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Friday, 6 July 2018

faith vs risk


a God-Filled Life

Your job is to speak out on the things that make for solid doctrine....Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior. Also, guide the young men to live disciplined lives.
But mostly, show them all this by doing it yourself, incorruptible in your teaching, your words solid and sane. Then anyone who is dead set against us, when he finds nothing weird or misguided, might eventually come around.
~ Titus 2:5-8
 
 
 

 

the aroma of Jesus

“Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.”

May the aroma of Jesus permeate our words and actions drawing others to God (2 Corinthians 2:14).

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

enduring pressures

Exodus 18:23

'If you follow this advice, and if God commands you to do so, then you will be able to endure the pressures...'

- It is always good to get advice and counsel from others before proceeding.
- But after all the advice we need to hear from God and follow His instructions.
- When we do what He tells us to do, we can handle anything that comes our way.
- Let us endeavour to hear His voice on all matters and obey His leading in our lives.

PRAYER: Lord, thank You that I don't have to walk this road alone and in my own wisdom. I pray that You will come and lead and guide me so that I can walk in Your ways and avoid unnecessary pressures. Amen.

Pastor Andrew Roebert
ALIVE TO GOD

Friday, 22 June 2018

Tell Your Heart To Beat Again

You're shattered like you've never been before
The life you knew
In a thousand pieces on the floor
And words fall short in times like these
When this world drives you to your knees
You think you're never gonna get back
To the you that used to be

Beginning - Just let that word wash over you
It's alright now
Love's healing hands have pulled you through
So get back up, take step one
Leave the darkness, feel the sun
Cause your story's far from over
And your journey's just begun

Tell your heart to beat again
Close your eyes and breathe it in
Let the shadows fall away
Step into the light of grace
Yesterday's a closing door
You don't live there anymore
Say goodbye to where you've been
And tell your heart to beat again

Let every heartbreak and every scar
Be a picture that reminds you
Who has carried you this far
'Cause love sees farther than you ever could
In this moment heaven's working
Everything for your good

Tell your heart to beat again
Close your eyes and breathe it in
Let the shadows fall away
Step into the light of grace
Yesterday's a closing door
You don't live there anymore
Say goodbye to where you've been
And tell your heart to beat again
Your heart to beat again
Beat again

Oh, so tell your heart to beat again


~ by Danny Gokey

Thursday, 14 June 2018

take this HOPE seriously


Friends don’t you let anyone anything cheat you of this hope; it is your spiritual lifeline. You have barely begun to take hold of it. Do not let anything diminish the beauty, power and significance of this hope above all hopes. Jesus lived the way He did in this world, for this world, because His hope was set beyond this world; that is the secret of his life. He never lost sight of where He was headed – that exhilarating finish in and with God – He could put up with anything along the way; cross, shame, whatever. And now He’s there…I the place of honor, right alongside with God.

Oh yes, we need to make this practical. we need to take this hope so seriously we sell everything to buy this field. We must make this utterly real and tangible so that over time our souls are truly anchored by it. Of all the things we could do that would be most practical, that has the most staggering implications.

Friends it is as simple as this; if you do not give your heart over to the renewal of all things, you will take your kingdom heart to something in this world. You will do compulsive things, like collecting way too many shoes. You will be tempted into far darker things. It is inevitable.

But if you will begin to choose the Kingdom – if you consciously and deliberately give our heart to the renewal of all things, you will notice the effects immediately …So much pressure will be lifted off your current hopes; when things don’t go well, you will find yourself less angry, less dejected. As your heart and soul become anchored in the Renewal, you will find yourself freer to risk, especially love. You can love people, because God will do everything in His power to make sure you will not lose them, the good-byes of His children are only momentary. You can love beautiful places and cultures and things like wilderness because even thou it looks like they may be vanishing, they will be restored.
 
For nothings is lost. He renews all things.

Faith is something that looks backward – we remember the ways God has come through for His people, and for us, and our belief is strengthened that He will come through again. Love is exercised in the present moment; we love in the ‘now’. Hope is unique; hope looks forward, anticipating the good that is coming. Hope reaches into the future to take hold of something we do not yet have, may not even see. Strong hope seizes the future that is not yet; it is the confident expectation of goodness coming to us.
 

Jesus Christ gave His life to give each of us a hope above and beyond all former hopes. Every action and teaching of His brilliant lifer were intentionally directed at unveiling this hope to us.

                  ‘Truly tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on His glorious throne…everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life’.

A the renewal of all things?! God’s intention for us is the renewal of all things?  This is what the Son of God said; that is how He plainly described it. I can hardly speak. Really? The greek word used here for renewal is palingenia – which is derived from two root words; paling, meaning again and genesia, meaning beginning, which of course hearkens back to Genesis. Genesis again. Eden restored.

The re-creation of the world. When the world is made new A promise so breath taking so shocking and heartbreakingly beautiful I’m stunned that so many have missed it. Oh yes, we’ve heard quite a bit about ‘heaven’. But Jesus is clearly not talking about heaven here – He is talking about the re-creation of all things, including the earth we love.                                  

I would say that when a casual hope is deferred, we are disappointed but no more. We are downcast for a moment or a day. When a precious hope is dashed, it can really break your heart. You may not recover for a week or five years, depending on the loss and the other resources of your life. “Hope deferred makes the heart sick” (Proverbs 13:12). Doesn’t it, though? But when an ultimate hope goes unanswered, the result is devastation from which you will never recover.

Maybe another barometer would look like this: When our casual hopes are suddenly in question, they elicit worry, but nothing more. Precious hopes in question can usher in fear and anxiety. Ultimate hopes that suddenly seem uncertain shake the soul to its core. And I will be forthright with you—very few things deserve the place in your heart made for ultimate hope.

Here is my point: the renewal of all things is meant to be your first hope in the way that God is your First Love. If it isn’t the answer to your wildest dreams, if you aren’t ready at this very moment to sell everything and buy this field, then you have placed your hopes somewhere else.

Nearly everyone has.

We cannot move forward in our search for the palingenesia until we face the truth honestly. Otherwise, this will just be a curiosity; interesting, but not the rescue our hearts so desperately need. We fight this hope. We hear about the Renewal and think to ourselves, Well, isn’t that nice; I’d never heard it put that way, and go right on with our desperate search for the kingdom now.

You have a heart for the kingdom, for the Great Restoration. I said it might be the most important thing to know about yourself; it is a lens by which you can understand your longings, fears, addictions, anger—not to mention the actions of the human race. Where is your kingdom heart these days? Are you embarrassed by it? What are you presently doing with it? What are you fantasizing about? Where we take our fantasies is a helpful way to know what we are doing with our kingdom heart.

~John Eldridge

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

I'm a full-blooded woman

I am a woman. I push doors that clearly say pull. I laugh harder when I try to explain why I’m laughing. I walk into a room and forget why I was there. I count on my fingers in math. I hide the pain from my loved ones and wish the burden of my marriage was much lighter. I say it is a long story when it’s really not. I cry a lot more than you think I do. I take sleeping tablets to get through the long nights. I care about people who don’t care about me and try to hide that I care so much. I try to do things before the microwave beeps. I listen to you even when you don’t listen to me. I always try to keep the peace in my home…even if I started the war.  I miss my loved ones who is already in heaven more than I care to share. I miss my family who don't seems to miss me. I am proud of my daughters and of the women they have become. I absolutely love being a granny and adore my baby's baby. I miss my friends and love spending time with them even if I don’t see them as often as used to. I love being a woman and love being a wife And most of all... I love being the daughter of the Most High King.

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