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Living Light Gospel Church Cairns Podcast
Senior Pastors Bill & Corrie Page
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Location: Far North Queensland
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March 02, 2017 03:49 AM PST

Session 4.

“You being great takes nothing away from me.”

Philippians 2:5-7 Jesus “did not consider it robbery to be equal with God.” It took nothing away from God for Jesus to be equal with Him. They are of one heart and mind. And we have the same Spirit.

1 Samuel 18:3-4, 17:38-39
Jonathan equipped David with a heart of love and support, based on their covenant relationship. Saul tried to equip David, based on fear, compromise and hatred, and David said: “I cannot walk with these.”

Exodus 24:12-13, 16-18
When God called Moses to go up to the top of Mount Sinai, so He could give him the tablets of the Law, Moses chose Joshua to go with him. But when they were near the top of the mountain, Moses told Joshua to wait for him, and Joshua waited faithfully… for 40 days! He wasn’t in the cloud receiving revelation from God: he was told to wait so he waited until the man of God returned. Years later he was the one chosen to take over the leadership of God’s people from Moses. We must train, equip, release and support the next generation of workers, and if they do better than we did, rejoice with them! We need to see that when we have properly trained, equipped and released those who have been following our leadership, their success is our success! We are not in competition with each other.

Numbers 11:24-29

1 Samuel 14:6-7, 11-15
Verse 7: The young armour bearer said to Jonathan: “Do all that is in your heart. Go then; here I am with you, according to your heart.”
How all leaders long for followers like this! His love and loyalty linked him with Jonathan, and their faith would bring a mighty victory! You cannot demand that type of trust; it must be earned. Because of Jonathan’s character and his integrity, the young armour bearer trusted and respected him. He didn’t get the vision from God; he got it from Jonathan; he didn’t hear from God; he heard from Jonathan, and because of their relationship, and his trust in Jonathan, he laid his life on the line for the plan of his leader… that’s how leadership should work!

Live with Accountability.
Matthew 8:5-10, 13 The centurion recognized the authority in Jesus: “Only speak a word, and my servant will be healed.” The centurion knew that his authority was limited to 100 soldiers, but he recognized that Jesus had a far greater authority; even to speaking “a word” and healing the sick from a distance! He understood something that very few others did; that the authority of Jesus far exceeded his own, even over the natural realm, and he submitted to that, and that’s why Jesus said, “I have not found such great faith.”

Isaiah 40:26-31 When we are struggling or discouraged, God calls us to “Lift up your eyes on high and see…” He knows our name, and “not one is missing.” You are never “missing” from the eyes and heart of the Lord; “I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands.” (Isaiah 49:16), As we “wait (an active waiting, ready to serve) on the Lord” we get stronger and stronger and we are able to “run and not be weary… walk and not faint.”

Forget the past. Good or bad, you can’t go back & change it: leave it, and move on.
God is wanting to give us a fresh start. You may have suffered in the past, as a result of your own sins, failures or circumstances, or because of what others have done to you. He is calling us to a higher walk with Himself, so that we can closely identify with Him, and become fruitful in His Kingdom.

Genesis 50:15-21 Joseph was able to unconditionally forgive his brothers, even after what they had put him through, because he refused to be damaged by his past.

Psalm 105:16-19 “The word of the Lord tested him.”
When we receive a vision from the Lord we will usually go through a time of testing, to cleanse our hearts, and to make sure that we are able to fulfill the God-given vision.

Genesis 41:51-52
Joseph’s wife gave him two sons in Egypt, and their names are a picture of what was in Joseph’s heart. “Manasseh” means: “God has enabled me to forget” “Ephraim” means: “Doubly fruitful.” The forgiving came before the fruitfulness!
And interestingly, as Jacob’s sons became the patriarchs of the twelve tribes of Israel, there is no “Tribe of Joseph”, but there are tribes named for both of his sons: the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh. Through Joseph’s integrity and faithfulness, his destiny received a double portion!

March 02, 2017 03:01 AM PST

From an Orphan to a Star. 26/2/17
A Message by Pastor Bill Page, Living Light Gospel Church, Cairns.

