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Our Center

03/03/2020 12:27

Friend, Jesus must be the center of our life.

He is asking you kindly if you will have Him take up His rightful place at the center of your heart.

It is up to each of us to allow Him to guide and teach from the throne of our heart.

Are you doing this?

It's simple, not complicated at all, and the benefits are amazing.

We choose to trust Him, and He will show us He is worthy to love, and worthy for us to walk closely with Him.

There must be silence in the mind and relaxation in the body or the strifes and work of the world will drown out the still small voice of the Lord.

We must be willing to give up all our world ways and allow Him to fill us with something beautiful from Him.

He is not clamorous, He does not strike us in anger, He speaks in kindness and love even when chastising us.

These are our days now while living, of finding Him through searching and seeking, of learning about Him, of deciding to follow Him.

Soon enough the Judgement will come.

We will then see the Lord's Power and Might displayed in Righteousness, when the Great Judgement takes place.

We will see as if through His Eyes and will agree with His Judgement even if we are sent to Hell. 

Then, we will know that we were either covered in the Blood of the Sacrificial Lamb, or whether we were wilful and against God.

The Great White Throne Judgement will come to those who were classed as believers, and their reward or lack of, will be known to all, also.

But, we can know before we die which Judgement we will face.

Friend, we need to be at the White Throne Judgement of the believers.

During our days here on earth after we have been Redeemed, we may have times of "dryness."

We may stray away from a close relationship with Him.

Good tines of plenty can draw us away, as we live for having fun of the earthly kind.

Also bad times may come upon us of loss, sickness and grief. 

We may stop communicating with our Lord.

But friend, we must develop a practice of recognizing when the Spirit pricks our conscience, to remind us we are straying from the center where Christ abides.

The Holy Spirit does The Shepherds work too. He runs after us, the saved sheep, and tries to get us to turn around and go back to the sheep's fold where we will be safe. Where we will be fed and our thirst quenched with the Word and care of Jesus.

Why make it hard work for our Lord and The Holy Spirit who work tirelessly to find the lost and bring them back to God?

We the saved and redeemed must settle into the fold; grow on the Word and become testifiers of God's Love and Forgiveness, Mercy and Grace so we become able to feed and water the lost sheep who are hurting and confused.  

Friend, God's sheep are among us, living and going about their daily lives.

God knows where each one is and loves and cares for them as if they were the only sheep He had.

He wants us all to be His sheep. Every person on the earth, He desires to turn to Him and follow Him out of the mess of their lives. 

He knows the Way out.

It doesn't matter how deep into the muddy depths they have gone. He will reach out and rescue them when they call out to Him in earnest. 

When the cry of their heart reaches His heart He cannot deny that one.

In the New Testament (Luke 8:43-48 ) there is an account of a woman who had suffered all her life with an infirmity of the body and she was desperate, having seen all healers to no avail. In a crowd jostling for Jesus's attention, she reached out to touch the hem of His garment in her belief that He could heal her.

Jesus stopped and asked, " Who touched Me?  Somebody hath touched Me, for I perceive that Virtue is gone out of Me."

The woman came trembling and falling down before Him. She declared to all the crowd that she had, and why, and now she was healed immediately.

Jesus said to her, "Daughter be of Good Comfort, thy faith hath made thee whole. Go in peace."

This same Jesus is available today for you!

Make Him the Center of your life.

You won't be sorry.

 

 

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So Much Fun

29/02/2020 21:15

Friend, this world is so deceitful!

Satan has devised a world that we love.

We love a "good time" and we believe we are born to be "happy" all the time.

But friend, what the world offers is not lasting.

People go out to clubs, bars and niteclubs to "get wasted" and "enjoy" themselves.

It's true much enjoyment can be had undertaking these enjoyments; screaming, yelling, getting "out of control" are all part of the enjoyment.

Yet why are these people not happy?

Why after 5 to 10 years do they want to get out of that lifestyle?

It's not just growing up or becoming more adult.

No, it was a choice to do it, and a choice to continue to do it, and it has to be a choice to stop.

