Saturday, 22 September 2018

The manual of Emmanuel

When we lived in West Wales my husband was given statins when he went to the doctor's surgery (he had suffered a minor stroke some years previous) .  The statins were causing him to have rather harsh pain in the lower leg.  I knew, from working in care work, that one of the side effects of statins was this pain.  I looked up the side affects of that particular brand and found that all the side effects listed were what my husband was suffering.  It was not just pain in the legs.
He went back to the GP and told him of the severe pain.  Then he was given a different brand of statins. I looked up the side effects of those and found them to have even worse side affects than the previous ones. 
I am being shown more and more that it is the Great Physician, our Father God, that I must look to for healing of any kind.  This morning I opened my Bible to read and opened to the page about Lazarus being raised from the dead.  There was a verse that I had underlined some time back, where Jesus was speaking these words to Martha, Lazarus' sister:- ' Did I not tell you that if you would believe, you would see the Glory of God?' 
It is all about believing and having no doubt, as stated by Jesus in Mark ch. 11 vs. 23 - 25:-
'Truly I tell you that if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and has no doubt in his heart but believes that it will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you , whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours, and when you stand to pray, if you hold anything against another, forgive it, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your trespasses as well.”…

There are two manuals that I can look at when I become ill, and it is down to me which one I choose, as reflected in a poem that I wrote many years ago:-

'The Journal'
I looked into the medical journal 
to see if my sickness was there
scanned pages from start to finish  
my symptoms and pain to compare
I found there all sorts of malignants 
from tumours to non - healing sores
bone fractures, coughs, colds and contagious 
diseases were there in their scores
I didn't feel better for reading 
I have to admit I felt worse
For the words written there spoke no blessing 
only page after page of a curse
So I looked in another great journal 
this too spoke of symptoms and pain
the symptoms were those of rebellion and sin 
but the pain there was all for man's gain
Yes the symptoms were mine and the rest of mankind
they were sorrow and torment and loss
but the pain was my Lord's to redeem many souls
as He hung in our place on that cross
So I'll close the big book that speaks only of strife
inflicted by Satan - the liar
and I'll open the book that brings blessing and life
The one written of Jesus - Messiah

The Bible is the greatest 'manual' (a book giving instructions or information) that I could look to for my healing.

Monday, 17 September 2018

Trusting in the Lord

Recently I was experiencing sharp pain, and my husband was telling me to take his painkillers, which do not take away all his pain anyway.  I know that the Lord has been telling me in my trials ever since I asked Him to teach me about sickness and healing, not to go to the world for help, but to trust absolutely in Him.  I had asked my friend in Wales to pray with me for the removal of this horrible shooting pain which had come into the inner joint at the top of my leg some weeks ago.   It would occur when I would turn quickly while standing or put pressure on my right leg.  I also asked a blogger friend to pray for this pain to go.
One morning I turned the television onto a religious program and the man speaking was giving a testimony saying that he had been given steroids for some illness but he actually got worse and not better.  Then, through prayer, he had been healed.  I went immediately onto another religious channel and a nun was saying to only trust in the Lord for healing.
I could hardly believe the perfect timing of this man's testimony and the nun's encouragement to trust in the Lord above all what man could do as far as my healing was concerned..
Later, this pain was so sharp that I was almost tempted to take the pain killers.  Then a car advert came up on the television on which a  song was being sung, and the word  'temptation' stood out very clearly within it.  I knew that the Lord was showing me not to be tempted to do what the enemy was suggesting in my carnal mind,  (to take the painkillers ), but to trust absolutely in His Word to me .
When I first asked the Lord to teach me about sickness and healing two of the scriptures He showed me in His Word when He began to encourage me to trust Him were the following:-
2 Chronicles ch.16 v.12:- 'In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Aza was afflicted with a disease in his feet. Though his disease was severe, even in his illness he did not seek help from the LORD, but only from the physicians'
Mark ch. 5 vs.25 and 26:-
'And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years.  She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse.'
Jesus is the Word of God, and Hebrews ch. 13 v.8 states:-'Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.'  and now, after praying with  my friend in Wales (who has also experienced healings from the Lord), and asking a blogger friend to pray for me THAT PAIN HAS GONE!! Praise the Lord.

