The anvil and the hammer


The blacksmith, the anvil and the hammer

There are people who have spent time on the anvil. The hammer descends and forms them into the shape required of the designer. They brave the heat of the furnace in white hot conditions, and feel the fall of the weight of the blacksmiths hammer. The sparks fly as the semi-molten metal is beaten into the design and the unyielding iron becomes mailable.

These are the sturdy, the robust, the unmovable. Only as we face the fire, the hammer and the anvil, will we be any use. Without the heat and pressure, we remain rough and cold. The beauty is revealed in the tough trial and the strength is forged under the pressure of the pain.

God knows exactly what he is doing. The making that happens between the cold hard metal and the stress of the oven are the very things that make the person able to withstand the increasing difficulties of life. Strength of the heart and mind have a direct correlation to the power in the soul in the face of trouble.

The iron in the fire and on the anvil, battered by the hammer in the hand if the blacksmith, is sure to overcome.. Let us not ask for deliverance from the planned purposes of the creator of living souls. May God’s people be reshaped in The Blacksmith’s forge so that they will become what He intends…

” Strengthened in every good work..” 2 Thessalonians 3:17

“Strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience..” Colossians 1:11



Psychology is the sovereignty of God worked out in the human psyche. You can work it out. The reality can be faced and all difficulties and anxieties faced up to. Then – the code is broken… No one exists unattached. To understand our attachment to God, is a place of peace for the Christian. Fear vanishes as we trust more wholly on our Creator and Father.

It can be painful, because we are far from perfect. We run the gauntlet of a whole range of thoughts, emotions and ideas. These can be helpful or not. When we face the things that we cannot share with others, it can cause hurt in our inner life as we try to face pains and the consequences of sin, by ourselves.

We do not need to be alone. There is a friend and confidant that will stick with us and bear us through the trials. Jesus has walked this earth already and fully understands what we face. He knows us personally, our sins and failures,  and loves us regardless. He can instruct, convict and comfort us like no one else can. We need to come to His feet and seek His forgiveness, and he will lead us out into the green pastures again.

We are inclined to think that the people around us and the friends we know, are “real” and we need them. They can help us in the reality of our lives and we take their advice as insightful.  But Jesus is real- the relationship we have with him is real, and as we rely on Him and nourish our faith, we grow up in Him. He is closer to us than even skin, or thought… He is the Saviour of our whole being and the power of spiritual resurrection in our lives.

When we are sinned against it causes so many difficulties that we become trapped in a web of thoughts and feelings and are unable to admit the faults of others, or sort out which is our own. This becomes a kind of prison, and can only be opened by the knowledge that God truly lives and loves you and you are of priceless worth to Him. In believing His promises to you, gives the courage to keep going.

This fact snaps the bands that surround the troubled soul and the psyche reverts to a peaceful state. “I will never leave you or forsake you..” Jesus offers His peace and joy to all who believe.

Forgiveness is very difficult. If we have been greatly wronged, forgiving can be more difficult than the actual offense and cause us great problems. To really forgive and set our turmoil aside, is the work of God’s Spirit within us.

To feel and know we are worthless is totally debilitating. Only the fact of the sacrifice JESUS made for us on the cross, and the realisation that he is the risen Lord, gives us true worth and courage to walk on.

Wisdoms way: When you are overwrought, follow the instructions you have learned and you will solve it. “I am the way, the truth and the life… No one comes to the Father except through me.”



The gap between this present reality and the blossoming of the true life of body and soul, will be non-existent.  As the Christian steps over the threshold of eternity we will become more ourselves, than we have ever been, and a perfect image of Christ, which is our true desire. Never again will corruption, sickness, poverty or sin, ever snap at our heels, but we shall be truly free to extend our abilities, explore the many worlds beyond the space and time that we are presently confined to.

We will have no need of anything, and no strength will be lacking as we live as we are supposed to live, in true fellowship with the Spirit of God and the bodily presence of the Saviour. We shall be safe forever in the loving arms of a Heavenly Father, who has purposed that we should be there with Him. All our Fear will completely dissipate and love will be made complete in every realm, so that safety and confidence will be our constant experience.

I don’t know what I will do, because I wouldn’t be able to take it in anyway in this present restrictive atmosphere, but everything will be the expression of enjoyment, love and ultimate creativity.

