Saturday, 28 November 2020

Finishing Well

Paul exhorts us in our life of faith as he finishes his race well.

On occasions, I have gone to watch a marathon.  There is no better place to spectate than at the approach to the finishing line. What excitement and admiration is generated amongst the supporters as those competitors come into view.  Men and women, who after hours of exertion enter the final stage and muster all their will-power. Somehow, they accelerate into a sprint towards the finishing line, which is beckoning them ahead. Many of these athletes will not win a spectacular prize but the cheers of the enthusiastic crowd spur them on.

 We see a special significance in the last days and words of famous people or those dear to us. The apostle Paul wrote his last letter in a Roman prison, knowing that this imprisonment was leading to his execution. We read:  ‘.. the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.’  This was his second letter to his spiritual son, Timothy, and Paul packed this letter with spiritual riches as he sensed he was reaching the end.

 Paul had served God as an apostle of Christ for about 30 years. His dramatic conversion occurred in the midst of a violent persecution campaign against the followers of Christ. Although his conversion and subsequent ministry resulted in countless lives experiencing the grace of God; Paul eagerly looked forward to entering the heavenly kingdom and receiving a crown of righteousness.

I want to mention 10 things in Paul’s letter that may help us finish well.

1. Guard the gospel:- the good deposit that has been entrusted to us. Paul makes an incredibly simple statement (for him!): ‘Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David, this is my gospel, for which I am suffering’

2. Expect hardship, endure hardship – this is no easy road. Paul recalls his sufferings and persecutions, some of which Timothy had witnessed.

3. Be holy: Paul describes a house with different articles in it, some made with silver and gold others made from wood and clay. Our actions decide which we will be.

4. Do not neglect your unique gifting: Paul exhorts us to do our best to present ourselves to God as approved workers

5. Do not be ashamed: Paul shows how he is not ashamed of the message and the Name of the Lord Jesus. Neither should we be ashamed of the Lord’s servants.

6. Do not get distracted: Paul mentions foolish and stupid arguments as well as myths, and lots of learning but not acknowledging the truth

7. Do not be deceived, keep your head in all situations: - Paul warns us about evil men and imposters as well as people who keep wanting something new

8. Do not desert your friends: Paul mentions his longstanding friend Demas who had left him at a time of need. 

9. Do not be discontent with your lot in life: Paul encourages us to be strong in God’s grace. His grace is always sufficient.

10. Do not give up on hope: Paul says that the Lord has stood with him in trials and will rescue him from every evil attack.

Some people like Paul, may sense that their time of departure is approaching. However, for others the end may come suddenly. Jesus said that we shouldn’t worry about tomorrow. Let us live well today.

Finishing is better than starting – Ecclesiastes 7:8 (NLT)



Author:  Richard Windridge

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Saturday, 21 November 2020

The Meaning of the Menorah

In these days our movements may be limited but God has called us to be light to the people around us.

God’s detailed instructions to Moses on how to set up the tabernacle included a lampstand made out of a whole talent (35kg) of pure gold, hammered in all its intricate detail out of one lump. (see Exodus 25). The word ‘menorah’ is derived from an original Hebrew word meaning to shine or give light.   This crafted and intricate masterpiece held seven lamps burning olive oil which lit up the holy place in the tent of meeting. Seven is a significant number, denoting completion.  Seven lamps, yet mounted on one unit, God’s perfect presence among His people.

Today there is a large monument depicting the menorah standing outside of the Knesset (parliament building) in Jerusalem, reminding the leaders of the nation that they govern according to the light of their Lord.  And that they are called to be ‘a light for the nations’ (Isaiah 42:6-7, 49:6).  The emblem of the menorah is prominent on the Israeli coat of arms, flanked by olive branches, and is based on Isaiah 60:3, ‘Nations shall come to your light’.

In Jesus’ day there would have been a huge menorah lighting the temple area, in particular the treasury area (John 8:20).  In this very spot Jesus declares: ‘I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’  (John 8:12).  If not true then these words would have been serious blasphemy, which is why the religious authorities who refused to recognise Jesus wanted him arrested.  But it was not yet His time.

When the time was right Jesus was arrested, tortured and crucified, dying at the precise moment when the Passover lambs were slaughtered.  At that instant the massive temple curtain was torn from top to bottom and the light of the huge menorah streamed from the Holy Place into the outer court, signalling the start of God’s light pouring out to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and spreading to the ‘ends of the earth’.

As the light of the gospel reached the gentiles Jesus spoke through John to His church: ‘The words of Him who holds the seven stars [angels] in His right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands [congregations]’. (Revelation 2:1)

God’s purpose and plan for us today is:  ‘that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world’. (Philippians 2:15)  Impossible, were it not for the power of the Holy Spirit poured out for us and in us.

In these days our movements may be limited but God has called us to be light to the people around us.  Jesus commands us: ''You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.'' (Matthew 5:14-16)

Just one more detail – the cups on that first menorah described in Exodus 25 were made like almond blossoms.  The root of the original word for almond also means diligent and hardworking, because the almond was the first in the season to flower.  

So let us burn, with diligence, with the light of Jesus to the people around us.  Just as moths are drawn out of the darkness to a lamp, so they will come, that they too may receive the gospel message and shine for Jesus.  The shape of church as we know it has radically changed, and meeting may be limited, but the doors for effective witness are open.  Mission begins at home.



Author:  John Plumb

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Saturday, 14 November 2020

The Menorah

But if the Menorah is lit, it does not matter what the lampstand looks like, it will look beautiful anyway.

