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I serve Christ in many different ways. I love Him for who he is and what He has done for me. I would try to give other people the opportunity to find Him for themselves. Bring all things under submission to Him who fills all things and to who all things belong.

Three prayers

A call for blessing:

“And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, ‘Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!’ So God granted him what he requested.”

1 Chronicles 4:10

Jabez asked for big things from God. He was not afraid of being greedy for blessing as he approached the throne of mercy. He wanted more and better! He wanted God to be with Him always, and knew that there is a way to better things. He wanted God’s hand to be with him and keep him everywhere, and especially keep him from evil. He had no desire to hurt, and knew that freedom from sin was the best way to not hurt himself or others.

What a prayer to pray! “Lord, give me more, more of everything..” No holding back, no reserve, no brakes! This is the prayer of a holy person, who wants to experience God is their lives in a big way, bigger than big, the whole thing. Jabez wants God to fill his life and take control of it all. He wants to make sure that the circumstances of his life are in injurious to the people around him that he loves. We should not be hurt, nor hurt others in what we do, say and any outworking of belief.

A call for righteousness:

“This is what the LORD says: “As for the prophets who lead My people astray, who proclaim peace while they chew with their teeth, but declare war against one who puts nothing in their mouths: Therefore night will come over you without visions, and darkness without divination. The sun will set on these prophets, and the daylight will turn black over them. Then the seers will be ashamed and the diviners will be disgraced. They will all cover their mouths because there is no answer from God.” As for me, however, I am filled with power by the Spirit of the LORD, with justice and courage, to declare to Jacob his transgression and to Israel his sin.”

Micah 3:5-8

Micah, the prophet, also curses those who do not have God, and knows their terrible fate. He is filled with the Spirit of God and has power and justice and courage to declare the sins of the people, that they might be saved. He says that these false prophets and seers, who claim insight and a hot line to God, will be disgraced. He seeks the true way to God, and a way that negates sin and embraces righteousness. Micah is hungry for it, and has night visions about these dreadful days when he sun will go down on the life and work of these prophets. The prophet of God, Micah, is filled with the Holy Spirit even as he writes, and is able to have true insight into the peace of God, and what it means. It means we must be holy and seek only the one true God.

In our days, we have the full light of the gospel, and know that the way to God is through Jesus Christ, the Messiah, who Micah knew was coming into the world. We can know Him, and be forgiven by Him, and walk worthy lives for God’s glory.

A call for victory:

“And Asa cried out to the LORD his God, and said, ‘LORD, it is nothing for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power; help us, O LORD our God, for we rest on You, and in Your name we go against this multitude. O LORD, You are our God; do not let man prevail against You!’”

1 Chronicles 4:11

Asa is clear about his position before God. Without the Lord, there is no power and no victory over the enemy. Sin will reign in our mortal bodies, if we do not prevail in prayer and overcome in the power of the Holy Spirit. Though multitudes come up against us, we will prevail through the blood of the everlasting covenant, and the promises of God, which we have recorded in the Holy Scripture. We go against the enemy of our soul, with the sword of the Spirit by our side and the Word on our tongue that we confess Christ and bring many daughters and sons to glory with us. This is the deepest of spiritual fights in these last days of earth’s history. Humankind cannot prevail against the power of God. We rest wholly of the character of God and His great love for those He has chosen and who love Him back.

Only He can strengthen us and cause us to pray such prayers as these.

“But You have seen, for you observe trouble and grief, to repay it by Your hand. The helpless commits himself to You; You are the helper of the fatherless.”

Psalm 10:14

God knows our weaknesses and pities us in our troubles. He raises those He loves and puts down those who hate Him. He can change us and bring us to the state of repentance, giving us new life and new desires. We are all helpless, in our human reality, and fatherless, in spiritual terms. Let us return to the Lord, for He will abundantly pardon and repay us with blessing.