2 Corinthians ch. 10 vs.4 and 5 state:-
 'The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.  We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.' 
I find the more I do this the more I am able to block the lies of the spiritual enemy who tries to get me to question God's Word, just as he did with  Eve saying:- 'Did God really say'.
I say to him:- 'Yes, God did say.'

Monday, 10 September 2018

Reason for my blog name

I have decided to repost one of the first posts I put up, with some slight adjustments, to explain the reason for my blog name.

My conversion to Christianity had been dramatic.  I had been very  ' worldly ' previous to my conversion, but had also experienced the supernatural presence of God through a healing when I was a child and a 'near death experience' during my adult life.   When I was about seven years of age, I was brought home from school because I was ill.  As I lay in pain on the sofa in our living room that late afternoon my father, who was a Christian, prayed for me to be made well.  I remember all the room appearing to turn blue and my pain disappeared.  My father had been a lovely person who often, when we children had arguments, would say ' Let's see what the Lord says ', and would find a verse in his Bible that would always settle the argument and bring peace amongst us.  He was quite a bit older than my mother, and died when I was eleven years of age.  I was actually in the room at his passing.  It left a great void in my life

' Father - where are you? ' said the child in despair
' father where are you? ' she cried
but in the darkened room there was nobody there
for the father she loved had just died

When I was thirty five I became a Christian and was baptized in water and the baptism of the Holy Spirit followed, with the gift of speaking in tongues enabling me to pray according to the will of God, as scripture says that it is speaking mysteries to God.   1 Corinthians ch.14. v.2:-
 'For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit.'

' Father - where are You? ' said the child once again
' father where are You? ' she cried
but this time it was not as it had been then
for now God was the Father on whom she relied

Through her deepest emotions - love, anger and shame
when her heart was in turmoil You was calling her name
When the hurt that she carried was too much to bear
if it wasn't for You Lord there'd be nobody there

You are always there Jesus though we don't always see
You revealing God's love to the world ....... and to me

 I immedeately began to feel a deep desire to tell others about Jesus and the need for salvation.  I remember once being on a railway station looking into the restaurant at all the people sat in there.  I wondered how many of them knew that we all have to be born again of God's Holy Spirit in order to enter the kingdom of God, and that Jesus is the only name under Heaven by which we might get saved and be reconciled back to God. 

Jesus answered and said unto him, 'Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God'  John ch. 3 v.3

'Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.' Acts ch. 4 v.12

 It made me want to cry, and there on that railway station I prayed for the people that I saw in the restaurant and all those who did not know about salvation through Jesus.
We were living in a flat in Adelaide, South Australia, at the time.  We had sold our bungalow and were in the process of trying to decide whether we should return to the U.K or move to another state.  That afternoon, after the experience on the railway station, I returned to our flat with this burden for people heavily on my mind.  I entered the flat and went straight to the bathroom.  As soon as I entered the bathroom I was aware of something deeply spiritual.  The whole room suddenly began to change until I was aware that I was standing inside a lighthouse.  I was looking out through a door and could see little boats on a very rough sea.  Each little boat was occupied by just one person, and I was aware that these boats were drifting out on the ocean, that the people had no control over them amd were in danger of drowning.  Then, just as suddenly, I was back in my bathroom, amazed at what I had just experienced.
Shortly after, we returned to the U.K to live in Lancashire,  We stayed with my brother and his family for six weeks and then were given a council house.  It was so strange that the keys to that council house became available on the day we entered the UK , but the house had to be redecorated and cleaned so the keys were not given out until six weeks later.

