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Overcomers

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God is not looking for people who will just tiptoe over the line into heaven. He is looking for over comers. People who fight and speak up for Him and bring many daughters and sons into the kingdom.

Revelation 3:11 NIV
“I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.”
We must be vigilant that our minds and hearts are centred on Christ and the crown. The crown is not some gaudy, worldly golden trinket, but a life of sacrifice and service for the King of Kings. It is the crown of sacrifice.

As we fight the fight of faith, we overcome in the power of the Spirit and the crown is won. For God’s people this is a life long conflict and will require every part of our being, human and renewed, and will involve suffering of some kind. The Christian life is no easy dander up the road to heaven, but takes place in a battle field. There will be fear, failure and injuries, but The King himself fights with us. We have all the armour and the holy boldness that comes from the daily testing of the Spirit’s power as we fight in His name. The King himself fights alongside, so that we can learn His skill and His moves in the battle.

No saint who has been redeemed from the slavery of sin and the dark forces of the evil one, can ever ultimately fail. Christ has promised His victory is also ours, and the power of His shed blood can never loose its potency to save. So we go forward in His might.

“Not by might or by power but by my Spirit”
No earthly strength or might can ever separate us from our Lord and God. The over arching power of the Holy Spirit cannot be thwarted, we overcome in His power. There is no other power like His.

“Should all the hosts of death and powers of hell unknown, put their most dreadful forms of rage and malice on. I shall be safe, for Christ displays superior power and guardian grace.” Isaac Watts
We can fight with confidence that He will bring me through the day, whatever that day is like, to face the next one in the knowledge that we overcame yesterday. Day us built upon day.

As time passes and we find out more and more of that strength, so our faith and confidence in the Lord grows. The further we fight on the battlefield, the greater should be our exploits and we rejoice in the power of our mighty Saviour to be victorious. Victory is sealed and when the time comes, we enter heaven with those glorious crowns to fall at His feet with total joy…

Lord, may this be true for those who love you with true hearts.

 

God is free

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God doesn’t lie. This is not a restraint, but the perfect freedom of the Almighty, transcendent God.
God is not unfaithful to His promises- He keeps them because He is free. He is not tempted by unbelief or faithless tendencies in His thoughts for He is perfect. His motivation is free to think and act in all righteousness.

Righteousness, joy, peace, love, are the state of perfect freedom. A sinful state is slavery- slavery to sin and a binding of the soul in chains forever. Chained people cannot help but choose selfish ends and are not free to be holy. Holiness is a gift from God, who alone can wash the stained heart clean and set the prisoner free from the bonds of sin.

God is defined by His perfect law that law of liberty. Those who keep His commands walk the paths of peace and end in eternal life. God gives that desire and the power to do this.

When we come to God for a new life, we are set free from the law of sin and death and we get the freedom in Christ. Christ sets us free because He paid for the debts of sinners who come to Him in faith. This is perfect freedom, though in our warped mindset, we don’t think so. We think keeping righteous ways are a burden and a limitation. This is because we are  children of the darkness of slavery.

“Judge not the Lord by feeble sense..” William Cowper 
We judge our God, because we are wired into a sinful matrix and cannot break out without a divine intervention. We judge the Lord our God by worldly standards, and therefore prove our illegitimacy to holiness. We cannot help it. To break free is a lifetime of walking with God and realising increasingly, His perfections and our own imperfections. It is the entering in, as we cross the line into eternity and gain possession of our eternal inheritance.

God is wholly free. He is perfect in holiness and all His ways past understanding. Let us rejoice and worship the Lord with true hearts of faith and a burning desire for holiness.
“Without holiness, no one will see the Lord..”
Hebrews 12:13

There is a long way to go for every Christian. Our failures may pursue us, but we are not alone.
“…you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.”
Hebrews 12:22-24
We are not alone but have a powerful position, through faith in Christ.

May this world fade and our selfish mindset diminish and Christ become all things to us and we will be made perfect in His righteousness.

 

A heart like His

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“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.”
2 Chronicles 15:7

King Asa had a heart for the Lord His God. Asa was not perfect, but made a stand against the social and spiritual currents that lead people away from God. He even destroyed the work of his grandmother, rather than let it pollute the minds of the people. He stuck closely to the will of God- to obey Him and spread His ways among the people.
In the political and social turmoil, the prophet of God relayed these words to Asa…
“Be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.”
Asa worked to bring down the falsehood and rebuild the truth from God, everywhere he could.

