Notes - Biddeston, Queensland, Australia - 2010

If we put all our needs into one word, it would be, "I need GOD."

If something is not dealt with, it will still be there on judgement day.

If we’re not close to God, others won’t see the Spirit.

Sin is when we forget God, and other things fill our mind so God is not in first place.

If we’re in harmony with God, we’re in harmony with one another.

Bread corn is bruised in the natural process of making bread.  There was a lifetime of suffering for Jesus for Him to provide the bread.

When a banner is raised, people know whether you are friend or foe.

Maybe we’re willing to give our life for one friend, but Jesus gave His life for us and for all sinners.

Revelations 7:14, "These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb."  His cost is our privilege.

Psalm 60:4, "Thou hast given a banner to them that fear Thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth."  We are given an opportunity to be an example and show the banner of love to the people of this world.  Seek God’s strength to hold it high.

When life isn’t what we would choose, remember it's His Will.

Psalms 57:2, "I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me."  When we cry to God, we prove He cares for us, guides us, and provides for us.

If we are the branches, we just accept what the vine gives to us.

When we are a long way from light, we don’t see any dirt at all; we don’t see the detail until we get really close.

Prayer is a privilege, not a duty.

A little child said, "The Lord is my Shepherd, and that’s all I want."

The Vietnamese word for "mercy" is a 2 syllable word; the first part is the Love of God.

Psalm 85:10, "Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other."  Mercy is not complete without experiencing the truth of God.

John 8:6-10, "This they said, tempting Him, that they might have to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down, and with His finger wrote on the ground, as though He heard them not. So they continued asking Him, He lifted up Himself, and said unto them, 'He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.' And again, He stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last; and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up Himself, and saw none but the woman, He said unto her, ‘Woman, where are thine accusers? Hath no man condemned thee?’" Jesus turned their attention to themselves and their guilty conscience took them away. The woman felt something that day in the Spirit of the Lamb, "Just as I am, without one plea, I come" Verse 11, "She said, 'No man, Lord’ and Jesus said unto her,  ‘Neither do I condemn thee: go and sin no more.’" This is a picture of mercy and truth meeting together - no condemnation from the spotless, sinless Lamb of God.

Honesty and humility in her heart saw the mercy and truth of God.

Mercy of God allows us the opportunity to come to the truth. The truth of God sets us free - the mercy of God invites us to come, when we obey the truth, it will set us free.

My thinking and human reasoning is not truth, I must put it aside.

The devil is the father of lies, that’s where lies come from.

Truth delivers our soul, truth enlightens our heart; truth gives us hope for eternity.

We can think good things and speak good things, but if not in harmony with the Spirit of truth, we’re a long way from God.

Jesus loves the sinner, but hates the sin, because our sin separates us from the love of God.

The Pharisees looked like they were upholding what was true, but Jesus revealed what was in their heart. They loved the dirt and hated the dirty.

The depth of our appreciation for God’s mercy is shown in us showing mercy to our brother.

David made many mistakes, but he showed great mercy to the sinner, and God showed him mercy. It meant so much to him.

Joab died without mercy, because he showed no mercy.

Satan can come into a meeting in a person who didn’t bring the right spirit to the meeting. Examine our own heart and our own spirit - what kind are we bringing?

All Job had was destroyed; he worshipped God, not cursed God.

In experiences, if we can see it and understand it, isn’t it God’s mercy?

Sometimes we have experience we don’t understand.  Keep close to God, tender in our experiences, then we’ll realise the mercy and truth of God.

There are two things lent to us - life and time. When something is lent to us, it’s not ours. 

The pathway to a lost eternity can be paved with good intentions.

We only have one life to live and only one life to give.

Mark 8:15, "And He charged them, saying, 'Take heed, beware of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.’" The leaven of the Pharisees was hypocrisy, the leaven of the Saducees was they denied there was a resurrection, and the leaven of Herod was deceit.

In order to have pure leaven, it has to start as one cell.  It changes flour like unto itself, divides itself, and continues to attach itself to flour and divide itself and so on.