Within a short time the Lord led me to some other Christians and added to us until eventually a church became established.  We used to pray and intercede for the area constantly and the Lord continued to add to us.  At that time I suddenly started to write poetry and songs, some which seemed to minister to people and some which were my own personal prayers, which the Lord sometimes answered within the poem itself.  I still had this burden for outsiders which had become even stronger.  I felt like I wanted to stand outside in the street and tell everyone about Jesus but did not know how to.  I prayed to the Lord and felt that all my frustrations, and the answer to them, came out in this poem.

No need to tell You Father what joy is in my heart
no need to tell this family of which I'm now a part
but when I try to tell the world about the way I feel
my words do not express Lord Your love which is so real
'Just put your trust in Me child'  You always seem to say
'Be gentle and forgiving - Jesus shows the way'
I call the world through Jesus, this you know is so
for when you first sought Me child I said 'To Him you go'
So do not worry for the world, for he who seeks will find
just rest, surrounded by my love - life's chains no longer bind
and when you've learnt your Father's ways,
each day to you revealed
then you too will show the world just how my love is sealed

This settled my heart to know that I did not have to worry about other people being visited with salvation, that God was in control, but I also felt that He was going to lead me into evangelism.
The area that we were living in, like most areas, housed some drug addicts and heavy drinkers, and a lot of my prayers were out of concern for them.  One day I read in a newspaper how a nightclub called 'The Lighthouse' had been burned down and people had died in the fire.  I cried bitterly as I recalled my vision and related the loneliness and despair of the people in their little boats on the ocean in my vision to the loneliness and despair that I knew existed in the world of club night life and its so called 'joys'.  I cried for the people who had died in their 'Lighthouse' without maybe ever having experiencing the joys of knowing the Lord.  This anguish also came out in the form of a poem, which I called ......

The Lighthouse

Father I'm in the lighthouse, I'm in Your sanctuary
saved from the perils of the world - plucked from the stormy sea
No longer in life's darkness, a light was shone for me
and not because I was righteous, but because I needed to be
Father I see many people outside upon the waves
tossed about in their boats of fear, seeking the hand that saves
They're drowning in the ocean of misery and pain
striving to keep feom sinking - but labouring in vain
Father send them Jesus, just like You did with me
shine the light towards them and change their destiny
Cause them to see their Saviour, Your wonderful, precious Son
bring them into Your kingdom, and let Your will be done
Father how I love You, and want to praise Your name
I'll bless the name of Jesus ...... and thank my God He came

