In Galatians 2:20, Paul the Apostle said, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:”
Have we caught the magnitude of the words of this great man? Remember who he is and what he had become in the religious world and then read the verse again.
Paul was aware of something within himself. Not just a philosophy, an ideal, or an influence, but Christ Himself had moved into him.
He still does! When we hear the message of Jesus and what He has done for us our only response is faith in Him. When grace is revealed faith happens. Christ enters and its now Christ in you, the hope of glory (Col 1:27).
While knowing this truth doctrinally many have missed the great work of God Himself living through us. We believe Christ for us, with us, ahead of us. However, Christianity is to live from the reality of Christ in us.
We can't blame scripture for our deficiency. Paul refers to this union 216 times. In fact Paul describes a Christ that not only woos us to Himself but “ONES” us to Himself .
How great a God is who gives God, Augustine
Pastor Bill Annis
President, FCF Canada
Several years ago, God gave us a vision to visit, mentor and encourage Pastors to fulfill their calling. While reaching forward toward this season people would often misunderstand and ask, "Why do you favor pastors?" I would often chuckle with the response, “…because they are people."
When pastors became our primary ministry focus new life entered & we experienced more joy than you could imagine. Our greatest desire is to bring awareness to how significant you are and to be there for you helping you fulfill your calling.
I like reading where Paul spoke to Timothy concerning these matters.
2 Timothy 1:15, “As you know, all the Christians who came here have deserted me; even Phygellus and Hermogenes are gone but may the Lord bless Onesiphorus and all his family, because:
1. He visited me.
2. He encouraged me often.
3. His visits revived me like a breath of fresh air.
4. He was never ashamed of my being in jail. TLB (Amp)
We desire to be that encouraging person in your life; a life giving person to you and your ministry. I encourage you to pull your energy out of all the unnecessary things, focus on a measurable win, place your energy into that purpose and look straight at Jesus.
Paul referred to Onesiphorus as this person in his life who offered him this ministry of helps and how meaningful it was to him.
I heard a story from a pastor who met an elderly lady at the door as she was leaving she commented, "I found something I don't like about this church," as he paused to hear her complaint he heard these words, "I don't like it that I have to wait six more days before I can come back." She proceeded to tell him I went to church my entire life but when I come here It's a breath of fresh air, I can breathe, I can breathe again.”
We often refer to that as the culture of the church but Jesus referenced, "such is the kingdom of God.” Where Jesus is revealed people are drawn and enriched. Where Jesus is revealed there is love, life, excitement, peace, rest, faith happens and people are drawn to the fresh air.
We are truly grateful for your partnership in this ministry to this great nation. We see your giving as love's expression.
Thank you for your support which allows our travel and also for those who are contributing to the development of the home base of FCF in Moncton.
We appreciate you. It ministers deeply to us and may the Lord of the harvest give you a special blessing.
One of the joys of my life after fulfilling each mandate is coming home , when we walk into church sometimes weary, sometimes lonely, sometimes just needing revived, it is always a breath of fresh air. I can breathe!
Vise President, FCF Canada
19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
All of God was "pleased" to live in Jesus. Fullness never seems to leave room for lack! So, I am thinking if all the fullness of God was pleased to live in Jesus and Jesus lives in me; Jesus is "pleased" to dwell in me.
It pleases Jesus to dwell in me. In Him there is only Fullness.
7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
His unmerited favor abounds toward me over and above my every need. It is lavished upon me. Lavished means produced in excess and bestowed upon profusely. He did that for me. It was done out of His riches which are inexhaustible. You can apply grace in terms of whatever you need. However, should you apply this grace in terms of money, know that God has excess!
6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
You are complete in Him therefore you can access this grace! In the natural you were born complete, but it took you awhile to access those feet and legs. Although they were there, you had to discover what they were there for, but once you did they take you everywhere you need to be.
As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him. I love walking in His love and receiving everything that's in His Love.
-Pastor Duska Annis
Romans 5:5 (KJV)
5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His Love in our hearts. When we truly understand that our receiving is totally based on God's love and not our merit, love will never disappoint.
Love never fails, worries, boasts, it is not proud and never comes to an end.
Ephesians 1:19 show us the characteristics of love, “...what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power”
The exceeding greatness of His power is His love for us, because God is Love. The phrase "according to" means "in keeping with; in agreement with" (American Heritage Dictionary). We could read according to the working of His mighty love.
Concerning Jesus there was a voice that came out of heaven saying, “you are my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased.” Now Jesus wants you to know that He is well-pleased with you. God sees you as His beloved because He has made us accepted in the Beloved (Ephesians 1:6).
1 John 3:1(KJV)
3 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
How great is the Love the father has lavished on us. We are called His dear children. So that is what we now are! Beloved we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared.
The object of agape love never does anything to merit His love. I encourage you to make a decision each morning to live loved. Live the Zoe life which is apparently the God (love) given life or the abundant life.
On this February, ascribed as love month just allow love to illuminate your soul.
Psalm 63:3 (KJV)
3 Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
Is it not precisely that those who know and experience Love personally feel an irresistible desire to proclaim Him ?
O love of God, how rich and pure! How measureless and strong! It shall forevermore endure. The saints’ and angels’ song.
-Duska Annis, Pastor
Isaiah 26:3 (KJV)
3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace:
“Perfect” is not in the Hebrew text, it is there as “peace, peace”; doubled to denote the certainty of it, the enjoyment of it, and the consistency and continuation of it. Perfect peace is perpetual peace or peace upon peace. This is the fruit and effect of His righteousness being received by faith (the resting of ones mind in and upon who He is). This peace is true, real and solid in which sense the word “perfect” is used.
Whose mind is stayed on thee:
A rendered mind (thoughts, imaginations, devices). A rendered mind moves beyond its own ability to have faith and looks to the one who is perfect power, perfect love, the one who is faith and is life; the Lord Jesus. A mind supported by God (there is no other support but that). A mind “fixed” on the love of God, rooted and grounded in that love, firmly persuaded in it, and that nothing can separate that mind from that love. A mind supported and fixed not on ones own faithfulness but on the faithfulness and power of God.
Because he trusteth in thee.
Not in self, not in ones own faith or ability, not in their own righteousness, not in their own hearts: only in the Lord Jesus Christ, only in the Word of the Lord, that is, Christ.
2013 Look To Jesus
2013 is the year the mighty God and everlasting Father will be revealed in Christ Jesus to and for all people. This is the year the church will return its focus to the Savior of men and lay the stress of their salvation on Him; upon His righteousness, for their justification; upon His blood and sacrifice, for atonement, pardon, and cleansing; on His fulness, for the supply of their wants; on His person, for their acceptance with God; and on His power, for their protection and preservation. 2013 is the year of the revelation of our Lord Jesus and with the Lord Jesus as the central attraction of the church the gates of our cities will be opened. A harvest of souls will be joined to the Lord.