A friend in our fellowship the other day had a vision of the Menorah (or Menora, apparently it can be spelt either way). She said she did not know why she had this but we all felt it was significant.  The Menorah was the lampstand that God told Moses to make as part of many things that were to go in the Tabernacle, as they were journeying through the desert towards the Promised Land. The instructions that God gave to Moses on how to make them are incredibly detailed. In Exodus 25:31-40 we read: “Make a lampstand of pure gold. Hammer out its base and shaft, and make its flowerlike cups, buds and blossoms of one piece with them. 32 Six branches are to extend from the sides of the lampstand—three on one side and three on the other. 33 Three cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms are to be on one branch, three on the next branch, and the same for all six branches extending from the lampstand. 34 And on the lampstand, there are to be four cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms. 35 One bud shall be under the first pair of branches extending from the lampstand, a second bud under the second pair, and a third bud under the third pair—six branches in all. 36 The buds and branches shall all be of one piece with the lampstand, hammered out of pure gold.

37 “Then make its seven lamps and set them up on it so that they light the space in front of it. 38 Its wick trimmers and trays are to be of pure gold. 39 A talent of pure gold is to be used for the lampstand and all these accessories. 40 See that you make them according to the pattern shown you on the mountain

The book of Hebrews reminds us in chapter 8:5-6 that all the items God told Moses to make are a copy and a shadow of heavenly things. It says: They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.” 6 But in fact the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, since the new covenant is established on better promises.

But why did our friend have a vision of a Menorah and not just a plain old candle or lamp?

Could it be that:

1. It is a reminder to us, as the body of Christ, of our Jewish roots. As a nation and even as a church many have forgotten God’s Chosen People. Some even say that we, as Christians have taken the place of Israel, but the Bible makes it quite clear this is not so. In Romans 11:17-18 the message is easy to understand. God, by His grace, has grafted us in to the original vine: But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root of the olive tree, 18 do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you.

2. As we know, seven is God’s perfect complete number. We know that the lampstand represents the presence of God among His people. In Revelation we see the lampstands representing the Spirit’s presence in Jesus’s letters to the churches.

3. The Menorah is shaped like a single vine with branches all coming out of one stem which reminds us of the fact that we must abide in Jesus, the main vine at all times if we want to bear fruit for Him. In John 15:5 it says: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

4. It is a symbol of what we need to be as the body of Christ.  First of all, the lamps have to be lit if they are going to do any good at all. If the lamps are not lit then the Menorah is just a pretty piece of decoration. It is just there for show. Without the Holy Spirit the Church can be just a pretty building. Jesus said something like this when talking of the Pharisees as ‘Whitewashed Tombs’. In Matthew 23 it says: "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. But if the Menorah is lit, it does not matter what the lampstand looks like, it will look beautiful anyway. It is also a symbol of our unity. We as a body should all be lights individually but all joined together by one spirit and common purpose, to be a light to the ever-darkening world. If one of the lights go out the whole body suffers and does not shine so brightly. We must endeavour to help that person to be lit again so that as a body all our parts are working correctly. 

1 Corinthians 12 says:  If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honoured, every part rejoices with it. 

The Menorah was created to give light. Let us do what we were created for and be a shining example, a light in the darkness.




Author: Thelma Cameron 

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Saturday, 7 November 2020

A Word of Encouragement

Thank God, we are saved now. But if we want to overcome, we have to endure. There is only one way to learn endurance, and that is enduring.

Standing Steadfast 

In Matthew 24:3, Jesus gives a discourse of things to come before the end of the age.
Now as He sat on the mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying. "Tell us when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and the end of the age''.
He continues with His prophetic discourse, saying ''there will be a progression of events, before the end of the age''.
 
Down The Plughole
A few days ago, the Lord gave me a picture which has led me to write this article.
It was a picture of a plug that had come out of a bath, full of water, and the water was swirling around at a very fast rate, down the hole. Many people were caught up, in this water and they were being sucked down. Many were frail, others were younger, and going down as well at a fast pace.
The stronger ones were able to swim against the flow, and were trying to save the weaker ones, who were being sucked down by the swirling water.
Some were crying out for someone to put the plug back in to try and save them, but their cries were hopeless. The Holy Spirit showed me that if they cried out strong enough in desperation, God would have put the plug back in.
Their own efforts were useless, without His help, they were unable to save themselves.
It is very evident in these days, that society has turned it's back on God.
And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. Matt 24:12
 
Enduring
Not everyone will give in to fear, persecution, or lawlessness, What does Jesus promise for those who remain faithful?
"But he who endures to the end shall be saved." Matthew 24:13
 
Thank God, we are saved now. But if we want to overcome, we have to endure. There is only one way to learn endurance, and that is enduring. Endurance, is God's preparation for what lies ahead. We should not complain, as instructed in God's Word. 
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of you faith, produces, patience, (endurance) But let patience have it's perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James 1:2-4
For us to be perfect and complete, we have to let our endurance be governed by the Holy Spirit. This is the key to surviving.
 
Waiting With Perseverance
When will our adoption be complete?
And not only they, but we also who have the first fruits of the Holy Spirit, even we ourselves  groan, within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. Romans 8:23
 
In Jesus, we are already God's children, we have the inner witness of the Holy Spirit crying out in us "Abba Father" but our adoption into God's Family is still in process. We do not yet have our resurrected bodies free from sin, disease and death.
 
For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope, for why does one still hope for what he sees? Romans 8: 24
We don't hope for what we already have, but what we don't have.
But if we hope for what we do not yet see, then we eagerly wait for it with perseverance. Romans 8:25
 
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God. Revelation 2:7
 
And I heard a  loud voice from heaven  saying "Behold, the tabernacle of God  is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. Revelation 21: 3
 
 
The Future Glory of God's People
The new Jerusalem is where God will dwell amongst His people for ever.
His bride will meet Him in the air, Jesus will return to earth and take His rightful place on the Mount of Olives, as King of All Kings, Lord of all Lords, and all nations will come and worship at His feet.
 
May the peace of God our heavenly Father, And the grace of Christ the risen Son, And the fellowship of God the Sprit Keep our hearts and minds within His love.



 
 Author: John Yates


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Sunday, 1 November 2020

Standing in the Gap

We are called to repentance and to acknowledge our own part in this nation’s slide into godlessness in order that we may “Stand in the Gap” between the “dead and the living”. 

