Away from it all

 

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God sets His people apart for His glory. We are not our own but are bought with a price, so dreadful that it meant the Father sent His only Son to die on a cross. That was the price of the payment for our sin. Sin is that serious and if we entertain it in our minds and hearts, it will ruin everything. It will take over, but in a way that we might not notice. Our hearts are naturally shaped for it and our mortal enemy knows that, and can manipulate our thoughts so that we end up justifying ourselves and therefore never repenting of our wrongness.

This is not God’s way and if we belong to Him, He will not allow us to stay in such a place. No one else can set people free from this trap. Only the Father can teach and release His children from this deadening grip of the enemy.

To get away from it all, is not a holiday, but a fight against myself. We use the weapons God has given us to throw off the sin that so easily entangles and break free from its chains. This is a daily conflict, but winnable through Him who loves us.

Some day we will really get away from it all and leave behind all the cares, temptations and woe, that surround us in this life.

For now, may we walk with Him and find victory every day in Christ…

More precious

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Psalm 119:65-72 NIV
“Do good to your servant according to your word, Lord. Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I trust your commands. Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word. You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees. Though the arrogant have smeared me with lies, I keep your precepts with all my heart. Their hearts are callous and unfeeling, but I delight in your law. It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees. The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.”

The writer of this piece of scripture, is wholly concerned with the reality of God in the life of the Christian. All the events of life are seen in context with the longing for the heartfelt presence of the living God to be always known. The duties and labours we all must fulfil from day to day, are many and difficult, and to know the constant presence of God must be our desire and life-long purpose.
The writer is not concerned with those who would cause trouble in the mind and heart, but for the over-ruling of a Heavenly Father, who has provided all we need in His holy word.
The sufferings of life are only tutors to teach us the skills we need to live a life of faith and total devotion to God. The Father sends them to purify our motives and strengthen our resolve to follow Him.
The daily motivation to keep going is love of Him and love of His holy word.
May we bow before Him and seek Him…

Thanks and Praise

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Psalm 103:1-5 NIV
“Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

Praise to the Lord is the antidote to distress of soul. In our most secret inner sanctum, the Lord is praised and His holy name is sacred in all the thoughts of the Christian.
There is a list of reasons to praise, which we must rehearse and meditate on, on a daily basis. The forgiveness of sins is key. The believer rejoices that the power of sin has been broken and there is no more condemnation in the eyes of the loving Father in heaven.

The Christian is free from the sentence of the law, that was paid by Christ and enjoys the freedom of belonging to the family of God. Our diseases are ordered by the Lord. He decides our sacrifice of suffering and shields us from many hurts we may never know. God keeps us in life, that we might know what it means to walk with God in a sinful world.

As previous slaves of sin, The Lord Jesus has set us free, redeeming us from the slavery of this present world, and making us inhabitants of His kingdom. We are kings and queens of heaven, crowned by the beauty of His love and given new hearts of love towards other people.

The redeemed heart desires the things of the eternal kingdom and is only satisfied with them. The effect of this is vigour and strength from the Holy Spirit, who keeps the heart and motivates and service for God, for His glory. So- we are daily renewed and made powerful in that strength not our own. Our spirit’s soar like the magnificent eagle as we draw near to Him who loves us..

Victory

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Romans 8
“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”….
“In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”

It is easy for the troubles of life to completely engulf us- our thinking speaking and behaviour. Suffering is suffering, it hurts, it lasts sometime long. But whatever we face, it is not even worth considering, compared with what is laid up for those who are trusting in God and have their eyes fixed on eternity, rather than earthly comforts which don’t last. This world is empty. It is vane.
Those who love The Lord are beyond victory! over all these dreadful things..! When we fix our eyes on Him- victory- eternal victory belongs to us..! What a Saviour..

Meant for

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Life is, in its final analysis, intrinsically lonely. We look for the perfect love, the ideal partner and the fulfilling job, but they do not fill up our soul or give lasting pleasure. We judge life as “empty” and end up living for the here and now, experiencing only the physical and shallow. Our whole world panders to this state of being. We seek to keep ourselves happy and indulge in the getting, having and enjoying. This is it…

But there are some who will not settle for this. Some who know and seek more- a lot more. There is another life, an unseen life that will last forever. Eternal life is a quality of life that is lived for God and in His power. It is deep and infinitely searching- purifying out the dross and making every thought beautiful and selfless.

Because it is unseen and unfelt in our natural selves, we disbelieve it. To get this life, we must give up our own human and paltry life, and confess our sinfulness and weakness, and give up to God. You will never seek it until God opens your understanding and pours in His light. This will show you the extreme ugliness of your human self, and you will run to Christ for cleaning. It hurts. It brings joy forever.

The crucial point is, we are changed. Our hearts and minds are renewed by the Holy Spirit and the real life begins, a life the leads all the way to a home where you will be the person you are not and the person you were always meant to be….

Turning

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I can’t bear to watch the news… What a catalogue of sin and pain… Some might say that the “civilised West” is ” reaping the whirlwind”…

But we are not in a position to judge… Our loving God still holds out hands of mercy. He looks for repentance from all our sins and the turning of our lives over to Him… This is the real issue…

Hosea 8:7-8 NIV
“They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. The stalk has no head; it will produce no flour. Were it to yield grain, foreigners would swallow it up. Israel is swallowed up, now she is among the nations like something no one wants.”

All we seem to produce is wasted- a chasing after the wind.. No one is benefited… We sell ourselves and our goods to the highest bidder. We don’t even get the benefit in this world, never mind the next. All we seek after is a transient moment of success which then turns to disappointment as the needs of society move endlessly on.

We who have been satisfied in ourselves, now have nothing to offer. We are barren, not fit for the harvest. We have become the outsider, the ones who need shelter and help, but there is none. We have given over our God and have settled for a safe seat in the pew and a settled social life that will keep us safe and secure. We are not safe and we are not secure, as faith in the living God has been replaced by the insurance culture of the Western psyche.

The East is turning to God out of great hardship and oppression, but the West, who have rested on their prosperity, are heading into night. The East that has little in real terms, and is working to find a place in a global economy. In spiritual terms many are finding the way to God and a vibrant life, even though lacking safety and security. Those who have been rich are now poor, especially in terms of spiritual life. Those who are poor in this world system, and finding eternal riches in Christ.

This is not the time for the church movement, the new strategy or the big church leader. It is time for individual Christians to see their own short comings and sinful ways, and to turn to God. Repent of our sins and believe that God will lead us according to His ways. God will open the doors and show His own people the way back….

God help us to humble ourselves and turn…

“My Lord and my God…”

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“My Lord and my God..”All that I am and have that is good, is not my own. If I could grasp that and the full extent of its implications, I would gave a different attitude toward myself and other people. Pride would shrivel up and die…
I look into my Saviour’s face and say..”My Lord and my God.” He is the beautiful One, the giver of all things good, the judge of all that is evil. The King of love to all who fall, the true hearts desire of every redeemed soul.
There is no one like Him.. The true heart desires His likeness and gives up every unworthy choice to know that blessed choice to be His own… “My Lord and my God..”

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