Leaven is an outward source and an inward conditioning - causes us to know the effect of the kingdom of heaven fulfilling our lives, bringing about favourable changes.

When leaven is working, it changes the condition of indifference to a passion for God and Christ.

Peace is not the absence of trouble, but the presence of God.

Leaven needs the right conditions to work - warm, not hot.  One condition of leaven is willingness; another is obedience to the will of God.

Jesus learned obedience through experience.

In favourable conditions when yeast is working, you can’t see it or hear it.  You can see the response and result of it working. This is true in souls of individuals, others can’t see, hear, but can see the results.

Victories are not won because of our surroundings, but our surrendering.  We can’t blame our surroundings when we fail, there’s help to enable us to get the victory.

Words may not feed others, but our spirit does.

We can’t buy time - we can make time.  Satan takes time - God gives time.

Some people expect mercy, but can’t show justice.  This is no the standard of God’s kingdom.

Meekness is the outward expression of humility in the heart.

All the fruits of the spirit are underlined with humility.

Luke 6:35, "But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend hoping for nothing again and your reward shall be great….." This is an important lesson to know how to be like Jesus, to be kind to others outside the fold. Jesus loved the sinner, but hated the sin.  Verse 36-38 tells of how the love of Christ goes further and helps us to love and be kind to those who don’t love us or who are unkind to us.

Rebekeh had to be an especially willing woman, not only to draw for Abraham’s servant, but for all the camels as well.

God has put everything necessary in a tiny seed to know how far down the roots can go down to balance a tree.

In any situation, if we choose to show mercy, we’ll be right.

Self-esteem, self-revenge, self-righteousness needs to be crushed. Be thankful when these are crushed from our lives and light comes forth. Never let your light go out. Light is going to enable us to see the need in the heart of a brother or sister. We need to keep foreign matter out of the light. If water gets in the oil of a lamp, the light will go out. A little root of bitterness, or hardness of heart can put the light out.

When we take someone else’s cause to God in prayer, we can be a medium between them and God.

Divine love never dies, it will never fail.  It will last the countless ages of eternity.

Meekness is not rising to self-defence or accusing others when being accused.

Sacrifice is sometimes getting rid of something - letting go of something. When we’re willing to let go of something that may have been a detriment, the Lord is going to give us more.

Tithes in the Bible were 1/10 the tribes of Israel gave to the tribe of Levi. Tithe is what we can give back to God. God has given me 24 hours a day, I should be giving back to Him 1/10th of my day - in prayer, meditation, reading, being in meetings, Bible studies. One day you may not be able to give 1/10th, but the other days you may be able to give more.   

Our condition has to do with our countenance.  How we are to others?  How we respond and reach out to others? We’ve all been wounded by someone’s words, actions, but if we have the Spirit of God, there’s provision for the healing process.

Darkness cannot mingle with light, there is a definite separation. When we understand what darkness is, we appreciate light. The world around us is in darkness, the only way we can combat that, is by being a light. Darkness has no power over light. There is no fellowship in darkness - only fear, confusion. There is comfort, hope, reassurance in light. The consequence of walking in darkness is eternal death.  I John 1:7, "But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin."

There are 2 sides to the sun - light and warmth. Without the sun, there would be no life on the earth. John 8:12, "I am the light of the world. He that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." Life is begotten when seed is sown - God’s word is light and life, that’s the seed.

The light of Christ can come right into our hearts. The natural sun can’t come into our hearts. When we respond to the gospel, it will take care of every part of darkness in our hearts. If we are walking in the deceitfulness of Satan, the light of the gospel shows us where we are and where we are supposed to be. Malachi 4:2, "But unto you that fear My name, shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in His wings; and ye shall go forth and grow up as calves of the stall."  The Son of God is the Sun of righteousness, the warmth is the Sun of God. We want to reassure you again there’s no-one that loves you more than God and His Son.  

We talk about the sun rising in the morning and setting in the evening - it’s not actually moving, it’s the earth turning towards the sun. Only as we turn towards the sun every morning, do we get sunlight. The only way to sustain the God given light is to turn towards it. We must move and turn from our own way unto Him.  Psalms 119:89, "For ever, O Lord, Thy word is settled in heaven."  God’s word will never change; our hope is if it’s settled in our hearts, that will give us life and peace.

