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Stick to God First

In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honour at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 1:6-7

None of us really know what’s around the corner. All of us have immense blessings to be thankful for. Crises also come our way, but throughout it all God is working all things together for the good of those He has called, who love Him (Romans 8:28).

This is what God is doing in your life: He is refining you, making you holy, transforming you bit by bit to become more like Jesus (2 Corinthians 3:18).

As a church we have gone, and are still going through, a deep refining process. Through it all God is going to bring out something better: maybe something smaller and more varied, but something more beautiful and glorious.

Where there have been mistakes in the past, learn from them but don’t hold on to them. Accept forgiveness and be teachable. Repent well. Live with open hands. Choose humility, be ready to change and live differently.

Then let us glimpse what is coming. Let us focus on God’s promises.

We dance to lively songs and music but how much more should we dance when we think about the promises of God?

God is with us only as we side with Him (Joshua 5:13-15), but His presence makes all the difference. Think of Gideon who was told “God is with you, mighty warrior” when he felt nothing of the sort (Judges 6:12). The secret is ‘God is with you’, even if you don’t feel like a mighty warrior.

Our first priority mustn’t be to stick together. We must stick to God and His will and love, and then God will stick us together. That way our loyalty will be founded in integrity.

So in summary: Repent well and be teachable. Live differently. Stick to God and focus on His promises.

God bless you and keep you.

Published 28th June 2019

Comments

  1. Scouser says:

    Well I think it’s ironic that the church that brought me to God would be dessolving, just like my faith. But as they say, good things are not meant to las

  2. Kathleen McCormick says:

    Sad to see ,though a new phase is dawning,His is making a,say forward.I will miss the newsletters

  3. Ruth Kerr says:

    Thank you dear Brothers and Sisters.
    Thank you for your faithful ministry through this media to us further afield – by distance but not in heart.
    May you yourselves we strengthened and encouraged by this timely last message. Jesus Christ alone is our immovable Rock of Salvation, an ever present help in trouble.
    Thank you again and be blessed with the words of Psalm 91.
    Ruth

  4. Brothers and Sisters,
    I have been reading newsletters from Jesus Fellowship. It`s been touching and transformation. But, I would really miss this incredible ministry.

  5. Sheila says:

    Thanks for all your newsletters that have meant so much to me. I wish you all every blessing as you move onwards and upwards

  6. ian johnson says:

    I hope lessons have really been learnt

  7. Mandy north says:

    So sad to see the Jesus Fellowship dissolve having been an active member for many years.
    Praying the new beginnings are precious and anointed and special to God.

  8. Claire Gregory says:

    If we can no longer provide this resource, can we signpost people somewhere? I’m sensing this newsletter has been a lifeline for many and a great source of encouragement.

  9. Pr.Malema George Calvin. says:

    It has been a timely message to me, the time am in struggle. Am now encourage and blessed.
    May almighty God continue blessing you mightily in Jesus name.

  10. Rebecca Parkin says:

    God bless you guys, we will miss you, but stay in touch with Leicester Jesus Fellowship, family is family.

  11. Lin liberated says:

    In Revelation we read there is new heaven and new earth for the old has passed away. Everything is made new ! The new Jerusalem is built on a sea of glass. Transparency is a vital foundation of the kingdom of heaven ! God bless you all and keep you in His love!

  12. Bryan Rowe says:

    Sad to see theses messages go.

  13. Dan K. says:

    May the Lord bless you richly as He leads you along new paths and into
    adventures in Him. Not too long ago I read that the Jesus Movement was
    dead. It went away, but did not die and behold it is still alive. LIkewise
    neither did the Jesus Army nor did the Jesus Fellowship die, neither did it
    go away, it just changed as did the Jesus Movement. We are all called to
    follow JESUS! And He will make changes and adjustments to His Army as
    He sees fit, but His Movement, His Army, His Community and Fellowship will
    go on and we need to go with His flow as He leads us forward.
    We are in the very Last Days and Jesus is coming back for His Body, His
    Fellowship, His Church, His People, His Saints soon, real soon and we will
    all be united at His marriage feast. What a glorious thought, and it is coming
    soon, real soon, Hallelujah, Glory to the Lamb, the Lamb that was slain, that
    we may have Life, His Life, forever and ever, Amen.

  14. Sarah Haines says:

    May the Lord Bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and give you peace.

    I attended the last meeting at the Jesus Centre in Northampton, and a young man gave me a gift of a small bottle of oil which smelled of Frankincense. The next week I attended the Cherish Women’s Christian Conference and the ministry was from 2 Kings 4: 1-5 about a widow whose husband had died and her sons were being sold into slavery to pay his debts. She appealed to the prophet Elisha for help and he asked what she had got in the house. “Nothing but a small bottle of oil” was the reply. The instruction was given to bring what you have, even a small bottle of oil. God needs your oil for an outpouring to happen. I felt moved to share the oil with those around me and anointed them on their hands for the service of Christ. Then I anointed others who were in wheelchairs, their friends and helpers, and even people in the street after the meeting. The next week I anointed people in our local village evening church service, and also at a joint open air service to celebrate Pentecost with other churches in the village. I have anointed those who attend the Springfield Christian Fellowship, I have just returned from an educational Conference in Serbia and anointed some Russians, Serbians, Japanese and others. Over 150 people have been anointed and the tiny bottle is still full !! I believe the Lord is spreading the anointing throughout His church.
    Yes and Amen. Sarah Braveheart.

  15. Liz Whittington says:

    We shall not be faint hearted, Jesus hasn’t finished with us yet, His precious blood ever flows and washes us clean and washes the poison away, so there is a sweet fragrance. We learn to love like Jesus, are unashamed of the gospel. Thank you God for new beginnings.

  16. Cynthia Mawson says:

    Hi Claire. Together News on fb is available.

  17. Tracey Bailey says:

    Been part of this church 13 years . Style 4 . Having this news feed has helped me . Keep in touch with what’s going on. The people I’ve met over them years have have brought be great strength . As has the church . We every god may lead you . Keep strong in your faith .and your love for god . May god bring his people .back stronger . Bless each and ever one of the Jesus fellowship

  18. Mhairi Campbell-Fowler says:

    JF Newsletter has been a deep and relevant ministry, may God raise up local prophets in each region as we travel on TOGETHER. X

  19. Leslie Aradi says:

    It is a sad business what your organisation is going through problems and you are ceasing things in its present format. How can I keep in touch with you good people in London? I will try to visit you whenever I can.
    As I also contribute “20 per month direct debit to your organisation what will happen to that as your homeless project needs financial assistance continually?
    Best wishes for the future

  20. Jennifer O'sullivan says:

    I’ve loved the time spent in worship with the Jesus Army in Handsworth, Birmingham and I’m very sad to see its ended, I spent alot of time with Debbie who married barney and would like to know how I would be able to stay in touch with her to see where God takes all this just incase we can all get together again. Love and blessings jenny o sullivan with Jessica, star, sarahjane and destiny xxx thank-you for helping me grow in faith.

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