THE BOTTOM LINE! By:Sabastian D’ouza

The Bottom Line!
 
(Gal 6:7-9)
 Don’t be misled: No one makes a fool of
God. What a person plants, he will harvest. The person who plants selfishness,
ignoring the needs of others – ignoring God! – harvests a crop of weeds. All
he’ll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to
God, letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real
life, eternal life. So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At
the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit.
This
morning we continue our journey towards Knowing God More. We have
covered a lot of ground over about a month’s time. I pray that this series
has been as much a blessing to you as it has to me. You can read past
messages. We have learned that Sowing and Reaping is not limited to the financial
realm. These principles really apply to every area and aspect of our
lives. I often times hear people say things like, “What goes around comes
around,” or “Do unto others…” but they may not realize that they are really
dealing with biblical principles. Paul summarized it pretty well in our
text. Please take the time to read this text slowly and let it sink in. It
is really the bottom line of this series. Summarizing the text:
1.  God cannot be
tricked.  God knows everything and He keeps track of all our actions.
2.  We will reap what we
sow. 
3.  If we are selfish and
ignore to sow into others when God has equipped us with the seed, then we will
reap a harvest of weeds. 
4.  If we allow the Holy
Spirit to use us and sow Godly seeds into others lives, we will reap a great
harvest of real and eternal life.
5.  Don’t get frustrated,
aggravated, irritated, or discouraged in well doing. If you keep doing
right and being used of God, you will reap God’s harvest in God’s time. 
Just don’t quit!
So what does this mean to you today? It means that the
ball is now in your court. The onus is now on you to perform what it is
that you have received. Information is one thing, but application is quite
another. Information without application will not bring about liberation in
your life. When you receive the Word of God and then respond to what it is
that you have received by submitting to it and allowing God to change you into
His image, then you will see the power of God manifested in your life like
never before. 
When
you do God’s work God’s way you get God’s results! If you sow you will
reap. If you hoard you miss God’s best. The greatest prosperity is
seeing God change another person through you.  Allow God to use you to
bless others and you will reap the greatest harvest!
Confession for this day: Lord God. I receive Your
Word on Sowing and Reaping.  You have blessed me with seed. I enter
this day as a sower. I will loose the seed of Your righteousness into the
lives of those that You lead me to. I will never grow weary in well
doing.  I will never give up. I will continue to sow and continue to
reap.  Your harvest will manifest itself in my life in Your time. The
best is yet come! I have great expectations! 
 
In Jesus’ name.
  Amen!

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LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL . By :Sabastian D’ouza

Liberty and Justice for All! 
(Luke 4:18,19 CEV) 
“The Lord’s Spirit has come
to me, because he has chosen me to tell the good news to the poor. The Lord has
sent me to announce freedom for prisoners, to give sight to the blind, to free
everyone who suffers, and to say, This is the year the Lord has chosen.”
Luke
4 opens immediately after Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan. He is led of the
Spirit into the wilderness, where He would be tempted of satan for 40
days. When this time of tempting was over, the devil departed and Jesus
returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit. News about Him spread like
wildfire. He taught in their synagogues, and everyone praised
Him. Then He returned to His home town of Nazareth. On the Sabbath
day He went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He was asked to read the
scripture. As the custom was, there was a pin placed in the scroll
wherever the previous reading ended. Jesus was handed a scroll with the
writings of the prophet Isaiah. He opened the scroll and the pin was placed
on Isaiah 61:1. This would be no mistake. Jesus began reading our
text. When He finished reading, Jesus rolled up
the scroll, handed it back to the minister and sat down. Everyone there was
looking straight at Jesus and He said, “What you have just heard me
read has come true today.”
As you can see by today’s text, Jesus came to provide liberty and
justice for all!  For the next few messages we will investigate this text
and how it applies to our lives. When you celebrate the Freedom of your
country (In our case next month 15 August), please do not forget to celebrate
the Freedom that you have in Christ!
Webster
defines liberty as, “Freedom from restraint. The body is at liberty, when
not confined; the will or mind is at liberty, when not checked or controlled. A
man enjoys liberty, when no force operates to restrain his actions or
volitions.”  Webster defines justice as “The virtue which consists in
giving to every one what is his due.”
So what does this mean to you today? It means that Jesus
did not just happen to come across Isaiah 61:1 and read it that day in the
Synagogue. He was divinely ordained to read that scripture that day and to
follow it up with infallible proofs of the power of God. He came that we
might be free and justified in His eyes. If you are a Christian, then you
ought to walk in the Liberty and the Justice wherewith Christ has made you
Free! He came with the Gospel. He came with Power. He came
with Liberty and Justice for All!
Confession for this day: Lord God. I am Your child. I
am covered by Your blood and anointed by Your Spirit. I am free and
delivered from the power of sin and oppression. I have been delivered from
every curse and walk in the Liberty of Christ. I have been justified by
faith and walk in the newness of life. I am not bound, I am Free! In
Jesus’ name.
  Amen!

