Friday, November 30, 2012


Br. Francis D’Souza 27th November 2012

The Wheel illustration is a helpful way to remember basic truths about the Spirit-filled Christian life. In order to lead a live centred on  Christ we need to build up our relationship with Him through daily personal prayer, reading the Holy Bible, Weekly Fellowship, Service,  Devotions, the Sacraments and last but not least the Church.

If we want to touch each other with the touch of Christ we must remember we must strive to lead holy lives.  When we make Jesus  the centre of our life we can be certain that our service to the Lord will bear fruit.

In John 15:16 reminds us that He chose us for a purpose.
16You did not choose me but I chose you.
And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last.

With Christ at the centre of our life we can tap into the source of His power so it can flow into us.  We do this by cultivating the habit of daily personal prayer, reading the Holy Bible, Weekly Fellowship, Service,  Devotions, the Sacraments and last but not least the Church.  Everything that we do must be touched, influenced and powered by the core which is Christ.

John 15:5-11
I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. 6Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples. 9As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. 10If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.

Growth, maturity and fulfillment are possible when the branch resides in the vine receiving all it requires to grow and bear fruit. 

The life of the Christian becomes a powerhouse when centered on Christ who is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First, the Last and Forever.  God and I are an army.   

The power that flows from the Word of God springs from Jesus and flows into every area of our Christian life through:

Through prayer power flows from Jesus into our lives.  No prayer no power.  When man prays God works.  A combination of  pray and work improves efficiency yielding more abundant fruit.  

Matthew 7:7  ”Ask, and it will be given to you seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

Matthew 21:22 And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”

Mark 11:24  Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

John 14:13-14 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.


When the power of God’s word enters my life it is transformed.  Books can reform and inform us but the Holy Bible is the only Book that has the power to transform us because it is God's living Word.  Prayer and Scripture go hand in hand.  They are complementary.  When God speaks to us through His Word we  listen.

Jeremiah 23:29
29Is not my word like fire, says the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?

Hebrews 4:12
12 Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from

Isaiah 55:10-11
10 For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
   and do not return there until they have watered the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
   giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
   it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
   and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.


The meeting of like minded people to pray and fellowship together on a regular basis is very important if we are to grow spiritually.  We do not grow in isolation but as a body.  It is a place where we encourage one another.  We pray for each other.  We serve one another.  We praise God together.

Psalm 133:1-3 speaks of the blessedness of unity
1 How very good and pleasant it is
   when kindred live together in unity!
2 It is like the precious oil on the head,
   running down upon the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
   running down over the collar of his robes.
3 It is like the dew of Hermon,
   which falls on the mountains of Zion.
For there the Lord ordained his blessing,
   life for evermore.

Hebrews 10:25
5not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

In prayer we are united  with God vertically and in fellowship we unite horizontally with our brothers and sisters.  This an important aspect of Christian fellowship.  Like the early Church we too ought to meet in order to exhort and encourage each other.


Jesus went about doing good and so must we.

Acts 10:38
38how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.

Ephesians 2:10
10For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.

Matthew 25:40
40And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.

Acts 13:2
2While they were worshipping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.

It is through goodness, kindness and compassion that we touch Jesus in our service as Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta demonstrated so beautifully and powerfully in her life.


The lives of the saints we venerate should inspire us to live in such a way that just as God was pleased with them He will be pleased with us too.  We have different Devotions in honor of Mother Mary and the Saints but they are not solely for the purpose of obtaining favors from God through their intercessions.  The Church encourages us to use these devotions in the right way which is to live the Kingdom values as the saints did and to learn from them.  


The Sacraments were part of Jesus’ life.  

BAPTISM –                   Jesus’ baptism in the River Jordan
HOLY EUCHARIST – The Last Supper
MATRIMONY –           Jesus sanctified marriage by being    
                                        present at the Wedding Feast at Cana                                                  and by performing his very first              
                                        miracle at a wedding.
RECONCILIATION - Mary Magdalene and Peter

Sacraments are God’s way of living with us. Through the Sacraments we remain in contact with God.  They have the power to sanctify, edify and glorify God for who He is.


We are called to be fully Catholic and fully Charimsatic

The Church is always represented as having a spousal union with Christ. 
Ephesians 5:25
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,

We are called to obey the teachings of the Church  and show her the same love the Christ shows her. He loved her so much that He gave His life for her. It is through the Church that we are united to Christ. We must have the mind of Christ and like Him we must give ourselves to her.

When all the spokes of the wheel are present that is when Jesus flows into our life and we begin to grow, mature and bear fruit.

Our Christian life will have power if we have all the spokes active in our life.

John 15:16
16You did not choose me but I chose you.
And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last,
so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name.

Acts 17:11
11These Jews were more receptive than those in Thessalonica, for they welcomed the message very eagerly and examined the scriptures every day to see whether these things were so.

We must imitate the Jews in Beroea rather than the Jews in Thessalonica who welcomed the message and examined the scripture to see if all that was preached was true.

We must be enthused, gripped, empowered by the Word of God.  We must study it and examine it as the Beroeans did.

Acts 20:28
28Keep watch over yourselves and over all the flock, of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God that he obtained with the blood of his own Son.

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