Around 470BC, among the Jewish exiles in Babylon, who had been captured from Israel many years before, there lived a young girl. “She had neither father nor mother” and was taken in by her older cousin, Mordecai. Her name was Hadassah, after the Myrtle bushes that grew on the stony Judean hillsides, but Mordecai called her Esther: the star.
She was an orphan and she grew up in obscurity; a Jewish girl in the powerful, pagan Babylonian world. But God had a plan, not only for Esther but for all His people.

King Ahasuerus, whose Greek name was Xerxes, had mounted a huge military campaign against the Greek Empire and had been soundly defeated. He was a boisterous and unpredictable man of emotional extremes. Chastened by his military defeat and shamed by his Queen Vashti, he decided to choose a new queen. His officers scoured the empire for the most beautiful girls to be brought before the king for him to choose, and he chose Esther.
From a captive orphan girl to the queen of the most powerful empire on earth, but it wasn’t all about her: God had a purpose.

Isaiah 46:8-11 God is absolutely sovereign, “there is no other… there is none like Me… My counsel (purpose) shall stand.”
Problems come and go; circumstances may go against you; you may be surrounded by trouble on every side, but God is still in control and He has a plan for your life, if you will only open your heart to Him and stop feeling sorry for yourself!

God’s purpose “shall stand”! All He needs is a faithful and obedient son or daughter who “executes My counsel (purpose)”. Esther may have been wondering at the amazing turn of events in her life, but God knew what was coming, “declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things that are not yet done.”

The forces of darkness wanted to wipe out the Jewish people wherever they were. The Egyptians enslaved them; the Babylonians almost annihilated them; the Romans conquered them and murdered them in huge numbers and Herod slaughtered all those baby boys in the region of Bethlehem, all in an unsuccessful attempt to wipe out the line through which the Messiah would come; He who has “all authority”.

Haman mounted a plot to murder all of the Jewish people in the Babylonian kingdom, but he didn’t know that God was one step ahead of him, and had His daughter in place, right where she needed to be.

Has God moved you into a new place? Have things turned around for you? Then get ready for the “purpose” of God to burst onto the scene! He knows what needs to be done and He moves us into position and He trusts us to “execute” His “purpose”; to get the job done.

Esther was not sure what she should do but she recognized that she was in a unique position to make a difference and prevent the slaughter. She must go to the king. It meant revealing her secret that she was Jewish, and without his favour on her she would be put to death.

Esther 4:10-14 She sent a message to Mordecai, “This could cost me my life.” And he replied that maybe this is why God had moved her into the palace, to be in position to act with faith to save all of His people; the Messianic line! “Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Here it is: her destiny unfolding; God’s holy purpose for her life…

Verse 15-17: “Fast for me… I will go to the king… if I perish I perish.” The turning point for an entire nation of God’s people was dependent on one orphan girl…

Esther 5:1 While the people are fasting and praying the only one who was in a position to make a difference prepared herself. This could be it. She could die today. She dressed in her best and stood where the king could see her.

You and I have a loving and all-powerful King and Lord. We can approach Him anytime, dressed in our “robe of righteousness”! Isaiah 61:10-12
Esther 5:2 Miraculously, “the king held out to Esther the golden scepter… Esther went near and touched the top of the scepter.”
Contact. Esther and her king. Now, the authority and the blessing will flow from the king to Esther. She would receive her answer.
In the same way, you have a Heavenly Father, the King of Kings, ready to receive you and to move you to unfold your destiny.

Ahasuerus asked Esther, “What is your request?” And all of God’s people were saved, because a young woman trusted God and moved by faith. Even up to today, Esther’s faith and bravery are celebrated every year at the Feast of Purim. (Esther 9:26-29)

It only takes one man or woman of faith to change the destiny of families, communities, cities or even nations.
Joshua did it; Deborah did it; David did it; John the Baptist did it; Apostle Paul did it.

King Charlemagne of France did it. He loved and served God. He united many of the nations around him, becoming known as “the Father of Europe”. When he died in 814, he was buried sitting in his throne with his Bible on his lap, and his finger pointing to the verse, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?” Mark 8:36
What about us? The world is waiting.

March 02, 2017 02:56 AM PST
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From an Orphan to a Star. 26/2/17
A Message by Pastor Bill Page, Living Light Gospel Church, Cairns.