Light and passing troubles…

“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. …”

2 Corinthians 4:17-18

The whole of chapter 4 needs to be printed on here. Please read it to be well read and secure about what I am saying. The chapter is amazing. Paul is facing the outcome of his ministry to God, which is causing him much personal distress. This is always the case. Serving God truly, is going to cost you dearly, but nothing will defer you and your heaven Father will reward you. There is nothing better than His closeness and to know His strength and coaching in your life. To put all on the altar, is the only way to experience this power and close personal walk with your precious Lord Jesus.

These two verses, 17 and 18 are at the end of the chapter. What verses they are! What amazing insight Paul has to the grace of God and the minuscule effect his many and varied troubles would have on his eternal destination and state. However huge your troubles are, they are only “ light” compared to what is ahead for you, in Christ. They only heap up great thing for you in that eternal kingdom that is coming. This is your treasure that is being kept for you in the vaults of heaven.

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Matthew 6:19-21

This hidden treasure trove is your service for the Lord Jesus, and you will not go unrewarding. But it is not physical or unworthy. It is the joy of knowing that we serve him only and He is blessed through what we do. To see His blessed face and the prints of the nails will be enough for the true heart. Craven rewards are never enough. We count all things loss for the sake of knowing Him, who we love.

“But whatever was gain to me I count as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things as loss compared to the surpassing excellence of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God on the basis of faith. I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to Him in His death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.”

Philippians 3:7-11

The physical is never enough. The craven promise of restitution is never enough. Only the presence of Christ and the outworking of His love and power in our lives, will ever make any difference to the Christian. The words here, are dread. Who can say them or read them without a quiver? It will cost you everything to follow Christ, and this we must do, for there is no other way.

The way ahead may be fraught with difficulties and problems, but we have our dear Saviour with us, and He will never leave us or forsake us. Courage, Christian women and men… the end is in sight. Christ is coming soon and we are ready for Him. All on the altar, every day, living lives of service and peace, showing others the way ahead and turning many daughters and sons to glory. This is the destiny of all those who believe.

Love Him back

“How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes behind your veil are doves. Your hair is like a flock of goats descending from the hills of Gilead.”

Song of Songs 4:1

The Beloved now speaks to his treasured woman. He reiterates how he feels about her and how she looks to him. He says that she is beautiful and he calls her his darling. Again he tells her she is beautiful. He cannot say it enough times he wants her to be secure about how she feels about herself when he’s around. He wants her to know that she is always beautiful and that she will always be beautiful to him, no matter what state she is in she will always be his darling – his darling bride.

We have the reference repeated here, about her eyes being like doves. Her eyes are not accusatory but are peaceable. Her eyes look on him with love and deep affection, for she has always loved him and she always will. When the beloved looks into her eyes he sees peace because she is at peace with herself and she is at peace with him. For now the eyes are veiled, for they are not yet officially together. She hides her eyes and is humble, demure, mysterious, chaste. Soon the beloved will lift the veil and will see that beautiful face and those deep peaceful eyes will be his.

He likens her hair to a flock of goats coming down from the hills at Gilead. It is difficult to know exactly what this means but her hair is thick and dark and she has not styled it into a formal style but it is left natural and it looks like the hair of the goats as they come down the mountain all together in a herd down the mountains of Gilead. She is beautiful because she is natural and does not try to make herself look like something she is not. Her decorations are natural and they enhance her natural beauty rather than detract from it. Natural hair is always an issue because every culture has styles and every culture has formal designs for hair in particular situations. But to have natural hair shows the hair for what it is – it’s own natural beauty and its own colour and its own texture. She is not ashamed of her natural hair – it is a crowning glory. The Beloved also respects her and respects her views and respects the way she presents herself and treats herself and behaves in all circumstances. The way she presents herself is important because it shows what her character he is like, and he honours that in her and encourages her to have integrity and to be a true hearted woman.