   

I have, like many of us, been pondering and reflecting on the words of prophesy and the call  of the Holy Spirit for the people of God to “stand in the gap” in these days and I must confess that I have been not a little confused and perturbed by what it means.

However, the Lord, in His mercy has led me to Numbers 16:46 - 48

And Moses said to Aaron, “Take your censer, and put fire on it from off the altar and lay incense on it and carry it quickly to the congregation and make atonement for them, for wrath has gone out from the LORD; the plague has begun.” 47 So Aaron took it as Moses said and ran into the midst of the assembly. And behold, the plague had already begun among the people. And he put on the incense and made atonement for the people. 48 And he stood between the dead and the living, and the plague was stopped. 

These verses represent the climax of a story of arrogance, disobedience, and disrespect of God and His Holiness. It starts with Korah, a Levite and 250 of Israel’s leaders challenging Moses and Aaron suggesting that, as God was among them (the Levites) they were holy and Moses and Aaron had no right to “exalt themselves” above the congregation, despite the fact that they had been appointed and anointed by God to the task of ministering to the people.

So, a “competition” was arranged; Korah and his 250 against Aaron, to present incense before God. The outcome, of course, was a foregone conclusion! Aaron, as the chief priest, being the only one authorised by God to present incense before Him. As a result, Korah and his family were swallowed alive when the earth opened up beneath them and the 250 censer carriers were destroyed by fire from God.

You would think that the Israelites would have learned their lesson, but not a bit of it. The next day they “grumbled” against Moses and Aaron accusing them of “killing the people of God” despite the fact that they had witnessed God’s personal intervention and punishment of those who stood against Him. They also missed the point: that God, tempering His justice with mercy only punished those directly involved rather than their supporters. He was giving them a warning.

But the people chose to ignore the warning and God sent a plague amongst them. Moses and Aaron fell face down before the Lord and Moses instructed Aaron to take fire from the altar put incense on it and go in amongst the people and atone for them. Aaron obeyed and the plague ended, but not before, we are told, that 14,700 died in addition to those killed with Korah.

So, what can we learn from this episode? We too, as the Lord’s people, are surrounded by a world which displays arrogance, disobedience and disrespect and refusal to recognise the holiness of God. Sometimes, sadly, within the church.

We have received clear prophesies that God’s judgement is coming, and we see a warning of what’s to come in the current crisis. We, being anointed by the Holy Spirit and washed in the blood of Jesus are called to “take the fire” in amongst the people to make atonement for them and call them to repentance.

This will not make us popular. We will be ignored, ridiculed, and vilified and we too will have our calling, to bring the truth to people who would much rather stay in the dark, questioned.

The Lord is using this time to prepare us for this task just as Aaron and his sons were called to purify themselves before ministering before the Lord. We are called to repentance and to acknowledge our own part in this nation’s slide into godlessness in order that we may “Stand in the Gap” between the “dead and the living”.

As Lance Lambert says at the end of his prophetic word:

“It is time for you who love Me, who are faithful to Me, to take action! Stand before Me and plead The Finished Work of My Son. At least cry out to Me, that there will be those who turn from darkness, from sin, and be saved. For whosoever shall call upon My Name in the midst of these judgements, I will save!  It will cost you everything to stand in the gap, but you will enter into My heart, and know deep fellowship with Me. Such travail conceived in your heart by My Spirit will cost you deeply, but it will end in My Throne and Glory.”

Even so, come Lord Jesus.


Author: Alan Cameron


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Saturday, 24 October 2020

In Remembrance of me

He knew we would need to hold the cup and drink the wine, to remind ourselves that it was His blood that signed the new covenant between God and us.


I have been recently been involved in clearing my mom's home as she decided that she is very happy at the care home she was moved to from hospital and would like to stay.  I always knew it would be at bit of an emotional journey clearing mom`s home as it was the home I grew up and lived in for 14 years.  Some of her possessions however have been part of my whole life, and I was prepared for being upset by going through her possession, but nothing really prepared me for the effect of finding so much of my Dad`s things (which were still at the house) would have on me as well. 

My dad died 6 years ago, and it`s not like I had forgotten him, but some of the memories had faded a little recently as I had been so involved with my mom.  As I opened drawers and cupboards the memories came flooding back; a pair of his glasses, the black tie he saved for funerals, his tyre pressure gauge (you just don’t see them anymore) and the shelves and shelves of really useful things he kept because “you never know when they will come in handy”!!  But the most evocative was his Palestine Photo Album.

The whole of the front and back is emboss leather with an inlaid leather picture of David`s tower in Jerusalem.  Inside is a selection of 1946 photos of my dads National Service which he served in Palestine, Israel (as is today) and Cyprus. To see dad with hair (he was always bald when we knew him) and in uniform with his comrades was quite amazing, it`s hard to imagine our parents having any other life than the life they had with us. There are also lots of pictures of what is today Israel but how it was in 1946, its absolutely fascinating.  I remember dad showing us this book when we were children and how I loved it then with its black and white photos and that tissue paper sheets between the pages of the album. 

The memories of dad just came rushing back as I held the book, it was a bit like he was there again telling me about when the fuel depot at Haifa was blown up …so many memories.  I was so glad we had never disposed of or lost it, because it was such a reminder of what dad was like, holding it in my hands transported me back to my childhood and the stories he used to tell me.

The strength of the memory made me think of the wisdom of the God. Jesus knew how easily as humans we forget things, how over time we can lose the reality of memory and experience, so He left something behind that would guarantee that we would never lose touch with the reality of His salvation and His wonderful grace to us.  This is the act of breaking bread together.

