Category: Weekly Blog

IT’S TIME TO SIT DOWN….

After the death of Moses, the Lord chose Joshua to lead the children of Israel into the Promised Land. Joshua 1:1-9 records: 1 “Now after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord it came to pass, that the Lord spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ minister, saying, 2 Moses my servant is dead, now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses. 4 From the wilderness…………………….and unto the great sea ……………..shall be your coast. 5 There shall not any man be able to stand before you all the days of your life: as I was with Moses so I will be with you: I will not fail you nor forsake you. 6 Be strong and of a good courage, for unto this people shall you divide the land for an inheritance, which I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law , which Moses my servant commanded you: Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go....

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TENDERLY…..I CAN HEAR HIM CALLING ME

When a person is trained to be a lawyer, they use the expression that they are “called to the bar”. There was a man born into moneyed gentry who trained to be a lawyer, but never practiced, possibly because he did not need the extra finance. He was called but never practiced. Some professing Christians are like that. They call themselves Christians but continue in the mindset of the world, anxious, worried and burdened with a load of care, unable to “let go” and allow Jesus to carry the burden. There is a place of rest we can access through Calvary, where, though still caring for others, or ourselves, we learn to trust our Heavenly Father with the circumstance and the end result. Anxiety is a worldly mindset. The inspired words of God through Paul to the Corinthian church, still speak to us today. 1 Corinthians 1:2 “….to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints….,” and speaking of Jesus in verse 5: “That in everything you are enriched by him, in all utterance and in all knowledge.” “Called to be saints..” Do we practice? How can I change my old mindset of anxiety? Romans 12:2 adjures us: “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...

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TAKING A FRESH LOOK AT SORROWS IN OUR LIFE

Isaiah 53:4….Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows. Jesus has been described as ‘the man of sorrows.’ The word ‘surely’ in the above scripture emphasises the fact that Jesus took and carried our sorrows to Calvary. He took my sorrow that I have no need to experience it. Of course in our human nature we all need to address the fact that at different times in our lives sorrow does affect us. But let us look at what the word of God says about sorrow…. Firstly, 2 Corinth 7:10 states that Godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation, not to be repented of, but the sorrow of the world worketh death. There is a godly sorrow which has purpose in my life to bring me to repentance, this is the conviction of the Spirit to produce fruit in my life and to change my way of thinking. But the sorrow of the world, which is deep regret and bitterness should have no part in my experience once I have been brought to a place of repentance before God.Jesus the man of sorrows has carried them for me to Calvary! We all, at some time or another experience the sorrow of loss of a loved one, or the sorrow and pain of difficult circumstances, e.g. being betrayed by friends or family, misunderstood, falsely accused etc. etc. But the servant...

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DON’T DRIVE NEAR THE CLIFF EDGE!

Queen Victoria wanted to employ a new driver for her horse driven carriage. Three men were invited for an interview. The first man declared his driving ability of being able to drive a carriage within a yard of the edge of a mountainous track safely. The second man boasted he could skilfully and safely drive the carriage within one foot of the edge of a perilous track. The third man stepped forward, looked the queen in the eye and said these words: “Ma’am, I cannot profess to be able to drive skilfully near the edge of mountainous terrain as these two gentlemen, but I can guarantee I would keep as far away from any danger as possible.” The third man got the job. Why have I shared this story? Every Believer in Jesus Christ begins their spiritual, earthly journey after receiving Him into their heart at salvation. From here, He is our constant companion, sharing our joys and sorrows along the road as we learn to trust Him and allow the Holy Spirit to be our Guide. Along this journey truth is revealed to us and we learn to recognise the danger of pride in all its many forms, and how abhorrent it is to our Heavenly Father. The driver Queen Victoria employed was the one who professed to keep away from danger. A wise man steers clear of...

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COME OUT FROM BEHIND THE TREES!

