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Good Morning

 

Good Morning

On my way to work this morning, I took a moment to observe the sky, I allowed my eyes to take in every object before me, I enjoyed the peace within me, that quietness that comes with salvation, I acknowledged it. I admired the beauty of creation, surrounded by tall buildings and a construction site in my background, I was and am grateful to be alive.

I walked through the office door of my workplace and I took my time to really notice those who were already at work. I didn’t greet them all, but I wished them all a blessed day, as I desire for myself and within me I smiled. My reflection on God’s goodness this morning, did not permit me to murmur under my breath against people, to spend my time living in a bubble of fear and pride. I found, the more grateful I was, the more I could appreciate all that God had placed around me, the more I could see His fingers working everyday miracles in my life.

I bless the name of my heavenly Father, and I boast of His faithfulness, His goodness, even within me – my confidence is rooted in His sovereignty.

 

Psalm 92:1 + 2

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High.

To show forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night.

 

And I won’t be afraid that this feeling might be short-lived, and what if tomorrow I don’t feel this way, or my morning isn’t so smooth? I put my trust in my Father, that He will remind me once again of the beauty of the life, He alone has granted me to enjoy.

 

With all sincerity, I say to you, have a blessed day

 

Peace & Love

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

What 2 Watch: Can I lose my salvation?

Chase God tv, is one YouTube channel which God has used to edify me, immensely, when I wanted to serve God and I didn’t know where to go for guidance, (partly because I didn’t go to church at that point – if I remember correctly) I did a little browsing on YouTube and the blessings have not ceased.

A scripture to definitely take away from this video Romans 8:34 – 39

34 Who can say God’s people are guilty? No one, because Christ Jesus died, but he was also raised from the dead, and now he is on God’s right side, appealing to God for us. 35 Can anything separate us from the love Christ has for us? Can troubles or problems or sufferings or hunger or nakedness or danger or violent death? 36 As it is written in the Scriptures:

“For you we are in danger of death all the time.

People think we are worth no more than sheep to be killed.” Psalm 44:22

37 But in all these things we are completely victorious through God who showed his love for us. 38 Yes, I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor ruling spirits, nothing now, nothing in the future, no powers, 39 nothing above us, nothing below us, nor anything else in the whole world will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

And please remember that in Christ Jesus there is no condemnation, sin has lost its sting, so if you fall, seek God’s forgiveness through the blood of Jesus Christ, don’t live in guilt, but live victorious, because of Christ’s sacrifice and God’s love for you.

God bless you, Amen in Jesus name.

Spokenword Sunday – This Life

Bow down before God in worship

Bow down before God in worship

This life, oh this life.

I might just laugh when I think about this life,

Laughter of the laughing laughers,

The giggles I giggled and the many sniggering after.

Smiles I formed on my face, its my Lord’s grace.

I may just cry when I think about this life,

Most of these are tears of joy,

The few that rarely fall but come falling like a flood,

Are tears for God.

Like if he’d never brought me here,

And imagine where I was last year,

And some mouths won’t say happy New Year,

2013 is but a could have been for another lost teen…

I might fall on my knees,

And pardon me please if I dance a little off beat,

Excuse me if I go down a little too low,

When my spirit’s joy shows.

But I have this Heavenly glow now,

He did the unthinkable and I don’t even know how.

Where I was coming from, the devil pulled our strings,

Tried to steal my victory, and make my spirit lean.

Too bad for the devil, how his plan did back fire,

What began as here we go again, ended with me serving the messiah.

I might just laugh when I think about this life,

I may just cry when I think about this life.

My spirit’s joy is overwhelming,

He came out of nowhere and held me.

He made me perfect in my imperfection,

And gave me all the love and affection.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t help the way I feel about God,

I’m so in love with Jesus, I said I’m so in love with Jesus.

Oh I might laugh, I may just cry,

For my sake, for my sake, for your sake, for our sake,

The Heavenly Father died.

