Scripture with song

Isaiah 32

V1 Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness…

Jesus shall reign where e’re the sun, does his successive journeys run. His kingdom stretch from shore to shore, ‘till moons shall wax and wain no more.

V2 “A man shall be as a hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the storm, as streams of water in a dry place, as the shade of a large rock in a weary land…”

The Lord’s our rock in Him we hide. A shelter in the time of storm. He

Open the eyes of my heart, Lord…

Open the eyes of my heart

I want to see you

I want to see you

V4 “The heart of the rash will understand knowledge, and the tongue of the stammerers will be ready to speak plainly.”

Speak O Lord as I come to you

To receive the food of Thy holy Word

When this poor lisping stammering tongue

Lies silent in the grave…

V5 “A fool will no longer be called noble, nor the scoundrel be highly respected.”

Our Father

Who dwells in heaven

May your name be regarded

Your kingdom will come in my heart today

I will do Your bidding

In London or wherever you lead me

Please may I have what I need

Because you freely give

I love you because you loved me first

And all power and glory is mine because of you..🔥

May the fetters fall today 💛

Renewal

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Be silent before me, you islands! Let the nations renew their strength! Let them come forward and speak; let us meet together at the place of judgment.

Who has done this and carried it through, calling forth the generations from the beginning? I, the Lord—with the first of them and with the last—I am he.”  Isaiah 41: 1+4

The Lord calls His people to be silent and the nations to renew their strength.. God lets us speak in His presence, but we are not allowed to speak in “church”

God is calling out His people. He is with the first of them, and with the last. None will fail or fall and all will be part of that kingdom…

I bless the Lord for His inclusiveness and His love towards those who love Him. All those who wrest control to themselves, will have to answer for their lack of inclusion of Christian people who are true to God, specifically, women as a group. The day of the “one-man-band” is over. Christian people must pick themselves up and exercise the gifts and abilities God has given to them, and do the things God asks them to do.

The day of the social club church is over. The day of the celebrity church is finished and all pride and self-seeking will be swept away and never remembered. All the big names will cease and the Spirit of God will decide.

Come let us talk together that your sins might be blotted out..”

God will not tolerate sin and self in His true church, so we need to seek Him and hold on to Him in these days. He is there with every succeeding generation and is calling people into the kingdom. God will do this through time and to the last generation on earth. There will always be God’s people on earth and when every child of that kingdom is gathered in, then the reason for our planets existence will be finished. God will end the misery of sin and death, and all who love Him will see the kingdom come, forever.

Let us listen to The Lord,

Exalted

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Isaiah 33:5-6,15-16

The Lord is exalted, for he dwells on high; he will fill Zion with his justice and righteousness.

He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure….

“Those who walk righteously and speak what is right, who reject gain from extortion and keep their hands from accepting bribes, who stop their ears against plots of murder and shut their eyes against contemplating evil— they are the ones who will dwell on the heights, whose refuge will be the mountain fortress. Their bread will be supplied, and water will not fail them.”

The message is very clear. It does not need much explaining. God Himself is the store of salvation for our times, and all times. God always reigns supreme and as we fear Him and honour Him, He becomes the key to the treasure. Obviously this is not earthly treasure of money and riches, but a treasure that will last forever. Spiritual or eternal life, righteousness of character, and a perfection that comes only from God.

Who will get this? Those who are righteous, and reject all evil in all its forms, and they will be kept by God and will live on the heights of blessing from God. Their daily bread will be supplied, and their daily spiritual food will also be given to them. Their hearts are towards the Lord, and He will supply all needs, according to His purposes. He requires good use of the gifts He gives and He will require holiness of heart and goodness of motivation.

Many recognise this, but do not want to make the necessary sacrifices to gain that spiritual walk, and personal closeness with God. If we walk with God, we are walking and listening closely to Him and practice instant repentance in our daily lives. We will not let anything come between ourselves and our Saviour Jesus. Our relationship with Him will be our primary concern, and we will let go of every sin, so that our holy walk will remain and thrive. This is what God looks for in the lives of all His people.

We are not holy without the Lord and we will not become holy without the filling of our lives with the Holy Spirit. He will not inhabit our lives, or teach or give power to someone who is not seeking holiness. As we seek this rare jewel, God will lift us up to His service and we will exalt the Lord, in every way. His praise will become glorious, and our days will be filled with love and joy. This is the treasure of the people of God, forever.

All things for good…

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 “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.”      Romans 8:28

All things work together for the good of those who are called. That includes our marriages and relationships. We are all being uplifted to bless each other and do each other good.. it also includes our failures, inadequacies, and troubles. Our greatest challenge is relationships, especially the close ones we have with family.

It precludes that we want good things in relationships in the first place. Often we are so hurt by things that have been said and done, that we don’t want to face things. We don’t want to be bothered with the difficulties of others, and tell ourselves that we have none. The human reaction is to walk away.