The Lord started to bring people from the area I was living in across my path, and some of these people woould come to my home for prayer meetings, and would come to church.  Meanwhile I would discuss my desires with a lady friend at church who spoke about maybe the two of us opening a coffee shop called 'The Lighthouse', but nothing came of it.
After living in Lancashire for two years we returned to Bridgend to live and I started attending church where I met my friend, Paula.  We started meeting together regularly for prayer and realized that we were united in the Spirit as far as the burden for the unsaved was concerned.  Paula started writing poetry and songs, and we realized much of our poems appeared to be evangelistic in nature.  We sought the Lord over them and felt we were instructed by Him to put these poems into leaflet form, with corresponding scriptures, and go out into the 'highways and the byways' with them.  This we did .
Soon after, we felt the Lord directing us to Cardiff prison with out poetry and songs, with the Lord telling us that He had 'set before us an open door'.  We went to Cardiff and on the way to the prison we called at the ladies toilet in the market.  I went to put money in a door with 'vacant' on it, and a lady stood at the sink said 'That one's not working, someone just put money in and it would not open'.  I had already dropped the coin into the slot, so I tried to slide the catch across, and the door opened.  'That's strange' the lady said, it would not open just now'.  When I came out of the cubicle someone else put money into the slot and the door would not open.  Both Paula and myself felt that this was a sign going together with the scripture the Lord had given us concerning an open door to us going into the prison. 
We went to the prison only to be told that the chaplain was the one we should speak to and that he was not there that day.  I immediately wrote a note telling him what we felt to do and we left my phone number and some of our leaflets to be given to him.  He contacted me on the following Wednesday and, after an arranged meeting, invited us to be prison visitors on the lifers' wing. 
This we did for eighteen months, and during that time were allowed to evangelise to the prisoners, freely sharing our poetry and songs ( even being allowed to take my guitar in) whilst doing so.  We both felt this was our calling from God, to evangelise to those in despair.  I had already shared the story of my vision with Paula, we started to pray to the Lord for 'The Lighthouse', a place where people could come to have a cup of coffee and the gospel, people who may not initially come into the established church buildings.  The Lord had for some time been telling us that we would be a light to the gentiles, and to set the prisoners free, and giving us the ministry to do it through our poetry and songs as well as verbal witnessing.  He was opening doors for us to do this constantly.
One night a friend left a book she was reading in my car after I had dropped her off.  The next morning I read the book.  It was about a man who had also felt a burden for the lost and a desire to have a similar kind of place.  The Lord had provided this place and also the money to purchase it.  I felt that the Lord could be confirming to me through this book that one day there woould be a place called 'The Lighthouse'. 
That afternoon I had invited my sister and brother in law to my house and also invited Paula.  I was so excited about what I felt was happening that I was determined to tell Paula when I saw her that I believed the Lord was speaking about 'The Lighthouse' cafe.  As Paula came through my back garden gate that afternoon I said 'Paula, I think the Lord is speaking about the Lighthouse.'  She was amazed.  She said that she had been waiting for the bus to come up to my house.  She had to go to the bus stop in Market Street in Bridgend because the bus station was closed.  As she sat on the bus she noticed a property for sale across the road, a business property which had been used as a video shop.  She did not think anything of it until the bus went around the town in a full circle coming back to the same place and she was once more right opposite this shop.  Now she felt that her attention was being brought to this property, and she thought about 'The Lighthouse.  'Lord', she said, 'If You are pointing this property out as the future Lighthouse then have Brenda say to me when I see her, 'I think the Lord is talking about 'The Lighthouse'.