But, sometimes one cannot stop because the substances one used have become addictive.

Well all that fun is a big fictional "life" that satan and his minions have devised to entrap us.

It isn't fun anymore!

It's hell!

But Jesus is always there holding out His hand to us.

Satan doesn't want us to know that we have a way out.  He works hard in our minds to convince us that there is no God and Jesus was just a man.

Satan does not want you to read the Bible. He doesn't mind if you go to church because he will tell you that the preacher is after your money, he's a fool and all the believers are idiots.

When in actuality the church is a Hospital for lost and damaged souls where some who have been saved and cured work to serve others who are just like they were once.

Satan doesn't want you to believe in Hell because it is the Truth. 

He knows it is a hell like nothing on earth.

If we knew what satan knows, only the truly evil would join him.

And God knows this and is waiting for all those of good heart to hear Him calling to them through the written word, through songs of Hope and through the reading of His Word in The Bible.

True happiness is found in knowing we have been Forgiven, that we are saved and set apart from the evil in the world. When that happens, Jesus through the work of the Holy Spirit, begins to renew our heart and mind. When this happens we become grateful and realize that we have been extended Mercy and Grace. 

Holy Joy fills our soul and spirit when we know we have this Priceless Gift.

This is the Happiness we have been seeking. 

Satan and his demons waylaid us when we were vulnerable and we became sinners with him. We partook of much he had to offer and we loved it; looking down on our fellow man, using and abusing ourselves and others.

However at the same time, the Holy Spirit has been at work trying to touch our heart, reaching out according to God's Law and Will to our soul.

Perhaps you've had an encounter with God already but if not, know that God loves you and is waiting and hoping to reach your stubborn heart before your allotted time is up.

To connect with God all we have to do is put on the humble robe, bow before His Majesty and speak to Him in sincerity.

He will meet us right there in that moment.

 

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Colossians 3:1-2, 5

29/02/2020 14:00

The Apostle Paul wrote these words to believers at Colose.

He tells them he hopes they walk worthy of the Lord and please Him in all their comings, goings and doings, increasing in good works as all Chrstians should.

He asks them to be longsuffering, and be strengthened in patience, also giving thanks to God because they have become partakers with the saints in Heaven and will receive everlasting Life with them.

He reminds them that Jesus is the One in whom they have Redemption, through His Blood shed at Calvary; Who created all things including themselves; He is the Head of the Church of believers. 

He warns them "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ." Ch. 2:8

He is their earthly pastor.

And he is ours too.

Colossians 3:1,2, & 5

Verse 1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

Verse 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 

Verse 5 mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness,         inordinate affection, evil concupisence, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

These are words of advice, of love and care for our human condition for us today as well, friend.

Colossians is a wondeful Book of the New Testament for anyone to read through.

It's a letter born of the Spirit of God into the Apostle Paul who had it delivered to the believers he knew, residing in Colose.

It's our letter too. 

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Faithfulness is Everything

28/02/2020 21:06

Friend, we are often reminded to be faithful to God in order for Him to bless us or help us.

God speaks much about faithfulness in His Word; The Holy Bible.

Many of us, when we do not see the blessings, we think we should have, or are genuinely asking for, not appear, we can feel as if God doesn't love us or He is never going to help us in the way we desire.

But, oftentimes it may be we are not faithful to Him.

Perhaps we are wilfully continuing to sin in the sin we repented of when we became a believer.

Maybe we aren't making the effort to chastise our flesh and we are engaging in continual sin of that nature; alcohol, drugs, overeating, using anger and violence, being a thief or robber.

One of the reasons we are not hearing from God is we are not reading His Word, therefore we are not growing in Godliness.

Another is we may not be approaching God in the correct manner/ our words may be misleading.

Even another is the sincerity and genuineness or vulnerability may be insincere and not touch the heart of God.

Perhaps He is answering but we are not responding to the first step He relayed to us; not receiving His answer in other words.

Here's some thoughts on faithfulness that may help or encourage us.

