Resurrection day…

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JESUS rose from the dead and conquered sin and death and hell. All things are under His feet and He is crowned with glory and honour forever. This world many carp and quibble and defame His name, but He is all glorious. Puny people will make no difference to His power. High people will never bring Him down or stop His building the Kingdom of God.

All sin is put away and Jesus offers free and full forgiveness to all who will bow their knees to Him. Jesus is Lord of all, wether we like it or not, or wether we recognise Him for who He is or not.

We are offered everything, but we prefer and choose nothing. We feel comfortable, but it is an illusion in the real terms of eternity. When we suffer, we remain so slow to seek the only one who can help us in a real way.

Jesus is Lord… If His creatures will not cry out His praise, then the inanimate objects in the environment will. The houses, walls and stones in the ground will sing the praises of the Lord of glory.

Sinful people accuse; use His good works to mock Him; humiliate the Lord of heaven and earth; reject His love and mercy. This is the pity of the human race and its ultimate condemnation.

Complete forgiveness is offered to human wretches- grasp it, believe and know peace with God.

 

Suffering for sin

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Firstly, when the Christian is in the deep valley of the shadow, the sins of our hearts are paraded before us- sins of the past and false accusations for the future. We see sin as the beast that it is, ripping apart the life of the soul, and bringing pain and death. Our sins loom large over our psyche and the terror of reliving them crashes over our minds.

Secondly, when God’s child is in pain, the temptation to relate it to our sin is strong. We can see pain as the outworking of our sins and as punishment for what we do wrong. But, all our punishment was bourn away by Jesus, when He died for sin and fulfilled the requirements of God’s holy law, for our sake. Suffering is not so much visited on the bad, as on the good. God refines us through suffering and builds our character to be like His. Our sinful nature regards suffering as an undesirable state, but really, we are kept by God’s power in the middle of it. It is an opportunity to prove God, and build our faith.

But, One is near. He has fought the fight already, and we need never fear. The cross has been lifted high above the earth, and the Son of God has paid the dreadful price for us. Only He knows our inner being, it’s noble and ignoble aspects. He will subjugate our sin and fan into flame the rightness He has put there…

As we walk by faith, so our confidence and strength grows and we are made strong…

 

The gale

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The storm batters our bark as we brave the gale
Over the sea of life’s certain voyage to sail
Mainsails down we are tossed too and fro
At the mercy of the winds that wildly blow.

“All is lost!” the Marriner does vainly call
The waves break repeatedly over timbers all
She plunges down one last and final dip
The briny claims it’s own in a salty grip.

Down and down the vessel sinks
Hope seems lost, but a small light blinks
In the gloom a lantern beacons fast
To save the ship from the crushing grasp.

Follow the light, no matter how dimly small
As sailors sail she will lead them through and all
The lamp of wisdom’s bright and growing beam
Up the ramp of the waves as an ebbing seam.

Once more the daylight breaks as the hull cuts through
A vessel rescued from a shipwreck due
Up onto the surface the timbers hope portray
Gathering up the canvas facing the spray….

The bow pierces the heaving weary seas
The Mariners heave a sigh of relief as the breeze
Catches the mood and the driving rain appease
The fury of the tempest lies down and atrophies.

Vanity Fair

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Let us not be decieved, sisters, the pathway is difficult and full of trouble. We walk this world knowing it is false and leads people into a slavery that we cannot see. Vanity Fair will dislodge your faith and blind you to dangers. It will firmly hold you fast and keep you comfortable….

Caught up in the trip of a lifetime
Through the streets of Vanity Fair
Leading you a dance to the playground
Your life’s wish will be always laid bare.

We skip like there’s no tomorrow
The dawn will never recede
Like a game but a pawn on the playboard
At the whim of a master indeed.

The sights make me dazzle and wonder
Such interest that fills up my sight
Owning to me, such baubles as treasure
Is my daily and lifelong delight.

The crowds are so kindly and thoughtful
Bringing me a sense I belong
As I follow the procession down the high street
I become a part of the throng.

