Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Did God really say?

There have been reminders in my life lately, particularly when I have been reading the Word, about who and what I should keep my mind focused on.  Should it be what is spoken to me through my carnal mind or what is spoken to me through the mind of Christ?
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One of these reminders was when I opened my Bible to the page where, in Matthew ch. 16 vs. 21 - 23. It reads :-

'From that time on Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and that He must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.  Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him 'Far be it from You, Lord! he said.  'This shall never happen to You !'.  But Jesus turned and said to Peter, 'Get behind Me, Satan!  You are a stumbling block to Me.  For you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.'....

Although Peter was a disciple of Jesus his thoughts were coming from the carnal mind and not wanting Jesus to go through the suffering He had to face as the sacrificial lamb.  Jesus had to be sacrificed in order for mankind to be reconciled back to God.
Sometimes, as born again believers,  we can see things the same way.  We can listen to what the carnal mind is telling us, without realizing that those thoughts can be coming from the spiritual enemy, because it appears to be better for the flesh at the time. 

Yet if we take every thought captive and bring it into obedience to Christ (that Word spoken to us through the enlightening of the Holy Spirit) then the outcome can only be good, as Jeremiah ch. 29 v. 11 says, regarding God's thoughts for us:-
'For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope

 A few days ago my husband called me from the outhouse in the back garden.  I went out and he showed me a plastic bag with daffodil bulbs inside, they had been in the outhouse throughout the Winter.  The bulbs, although they were inside a bag in semi darkness with no soil,  had grown and flowered in the bag

I was amazed at what I saw and immediately took them outside and planted them in the garden. I thought about how  the bulbs were able to flourish in a dark corner of the outhouse.

So too with us, Jesus has been made the sacrificial lamb.  He was crucified as a 'payment' for our sins so that we can be born again as a new creation born of God's Spirit. 

Once we believe in Him and begin to have that Word firmly implanted in our minds then we are able to flourish even though we may go through many  trials and be in dark places.

Romans ch. 5 vs. 3 - 5 states:-
'More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.'

As I watched the daffodils grow daily once planted outside, being watered through the rain, I saw how they grew stronger and matured.  I could see a similarity with how we grow stronger and mature, once planted in the body of Christ - the church) through the water of the Word daily highlighted to us by the Holy Spirit.

However, just as the serpent said to Eve 'Did God really say?', the deceiver can cause we who are the church, the 'bride of Christ', to question the Word of God spoken to us, as Paul the apostle mentioned in 2 Corinthians ch. 11 v. 3:-
'But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ'
One of the reasons we can come to question God's Word can be the fear of what might happen in the future if we act on that Word.  Yet when Peter was walking on the water because Jesus had called him to do so, the fear only came when he took his eyes off the Lord and saw the strength of the wind:-
'Lord, if it is You,' Peter replied, 'command me to come to You on the water.' 'Come', said Jesus.  Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water, and came toward Jesus.   But when he saw the strength of the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink, cried out, 'Lord, save me!'…
Matthew ch. 14 vs. 28 - 30
 We too can fear when we look at the circumstance we are in instead of keeping our eyes on the Word of God that has been spoken to us within that circumstance.   It is then, when the enemy puts into our carnal minds the words 'Did God really say?', that we must respond:-
'Yes, God did say!'
Psalm ch. 12 v. 6 says:- 'The promises of the Lord are promises that are pure, silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.'

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Peace that passes all understanding

This post is just to give all praise to the source of what I can only say is a 'peace that passes all understanding' that has come into my life regardless of my on-going  trials.  That source is the 'love' of God the Father Who gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him might have life everlasting.

After Gedaliah's death at Mizpah, the remnant that was left of the people who had been at Mizpah wanted to go to Egypt because they were afraid of reprisals from Babylon.  They asked Jeremiah to ask God the way they should go and what they should do.  Jeremiah said he would ask God.
They became afraid while waiting ten days for an answer.
Sometimes when we ask God for direction when we are afraid, if God does not answer us straight away we make our own decisions as to what to do.  Then, when we are shown what to do by God through the Holy Spirit enlightening the scriptures to us, the fear that has built up while waiting has taken over.  The remnant was warned that if they went  to Egypt whereas then they put it 'they would not see war or trumpet or be hungry' then the very things they feared would destroy them.