We decided to go to enquire about the property.  Shortly after, I had a dream in which someone was saying to me 'You have to move into number thirty five'  I told them 'I don't want to move into thirty five, it hasn't got a garden'.  When we were shown around the property we were told it was number thirty five, and it was up for sale for thirty five thousand pounds.  We didn't have the money and someone else bought it, an Indian man.  We prayed about this and still we felt that the Lord was speaking about 'The Lighthouse', telling us through Joshua ch.1 that we would go in and possess the land, and through Esther ch.4 that we had come for such a time as this.  Paula actually went to work for the man who had bought the property.  He owned bed sits in another part of town as well, and she went to clean them.  I used to go with her sometimes and the Lord gave us many opportunities to witness to the tenants, who were mostly young males.  At one time Paula thought she might sell her house and try to buy the property in Market Street, it had a flat upstairs, but she did not have enough money to do so.  Several times we were offered the chance of renting the property, but we did not have enough money and planning permission was refused for a cafe at that time because of the fact that there was no pavement fronting it.
About this time I started creating laminated poetry wall hangings, little cards, painted picture poems and other little Christian crafts, and Paula started making crocheted shawls, bags and other  crafts, these  increased and we often thought they would be suitable for selling and displaying in 'The Lighthouse'.  The property in Market street was let to several people but never for any length of time until, I believe, it became a hairdressers several years ago.
I had stopped thinking about the property becoming 'The Lighthouse', then something happened.  I had been to Neath with my husband and while there a lady came into my mind whom I had not seen or thought of for some years.  The next day I saw her in Bridgend and she had a young man with her who was concerned about something that had happened to him that he felt he had no control over and did not understand.  I gave him one of my Christian leaflets that I felt would speak directly into his situation, and he asked if I would come to the lady's house soon to speak with him.  The lady also invited me to her house, and asked me to pray for her, that she had to go into hospital becaus she had cancer.  She told me that the last time I had seen her I had given her a poem because she was upset about something, that it had helped her and that she had also passed it on to a man who had lost his sixteen year old son.  She then asked if I would write her another poem because she was sick.  I told her that I had a poem which I believed would speak to her, and that I would bring it with me to her house.  I asked if I could bring a friend with me and she said I could.  Paula said she would come with me and I rang up a couple of days later, when this lady told me of a friend who had tried to kill herself.  I arranged for us to go that afternoon, and took with me another poem and scripture for the friend.  During the couple of hours we spent there, several peoples' lives were shown to be in such darkness, and yet I could see the Lord's purpose in our visit.  the lady we were visiting had previously had an experience where she believed that God had brought a friend out of a coma as a result of her seeking Him.When I came home I started to think about the need for the Lord to be in everyone's life and over the next few days I felt the need to pray and to intercede, crying for these people.  One evening shortly after, I was tidying up my files on my computer when I came across something I had not seen for years, I had forgotten that it was on my computer.  It was a letter to the owner of the shop in Market Street, asking him if he would let Paula and myself rent the premises.  The letter was dated November 26th 1998.  As I read the letter on my computer screen I realized that the date that day was also November 26th, nine years later.  I had to ask myself, 'Is the Lord in this?'
Some strange things happened during the next couple of weeks.  I was putting a little booklet together called 'The world lies in darkness'  The church that I was attending was open at night on weekends to allow people who might need help to come in.  There are many pubs and clubs open in the town and people sometimes get injured in fights or become distressed, and pastors from the town's churches patrol the area.  It came into my mind that it might be nice to leave the booklet around for them to read if they wished.  I thought I might take it to the pastor of the church.  I took it down on the Tuesday ladies' meeting and he was there preaching about being a light to the gentiles.  I had given him the book when I walked in and could not help but notice that so many things that he preached were similar to what was in the booklet.  I also thought about the Lighthouse poem being in the front of the booklet and wondered, once again, if the Lighthouse cafe might come into being.
Shortly after, we were in the process of moving to Llandybie, near Ammanford in West Wales, and I thought 'What about the Lighthouse?' Then the banker made a mistake twice in my name, calling me Sandra, and printing out insurance cover twice with that name on it.  I thought about how the building we wanted for the Lighthouse used to be called 'Sandra's'.  Sandra means 'one who helps men' or exciter of love', and that is part of the work of the Holy Spirit in us.  Since coming to our new home my prayers for what I am to do with all that I feel I have been brought to write have increased passionately, and also my thoughts are once again on the 'Lighthouse cafe'.

