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Dusty Feet

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

It is very interesting that the Lord would use the simple subject of our feet, to reveal some very interesting, Spiritual points. The following scriptures and comments reveal the insight that can be gained by studying specific metaphors contained in God's Word. God equates the natural use of our feet with our walk in the Lord.

The Battle for the Soul

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

The battle for the soul was first lost in the Garden of Eden...how did it come about? In the beginning God created man to rule and have dominion over the earth. After Satan was cast out of heaven to the earth, he tempted Eve in the garden (temptation is not a sin... Jesus was also tempted but he didn't sin as a result). However, Adam and Eve failed because they yielded to the temptation. As a result of this, they handed their authority over the earth to Satan (who was later referred to as the "god of this world" [2 COR 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them]). The battle for reclaiming the soul of man began afresh after Adam and Eve were forced out of the garden and into the world. Satan had intruded into God's territory... now God was going to intrude into his.

The Joy of The Lord

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

The joy of the Lord is a fruit of the Spirit that grows and develops from the application and commitment of spiritual principles. It is not the joy that comes from short term moments of pleasure or positive gains. The joy of the Lord is a positive attitude that we take onboard once we receive the Holy Spirit and choose to live by its power. The joy of the Lord is actually a chosen state of existence for those who are confident in their salvation and are not always seeking 'blessings' to try and validate their existence.

The Battle is the Lord's

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

God makes an offers to the whole world, which would allow them to stop struggling and to let him guide their life. This is made possible through the anointing of the Holy Spirit. The new Christian life is simplified by understanding the ongoing battle between good and evil. However, there needs to be an understanding of what God means by good and evil. Good and evil are not moralistic nor social values... they are principles pertaining to spiritual life and death. Thus good, means something which helps life and evil means something which helps death. Many struggle under the weight of battle, but the scripture reminds us that the battle is not ours, it is God's.

The Greatest Motivator of All... Respect

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

The greatest battle we will ever face as a Christian; is the fight to maintain the wisdom that God has given us. The challenge is between God's values and ours, God's will and our will, God's truth verses our natural understanding. There is only solution that guarantees the result that we all pray for... and God who knows the end even before the beginning has given us this wonderful solution... BUILD RESPECT FOR GOD.

Real Hope for Real People

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

This topic will reveal the true extent by which God is willing to work with us and work through us. We will also confirm the vital facts that relate to the significance of the working of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We are real people of God and we have a real hope based on a real gospel. God has lovingly revealed the extent of this reality more clearly than we might realise.

Turning Weakness Into Strength

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

It can be a daunting task to serve God when we feel weak or lack confidence and conviction. However, God is an expert at changing weakness into strength and turning ordinary people into real heroes. God has already taken the first step by filling you with the Holy Spirit, just as he did with Jesus and later with his disciples. The following story of Moses will serve to show us just how great a thing the Lord can do if we are willing to act on his directives through the application of faith.

The Good Soldier

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

The bible is full of inspirational topics that are designed to open our minds and hearts to the real opportunities that are available for us. This topic looks at the wonderful parallel that God has drawn between a good soldier and a good Christian. The obvious benefit comes from the ability to relate the words of God to our current life. What is the great enemy that all Christian soldiers need to fight? The main battle is against death... thus good soldiers are the enemies of death and the servants of life. Soldiers understand one very important point... they donít stop fighting until the battle is won!

The First Miracle

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

The first miracle that Jesus performed of turning the water into wine, is also a metaphor for salvation. This is also the first miracle we receive that gives us eternal life...the anointing of the Holy Spirit. It was common for Jesus to use parables and metaphors and a wise person will realise that such treasures are hidden away in numerous places in the gospels. Understanding these truths is a great blessing and a rich source of knowledge and wisdom.

The Abuse of God's Salvation Message

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

There have been many extreme practices promoted by Spirit filled people over many decades. The 'Toronto styled' blessings (laughing, crying, falling over, etc), the prosperity doctrine, extremes of faith healing, casting devils out of spirit filled people, etc. Have all come about for one reason... they confuse salvation with an emotive confession, that uses the name of Jesus Christ. Salvation has nothing to do with what we verbally claim, rather it depends upon God confirming our repentance through the anointing of the Holy Spirit. This takes it entirely out of our hands and places it in the hands of God.

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