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..”

The heart

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“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Luke 6:45

We can tell someone who is not selfish, because they share what they have freely without complaining or wanting it back. It is not a quality that is encouraged in our society. Everyone is out for their own career, their own home, social standing, and so on. The idea that someone would let another person take the advantage, is considered a bit “odd.”

To lack ambition in this world, is not considered a good quality. The idea of giving things away, goes alongside weakness and even ill health.

If good deeds and words come out of a person, then they show what that person is like on the inside. These qualities are part of their character and have been learned and practiced for long years. The motivation comes from their hearts- hearts that have been changed and made good by God. This kind of desire for the good of others, does not come from ourselves. It is a gift and a strength from the One who is all good and all holy.

The evil that comes out of a person, is their own hardness and unrighteousness that comes from a heart, dead in the moral disease of sin, and so produces the outworking of that sin in their lives. It requires no effort from them, and is the natural state of all of us.

The words we say reflect our mindset and show if we trust in God or not. Our words show how much faith we have and what we are building our lives upon. What we say is so important, as it is the outward witness of the condition of our hearts.

To be a righteous person is not our normal state of being. To produce good works and lasting deeds, we have to be fundamentally changed on the inside. The good we do must be from a pure heart, or it will not last.

We can try to cover up our motivations and attitude in the eyes of other people, but not to God. He knows everything and will test our work to see if it is true or not.

“the workmanship of each person will become evident, for the day of judgment will show what it is, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s action.”

1 Corinthians 3:13

Ultimately, our words and deeds will be searched by the fire of God’s holiness and the perfect Word of God. If we seek God now and follow Him with a true and renewed heart, our work will stand.

The truth is, our good works are not our own, for every renewed person was bought with a great price, and our righteousness had been given to us by God. There is no room for boasting- only joy and thankfulness in the Holy Spirit.

 

 

What can I do?

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“Ponder anew- all the Almighty can do, if with His love He befriend thee.”

John 4:35 “Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.”

“Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony…

“They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”

Let’s bring in the harvest wherever we are…

Women who glorify God