Category: Our Ongoing Journey

DO I HAVE A DIVIDED HEART?

David prayed: “Teach me your way, O Lord; I will walk in your truth, UNITE MY HEART TO FEAR YOUR NAME”, Psalm 86:11. Is my heart divided? If I am believing what God says, then my heart is united with His and I stand on His firm foundation, enjoying daily the peace and rest of His presence. Major factors in a Believer’s life that negatively affect a walk with the Lord are fear, unbelief and critical judgement of others, resulting in a divided heart. A kingdom divided against itself cannot stand. All fear is built on a lie. The Holy Spirit leads me to nail the lie I have taken on board that has divided my heart. His job is to guide me into all truth, not some. Jesus is the Truth. He only ever spoke the words His Father gave Him. When trouble turns up on my doorstep, I have to remind myself: Trouble is not in trouble, but is in my attitude to it. NEVER SURRENDER THE SENSE OF GOD’S PRESENCE TO A SITUATION. When I lose my peace in a situation, I need to examine what I am believing and take stock with the Holy Spirit’s guidance. Concern and anxiety are fluffy words for fear. Fear and unbelief are the devil’s territory which open me up to a visit from him. Fear and unbelief are his...

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HEIRS TO THE PROMISE

When our Heavenly Father makes a promise to us, He fulfills it. 2 Peter 1:4 declares the promises of God: “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises, that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature….” Test this for your witness: The riches of this world, materialism, do not necessarily indicate the blessing of God. Paul declared, Philippians 4:11-13 “…for I have learned, in whatever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound….to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Paul further declares in his letter to Timothy, 1 Timothy 6:6-8 “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us therewith be content.” There is nothing wrong with riches or money. We all need money to live by, but when I pursue it, my life is on a wrong foundation. If I give possessions priority over God, then I have missed the mark. Jesus teaches us to seek His kingdom first and our other needs will be met. Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things...

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WHO AM I?

Psalm 110:3 “Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power.” There is coming a day when the Lord God is going to release His great power. Those who have learned to submit and live a surrendered life to our Lord Jesus, will function and operate in it. In the Old Testament we read how King David wanted to build a temple for the Lord. The Lord permitted him to make all the preparations, amass the building materials and gave him the pattern, by the Holy Spirit, for the building plan. The Lord required David to pass on the actual building of the temple to his son, Solomon. That great temple that was built was a type of the Church today. Jesus said, Matthew 16:18 “….I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” The Church Jesus is building today is not a building, but a flesh and blood, living organism. We are the lively stones being honed for Jesus building His Church. 1 Peter 2:5 “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood….” Jesus is the chief corner stone of the building (verse 6), our sure foundation upon which we are built. 1 Chronicles chapters 28 and 29 records David passing on the building materials and plans to build the temple to Solomon. Chapter...

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DUNG HAS PURPOSE!

In Luke 13:6-9 we read this parable of Jesus: “….A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard. He came and sought fruit and found none. Then said he to the dresser of his vineyard, ‘Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down, why cumbereth it the ground?’ And he answering said unto him, ‘Lord, let it alone this year also till I shall dig about it and dung it. If it bear fruit, well, and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down’.” This man owned a vineyard with a fig tree in it. When the tree produced no fruit he determined to cut it down and be rid of it, judging it to be a lost cause. He probably thought it was taking up valuable space where more vines could be planted. A tree is made of wood, which is typical of humanity. Very often, our roots have gone down into wrong things, which prevent us bearing fruit for the kingdom of God. Thankfully, our divine Vine Dresser, Jesus Christ, does not cut us off as a lost cause. He works with us, He digs and dungs around the roots in our lives to disturb the roots that have been laying in comfort zones, roots that have made their way into ungodly habits....

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DO I LEAK?

Hebrews 2:1-3 “Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation….” In the margin of the King James version of this text is a reference to the words in verse 1, “let them slip”, which is, “run out as leaking vessels”. The word of God challenges me: Am I diligent or negligent to the truths of God I have heard so many times? Have I become so familiar with them that I have let them slip and become a “leaking vessel”? How easy it is to look at others in the Body of Christ and be saddened by the apparent lack of change over the years in others’ lives, and yet neglect my own walk with the Lord. I am not here to put others right, my only responsibility in my daily walk is to ensure that my heart is right with the Lord. The scripture quoted challenges us to be diligent: “How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation….” Do I leak? The Holy Spirit of God will search my heart and guide me into all truth in answer to...

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MIGHTY CHRIST, COME FORTH IN ME!

