HAPPY NEW YEAR, HAPPY NEW BEGINNINGS

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You might say ..”I’m glad this year is over…………..” but did you stop to think of all the great things that may have come your way???????  It’s always the negatives and the things that have held us back that we think of first.

Keep in mind that death and sickness will always be there, as these are part of everyone’s life, but have you stopped to think at how those trialling and difficult times have helped you grow????? Probably not.

Well !!!!! Let me help you put things in perspective a little.

Speaking from experience, all those times people talked about me at work, it didn’t really matter because the truth speaks for itself.  People have their own biases and flaws, we should not measure ourselves according to other people’s standards.

So those difficult times that have been thrown at me,  actually helped me grow stronger. They helped me focus on what was important. The times my colleagues didn’t invite me to lunch, well they did me a favour because I wasn’t really interested in their narcissistic conversations anyway. The times I didn’t get that promotion, the extra money and the  curse words I would have received, wouldn’t have been worth all the extra worry and critics wanting me to fail. I proceeded to do all aspects of my job, all the little things and big things in a great way, because I was proud of my work and efforts and I allowed these to speak for themselves and they have (If they don’t, it’s your cue to move on).

People made positive comments or noticed all my efforts. Sure it took longer but I did it for myself and my pride in my work and not for the glory. Money wasn’t going to make me happy, promotions neither. Not being true to who you are can hurt more, instead I chose the narrow road and I know that God has blessed me because it felt right and I didn’t worry about the rest who were chasing the next dollar, promotion, right circle of friends etc. I look at all this and see my God at work.

I know people who have done jobs that were below them, that were paid half what they were worth but the lessons learnt and contacts made from those jobs, were priceless, they propelled them to the next level and so on until they got where they wanted, because God was working in their lives. Because they were steadfast and had faith that good things would come because God is the giver, the almighty and the all powerful one.

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As the new year is fast approaching let us be thankful for what He has given, for what He has removed, for what He has omitted and for what is to come. With God’s hand upon us, His favour, His blessings and His Son Jesus,  we can grow, prosper and succeed to the level that makes us truly happy and at peace.

I wish the steadfast hand of God upon you all,  the peace of Jesus and the gifts of the Holy Spirit that will propel you to the level that will prosper you and hold you in God’s favour.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018 AND MAY YOUR CUP OVERFLOWETH

I LEAVE LEAVE YOU WITH THIS VERSION OF MY FAVOURITE SONG -Auld Lang Syne

 

 

 

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RELIGION AND POLITICS – WHY SEPARATE THEM?

We seem to be moving very fast at this particular point in time, with bills for euthanasia and assisted suicide, marriage equality, radical gender programmes, abortion etc…..with all these issues, who is the best at deciding what is righteous and what is bad for all of mankind? What is best for our spiritual well being?

Laws of state that govern us do not take into account what God wants of us.  What our obligation is in upholding God’s laws. God’s laws are there to protect us from getting into more strife. Laws of state have the potential to grow into something really sinister, land us into more strife and problems that affect others. You can’t remove the human element from all these, lack of monitoring and enforcement from the authorities have the potential for abuse.

Just look at our track record into some of the areas such as marriage, family law-divorce and child protection, jail sentencing and bail for criminals etc….

What is the answer to all this? The answer is in Mark 12:17

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What would the church know about the economy and fiscal policy?                              What would the state know about our spiritual well being? What would the state know about salvation and the afterlife?

As Jesus stated in Mark 12:17

Let the experts do their job and leave the matters of spirituality to God. God wants to save us, God wants us to go to Him when this life ends,  God wants for your inheritance in heaven. God can veto any or all of man’s laws. This world and everything in it belongs to Him.

The spirit of the passage (Mark 12:17) requires us to regard the rights of all beings as sacred, and to give to them all that is theirs.