Resting in what provision He has given to us, and daily thanking Him for those things, by listing them off with a joyful heart even if the tears come.

Realizing that even though we do not see Him; that He sees us and cares for our well-being.

Speaking to God about His Son, Jesus and voicing our thoughts on why we believe in Jesus, and how we feel about The Son Who died on The Cross so we could have Eternal Life and not eternal death.

Searching out the Bible ( googling KJV version acceptable) and making a list of God's Promises to us.

Knowing that Jesus loves each believer; that we are not lower than our believing neighbour nor are we higher.

Allowing God the time He needs to work on our situation, because He has many persons and lives to work with, within our earthly problem, to bring about His Perfect Work. God's timing, not ours.

Remembering to never panic when things get down to the last minute. 

Knowing God can and will put His finger in the broken pipe when He sees it necessary; we mustn't give up, just praise Him in the darkness.

Thanking God for the bad times, the mean people, the illness or whatever it is that besets us because we know we are just "going through" a problem and He will bring us out the other side in one piece, changed, and cleansed from that infirmity.

Having faith in the Holy Trinity and all the factual evidence in the Bible; never doubting God.

Faith is loving Him as He Loves us.

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Verses From Proverbs

27/02/2020 21:28

Proverbs 1:5

 

“A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:”

 

Proverbs 3:5

 

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”

 

Proverbs 3:11

 

“My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of His correction:”

 

Proverbs 4:2

 

“For I give you Good Doctrine, forsake ye not My Law.”

 

Proverbs 4:7

 

“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”

 

Proverbs 4:19

 

“The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.”

 

Proverbs 8:17

 

“I love them that love Me; and those that seek Me early (before death) shall find Me.”

 

Proverbs 8:33

 

“Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.”

 

Proverbs 10:2

 

“Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but Righteousness delivereth from death.”

 

Proverbs 10:12

 

“Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.”

 

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Broken Inside

27/02/2020 21:10

Friend, many of us feel broken inside at some time in our lives.

Sadly, some of us feel that way and never realize any relief.

But those of us who believe in what Christ did for us, feel a newness of life in our bodies, a clearer head, and a softer heart. 

Jesus tells us He will renew our mind, and place a new heart in us, when we become born again of the Spirit.

That is what we need when we feel broken inside because our mind will not change it's course easily, and the heart is hardened against Him.

From God's perspective, He sees the demons that we have allowed to enter.

We may have been children when those demons entered. 

Our family may have had generational sinful behaviours like alcoholism that have brought certain situations to bear in our lives; breaking up our homes, divorce, illness, mental problems, anger and violence and criminal behaviours that settled into our childhoods before we had a chance to say no to them. 

But God says "NO!" if we will commit to Him; submit our will to His and walk uprightly with Him.

He will help us break down those demonic influences and get rid of them.

If we desire that and we love Him and trust Him, He will accomplish great things in us and for us.

It is up to us.

He will not take us kicking and screaming.

He only wants those who want Him and have decided to choose Life and be willing to receive Him into their heart and mind.

It is up to us to take the time to learn about Him; how Amazing and Great He is.

How Pure and Loving He is.

We don't have to be broken inside, friend.

Trust Him.

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Does God Extend Grace To Us

10/02/2020 22:52

Friend, the Bible is where to go to find out if God extends Grace to us; and how and why it is extended.

In Genesis, the first Book of the Bible, written by Moses at least 1200 years bc, to explain to the Israelites their origin, we hear about God's Grace in Noah, who was to build the Ark. "But Noah found Grace in the eyes of the Lord.

Noah was extended Grace by God for Noah's belief in Almighty God and faithfulness to Him and His Ways and Will; showing us that we will find this same Grace of God in our lives, when we believe and stand firm in faithfulness to Him and His Law.

 This Law of submitting to God's Will, which is Righteous in every way, will extend Grace to us in our lives; we can be sure. 

God spared Noah and his family from the Great Flood. Because of Noah's belief, he and his family found Grace.

God offers His Grace in our lives today; through belief in His Son.