 The enemy in the carnal mind can be very powerful and, just as it did with Job, can bring  upon us the very things we fear. They were told that if they trusted in God in their situation then they would be safe, that it would actually be the opposite if they returned to Egypt (trusted in the world and the carnal mind).

Just as God's people were fearful of waiting on God's instruction and wanted to go to Egypt because of the trials they were going through, we who have become God's Spiritual Israel can also allow fear to cause us to listen to what our carnal mind is telling us  to do instead of trusting in God, thinking that we would have a better life.

The following poem is a poem I wrote regarding putting our trust in the Lord as we journey on with Him, and not looking back to our old life.

Have no regrets

Have no regrets - no looking back
don't dwell on what lies behind
for God has just been molding you
for what He has in mind
He's leading you and guiding you 
calling you by name
and once you hear His tender voice
you'll never be the same

You'll find in Him a Father
Who loves beyond compare
Who'll comfort you in troubled times 
a 'dad' Who's always there
He'll search your heart and show you
things He alone can know
and tell you 'Child don't worry
allow my love to flow'

and when with words unuttered
you tell Him how you feel
He'll bind your wounds and heal your hurts
you'll know a love that's real
So still your mind - receive His peace
don't dwell on things you've done
There's a God Who knows your every thought
and your Saviour is His Son

'Shalom' has a much deeper meaning in the Hebrew language than the 'peace' that we associate it with in the English translation.  According to Strong's Concordance it 's full meaning is :- 
completeness, wholeness,
health, peace, welfare,
safety,soundness, tranquillity,
prosperity, perfectness, fullness,
rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord. 
Jesus says in John ch. 16 v.33 'These things I have spoken to you that IN ME you may have PEACE.  In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.'

Monday, 16 January 2017

My testimony

 Many years ago I had recorded onto a cassette some poems and songs that I had written.  They related part of my testimony.  While I was living down in West Wales an elder of a church I was attending put them on an mp3 disc for me.  As I know very little about this kind of technology I have just been to the library to ask if anyone can link this disc to my blog.  A young lady there has done her best regarding this, and so I am going to see if this link has worked - the young lady was not sure if it would.  Most of these songs and poems I may have already put up, and I am definitely no  'singer', and only learned a few chords on my guitar to be able to play the tunes that came into my head at the time of writing the songs.
However - one thing I learned at that time of learning from the Lord was that that as we are taught by God through His precious Word, and go through our trials trusting in Him, we are able to get stronger spiritually.  My journey is still on-going, I am forever learning, and I will not know whether this link will work until I publish this post.  If it doesn't work, then I will have lost nothing through trying.:-)
To listen to my testimony  press the link below.

Testimony by Brenda Rees - Soundcloud

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Walk on water

The Lord has brought me through many trials and, although trials are on-going, I believe absolutely that the Word of God has the power to bring into existence that which does not exist.
The thing that is required to do this is 'faith', whether it be another person's or my own, and I truly believe that the more I put my faith in that Word spoken to me and persevere in my trials, the more my faith is growing.
Not long ago my friend and I were out in the streets with our leaflets and a lady and her granddaughter started talking to us.  The granddaughter was eleven years of age and her name was 'Faith'.   She started to talk about how she would love to go to Australia as she knew much about tropical fish, and went on to tell us about many things that she had learned and achieved, including a degree in karate.
As they walked away I thought about how that young girl, Faith, had achieved much in such a short time, and a sentence came straight into my mind:- 'Faith can achieve much.'
One thing stood out that I felt the Lord was speaking spiritually to me about.  I read long ago that one of the things that those learning karate do is to close their eyes and concentrate on a light bulb in order to get every other thought out of their mind. This is where the power to even break a brick with their hand comes from. This reminds me of concentrating on Jesus, the true light of the world, and not on other things that would distract me from receiving the power that is in Him
Not long after that incident happened I received a new phone for my birthday.  It was a smart phone which I have never had, and did not know how to use.  My daughter in law set it up for me while she was staying with us for a few days, and put a picture of a sea on the screen just before they left for home. 
As soon as I saw the picture I was reminded of something that had happened years ago when the Lord was encouraging me to trust in Him in times of turmoil.  I had been alone in bed one morning after my husband had gone to work and suddenly the duvet on the bed turned into a sea.  It was as if I was floating on that sea, on my back.  The vision lasted for about thirty seconds.  When I went downstairs there was a Kenneth Copeland magazine that had been put through the letterbox with a picture of exactly the same looking sea and the words 'Walk on water' on the front.  I knew then that the Lord was telling me to keep my eyes upon Him and not to look at the circumstances in my life.