No one will hold the Redeemed back, or remind us that we are only human. We shall stretch our hands out and praise our maker with every fibre of our being, and the strength of rejoicing will fill every part of mind and body as we fill up with his power and presence.

No longer will there be need for comfort or refuge or restraint, as the wisdom and majesty of God fills our being and we know him truly, and the power that raised Christ from the dead.

As we walk the ways of our life in the here and now, we walk closer to him with each passing day and feel and know a growing knowledge of his ways, truth and love, so that when he calls us home, we will go gladly, and it will not be a wrench, for we will be familiar with his presence and call out his name as we meet him.

What it will be to meet him face to face, I cannot know. To have no regrets, because he has washed them all away and to have treasure for him, to give him, will cause those wonderful words to be heard… “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Lord…”

What a gathering.! What rejoicing as we enter his felt and known presence for ever…




There is no salvation apart from Jesus Christ. We are all lost to God and deeply estranged from His holiness and eternal life. We are born sinful- not just sinful deeds, but hearts and minds that are hard wired to selfishness and sin. It is like a disease and infiltrates every part of our being. We are blind to God’s ways; deaf to His message telling us to turn away; stony hearts that have no love for God or Christ or the work of The Holy Spirit, and our persons in themselves are dead to who God is and what He requires of us.

We are in a desperate state. There is no way we can get ourselves up and clean up our lives, so that we will be acceptable. God is totally holy, pure, righteous and cannot accept us on our terms. The truth is we haven’t got any and lie dead, decomposing and sleeping our way into the grave and an eternal place of punishment – hell.

Perhaps you think you are doing quite well, and are a very nice person who reacts well to others and tries to treat other people well. After all, if we do not act and speak well we will have no friends. This shows up our problems… Our motivations for doing certain things are suspect and in real terms, are selfishness covered over with respectability. Our enemy keep us lulled to our situation before a holy God, and we walk through life being duped by our own thought processes.

Maybe you think I am going too far- people are not that bad… ?

The web of life gets complicated and as we go on in the world, the burden of guilt and blame builds up, and we all carry it to the grave, unless we are enlightened.

How far would you go to rescue an enemy? How long would you persist in seeking her in order to bring her to God? How much of you time and effort would you give for another? When we start to reach out to the people around us, we are suddenly confronted with a reality that we might not have seen in ourselves. People do not want to face up. People are happy as long as they have what they want. The role of selfishness in our lives is huge, but we might not recognize its various faces. How do I break through this in myself and another?

We might invite them to a meeting; talk to them about what Jesus has done; pray for them; give a Bible to read and some literature… That’s about all we can do… There must be a deep work in the inner soul, for anyone to be changed and made right towards, God. The change is spiritual and only the Holy Spirit can do this. Only he can show me my need for forgiveness and change, and awaken a desire for God and cleanness.

The love of God is so amazing, deep, all-encompassing. He is prepared to wipe the slate clean, and start a work in my heart, that will change me in every way, and actually make me holy. God does not need humans, but He wants us and has gone to extreme lengths to make people fit for heaven.

We are all “estranged” until God makes us righteous and brings us right into His family…

There is no other message like this – a truth that changes lives and minds and intentions, and gives eternal life….


A prayer


Thank you Lord for setting me free to live and worship and pray in the love and power of your Holy Spirit. I am so glad to be able to know I am a Christian and that no one can take me away from you. I am rejoicing to be away from the negative and soul- deadening words that drag me down and so discourage me. The words of your book teach and strengthen my heart and show me your self and what you are like and how you want life to be.

The vision of the Lord Jesus, your son, fills me with joy and I feel the strength of His live in my daily life. Thank you for such a gift of the gracious Holy Spirit, and his beauty fills my soul and makes me long to be like you.

The cares of life will always be with me, but to walk my road with my Saviour Jesus, is life and health and peace. How I wish to serve you and to know your power in me, welling up into eternal life, which makes even this life glorious.

Lord, keep me from sin. This is my greatest enemy and I desire a holy hatred of it and a godly fighting against all temptation and moral weakness in my character.

May my steps be sure and steadfast, walking in your ways, speaking your words and doing deeds of love and kindness. You are everything to me. I love you and would ask to love you more every day. May my character reflect yours and my desires be caught up in your will and purposes for my life.

Resurrection day…


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


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…


Women who glorify God