Her integrity is built from her difficult background and from the mistreatment of her family. It results from being forced to look after their interests rather than her own and this is forged her character and made her the woman that she is today. She has nothing to be ashamed about and her beloveds sees that. This is why she prizes him and lifts him up and this is why he prizes her because she is a woman of deep integrity. This is why he sees her as beautiful because of who she is and how she looks, suffering making her become what she is like in her inner core. It is a desire of every woman to be thought of this way and to be highly prized and that her beloveds should do whatever he can to make her happy and to make her feel valued. This is a sign of the truly beloved.

Our Saviour views us the same way. No one can detract from us, because we are already like Him! God the Father sees us in our redeemed state, and regards us as perfect before His throne, where we can come anytime in our great need.

“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who was tempted in every way that we are, yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

Hebrews 4:16

We are encouraged every day by the man, Christ Jesus, who loves us without measure and will uphold us always. He holds us fast, to Himself, and not to another. He is jealous of our love and wants us with all His loving, tender heart, where no harshness dwells. Who would not want such a Saviour!

Only the foolish. The Christian loves Him right back and will take the encouragement and run the straight race set before them. Because we are accepted in the Beloved, we have ultimate confidence to go about our takes with a singleness of heart and mind, that protects us from the sorrow and guilt that surrounds everything.

Ephesians 1:3-6

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms. For He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless in His presence. In love he predestined us for adoption as His sons through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the Beloved One.”

We have no fear, since there is no fear in love. We have only rest, rest for body, mind and soul. This love affair is forever, truly. Take His warm embrace, and love Him back…

Sweet contrition

“My beloved is to me a cluster of henna blossoms from the vineyards of En Gedi.”

Song of Songs 1:14

En Gedi is a place of ancient human habitation, a place of refreshment for human and animals. It is a spring of fresh water in a dry land and plants and animals can find growth and pasture there. It’s history stretches back to Old Testament times, and archeology has found pre-history artefacts there. 

Kind David found refuge in En Gedi and it was a place where he could hide out and find asylum from foes. There are vineyards there, because the water is sweet. Grapes grow in the heat and sun and refreshment of the waters of the ancient springs. The waters will make other salt waters sweet also, as they encroach on the saline sea waters. 

Henna grows there among many herbs and spices. Henna is for beauty and gives radiance to skin and hair and often used for decorative purposes on the skin. A bunch of henna is a valuable commodity and it blossoms only every few years so to have a bunch of it gives such a pleasing aroma and echoes the value of her Beloved. 

The theme of smell is very strong in this first chapter of this amazing book and the aroma acts as an aphrodisiac to the woman who receives these flowers to remind her of her lover. Her beloved is the embodiment of this aroma from the heavenly scent of the Henna flowers. 

The beauty of the beloved it is a refreshment to her like the springs of En Gedi. The whiff of the aroma from the Henna flowers, reminds her of who he is, and of his beauty, giving meaning to her deep love for him. She longs to be with him in the springs of refreshment for ever and ever. Perhaps she also remembers the heady smell of the flowers in the vineyard as the grapes develop and as they mature and become ready to make the wine, the heady wine of the everlasting kingdom.

“You are a garden locked up, my sister, my bride; you are a spring enclosed, a sealed fountain. Your plants are an orchard of pomegranates with choice fruits, with henna and nard…” 

Song of Songs 4:12-13

The fragrance of the love of these two is overwhelming. It is a locked garden waiting to spring open and bestow beauty on all around. Aroma is encased everywhere, waiting to be released, like the alabaster jar of the Beloved Mary, as she anointed her truly Beloved. She anointed her Lord, out of love for Him and what He had done for her. She was a forgiven woman and she knew it, and showed it to others that day in the house on Simon the Pharisee. The scent of that perfume filled the whole house. Other guests were incensed. They regarded it as a waste of money, time and their pleasure. Jesus commended Mary for her gift of such love, telling the scoffers that she loved Him, more because she has been forgiven everything. The power of her love was dependant on Him, because she depended on Him, and was now expressing that love. 