Around 470BC, among the Jewish exiles in Babylon, who had been captured from Israel many years before, there lived a young girl. “She had neither father nor mother” and was taken in by her older cousin, Mordecai. Her name was Hadassah, after the Myrtle bushes that grew on the stony Judean hillsides, but Mordecai called her Esther: the star.
She was an orphan and she grew up in obscurity; a Jewish girl in the powerful, pagan Babylonian world. But God had a plan, not only for Esther but for all His people.

King Ahasuerus, whose Greek name was Xerxes, had mounted a huge military campaign against the Greek Empire and had been soundly defeated. He was a boisterous and unpredictable man of emotional extremes. Chastened by his military defeat and shamed by his Queen Vashti, he decided to choose a new queen. His officers scoured the empire for the most beautiful girls to be brought before the king for him to choose, and he chose Esther.
From a captive orphan girl to the queen of the most powerful empire on earth, but it wasn’t all about her: God had a purpose.

Isaiah 46:8-11 God is absolutely sovereign, “there is no other… there is none like Me… My counsel (purpose) shall stand.”
Problems come and go; circumstances may go against you; you may be surrounded by trouble on every side, but God is still in control and He has a plan for your life, if you will only open your heart to Him and stop feeling sorry for yourself!

God’s purpose “shall stand”! All He needs is a faithful and obedient son or daughter who “executes My counsel (purpose)”. Esther may have been wondering at the amazing turn of events in her life, but God knew what was coming, “declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things that are not yet done.”

The forces of darkness wanted to wipe out the Jewish people wherever they were. The Egyptians enslaved them; the Babylonians almost annihilated them; the Romans conquered them and murdered them in huge numbers and Herod slaughtered all those baby boys in the region of Bethlehem, all in an unsuccessful attempt to wipe out the line through which the Messiah would come; He who has “all authority”.

Haman mounted a plot to murder all of the Jewish people in the Babylonian kingdom, but he didn’t know that God was one step ahead of him, and had His daughter in place, right where she needed to be.

Has God moved you into a new place? Have things turned around for you? Then get ready for the “purpose” of God to burst onto the scene! He knows what needs to be done and He moves us into position and He trusts us to “execute” His “purpose”; to get the job done.

Esther was not sure what she should do but she recognized that she was in a unique position to make a difference and prevent the slaughter. She must go to the king. It meant revealing her secret that she was Jewish, and without his favour on her she would be put to death.

Esther 4:10-14 She sent a message to Mordecai, “This could cost me my life.” And he replied that maybe this is why God had moved her into the palace, to be in position to act with faith to save all of His people; the Messianic line! “Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Here it is: her destiny unfolding; God’s holy purpose for her life…

Verse 15-17: “Fast for me… I will go to the king… if I perish I perish.” The turning point for an entire nation of God’s people was dependent on one orphan girl…

Esther 5:1 While the people are fasting and praying the only one who was in a position to make a difference prepared herself. This could be it. She could die today. She dressed in her best and stood where the king could see her.

You and I have a loving and all-powerful King and Lord. We can approach Him anytime, dressed in our “robe of righteousness”! Isaiah 61:10-12
Esther 5:2 Miraculously, “the king held out to Esther the golden scepter… Esther went near and touched the top of the scepter.”
Contact. Esther and her king. Now, the authority and the blessing will flow from the king to Esther. She would receive her answer.
In the same way, you have a Heavenly Father, the King of Kings, ready to receive you and to move you to unfold your destiny.

Ahasuerus asked Esther, “What is your request?” And all of God’s people were saved, because a young woman trusted God and moved by faith. Even up to today, Esther’s faith and bravery are celebrated every year at the Feast of Purim. (Esther 9:26-29)

It only takes one man or woman of faith to change the destiny of families, communities, cities or even nations.
Joshua did it; Deborah did it; David did it; John the Baptist did it; Apostle Paul did it.

King Charlemagne of France did it. He loved and served God. He united many of the nations around him, becoming known as “the Father of Europe”. When he died in 814, he was buried sitting in his throne with his Bible on his lap, and his finger pointing to the verse, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?” Mark 8:36
What about us? The world is waiting.

February 25, 2017 12:47 AM PST

Session 3.