I. What is due to God? Or what are the things, the property of God, which our Saviour here requires us to render to Him? “The earth is the Lord’s,” etc. Of course we, and all that we possess, are God’s property. More particularly-

1. Our souls with all their faculties.

2. Our bodies.

3. Our time.

4. All our knowledge and literary acquisitions.

5. Our temporal possessions.

6. Our influence.

He, then, who withholds from God any of these things, or any part of them, does not comply with the precept in the text.( Courtesy Studylight.org. )

So, God can veto any or all of man’s laws. He has spoken in the bible, we should follow Jesus’ example and allow Him to guide us through our heaven journey because this life is so short and eternity……  well…………….I still find it hard to fathom, but as for me, I would rather the pain now for the gain later……

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When the hand of God is lifted -You’re on your own

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It saddens me that I see much selfishness around me, the  ME, Myself and I. The instant gratification mentality, perfecting the body image, fixated on the way people look and to get what I want at all cost, even if it affects family and friends.

We are of the flesh and sure we are going to fail, sure we are going to forget, sure we are going to make bad choices for ourselves.

Jesus in the glory and honour of God the Father and the Holy Spirit, is all knowing and all powerful. Jesus, in heaven, shares with the Father all authority, judgment, and power. All things belong to Jesus.

If one thinks they can live without Jesus, they are kidding themselves. They are not living their life to the fullest, because man’s power is so limited compared to God’s power. So if you live by your own power……………………. never pray, never seek out Jesus, then you are silently, telling Jesus you don’t need Him, you can do well without Him. So His hand has been lifted off you and then you are on your own.

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Well Oh Boy! Oh Boy! Have I seen God’s hand been lifted? YES!!!!!!! Since I am in public service, I have seen thousands and thousands of students and families go through terrible situations, not because God caused them, but because of their choices, because they were working by their own power and so why should God interfere with that? Has God not given us a free will???????

It is only when you humble yourself before God that He will stop and listen and lift His hand off you and then bless you and work with you. The hand that radiates love, the hand that giveth, the hand that blesses and makes miracles happen.

Jesus never promised that this life would be void of troubles and tribulations but, He promised that if we follow Him He will keep His promises to help and guide us and lead us to our final resting place with Him in heaven.

I believe God wants us to exercise restraint, to go without, to sacrifice for the common good. To give to others and share, to give of oneself unconditionally is what God is looking for. God doesn’t expect us to perfect this because He knows we never will, but to try, fail and get back up and try again and to ask Jesus to help us on our way.

You might think this is a little cheesey but it’s true, this is just one of the many times God has been at work in my life.  Just the other day, I was at a busy, open air market and  I had a chat with the stall holder, finalised my purchases, I got distracted and left my wallet on her large counter.

I was only about 20 metres away when a voice in my head told me to check my bag, a few steps later again the voice told me to check my bag and so I did. Well! My wallet was not there, was it??????? So, I quickly ran back to the stall , but I couldn’t see it, I asked the stall holder if she had seen my wallet, she said no, as I was speaking, another customer interjected and pointed out where my wallet was. Luckily, I went back in good time, I believe that if I had let 5 more minutes pass, my wallet would not have been there, thanks to the warning. So, I believe God put it in my head to help me.

Another time, I was hit on the rear of my car by a truck, and I was in shock,  a complete stranger came to me and asked me if  she could help. She made all the phone calls, took photos and because the car was unroadworthy the stranger drove me home. I could have been hurt badly but I wasn’t, I could have been left there to fend for myself but I wasn’t and to finish the story, my insurance completed all my claims with cash refund within a week.  I have many more stories but I would need to write a book.

But God in our lives is at work moment by moment if we let Him. I ask Him to and I pray everyday to Him, after all this is the reason for my blog, to bring others to God the Father, The Son and Holy Spirit.

So stay in God’s radar and receive His mighty blessings and power because He is at work day by day and moment by moment.

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INSPIRATION THAT WILL FEED YOUR SOUL – BY R.A. TORREY

I recently came across R. A. Torrey-a great evangelist with interesting things to say that caught my eye (see link) –R.A.Torrey history.