THE REPAIRER OF THE BREECH. By:Sabastian D’ouza

The Repairer of the Breech 
(Luke 4:18,19 CEV) 
“The Lord’s Spirit has come to me, because he has chosen
me to tell the good news to the poor. The Lord has sent me to announce
freedom for prisoners, to give sight to the blind, to free everyone who
suffers, and to say, This is the year the Lord has chosen.”
This morning we will look at the words “The Lord’s Spirit has come to me.” 
To understand this statement is to really understand Jesus’ purpose and
ministry. We have to go back to Genesis to get a clear picture. God
formed man from the dust of the ground (Gen 2:7), but He was not alive
yet. Here was a fully formed shell of a man, but the essence of life
would come when God Himself breathed into his nostrils and deposited His Spirit into the shell. This made the man a living soul. Now remember
that Genesis is the book of beginnings and gives us a picture of the
original intent for man. God placed the man (Adam) in Eden and blessed
him with the dominion that was destined to him (1:26). God also gave
Adam specific instructions (2:16,17). God told him that he could eat
from every tree of the vast garden except one – of the tree of the
knowledge of good and evil. He told him that he would die the same day
that he ate of it. God then blessed Adam with a wife (Eve) and they were both naked and not ashamed (2:25), because they were walking in the Spirit and not even aware of carnal things. This would all change the day that Adam would disobey the commandment of God. Eve was tricked by satan to
eat from the tree, she gave Adam some of the forbidden fruit and Adam
did the same. As soon as Adam ate of the fruit and broke God’s
commandment, their eyes were opened. They realized that they were naked
and they were ashamed. Why did they now realize that they were
naked? Because God’s Spirit departed from man that day. They walked in
the Spirit prior to this point and were not even aware of carnal
issues. From this day forward, however, they would walk in the flesh. God promised that they would die and they did die – they died a Spiritual death.
This brings us back to Jesus. When Jesus read what He read and said what He
said, He was really announcing to the world that he ministry of the Holy Spirit was coming back. For thousands of years the Holy Spirit would
come upon people for a time and then depart, but Jesus was announcing
that the Holy Spirit was upon Him just like it was with Adam. This would be no temporary presence, but rather the permanent indwelling of the
Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. 
So what does this mean to you today? It means that we were all born with Adam’s legacy. We were all born devoid of the Holy Spirit, with a gaping hole that only He can fill. Many try
to fill that emptiness with sex, drugs, alcohol, money, etc.; but the
only thing that can fill the void is the person that created it in the
first place – the Holy Spirit! Yes, we were all born with Adam’s legacy, but we can be Born-Anew (Again) into Jesus’ legacy. Jesus left the
legacy of the Holy Spirit. Jesus left the legacy of power and
might. Jesus left the legacy of dominion and authority. Jesus left the
legacy of Liberty and Justice for All! Are ready to walk in that legacy today?
If you are a Born-Anew (Again) believer, then you don’t have to walk in
the flesh and live like Adam. You can receive Jesus’ legacy and walk in
the Spirit, not fulfilling the lusts of the flesh! This will cause you to be blessed!
Confession for this day: Lord God. I am Born-Anew (Again). I am born by Your Spirit and do not walk
in accordance with the flesh. I walk in the newness of the life that
Jesus came to give me. I am redeemed from Adam’s curse and I walk in
Jesus’ blessings. I am redeemed. I am restored. I am anointed. I am
protected. I am blessed! 
 In Jesus’ name.
  Amen!

THE ANOINTING. By: Sabastian D’ouza

 
The Anointing 
(Luke 4:18,19)
 “The Lord’s Spirit has come to me, because he has chosen me to tell the good news to the poor. The Lord has sent me to announce
freedom for prisoners, to give sight to the blind, to free everyone who
suffers, and to say, This is the year the Lord has chosen.”
This morning we continue to investigate this text by focusing on the words “because he has chosen me.”  The word translated “chosen” here is translated “anointed” in the KJV. This word is the Greek word chrio, which means to smear on or to rub on with oil. Oil was used in the Old
Testament to consecrate and sanctify a person or a thing unto God. For
example, Aaron and his sons (Ex 28:41) were anointed with oil when they
were sanctified and consecrated for the priest’s office. Aaron also (Ex
29:36) anointed the altar with oil, thereby sanctifying it and making it holy. Aaron later (40:9) anointed the tabernacle and everything in it.
David was also anointed with oil (1 Sam 16:12) when the Lord selected
him to be king over Saul. And there are other examples. 
It has been said, and I agree, that the Old Testament is the New Testament concealed and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed. The oil
of the Old Testament was a symbol of the promised Holy Spirit and a
shadow of things to come. Jesus stood up in His home town and declared
that He too was anointed, but this time not with oil. His anointing came when He was baptized by John in the Jordan and the Holy Spirit came
down (Mat 3:16) like a dove and rested upon Him. Jesus was announcing in that Synagogue in Nazareth that He was anointed by the Holy Spirit
Himself! This anointing would be so powerful that the gospel writers and most people today would affix it to His name. Take another look at the
Greek word for anoint and you will now recognize why He was referred to
as Jesus Christ or Jesus the Christ. This is better translated “Jesus
the Anointed One.”  So now we can see that Christ is not Jesus’ last
name, but rather a reference to His selection and empowerment as the
Messiah. What is interesting is that believers were later called
Christians (Acts 11:26), indicating that they were chosen and anointed
like Jesus. 
Paul said that we were “anointed” (2 Cor 1:21) by God and John said that we
have received the “anointing” (1 Jn 2:27). Both statements refer to the
fact that we have received the same Holy Spirit that Jesus was anointed
with. The anointing empowered Jesus to remove burdens and destroy yokes
(Is 10:27). Basically, He brought about a change everywhere He went. He
was the Christ and we are Christians, meaning that when people come in
contact with us, they should come in contact with Jesus. God has chosen
us, anointed us with the Holy Spirit, set us apart for His work,
therefore we should be used of God to bring about a change everywhere we go. 
So what does this mean to you today?  Two things:
1.  Understand Your Identity and Your Empowerment: It is difficult to walk around with a low self-esteem and with you head
held down when you understand who you are and what you have been
empowered by God to. God has empowered you to bring about a positive
change everywhere you go.  Like Jesus, you are anointed for a special
work. Act like it!
2.  Let His Light Shine: If people come in contact with you on a regular basis and never “see”
Jesus, then it is time to make some changes. God’s power and empowerment live inside of all Born-Again believers, but you have to let it out!
Confession for this day: Lord God. I am Your child and I have been equipped, enabled, and empowered
by the Holy Spirit. I submit myself unto the Holy Spirit and His
anointing and He uses me to bring about a positive change in my
environment today and every day! 
In Jesus’ name.
  Amen!

