Tuesday, 12 December 2017

How far will you follow me?

About a week ago, early one morning, there was a loud knock on our front door (we were actually still in bed 😍).  My husband put his jeans quickly over his pyjamas and went downstairs.  A builder was at the door, with his van parked outside.  'You want a new staircase' he said.  My husband told him that it appeared he was at the wrong house.

Later, after I had got up, I noticed that the builder was two doors down, carrying equipment from his van into that house. 
As usual with me, I began to see a spiritual reference to what had happened regarding the needing of a new staircase.  It reminded me of Jacob's ladder and his connection with God.  One sentence in this story stood out to me.   God says to Jacob:-'for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.'  These words reminded me of God's promise to me of healing and His revealing to me that all His promises are 'yes' in Jesus, and increased my trust in what He has promised me.  They were showing me that in order to receive from God, and for His words to me to prove themselves true, I have to stay connected to that Word spoken (as in the 'stairway to Heaven' connection Jacob had with God), and not allow the spiritual enemy in the carnal mind to rob me of it coming to pass.
The day before yesterday I saw the words 'Don't quit' come up on the television screen, and I believe that this was a sign to encourage me in this area.  God can speak in the most amazing ways - even through an ass.
Yesterday morning I came down into the living room and put the television on.  I scrolled through the channels and came to a Christian channel where a man called pastor Shelley was speaking about having faith, and the importance of not giving up on that faith.  Every word he spoke and every scripture he referred to was  speaking about what I have been given by the Lord concerning my faith and the trial I have been going through for many years.  I was absolutely amazed.

I listened to him for about half an hour and then I heard my husband coming down the stairs.  There was conflict in my thoughts, part telling me to continue watching and part telling me that my husband would want something else on the television.  I allowed myself to be influenced to turn the program off and put another one on that I knew my husband liked.  Immediately I felt it was wrong, that I should carry on listening, but I had not taken note of which channel it was.  The number 587 came straight into my mind, I pressed those numbers and was taken back to pastor Shelley's programme. 
What he spoke from then to the end of the programme was all about not letting anything of man cause us to stray from the faith that God is building within us, which reminded me of myself not continuing to listen to what I believe God wanted me to listen to by being influenced to listen to what I believed my husband wanted to listen to.
Jesus says in Luke ch. 8 v. 10 that it has been given to His disciples to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, and goes on to explain the parable of the sower.
The parable speaks of those who hear the Word of God - there are four different 'hearers' of that Word. 
One is the hearer who has the Word taken away from their hearts so that they may not believe and be saved.  He goes on to say that there are those who hear the Word, receive it with joy, but have no root and fall away in a time of testing.  Also there are those who hear the Word but are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, whose fruit does not mature.  The last ones He speaks about are 'those who hold fast the word they hear, in good heart, and bear fruit with patient endurance.'
I have to say that it is the fourth 'hearer' that I wish to identify with, and these verses are the perfect Words, especially the Words 'patient endurance', to encourage me to listen to and act on the Words God speaks to me so that my faith might increase.

The following  are words that I felt were spoken to me through the Holy Spirit to encourage me long ago to follow the Lord,  and to do what I believe He has called me to do, knowing that all things are possible with Him:-

How far will you follow Me
along this narrow track
When the path becomes too lonely

will you think of turning back
Will you yearn for the things you left behind

when I called you to be apart
Are there things that belong to your world of sin

lying dormant within your heart 

How far will you follow Me

along this lonely road
When you suffer man’s rejection

 will it prove too great a load
Will you stand within my guiding light

no matter where it leads
and will you listen to my Father’s voice

saying ‘ Child, go plant the seeds’ 

Yes how far will you follow me

along the path to life
Will the trials be too much for you 

 of sickness and of strife
Or will you hold on fast to faith

remembering what I have said
that faith in your Lord has a power

that can even raise the dead

Father, I ask You in Jesus' name to continue to cause me to trust in the Words that You guide me with, keeping my eyes focused on them and not on what the carnal mind is telling me.
I pray also for brothers and sisters that may be going through trials, that Your Word will be their strength.  Amen and thank You Lord.


Saturday, 11 November 2017

Joined as one in the Spirit

The only way we can be one with God is to be joined in the Spirit.
If we look at a crowd of people they are many, not one, because they all have separate minds which can differ immensely according to what thoughts are in those minds.  If we look at a cloud of smoke, if it separates into many pieces  by being blown by the wind in various directions it is still one, as it does not have the same issues.
This is an example to me of the difference between the carnal mind and the mind of Christ.

Something that speaks of God's promise in the scriptures is the rainbow.
In Genesis ch. 9 vs. 15-17 God says:-
'and I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and never again shall the water become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the cloud, then I will look upon it, to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.' And God said to Noah, 'This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth.'… 
We now have a new covenant which is God's promise of eternal life if we believe in Jesus being the Word of God made flesh,  Who became the sacrificial lamb that enabled us to become children of God, and act on what is spoken to us daily from that Word as we work out our salvation.

