Happy New Year

No Fear There
No Fear There

So there’s heaps of stuff and scary things happening with massive floodings, tornadoes and earthquakes throughout states and countries and now ~ now beheadings in Sweden and on and on it goes and yeah, where it stops nobody knows. Hope? What ‘s that in days like these? Days of shootings, bombings, lawlessness, wars, turmoil, strife, financial crisis and natural disasters on every front and at every turn. It appears that our world is being set up for knock down and its all just so messy and unnerving isn’t it?

Happy New Year!!

Ok, tell me how ‘happy” can make a comeback after all that’s been lost, even in the past year with so many victims, so many deaths, so many losses, and so few wins?
Paul knew losses all too well. He knew desperate suffering even for the sake of innocence! Imprisoned wrongly, yet his chains advanced the Gospel. He reminds us of it in Philippians 1: 12, “Now I want you to know brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the Gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly.”
Oh yeah, he knew all about suffering but he saw the bigger picture and the golden lining that it came wrapped in! He looked deeper to find the good. Perhaps we can too! Perhaps if we look deeper than the scary surface of random happenings and deeper than the inevitable, looming fears and demands and threats that hang over the days of our lives, we can find the gold lining too. So go ahead and look! There’s no room for fear when we look for the good, the noble, the right, the true, the lovely, the pure and the admirable. Think on these things but don’t just think on them ~ practice them and the God of peace will be you. Philippians 4:8.

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As believers, God’s got us and we’re on the victory side despite all the nasty stuff that sin brings into the picture. Sin? It’s rampant in this messy world and ruins and destroys all in its path. It’s surely taken us down it’s beaten path and taken its toll on our world and us and continues to destroy even the innocent. So unfair it is, but yet through all of this hardship, find, as Paul did, the joy and the courage to face the next moment and the next day and the next year and say with him, as he pens the words in
Philippians: 18, 20,21: “But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice……I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always, Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

If your days get scary, there’s still hope in that, because God’s got it and He is Hope for this old world and He’s got you and He has your gold lining all laid out wrinkle free in His perfect plan! It’s so peaceful there! Trust Him when the days are long and the nights are dark!

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Little Me ~ Powerful God

Little Thoughts For Big Days
Little Thoughts For Big Days

So your mind is full of stuff that’s happening in the world ~ It’s all around you, infiltrating your personal life, your world and our free country doesn’t seem so free any more! Your mind is hurled in all directions and laws, so contrary to Biblical principles, are being instigated into our culture that we have no say in and Government officials are gung – ho for it all and leadership is anything but comforting. Yes, we pray against the decisions, but the laws still get passed! Where is God now, when we need Him to come and heal our land? He seems to be right where we put Him. We’ve pushed Him and prayer out of our educational system, only to find uneasy and controversial subjects introduced into our curriculums from kindergarten up, that sadly now, we have no say in! Didn’t we used to be able to speak up and stand up for what we believed to be right? Where did it go? It’s all happened so subtly and bit by bit evil has poured it’s poison over our society with it’s powerful infiltration ~ so much so that even adults and parents reel with confusion over what’s right and what’s wrong and get pulled into the wrong believing it’s right. Many believers are being deceived and will argue against Biblical truth. Clearly events are unfolding to make way for a one world government and how on this whole, wide side of the earth do all the little ‘me’s” make a difference? The you and I’s that clearly don’t like what we see happening and yet feel helpless to make some kind of positive encounter against it all?

In 2 Chronicles 6: 12 Solomon prayed before the entire community of Israel and asked the Lord to hear and forgive when people failed to be obedient. He asked for justice to prevail when guilt and innocence couldn’t be determined. His was a powerful pray-er for guidance and blessing. In 2 Chronicles 7:14, God gives a gracious answer to his plea, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Yes, prayer to the one true God, the sovereign One who rules over all the earthly governments and all the principalities and powers is our only resource and when prayed to our one true God, it packs a powerful punch of divine supernatural authority! Pray then ~ because beautiful soul ~ prayer is all we’ve got and it’s the awesome, power source at our disposal that calls believers everywhere to action.