Smell is such a powerful sense that we sometimes overlook. The prayers of the saints in heaven are portrayed as incense from censors that ever reach the throne of God. So this “prayer” from Mary was a sweet smelling savour that rose to heaven in testimony of her devotion. Her stance was contrition. She was kneeling on the floor at the feet of her Lord, in complete confidence that he would never hurt her or use her resources wrongfully. The sign went up to heaven and the angels wondered at her, and Him.

The other guests couldn’t understand. They had never been to that place, that cruel and rough place of the cross. This place is how we understand grace, mercy, love and the power of sacrifice. Grace is all-sufficient and grace will, lead us, always, the right way. 

“Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace .” …

Luke 7:47-50

Our Lord Jesus should be so precious to us, that we will give up everything, just to be in His presence and serve Him. He will be that sweet to us, that close, closer than our skin. We will anoint Him, honour Him and put everything on the altar of God, counting everything a loss, compared to knowing Him, who we love.

 “But whatever was gain to me I count as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things as loss compared to the surpassing excellence of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God on the basis of faith.

I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to Him in His death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.”

Philippians 3:7-11 BSB

His aroma will infiltrate our lives and we will be filled with the Holy Spirit and adore forever. We will end up like Him! We will want that and seek it earnestly. This is how we attain heaven, through faith and hope in the living Lord Jesus. Everything is as rubbish compared to Him, and He will cleanse us and I put His righteousness to us, so that we really live. Live to God with all our hearts, and bring Him, praise, joy, and enjoyment as He watches us and sees the fruit of that dreadful experience on the cross at Calvary.

The day His heart rejoiced

“Daughters of Jerusalem, come out, and look, you daughters of Zion. Look on King Solomon wearing a crown, the crown with which his mother crowned him on the day of his wedding, the day his heart rejoiced.”

Song of Songs 3:11

This is a sharing and learning and rejoicing situation. All you young people come and look. Come out of your houses and come out of your jobs and take time to come and look at the spectacle. The King is wearing his new crown, a crown presented to him by his mother. The king recieved his crown the same day as he got his dearly beloved. The crowning day and the wedding day were the same day.

So Christ will enter into his kingdom, the day all his redeemed people are brought into him. The day when all the people of God finally meet their dearly beloved, there is the wedding supper of the lamb as they enter into that eternal kingdom. All the family will be fully there and Christ will be the king and the Lord and the God of all the universe.

We can look at Him now even #as we read these words “Christ the King.” It will be remembered forever as the day when Christ’s heart rejoice within him to receive his bride. There will not be another day quite like this day. The people of God will also receive their crowns – their awards for what they have done on earth, and they will cast their crowns at the feet of their king. Because the Lord Jesus is the King forever there will be no pecking order. There will only be worship and praise and glory and honour and power to all those who love him.

This is a spectacle worth looking at – this is worth leaving what you’re doing and coming to see what is going on. Will we look and will we learn?

Christ also wore a crown on His triumphant fight with sin and death, as He wrestled with them on the cross at Calvary. That cruel crown, given to Him by sinful men, was significant of woe, sorrow and suffering, but was transformed on His noble head, into a crown of glory. It signified the suffering He endured for our sake, not His own. It indicated what kind of victor He is – humble, contrite to the Father, and full of grace and truth. It pointed the way of life that the Christian must follow if we are to overcome and reach our final destination, at that marriage shooter of the Lamb.

Solomon’s crown was from his mother. Jesus Christ received the cruel crown from sinful man, the glorious crown for His Father, and will receive our crowns as we place them at His feet in glory. All glory will be His, since He is the all conquering Lord and the King of Kings, everlastingly.

Dear people, this is love not that we loved him but that he loved us. The king of all the world loves his dearly beloved and we must make sure that we are part of that body of people who love him back.

