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.

 

Acclaim (prayers for strength)

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Psalm 17:15 NIV
“As for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.”

Lord, give me the strength to not seek acclaim, vindication or praise in this world. May I look only to you and seek the blessing on the lives of others and to build them up that they will walk with you too.
Please forgive my self-seeking and the desire to be seen or regarded.
Purge away my pride and self-righteousness for your names sake. Amen

Lord, forgive the thoughts that rehearse the ill that others have done to me. This is not the mind of Christ. To be forgiven of this destructive treadmill, I must really forgive. As I struggle with it, help me to see that this is why I am struggling to get mastery- it yet has mastery over me and will keep me down as long as I hold on to it.
Give me the strength it do something positive to give the death-wound to this monster.
Give me pity, Lord for the sinner, whatever the guise he or she might portray themselves to be. Lord, give me insight so that I in turn will not fall prey to folly. Amen

Lord, if I would have your Spirit and have victory over all ill in my life, then self must be denied. The comfortable frame of mind, the blessedly self conscious thoughts will have to go. The fight is not for good deeds, but good motivations, that run deeper than action, and are never acknowledged. To serve the Lord Jesus is difficult and involves self-denial and the closest pruning of the thought realm, that the deeds will be true and sincere.
Lord, let me not ease myself off the pathway with vain excuses. Amen.

Lord Jesus, some day soon I will see your face and all my feeble efforts will be made beautiful by your deeds for me. What I have done and not done will be seen and my reasons and intentions will come into the light of your word and glory. Lord, I ask that I will have a lasting harvest and a crop of precious souls that will be there on that last great day. Let me see the light of joy and acceptance from you and hear those words that tell me I have served you well.
Lord, may my love for you overshadow all other loves and attractions, and may that love motivate me in all these days. Amen.

Eternity

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Eternity for the child of God, will be a knitting together and joining up of all the threads of God’s purposes here on Earth. We will know how every event, word, feeling, thought was put together in His eternal plan, and His glory will shine out for all to see. We will understand the thrills, joys, heartaches and disappointments and as we see them dovetail together the hurt and pains will evaporate.

We will be able to interact with every Christian and understand how even our hurts and wrong motives were used by the Holy Spirit to bring God’s will to full fruition. Our sins will be finally gone, and we will strangely understand how even they were part of God’s plot to save his people, and bring in an amazing harvest.

Hurts will be healed; heartache will be outlawed; sins will remain forever unthinkable; tears will never be shed, as the love of our precious Lord Jesus melts every heart and binds up every wound. Five minutes in heaven and regret, sorrow, shame and blame will be gone. The minds of those who are redeemed will share in endless joy- no barriers, no lack of skill or ability, but effortless peace and holy pleasures that do not fade or die. Our human psyche will be renewed as it was supposed to be before it was contaminated, and there will be no expression or evidence of negativity or elevated unreal thinking.

It is hard to take these kinds of ideas in, as they are not of our world or our mind set. Yet for the Christian believer they are realities that can be tasted even now. They are the small tokens God gives us to encourage us and remind us that we are not yet home. We must not trust in them to help us or put our faith in them, but our total view is of the Lord Jesus. As we see Him in all His beauty, we will see a reflection of that glorious place. As we look to Him only, and trust his word and seek to live it out, we will see those distant shores more clearly and we will find ourselves longing for that place where He is.

The world will tell you it is fantasy- fairy tales of the mind and we are kidding ourselves. Do not be downhearted the Lord has heard this too. Besides, you will know the truth because you are walking with a real Saviour, and no one can take that away from you…..

Psalm 16:11 NIV
“You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”

Out of mind

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2 Corinthians 5:11-15
“Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart.”

“If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.”

God has made himself plain to everyone. His word is not veiled or cloaked with academic words or concepts. He makes his truth plain to anyone who reads the scriptures and believes them and embraces the one they show clearly. To know God is to understand him and how his mind works. He reveals this to all who seek him with a true heart, emptied of all self and self-seeking.

Paul speaks to God’s people, though not looking for recognition or acclaim, but that they might support him and take pride in what God is doing through him. Not that Paul is concerned about how he is coming across, but is encouraging the Christians to look at the inner workings of the heart, that only God can move. He is declaring his work and words as motivations from his Lord Christ.

Unkind and judgemental Christians are labelling Paul as a “lunatic.” Paul is happy to be thought of in that way, because what he does is for the sake of God. Paul is so in tune with God’s ways that he seems “mentally ill” to many Christians. Paul does not regret this. He will be a “sane” person if it helps them to understand. Paul has to reign in all his thought, feelings and motivations, so that he can minister to others. His inner life is full up with rejoicing, prayer and the presence of the Holy Spirit.

He is compelled by the love of Christ. As Christ died for all his people and the ungodly, all have therefore died. Those who have died with Christ, are now made eternally alive in Him.
This death means a total death to ourselves and a totally living to Christ. Seeking the daily filling of the Spirit, in order to live for God and to God.

Am I level-headed to this world, or regarded as strange, too different…? Rejoice, as you look to Jesus only and walk his narrow way- proclaiming the kingdom come… He will make himself known to you, and you will rejoice in an inner life or joy, peace, love- the Holy Spirit will be yours and you His…

Women who glorify God