Out of mind



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…

Hurrying to heaven


Luke 2:13-16 NIV
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off …

Those angels proclaimed God’s message of good news, that a Saviour was now born into human society. The Holy God come down to bring God’s peace, a peace beyond our human understanding.

This peace is for those who God loves and who enjoy His favour. People who have made their peace with Him and have found forgiveness and a new standing as sons and daughters of the Most High God.

The shepherds, as soon as they heard the news, went off to find this Saviour. They believed The Lord, and went down into the town to find the treasure of a tiny baby- a King.
They hurried to the stable in excitement and eagerness that they would find their eternal inheritance- lying in the dirty hay.
Whatever their human reaction the shepherds saw beyond their physical vision, and into the courts of heaven….
“He will be our peace..”

Mary, the mother of JESUS


They talk behind their hands
Even when I am by their side
I have become an outcast and unclean
All I do and say they secretly deride.
Fear has become my housemate
Things are not going as they should
Though unmarried and pure of heart
Gone is my maidenhood.
My burden is too hard to carry
Someone should stand by my hurt
Even Joseph is worried and unbelieving
Love to hate seems to slowly convert.
I believe in my God most holy
And trusting I take a low place
What ever is happening his perfect will
Will keep me in his grace.
Last night a glimmering angel
Spoke to me about His plan
To save a sinful, fallen world
And send the perfect man.
That man is to be born of me
How can such blessing be given
To one so small and lowly
By the Son of God forgiven.
My Saviour is my father
The Son born from my womb
Eternal God visiting Earth
To save us from the tomb.
I bow my knees in wonder
Because God has chosen me
To care for Him and keep Him safe
His earthly mother to be.
Yet look not closely at my life
I point to my Son alone
My Saviour and the Holy One
Who’s cross the way has shown.
The derision I have suffered
Friends to enemies have become
Yet to know my son – my Saviour
He my everlasting ransom.

Getting power


In tough times we change. Often we look for help, but there is none. Its no ones fault, but family and friends can be far away, even if they are right beside us. The truth is, no other person can enter the inner chamber of the soul, and read it and know it accurately. Only our precious Saviour can do that, and how well he knows us.

The absence of support causes initial pain and pity as we look for and thrash about for aid. Until we come to notice that God is near. When we call to him he strengthens us for real, and gives us courage, power and resilience to stand against the tides that beat on our lives.

This is what makes us strong. Help from others, can actually make us weak, because we rest on them and not on Christ and use their strength, rather than build our own.

For many of His children, God places them in situations where they are going to sink or swim. I will sink if I rely on myself, and I will swim if I trust in him. I have watched other Christians and myself, struggle and struggle, and call to people, with no avail…

The effect is, a new person, who has determination and power to face life’s difficulties, and prevail! A person who can make decisions, organize themselves and others, and has the backbone to say what they would like or nor like. Only God can do this. If we try ourselves we may become doggedly persistent, but there will be bitterness and resentment too.

Power is not what we think. It is not being able to get what we want by persuasion or force, but a relying on God to work in us and make us the women we are not. God’s daughters are not passive and sedentary, but vibrant livers of life for his glory.

Don’t worry or fret about troubles, even they are all in the plan, and your all powerful God will build you up and make you a power house for His glory among the people who are around you.



The Liberty of Christ


“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm then, in the the liberty that Christ has set you free, and do not be burdened again by the yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1

This sounds an amazing state to be in and a wonderful way to live. Yet so many of us find ourselves burdened with all kind of difficulties and the pressures of life are relentless. One day passes by another and we do the same old routines again and again. Is this the liberty we are promised by Christ? What am I doing wrong? Do I start doing things less well, or not at all? I cannot answer those questions here, but many of our Christian sisters who have gone before, have been in much more stressful situations than us, and stress is not reserved for modern life.