Recap on last week: What is Integrity?
• Honest behaviour. We must watch for the little things, which may seem fairly unimportant, but a breach in our integrity, no matter how small, will open the flood-gates for greater and greater compromises, until total failure is the inevitable result.
• Moral uprightness
William James was right when he said, "That which holds our attention determines our action."
What captures our attention; what we meditate on, will ultimately determine our behavior.
Balancing Your Gifts with Integrity
We must take care not to emphasize the gifts of a leader over his or her integrity. We have an unhealthy tendency to see and reward the gift more than the character; but both are to be developed.

• Unselfish Service
Go the extra mile: Rebecca Principle.
Genesis 24:10-22 Rebecca went way beyond what was expected. A thirsty camel can drink 20 gallons of water. 10 camels = 200 gallons! If Rebecca was able to carry a 5 gallon jug, that means that she took up to 40 trips down into the well to help this dusty stranger! When you serve God and His people, you never know what doors that can open for you.
You can change your destiny by simply serving with all your heart.

There is no short cut to success, whether it is in business, ministry or any other worth-while endeavor. If you want to be successful and achieve your goals, then the question is, “Do you want to pay the price?”
People sometimes start out on a new career or an area of ministry and they do not last long because they soon realize how much effort is required. If they are not prepared to work at it, and to pay the price in time, energy and commitment, then they will end up where they started: unfulfilled and dissatisfied, and somebody else will have to do what they started out to do. But if we persevere through the tough times and keep our focus on Jesus, then greatness is waiting for us!

2 Corinthians 4:5-7 “Saucepans”. At the end of the day, we are “saucepans” for the Lord, and…
Matthew 21:7-9 “Donkeys”.

• Keep your Word:
Keep your word: do what you say you will do, when you say you will do it. If you can develop a life-style around this principle, you will be a person others can trust, and that will open many good doors for you.
Unfortunately, this is an area where we seem to have trouble getting it right, so we miss out on many potential benefits and successes.
Everything we do, from the little things to the big things, reveal the level of our personal integrity, and we will pay the price, or receive the benefits accordingly.

Daniel 5:10-17. Daniel’s integrity was tested many times, but his character and his faithfulness meant that he rose to become the most influential man in the kingdom under four separate kings! When “there is a man (or woman) in the kingdom” who is a true follower of God, good things can happen.
Like with Daniel & Joseph, circumstances may be against us, but we can still respond with integrity.

• Stewardship with Money
Resisting taking money or resources that aren’t rightfully yours.
Carelessness or dishonesty with money has ruined many, many careers and ministries over the years. Corruption, bribery, and general dishonesty with money are in epidemic proportions all over the world.

Be very strict with yourself with your use of money. If you fail in this area, you will destroy the trust people have in you, and you may never get it back.

Character is, as D. L. Moody said, "What you are in the dark."
Genesis 49:22-24 Even though Joseph was treated so badly, his “bow” literally: character “remained in strength.” When difficulties arose, “his branches run over the wall” and he bears fruit on the other side!

Character creates trust.
Christian relationships and leadership can function only on the basis of trust. If you pull out trust, then you will lose your relationship or leadership foundation.

Because of Joseph’s unquestioned integrity, he rose up to a position of great trust, under Potiphar, the Prison Warder, and even the Pharaoh.
This is true in all relationships: parent/child, husband/wife, pastor/congregation, employer/employee.

John Maxwell said: “Character makes trust possible. Trust makes leadership possible.”

We must be continually making deposits into our “Trust Account” by living with integrity, making right decisions, and caring for others. Later, we may need to “make a withdrawal”, when we do wrong, or make a wrong decision, or if we are criticized or others try to tear us down because of jealousy or for other reasons.
Many leaders neglect to make regular deposits into their “Trust Account” with those around them, and then when they need to make a withdrawal, there is nothing there to draw from. Trust does not come automatically: it is earned.

The “Barnabas Factor”: encouragement brings out the very best: criticism brings out the worst. A booster rocket has one job: to get the space capsule into orbit. You may be the booster rocket to launch another into fruitful ministry!

Acts 9:26-30, 11:21-26
Apostle Paul: “Too hot to handle” for the Church leaders in Jerusalem. “Go home to Tarsus” they said, and he went, and remained there for 3 years! Then Barnabas was experiencing revival in Antioch he walked all the way down to Tarsus, and find Paul, then brought him back to Antioch. It was Barnabas who launched the ministry of the Apostle Paul: by encouragement: you can all do that!

February 24, 2017 11:40 PM PST

Grace & Holiness. 19/2/17
A Message by Pastor Bill Page, Living Light Gospel Church, Cairns.