I was looking out of the window of my workroom yesterday, down onto refuse bins in the street.  On top of the large bins are house numbers.  There were two on opposite sides of the road, a number 6 and a number 7.   Number 6 in the Bible symbolizes  'man', and human weakness, while number 7 represents 'completeness'.  The large number 7 on the one bin was made up of rainbow colours, and I immediately saw a message here. 
It is no good relying on sinful man to get rid of the spiritual rubbish inside us, we need to rely upon the promises of God (symbolized by the colour of the rainbow on the bin), which are all 'yes' in Jesus  (2 Corinthians ch.1 v.20), to get rid of the rubbish inside us.

Paul the apostle said in 2 Corinthians ch. 1 vs.18-22.
'But as God is faithful, our word to you was not Yes and No.   For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me, Silvanus, and Timothy—was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes.   For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.   Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God,   who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.'

There is a warning in Colossians ch.2 vs.8-12:-
'Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.  For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and you are complete in Him, Who is the head of all principality and power: In Whom also you are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ, buried with him in baptism, in which also you are risen with Him through the faith of the working of God, Who has raised Him from the dead.'

The two previous verses in this chapter -Colossians ch. 2 vs. 6 and 7 read:-
'As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.'

'Walking' in Jesus is a process that we have to work out gradually as we learn God's ways in Him through the Holy Spirit Who leads us into all truth (John ch. 16 v.13), and although we can  error as we travel on this journey (sometimes through the trickery of the enemy) God is merciful and understands we are flesh.  This was portrayed to me through an incident in my life recently.
I had been to a church about five miles away and was returning home.  As I am not used to the roads here yet I accidentally missed a turning and carried on down the road.  I came to a turning which I thought was the one which led back to our house and there was a sign saying 'Diverted traffic'.  I thought 'Oh, the road must be closed for some reason'.  I carried on down the country road following more signs saying 'Diverted traffic'  and finally came to a seaside town.  I asked a man how I could get back to where I lived and he gave me directions.
This incident reminded me of how we can all make mistakes on the road to salvation by missing what the Lord is saying to us sometimes.  There can be two types of diversion.  One can be that the Lord diverts us away from sin, but the other can be that the enemy diverts us from the Lord, and this is why we have to learn God's ways.  Our mind is being renewed in Christ and this is a process, not an immediate action.  However, we are all given gifts of the Spirit in the Lord and they are for a reason.

1 Corinthians ch. 12 vs. 4-11 tells us:-                       

'There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.   There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord.   And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.   But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:   for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit,  to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit,   to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.   But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.'
When one of us makes a mistake, as we all do on our spiritual journey 'through the wilderness to the promised land', then just as I was physically directed back to the right road by the man  who knew the direction I needed to go on my journey home from the church, we can all  be directed spiritually back to the road to salvation by one another through each of us activating the gifts that God has given to  us.  The gifts must all be used to build one another up.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Peace perfect peace

In my last post I included the song about the prodigal.  We too as individuals within the church can be drawn away from the Lord  by not following the Biblical instructions for the church when they come together,, as stated in 1 Corinthians ch. 14 v. 26:-
'What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has a psalm or a teaching, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. All of these must be done to build up the church.'

Also, we can deceive ourselves by not acting on that Word spoken to us as individuals, and go to the world or allow the traditions of man to make void the Word of God.
James ch. 1 v. 22 states:-
'But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.'
1 Corinthians ch. 10 v.6 states that the things written in  the old testament were examples for us that we might not desire evil as they did:-
'Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did.'
Just as John the Baptist went in the spirit of Elijah, we can be spiritually in the state of a character portrayed in the old testament - sometimes good, sometimes bad.  The warfare is spiritual and not physical and God has a wonderful way of directing and correcting us through that Word.

2 Corinthians ch. 13 v. 5 states:-
'Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!', and we must do this daily to ensure that we are in the right spirit.

Jesus said 'In me you have peace',  He also said . 'Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you are in Me , and I am in you. Whoever has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me. The one who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and reveal Myself to him.…'

These words have proved, and still are proving, true in my life.
The following is a poem I wrote years ago when I was in a writer's circle and we were asked to write on the letter P, and it reflects to me the peace we have in the Lord when  we follow the Lord's instruction.