How did those who worked in fields day after day, for no reward, just keep going? How did those who endured warfare, watching loved ones killed, surviving by the skin of their teeth, remain whole people? Those who went to lands where they were not known, and laboured of souls with very little seeming fruit, what was their motivation for endurance? Women who have suffered abuse and have experienced their person being destroyed through dreadful acts, how do they recover with dignity?

The answer is the same for us all. No matter what our physical, mental or economic state, for the Christian, we are free people…. We may be in bonds of one sort or another, but if Christ has set us free from the chains of sin that hold every human fast, we really are free….

The outer person can be in prison, but the inner soul is as free as a bird… No one can take that away from the Christian believer. Women in difficulty know this, and this is the source of the power they display as they cope with their life situations. It is the same for us. Only Christ will do…

So, if I am a free women, I must think and speak and live like the free soul that I am. It is possible to live free even in dark days. The Apostle Paul encourages us. It is deliberate- a standing firm, and not giving in to myself of anyone else. I am not meant to be burdened down with responsibilities, and there is strength and peace to cope. The feeling of being swamped can just drag us down into the depths, but He will keep us and lift us out of any boggy hole we have got into. The pain of loss and disease can almost crush us, be we are assured that his strength is made perfect in our weakness and he will bring us through, stronger and wiser.

JESUS has set you free, so that you will live a life of LIBERTY and no one can put you in chains again. Do not let them… It easy to follow the way of sin and follow the crowd, and find ourselves fitting in, but the free woman has total liberty to think and say and do the right thing. Just imagine that… the joy that we feel in our hearts and souls, is the fruit of that freedom… Let is stand and walk and talk in the perfect liberty of Gods word and the perfect example of our Lord Jesus Christ.


JESUS the cornerstone

Faith and fear blog

Peter and John walked past a lame man, as they walked through the temple. The man held out his hands for money…Peter explained he didn’t have any, but told the man, in JESUS name to get up and walk.. The man believed and DID…!

Everyone saw it and as Peter preaches about JESUS, many people of all types, believed.

Peter and John were put in prison and the next day called before the authorities… The authorities were angry because people were believing in JESUS and not following them.

They threatened Peter and John and wanted explanations. Peter said the man had been healed in JESUS name- the only one who could deliver people.

JESUS is the CORNERSTONE- the one necessary stone in the whole building of GOD’S Kingdom. He is the one who holds everything in place and holds the weight of every other stone.

He is our Saviour- though the leaders had rejected Him- they had killed him but JESUS is risen to life again.

JESUS is our trustworthy Lord and saves all who call out to Him in faith…

More than curious


The authorities were more than curious to know by who’s name and who’s power Peter and John had healed the man who had never walked…

Peter was adamant and full of the power of the Holy Spirit said all was done in the NAME of JESUS. The same JESUS they had crucified and killed, who rose from the dead on the third day, as He himself had predicted.

JESUS was the rejected one, the dethroned king and the humiliated Lord of heaven and earth. Now He is the crucial and load-bearing Cornerstone. Now He is exalted above all and the only one who can save from sin and certain punishment. Only the Lord Jesus can give strength to break the power of sin in our lives and give the desire to vehemently stay away from it.

The authorities had murdered the only Saviour, denigrated him to suffer complete shame, but now the rejected one is their only hope in the face of life and death.

The seemingly weak man was now stronger than any force imaginable, and far above any NAME that has ever or will ever be named…

JESUS, our Saviour and the love of all His redeemed people…

Mercy failure?


The mercy of the LORD is comprehensive. There are no limits for the people who love Him, and he will keep us as we travel along in the depths. There are many reasons why women find themselves in the dark. The pressures on us are often outside, and demanding that we look and behave in a particular way. The need to look good is a multi- billion pound industry, and the seemingly unending array of new products, keeps us spending money. The pressure to not look “old” is built every time we look at the TV. The idealization of a “fit” body shape, and the business of keeping it that way, causes all kinds of systems to spend money on the necessities of life, extra-expensive…

All this can lead women into dark mind sets and desires, that further fuel the need to work long hours, and focus on the outward appearance of themselves, family, home, car, the list is endless.

