Be influenced by Jesus by Carol Njenga

Friday, October 26, 2007

Be Influenced By Jesus by Carol Njenga

Last Sunday night I was hurting emotionally and knew I needed to be sitting somewhere under God’s anointing. I remembered, after attending a Woman’s Luncheon at Glory Oasis Fellowship, 1903 Route 44, Pleasant Valley, New York that they had an evening service at 7PM on Sunday led by Carol Njenga. I was blessed to be able to attend and hear a teaching by Carol Njenga and got her permission to share my notes with you. I actually bought a book because of the reading she opened up with, so I am going to share the reading in full. All Bible passages are from NASB version which Carol used.

From: Come Away My Beloved by Frances J. Roberts

This reading is based on Luke 12:40 You too, be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not expect.”

“Be Much with Me

     For My people, saith the Lord, set watch in the nighttime; yea, rise and pray, and let not that hour come upon the unaware.
For the time is short, yea, the storm is gathering fast. Ye see clouds in the sky, and ye say rain is approaching.
Can ye not discern the events that are currently shaping up in the affairs of men, and be as keen to observe their import and know that disaster and holocaust are in the making?
But thou art prone to fall into the same snare as others–to presume that prosperity and peace will continue, simply because ye wish so strongly that it might be so. Ye are not ignorant concerning the prophecies of My Word as some are, and yet ye allow the feelings and attitudes that are abroad in the land to invade your own personal life.
Be more with Me, and let My Spirit pervade thy spirit, and then thou shalt be more influenced by Me than by the world around you. But be prepared for the fact that ye will then be of a different mind and attitude than those around you, and be willing to accept the difference and be able to ignore misunderstanding.
For many will not accept a message of warning, because they have set their own personal ambitions against the will of God, and they are so intent upon their own pursuits that they refuse to tolerate the thought of possible interference of any kind.
But you, beloved, be much with Me, for there is a great and heavy burden on My heart. For God taketh no pleasure in the death of the wicked. My long-suffering and grace have continued because I deeply desire that all men should come to repentance. But the grapes of wickedness are full, and the vats of the wine-presses are already beginning to receive the juice, and ere long they shall be running full.
For the times of the Gentiles are drawing to a close, and I come. Yea, be thou ready, for I come quickly.”

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Carol told us to be influenced by Jesus, not the world around us. God did not call you to fit into every group, but rather He knew we would go against the grain. We need to discern what God wants us to keep in our lives and what He wants us to leave. God will only take away enemies from us. What God is chopping off is what isn’t good for us. He sees the end from the beginning.

People set goals for themselves, but they don’t identify whose goals they are. Even Jesus prayed, “Not my will, but Thy will.”  This should be our cry also. Our goal should be to please the Lord. It is important to remember it isn’t how we start that matters, but how we end. God has forgotten our past when we asked His forgiveness. He is more interested in how we are today and what we are becoming. Remember Paul talked about running the good race.

There are many fish to catch and we need to go out and get them. Carol said we need to speed up our efforts in evangelism. The Great Commission is the Great Omission in the Body of Christ, we need to go out and testify of Jesus. God does not delight in the death of the unsaved, we need to reach out. Go out and share the Gospel. If someone doesn’t receive it, just like the disciples, shake off the dust, and keep on moving to someone else.

We need to get ourselves matured in the Word so we can discern and know what the Lord has need of in us. God wants us to rescue as many as we can.

What foundation are you building yourself on? We need to evaluate our Christian walk, to make sure it is accurate to His Word, if not, we need to make corrections in our walk. Let the Word correct you, instruct you, encourage you. The Bible is our manual. Many things we have heard over the years, accumulated traditions, need to go, for they do not accurately reflect the Word. These traditions are toxic to our walk.

Matthew 16:13-18  Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.”

Peter-Petros (in Greek) means a detached stone. Petra (upon this Rock I will build My church) is bedrock. Christ built His church on the bedrock.

Four revelations.
1. Christ is the anointed one.
2. Built on those who will have Peter’s confession of faith in Jesus as Christ, the Son of the Living God.
3. Christ’s teachings
4. The Apostles and Prophets and the Acts 2 church was birthed.

Some places water down the Gospel, others make the Gospel so complicated. It is our duty to know what we are taking in, to test the teachings we receive. If they are garbage, they will contaminate us and we stand a chance of falling back to what we once were before saved.

We can’t get in the battle until we are prepared. From training for spiritual battle we can go anywhere. We are to fight the good fight of faith. To be solid in Christ.

Ephesians 2:20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone

Even with the teachings of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus is the Chief Cornerstone. Are your foundations strong enough to stand with what is thrown at you daily? Many men and women of God are standing on shaky ground, if they are not looking at Jesus. Jesus is tested, found worthy, and approved. He is the strong cornerstone.

1 Corinthians 3:9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.

I belong to God. Whatever I am allowed to build our have built belongs to God. God owns all of it, what I built must be tested against Jesus’ Word. Every foundation we build will be tested through the fire. Is our house built on solid rock or shifting sand?