Grace & holiness… we need both and I must fulfill my responsibilities to you through the Lord.
John 1:17 “For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” “Truth” must always accompany “grace”.
Ephesians 1:7-8a “In the ages to come (our time) He might show the exceeding riches of His grace… for by grace you have been saved through faith.”
The life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the pivot-point of all history. Now, “all things are made new”. No longer do we approach God through the keeping of the law. Because of Jesus, the way is open to all men, women and children; right into the presence of our Heavenly Father, and He could not have demonstrated this in a more powerful way than, at the exact time that Jesus died on the cross, He tore the temple curtain in half “from top to bottom” (Matthew 27:57) opening the way into the previously forbidden “holy of holies”. Now through Christ, that is where we all belong! “Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”
No matter what you have done or where you have been, the way is open. Come home to your Heavenly Father.

Our salvation happens the moment we repent of our sin and receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. But our “sanctification”; literally “growing in holiness”; is a life-long process. When we receive Jesus Christ as our Saviour we enter into a love relationship with Him, and when you love somebody, you want to live in such a way that pleases them. Certainly we are “saved by grace” but that is only the starting point. Now we must build a life of increasing “sanctification” or holiness.
Ephesians 1:3-6 It is because we have already received “adoption as sons” and daughters “that we should be holy and without blame.”

Hebrews 12:12-17 We have an enemy (Satan) who is committed to keeping you in sin and bondage and out of the Kingdom of God so we must be strong!
Verse 13-14: “Make straight paths for your feet so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.” Like the man on the temple steps (Acts 3:1-8) we were “lame”; lost in sin and unable to function the way that God has designed us to, and God’s desire is not that you continue in the “lameness” of a life lived without Him, being “dislocated (separated) altogether… but rather be healed.” Take His hand and allow Him to heal you and lift you up! So, “make straight paths for your feet”, avoiding any “dislocation” and “pursue holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.” This makes “holiness” critically important!
Matthew 5:8 Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
Hebrews 12:15 Grace and holiness are inseparable. “Looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God.” It is only by receiving and understanding the true nature of the grace of God that we live a life of increasing holiness.

Holiness is not just an absence of sin but an attitude of the heart. We don’t approach it through the law but by grace.

So as we build a lifestyle of holiness, we turn away from any “bitterness” towards others.
Deuteronomy 29:18 “Wormwood” is a bitter tasting, poisonous plant.
Hebrews 12:16-17 As we are urged to grow in holiness, we are reminded about the dangers of sexual sin and being “profane” (Godless) because, as we see the example of Esau, there will come a “cut-off point”. Even though Esau “wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.” “It was too late for repentance, even though he wept bitter tears.” NLT
Just like the people in Noah’s time, locked out of the ark; their only means of salvation, Jesus said that this is exactly what will happen when He returns. (Matthew 24:35-39).
Why would the Lord give us this Old Testament example of Esau here in the New Testament, after the life and death of Jesus, and the “new covenant” that we have through His body and His blood? Because you and I represent Him in this fallen and sin-damaged world we are called to reveal Jesus everywhere we go, through love, grace, mercy and forgiveness for all people and by also living a life of increasing holiness ourselves so that we will not be locked out of our “inheritance” and that our witness in the world will be “unshakable”.

We receive our salvation through grace but we make our “inheritance” sure through our “sanctification”.
So how do we do it?
• Open your heart and life to Him.
• Turn away (repent) from sin.
• Grow in your relationship with Him through His word, prayer, worship and fellowship.
• “Be filled with the Holy Spirit”.
• Allow Jesus to guide you and lead you every day.
It is not about works of the law. As we “grow in grace” we will also grow in holiness. 1 Peter 1:13-16

February 16, 2017 02:26 AM PST

Christian Character & Integrity
Session 2.
Recap
1 John 3:21
1Samuel 16 “The Lord looks at the heart.”
Psalm 78:70-72

A thought from Ps Phil Pringle…
“Successful leaders identify what gathers or scatters people; customers, clients, staff, congregation and leaders in the organisation.
“People gather to light, fire, beauty, sweet fragrance, excitement, success, celebration, where they are loved, respected, welcomed and recognized; laughter, vision, bold leadership, energy, high skill, courage, the new, the clever, the excitingly different, the well done, gifts, generosity and mercy.
People are scattered from rudeness, coldness, darkness, boredom, ugliness, bad odors, chaos, failure, depression and judgment.”