I knew that once again He was saying this to me, to trust absolutely upon Him and what He was speaking to me, and not to look at the circumstances in my life at this moment in time.
I wanted the words 'Walk on water' put on my new phone screen picture but did not know how to do it .  I asked two people to help me, but they did not know how to do this either. 

The following Sunday I went to the church gathering I had been attending for a few weeks and the man who was speaking said that the theme that he was going to speak on was 'Walk on water.'  I could not believe it! - yet, after all the things that have been happening in my life, and how the Lord is encouraging me more and more to trust in Him, it did not really surprise me that this was being spoken to me.  I shared my testimony with the people there, and I hope that it will encourage them to trust in the Lord to be able to do what is not possible for man to do, as many of them are sick.
I then phoned my son to ask if he could tell me how to put the words 'Walk on water' on my phone screen. He suggested that I put  these words on one of my own pictures of a sea that I had taken and email it to myself so that I could use it on my phone.  I managed to do that.

I know that, just as Peter had to keep his eyes on the Lord, I too have to keep my eyes on the Lord, and act on the Word He speaks to me, in order to receive the promise of God regarding healing - which is 'YES' in Jesus. 

One other thing that stood out to me was:- Even though many people in the churches have said to me that I should not  be going around to different churches all the time, I know that if I had not followed the Lord's instruction regarding this I would not have been in the right place at the right time to hear what the Lord has been saying to me.   As the scripture says:-'God does not live in a house made with human hands.' 
I say these words of thanks to my wonderful Lord for the Words of encouragement found in Him as my One and only mediator between me and God.

Thank You Lord for bringing me through
these trials so heavy - for without You
great patience and tolerance I could not have learned
and lack of forgiveness would surely have burned
For the verbal abuse might have caused me to hate
being told by the enemy 'Retaliate'
But in all circumstances You have been with me
as I  walk upon my 'troubled sea'
being shown I must keep my eyes upon You
in order for that Word to prove itself true

Saturday, 26 November 2016

A time of prayer

There has been a lot of work going on in this house since we moved here a year ago, and I have recently moved my workroom from a larger back room to a smaller, newly adapted one.  This morning I was sorting a cupboard out that is full of my writings and pics.
I came across three poems that were written some time ago that really speak to me about prayer needed for these times.  I don't know if I have shared these before, but I feel to put them in this post.

The first one is a prayer for we who are the children of God in Jesus:-
I say a prayer to Jesus, to the One Who always hears
to the Holy One of Israel Who wipes away all tears
'Great reader of hearts and Spirit of truth
guide us dear Lord in our days of youth
My prayer is for wisdom to know what is right
Oh send us the fire to lighten our night

Make our pathways straight Lord
teach us to lean on You
Lead us with Your Spirit 
Your Word so pure and true
We love You Lord as children
who love a Father dear
we cry to You to comfort us
and know that You will hear
We know the world is treacherous in this the 'evil day'
so guide our feet dear Father along the narrow way
One thing we know for certain from the day of our re-birth
is......He Who lives within us is greater than he that is on this Earth'

'You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.'  1 John ch. 4 v. 4

The second prayer is for the world, and the state that it is in:-

In spite of the hate let Your perfect love shine
Lord it has to be Yours when it's hard to show mine
In spite of the wars let your perfect peace rule
when a terrorist's bomb is placed in a school
In spite of 'religion' may God's truth prevail
when an army - not Yours - leaves it's bloody trail
and may all who take part hang their heads in shame
and say 'This is not done in God's precious Name'

'Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.'  Matthew ch. 5 v. 16

The third prayer is for those in this world who are held imprisoned in the grip of the spiritual enemy.  It is a prayer asking God to send us, His children, into this darkened world to spread the Gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ His son:-

Lord have mercy on them all
for they know not what they do
the perils of this world surrounding them now
are forbidding their vision of You
Turn their shadowy darkness to reflections of light
let them look on Your wonderful face
for there's no other Saviour can rescue them now
Only Jesus - God's manifest grace