Prayer is vital, not an optional extra. Prayer is to the soul, what breath is to the body - a necessity. One most important thing is to teach children to feel their need to pray. To feel a relationship with the God of heaven, a price cannot be placed on that. The Son of God, while here on earth felt His own need to pray to the Father in heaven. How often do we pray for souls that don’t know their own need? If we can pray for others first, it puts us in a better condition to pray for our own needs. Hebrews 7:25, "Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them." We have a privilege and responsibility to pray for others, we don’t know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit makes intercession for us. Romans 8:26, "Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought; but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered."

A day without prayer is a day without power.

Jesus taught us how to glorify God by the message He spoke and the example of His life. His life manifest clearly total submission to the Will of God, complete commitment and unwavering obedience. When surrounded by a world that knows not God, what can they see? That God has put His Spirit into us. Our willingness to be a stranger and pilgrim in this earth will mean God would be glorified in us. Live uprightly and honestly in this world even though we are spoken against.

Fruit can only be produced when we are connected to God and through Christ and we are close to Him.

The wine of the kingdom is the Spirit of God, the love of God and the peace of God. Natural wine takes away the feelings of responsibility, dulls the hearing. The wine of the kingdom can enable us to have a keener sense of hearing, and we hear the still, small voice. No-one else hears it, no-one else knows. When people start drinking, their vision is affected, things get blurry or they may even see double. When we start partaking of the wine of the kingdom, we get a vision of Jesus, clearly and the eyes of the world don’t see Him. Another adverse condition of the wine of this world is that balance and walk are affected. When we partake of the wine of the kingdom, it enables us to walk uprightly, steadfastly, circumspectly. God wants us to be found in His house - a place of safety, provision, counsel. By abiding in His provision, we can have a place of habitation, by far the best.

It’s been said that by saying, "No" to one thing, we are automatically saying, "Yes" to another. When we’re dying to self, we’re saying, "No" to this human nature, laying up treasure and God is keeping that for us.

"Seek ye first the kingdom of God…" is not an option, let this be number one priority in my life.

Joy is a Christian term - you’ll never hear the world talking about it. They say they had a wonderful time, had a blast, but they never mention joy. Joy doesn’t come from outward conditions; it comes as a result of what is in us.

Some conditions that would be applicable to a Christians wardrobe mentioned in Colossians 3:9-10 speaks of putting off the old man with his deeds and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him. And in verses 12-14, "Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness and humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any, even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness." Charity is like wearing the robe of righteousness.

God speaks to us because He wants us to prosper.

In the story of Elijah and the widow woman in I Kings 17, what would you have done if you were that woman? Would you have cut the cake in ½ and kept ½ back for yourself or would you keep it for yourself? She gave it to Elijah and there was provision made.

Counsel comes not as a reproof or to chastise us, but to lead us on the pathway. When God gives us counsel or instruction, we don’t need a second opinion.

Things can either cause our soul to flourish or starve our soul for all eternity. If we want to know how to feed and where to feed, read Psalm 1:1-2, "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in his law doth he meditate day and night."  Wonderful to have our appetite meditating in the law of the Lord

I Corinthians 13 is the richest chapter in the Bible.

When I think envious thoughts, it’s an indicator of my lack of divine power.

Behind every word of God, there is divine love.

No-one faced more difficulties, temptations; being despised and rejected and hated than Jesus, yet there was no lack of joy in His life.

What God provides for us will never appeal to the flesh, or desires of the human appetite.

It’s easy for us to go through experiences and come out with a bitter spirit of complaining, a hard spirit. The three men in Daniel that went through the fire, came out of the fire with no smell on them.

One of the reasons why the lions didn’t eat Daniel is they couldn’t smell any flesh, because of his diet. When the accusers were thrown in to the lions, they had a big meal because they were full of the flesh. The better the appetite, the smaller the target for the enemy.