Paul says ''For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord Himself: On the night when He was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then He broke it in pieces and said “this is My body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me. In the same way, He took the cup of wine after supper saying “this cup is the new covenant between God and His people-an agreement confirmed with My blood.  Do this in remembrance of Me as often as you drink it.  For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lords death until He comes again.'' (NLT) 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

It was as I held my dad's photo album in my hands the memories came back, God knows that touch and taste often unlock the memories.  He knew we would need to handle the bread and give thanks for it, we would need to remind ourselves that it was with His body that Jesus paid for our forgiveness, Isaiah says ''He (His body) was pierced for our rebellion crushed for our sins.  He (His body) was beaten so we could be whole. He (His body) was whipped so we could be healed'' Isaiah 53:5. He knew we would need to hold the cup and drink the wine, to remind ourselves that it was His blood that signed the new covenant between God and us.

God new I might forget so He bids me to touch and taste as often as I can so the reality will not drift into clouded memory but stay vivid and effective every day.  To keep me realising where I came from and who I am now because of His intervention in the World and in my life. 

I am thankful that our fellowship has recently been focussing on taking time over communion and celebrating communion every week.  This has been wonderful and so much wonderful teaching has come out of our time, but even in that I find I can still personally not always dwell on the value of remembering that it was for me He died.  I need to remind myself and make time to allow the Holy Spirit to bring to my mind and my spirit the truths He wants to reveal to me 

I think it’s the same with reading the Word, we have to handle it to take time over it, to let it touch every part of our lives.  I am so grateful that today the Word of God can be accessed in many technical and none-technical ways.  We can see it and hear it but to me this time has given me the chance to just sit and hold the Word of God and read and re read it till it has become more precious than ever. To handle it and allow it to speak to me as never before, to give the Holy Spirit the time to illuminate it to me.  To touch it and to let it sink into my life and my memory, so that handling the Word is not something that is strange to me but something I can share with the Lord and allow Him to reveal His truths to me. 

Thank You Lord for every remembrance of You and help me to daily bring you into my life and dwell on the memory of how You saved a sinner like me.  Help me to hold in my hand the memory of who I was and what You have made me in Yourself through Your sacrifice on the Cross. 



Author: Jan Pearson


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Saturday, 17 October 2020

Reflection on Psalm 139

Do you find it scarier to know that there is nowhere you can go where God is not present, or do you find that affirming and comforting that wherever you are God is with you?


Psalm 139 is one of my favourite passages of Scripture,

I’m overwhelmed by the depth of God’s love for us, that He knew me and loved me before I was even born.

15 You even formed every bone in my body

when You created me in the secret place, 

carefully, skilfully shaping me from nothing to something.

16 You saw who You created me to be before I became me!

Before I’d ever seen the light of day, (TPT)


I find it both challenging and reassuring at the same time, that God knows all there is to know about me, he knows me so completely better than I know myself perhaps.

How do we get our heads around a God who is everywhere, who knows all there is to know about us, who knows us better than we know ourselves, who knows all our thoughts before they are on our lips, yet still loves us with that deep abiding abundant love of Father God. Love so deep and profound, unconditional love not because of anything we have done but because God is Love. Those who live in love live in God and He in them.


Psalm 139 reminds us that God is everywhere, there is nowhere we can go that God is not present, our awesome Creator God.

Do you find it scarier to know that there is nowhere you can go where God is not present, or do you find that affirming and comforting that wherever you are God is with you?


It has taken me along time to grapple with the verses towards the end which talk of hatred, disgust and despise of people. I often used to skip-over these verses but after many years of reflection have come to realise that we need to offer our hearts to God, our thoughts should be focused on God’s purpose and not on any resentments or regrets of the past. God knowns all there is to know about us, He knows our hearts and calls us to love one another.


How do we create a world built on love?

Well it begins with us, each one of us making a commitment to live in Love, to seek God’s heart, to seek to live in and reflect the redemptive, abundant, sacrificial love God has for His children and to know that deep abiding love that the Psalmist speaks of. The faithful eternal love of God. Shown to us in Jesus Christ, when we accept Jesus into our lives and our hearts by the power of the Holy Spirit living in us, we can seek to build a world motivated by the sacrificial, redemptive Love of God.


 Psalm 139 (The Passion Translation TPT)

1 Lord, you know everything there is to know about me.

2 You perceive every movement of my heart and soul,

and You understand my every thought before it even enters my mind.

3–4 You are so intimately aware of me, Lord.

You read my heart like an open book

and You know all the words I’m about to speak

before I even start a sentence!

You know every step I will take before my journey even begins.

5 You’ve gone into my future to prepare the way,

and in kindness You follow behind me

to spare me from the harm of my past.

With Your hand of love upon my life,

You impart a blessing to me.

6 This is just too wonderful, deep, and incomprehensible!

Your understanding of me brings me wonder and strength.

7 Where could I go from Your Spirit?

Where could I run and hide from Your face?

8 If I go up to heaven, You’re there!

If I go down to the realm of the dead, You’re there too!

9 If I fly with wings into the shining dawn, You’re there!

If I fly into the radiant sunset, You’re there waiting!

10 Wherever I go, Your hand will guide me;

Your strength will empower me.

11 It’s impossible to disappear from You

or to ask the darkness to hide me,

for Your presence is everywhere, bringing light into my night.

12 There is no such thing as darkness with You.

The night, to You, is as bright as the day;

there’s no difference between the two.

13 You formed my innermost being, shaping my delicate inside and my intricate outside,

and wove them all together in my mother’s womb.

14 I thank You, God, for making me so mysteriously complex!

Everything You do is marvellously breath-taking.

It simply amazes me to think about it!

How thoroughly You know me, Lord!

15 You even formed every bone in my body

when You created me in the secret place,

carefully, skilfully shaping me from nothing to something.

16 You saw who You created me to be before I became me!

Before I’d ever seen the light of day,

the number of days You planned for me

were already recorded in Your book.

17–18 Every single moment You are thinking of me!

How precious and wonderful to consider

that You cherish me constantly in Your every thought!

O God, Your desires toward me are more

than the grains of sand on every shore!

When I awake each morning, You’re still with me.

