Ōrari Gospel Meeting – 18 June 2023

Katie

A little girl tried to put her shoes on during a meeting; it took a long time, but she persevered.

In a spiritual picture, could we be like her in our walk with God?

Before we take a walk we put our shoes on.

Our walk with God, so putting on of our shoes, what is it?

Ephesians 6:15 “…and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace”.

Another version [NIV] says, “…with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace”.

Soldiers wear shoes or boots for protection for their feet.

Our feet must be shod, for it is an important step, which is not to be skipped, to hear the Gospel.

We need protection, so we need to believe and accept the word of the Gospel.

Other things make it hard for us to get our shoes on.

The little girl’s father would have helped her if she asked him [as God would if we asked Him], but he wanted her to do her best, as our Father does with us.

When we accept the Gospel, we start walking in a new path, and a preparation takes place.

It happens in our hearts, and we consider it a path of peace, but not peace for our human nature, which will fight it.

Luke 15:22 The prodigal son’s father placed shoes on his feet.

[It has been indicated that] Servants probably didn’t wear shoes, so his father was showing that his son was restored to his place in the father’s house.

Rachel

Matthew 23:23 “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith…”.

Jesus was speaking to the religious people who were particular about the law, but not the matters of faith.

He meant getting from God [a knowledge of] what is right and wrong.

James 2:13 “…he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment”.

God’s work is perfect, but we need His mercy because we are not perfect.

Satan is out to destroy our faith, and brings doubts into our thoughts.

Our faith gives us strength to stand against many things.

[It has been said that] The smaller children are, the easier they are to pick up, carry, and to be put where they are wanted; we need to be ‘small’ in ourselves to be cared for by our Father.

The ‘weightier matters’ are concerned with our spirit.

With a few words, “Father, forgive…”, Jesus showed His spirit of compassion.

Our thoughts affect our heart, which affects our spirit, then our actions.

1 Sam 25 – Abigail’s spirit saved David from taking a man’s life.

Life is not straightforward.

Through Abigail’s intervention, David realised that this was a matter of God.

There is no harm in many little things, but if they build up they may not be in their rightful place.

Matthew 23 is a very full chapter; in the last days of His public teaching.

In the parable in Ch.25, the five foolish virgins may have thought they’d be okay; they were concerned about life, but not the weightier matter [of having oil].

Each experience is another opportunity to please God.

God breathed life into Adam as a living spirit.

The soul houses the spirit, which will go back to God; the same God will strengthen our spirit today, and knows the feelings of our heart – He knows our spirit to help us.

The plan is open to everyone, but we need to see as God sees.

Feed our faith, and keep trusting; we learn to trust the living God.