People gathered to Jesus wherever He went because He was good news: those around Him never felt condemned or harshly judged, regardless of what they had done. Jesus held to the highest personal standards: He was the only One who has ever lived “without sin” but His attitude to others was always one of unconditional love and grace.

John 13:2 Judas had been compromising his integrity for some time. He began with a bad attitude and a lack of submission, and because he did not deal with it, it led to greater and greater moral failures. He became a thief, stealing for himself the money given to Jesus and the disciples for ministry (John 12:6). So he was an easy target for Satan for bigger things: “Satan put it into the heart of Judas… to betray Him.” At this point, Judas still had a choice: he could continue on the downward path of sin and compromise, or he could repent and get it right.
John 13:27 Now, having found a willing vessel “Satan entered him.” Possession. There will be only one end for Judas now. Death and destruction (John 10:10).

So, let’s look at some of the qualities of a Christian/leader who has true integrity:
• Honest behaviour.
Leaders at every level must set the example for those under them.

Isaiah 33:15-16
We must watch for the little things, which may seem fairly unimportant, but a breach in our integrity, no matter how small, will open the flood-gates for greater and greater compromises, until total failure is the inevitable result.
The “Great Wall of China” is said to be the largest man-made structure on Earth: it is 3,000 kilometers long, and they say that is the only one visible from the moon. It was built over hundreds of years, at a huge cost in money and lives, with one purpose: to keep out the barbarian hordes from the North. The wall has been “breached” 5 times, and invaders have come through and done great damage. But not a brick has been broken. How did the Barbarians do it?
Simple: they just bribed a gate-keeper!
Titus 2:6-8

• Moral uprightness
William James was right when he said, "That which holds our attention determines our action."
When we focus our attention on something, our attitudes begin to change. When we become involved with something, our behavior begins to change. What captures our attention; what we meditate on, will ultimately determine our behavior. That is why it is critically important for us, as Christians, to be captivated by God’s word, righteousness and integrity, by His Spirit. The world is bombarding us with every type of temptation, but we must guard our “eye gate” and our minds, and determine to set ourselves apart as men and women desiring to serve God and not the world, the flesh or the devil.
One reason why we need to make personal changes is that we cannot take other people on a journey that we have not made.
Marriage faithfulness: your private life does make a difference. Marriage is the closest partnership you will ever have. “The two will become one.” Two individuals decide to become one; they “integrate”, or become complete through unity. Guard your marriage with all of your strength. If that relationship loses its integrity; or if the unity becomes broken down, then many other aspects of your life will suffer.

I deal with this in peoples’ lives all the time: a moment of weakness; giving into lustful temptations can cause you to reap a harvest of tears and grief for the rest of your life. And if you have fallen morally, don’t allow that failure to define you, or to determine your future! Repent, say you’re sorry to those whom you have hurt, and move on. Don’t let your failure be “the last word” on you. God believes in you, and His desire is that we move on from our failures and claim the destiny He has for us.
Balancing Your Gifts with Integrity
“For people who hate discipline and only get more stubborn, there'll come a day when life tumbles in and they break, but by then it'll be too late to help them”. Proverbs 29:1 (The Message)
Those of us desiring to be useful in ministry need to remember that we influence many others beyond ourselves; we never fall in isolation. We also need to realize that replacing fallen leaders is a slow and difficult process.

So how can we guard against falling?
First, we must take care not to emphasize the gifts of a leader over his or her integrity. We have an unhealthy tendency to see and reward the gift more than the character; but both are to be developed.

1 Samuel 10:17-19, 21-23, 26-26 Saul was chosen to be king because the people “rejected your God.” They wanted to be like other nations, with a king they could see and touch, but even at the beginning, some were saying, “How can this man save us?” And because of Saul’s lack of integrity Israel went into a time of decline.

Proverbs 25: 4-5 “Remove impurities from the silver and the silversmith can craft a fine chalice. Remove the wicked from leadership and authority will be credible and God-honouring.” (The Message)

Samson started very well. He was a special child and the Angel told his parents that he had a divine destiny and purpose.
“The child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shall deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.”
Judges 13:5, 19-20
Why didn’t Samson fulfill that great destiny that God had planned for him? His lack of integrity and his faulty character made him untrustworthy and that was what destroyed his leadership.