So have mercy great Master, reach down from Your throne
cause Your hand to unlock prison doors
for the captives are weary from fighting alone
they don't know that the battle is Yours
They don't know there's a warrior 
a great mighty Lord
the One of Whom boldly we sing
they don't know this Redeemer
with two edged sword
has the power to change everything

For they're locked in their prison
of darkness and woe
powerless - unable to see
that the jailer is Satan
the most cunning foe
who once had a power over me
So now send us dear Father with mercy and grace
out to rescue the injured and dying
close our eyes to what's written on worldly face
let our ears hear imprisoned souls crying

He said to them, 'Go into the whole world and proclaim the good news to every creature. '
Mark ch. 16 v. 15


Saturday, 8 October 2016

The Word of God or the doctrine of man?

Last night I had a dream.  In the dream I was above ground looking down onto the back of the  house that I was brought up in.  It was as if I was hovering above the back garden of that house.  I could see a man talking to a group of people.  It was like a group of people in a lecture, and the man speaking was like the lecturer.
As I gazed upon the scene, this man suddenly put some birds in bags and started to beat them.  I could not believe that he was trying to kill these poor birds, and felt extremely sad.  The lecture ended and the people went away.  Then I was in the garden, holding the bags and  looking at the poor birds inside them .  I realized that they were still alive, but struggling.  I was afraid to take them out of the bag in case I should find broken wings or legs that would restrict the birds from flying. 
I looked to the back door of the house and cried 'Mam, mam...... help', hoping that my mother would come and help these poor creatures, but my mother did not appear at the door.  It was as if I was in two time zones, the past and the present, as if the lecture and the damage being done to the birds by the lecturer was the present, but the looking to my mother for help was looking to the past.
Then it was as if I was carried from the past to the future with the bags of injured birds in my hands.  I called to my husband, and showed him the injured birds in the bag.  I told him that I was concerned that they would not be able to fly and asked for his help.
I awoke and almost immediately the meaning of the dream began to form in my mind.

Calling for my mother represents calling on the help of those of the earth that I would have turned to before I was born again and became part of the church.  Calling for my husband represents prayer to the Lord for help, as the church represents the bride of Christ.  So as part of the church (the bride of Christ) I pray to the Lord (the husband of the bride) for help in the Spiritual situation of those who are in the kingdom of Heaven (those represented in my dream by the birds), who are being silenced  (represented by the beating and putting in bags) by man's doctrine (represented by the lecture that the man who was silencing them was giving).
The whole of the dream represents what I believe is happening now in the church, as was foretold by Jesus in Matthew ch. 24, that there  will be false teachers and prophets.  

Isaiah ch. 29 v. 13 reads:-
And the Lord said:
“Because this people draw near with their mouth
    and honor me with their lips,
    while their hearts are far from me,
and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men,

Much of what was happening in the Israel of old is in danger of happening in the church  today.  We have to be taught by God and not by man, and the only way that is done is through the Holy Spirit operating within the church.   It is a spiritual warfare that we are in, and I believe the beating and silencing of the birds in my dream represents the  endeavouring by the spiritual enemy to stop God's Spirit operating through born again believers doing what they are called to do when they gather together.  2 Peter ch. 2 vs. 1 and 2 says:-
'But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.  And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed.'
There is only One voice we must listen to and One Word we must act upon in order to grow strong in the Lord and in faith. 
Romans ch. 10 v. 17 reads:- 'So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the Word of God'.

A song that I wrote many years ago once again comes to mind, based on this scripture from the book of Isaiah.

When eagles fly on hallowed wing to far and distant lands
they are not guided by man's voice - nor lifted by man's hands
they let no deluge hamper them nor fear the driving snow
for all that would but trouble them are in the clouds below
On hallowed wing the eagle flies - its destiny to fulfil
and I must go where the Spirit leads to do my Saviour's will

So when you do your Father's work if child of God you be
look to the eagle lifted high by God's grace given free
then you will also face life's trials and surely come to know
that strength will come from God above and fear stay far below
On hallowed wing the eagle flies - its destiny to fulfil
and I must go where the Spirit leads to do my Saviour's will

On hallowed wing, on hallowed wing the eagle's lifted high
he goes where others fear to tread - and likewise so must I

We, the church, must not allow false teachers with doctrines of men to rob us of what God has for us in Christ Jesus.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Old things are past, new comes

I have always believed that there is far more to the Bible than meets the eye, and have noticed links everywhere.  One thing that has been in my mind for many years has been where it says, at the end of verse 26 of Genesis ch.4:-  'Then men began to call upon the name of the LORD' 
The next verse, verse 1 in chapter 5 of Genesis reads:- 'This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day when God created man, He made him in the likeness of God.'
Yet there is no mention of the fall in this version of man being created, and the first child of Adam mentioned here is Seth.   There is no mention of Cain or Abel.