People all around came to Asa, as they could see God was with him. They promised themselves to God and rejoiced before Him. God gave them rest from all that was troubling their lives. God knew that Asa loved Him and that Asa’s heart fully belonged to God.

This is what God looks for. He looks for a heart that loves Him. That is all we need. The rest God will easily give us when we need it. May we pray for such a heart and not be satisfied until it beats in time with the living God.

Walking

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A long time on the road has deep blessings and knowledge of the love and wisdom of God. To walk with him is the most precious thing and to feel his nearness is the remedy for every ill. The scriptures are in your hand and mind and heart, and the recall of them brings relief from terror and hurtfulness. The Apostle was right in saying that to know him and the power of his resurrection, is the Christian’s daily experience.

And yet there are times and situations that bring us especial difficulties, and it can seem that there is no one to talk with, or share, or ask questions that are weighing us down. These are times when we have no others to support us, and often, when the way gets hard and the going is tedious and worrying, we feel very alone.

To walk only with Him, is what we are aiming for, a place when his voice only, is our comfort and guide. To be so fortunate to have walked along with him and remain in Him, is the only thing. To bear his imprint in our lives, so that we need no other and to have his character continually impressed on our minds, so that we leave behind the earthly consolations and are satisfied with the Lord.

Why do our difficulties get the better of us? Why do we feel so cast down and perturbed about life? We do not need to be, as he is in complete control and has all things set out for our good and eternal blessing. To hope in him is a true and dependable state of mind, that will last.

His purposes are to make us to stand and even to stand alone for his sake. What if all Christian help and goodwill were taken away? What if people turned against you for some reason you didn’t know? What if you do take a stand for Christ and his purposes, but no one wants to know? Jesus will never leave you, or allow you to suffer unnecessarily, and he will spread the table of his delights before you, in a way that others will never know.

He is the living and glorious Lord, and if we remain in him, we can never fail, and he will bring us safely through everything and teach you his holy ways and will. This is what the Christian wants above all else. The unbelieving heart has no taste for this, or any desire to fight for it, never mind to perhaps suffer. Only those who truly know Him and have seen and submitted to him, can ever appreciate what it means to belong.

Once to have tasted that joy of his presence, makes earthly pleasures fade and seem insipid in comparison. To draw aside from the preoccupations of life and spend time in the presence of the Master, becomes more and more attractive. As our hold on this life and its business becomes less, so we are increasingly thoughtful of the spiritual life and what is being stored up for us in heaven. And conversely, this impacts on our earthly life to make us more aware and careful to follow Christ and be witnesses for him, and the light of his presence shines more in us as the time goes past.

However, the Christian is not meant to manage alone and God sets us in fellowships so that we can relate, share and support each other. When we are troubled, how good it is to have a loving family member or friend to speak to and help us in the way of Christ. It is a real and deliberate blessing from God to have a spiritual family to rely on and a group of people to guide us and point us in the right direction. To have a husband or wife to walk through life with, is an untold treasure, and that relationship should be fostered as no other. At times we can find ourselves justifying our lack of interest with home to follow “God’s service.” This is not God’s way and we ignore these precious relationships at our peril.

It is wonderful to be able to talk about problems we have, but sometimes this can get out of hand and we rely on Christian council, more than the scriptures and our personal walk with God and we stop asking for wisdom for our own minds. My individual walk with Jesus is so important, and is the main thing to pursue and develop.

If we should find ourselves in a situation where we are let down and disappointed and all others leave us, our prayer is that we will know him so well, that his power will be known in us and that we will walk consistently and powerfully in his ways. To seek to tell out that mighty love and bring many to the right path, means we must walk and not baulk at trouble or hardship, because that will lead us nearer and nearer to the one we love.

 

The Divine challenge

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The divine challenge: on matter, mind, math and meaning.

Author: John Byl

God throws down the gauntlet. Come at me with your best logic, reason and argument and I will show you there is more than you know. This book explores the mysteries of the three worlds, mind, matter and math.