Remember: Trust is the foundation of leadership.
Samson was led by his emotions: he was angry, lustful, moody and unpredictable. He broke his vows to God and he repeatedly took unnecessary chances with disaster, until it finally cost him his life, and his leadership of the nation.

God gives all of us a good start: it is up to us to finish well. We must determine that our integrity and our character build over time so that we “walk uprightly” before God, and others will trust us, and then God can use our leadership to extend His Kingdom.

February 16, 2017 02:02 AM PST

Still Crazy (After all These Years). 12/2/17
A Message by Pastor Bill Page, Living Light Gospel Church, Cairns.

There is something about walking “by faith and not by sight” that may cause people to think that we are crazy. We hear from God, we obey His word and then we step out in faith to make His dreams come true and to establish His kingdom in the earth. That means that sometimes we are going against the ways of the world, but the question we must ask ourselves is, “What is going to last? What has eternal value?”
The great men and women of God throughout history have been people of faith and that meant that sometimes people thought they were a little crazy. Apostle Paul understood this and he accepted it and embrace it. He didn’t care what the world thought as long as he was following Jesus!

1 Corinthians 1:20-25 Paul challenges us to follow Christ whatever the world may think.
Verse 20: “The wisdom of this world”; man’s so-called wisdom without acknowledging God is “foolishness.”
Verse 21: So even though “the message preached”, about the Son of God who came from Heaven to Earth, lived without sin, then submitted Himself to “sinful men” who tortured Him and crucified Him, but “on the third day” He conquered death and the devil and rose from the dead: may seem like “foolishness” but that is exactly the way that God has planned for all people; to “save those who believe” this “foolishness.”
Never allow the ways of the world to set your path for you!

Corrie and I have just come from the funeral of a dear friend, Ps Kauga Baglme in Goroka. I was asked to ministry the Word. They projected on the screens a photo of Kauga as a young man, 18 or 19 years old, newly saved, with a big smile on his face. For the funeral they had another photo of him as he was at the time of his death, in his 60’s. My question was, “What happened in between these two photos that turned a poor village boy who had never attended school, and could not read or write, into a great man of God who Pastored a great Church, travelled world-wide to minister God’s word, who led 1,650 Churches and who is one of the best preachers I have ever heard?” Faith, faithfulness to God’s call, boldness, determination to learn and a preparedness to become a “fool” for Jesus. Many told him that he would never make it: poor and uneducated, but some believed in him and Kauga chose to believe what God said about him; not what people said or thought.
When you and I “walk by faith and not by sight” many will think that we are crazy, but we are following a different reality to the world. We have a totally different “point of view”. Some may say that we are crazy to believe and to invest our time, energy and resources into certain people, but, like Jesus with His disciples, we can see the potential; what God can do with any surrendered life! Start to believe in yourself; in the power of God flowing by His Holy Spirit through you!

Acts 2:1-4 The outpouring of the Holy Spirit; the birth of the Church. Thousands of people were attracted by the manifestations of the Holy Spirit in these 120 ordinary people and “the multitude came together” (Verse 6) marveling at what was happening.
Verse 12-13: The people couldn’t figure out what it all meant and, as people often do, they judged by the standards of the world, “They are full of new wine.” “Drunk!” When you and I are moving in the power of the Holy Spirit don’t expect everybody to understand; they may call you drunk, crazy or foolish but never give up. Serve God anyhow!
Verse 14-21: Peter explained it all powerfully. These manifestations which may look unusual which the world has trouble understanding, are the evidence of the power of the Holy Spirit!
“Your sons and your daughters” will be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit.
“Young men… old men” will reveal the purposes of God. Joel prophesied it and it is exactly what God wants in these last days and “whoever calls on the name on the Lord shall be saved.”