I am reminded of the two Adams spoken of, the first being 'a living being' and the second being 'a life giving spirit.'  in 1 Corinthians ch. 15 vs. 45 - 49 :-
'Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.  But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual.  The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven.  As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven.  Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.'

In Hebrew the meaning of the name Seth is:-   'Anointed; compensation', and I believe that Seth is symbolic of born again believers.

The word 'compensation' means:- something awarded to someone in recognition of loss, and this is exactly what was done for mankind through Jesus' sacrifice.  When we become believers in Him we are 'anointed' of the Holy Spirit and receive the award of eternal life as compensation for our loss gained through sin. It is a free gift, we do not earn it through any righteousness of our own.  I have been singing a song for days now that I wrote years ago, which reminds me of this fact.
If ever I'm feeling righteous, and think I can't be wrong
I pick up my guitar Lord and sing this little song
I tell myself another time there'd be no good thing in me
if it wasn't for my Saviour, that man from Galilee
If ever I feel forsaken, when my friends have all turned their back
and I'm thinking is it worth it to walk this lonely track
I think about a garden, it's called Gethsemane
It's where my Saviour cried and sweat great drops of blood for me
And if I feel like glorying in something I have done
I turn my eyes to Calvary and look at God's own Son
I see the pain and anguish upon that lovely face
and I see His broken body as He hangs there in my place
Yes I see Your broken body Lord, as You hang there in my place
2 Corinthians ch. 5 v. 17 reads:-' Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come'
There are 929 chapters in the Old Testament.

In Genesis ch. 5 v. 5 it states that:- 'Thus all the days that Adam lived were 930 years, and he died.'  The Hebrew meaning of the number 930 means 'Old things are past, new comes'. Matthew ch. 1 is the 930th chapter of the Bible and I do not think it is coincidence that the first chapter of the New Testament speaks about the birth of Jesus, which is absolutely symbolic of 'Old things are past, new comes'

It is as if the bringing in of the second Adam  (Jesus) being written in the 930th chapter of the Bible spiritually represents the Adam of the Old Testament being done away with and the Adam of the New Testament forming a new version of mankind, and as if it was spiritually prophesied that this would happen in Genesis ch. 5 when we read the Hebrew meaning of the names. 
God's word is timeless and He can speak to any individual at any time through any word in the Bible no matter when that word was written, and I believe that as we mature in the Lord we come to understand the oracles of God more.
What was done away with was the having to continue as fleshly mankind, under the curse, the crucifixion Jesus went through being of the fleshly body.  What was brought in was  the ability for mankind to be born of God's Holy Spirit, and 'as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven.  Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.'

I thank my God that He so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son Who verified that love by becoming the sacrifice for our sins. 

The Power of Love

There's something about You Jesus
that just escapes my mind
about how You cause the lame to walk
and restore the sight of the blind
and how You can take the lowly
the broken hearted ones
and place them in Your kingdom
to bring them up as sons

There's something about You Jesus
there's something about Your face
though I can't see any features
I see wisdom, compassion and grace  
There's something about those eyes Lord
that shed those tears for me
there's something about those healing hands
that they fastened to that tree

What made You say 'Father forgive them
for they know not what they do'
when they saved the life of Barabbas
and they chose to crucify You
I know what that 'something' is Lord
as I look to my Father above
It's the one thing that covers all others
It's Your totally unselfish love

Without You as my Lord

Without You as my Lord, I have no King
without You as my first love there's no song to sing
without You as my eagle my spirit can't soar
without You as my gold I will always be poor
Without You as my life there can only be death
for by Your Holy Spirit I draw every breath
without You as my Saviour I'm lost and forlorn
so praise God, Hallelujah that I've been reborn