19 O God, come and slay these bloodthirsty, murderous men!

For I cry out, “Depart from me, you wicked ones!”

20 See how they blaspheme Your sacred Name

and lift up themselves against You, but all in vain!

21 Lord, can’t You see how I despise those who despise You?

For I grieve when I see them rise up against You.

22 I have nothing but complete hatred and disgust for them.

Your enemies shall be my enemies!

23 God, I invite Your searching gaze into my heart.

Examine me through and through;

find out everything that may be hidden within me.

Put me to the test and sift through all my anxious cares.

24 See if there is any path of pain I’m walking on,

and lead me back to Your glorious, everlasting ways—

the path that brings me back to You.



Author: Diane Webb


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Sunday, 11 October 2020

Open the eyes of my heart Lord

It is easy to criticise a world that does not know Jesus, but we, who do know him, need to examine ourselves.


Last week as we were talking about praying for the nation the following scripture came to mind:

Judges 21:25: In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.

The final chapters of the book of Judges portray a society in which there was a disintegration of family values and morals. There were betrayals, idolatry, hostility, lack of protection and compassion and lots more. They had an eye problem. They looked to other gods and did not focus their eyes on the one true God. It is a lesson in what happens to a nation that stops being committed to the Lord and no longer puts Him at the centre of their lives. It teaches us what happens when people think they know better than God. There is a downward spiral. It becomes disastrous. Tim Keller in his commentary writes that ‘Judges can be described as “despicable people doing deplorable things” and as “trashy tales about dysfunctional characters.”

It struck me that society today is going the same way. People feel they have the right to do whatever they want. Many are a law unto themselves, an attitude which inevitably leads to evil. We live in a time when it is becoming more and more the case, that everyone does what is right in their own eyes. They are living as if they have no king. But we know that they do have a King. We, who know Him, must help them to turn their eyes from themselves and fix them on the one who can save them.

Hebrews 12:1-2 says:  Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame and is seated at the right hand of God. 

After lamenting about society and how it is all going terribly wrong, my husband played the song whose words are 2 Chronicles 7:14 ‘If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.’ We have been given this verse many times recently and we have been using it to pray for our nation but as we were listening to the song it struck my husband like a lightening bolt that it is the people who are called by His name that need to turn from their wicked ways. That’s us!! 

We too can live as if we have no king sometimes. It is easy to criticise a world that does not know Jesus, but we, who do know him, need to examine ourselves.  We can easily become complacent as a Christian, to be lukewarm, not giving God our whole lives and not rooting out the idols in our lives. The Israelites were like that. They had not fully rejected God, they were half in and half out. They never said He did not exist, indeed they ran to Him every time there was trouble, but when things were going fine He just became one of many gods.

We can easily take our eyes off of Jesus and develop the same eye problem the nation of Israel had in the time of the Judges! We sometimes need to take the plank out of our own eyes so we can see to take the speck out of someone else’s eye.

Luke 6:41-42 says: “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?  How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

We need to be able to see clearly before we can lead others to the Lord. In Jesus’s letter to the Laodicean Church in Revelation 3:18 it says: I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.

Getting salve from Jesus so we can see, is the only way to cure our own eye problem! We have to make Him King in our lives, giving Him total control of our lives.  Then and only then can we point people to the King, whom they have failed to recognise.

Numbers 16:47-48 says: So Aaron did as Moses said, and ran into the midst of the assembly. The plague had already started among the people, but Aaron offered the incense and made atonement for them. He stood between the living and the dead, and the plague stopped. 

Only when we can see clearly to put our own failings right, can we run into the world to stand between the living and the dead.




Author: Thelma Cameron


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Saturday, 3 October 2020

GOD WILL ALWAYS KEEP HIS PROMISES

PERSISTENCE IN PRAYER AS THE OLD SAYING GOES IS WHAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE.


(NEHEMIAH 1:3-11)

AS WE CONSIDER HOW NEHEMIAH WEPT OVER JERUSALEM, IT SEEMS APPROPRIATE TO REMIND OURSELVES THAT HE WASN'T THE ONLY PERSON THERE TO WEEP OVER THE HOLY CITY.  OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST WEPT OVER IT TOO (LUKE 19:41-43) NOW AS HE DREW NEAR, HE SAW THE CITY AND WEPT OVER IT, SAYING "IF YOU HAD KNOWN EVEN YOU ESPECIALLY IN THIS YOUR DAY THE THINGS THAT MAKE YOUR PEACE BUT NOW THEY ARE HIDDEN FROM YOUR EYES, FOR DAYS WILL COME UPON YOU WHEN YOUR ENEMIES WILL BUILD AN EMBANKMENT AROUND YOU, SURROUND YOU AND CLOSE YOU IN ON EVERY SIDE".

LETTING THINGS AFFECT US EMOTIONALLY IS NOT A SIGN THAT OUR FAITH IN GOD IS LACKING, HOWEVER, WE MUST NOT ALLOW THOSE THINGS TO DRAG US DOWN INTO SELF-PITY.  GOD'S STRENGTH IS GIVEN TO US NOT SO THAT WE CAN DENY OUR FEELINGS, BUT TO SUPPORT US IN THEM AND BRING US THROUGH.

NEHEMIAH'S EMOTION AND REACTION TO THE NEWS CONCERNING THE CONDITION OF THE BROKEN DOWN WALLS OF JERUSLEM, HIGHLIGHTS MANY SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLES THAT WE WILL DISCOVER IN FOLLOWING NEHEMIAH'S STORY.

BEFORE A PERSON CAN RECEIVE A BLESSING, SOMEONE ELSE HAS TO BE WILLING TO BEAR A BURDEN.  WE CAN NEVER LIGHTEN  THE LOAD FOR OTHERS UNTIL WE HAVE FIRST FELT THE WEIGHT OF THEIR TROUBLES IN OUR OWN SELF.