Jesus paid the price for our sin.

Genesis 6:8 Context

 

5And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6And it repented the LORD that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart. 7And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created, from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth Me that I have made them. 8But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. 9These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man, and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. 

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Friend, Moses too found Grace extended to him. God found him to be faithful in all his ways and Moses received God's Grace upon his life.

Exodus 33:17

“And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in My sight, and I know thee by name.”

 

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Friend, we see in Psalms written thousands of years after Genesis that Grace is a thing that God is offering to people to help them in their lives. 

 

All it requires to receive God's Grace is to walk uprightly in God's Law. 

 

Psalms 84:11

 

“For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.”

 

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Friend, the Book of Luke is a description of events that the physician Luke, who became an evangelist, travelling with Paul the Apostle, who after examining the written accounts of Jesus, wrote his own observations and experiences as the only non-Jewish writer in the Bible.

 

He tells us that The Grace of God was upon Jesus throughout His life on earth ( earth incarnation.)

 

Luke 2:40

 

“And the Child (Jesus) grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with Wisdom: and the Grace of God was upon Him.”

 

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Friend, in the Book of John, he makes the statement (below) showing us that before Jesus died on the Cross, Grace was extended through the obedience to the Law, and that full Grace and Truth came because Jesus made a Way for all to have Grace should they desire, by believing in God's Truth and being faithful to God because He is The Truth.

 

John 1:17

 

“For the Law was given by Moses, but Grace and Truth came by Jesus Christ.”

 

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Friend,the writer of Acts, thought to be the Apostle Paul, speaks of The Grace of God. He is compelled to teach of God's Grace because he found it to be absolutley everything Grace should be.

 

Our existence on earth is more livable knowing we have God's Grace covering our infallibilities.

 

Staying faithful through both times of good and bad proves to God our faithfulness and in return He Forgives our mistakes, stumblings and errors in judgement. 

 

When we in faith, talk to Him of our needs, our sin, our lack of understanding and our humanity, He covers us with Grace and we are able to go on knowing He cares, He forgives, He guides, He teaches, He Loves us.

 

Acts 20:24

 

“But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the Gospel of The Grace of God.”

 

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Friend, In Romans, the Apostle Paul, who became born-again when he encountered Jesus (who had been Resurrected,) on the road to Damascus where he was going to apprehend many born-again believers and bring them back to Jerusalem to be jailed as heretics to the Jewish religion, speaks of the Grace we receive from Jesus when we believe and have faith that Jesus is God and He died as The Sacrifice required by The Father to fulfill the Law of the Old Testament. 

 

When we accept Jesus as our Saviour, we receive Salvation. 

 

God Almighty looks at us differently. He examines the heart to see if we have truly repented of our old ways, that were sinful according to the Law. 

 

When He sees the heart and mind no longer wish to be part of the sinful world, He covers us in the Blood of His Son and we then walk in Grace for the rest of our days, for choosing to be obedient to our faith in Him.

 

Romans 1:5

 

“By Whom we have received Grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for His Name:”

 

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Friend, when we make the choice to choose Jesus as our Saviour, we are ready to repent of our old ways knowing they are full of sin and against The Law of God. 

 

God then chooses by His Law, to Redeem us, into the fold of Heavenly believers of The Redeemed in Jesus. 

 

It's called Redemption. 

 

God then Justifies us and blesses us with Grace. 

 

It is what we walk in, God's Grace; once we are Redeemed.

 

Romans 3:24

 

“Being Justified freely by His Grace through the Redemption that is in Christ Jesus:”

 

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Friend, we are able to access God's Grace through faith in who Jesus is, because of what He has done for each of us.

 

Romans 5:2

 

“By Whom (Jesus,) also we have access by faith into this Grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in Hope of the Glory of God.”

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Friend, these are powerful Bible Verses on Grace. 

 

They prove God loves those He Redeems, eternally.

 

He gives Grace that Justifies us until The Judgement where it will be proved how faithful we were.

 

He is our Hope, Light and Truth!

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