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The Healing Of Sarah

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Sarah was Abrahams wife and was born on a timeline halfway between Adam and Jesus Christ. She had been incapable of having children and was 90 years old when God healed her. She still had to wait another 25 years after being specifically told she would be healed. To make matters more challenging, not only was she barren, but she had entered menopause... two major impossibilities at a natural level. Like all of us, she had to address the needs of the here and now, but at the same time was facing two seemingly impossible promises. This is how her story unfolds and how her ongoing faith gave them one of the most amazing testimonies in history.

Give God Something to Work With

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Give God something to work with and he will give you something to work with. Everyone can have a wonderful life with the Lord if they stop long enough to give him something to work with. Moses is perhaps one of the greatest examples of God's ability to turn an average person into a remarkable powerhouse. The turning point came when Moses saw a burning bush and stopped to hear the message (just like us when we were witnessed to)... EXO 3:2 And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. 3 And Moses (name meaning... 'drawn out of water'... is about to be drawn out of fire) said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. God had something to work with... he began his 40 year service. Moses lived 120 years (revealed the Old Testament), 120 at Pentecost, 'Dunamis' 120 times in the New Testament.

When You Are Feeling Alone

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Loneliness (doubt, fear), is a perception we can all feel when our confidence drops below our spiritual reality. God has already offered a solution to this well known problem. HEB 13:5 Let your conversation (lifestyle) be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. This promise assures us that we can never be alone, regardless of our thinking. Jesus added another aspect which covers the same problem... JOH 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter,that he may abide with you for ever; The following examples reveal God's merciful nature across many examples of negativity that have been experienced by those who were called to serve him.

Raising The Dead

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

God has identified himself as much more than the powerful creator of the universe and the life in it. He has expressed an attitude towards the human race, that is common to humans themselves. He demonstrates love and care, concern and assistance; like any caring father or mother would do. His interest and regard for us is much more than that of any parent, because his capacity is far greater than ours. We cannot care for ourselves with the same certainty and authority that God offers. If the worst comes to the worst, God is capable of raising the dead. That is something we cannot do for our families. Yet, God now offers us the power to raise the dead.

The Church Is What You Make It

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Once we receive the Holy Spirit, everything changes. We are now part of God's kingdom and everyone has a spiritual responsibility. We all have a job to do which requires a completely different mindset than what we started with. The first question is... what does God want me to do; not how do I fit God into my list of priorities. Every person who makes up the spirit filled church is fully equipped to build it up and make it work better. 1COR 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. Our duty is to teach and encourage people to make Godly choices.

The Law of the Spirit - Part 2 Personal

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

God's spiritual laws are observable forces that can be tested and proven, like all the other laws in the universe. Spiritual Laws are usually ignored by the great majority, because there is no immediate or visible consequence for breaking them; even though there are immediate signs to obeying them. Spiritual laws are like natural laws; that which is true can be replicated and proven at will. Replication is important in science so scientists can "check their work." Unless the same result is produced consistently, it is unlikely to be accepted as factual. This is also true of the correct salvation message, as anything less is based on false doctrines.

Fight the Good Fight of Faith

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

The human race is totally unaware that they are fighting for their spiritual lives. The reality of birth and death are clearly in view, but the real battle is not about natural life, rather it's for the soul. People are blinded to their real problems and solutions, because of their irrational dislike of God and his standards. People love to blame others for everything that is wrong in their lives, rather than face the limitations of their egos. We reveal the answers to all of these errors, by providing faithful testimony of the simplicity of being filled with God's power. Paul was very strong on countering and reversing these weaknesses; in and out of the church.

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.

Turning Weakness To Strength

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

One of the greatest failings of humanity relates to their ignorance of how God's salvation plan works. The concept of salvation is not just a 'religious' notion. Physical life and death are obvious, with the factual reality that dead people don't return to life after their bodies perish. This is a real world observation, not just a religious one. God's salvation (preservation of life), is based on overcoming physical death by providing a spiritual body, not subject to mortal limitations. The entrance is often misunderstood and the ongoing servitude is equally misunderstood. Despite our human weaknesses, there is a perfect balance of living and serving, clearly described in the New Testament. The anointing of the Holy Spirit is the only action that moves us from sin and death to mercy. It's the only provable action that gives us a chance to outlive our natural bodies. Jesus revealed the true signs chosen by God, that would follow true believers.

Pressure to Change

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Jesus Christ revealed that his message was much more than a collection of spiritual principles. JOH 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. Jesus explained that God's plan included a joint relationship, covering every aspect of our spiritual and natural lives. His main aim was to save us from the certainty of death by preserving our soul.

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