AS A CHAPLAIN IN A HOSPITAL, WHEN I VISIT PEOPLE I LIKE TO TALK TO THEM AND TRY TO UNDERSTAND THEIR PAIN AND THEIR DIFFICULTIES, SO THAT I CAN PRAY ACCORDINGLY AND SPECFICALLY.

NEHEMIAH, NOT READY TO PUT INTO ACTION ANY KIND OF RECOVERY PLAN FOR JERUSALEM UNTIL HE HAD FIRST FACED HIS FEELINGS AND WEPT, BECAUSE OF IT'S RUINED STATE.  WHEN A SITUATION HAS TOUCHED OUR HEART THAT IS THE TIME WE BECOME READY TO ACT, AS NEHEMIAH DID.

TODAY WE LIVE IN A BROKEN WORLD, LOOK AROUND US AND SEE THINGS AS THEY REALLY ARE, ARE WE TRULY AWARE OF THE BROKENESS AROUND US? MAYBE OUR DEVETIONAL LIFE, OUR FAMILY, OUR FINANCES, OUR CHURCH PERHAPS OR ANYTHING ELSE THAT WE SHOULD BE GRIEVING AND PRAYING FOR AT THIS MOMENT.  MAYBE THERE IS A BROKENESS/RUIN THAT WE ARE NOT PREPARED TO ACKNOWLEDGE.  REMEMBER WE CANNOT BEGIN TO REBUILD A CRUMBLING WALL UNLESS WE ARE FIRST WILLING TO MOURN OVER IT.

HOW DIFFERENT THINGS COULD BE IF WE LEARN TO LIFT OUR HEARTS IN PRAYER.  THE KIND OF PRAYER I'M TALKING ABOUT HERE IS AN ATTITUDE OF A TRULY REPENTED AND OBEDIENT HEART, THAT SAYS HELP ME DRAW ON YOUR RESOURCES AS I FACE THIS DIFFICULT TIME.  2 CHRON:7:14  IF MY PEOPLE WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME WILL HUMBLE THEMSELVES AND PRAY AND SEEK MY FACE AND TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS, THEN I WILL HEAR FROM HEAVEN AND I WILL FORGIVE THEIR SIN, AND HEAL THEIR LAND.


(NEHEMIAH 1:5-11)

NEHEMIAH'S PRAYER 

AND I SAID I PRAY LORD GOD OF HEAVEN O GREAT AND AWESOME GOD YOU WHO KEEP YOUR COVENANT AND MERCY WITH THOSE WHO LOVE YOU AND OBSERVE YOUR COMMANDMENTS. PLEASE LET YOUR EAR BE ATTENTIVE AND YOUR EYES OPEN THAT YOU MAY HEAR THE PRAYER OF YOUR SERVANT WHICH I PRAY BEFORE YOU NOW DAY AND NIGHT FOR THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL, YOUR SERVANTS AND CONFESS THE SINS OF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL WHICH WE HAVE SINNED AGAINST YOU BOTH MY FATHER'S HOUSE AND I HAVE SINNED. 7 WE HAVE ACTED VERY CORRUPTLY AGAINST YOU AND HAVE NOT KEPT THE COMMANDMENTS THE STATUTES NOR THE ORDINANCES WHICH YOU COMMANDED YOUR SERVANT MOSES.  8 REMEMBER I PRAY THE WORD THAT YOU COMMANDED YOUR SERVANT MOSES SAYING IF YOU ARE UNFAITHFUL I WILL SCATTER YOU AMONG THE NATIONS. 9 BUT IF YOU RETURN TO ME AND KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS AND DO THEM THOUGH SOME OF YOU WERE CAST OUT TO THE FARTHEST PART OF THE HEAVENS YET I WILL GATHER THEM FROM THERE AND BRING THEM TO THE PLACE WHICH I HAVE CHOSEN AS A DWELLING FOR MY NAME  10 NOW THESE ARE YOUR SERVANTS AND YOUR PEOPLE WHOM YOU REDEEMED BY YOUR GREAT POWER AND YOUR STRONG HAND  11 O LORD I PRAY PLEASE LET YOUR EAR BE ATTENTIVE TO THE PRAYER OF YOUR SERVANT AND TO THE PRAYER OF YOUR SERVANTS WHO DESIRE TO FEAR YOUR NAME

REFLECTING ON NEHEMIAH'S POWERFUL PRAYER IN CLAIMING THE PROVISION GOD MADE FOR HIS PEOPLE NEHEMIAH REVEALED ANOTHER GREAT PRINCIPLE NAMELY THAT PRAYER MUST BE BASED ON THE PROMISES OF GOD.  REMEMBER YOUR COMMAND TO MOSES, HE PRAYS THE WORDS THE LORD GAVE MOSES, HE CLAIMED THE FULFILLMENT OF THE PROMISE.

NEHEMIAH'S CONFIDENCE IN THE LORD AS A PROMISE KEEPER WAS SO GREAT THAT HE KNEW GOD WOULD WORK OUT THE DETAILS AS QUOTED IN THE ABOVE PRAYERS OF NEHEMIAH 1:5-11. AND SO SHOULD WE

PERSISTENCE IN PRAYER AS THE OLD SAYING GOES IS WHAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE.  DO WE HEAR NEHEMIAH'S KIND OF PRAYING TODAY?  SADLY NOT AS OFTEN AS WE OUGHT TOO.  MOST MODERN DAY PRAYERS ARE JUST TOKEN PRAYERS, ASKING GOD TO BLESS THIS, THAT AND THE OTHER.  POWERFUL PRAYING IS THE CONSEQUENCE OF SEEING THE SITUATION AS IT IS, AND IN SEEING GOD AS HE IS.  FATHER GOD PLEASE ENABLE US TO SEE THINGS AS THEY REALLY ARE AND TO SEE YOU GOD AS YOU REALLY ARE.

(QUOTE FROM C.H. SPURGEON)

"LET YOUR FLEECE LIE ON THE THRESHING-FLOOR OF SUPPLICATION TILL IT IS WET WITH THE DEW OF HEAVEN."