Is this how God would have us live for His glory?

“Cast your burdens on the LORD and he will sustain you..” This phrase does not sound like consumerist culture… We all have a choice to have lives that reflect God and his love for people, or lives that grasp and toil for things that do not last.

We all at some point, choose the wrong way, and we find ourselves slavishly treading the mill of work and career, and find ourselves over-burdened and unhappy. We may not even know why we are unhappy, so we must work harder to provide better and make it go away.

When we choose badly and end up suffering the consequences, we have a loving Father who is always there to show us and help us out of the ditch. As we draw near to Him, He draws near to us and as we read His word, He teaches us His way and His standards. Even when things are our fault, his forgiveness in right there when we confess.

So why are there so many still labouring under the heavy load? Perhaps drawing near to our Lord is not that attractive, and we like the idea and feeling that we are providing and organising life in our own way. We are kept bound by the things of this life, the physical, the temporal, and eternal goals are not beautiful to us. Our minds are earth bound and heaven is too far away.

So we can see the root of the difficulty. My eyes are set on this life, and not eternal life to come. We have lost our taste of eternal life, and it has become shuttered over with earthly concerns. Our desires are out of joint with God, our perspective has gone right off the prize we thought we wanted.

At this point we need to take ourselves in hand, and do some serious self-examination. We need to check again that we have faith and exactly how it is manifested In the life. What have I taught myself to be important? What am I teaching others around me? What am I showing my children about the sacrificial Christian life? When Jesus asks for ALL OF ME, what does it mean? Surely He can’t mean everything??

It can get to the point where it is quite shocking… How far up my list of priorities is GOD?Should I have a list of priorities? Who decides what is important? If I put GOD first, then I can put the other things in the list? What things?These are great questions and when we pray and ask God to show us the truths in His word, we are heading in the right direction….

“How great the Father’s love for us…!”

Going on


We want to be motivated by the right things for the right reasons. If we receive praise from others that makes us want to perform, that puts our motives in question. Nor do we want their negativity to make us want to do the opposite of what is said.

Our focus and motivation must be on Christ. He must be real, close and intimate, so that our walk with him is obedient and sincere. All the strength of a Christian is in him and without him we are unwilling and unable to take the initiative and carry on, because without him there is no point.

Our love for him will fail, but his love for his people will sustain us and create circumstances so that we can continue each day. We  can rely on him and put compete trust in his truth and power and know his abilities running through our veins.

Let our ears be closed to the carping and criticism of the minds of others and ourselves. Listen to the truth of God and seek earnestly to comply with it, and apply it to the will, and then the heart will be warmed and love will grow, even for those who hurt, criticise, and ultimately have no regard for our person.

God has also ordained that we have other people – husbands, children, family, children and a whole network of support in our lives, to guide us, advise us and keep us accountable to each other. It is important that we make the right kind of friend, and listen to the right people and we also must be the right friends and family to those God has put around us.

All those who call themselves “Christian” are not necessarily true or reliable and we need wisdom to see the differences in people and insight so that we can read other people and situations that confront us. Our charter is the Holy Scriptures and in no other place is there to be found reliable teaching and guidance for every kind of believer and unbeliever alike.

It does not matter if what I do is unseen or unknown. The calling is to follow Christ at all costs and to turn our back on all others and cleave to him. His comfort is beyond all description and the comfort that comes from knowing and applying God’s word to my mind and life, is the ultimate joy for the believer.

Finding myself at the bottom, ignored, side-lined and rejected, is not an indication of lack of spiritual life, or devotion, perhaps the opposite, judging by the New testament. Let us remind ourselves to look away from our own position and to look up to the face of Christ. To know him as Lord, is the crucial motivation and that will keep me serving him and following him until the end of the difficult pathway of the Christian life.

Women who glorify God