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”

James 1:12

Narcissism

This modern day condition is curious. It seems to focus its main assault on the psyche of men, and some women also. It’s attributes are well documented in the media, and the discussions that ensure have helped many people to face extreme emotional and spiritual trauma in their lives.

Narcissism is an extreme form of selfishness, which is a moral failure in the hearts and minds of the human persona. It propagates all kinds of other failures, and if left unchecked, will results in tyranny, bullying, and very inflated thinking about oneself (megalomania). It seems to start with men in family settings, and the first affected by the outcomes of this disease, will be the other partner. Marriage will not last, and other failures will result.

The wife will be left to pick up the pieces, not realising what is happening, until, it is too late for her to do something about it. What will ensure is years of suffering for the partner, who will be put down, used as a drudge, and put upon like a stupid drone, who cannot feel of see or do anything to help herself. It will affect other family members, who will become contaminated by this condition as well.

The suffering partner can find themselves as the only person with feeling and a conscience, and will be therefore separated from friends and family, and made to feel very low about themselves. They will be reinforced in this position and can stay there for many years. The hardness that surrounds them, may also infiltrate their own psyche and they may find themselves accepting the situation as “normal.” Others may also reinforce this scenario.

The loneliness and isolation will erode self confidence and end in disaster for that person. The only recourse is to get out from the situation at all costs. It will be very painful, but the wife must get the courage to leave for he own sake and to take the children with her. Should she stay, for whatever reason, usually not understanding the hidden moral disease that is in the husbands heart (he is a good man, after all…) it will spell disaster for her and cause untold pain and suffering.

The victim of this narcissistic man will find herself constantly being put down and undermined and made to think she is less than everyone. Her work will be unappreciated and even, denigrated, and she will have to fight to get any recognition at all. She will ultimately be left out of the family and made to feel it is all her fault. The crushing blows of blame will destroy her own psyche and mind illness will follow from this course of treatment.

Narcissism is a great social evil, which has made its nest in the hair of our society and is breeding birds upon birds of evil dark forces, which are keeping women down and men in a complete disaster mode.

Someone must stop the rot and change the psyche, especially of the so-called, family man. I am calling out this disease, selfishness, and asking men everywhere to repent and believe what their maker is saying in the Holy Scriptures. If we are to save our souls, our families and our precious communities, we must repent and turn from this disease. Only God can help us. No amount of counselling will break this spell. It is straight from the pit of hell and we must let it go back there.

Get out while,the going is good, as they say! You cannot let yourself be consumed by this disease, and it will destroy everything you are, in the end. Get out with your loved ones, and let him get on with him selfish, conceited, paranoid, psychotic life, and make your own fresh start somewhere else. You will be alone, but God will, help you in so many ways, you will end up being so blessed and happy.

This disease affects every kind of family group. Wether you are straight of gay, you must watch out for your own mind health, and not allow yourself to be so brow- beaten that you get caught in the endless downward cycle of depression. All these things are connected, so seek the one who made you, read His Word in the Holy Scriptures, and you will escapes with your life, not always with much else. God is faithful and will not let you be destroyed. Be wise and follow Him and obey Him.

Narcissism is evil. Get away, stay away, and grow….

Unawakened love

“Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you by the gazelles and by the does of the field: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.”

Other people are brought into the scenario. Young people looking for love…the woman teaches them through her experiences. Though you are young and full of vigour, do not go after love until the right time. Do not indulge in physical or emotional relationships until you are secure about yourself. You cannot possibly understand the complexities of love if you do not understand some of the complexities of your own mind. Understanding our own minds Is one of the most difficult things that we can do because of minds are so complex and they change so rapidly. To mix that in with the mind of another person and the complexities of emotions requires a great deal of maturity.

This is why we need the right kind of parents and the right kind of counsellors and the right kind of mature and loving friendships. We will need council and we will need teachers and people that we can talk to you about our emotions especially, when they involve other people. We need wisdom beyond her years so that we will make wise judgements and so that we will walk our lives in honesty And so make it to the end triumphant.