Friday, 17 August 2018

Three aspects of love

Recently the word 'love' has come up in a blogger friend's post.  The strange thing is that for days I have been singing the song  'A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another as I have loved you'.
I have several of my poems and pics in my workroom that speak of love so I thought I would put three of them in this post.  One of them I may have put in a blog post a while back, I am not sure. They speak of different aspects of love.
The first one is a love that a person would feel for a person they desire to spend their lives with, put in a romantic way.
If I could take a blackbird's song and threads of golden twine   
and lily pads of palest green from ponds like sparkling wine
with fragrant herb and meadow grass and drops of morning dew
I'd make a pillow soft and fair and lie and dream with you
We'd dream of walking on a path of wonder and delight
midst fragrant rose and hyacinth where there would be no night
We'd bathe in crystal rivers 'twixt banks of luscious green
see dragon flies with whisper wings of colours never seen
We'd roam on hills of heather, no shoes upon our feet
and time would never matter would be so sweet
I'd send my gift on swallows' wings, no words would need be said
For all the love I have for you would lie beneath your head
The second one is a love that I have received from my husband all our married life, a kindness that automatically causes someone to do something for someone they love ( put in a humorous way:-) )  This was a poem that I put in an anniversary card I sent to him.


I'd like to send you special thanks for all you've done for me
and to wish you on our special day 'Happy anniversary'
But there's just one thing I'll ask of you before you settle down
Would you fix the carburettor so that I can drive to town?
and find a lead to trail behind to combat all that static
and when you've finished with the car put floorboards in the attic
And if you think these jobs are small, to do them you are able
would you go into our bedroom and mend my dressing table
Please don't think I'm nagging you or taking you for granted
I know you've laid the patio but the lavender's not planted
But after all is said and done I think that I'm quite blessed
to have a husband good and kind when you've just got a PEST !!!

The third poem is about a love that is above and beyond all that my heart could desire.  It is the love of God that I encountered when I became born again of God's Spirit through believing in His Son Jesus and being baptized.  I had to learn, and am continuing to learn, God's ways through the teaching of the Holy Spirit,  and know that His thoughts and ways are far above my carnal ways and thoughts.

YOUR LOVE IS .......
Your love is a power, a life giving line
that stretches from Heaven to this heart of mine
giving life to a soul that once was dead
lifting hands that hung down as if weighted with lead
and causing a tongue that sang only of fear
to sing a new song to all who will hear
Now this heart responds to Your love that heals pain
like a rose that unfolds to the gentle rain
My soul awakens and leaves the grave
reborn by Your Word that came to save
With hands lifted high, all heaviness gone
I honour my Saviour the Holy One
My tongue praises God for His two edged sword
and the song that I sing says .....
'Jesus is Lord'

'Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends, you are my friends if you do whatsoever I command you'   John ch. 15 v.13

 I continue to say .....


Friday, 1 June 2018

Is tradition cancelling out truth?

A few nights ago I had a very vivid dream.  I was stood outside the door of an office in a church.  Inside the office was  a man who had been allotted as the pastor of the church.  I had some money in my hand that I knew I had to give him, but he would not open the door to receive it.  It was as if in the dream I could see through the door and the man was sat at his desk, knowing that I was there with the money, but had no intention of getting up to come and collect it.
When I awoke the dream spoke spiritually to me almost immediately.  The spiritual meaning of money, as in silver and gold, is 'wisdom and knowledge (or understanding)', and if we have been given any spiritual wisdom or knowledge to share for the good of the church then it must be shared.  In my dream my gift of 'wisdom and knowledge' was not being allowed to be shared, as the person in charge was not accepting it.   This is not scriptural.
1 Corinthians ch. 12 vs. 7-11 states:-
'Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit,  to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.'
This was the second vivid dream that I have had over the last few weeks speaking of gifts given by God .  The first one was as follows:-
I was stood in front of a man, holding in my hand a sheet of paper on which was written a song that I felt God had brought me to write some time back.  I suddenly put the sheet of paper down the front of the man's tee shirt up against his chest.  After a while I reached into his tee shirt to take it back, but it was not there. 
 I awoke knowing the meaning of that dream also.  I believe I was being shown that whatever God gives us to share is not ours to keep.  The song referred to not letting our hearts be hardened regarding learning the Father's ways, and that is why I believe it was put against the man's heart.
Both of these dreams have spoken to me about the necessity of, and reason for sharing, the gifts that have been given to each of us, as stated in the following two verses in the New Testament, and many more.
Ephesians ch. 4 v.12:-
 'to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up'

1 Peter ch.4 v.10:-

"Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others..."

Revelation ch. 22 vs. 18-19 states:-

I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.

If things are added to or taken away from scripture, then it adds to or takes away from the word of God.  Today there are many 'denominations' within the church, and within the doctrines of some of them words have been added and scripture has been taken away. 
If we jiggle some of the letters of the word 'denominations' around it can spell 'demonisation', and that is what is happening sometimes.  The devil is a liar and a thief, and can present himself as an 'angel of light' by bringing a lying spirit within the church through man made doctrines which add or take away from the truth.  A liar speaks something that is not true  and a thief takes something away,  and this is what the lying spirit is trying to do within the church.

I have this picture of my darling little cat in the garden.  I know and love my cat and recognize her no matter what might be partially hiding her.  So too do I know and love my Lord and recognize His Word of truth no matter what the spiritual enemy might be trying to add or take away from it through the doctrines of man.

