Category: Reflections

The Armour of God

seashorePicture this image.

A raucous scene, a battlefield, contention on every side. Bodies throw against one another. Who but who will surrender? Who will stand?

And there in the midst of it all, one stands, a solace surrounding him. In the chaos, the quiet abides with him. Soon they notice, the tranquil site on the battlefield.

He holds a sword, but this will not stop them from tempting him.

I have often imagine myself, in a complete suit of armour, walking slowly along the seashore, the sea air clean and clear, in the shadow of my Father. His peace quietens me, but still I hold in my hand the sword ready to fight.

Simply holding a sword on a battlefield will not fend off opposition, it certainly won’t win the war. And like this man, sword in hand, we cannot simply have the Gospel and persevere. At all times we must use the Gospel, put it to use as shield, armour and weapon.

It is the good fight of faith.

 

1 corinthians 15:1 – 3

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

 

Even in trials and tribulations, may God continue to renew in our hearts, the Good News of the Gospel and a revelation of Himself, that we may continue to stand and persevere in Jesus name amen.

Peace & Love

Test-imonies not Easy-monies

exam-sweat2Why they are called test-imonies and not easy-monies

 

Its exam season for some of us students, and in life generally, we sometimes feel tested and challenged. Whilst I was writing down a testimony, in the testimony section of my notebook (obviously everyone has one of those), it occurred to me that the word testimony had another word in it and of all the words, TEST. You’ll be glad to know that I won’t be boring you with the etymology of the word and its origins.

I’m not trying to suggest that every testimony is or should be preceded by a trial, or some kind of testing journey or event, but they often can be and I’m sure there is a reason why they weren’t called easy-monies. (I know, the word play is amazing)

For some biblical examples, just look at Joseph from prisoner to Prime minister, or Hannah from  mother of none to mother of six.

Genesis 41:39 – 41 

39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you. 40 You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you.” 41 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.”

1 Samuel 2:2, 4 + 5

2 “No one is holy like the LordFor there is none besides You, Nor is there any rock like our God. “Talk no more so very proudly; Let no arrogance come from your mouth, For the Lordis the God of knowledge; And by Him actions are weighed.

4 “The bows of the mighty men are broken, And those who stumbled are girded with strength.

5 Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread, And the hungry have ceased to hunger. Even the barren has borne seven , And she who has many children has become feeble.

So just a word of encouragement, you might be feeling challenged right now, but it won’t last forever and it makes for a better test-imony when God gives you an A (ok, that was the last one). It can be trying, it can be testing, it can seem impossible, it requires faith and the unmerited favour of God – it is the fruit of endurance ~ Testimonies

 

Think about it

Peace & Love

 

GOD’S REIGN vs man’s reign

1 Samuel 8In this chapter we see Israel asking Samuel to give them a king like the other nations of the earth. God reigned over Israel, God appointed prophets and ordained judges, but they wanted one man to have authority over them.

19 Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, “No, but we will have a king over us,

20 that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.”

At times God gives us ‘great’ and we, ourselves turn it down and look for ‘good enough’ –  By the world’s standards and by our own standards. A similar occurrence in the garden of Eden, shows how Adam and Eve were given ‘great’, the entire garden of Eden and everything in it, except one tree, free of charge, but they settled for something that appeared ‘good’ for food.

Reflect over your life, and think:

what God-given greatness did I or am I substituting for my own ‘good enough’?

Peace and Love

Early Bird Tweets 25.12.13

** MERRY CHRISTMAS **

God has shut up everything of Himself within His Son, and it is not possible now to know or have anything of God outside of the Lord Jesus, His Son. God has made this a settled thing; it is final , it is conclusive.                                                                                   – T. Austin Sparks, The School Of Christ, The inner working of the Holy Spirit 

I know how easy it can be to forget to pray or sometimes it can be more challenging than usual, especially in difficult situations.

The enemy loves to discourage us, when we need God the most, he’s set up a trap for us in our day and the only thing that can ruin his plan is in Jesus name”, those three words. So we wake up tired, irritable, frustrated, upset, lost for words, everything annoys us. We wanna worship, but we can’t, we wanna pray, but we’re distracted.

But I tell you something, crying out to Jesus will make all the difference, between having knowledge of God,  and having a personal relationship with God in and through His Son Jesus Christ.

So this merry Christmas afternoon, even if its one prayer, one utterance, seal it in Jesus name and believe and see God’s faithfulness manifest.

Have a happy Christmas, rejoice! Today certifies our victory over death and over the enemy.  So get your victory dance on and make the effort to be cheerful today.

We have won in Jesus name amen

Peace and Love x

Early Bird Tweet 14.12.13

Good morning, its Saturday – (if you didn’t already know)

Here’s a new bringing into view of His Son … Not just and only as Jesus of Nazareth, but as the Son of Man, Son of God; God revealed and manifested in man, out from eternity with all the fullness of Divine essence, that His people might see.

– T. Austin Sparks, The School Of Christ, The inner working of the Holy Spirit 

Looking at this quote, I get so excited. There are so many of us in this world, that sometimes, we feel like we are no more than one insignificant individual amongst many. But as a Christian, your faith signifies something beyond amazing. As we are in Christ and Christ is in us, Christ being the Son of God; God is also revealed in us and manifested in us! Little ol’ me! 

That’s enough to make me smile this morning.

Have a blessed rest of the day, keep shining light of the world…

Peace and Love x