is nothing more crippling in your life than fear. Satan uses fear in our lives; fear of debt, fear of loss, fear of the unknown. But if you look through the Bible God says, over 75 times, ‘Fear not!’ Put your trust in God.”

Building Your Life: Foundation of Salvation
Pastor Stan Harvey | 20 May 2012 | Sunday AM

“Only the salvation provided by the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross can bridge this chasm between us and God. Only the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus has the power to stamp out our penalty of eternal death.”

Act Like It
Pastor Stan Harvey | 20 May 2012 | Sunday PM

“Since God is worthy of such praise, I’m going to act like it! Since it cost so much for God at Calvary, I’m going to act like it! Since sin is beneath me as a child of God, I’m going to act like it! God has already won the battle all we have to do is act like we’ve got the victory!”