Ephesians ch. 6 v. 12 says:-

'For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms,'

So this why we must always search the scriptures to see if what is spoken in church gatherings is true, and come together according to the instructions contained within 1 Corinthians ch. 12 vs. 7-11

Monday, 25 December 2017

Second chance

Once again I have felt led to repost something I wrote some years ago on my blog, to give all glory to God and His Son Jesus, and their presence in my life:-

The following is a song that I wrote after I had come to know Jesus as my Saviour, and was one of the songs I used to sing in the streets with a Christian friend.  I write this song on my blog as a testimony to the love and compassion that I have found in that Saviour.

Second chance

Listen all you people there's a story to be told
a wondrous tale of beauty talked about in days of old
It speaks about a mystery, a beautiful romance
how the God of all creation gave this world a second chance
A second chance to walk with God, to become His holy child
to be rescued from our wretchedness, and to Him be reconciled
by believing on Jesus, the lamb who was slain
that we might be accepted by the Father again
No more to be in torment, no more to be in shame
when we trust on our Saviour and the power in His name
Yes the Father sent Jesus just to save you and me
He's the bread sent from Heaven, He's the life-giving tree
So turn from your hard labour, come out from slavery
for the Son of God released you on that cross at Calvary
Don't let sin be your master, come shout sing and dance
for the Lord God of Heaven has given us a second chance

There are two other songs which I felt to put on this post.  The first one is a song in which I felt the Lord was speaking to me, and the second one is me speaking to God, in a prayer that I made, and still do make, for others.

Weep no more child

Lost in the world, I was entangled in sin and shame
Lord that was when I met You
Then from my grave I heard You calling, calling my name
with a voice that was gentle but true
'Turn around my child, and look at me'
were the words that were piercing my heart
'Turn around from your sin, be set free
come to me and make a new start'
Then water so pure and crystal clear
was washing away all my doubt and my fear
and the tears ran free, as you said to me......

'Weep no more child, I have bought your peace
I have suffered in your place
All the blows the world has dealt you
I have taken on my face
Turn around, turn around and I will forgive
Turn around, turn around, turn around child and live
For I take no pleasure in the death of a soul
Turn around, seek my face child, and I'll make you whole

Strive no more child, I can bring release
I regained what you had lost
Righteousness was purchased for you
when they nailed me to that cross
Turn around, turn around, and I will forgive
Turn around, turn around, turn around child and live
For I take no pleasure in the death of a soul
Turn around, seek my face child, and I'll make you whole

Sin no more child, turn and look at me
see that I have paid the price
So that you could have salvation
I became the sacrifice
Turn around, turn around and I will forgive
Turn around, turn around, turn around child and live
For I take no pleasure in the death of a soul
Turn around, seek my face child, and I'll make you whole


Somewhere someone's hurting Lord
somewhere someone's hurting
A wife has left her husband
and he's crying in despair
he doesn't know there's a comforter
he doesn't know You're there
Lord reach out and comfort him
send help from above
send help from the sanctuary
let the world see Your love

Somewhere someone's dying Lord
somewhere someone's dying
The doctors shake their heads and say
' There's nothing can be done '
but they've never seen a miracle
performed by God's own Son
Lord reach out and heal him
send help from above
send help from the sanctuary
let the world see Your love    

Somewhere someone's crying Lord
somewhere someone's crying
her tears are shed for all mankind
she knows the end is near
but she doesn't know there's a perfect love
that casts out every fear
Lord reach out and love her
send help from above
send help from the sanctuary
let the world see Your love

Somewhere someone's waiting Lord
somewhere someone's waiting
They've heard there's hope in Jesus Christ
the name above them all
so they're waiting for their Lord's return
responding to Your call
Lord, you've reached out to us
God sent help from above
He sent help from His sanctuary
when He sent You, His perfect love

In my thirty five years of knowing Jesus, I have come to know, and am still learning about, that perfect love of God  that wants to change us into the image of His Son, but understands that we are flesh.  I have never come across anything so compassionate, longsuffering and powerful.  That love has the ability to change me, not by force, but by placing in me the knowledge that the change would bring about the most beautiful peace in my soul that I could ever imagine.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

The Substitute

 I just feel led to repost a post I put up a few years ago, as I feel very strongly about this subject.