The gazelles and the does of the field are vigourous and quick and light on their feet. They make decisions – snap decisions, but we must be wise in the decisions that we make. We must be thoughtful and hesitate before jumping in and making rash promises that we cannot possibly keep. We should be slow to make that the most important of promises to be with someone forever and I love them forever and we must make that promise with great thoughtfulness and great and deep wisdom. The desire for this kind of romantic love must not be taken lightly. It must not be awakened too early in a persons life and causing great problems but having to make these decisions when they are too young to do so. Desire needs to be kept at bay until the right moment. Desire must not be awakened early or it will turn into serious abuse, and great trouble with arise especially in the life of young women. No one should awaken love in a casual way without some understanding that they will carry the situation through to the very end. It is that serious. Casual sexual and emotional relationships hurt like nothing else. They hurt more than words and they hurt more even the marriage promises when they are broken. When the words do not match the actions they cause grief and bitterness and even rage.

Who can calm the fury of a woman who has been so wronged. There will be anger that rages, even like the fires of hell and it will turn into great grief for that person who has wronged the woman. But God will help the oppressed. He always helps the oppressed and the oppressor will suffer His rage and anger in time also, unless there is deep contrition and repentance. A furious woman is a disgrace to the man and will bring dishonour to his name and will bring blame and rage to his door at every possible opportunity. No one will be able to stop the torrent of contempt that she feels for him and she will make sure he knows it. Unless the Lord steps in and puts His robe of protection around people who hurt in this way, there is great loss.

Do not start Desire, before the right time and do not stop Desire before the right time for you will suffer a loss on both occasions. Listen to the words of the wise woman.

My heart loves

“Scarcely had I passed them when I found the one my heart loves. I held him and would not let him go till I had brought him to my mother’s house, to the room of the one who conceived me.”

Song of Songs 3:4

No sooner had the Watchman pass by than she finds what she has been looking for.

The woman suddenly finds the Beloved One…

She has held on so long and now at the very last moment her dreams have come true. She has found him, the one that she loves best of all. Her persistence has paid off and now she has her prize.

She holds him and she will not let him go. She brings him to her mothers house and brings him to the room where she herself was conceived. Family continuity is really important here. Deeply warm and sexual overtones as the true love passes between the generations. Perhaps she desires that others will be conceived here too and that she will conceive in this place the fruits of her true love.

How much must she have felt after searching to find her love? The panic gives way to elation. The frantic searching gives way to joy. The loneliness gives way to possession.

She will never let him go…

The message she sends in taking him to her mother’s house is unmistakable.

“This is forever and this is for me. I want you and no one else, and you are already the father of my children. We will make love, have love and be love forever.”

This is powerful text and not to be trivialised. Playing with emotions is a fools game. when you find your love, keep them close and make sure you both want the same things. Walking together is absolutely key. Having your own lives is not an option. You will fall away from each other and you will fall away from love and the love of God.

This is no one-sided male-orientated affair. This is a woman who knows what she wants and she will persist with it till she gets exactly what she wants and the man that she wants in her life and in her home and in her bed.

Even if she cannot find him she will persist anywhere and everywhere until she gets what she wants. This woman is a true woman because this woman has deep desires and she knows what she wants. She knows her own mind and what she wants from life, and she will get it and she will move heaven and earth to get what she wants. No family situation will brain-wash her into acquiescence. No education will make her change her mind. Her mind she has made it up and she will carry out what she believes to be the right thing.

Her heart also is secure in what she feels and what she believes to be emotionally true. She will search and fight for love with every part of her being. She will hold Love utterly fast. Her faith is secure and her hope is certain.