By his resurrection, by his blood, We survive.

amen in Jesus name

Pleases and Thank Yous

Greed for the golden ticket in life

 ‘The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want’ Psalms 23:1 (KJV), Luke 12:15Luke 17:11 – 19, Philippians 4:12  

‘But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you’ Matthew 6:33 (KJV)

Yesterday, I was sitting at the bus stop with my friend, making our way home from visiting her sister and niece. It had been raining very heavily, and the wind was incredibly strong, and there I stood under the bus shelter, complaining about being in love and confused. As cold and as wet as it was, my rant persisted – “Why can’t he just admit how he feels?” I was busy shaking my head in frustration, when I noticed an elderly woman walking from afar. I continued to unpick my emotional torment to my friend, who I was sure had had enough, and was just as unsure as I was, of how relationships work. As the elderly woman walked nearer to us, I said “aunty is coming so let me stop”. When she arrived, I felt it would be disrespectful to continue my futile and meaningless conversation.

She looked at my friend and I, her head bowed, with a puzzled look on her face, she began – “I went to see someone who just gave birth and I was rushing, to catch the bus and I fell, I fell so hard on my back, I could have died, no one would have known, that would have been it. I wanted to cry, but then something told me to thank God, so I thank you God, thank you.” She stared down at her muddy palms and dusted off her stained trousers, we tried to reassure her that the mud stains on her trousers were not noticeable, just to soften the distressed expression on her face. My heart truly went out to her, “that’s why it’s not good to rush” she said, and not too long after she’s arrived, her bus came and she was gone.

This experience moved me incredibly, for many reasons. The first was my ability to show more respect to an elderly stranger, than my Father in Heaven who created both her and I. Why did I stop complaining in her presence, when I had relished doing it in the presence of the Almighty? How ungrateful I am at times, not to appreciate all that has been given to me by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, to find a reason to be unsatisfied with God’s works in my life, to moan in all my naivety about something I know little to nothing about. The second was the woman’s response to her great fall, thanking God, where others would have crumbled and been filled with anger, embarrassment and bitterness. There she stood, almost bewildered by the death she had just escaped and in awe of God’s mercy.

I rarely say thank you to God, but when a stranger holds the door for me I say thank you and my heart sincerely smiles, yet I am blessed with another day on earth, I am fortunate enough to have shelter, food to eat, friends who love me and as soon as my imagined bliss is interrupted, by a missed train, forgetting to wear perfume, failing my practical driving test, not getting a job interview – I dive into complaints.

Another reason why I was moved by what had occurred was because of her last utterances – “that’s why it’s not good to rush”, it was like God had put the words in her mouth. I was anxious to love, to be in love, to be loved, to live in lovely romance, and that’s what was frustrating me, not having experienced that unbreakable romance. But as she spoke those words, they held so much power and struck me in my gut, this bible scripture came to mind ‘do not stir up nor awaken love until it pleases’.

So for every second, every minute, every hour, every day, week, month, year, of my life that I’ve hissed ungratefully about some stupid thing or another, Lord I ask you for your forgiveness and I say Thank you Father God, merciful, for your love and kindness. Man, we are some insatiable creatures, there is no pleasing us, because we don’t want to be satisfied, because maybe then life would be as simple as God intended it to be and not so complicated by our endless wanting. Yes ask and you shall receive, but don’t become consumed by what you don’t have yet or what you may never have. So much so that you forget all that God has given you, you become ungrateful like the nine of the ten lepers who Jesus healed in God’s name and only one returned to say thank you –

Luke 17:11-19  ‘And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? 18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.’

Some out of those nine may have returned to whence they came, filled with bitterness and vengeance:

yes I am healed of my disease but I will hold on to what you said whilst I was still afflicted, I will weep about the way I was treated whilst I was afflicted, I will curse all those who cursed me whilst I was afflicted, I will ponder on my sufferings whilst I was afflicted, because I’m too stupid to see the bigger picture and just thank God.

If we respond to every blessing from God in this way, is it not apparent that the light of God is absent from our hearts? So we should be content like Paul: ‘ I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.’ Philippians 4:12 (KJV) Grateful for what we have through Christ Jesus. It isn’t a sin to ask God for something you want or need, but to become resentful, to envy others, to be jealous, to become obsessed, that is ungodly. Even in asking make sure you are aware that it is only by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that our prayers are answered, so say please.

Romans 8:28 says; ‘We know that in everything God works for the good of those who love him. They are the people he called, because that was his plan.’ So know that regardless of your hopes and dreams, what you want or even what you need, God knows what is right for you and if you obey him and serve him diligently, he will reward you for your faith as he blessed Abraham, and Isaac and David.

So, Please don’t forget to say your Pleases and Thank Yous to God. Amen in Jesus name.