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Sunday, 10 July 2022
Monday, 23 May 2022
I feel led to share a poem that I wrote not long after I came to the Lord:-
Jesus is our righteousness. The new covenant that God has made with us is by faith in Jesus Christ, the old has been taken away. Christ is the end of the law for righteousness. It is often said in the world that if you do right you will go to Heaven. The problem is that every man is 'right' in his own eyes, so nobody really knows what is 'right'. There is only one 'truth', one way back to God. Jesus is full of grace and truth. Jesus said 'If you continue in my Word then you are my disciples indeed, and you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.' He also said 'I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man comes to the Father but by me. '
When I first received the Holy Spirit I was so overjoyed I just wanted to shout out to everybody that 'Jesus is Lord'. However, I found that when I tried to witness it didn't always come out the way I wanted it to and there didn't seem to be power in it. Since then the Lord has revealed to me that He has to teach us first before we ae sent out to preach the Gospel. He says 'Trust in the Lord with all your heart and don't lean on your own understanding.' He says that 'if we acknowledge Him in all our ways He shall direct our paths.' He says 'we must live by every word that comes out of the mouth of God', but He also says that 'we learn line upon line, precept upon precept.' So we go through a learning process, just the same as a father - child relationship on earth.
We have to be reproved by the Lord's Word for as it says in proverbs 20 v. 15 'the rod and reproof give wisdom , but a child left to himself brings his mother to shame.'
Sometimes we try to sort problems out ourselves, anger etc., because we get a bit afraid when people oppress us, but we must not fear man as, again in proverbs 29 v.25 we are told 'the fear of man brings a snare, but whoever puts his trust in the Lord shall be safe.' I want to become what the Lord wants me to be and I want to learn my Father's ways. It is no good going on with the Lord if I am not listening to, and acting upon, what He says as I am growing older, for 'better is a poor and wise child than an old and foolish king who will no more be admonished.'
I am honoured that because of what Jesus alone has done I can be reconciled back to God.
Friday, 6 May 2022
Some time ago, on a short program called ' Fourthought ' where people are allowed to share their thoughts on a television channel called Channel four, a lady asked 'Is it right to pray for riches?'. A song I had written several years ago came straight into my mind. It is called 'If I could have one hundred crowns.'I wrote it as a testimony to how the Lord has always provided all my needs, and how seeking the kingdom of God and His righteousness has always, and always will be, my number one priority. To learn to be content with little or much can help to take away many fears, and relying on God brings that contentment. Praise His lovely name and the name of His Son Jesus.
If I could have one hundred crowns
If ten thousand queens of Sheba
If I lived in perfect luxury
I could have the world's great scholars
they'd teach me logic, they'd teach me science
I would have the best position
but they could never teach me
There's only one crown that I want
no fine, important persons
I may live in humble dwellings
but I've found all I need
I've found the finest teacher
and it's not with earthly wisdom
For I'm learning patience, kindness,
and with all the gold on Earth
I could climb the highest mountain,
I could sail the world's great seas
Never finding what I'm looking for,
for it's in God's house
Yes it's in God's house .....
When I first came across this verse I felt it was summing up all that I have ever wanted to say to the Lord in one sentence. For whether I have received blessing, healing, correction, knowledge or anything else from the Lord these words would express perfectly my thoughts towards Him at all times. I know that His words to me when I seek Him are always to strengthen me in Him, and I am coming to know that I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me.
I love Thee O Lord my strength and my song
For loving a wretch such as me
For though in my life Satan's bonds have been strong
Your love has been setting me free
Continue to strengthen me, feed me Your word
As I search for my answers in You
Then help me to act upon all that I've heard
For I know that Your sayings are true
Oh precious Lord if I could not see
If I did not hear Your constant plea
Then I'd sink beneath these icy waves,
Unable to hear Your faithful voice
Wednesday, 27 April 2022
I would just like to share how I came to the Lord, I don't think I have shared this on my blog before.
Saturday, 9 April 2022
that You gave Your precious Son
Tuesday, 29 March 2022
We both heard it! My friend and I had gone into the cafeteria in the garden centre to have a drink. As we walked through the area displaying the artificial flowers for sale we could hear a voice on the cafe radio saying 'Where is Jesus?' If my friend had not heard it too I would have doubted hearing correctly. However, when we got into the cafe there was nothing on the radio to indicate that anything to do with religion was being spoken about. It was hot and stuffy inside the cafe and my friend said ' Shall we sit outside?' There was an outside area designated for customers with chairs and tables, so we paid for out drinks and went and sat down at one of the tables. There was a lady sat at another table who had her leg in plaster, and beside our table was a large pond with lots of fish in it.
The Lord had been calling my attention to evangelism for some time. Shortly before I had gone on holiday to Lancashire a person I had not seen for a long time asked my friend and myself to visit a home for the elderly to sing the songs and read the poetry that we have been inspired to write since becoming Christians. I had felt a little apprehensive the day before we went there because I had not sung or played my guitar in public for some time.
That morning I was reversing out of my drive thinking about this. The CD player had started automatically when the engine had been turned on, and the first song that began to play was 'Prepare ye the way of the Lord'. After the Lord had spoken several other things to me from the scriptures I had been able to go to the home the next day with far more confidence, believing that it was indeed the Lord's will that I should do so. How true the scripture 'We can do all things in Christ Jesus Who strengthens us.'
Sitting there in the cafe garden, I suddenly had a revelation that God was continuing to speak to me about evangelising to the outside world and was confirming it through hearing 'Where is Jesus', then moving outside to the garden to have our drinks. I felt the woman with the plaster on her leg represented the spiritually lame outside, and the fish represented the catch that would be had because the Lord had made us 'fishers of men'. This is the scripture that has been impressed on my heart for many years.
As the scriptures say 'Everyone who calls out to the Lord for help will be saved, but how can they call to Him for help if they have not believed?, and how can they believe if they have not heard the message? and how can they hear if the message is not proclaimed?'
Romans ch. 10 vs 13 and 14.
Tuesday, 15 March 2022
In these troubled times I just feel led to share three of my poems with you .
Freedom - the right to choose
having the right to choose
if when I have to have my own way
then others have to lose
For who's to say that I am right
and all around are fools
not one can have perfection
while all have their own rules
No - freedom is not when things suit me
'Freedom'...is when there's harmony
The way to Your heart
are You influenced my Lord
neither colour nor creed, high position or fame
can cause You to change Your Word