Where will You be Lord this Christmas
Where will You be Lord this Christmas
as far as the world is concerned
out of all that You've taught us these two thousand years
is there anything anyone's learned
Do they know that Your judgement is coming to all
do they know there's an end to Your grace
that Your Spirit will not strive forever with man
that there's always an end to a race
Can't they see all the signs of Your coming
how your truths are all being unfurled
of the earthquakes, the wars and disasters
and the lawlessness gripping this world
Have we chosen to each go our own foolish way
do we all sing our own selfish song
are we doing what's right in our own blinded eyes
even though we know You say it's wrong
Has the world turned its back on You Jesus
do they think the cross lies in the past
can't they see it was just the beginning
that the end's spinning close very fast
Yes where will You be Lord this Christmas
in a world full of darkness and sin
will Your light be shut out of so many homes
while a Santa and tinsel come in
Will they close their ears to Your knocking
while You stand at the door one more time
and will they still be stood at the chimney
when the clock makes its final chime?
' For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came and took them all away;  so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.'   Matthew ch.24 vs.38,39
Do we really recognize the wiles of SATAN (which rearranged spells SANTA), and have we really noticed how Jesus is being replaced at this time of year.
The Substitute
He's trying to take Your place Lord
he's been at it for many years
he says 'I come with gifts for all
I'll wipe away your tears'                          
He wears a robe of scarlet
and a smile is on his face
but no one would guess the heartache
he will bring to many a place
He shows himself late November
in each home he will surely appear
he demonstrates toys on the tele
and says 'Christmas is nearly here'
Each year they get more expensive 
a computer or chemistry set
he slowly puts pressure on parents
who are tempted to go into debt
All children are told 'Santa's coming
he's got a great bag on his back'
but nobody seems to be bothered
that daddy has just had the sack
'I'll start with the youngest children'
says the 'Tempter' in disguise
never mind if mummy is crying
as to make ends meet she tries
He's trying to take Your place Lord
as he sits inside every store
and shouts a loud 'Merry Christmas'
to each person that comes through the door
But the spirit he drinks is not Holy
and the hands he holds out do not heal
the words that he speaks bring no wisdom
and the love that he shows is not real
How strange he should come at Christmas
and offering gifts like You do
and he's known to many as 'father'
while a baby child represents You
But for me there is only one Father
and of Him alone will I sing
while His Son is no longer a baby
He's a two thousand year old king!
Yes he's trying to take Your place Lord
'though he knows that his time is short
but the presents he brings can never compare
to the wonderful gift You have brought
For whatever disguise he may come in
and whatever good thing he might bring
the one thing he never will offer
is salvation through JESUS the king
So never a red robed Santa
will ever adorn my front door
it's the blood of my Lord on my doorpost
brings me peace and goodwill evermore

' They have lyre and harp, timbrel and flute and wine at their feasts; but they do not regard the deeds of the Lord, or see the work of His hands. '              
 Isaiah ch.5 v.12

Oh light of Heaven - Holy king
of whom the hosts of angels sing
rekindle flame in darkened Earth
by stirring those of second birth
to speak with boldness of the love
sent by the Father from above
When on a night so dark and cold
was prophesy fulfilled of old
a child to maid of no renown
was born to wear man's thorny crown
to bear the shame and take the place
of mankind fallen from God's grace
Who now, with sin beneath His feet
stands at the side of God's own seat
declaring peace forever more
to those who enter through the door
of righteousness gained by God's Son
.......the Father's gift to everyone

'and the government will be on His shoulders, and He will be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah ch.9 v.6