What if things have happened that are so hurtful and have damaged us for long periods of our lives.? We have been wounded by an enemy who will never accept their fault or be sorry. God says we must love our enemies and do them good. We are called to forgive and walk worthy of our calling in Christ. It does not mean we move in with an abuser, but our minds must be clear from all hating or unhelpful remembering. We entrust ourselves to God and do good to everyone He has put in our way.

Marriages are especially difficult. We love each other and promise to continue to the end of our lives. That is a binding promise and God will hold us to it. If our relationship is broken, there must be good reason for it. We must seek help from councillors or advisors with skills to help failing relationships, but not to bury our heads in the sand. Often marriages fail, and there is lots of anger and blame. We need to have the courage to sort our feelings out and talk the way through. We can build up huge amounts of negativity and sweep it under the carpet in the hope it will go away. It never does.

No one wants a relationship that is not trusting, open- hearted and good. We must pursue this and deal with our problems at the front of the issue. Love does cover a multitude of sins, but it must also be honest. If we are not honest with ourselves, the resentment can build up and become a huge mountain to climb. To be honest with the other is also necessary and to be able to forgive wrongs, as we live our lives daily.

Too many do not understand the issues of life and these remain unknown to themselves. This is very debilitating and we will feel huge amounts of pain, and not know why. To have the courage to look within and see what we are really like, is too painful on our own. There are also issues we cannot or should not share with others, and those stand as doom- laden monuments of trouble. To know God, is to know someone who can show us ourselves and say to us, that it is all forgiven and the hurt you can put on me.. no one else is like that. God sees and knows our troubles and He will show us the way out.

That pathway starts at the cross, where we confess our failures and in-built sinfulness, and we are given a new life. This new life invigorates our souls and we have a confidence in God, that He will make all things new.

However broken we may be, His grace is sufficient. We will have to fight with the full armour of God, and it will mean the laying down of selfishness and conceit, but He will do it and give us the power to fight. As we keep walking, the Holy Spirit will guide us in all truth and we will become strong and do exploits. These will include, sorting out our relationships and renewing promises. This is the way… walk in it…

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Could oppression, or anguish, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?…

Shall death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”      Romans 8:35-39

Walking in faith means keeping the commandments, and obeying the Lord our God… He will keep us to the end, if we persevere under our trials. Only He can turn these trials to good, and one day we will see His purposes and His faithfulness towards us and all who love Him and wait eagerly for the final kingdom that is coming…

Like my mother


Truly I am your servant, Lord; I serve you just as my mother did; you have freed me from my chains.”

Psalm 116:16

I don’t know what trial God has required you to cope with. Some trials are very grievous, and they never resolve themselves in this life. There are no accidents in suffering. God knows every part of our being, and knows what we can handle. Our inherent weakness tells us that we cannot take any trouble at all and we pray to be free from all pains. But we instinctively know, that God is not going to leave us sailing through life with no storms to cope with.

No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide an escape, so that you can stand up under it.”

1 Corinthians 10: 13

This is a fearful Scripture for our faithless hearts. God is not going to rescue us from the troubles He sends, but gives us the power to go through. He knows what we can bear, because He will always give the necessary strength. The way of escape is through. So when the waves and breaker hit our life, we can stand up under their beating.

It is reasonable that the greater our troubles and the deeper their effect, then the stronger we will be.

The Psalmist talks about release from chains. This is a precious truth. As we weather the storms, there comes a point when the chains fall off. It is not in the cessation of the storm, but the moment we exercise faith. This is God’s purpose for His people- that we will be over-comers through Christ who loves us and went to the utmost pains, to be there first.

There was no trouble like His trouble, and no sorrow like His sorrow.

Is this nothing to you, all you who pass by Look around and see! Is there any sorrow like mine, which was inflicted on me, which the LORD made me suffer on the day of His fierce anger?”

Lamentations 1: 12

Will we, as followers of the Lamb, be sheltered from sorrow? This is the reason many fall back and make shipwreck of their souls. This writer of this Psalm, entertains no such idea. He has a strong witness, the life of his mother, who lived for God. He saw her face the troubles of life undaunted, and go through them, with courage and patience. His mother was a true child of God and her witness brought blessing to her family. The Psalmist could see faith at work, and it’s truly practical manifestation in his mother’s life. He had no qualms that a woman should be his model, and that he should learn from her lessons. 

He has believed and so is now free from the chains of unbelief and sin. Now he is the servant of the Lord, and is able to face trouble in his own faith given by God, and put that trust in the same God as his mother. If you had a Christian mother, maybe you could think of her and how she was helped by God, to face the trials of life. If you did not have such a blessing, maybe it’s time for you to step up and exercise living faith in the only Saviour, Jesus Christ. Maybe you will be a witness to your family, and have the joy of seeing them live for God.

May every child of God, loose the chains and walk free, with the trials vanquished and the enemy of our souls trampled on. We live life free from the chains and looking to Christ, our Lord. 

Women who glorify God