P.......s Perfect P.......s

Perhaps  I can share some things learned in my life
portray to you how I have coped
place things in perspective, past ease and past strife
while preparing for that which I've hoped

Pretending you're happy just does not work out
pleasing folk to keep peace is not right
For though problems will surface to darken good times
perfect light is our guide through each night 

Protection will come from our Father above
wisdom written in His precious Word
saying peace beyond measure and purest love
follows acting on His precious Word

So persevere in pursuing perfection
plant God's precepts deep down in your heart
prove His Word through pure  choice and selection
let God's power in your life play it's part

For people will try to persuade you
that pleasure, position and fame
are the things in this world that must guide you
but they're all just a slow burning flame

a paralyzing paradox that can't make things right
a way that cannot bring release
For it's only God's justice - that pure, perfect light
that can bring us true peace ....... perfect peace

John ch. 8 v. 12  reads:-
'When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." '

I say in response to this:-

Thank You Lord for Your mercy so tender
thank You Lord for a love pure and true
thank You Lord for revealing the Father
so that I might be fashioned like You
Thank You Lord that I'm part of Your body
thank You Lord we're becoming Your bride
thank You Lord for Your Spirit of comfort
sent to lead me back home to Your side
Thank You Father that You loved and forgave me
thank You Father that You sent Your dear Son
thank You Lord that You died to redeem me
thank You Lord for the battle You've won

Thursday, 4 May 2017

The prodigal returns

This morning I awoke to find myself singing in my mind two songs I wrote some time ago, so I thought I would put them up as a post.
I'm on a cloud

I'm on a cloud above the world
a cauldron boils below
I see beneath me on God's earth
a tale of dread and woe
of how so very long ago
a man was formed from clay
and given life from God above 
but sin led him astray
- sin led him astray

He questioned what the Father said
and lost eternal life
so now he struggles in this world
in self-destructive strife
-in self-destructive strife

He tries to shape his future by the power of his own hand
his cry 'I'm my own master' - it echoes through the land
but while this proud confession is still upon his breath
the worldly life for which he strives has now become a death
-has now become a death

He stumbles in the darkness - his eyes have gone quite blind
'What have I done?' he questions - 'I've lost my peace of mind
-I've lost my peace of mind'

But wait! I look towards the east - a ray of hope I see
a second Adam sent to earth to set all mankind free
Put down your heavy burdens - this Saviour comes with love
come drink the waters of new life - sent down from God above
sent down from God above
He brings salvation to the world 
 your sins have all been pardoned
come learn of Him the Father's ways
don't let your hearts be hardened
-don't let your hearts be hardened

'Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.'  Acts ch 2 v. 38

The prodigal returns
Lord I’m lost in the darkness         
lost alone and forlorn
my garments are tattered and filthy
my sandals are battered and worn 
Lost, I’m injured and frightened
with wounds all open and sore
the life that I thought I had wanted
has left me rejected and poor

Lord I’m sorry I hurt You
now pain is the path that I roam
discovered when I chose to desert You
Father I want to come home 
Now as I lay on my pillow
my slumber is broken by fears
my shelter is the ash and the willow
my friends are repentance and tears 

Father I’ll never deserve You
You love me in spite of my shame
I run to You now longing to serve You
proud to be wearing Your name
Yes I run to You now longing to serve You
I’m so proud to be wearing Your name

Thursday, 13 April 2017

For God so loved the world

Glory Hallelujah

Glory Hallelujah - I just want to praise Your name
Glory Hallelujah - You made me able to stand when I was lame
Glory Hallelujah - Jesus the star of my night
You took me out of my darkness
and brought me into Your glorious light 

I was just a prisoner - locked in the arms of my worldly desire
sin and degradation burned my soul like raging fire
Then I heard You calling - I started seeking Your face
I came to You with sin’s death and destruction
You came to me with God’s mercy and grace 
Now I live in Jesus - I’m seated in Heavenly places with Him
Light is my companion - to show the way to eyes grown dim
I’m hearing from the Father - being taught by the Spirit of Life
No more in agony - in pain and in misery
no more in worry and in strife

From Dusk to Dawn

Lord the dusk was falling in my life
Lord the dusk was falling in my life
My feet began to stumble and my eyes could barely see
Lord the dusk was falling in my life
So I sang of Your Holiness
I sang of Your faithfulness
I sang of Your power from above
I sang of Your gentleness
I sang of Your loveliness
I sang, yes I sang of Your love 

Lord the night brought darkness to my soul
Lord the night brought darkness to my soul
The moon no longer lit my path and the cold was all around
Lord the night brought darkness to my soul
I still sang of Your Holiness
I still sang of Your faithfulness
I still sang of Your power from above
I still sang of Your gentleness
I still sang of Your loveliness
I still sang, I still sang of Your love 

Lord the dawn has broken in my life
Lord the dawn has broken in my life
The darkest hour is gone now and the day is almost come
Lord the dawn has broken in my life
I still sing of Your Holiness
I still sing of Your faithfulness
I still sing of Your power from above
I still sing of Your gentleness
I still sing of Your loveliness
I still sing, I still sing of Your love 

Lord the sun is rising on my soul
Lord the sun is rising on my soul
My heart is warming to Your love as Your light is shining In
Lord the sun is rising on my soul
It makes me sing of Your Holiness
It makes me sing of Your faithfulness
It makes me sing of Your power from above
It makes me sing of Your gentleness
It makes me sing of Your loveliness
It makes me sing, it makes me sing of Your love 

So let’s all sing of His holiness
let’s all sing of His faithfulness
let's all sing of His power from above
let's all sing of His gentleness
let's all sing of His loveliness
let's all sing, let's all sing of His love


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.'