GCT Weekly Newsletter

God’s Barn of Sovereignty has Released Four Horsemen of Judgment

Church Family: People conquering people, war, famine, and death. Do these four veins of tribulation create with your heart a festive merry Christmas? These four veins of tribulation have been present in every generation and at every Christmas. These four common ways of tribulation have been ravaging the earth since Cain and Abel in Genesis 4. But, in Revelation 6, at the other end of the Bible, we are shown that these tribulations are called the Four Horsemen of the first four seal judgments. These four horses released by Jesus in judgment represent conquest (white horse), war (bright red horse), famine (black horse) and sickness/death (pale horse). These judgments were released by Jesus as He opened each of the first four seals of the scroll of God’s purposes and plans. These first four seal judgments explain the purposes of all of the conquest, war, famine and sickness/death that has always existed and continues to exist. What are the purposes of the Four Horsemen?

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How not to be a lopsided, wonky Christian

Happy Thanksgiving Church Family: Do you worship Jesus as the Lion? Or do you worship Jesus as the Lamb? Or do you worship Jesus as the Lion and the Lamb? If you are worshipping Jesus as only the Lamb or only the Lion you are worshipping only half the God that Jesus is intended to be to you. Don’t miss out on Jesus’ Lion excellencies or His Lamb excellencies. If we enjoy only His Lion qualities or just His Lamb qualities we become a lopsided, wonky Christian. Jesus wants us to know Him as the Lion and the Lamb.
 
Jesus as the Lion is all-powerful, fearless, and fierce as He gives His great power to His people. He gives us the power to stand up against all sin that is in opposition to His Kingdom. We have the complete power that we need through Jesus to be victorious and more than conquerors during the things to come against us in this world. Jesus will prevail in every battle, He is the Lion of the tribe of Judah. He has the eternal promises of God to triumph in every eternal battle (Genesis 49:8-12). He will bring every believer victory while we follow Him in this world that has gone crazy. The Lion will devour the evil that works against you. Do not fear. He is fierce and fearless against the enemy. Trust in the Lion, Jesus.

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What is happening in heaven at 1:37pm today?

Church Family: Are you struggling today? Does life seem futile? Is all your hope gone? Does it seem like that the enemies of God are winning in your family in your work in your country? Ok, stop, wait! Jesus desires us to look at things from His perspective by asking, “What is going on in heaven today, right now?” As we wake up and live and struggle and do life and persevere on earth, Jesus reminds us to be heavenly minded and ask, “What is going on in heaven, in the throne room of God today, right now?”
 
Jesus reminds us in Revelation 4, that things that we are experiencing and enduring on this earth right this minute are not as they appear. This is such an important habit that we must keep persevering in daily. We must look at life from a heavenly perspective. Being able to look at the things of this earth from a heavenly perspective is the everyday reality and outworking of a biblical worldview. Things are not out of control! The devil has not won! Evil is not victorious! And cruel fate does not rule the universe! Instead, God is on His throne, in heaven, and He has everything, everywhere in His sovereign reign.

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How to make Jesus vomit.

Hey there Church family: Have you ever thought about your actions being so spiritually nasty that they make Jesus want to vomit them out of His mouth? The lukewarm church in Laodicea had that effect upon Jesus. They were complacent, self-satisfied, self-reliant, self-promoting in their pride so that they produced works that made Jesus want to vomit them out of his mouth like a cup of polluted lukewarm water. Those are Jesus’ very own words. The church of Laodicea had become complacent towards the things of God. They loved all of the things of the world in their pagan, imperialistic city. They happened to be a wealthy, prosperous and successful church which led them to think that they had no need that they could not fulfill themselves. They did not need Jesus nor His gospel because they had money, privilege, education, prestige and power. They had come to trust in their own works which means that they had also lost the understanding of their own depravity. This prideful, complacent combo led them to a moral and religious indifference to the things of God and to a life of ungodliness.

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How to become a mega-church… According to Jesus

Hello Church Family: You know, despite our American culture that says, “bigger is better,” Jesus loves the “mini-church”! The Church in Philadelphia was one of “little power” (Revelation 3:8) because of the great persecution, slander, hatred, animosity and the prideful posturing of the secular culture and the religious culture within their community. They were “little in power” because of their size not their faith nor their obedience. The church had been persecuted to the point that what was left of the church was the pure, righteous body of Christ with its passionate believers who kept God’s word, held tight to the gospel and never denied Jesus’ name. Those within the church who were not true followers of Christ had not been victorious through the fierce tribulation in Philadelphia. The purified Philadelphian Church remained steadfast despite the combined efforts of the Jewish religious hypocrites and the pagan community coming against these long-suffering believers. The Philadelphian Church was relentless in the midst of the daily temptation and pressure from the culture to quit! The mini-church in Philadelphia held fast to their mega-Christ which empowered them to be conquerors in the midst of their tribulation. This message is completely relevant to our church today.

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Having a reputation for being spiritually alive but being spiritually dead

Hello Church Family: One important lesson in church life is the understanding that what we might say is God-honoring liveliness in a church or in our own lives, God may see as empty, hallow, and leading to the spiritual death of the church and us. And yes, these kinds of thoughts keep me up at night. Just because one may see a church with thousands of people, millions of dollars, a beautiful church campus, a vast listing of programs and ministries with an influence in the community, one cannot always say, “WOW! Look what the Lord is doing there in that church.” Yes, sometime that fruit is a blessing from the Lord but many times it is not. The church in Sardis was exactly this church. Jesus said to them, “I know your works. You have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead.”
 
I cannot imagine a more horrifying accusation to ever receive. Jesus was declaring that the Sardis Church had no spiritual pulse! They had no spiritual life even though they were doing great things in the community. Their deeds were approved by the Sardis community but Jesus did not approve of them. The pagan world of Sardis thought that the Sardis Church was so relevant and doing so much in the community, but God said they were dead, motivated by pride, greed and a desire that they would be known as great rather than that Jesus be known as great.

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