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 HERE IS SOME FOOD TO FEED YOUR SOUL

It is very easy to put our trust and beliefs in the power of man, but not so in giving God the gratitude He deserves. Giving gratitude to God who allows goodness and success into our lives and who takes away what is harmful and evil, are often dismissed as coincidences or the work of men.  Because these are often intangibles and that which we cannot immediately see, they often go unnoticed.  Make no mistake about it, God is at work in our lives moment by moment, weaving a web of connectedness that will affect all spheres of our lives and others around us.

Some things God does are to teach us something, some things are to give us something, some things are for us to hold on to and some things are for us to give away. Some things are immediate while some things take time because all that we think and do is in keeping with the gift of free will. Sometimes we hold ourselves back because we don’t understand things or because we don’t trust in God. But God is patient, loving, rich in mercy and kind. Think of Him as your Father and what does a Father want for His children? The best of course!

In patience and trust is how we should live our lives, because God has mapped out all of it for us. All we need do is pray and communicate with God through prayer. All we need do is claim it, that which God has already given to us in a box and is sitting there with Him in heaven with your name on it. We should ask for mercy and forgiveness and have a heaven perspective. Make each day a little sacrifice or offering to God so that He can grant you His peace, His grace and His abundance.

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PRAYER 

Come Holy Spirit and infill us afresh with your gifts of patience, love, awe in your presence, kindness, knowledge, wisdom and understanding so that we may know and fulfill Your will for us. AMEN

Modern Secularism-Our youth don’t believe in the bible anymore

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Our youth don’t believe in the bible anymore, many seem to think that if you can’t prove it, then it doesn’t exist, that’s what I hear from teenagers these days and that’s what my teacher friends tell me are their experiences at high school.

The science departments in schools seem to have a foothold on this. Well since when have they become the authority on Theism? They are denying thousands of years of intelligence and they justify it by saying that the bible cannot be proven and that it is  corrupt. If that’s their argument, then why read any book, website, newspaper, bulletin or article? Everything we read has a bias, what renders it credible is the source and the proof that comes with the story. Well everything that was prophesied in the Old testament has been realized in the New Testament. Prophets who were chosen by God and who gave their lives for the truth, were all God inspired. Their words came from God. The bible is a living book and should be read as if God were talking to us in the now.

THESE ARE SOME UNDERSTANDINGS THAT ARE VERY CLEAR IN THE BIBLE 

Sin creates an infinite disorder with God. The more dignified the person is that is offended, the more grievous the offence is…..(St. Thomas Aquinas)

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NO ONE CAN BE JUSTIFIED BY HIS OWN WORKS BUT BY GOD ALONE

NO ONE WHO DENIES THE SON HAS THE FATHER

JESUS CHRIST IS THE ONLY WAY TO SALVATION

JESUS SAID IN JOHN 14:6  “I AM THE WAY THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE”          

The laws  of the western world have been inspired by the bible, if the bible is irrelevant then western society has become irrelevant too.

There is nothing God doesn’t know about man or that He still needs to learn and see about him, because He knows it all. We have been created by God, we have been created in His image, we are wired for God. There are enough testaments of people who weren’t  christian, who lived in non christian countries who have found God.

This is the exact reason why we should have respect for what cannot be explained by science. Faith is the evidence of what cannot be proved. There are dogmas that are mysteries, but that are exactly the true test of our faith.

God owes us nothing, the universe belongs to Him. God knows all our sins and only our truth and belief can justify us in the eyes of God through His Son Jesus. Jesus Christ as our mediator, Jesus Christ who offered Himself for reparation of our sins. Jesus Christ the perfect bridge joining man and God together.   (Scott M. Sullivan).

That’s the mystery of God, He would rather have 1 true believer that 100 unbelievers or robots who think or say ……”Yes that’s nice!” “Or that’s how it was then but it’s different now”.  God doesn’t want fans, He wants commitment, He wants your heart, He wants you to fight for Him, He wants you to believe without condition.

The God inspired bible was not written with an expiry date. God’s realm has no time, He lives in a spirit world where time is of no relevance to God. He knew it then and He knows it now………. the heart of man. After all, He is the all knowing and all loving and it’s for this reason that He gave us His Son Jesus Christ to redeem us.