Jesus was not affected by outward surroundings; even when accused falsely, treated despicably, the peace stayed.

If all we ever do with our life is trust in natural riches, we’ll have nothing to take into eternity. It can’t be converted into something we can take with us.

God wants us to see there’s nothing more precious than Jesus and God’s word. The Spirit of God can put something in our heart that changes our focus on what we see around us to heavenly things and Jesus Christ and His word in our heart brings us into harmony with our heavenly Father. This causes us to do and love what He commanded and in it is joy and peace.

If Jesus means more to us, we need to make way for more of the heavenly things and less of the earthly things. In our daily life, we’ll be faced with challenges, trials, hardships to test us to see how much we love the word of God. The way we handle situations with the help of our heavenly Father, we’re laying up treasure; it’s going to bring peace in our hearts. When we’re faced with experiences that aren’t so pleasant, our immediate reaction is to be nasty, unlike Jesus. If we have the love of Jesus in our hearts, we can react differently and choose differently how we choose to be.

When a greyhound is racing, it keeps its eye on the goal and doesn’t look to the left or to the right, not distracted.

We may tremble on the rock, but the rock will never tremble under us.

God knows what condition we came in and we can go away with purpose to go onto perfection, for Jesus sake, the kingdom’s sake, for truth’s sake, for the sake of our brothers and sisters.

If there’s no seed this year, there will be no bread next year.

The little in my power to do is to keep a heart and purpose true.

Jesus took Peter, James, and John up the mountain, and into the garden of Gethsemane. Those three men received some of the strongest rebukes we read about. Those that God loves, He chastens.

Our strength is insufficient, but we’ll always be dependent on divine help from God and His angels.

Without Jesus, we would have no access to the throne of grace.

In Revelations 2-3, God spoke to all those churches. What would their state have been if they hadn’t heard those things? God in His kindness told them where they had to change. God makes us aware, that we are the ones who have come short, we have to change.

God’s way is a perfect way, God’s people are not a perfect people, and we’re all in the work of perfection.

We’re born with a human nature and with the privilege of the gospel; we’re being taken over by divine nature.

There are prospects of a safe journey when God is holding our hand - strong, powerful hand of mercy. He led His people out of Egypt, but somehow they let go. He was disappointed they continued not, it grieved God. His hand was still there, a hand to lead, guide to safety. Letting go of that hand meant death in the wilderness. Take a little child by the hand; at times they are quite comfortable, it’s a protection, loving care. When they see something on the sideline, they can pull away and let go. It can lead to trouble or danger. There is a powerful enemy, his temptations are so great and our human nature is so weak. When our hand is held firmly in the hand of God, our Saviour, we can have a safe journey.

There are mountains to climb, valleys to go through. We can go on allowing our Saviour to hold our hand and we can sing the victor’s song. Jesus never tried to slip His hand out of His Father’s hand.

The journey ahead is made easier if we can offload things that could hinder our walk, or spoil the journey.

It takes willingness to be led. A stubborn nature can’t be led, a broken and contrite heart can be. Be reassured God is holding our hand whatever the experience and in the tests and temptations, we won’t forget God holding our hand and we can travel safely home.

Nothing can separate us from the love in Christ Jesus. Not even the fear of the unknown future, depths of testing times, fiery trials that must be to produce gold. No fears and doubts when we walk with the one we love. We can go with a God-given faith and confidence with the one who overcame every struggle. Never a braver man than He who walked to Calvary. We don’t need to fear the future when love has planned the way. We cannot afford to let anything come in to take away or chase away the Holy Guest. Our homework as we head off into the future is to check, stop, put to death every thought, word or deed that threatens this Spirit of life and love of God.

There will be tests; the gold will have its fire. God is working with His gold until there is pure gold, no earth, no flesh, and no dross. When we hold onto Him, we walk with Him, we follow Him, and we’re safe. Trusting all in Him, don’t trust in ourselves or we’ll come unstuck.

What is the hope of others?  It is when someone of the multitude is looking for hope and gets a little glimpse of light in another living in this horrible world, yet they have a love for Christ.