This is the mindset of the Christian and Christ. We hold Him fast in the same way. No lovers tryst, but the deepest of spiritual desires to honour and love Him, who has loved us and died so that we can have His honour too. We hold Him fast, as He holds us fast. We clasp His blessed hands and feet and kiss them with kisses of sweet love. One day we will do it for real, since or precious Lord forever wears our outer garb of human flesh, and will sanctify us also, even as He is sanctified.

“Therefore prepare your minds for action. Be sober-minded. Set your hope fully on the grace to be given you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not conform to the passions of your former ignorance. But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do, for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

1 Peter 1:13-16 NIV

All God’s people will be holy because He will make them holy. We walk our lives in holy fear, with reverence to our God, and that familiar passion for our Saviour that leads us into all service and truth. He is our motivation and He is our passion. We must never forget Him, leave Him out of our plans, or ignore His Word to us.

We bring Him into the sanctuary of our lives and share all we are with Him, who our soul loves. We are open and honest with Him, and obey what He tells us to do. We never let our fear and doubts get the better of us, and walk steadily and uprightly with our Perfect Man, until the great day of total redemption and we are finally the royal bride of Ophir.

Read the whole Psalm..

“Listen, O daughter! Consider and incline your ear: forget your people and your father’s house, and the king will desire your beauty; bow to him, for he is your lord. The Daughter of Tyre will come with a gift; men of wealth will seek your favor. All glorious is the princess in her chamber; her gown is embroidered with gold. In colourful garments she is led to the king; her virgin companions are brought before you. They are led in with joy and gladness; they enter the palace of the king. Your sons will succeed your fathers; you will make them princes throughout the land. I will commemorate your name through all generations; therefore the nations will praise you forever and ever.”

Psalm 45:10-17 NIV

This is the destiny of all those who love the Lord Jesus Christ. Who would pass up anything He bestows, and who would take up anything He hates. We must be careful and make straight paths for our feet. We remember who we are in Christ and walk worthily, bringing Him into our dwelling of this world, and including Him in every part of our lives. This is a true marriage and a true love.

God my Father

The Lord my God is my Father and Protector. He is the only one who sees me and knows me and will protect me. I am scared quite a lot these days – we live in very challenging times, but His love and power remain the same.

My Father God has made me, saved me from my sinful nature, and has lifted me out of the filth of my sinful life and set me on a rock. The rock is my Saviour, Jesus. I adore Him because of what He has done for me, and the dreadful price He paid to rescue me from sin. He did this because my Father asked Him to. He was obedient even to death, so I will never have to face it, as He had to. Death has lost its sting because of what my Father planned for me.

“Death, where is your sting? Hades, where is your victory?” 1 Corinthians 15:55 WEB

He chose me and lifted me up. My Father God chose me and lifted me up and gave me to Christ as His everlasting portion. What a privilege I have in Him.

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9 NIV

The privileges go on and on. I lift my hands my arms to you, Father God, for not giving up on me, and for bringing me to this point today, and knowing, because of faith, that I will be safe forever. You are my protector, and whatever happens to me, you will be right there with me. Speak, O Lord, and I will listen.

Then we say, “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3:10 NIV

When we pray we address the Lord, our Father, for He alone is our Father, and we revere Him and worship Him. The Father is the head of all things. We thank our Saviour Jesus for what He did for us, as we thank our Mother and Father for what they did and do for us, and we do everything right, in the power of our gracious and loving Holy Spirit.

“Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” John 14:23 KJV

What precious promises we possess, as children of the Heavenly kingdom….

My Creed

The absolute God

The Lord is the eternal absolute

He is the beginning and the end of everything that exists

There is none like Him.

He is the everlasting Spirit, who has always existed.

All power, glory and decisions belong to Him.

In Him we live, breathe and move.

In Him we think, feel and speak.

He is our Maker, or Redeemer and Friend.

I trust in Him with a full heart of love.

He rescues me and I am helped.

He has forgiven me everything, though others do not.

So, I will love Him forever and obey Him,

who has conquered self in me and made me like Him.