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If You Want Eternal Life, Live Like It!

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Often, the most agreed upon scriptures are also the least understood and least practiced in the bible. God is very positive about his promises and his willingness to support us in our many trials, even those aside from our Christian duties. It is a sad reflection on a failing society, that God offers people a far better life than the one they are fighting for themselves. Human history reveals, mankind is quick to forget the causes of their worst problems and soon return to the same practices that failed them in the first place. It's perhaps no surprise that this failing (short attention span), is also true of spiritual gains, especially eternal life.

A God Given Identity

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

The only identity that most people have in this world is their birth or marriage names and their nationality. Many are struggling while other forms of identity are devalued or removed; even gender itself. When people stand for nothing, they fall for everything; particularly towards those who would rule and control them. However, God offers a new identity: one that will not fail with age, nor be taken from us by ungodly people. Having a spiritual identity changes our physical reality establishing true purpose and ownership.

Anointed to Act

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

The anointing of the Holy Spirit (when God's Spirit enters our body); instantly prepares us to do God's work, when required. God's Spirit is equally designed for action as it is for teaching and heart blessing. Jesus was always ready to use these powers whenever opportunities arose. LUK 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. Similarly, we only need some healthy motivation to allow the spirit to move as well.

Hard Sayings Reveal Easy Solutions

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Lack of action is simply the gap between motivation and commitment. We all get good ideas and many have wonderful moments of clarity and purpose, but all that needs to be turned into actions. When it comes to matters of scripture and servitude with God, the answers are already there and are actually easier to perform than most realize. These notes take us through a step by step guide to turn hard saying into easy solutions. JER 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. God reminds us that he is on our side and wants to support us.

When Things Go Wrong

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Astronaut and artist Alan Bean died in May this year at age 86. He was the fourth human to walk on the moon as part of the crew of Apollo 12, and spent 31 hours on the lunar surface in the 2nd moon mission 1969. Alan Bean's first space launch has gone terribly wrong after less than a minute; the craft had been hit by lightning twice. Despite flashing warning lights all over the control panels, he could see the batteries were still putting out the required power. He kept repeating this to his crew and mission control as the team scrambled to determine what happened and what to do. The ground suggests resetting the seemingly ailing systems, but Bean hesitates. "One of the rules of space flight is you don't make any changes to an electrical system unless you've got a good idea why you're doing it," he will later say. "I knew we had power, so I didn't want to make any changes. I figured we could fly into orbit just like that. We've all learned that by randomly switching the electrical system around, you can get yourself into more trouble."

God's Love Is Greater Than You

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

When we talk about the love of God; many rightly feel safe and secure in the gracious comfort and merciful forgiveness, which is far above our personal capacity. God is far more capable than we are, thus as Christians we endeavour to love and think more like Christ would have us do. The trouble with this is, we often can miss why he has shown his love towards us... we focus on his love, but often miss why he has revealed it to us. We have been filled with the Holy Spirit to demonstrate God's love, not just feed on it. His love goes far beyond his personal and touching care for us. He also cares for the rest of the world and wants us to do our bit in sharing the gospel with the unsaved as well. Should we miss this second part of God's love, we also miss the overcoming nature of our existence. Even worse, we also miss numerous blessing and can feel unfulfilled.

Serving God Never Got Easier

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Many people, including numerous Christians, falsely believe that serving God is a difficult and demanding task... this is not the case. God has never made it easier to prove his existence, to develop a working relationship with him and to build a quality life. This is made all the more easier by following a few well proven steps. Nothing workable happens until the Holy Spirit enters our bodies as this is the key to a successful relationship with God. The Holy Spirit is the source of power for every blessing and the key to all worthwhile knowledge. God's power also makes it possible to succeed despite our obvious shortcomings and personal weaknesses. The greatest power of the Holy Spirit lies in its ability to cleanse us of all sin and to maintain the cleansing process for our whole lives.

Spiritually Powered

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Our salvation is merely the beginning of the blessings that God has revealed to us through the power of the Holy Spirit. We are called into much more than a one off experience. We are now powered up, to take some truly exciting steps. Many of life's disappointments and many spiritual weaknesses will vanish away very quickly when we get the spiritual basics right. Asking, seeking and knocking is a daily routine, not something we do to receive the Holy Spirit, nor hold in reserve for emergencies once filled with the spirit! It is almost impossible to come to terms with church life and spiritual happiness, if God's priorities are not our own.

Choking to Death

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

The prophetic parable of the 'sower', reveals the frightening reality that many Christian will be choked to death from bad choices and poor scriptural discipline. There is a very serious side to God which can be easily overlooked by modern, 'feel good' approaches to fellowship and eternal life. God refuses to accept anyone who knowingly waters down his word and his requirements. GAL 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Once a person responds to the salvation gospel through receiving the Holy Spirit with the God given sign of speaking in tongues, it is fully expected that a strong commitment will continue. It is easy to overlook the fact that every day, life and death are continually in play. We don't have the luxury of taking God or our fellowship for granted...there is a job to be done and the urgency only increases; it never eases.

You Cannot Handle The Truth

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

After Jack Nicholson spoke these famous words in the movie "A Few Good Men", the line became an instant classic. This short quote reveals the disappointing fact, that most people really can't "handle the truth" about serious life issues. As a result, many of humanities major problems, arise by denying or avoiding most of life's realities. The first truth is that all human life will end, but the denial comes when the cause of death and the possibility of eternal or spiritual life, is debated. Simply, we have to choose between a purposeful, God created universe, or a meaningless and loveless evolutionary accident, where we can be our own God.

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