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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

The REAL Easter message

I could say a lot about how Christ has redeemed me, how His majesty is the only thing great enough to overshadow a past like mine. But sometimes I ask the question, what did Christ actually give up for us? Why did He do it? This is the scripture the Lord gave me.
The REAL Easter message.

Isaiah 53:1 – 12

8 Unjustly condemned, he was led away.
No one cared that he died without descendants, that his life was cut short in midstream.
But he was struck down for the rebellion of my people.
9 He had done no wrong and had never deceived anyone. But he was buried like a criminal; he was put in a rich man’s grave.
10 But it was the LORD’s good plan to crush him and cause him grief.
Yet when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have many descendants.
He will enjoy a long life, and the LORD’s good plan will prosper in his hands.
11 When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied. And because of his experience, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for he will bear all their sins.
12 I will give him the honors of a victorious soldier, because he exposed himself to death. He was counted among the rebels. He bore the sins of many and interceded for rebels. (NLT)

How do we say thank you?
We live a full life in honour of His life, shortened for our sake. We know that our righteousness is incorruptible, that it cannot be tarnished or defiled by anything in this world, because our righteousness was purchased at the price of His life, our righteousness is of the LORD forever.

Peace and Love and HAPPY EASTER
#full living

Peace Series 2 – The Hero Cannot Die

imagesBefore Christ was crucified, he gave his disciples something special:

John 14:27

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.

Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Peace is so scarce in this world – it can only offer to its inhabitants temporal and artificial peace. The kind of peace that many seek in relationships, experience artificially through drug abuse, some are so overwhelmed by the struggle to find peace in this world that they decide to take their own lives, whether it be intentionally by suicide or more subtly by various forms of addiction and substance abuse.

It’s unlikely that “world peace” as the pageant girls often add to the end of their speeches will ever be achieved by mankind, especially when most individuals have yet to discover peace: not within themselves, but within Christ. He is the Prince of Peace. Any hope of having peace in this life, can only be realised through Christ.

There are many thought-provoking quotes, which talk about man’s pursuit for happiness, but in actuality, man’s spirit does not desire happiness, man’s spirit desires peace.  If you have peace, you will be happy – sometimes, but being happy doesn’t mean you have peace and having peace doesn’t mean you will be happy all the time.

Even if you accomplish every aspiration, you’re rich, famous, look the way you want, have everyone in the world following you on twitter, all of the above, even when you think – I’m happy – your heart gives that off beat that lets you know your spirit is not, because you don’t have peace.

Christ for instance, endured scrutiny, constant criticism, many times crowds gathered with the intention to stone him and he saw his own crucifixion ahead of him, he wasn’t always happy, yet in Christ there was peace, because he knew there was something greater to look forward to. Beyond this temporal world is – everlasting love, peace and joy in heaven.

Its kinda like when you watch a film, and the hero is hurt and you think 😮 will he make it, but deep down you’re not worried because you know, the hero will not and cannot die. Of course 21st century cinema brought much pessimism and many hero-less films into existence. But life with Christ cannot end with a cliffhanger. 

If  as a Christian you struggle to keep your peace at times, have faith in the God you serve, the God whom if you call, he will answer. Always remind yourself that you are under the covering of the Prince of peace. I leave you with this:

John 16:33

These things I have spoken unto you that ye might have peace.

 In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

May Christ’s peace be with you x

Spokenword Sunday – YOLO

Drake yolo

You Only Live Once

How many people here have heard that saying?

Who doesn’t know what the acronym YOLO represents?

You only live once

You only live once

It came to me as I was watching some inspiring Christian poetry

I realised how the devil really works

How he can take a strong warning and distort it into the end of every joke

The excuse for every foolish and selfish act

Who benefits from your yolo-ing?

Don’t you know that there is only one beneficiary to sin, the devil,

He gains another soul in hell

Do we even listen to the things that come out of our mouths?

Christ told us, this is what defiles a man

You only live once

Do you understand what that means,

That means that if the floor were to separate and swallow us all,

That’s it

No clubbing tomorrow,

You won’t have the opportunity to complain about your weight

Or the fact that your new iphone five, causing suicides in China,

Selling at prices enough to feed villages in Africa,

Stopped working

You won’t be able to worry about who is or is not whatsapping you

where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth

And I guess I’m a hypocrite because my phone cost me over £400

How ironic that I should struggle to pay my rent some months and carry the value  in the palm of my hand.

You only live once,

Try weed, try drugs, have sex with him and her too

Do whatever you want to do because you only live once

Tattoo only God can judge me

Just to show how daring and creative you can be

But only God can judge you and don’t worry he will

You’ll have the opportunity to explain to him why you felt so strongly about judgement that you needed to permanently mark it on the walls of his temple

Cause our body is his temple

YOLO

We don’t even think about what those four letters mean

If you’re given the grace to understand then please understand

Yes its true this body only survives one life time, but your spirit is eternal

It would have been better for some if they hadn’t been born because by being born you’ve enter a contract forever

You’ll always be in existence

I’m not saying yolo-ing is wrong, I yolo often

Saying things I don’t want to say because of human fear, that I know I have to say because of God because I’ll only live on this earth once

I won’t have the opportunity to come back and do things the right way having learned of hell

The guy you spent half of your teenage years chasing, the image you almost killed yourself for,

They won’t matter once death comes

Is it me or does it seem sensible to utilize this life on earth, that we only have to live once, to do things that will save us from burning for eternity

In fact I am mostly talking to myself here

Because I know I’ve ended a stupid decision with the word YOLO!

Do you know how many people have taken some drug just once and died, they know the true meaning of YOLO

Said the wrong thing and been in the wrong place at the wrong time and had life snatched away from them

You Only Live Once

Prepare for Battle

‘God’s word is alive and working and is sharper than a double-edged sword. It cuts all the way into us, where the soul and spirit are joined, to the center of our joints and bones. And it judges the thoughts and feelings in our hearts. Nothing in all the world can be hidden from God. Everything is clear and lies open before him, and to him we must explain the way we have lived.’ Hebrews 4:12 – 13 (WEB)

Have mercy on me Father,

For my flesh hungers for destruction,

Battle ah go between the spirit and the flesh

Today one wins, yesterday the other prevailed

Meaningless are the battles, so long as the war is God’s

Redeemer fight for me, because I fear I am too weak

I ask and plead for strength

Because this loneliness is one never experienced before

And my flesh cries out in desolation

My spirit whimpers,  as I lust and want

Not as wanting itself would want

What paradox am I, what contradiction

That God the creator of love’s love should not be enough?

So I wipe away my tears again

I repent again

And I prepare for battle again, because so long as we are on this earth,

The flesh will persist in trying

So the spirit likewise must not surrender

Pray watchfully , do not sleep

Only to wake up in sin.

I’ll take your slander in my stride

I won’t crumble inside

No, there won’t be shrapnel for you to keep a souvenir

And I was a fool in lust

I will be humble in love

How sweet was the bitter tasting sin?

A snare misconstrued for a smile

I’ll just go home this time

No, when you return I won’t be nervously waiting

No soldier waits idly for battle,

No man waits for death

I’m putting on my armour,

How will I die when I serve the living word?