1 Corinthians 3:10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it.

We have to know who is building on our life. Are they polluted, teaching something that is not from God? We have to put our guards up, to test our teachings. If they do not bear witness to Christ, throw them out or put on the shelf until God brings revelation. Do not fall into deception. If it is not truth do not accept it. When you get to a crossroad, depart from confusion and mess. The preacher is responsible to God to preach the truth. Yet, at the same time what you take in ultimately is your responsibility, not the preacher’s. What we want is teachings based on Jesus Christ, not wood, hay or stubble. We want teachings that will survive the fire of truth. The foundation preached must be Jesus Christ, and Him Crucified and Resurrected. The purity of the Word of God is what we are seeking. The Pure Word of God acts as a laundress’s soap, to cleanse us and bring correction, instruction, edification. The Pure Word of God will cause us to grow up. If we have taken something in that is tainted, The Pure Word of God will bring it to our understanding. Sometimes something that is not the true Word of God will taste sweet to our mouths, but be bitter when we swallow.

Isaiah 55:11 So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.

The Word of God gives correction, and is life itself. Empty words may sound good to our ears, but they will produce no fruit in our lives. Empty words are like a drug that gets you high, but then you drop down quickly and fast. These are not easy times, and some of the things we deal with are hard. It is going to get darker and darker in this world, so our life needs to bear more light. A little light will cause the darkness to flee.

1 Corinthians 3:11 For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

The foundation is already laid – JESUS CHRIST is our foundation. From there we build on it. If it is based on truth, the building will stand, if not it will fall. Ask any builder and you will learn that the foundation is the most important part of the building. FOUNDATION IS KEY. We are the Living stones, and God is shaping us so that we can be part of what He is building on the foundation of Jesus. Oil and water do not mix. It is only a matter of time when we meet a situation where the false words will not sustain us. All our works, our building, our ministries, will be revealed by fire – only what is true and pure will last. When Jesus comes back everyone will be judged with fire to see what is lasting.

1 Corinthians 3:12-15Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

We do not want to come to Christ for judgment and come away with only a narrow escape of salvation. Salvation is crucial, but we want also to reap rewards for what we have done this side of Heaven. God will reward our diligence. He promises to recognize us with rewards. Don’t shortchange yourself. No one enters a race to come in last. We want durable works that will stand the test of time. When the judgment by fire comes, we want our works to line up with the pure Word of God, the living Word of God.

People get caught up in the things they do. But it is more important to believe Him, and to do the works that please Him. This is not the case with sinners, who are not concerned with God. It isn’t the number of Good Works, or the magnitude of the Good Work. What matters to God is that we BELIEVE HIM, and that we OBEY HIM.

The flesh is sustained by the flesh. A definition of insanity is that you do the same thing over and over, but expect a different result. We need to change our ways to get a change. God wants us to enter into His rest, to recognize who we are, and know that the Cross did the work for us. God’s major concern with our life is our OBEDIENCE.

If you are His, keep seeking to know Him, to hear His voice. When you study His Word or sit under a teaching come with the attitude that God will say something to me. Wait until He speaks. Worship and listen. If a preacher speaks out something that God is dealing with in your life it is a confirmation. The same Spirit that resided in Jesus resides in me. We need to fine tune our reception of what the Spirit is saying to us. It is like trying to listen to a radio which isn’t fully tuned into a channel, we need to adjust our dials until we are hearing clearly. We live in a corrupt world, and so we need to listen hard for God’s direction.

Amos 3:11 Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD, “An enemy, even one surrounding the land, will pull down your strength from you and your citadels will be looted.”

God does nothing that He doesn’t reveal beforehand. He gave warning through Amos of what would happen to the nation of Israel. We need to let the Spirit of God in so that He can direct our paths. God will not force Himself on us, it is our choice to let Him in or not. Even Jesus prayed, “Not my will…but thine.”

We tend to be creatures of habit and we need to crucify our self. The self is self-resurrecting. We need to kill it today, and then kill it again tomorrow. To daily do it until a complete change is made. The only way we win is if our self is totally subjected to the Will of God.

Carol talked about the parable of the 10 virgins – all were virgins, 5 were wise and 5 were foolish We are in the end days, and in this time we need to be wise virgins, totally prepared for His coming, totally submitted to God. We need to work daily doing His work.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

The Word of God cuts through the bone and marrow. God will judge our thoughts and the intentions of our heart. The Word of God is powerful, and it has to change us. We want to walk with a God Conscience in our life, and in our day to day activities. We need to remind ourselves who we belong to and don’t get caught up in the things that are not good for us. We need to daily evaluate ourselves through the Word of God. To do that, we must READ Scripture, and meditate on it, letting it get into our being and draw life from it.

Revelation 22:18-19 I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.

We are not to add to the Word of God, or take from the Word of God. We are to read it as it is, to read it in context to glean the truth. We often read the Bible with a Western mindset when it was written from an Eastern mindset. When the Gospels were written there was not an Old Testament or a New Testament – but the Word of God. When Moses was instructed to build the first tabernacle, God gave specific instructions about colors, places for the tools to be placed, measurements. Because we are the Temple of God, God is just as much interested about what is inside of us.

Go inside and unlock those places where we have kept the closed doors, the hurts and stuff that we haven’t yet asked God into, and let Him help us in all areas of our life. God wants to touch all of our lives. Every little place within. He wants to give us a blood transfusion (shed blood of Christ) that touches every part of our being. By faith we can receive this transfusion. And we also need the infilling of the Spirit of God, for as we walk through our day to day lives we do leak. It is a daily deal, not a one time a week deal.

I hope this teaching blessed you, it touched on many areas that God has been dealing with me about, and is also in line with what Pastor Don has been teaching this week.

Hoping your weekend is great. Tomorrow I go to cheer my daughter on for her team made field hockey sectionals.

Have a blessed day!

Heather

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About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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