August 2016 - Grace Church San Antonio

To Know Him

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Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭3:8-10‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

These passage sums up Paul’s primary pursuit in life: to know Christ. Paul’s knowledge of Christ involves not merely an intellectual apprehension, but rather an exceptional knowledge resulting from his personal communion with Christ. In contrast to the life he now has, his former way of life is rubbish. His former way of life are the things he trusted to make him successful.

Paul’s desire to know Christ sprang from no other motive but to enjoy Him. He wanted Christ for who He.  He was a lover of God, not a user of God.  It didn’t if he moved in Christ resurrection power or stretched to his last ounce of endurance, it mattered little.  For Paul, it was all a part of the most fulfilling journey of all: truly knowing God.  For us to experience Christ we should have daily communion with Him, it is a lifestyle of communing and spending time with Him.


Pastor Robert

Spirit Conscious

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1 Thessalonians 5:23  “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

“The spirit, soul, and body refer not so much to the distinct parts of a person as to the entire being of a person. This expression is Paul’s way of saying that God must be involved in every aspect of life. It is wrong to think that we can separate the spiritual life from everything else, obeying God only in some ethereal sense or living for him only one day each week. Christ must control all of us, not just a “religious” part.”
(Excerpt From:“Life Application Study Bible NIV.”)

In this scriptural passage, Paul begins with the inside, the innermost part of man, the heart of his being, which is his spirit, and comes to the outside.  Most people have a tendency to misquote this verse.  They reverse it and say body, soul, and spirit.  Why do they put the body first? Because most people are more body conscious than spirit conscious. Natural things mean more to them than spiritual things. So they put physical things first.

We need to be spirit conscious. When we become more spirit conscious, spiritual things will become more real to us.  If we are going to be led by the Spirit of God, we need to become more spirit conscious, or we’ll miss out on the whole thing, all that God has for us.  God’s Spirit leads us through our spirits.  I challenge you to become more spirit conscious, more conscious of the inward man.  Realize that you are a spirit being and that you become a new creation re-created by God in Christ Jesus.



Pastor Robert.

The Lamp of the Lord

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Proverbs‬ ‭20:27‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“The human spirit is the lamp of the Lord that sheds light on one’s inmost being.”

As children of God we can expect to be led by the Spirit of God. What this means is God will enlighten us, He will guide us through our spirits.  Many times we seek guidance by means other than the way God said. When we seek other ways we get into trouble.

We sometimes judge how God is leading by what our physical senses tell us.  But nowhere does God say that He will guide us through our physical senses.  Too often we look at things from a mental standpoint and endeavor to reason things out. But nowhere does it say God will guide us through our mentality.  

The Bible does not say that the body nor the mind is the candle of the Lord. It says that the spirit of man is the candle of the Lord.  God will guide us and enlighten us through our spirits.  Now before we can understand how God does lead us and guide us through our spirits, we have to understand the nature of man.  We need to understand that man is a spirit, that he has a soul, and he lives in a body.


Pastor Robert

Good or God?

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So many times, in trying to pursue God we end up pursuing instead a ritual, habit, or practice (insert your word here) that we believe is the fool proof way to draw closer to Jesus. We look for things of Christ instead of looking for Christ himself. If completing an easy (or even hard) 3 step process brings us closer to God, then what we are really trying to do, albeit subconsciously, is bring, or lure in, God’s gifts to us, instead of chasing after, whole heartedly, the one who died for our salvation.

The founding principle of Christianity is not the cause of Jesus, or the principles of Jesus, but Jesus himself. Jesus never preached of pursuing a cause although his principles have been used to create cause. Love for example, is widely accepted as a good and just cause, worthy of sacrificing for. However, when the topic turns from “love” to “love in Christ” or “in love with Christ” the supportive attitude can often fade. No, Jesus is not about a good cause, he said “Come, follow me” Matthew 4:19 and “…whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.” Matthew 10:39b (emphasis added). Jesus is about us pursuing only him, about us doing what he would ask, and through obedience, draw closer to Him, further from where we were. Constantly becoming more and more like our creator.

I’ve found in my own devotional habits, a time when it didn’t feel like I was drawing closer to Jesus. It felt stagnant. I changed what I was reading, I changed when I was reading, I changed how I prayed, How I worshiped, where I prayed, read and worshiped, and I even tried getting up much earlier than I had been to do these things. Still, it felt stagnant, like I was just spinning my wheels. It was like the scripture I had been reading, that had previously been the very words of God had suddenly just become text on a page. Finally, through a prayer book I was reading at the time, I was challenged to begin to journal. Not being one to back down from a challenge, I tried it. I was then challenged to specifically journal about what God was teaching me at that point in time of my life. I had no idea what the answer to that question was. That’s when I realized that I had been focused on the what instead of the who. I was focused on getting the ritual right to bring God to me, instead of looking only for God and what he was asking of me. There’s no 3 easy steps to Jesus. Jesus said in Matthew 16:24 “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up the cross and follow me.”(emphasis added). It’s Jesus. It’s not three easy steps (or whatever number), it’s not a good cause, or the latest public support trend. It’s just Jesus. Matthew 6:31-33 says “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Our focus need only be on Him.

In Luke chapter 10, a women named Martha opened her home to Jesus, a principle that Jesus himself taught, “love your neighbor as yourself”. But in verse 42 it was Martha’s sister Mary, who Jesus commended, not Martha. What did Mary do that was so right? Mary put her focus on Jesus and let the other priorities that she would have otherwise tended to, fall so she could put her entire focus on Jesus. Martha, was tending to those other priorities, preparing a meal for a guest in her home (an otherwise noble cause), while Mary was concerned with hanging on to every word the Messiah had to say. So many times in life we have legitimate tasks that are good, but being a Christian isn’t just about the pursuit of good, It’s about the pursuit of Christ. The afore mentioned scripture in Matthew chapter 6 does not say pursue kingdoms and pursue righteousness. It says pursue HIS kingdom, and HIS righteousness. It’s time we stop compromising for principles that are talked about in reference to Jesus and start pursuing Jesus himself.

What are some areas in your life where you’ve been pursuing good things related to Christ instead of Christ himself?



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