THE GOOD NEWS FOR THE POOR. By:Sabastian D’ouza

The Good News to the Poor 
(Luke 4:18,19)
 “The Lord’s Spirit has come to me, because he has chosen me to tell the good news to the poor. The Lord has sent me to announce
freedom for prisoners, to give sight to the blind, to free everyone who
suffers, and to say, This is the year the Lord has chosen.”
This morning we continue to investigate this text by focusing on the words “to tell the good news to the poor.” I know that yesterday’s message was a little more in depth than most and
full of scripture references, but it was because I needed to lay the
foundation for the anointing. We must understand that the Holy Spirit
lives in the Born-Anew (Again) believers and equips us to do everything
that God expects us to do. Now that we understand that, we can
now move forward into what it is that Jesus said that He was anointed to do and how that applies to our lives. The first thing that Isaiah
prophesied and that He read in the fulfilment of the prophecy was that
He was anointed to tell the good news to the poor. The word translated
“good news” here is literally the word evangelism. I define evangelism as the active calling of people to respond to the
message of the Kingdom of God and to commit themselves to follow God in
Jesus Christ. The word translated “poor” in the text does not make
reference to someone who is spiritually poor, but rather literally
financially poor and needy. In other words, Jesus was saying that God’s
Spirit upon Him and had anointed Him to share the good news of the
Kingdom of God with those that were less fortunate and often dismissed.
Let’s break it down further:
1.  Anointed to Evangelize: Many Christians avoid the practice of evangelism because they say that they
are not “called” to the ministry, i.e. they are not preachers, pastors,
etc. The problem with this statement is that all Christians are
“anointed” by the Holy Spirit and equipped to do something. Whatever God equips you to do, He expects you to do and whatever He expects you to
do, He equips you to do. You don’t have to go around telling people that they are going to hell, but you can live your life as an example of
righteousness and share God’s love with a dying and decaying world. You
may be the only bible that people may ever read.  What sermon are you
preaching with your daily actions?
2.  The Good News of the Kingdom: The gospel message is more than just “come visit my church.”  The good news of the Kingdom is that God sent His son to restore that which was
lost.  Someone said that coming to Christ is like listening to a country song backwards – you get your wife back, money back, dog back, home
back, etc. Now that was just a joke, but you get the point. The good
news is that Jesus restored the breech between the fallen man and a Holy God and we can now walk in the dominion, power, authority, prosperity,
love, and peace that Adam had in the garden prior to sin.
3.  To the Poor: The poor are often neglected, dismissed, discarded, and disfavoured. Jesus
spent a great deal of time with those that no one else cared about. He
ministered on the “wrong side” of the tracks and shared the good news –
that they did not have to live that way anymore. The poor did not have
to remain poor and bound could now be free!
So what does this mean to you today? Several things: (1) we should not be ashamed of the gospel message and be
willing to let our light shine everywhere we go, (2) the Holy Spirit has anointed and graced us to share God’s truth through our personality and we should not neglect that responsibility, and (3) we must understand
that the good news is more than just attending a church service; God
wants us to be healed, healthy, blessed, and prosperous in every area of our lives!
Confession for this day:Lord God. I am Your child and am anointed by the Holy Spirit to share
the good news of the Kingdom in the earth. I am an example of Your
righteousness. I let my light shine everywhere I go. I minister to the
poor, oppressed, rejected, and dismissed and let them know that after
2,000 years, Christ is still the answer! 
In Jesus’ name.
  Amen!