The filth, the oppression I fail to see
Taken up with the here and the now
Souls slave and hands are exploited
To see what the fair will allow.

As the mountain of debt and the squalor
Are masked by the glamorous highs
A veil over the eyes of the city
Gives birth to the offspring of lies.

 

 

One disappears…

Matthew 24: 41-44: Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

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This is quite a frightening passage of scripture. It describes a day that is coming and no one can stop it. The end of our world, time, human existence. The end of sin, suffering, and death. The beginning of a new age, the age of eternity, where only righteousness reigns, and only the righteous dwell.

At an unsuspecting time, people are just living their lives, when suddenly, something happens- a carastrophic event….The LORD of everything returns to His planet.
Some people will be taken away, and others left. Men and women.
Two women will be working together, maybe even talking together, and one will be taken out of sight, and the other left on the earth.
The one TAKEN is a Christian. She is waiting for the Lord, and has had her life cleaned and made new, through forgiveness. She is a women who belongs to the Lord Jesus, when He returns at the end of all time, she will go to be with Him forever.
The one LEFT is a woman who has never faced the challenge of Christ to repent and turn from evil. She does not think of Him, consider His ways when she makes decisions, has no love for Him. This woman is left on the earth, to face the judgment that all who are left behind will face.

This is a frightening lesson- a view into the future. It is very distressing, and some think the preacher shouldn’t preach it…

But we need to know, and you need to know. When we pass over Jesus, reject his mercy, it will determine where we will spend eternity. Nothing is more important than this.
We do not need to be afraid, as all who are trusting in Him as kept safe from the judgment to come, and He himself has made forgiveness possible.
JESUS RETURN is described as a “thief in the night” If you know when the thief is coming to your house, you will be ready for Him.
If you don’t pay attention, your house will be broken into and ransacked… We all need to be sure we are trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ, and we have right hearts and minds that love Him and are ready for heaven.

Dying embers

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The enemy rakes over the cold embers of a Christian’s heart, looking for something to work on. Looking for some life in the coals, that he can blame and fan into flame and use for his evil ends. The night is his choice time when he believes we are at our weakest – but the Lord Christ is ever with those who love Him. He is never weak. Yes, we do not always recognise His ways, and the hurt of that is very difficult to bear, but the Lord will teach and show, and strengthen us. He teaches our hands to war and our fingers to fight…

The enemy

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I know my enemy because I fight him. Satan has had me on the ground many times, his jack-boot on my neck… It’s over… I am a puny human and mere flesh and blood, but I fight. I fight because I have learned how to through times of pain and suffering. Strength is given from the Spirit within, who has all power- limitless and certain. We do not have to concede or fail. All power has been given to us, in Heaven and Earth, and Christ calls us to “ask and it will be give to us.”

The fear is what crushes the spirit and strength ebbs away, but the battle cry of the Warrior of the Cross speaks into the heart and mind. “All power is given unto me, in heaven and on earth… I will never leave you or forsake you…” Victory is the outcome for every believer, no matter how weak we feel or how monumental the difficulties.

To be an over-comer often means to fight and persevere through the deepest of troubles, maybe for a long time. We may feel we are already finished and as time trudges by, we think we are lost and hope becomes very thin. He will never leave you. It doesn’t matter how you feel, or how far away you think you are, Faith is not feeling, but a trust in Heaven’s Lord, who will never let you go.

JESUS Christ himself has put an end to all that accuses and condemns us, and has vanquished all powers as he died on the cross. Love has conquered all and the battle is over, except for the skirmishes we experience as the enemy tries to put us down. The great accuser can never overcome. Faith overcomes all things- a faith given by the perfect Saviour, who kept Gods’ law perfectly for us.

“Every arrow of guilt which Satan might have shot at us is broken, for who can lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? Vain are the sharp swords of infernal malice, and the perpetual battles of the serpent’s seed, for in the midst of the church the lame take the prey, and the feeblest warriors are crowned.” CHS

Our precious Lord Jesus, teaches us to wield the Sword of the Spirit and use the shield of Faith, so that our skill increases and we rise, as he rose, forever.

 

Women who glorify God