This last century has seen tremendous changes due to the advancement in every field, whether it be technology, medicine, education, travel – progress has brought great changes. How much more is God seeking change in me? We know that our mortal bodies will be changed “in the twinkling of an eye” to the immortal at “the last trump” (1 Corinthians 15:52-54), but meanwhile God is seeking us to be conformed to the likeness and image of His Son, Jesus Christ, to show His love to the world, (Ephesians 4:13). Romans 12:1-2 “….present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, acceptable and perfect will of God.” The greatest miracle took place at the immaculate conception of Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit, but when we were “born again” and accepted Jesus into our hearts, we were overshadowed by the Holy Spirit and received the Spirit of God’s Son, the Indwelling Christ, hence we use the phrase “born again”. We are living miracles! This is when the change in us began but now it continues as the Lord permits circumstances for us to be conformed into the image of His Son. Those who have received Christ’s salvation can identify with the...

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WHEN IS OBEDIENCE NOT OBEDIENCE?

Question:When is obedience not obedience? Answer: When it is partial. There is a profound and sobering lesson in obedience for all Believers in 1 Samuel chapter 15. Here we find King Saul being directed of the Lord through the prophet, Samuel, to utterly destroy the Amalekites and all their livestock in battle. In verse 9 we read that Saul and his people took captive King Agag and kept the best of the livestock for themselves, destroying everything else. This seemed “good” in their eyes, but they did not fulfil God’s directions to them. It was “partial obedience.” The Lord’s response to Saul’s disobedience came to Samuel, the prophet saying, “It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king, for he is turned back from following me and hath not performed my commandment,” 1 Samuel 15:11. The record continues in the same chapter. Samuel reprimands Saul for his disobedience to fulfil God’s command. King Saul justifies himself (vs.20-21) declaring he has utterly destroyed the Amalakites but has brought King Agag to him. Then he blamed the people for taking the spoils of the best livestock to sacrifice with unto the Lord. Samuel replied to Saul’s bleatings, (verses 22-23) “….Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken...

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THE PEACE OF GOD HAS PURPOSE

Colossians 3:15 “Let the peace of God rule in your hearts….” It is my responsibility to be the doorkeeper of the peace in my heart. The former scripture instructs us to be “let-ers” – ‘LET the peace of God rule’. Our Heavenly Father has provided a spiritual thermometer, like a Builder’s spirit level, which registers the peace of God in our being. The peace of God is the voice of God in my being to direct and keep me on the right path. Revelation 2:7 “He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says…” When I follow God’s direction in obedience, I will know His peace within me. When I step off the right path or disobey, God’s peace within me is disturbed. The Holy Spirit teaches me how to recognise this uneasiness and stop what I am doing to assess the situation I find myself in. As I consult the Lord, the ripple inside me does not have to become a storm. If I am being convicted of a hasty impulse, wrong direction, disobedience, fleshly reaction etc. then God’s peace within me is disturbed. My peace thermometer registers a problem. This is a God given safety net for every Believer. If I continue along the wrong path, “crashing through the red traffic light”, unheeding the warning through self will, then disaster of some sort will...

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KEEP A THANKFUL HEART

Richard Wurmbrand was a Romanian who lived from 1909-2001. His testimony of the sufferings and torture he endured for his faith in Jesus Christ has been well documented and can be easily found and read on a Google search. He was imprisoned in Romania by the then Communist regime for publicly declaring that Communism and Christianity were not compatible. In later years when his freedom had been bought, he often traveled to encourage the persecuted church. On one occasion when he was being taken to minister and testify in the U.S., he asked the brother who was helping take him around a question. As he leaned his physically weakened body on him, he enquired, “How is it that I share all over the world the fact that when you come to Jesus, it may cost you everything. But here in the west, I hear a different gospel preached that when you come to Jesus, you can HAVE everything?” In some of our western churches we have such a wrong idea of what it may cost to follow Jesus. Thankfully, at this present time, we are not imprisoned or tortured for our faith. Our challenges in the western world are different to the persecuted church, our brothers and sisters in Christ, in other parts of the globe, but nevertheless, we all have challenges in our walk of faith. We have...

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DO I TRUST IN MY EXPERIENCE….OR CHRIST?

If I accept what the word of God says about the depravity of a human heart and the depths I can sink to, without God’s grace and mercy on me, then I do not have to prove it. It does not have to be my experience. Do I believe that without the Lord’s hand upon me I can be capable of any sin? We all need a Saviour and a Redeemer. After receiving salvation from Jesus Christ, we discover He is also our “Keeper” as the great Shepherd of our souls. God’s word declares, “As it is written; There is none righteous, no, not one.” Romans 3:10. Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” God’s word is plain, in our own flesh and standing, we cannot reach the mark of His righteousness, but hallelujah!…..He has made a way, a plan to bring us all in, if we choose to receive and follow Jesus Christ, His Son. This gospel is a “whosoever” gospel, (John 3:16), made available to all who will humble themselves to recognise their need of a Saviour, and receive Him into their heart. Here is where the divine exchange takes place: By receiving Jesus as my Saviour by faith in His finished work at Calvary, I become the righteousness of God. Now my standing is in His grace alone. I...

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