GOD'S PROMISES ARE YES AND AMEN.

 



Author: Herbert Jean 


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Monday, 28 September 2020

Prophetic word for Great Britain

 It is time for you who love Me, who are faithful to Me, to take action! Stand before Me and plead The Finished Work of My Son.

Hear the voice of the Lord, O Isles that I have so greatly loved and favoured. I the Lord the Almighty, I took you when you were nothing, clothed with skins and woad, and through My saving power, I made you great. When you were nothing, through My Word and your faith in Me, I lifted you and made you Great Britain. Through many awakenings and many revivals, stage by stage, I took you until you became a great power with the greatest Empire in the history of the nations. From you My Gospel and My Word went throughout the world, and tens of thousands came into an experience of saving faith! That Empire with all its many failings and weaknesses was still one of the most just and righteous Empires of history.

Those Isles of yours were soaked with the blood of My faithful martyrs and its soil received the burnt ashes of those who would not renounce My Name, My Truth, and My Word. I, the Lord have not forgotten those who gave their all for Me!

But now the whole nation that I created and sustained has turned from Me. They paganise their land, state and institutions; there is no voice heard to warn the nation. False religion, the work of world rulers of darkness, cover your Isles; A Laodicean church, neither hot nor cold, rumbles on like machinery. It is a church where I am outside of its routine; its organisation and its methodology. It is Christianity without Me: Religion without Me!

My being is seared with pain, for judgement is determined against your land. I can do no other. I will destroy the vestiges of her greatness; I will return her to her first estate. I will wreck her economy, destabilise her in every way. I will change her climate, even her weather. I will prove to her that the way of the transgressor is hard and terrible. I will allow demonic forces held in check erstwhile by My Word and Gospel, and the living faith of so many, to become rampant in her social life, to the destruction of her society.

Will you who know Me and love Me go blind and dumb and deaf into this judgement?

It is time for you who love Me, who are faithful to Me, to take action! Stand before Me and plead The Finished Work of My Son. At least cry out to Me, that there will be those who turn from darkness, from sin, and be saved. For whosoever shall call upon My Name in the midst of these judgements, I will save!

It will cost you everything to stand in the gap, but you will enter into My heart, and know deep fellowship with Me. Such travail conceived in your heart by My Spirit will cost you deeply, but it will end in My Throne and Glory.

 Prophetic word for Great Britain - Saturday 6 August 2011




Author: Lance Lambert

Lance Lambert was a much respected Bible teacher, author and intercessor with a prophetic ministry. A Messianic Jew, he was born in the United Kingdom but lived in Israel for many years before being called home in 2015.


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Saturday, 19 September 2020

Revelation from a Deer Stand

Idols are those things that separate us from the mission of Jesus Christ. Things such as exalting oneself through the acquisition of assets for the purpose of self-elevation and power and control.


As I sat in the deer stand (tree stands or deer stands are open or enclosed platforms used by hunters), I read what God led me to read: which was; Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah and Micah.  God spoke to these men about how the people of God strayed from His will, even to the extent of worshipping idols and doing evil deeds. This grieved and angered God.  God revealed to these men of the wrath that would come to them because of their sin (the sin of God’s people). As I read and listened to God, I was given to contemplate the meaning of idols. At the time of the Old Covenant (before the time of grace), everything was driven by works and deeds. God’s laws governed men’s actions through work, deeds, disciplines and gestures of obedience. In my words, His relationship to man was exercised from a not-so-personal relationship from the outside.  God related to man from the physical, rather than from the interpersonal.  Because of this, man’s identity was also in the realm of the physical. Idols, therefore, were made of a physical nature, such as golden images like the golden calf.

 

Man related to God in the tangible and physical. Since that did not work, God incarnated Himself through His Son Jesus and a new dispensation was born – the dispensation of grace.  Under this new dispensation, what is an idol?  Idols are the same as in the Old Covenant, but a new and additional form of idol worship was born.  Because of Jesus, and then the Holy Spirit, God entered into men and dwelt within man.  Now, even our thoughts, intentions and motives can come under the control of God if we are willing.

 

Now we must consider the mission of Jesus.  The mission of Jesus (among other things) was to provide salvation to mankind.  He came to show us how to give and forgive.  His ideal was to form a brotherhood of believers who would know and desire His heart and have a passion for His mission.  He wanted a brotherhood that would deny self for the sake of His name, giving freely for the joy of seeing others benefit – forgiving for the sake of His name.

 

With that said, what are our idols now?  Idols are those things that separate us from the mission of Jesus Christ. Things such as exalting oneself through acquisition of assets for the purpose of self elevation and power and control.  A prideful attitude that seeks the envy of others is an idol. This pride can be driven by power through knowledge in general, or even Scriptural knowledge, or even self elevation through acquisition of assets. Check out God’s attitudes and feelings about these things – Amos 5:21-27 I hate, I despise your religious festivals; your assemblies are a stench to me. Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Though you bring choice fellowship offerings, I will have no regard for them. Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps. But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream! Did you bring me sacrifices and offerings forty years in the wilderness, people of Israel? You have lifted up the shrine of your king, the pedestal of your idols, the star of your god—which you made for yourselves. Therefore I will send you into exile beyond Damascus, says the LORD, whose name is God Almighty’.  Also read Amos 6, in its entirety.


If we have surrendered to these idols, then Hosea 14 tells us what to do.

 


Author: David Leatherman 


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Saturday, 12 September 2020

God First Always

God has given me the strength and passion to rearrange my priorities. God is number one. I will not dilute my faith to keep any person happy.


I became a Christian at the young age of 5 and my mom brought me up with the knowledge that having a relationship with Jesus is important. I have to say, baring in mind my dad isn't a Christian, this was very one sided and she did a great job of making me realise this importance. She had sewn a seed that wasn't just an empty husk. (Thanks mom!)