After they had sinned, Adam and Eve hid themselves from God, behind the trees in the garden of Eden: Genesis 3:8 “And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.” God removed them from the garden of His presence and they inherited the consequence of their sin, living under the curse – (Genesis 3.) At Calvary, through the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ, the sin problem was dealt with and He gloriously reversed that curse. “To all who receive the Lord Jesus Christ, He gives power to become the sons of God.” Calvary restored the intimacy of fellowship we can have with our Heavenly Father. We can walk with Him in our garden of life – our daily circumstances. If we have ears to hear, we will hear Him calling our name to fellowship with Him. God wants to be included in all my daily “doings”, not just my crises. “In ALL thy ways acknowledge him and he will direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes, fear the Lord and depart from evil,” Proverbs 3:6-7. When we sin, just like Adam and Eve, we want to hide in our shame and guilt, but our Heavenly Father...

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KINGDOM CULTURE

A sister from a small sea-side village went to visit a friend in a big city. The sister was thankful not to have to drive through the huge volume of rush hour traffic, typical of every city. She accepted her friend’s offer to drive them through her familiar territory. The city was her home ground. She was comfortable in her own environment. The sister observed how her friend calmly and politely navigated the city traffic, completely at ease. It was observed she was operating and flowing in the rest of God, unaffected by others’ lack of politeness as they rushed about their business. The passenger observed her friend’s demonstration of carrying God’s rest as she calmly delivered them to their destination. This observation brought the question: What environment do I live and operate in? The realm of the Spirit or the culture of the world? Our lives speak and demonstrate where we are in God. Paul called us “living epistles, known and read of all men”…. Others observe our lives and God surely does. I heard a quote from someone this week: “The principle of rest is God’s design for the rhythm of life. If you do not set the rhythm of your life then culture will dictate to you from the environment you live in.” Selah! The words to the following song by Roy Turner declare and compound...

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SEASONS AND TIME

A young and eager musician was invited to join a jamming session with a band. In his enthusiasm he played every note he possibly could, almost frantically, in his desire to impress. “Whaaaat are you doing!” exclaimed a band member. “Let the music breathe!” There is an order in music as there is in life. Timing is important. When you learn to read music, there is a sign for “rest” among the notes to be played. The “rest” is an interval of measured silence which brings purpose. The notes produced after the silence are more poignant. Maybe, like the young musician, there have been times in our lives when we have desperately tried to do everything we know to get out of our circumstances. We have played all the “notes” we ever learnt: that is, prayed, cried, struggled, sought to “do good”, sought to impress man, but all to no avail. We have found ourselves locked into circumstance with no understanding of the territory, even wrongly accusing God, at times, of forsaking us. The truth is; He never has and never will. He is not disappointed in us, He loves us unconditionally. As we walk with the Lord in these times we discover that His loving kindness is sweeter than life itself and independent of whatever circumstance we are in. Our trials are learning curves. Do not allow a...

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AM I A PHARISEE?

Am I a Pharisee? The Pharisees were not unlearned men. They knew the scriptures inside out yet, Jesus, gave a stern warning to “ beware of the leaven of the Pharisees…”, Matthew 16:11-12. Jesus expounded to His disciples the meaning of His warning. Sound doctrine can teach us godly foundation but the Pharisees were full of pride in their religious practices and outward appearance. They added their own religious doctrine/teaching to the word of God which was not what God required. Their teaching inflated their pride and brought bondage to people who tried to embrace their doctrine. They took pride in their knowledge of the scriptures thinking this elevated them above others, but Jesus looked into their hearts and discerned their motives for their actions. God is not interested in the outward appearance to men, but the motive of our hearts, that is – why we do what we do. What is my motive for doing something? Is it to please God or to please men? Is it to make me appear good in the eyes of men?…..or is it simply to please the Lord? Paul teaches in 1 Corinthians 10:31, “Whether therefore you eat, or drink, or WHATSOEVER YOU DO, do ALL to the glory of God”, not for self glory, that is what the Pharisees did. They loved the praise of men and reveled in looking good...

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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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