This is the point of it all; not that we can do supernatural displays or miraculous signs but that men, women and children everywhere will come face to face with the love, the grace, the forgiveness of the Lord and “be saved.”
Apostle Paul is a good example:
• He walked hundreds of miles, often beaten up and imprisoned, to preach the Gospel.
• He sang and worshiped God, after having been severely beaten and locked in prison.
• He encouraged terrified people in the middle of a storm which wrecked their ship, to trust in God.
• He witnessed to King Agrippa, who told him, “You are mad.”
• He healed the sick, cast out demons, preached the Gospel, no matter what it cost him or how many people may have opposed him.
Now, you and I are at the threshold of a miraculous and powerful move of God. We represent Jesus in the Earth. That is His plan. He has filled us with His Spirit so that we will be just like Him.
1 John 4:17 “Because as He is, so are we in this world.”
He has filled us with His Spirit and He has filled us with His love. Let’s go and show the world that there is a God, a Heavenly Father who loves them unconditionally, no matter what.

February 16, 2017 01:35 AM PST

The Character of Christ in You - Ps. Richmond Tamanabae - 08.02.2017

February 07, 2017 02:55 AM PST

“I See Men as Trees, Walking”. 5/2/17
A Message by Pastor Bill Page, Living Light Gospel Church, Cairns.

Jesus’ disciples were men like you and me. They had struggles and failures just like we all do, but Jesus could see beyond all of that, and He could see the tremendous potential that would be released in them as they kept their eyes on Him and not on their circumstances or their difficulties.
It is amazing to us that Jesus believed in them through it all:
• He rebuked them for their lack of faith.
• They argued about which of them would be “the greatest”.
• They were terrified in the storm and thought that Jesus was “a ghost” until He called out to them and came “walking on the water”.
• When Jesus was being beaten, Peter caved in and denied that he even knew Him.
But Jesus never wavered in His belief in them. He poured His heart into them, anointed them for ministry, filled them with His Holy Spirit and in the end they all (except Judas) justified His faith in them and accomplished His mission.

Your failure need not disqualify you! We are all a “work in progress”; on a life-long journey following Jesus, and as we focus on Him and not on the things around us, or the lies and tricks of Satan (who will tell you that you are not good enough) then we will grow in Christ-likeness and we become vessels through whom God’s dreams come true in the earth.
Last week we saw how, in Mark 8:14-21, the disciples needed a “faith lift” as they grumbled about having only “one loaf of bread between them” whereas Jesus had just fed 4,000 with just seven little loaves.
At that stage they only had a partial revelation of the power of Jesus Christ and of His call on their lives. But He continued to teach them and to reveal Himself to them until they got it. Then, straight after that, He taught them (and us) a powerful lesson:
Verse 22-23: “A blind man” was brought to Jesus, hoping for a miracle. Jesus took the blind man by the hand “and led him out of the town. He spit on his eyes and put His hands on Him.” The King of Kings is bringing this man a healing miracle. “He asked him if he saw anything.” Jesus did not usually ask people if they were healed or delivered after He had laid hands on them, but here He did. His disciples were watching and listening.
Verse 24: The man replied, “I see men like trees, walking.” He had received a partial healing; a partial revelation. Could Jesus have healed him completely the first time? Of course! So is He teaching us something? Yes!
Verse 25: Jesus “put His hands on his eyes again”; the only time He ever prayed twice for the same miracle, and the blind man “saw everyone clearly.”
What is the lesson here?
Jesus has touched us. He has forgiven us, healed us, delivered us and saved us, but we only have a partial revelation of Him. But as we continue to look to Him, our revelation becomes clearer and clearer.
The blind man could have walked away bitter and discouraged after the first prayer saying, “Well, that didn’t work.”
But, even though his vision was clouded, he kept his eyes on Jesus, and the Lord moved again and everything became perfectly clear!
Keep your eyes on Him! If it takes a while for the break-through to come, hang in there! If it all seems a little cloudy right now, look to Him! His love for you, His presence with you will bring everything into focus and will shine His perfect light into your darkness.
1 Corinthians 13:8-12 In this great chapter about love; the highest expression of the nature of God in us, Paul teaches about our partial revelation of Christ.
Verse 9-10: “We know in part and we prophesy in part, but when that which is perfect (complete) has come, then that which is in part will be done away.”
Verse 12: “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face.”
Jesus taught His disciples that as we look to Him, “the author and finisher of our faith”, even though we may not have all the answers or a complete revelation yet, as we come to Him and keep our eyes on Him, it all gets clearer and clearer, better and better.
1 John 3:2 “Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”

February 03, 2017 09:43 PM PST

Christian Character and Integrity - Ps. Bill Page - 01.02.2017

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