Jesus’ teachings were not just meant for the time in which He lived but for all times and for all people, the problems our ancestors faced 100 or 1000, 2000 years ago for example, still exist now:- unbelief, jealousy, dishonesty, laziness, theft, murder, coveting another’s property, adultery, greed, lust, drugs and alcohol addictions, vanity  etc…. These all existed then and they still exist now, the difference being that humanity is getting more and more wicked. Why do you ask???????

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I’d like to think that humanity is more educated now, we have access to so much information and getting it is easy via the internet.  We have more money now, our Old Testament ancestors didn’t have all this and the benefit of the wisdom and teaching passed on by Jesus Christ.  We have Jesus and His spirit to guide us and to lead us to the truth, but many of us young and old choose to ignore it.

When our children were growing up, we would watch TV shows together, that brought up certain contentious issues that we could discuss and bring God’s light into the problem. Open conversations are crucial, especially from teenagers’ inquiring minds who need direction, not necessarily from their peers, but a nurturing spirit and an infilling of truth from people who have a deep understanding for our living God and how He is at work in our lives. We still  watch movies now on TV or go to the movies and discuss the lessons and morals in them.

I write this because I have a concern for our youth, I have a concern because I believe some, young and old, do not have a heaven perspective. Some people seem to think that they’re invincible. They have no plan for eternity.

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Make no mistake God is our judge and vindicator….If God is been offended then He sets the standard for justice, it’s not up to me or you, but God.

I’d like to finish by saying that God offers redemption, to all those who open their hearts to Him and believe.

MAY THE HOLY SPIRIT GUIDE YOU ALL TO THE COMPLETE TRUTH.

 

 

Where do you get your validation from?

What I see today is many people who look for approval from their peers, it’s not necessarily a bad thing but consider this. To a degree we all have biases, a certain unfulfilled ambition, unresolved issues, disappointments, judgements and problems that can all cloud our judgements and decisions when we look to our peers for advice and validation.

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Our peers may be  people who may have a wealth of knowledge but may be experience or spiritually poor.  Where are they in their journey to strive for the truth? So how can advice or validation from anyone be what we need, or be the answer to our problems?

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How do we get validation from God?  Make your path straight, repent, forgive, pray, give, acknowledge, praise, worship the one who died to know you. We ask for the answers we need and wait to hear from Him. Try it! It works!

MAY YOUR JOURNEY FOR THE TRUTH BE A PEACEFUL AND RIGHTEOUS ONE!

THE ANSWER TO ALL THIS TURMOIL IS ABOVE

I don’t think I’m alone in  saying that there is turmoil in and around us right now! Increase in crime, suicides, unemployment, family abuse, robberies and break ins, carjacking, disrespect for authority and the law, disrespect for democracy, drug abuse, alcohol,  depression, anxiety, bullying, poverty, sexual/verbal abuse, homelessness.. and more. So  this is where progress and our increased freedoms have lead us to? GET ME OUT OF HERE!! Really…… who needs this kind of progress???? I say…… we are going backwards.

I remember a time when life was simpler, easier, less congested, uncomplicated and orderly. Society is too quick to throw out what was good from our past to make way for progress.

The latest IPhones, IPads, cars, holidays, designer attire, isn’t going to fulfill us(it might for a brief moment) I’m talking about something that is lasting, that inner peace that translates into good sleep, good relationships, happy families and a relationship with God.

I hope this video clip will help put things in perspective, that only when things are right with God can we be truly at peace. A heart at rest is a heart at peace. When our will is united with God’s will, then and only then can we have union with Him.

God gave Jesus dominion over this earth, God gave us His Son Jesus to help fight our battles. We need to have a heaven perspective not an earthly one, because the second brings destruction and the first brings us in union with our creator God.

PRAYER

Dear Father God, we thank You for this beautiful world we live in. Please help us to follow your Son Jesus as He will lead us to the absolute truth and through Him, we will be in union with You in heaven. AMEN