 

As I reached high school, I became a prime target for bullies so I found my circle of friends outside of school. I was still a good person, morally, in the eyes of the world but my soul became dirty with the life that I chose to step into. I put my relationship with God on hold while I explored this life with my new friends. This life of drinking and heavy metal music. This seemed to be what these friendships were based on. Pretty shallow now, come to think of it! But I was accepted by these people and it felt great. What a lure.


The music I listened to was pretty dark to be honest and I knew, deep down, God didn't approve. I just told myself the lyrics meant nothing to me and I kept on listening. Actually, God made me very aware that He didn't approve of my whole lifestyle. I tried to find excuses. I brought it up with various Christians who I looked up to in the hope they'd say something to make me feel like I was ok to carry on with my lifestyle and still call myself a Christian. This release never came. Why? I'd become wishy-washy. 


It's so obvious to me now, looking back. I'd profess to my friends that I was a Christian but my life choices said otherwise. We'd get into debates and I'd add more water to my faith to make sure I didn't offend them. I became so dilute in my faith that I had become offensive to God. I'd put my friendships and lifestyle above God.


God always looked after me and kept me safe when I made choices that could have landed me a front page bad news story. It is so evident now that I was like the people of the church of Laodicea. I was so lukewarm. But God knew I'd come back. I believe this is why He kept me safe when I was completely out of control. God kept knocking on my heart. And I felt it. I chose to ignore it until I was ready. 


God proved a point to me one night. One night when I lived alone at the age of 17, my emotions got the better of me. This wasn't uncommon. I was an emotional wreck regularly at this age for many reasons. I would typically turn to heavy music, drink and self harm to deal with it. Self harming would bring a release. Something to focus on and bring about a calm. This particular night, I can't remember why, but the emotions were overwhelming. I went to turn on my music but my stereo had packed up. This release that the enemy subtly promised me was gone. I didn't know how to deal with it. Then it hit me. I should be turning to God first before all this rubbish. He never breaks His promises. He is always there when we need Him. He's no quick fix. He is the ultimate fix!


I made the decision to throw my lifestyle away.  The evening before bin day I put all my music and clothing related to that lifestyle in the dustbin. I cut ties with those people. I prayed to God to come in. To replace the things I'd let go of with Godly things. My release from that lifestyle came when I heard the bin men come round in the morning. What a strangely freeing sound that was!!


I have come to realise that my younger Christian years probably caused more harm than good. How was my life reflecting Jesus? It wasn't. At all. I still made mistakes after this. I still do. But I stand my ground now. God has given me the strength and passion to rearrange my priorities. God is number one. I will not dilute my faith to keep any person happy.


'Hillsong' did a song which sprang to mind while writing this. The chorus goes:


I will not be moved, and I'll say of the Lord

You are my shield, my strength, my portion

Deliverer, my shelter, strong tower

My very present help in time of need.


When is my time of need? I have to admit, I'm pretty needy every day! Why? Because I've already proven to myself and others I'm useless and ineffective without Him. God should be with us in all we do at all times. He and He alone should be number 1 in our lives.



Author: Samantha Tarplin 

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Saturday, 5 September 2020

Keep in Step with God

The Kingdoms of the world will not stand, they will collapse. Only the Kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ will remain forever, it is unshakable, it cannot be moved.

The world and it’s desires  pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever. (1 John 2:17)

When I served in the British Army the first thing we had to learn during basic training, was how to march in step.

In a squad of soldiers, this was the most important thing, otherwise one person out of step, was likely to affect all the others.

The only way for a unit to advance and keep in step was to march together in unity. This is the same principle with God going forward keeping in step with Him. 


Doing The Will God

The scripture below can also apply to us, as it did for Jesus, He was totally committed to doing the will of God. 

Then I said "Here I am, I have come -it is written about Me in the scroll, I desire to do your will, O My God; your law is within My heart" (Psalm 40:7-8)

God is at present working out His end time purposes on the earth. He is in control, for those who put their trust in Him and flow with His plans, they will become unsinkable.

The world is not the permanent home for Gods people, it is a preparation for our eternal home in heaven. Nothing on earth is stable, self ambition, attaching ourselves to worldly possessions does not earn us a place in heaven.

Only surrendering to the will of God, under His mighty hand, will we find peace and security in all things, and have an eternal hope. This was John's conviction, according to the facts of Jesus's life, death, resurrection, and promises.

Remember the former things, those of long ago, I am God, and there is none like Me. I make known the end from the beginning from ancient times, what is still to come I say, My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. (Isaiah 46: 9-10).

These verses declare God's sovereign will. He is in control of all things in heaven and on earth, and in the universe. No one can alter His purposes He said "I will do all I please."


God's Will is Established 

We can however know God's sovereign purpose in history, for the Jew and Gentile, He has made it known to us in His Word. He said to Abraham "I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all the peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” (Gen 12 2 :3) 

His sovereign will for Israel is well established in the Old and New Testaments, beginning with His promise to make Abraham's seed (Israel) a great nation, and to bless all the nations of the earth through His seed, which is Christ. (Galatians 3: 6-9)

Calvary is proof of God's sovereign will. About a thousand years before Christ died on the cross, David prophesied that the Messiah would be crucified. (Psalm 22: 14-18) 

About seven hundred years before Calvary Isaiah prophesied the ignominious death of Jesus Christ, who suffered for our sins.

(Isaiah 52:13 - 53:12)


God is Sovereign Over All

Israel was tempted to waver between the Lord God and pagan gods. Isaiah affirms the sole leadership of God. He is the only one who knows when Jesus will return, as King of all Kings, and Lord of all Lords. God is in absolute control now and eternally. The Kingdoms of the world will not stand, they will collapse. Only the Kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ will remain forever, it is unshakable, it cannot be moved.

Who would want to remain in a Kingdom that is going to fail, controlled by demonic forces?

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, “For our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12: 28-29)



Author: John Yates 

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