John Byl displays for us the prospect that there is a meaning to life and he explores a variety of philosophies as to what that meaning may be.

It begins by exploring the world views, which have given rise to so much contention between the world system and the cause of God. The author rationalises using accepted logic to show inconsistencies between these world-views. The birth of rationalism and its relationship with naturalism, which has led to the accepted “scientific” proofs of origins and all human traits, has come to nothing but controversy. The naturalist cannot explain so many aspects of the human organism.

This is juxtaposed with the position of the Holy Scriptures. The differences could not be clearer and the stakes are high. The prize is the human condition; destitution or salvation.

The chapter “From mind to math” Byl shows the link between the existence of mathematics in the natural world and how it relates to God. It asks the question “Where did maths come from?” The author debates the existence of truth and if it can be known, and the roots of logic and where they originate. He goes on to discuss mathematical axioms, which relate to the various world-views and how these in turn inform our belief systems.

The two chapters, at the end of the book, tie up the ends of our thinking and give a rationale for a Christian view of mathematics. It has strengthening consequences for faith and the knowledge that God is also the God of mathematics, that subject which often seems so inaccessible to many. Byl discusses logic and God, infinity and the existence of the mystery of the Triune God. He explores the idea that numbers were created, they exist like God. Natural numbers have real, objective existence. These ideas many seem divorced from our lives, but the truth of them run through everything.

I thoroughly recommend this book to those who continue to seek answers to the critics of what we believe. We are on firm ground and God is the God of reason and logic, as he is of everything. “We can make proper sense of reality only if we abandon our vain pretensions of human wisdom and recognise it for the foolishness it is.” (J. Byl 2004)

Maybe we as Christian people should be more involved in throwing down the gauntlet to a world with no answers and empty arguments…

 

Child to maturity

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When I was a child, I thought as a child, I spake as a child. But when I became a women, I put away childish things, including the love of childishness and the desire to never grow up.

Maturity is not that celebrated in any circle. In fact it is denigrated and laughed at as quaint and old-fashioned. Especially funny are the ideas and thoughts of older sisters, who are handy for a cheap laugh from the pulpit. They are too gracious and polite to speak up…

To run from maturity is folly. It is a crowning glory on the heads of older saints of God. The young are wise to listen to their teaching and instruction, as the mature sisters are familiar with the deep words and promises of God. How privileged it is to learn from those who have gone through deep trials of all kinds, and can teach with illustration from real life.

Lack of respect is ignorant and short sighted. We may feel elevated at first, but people soon see our prejudice and bad attitudes.

Let us fix our ways before God himself teaches us respect. Who would fall into His hands?

Grow up. Get rid of the toys and childish preoccupations. Look at role models who lived for Christ, served Him incessantly and died proclaiming His praise.
Put off the folly of childhood and become the woman of God that you were intended to be – mature, wise, godly, full of good works and always pointing the way to God.

Is Jesus exclusive?

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The claims of Jesus resound in the Holy Scriptures. He makes it clear that He is not a “good teacher” He is not a “good man” – a man slightly elevated and set apart from other men. Jesus claimed and demonstrated that He is the holy God. He created the Universe, the Cosmos and the many distant world’s. He has always been with the Father. He is an infinite being who never had a start and will never end. He is Eternal Life. He is the Word of God made flesh. He is the Son of God incarnate, who came to save people from everlasting punishment. He alone is the way to God, the only mediator and Saviour of human-kind. Only He is able and willing to sacrifice Himself for the destitute race that is human beings.

This is who He is. The way to freedom, salvation and forgiveness is through Him. Only Him. There is only one way to heaven, and that way is on a His terms, not ours.

The path of repentance and faith is the only way to heaven. We face our sinful selves and bring our rottenness to Christ and He is able to forgive anyone who comes and trusts in Him. This is a supernatural process that only God the Son can perform.

Christ died so that humans don’t have to. He offers free salvation to anyone who will humble themselves and give up their selfish lives to Him. Our destruction is that we refuse Him and insist on our own way.

This is the only way to God. It is an exclusive way and has a single Saviour.

All honour, glory and praise is unto His name for ever and ever.

All those who believe and worship Him, JESUS the LORD of ALL, say “Amen”