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Yeah, remember, all this horrendous unfolding of stuff is Biblical prophecy being fulfilled and as Luke 17: 26 reminds us, “As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.” God judged the unrighteousness of man with the flooding of the entire earth to clean it up by destroying the sin that had taken over. Make no mistake about it, He will again judge the earth and no doubt His return is imminent but no one knows the day nor the hour. We have to be ready, but, believers everywhere, we might well be called to stick around for a while and we might well be called to endure some pretty messy stuff. “Note To Self” and mark it on your heart today ~ “Stay true to the faith” and say with Paul “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14 and say with Peter in 1 Peter 5:8-10, “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are…. God, who shows you his kindness and who has called you through Christ Jesus to His eternal glory, will restore you, strengthen you, make you strong…”

Oh what a promise for us ~ for our future and the generations to follow. Stay true! Remain strong! Remain steadfast and unmovable, standing for the right even when wrong prevails. Suddenly ~ little ‘me’s” become powerful armies of prayer warriors with God, the host of heaven’s armies leading the way to that final and glorious eternal victory!

Press on beautiful soul! Press On!!

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You Are Free Of Course!

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“For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves.”

I Peter 2: 11-17

“Dear friends I warn you as temporary residents and foreigners to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even when they accuse you of doing wrong they will see your honorable behavior and they will give honor to God when He judges the world. For the Lord’s sake respect all human authority—whether the king as head of state or the officials he has appointed. For the king has sent them to punish those who do wrong and to honor those who do right. It is God’s will that your honorable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you. For you are free, yet you are God’s slaves. So don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil. Respect everyone and love your Christian brothers and sisters. Fear God and respect the King.”

Peter’s letter was written in Rome and was motivated by severe trials that Christians in Northern Asian Minor were suffering. He writes to God’s elect/ believers, referring to them as aliens or strangers passing through in this world 2:11. He urges them and us to submit to authority and to abstain from sin and fleshy desire. To live in humble righteousness and live in such a way that even when unbelievers or other believers accuse us of wrongdoing, our doing the “right” thing will silence their foolish and ignorant prattle. We are free in Christ! How then do we choose to use our freedom? To serve “self”? To benefit “self”? To give a false impression by wearing a mask of righteousness, thereby deceiving and ultimately destroying “self” on the downward spiral to sin and ruin. That is surely where misuse of our freedom will take us and very quickly. To abuse freedom will ironically usher us into bondage as we becomes slaves to sin. That is not God’s desire for us, but rather He desires that we use our freedom in Christ, found in our salvation, to serve Him; How? By living righteous, selfless and humble lives, before God and man. By making right choices, doing good, loving others, fearing God, and honoring authority?

As believers then, who trust in God, we must use our freedom to glorify Him by doing the right thing. If we make this a practice in all areas of our lives and in all actions and behavioural patterns then it doesn’t matter what others say about us or accuse us of.

Let’s be challenged by Peter’s words here and make right choices to do the right thing. To live honourable, godly lives without compromise!  No compromise in our daily spiritual walk with the Lord, is a sure fire way to silence the foolish prattle of our accusers as it, at the same time, fashions us into vessels fit for the Lord’s service.   As we use our freedom to serve Him, our example becomes His method of bringing others into the Light and knowledge of His Truth.

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Graced

Little Thoughts For Big Days
Little Thoughts For Big Days

There’s something very sweet about God’s grace. It graces you with forgiveness for your past. His mercy is available and ready to meet you where you are and His grace is ready to forget what you’ve done and allow you to move forward. Simply ask Him to forgive you and free you from the sin of the past and the haunting guilt that keeps you from scaling new heights.

God has you covered and He delights in helping you find your way. It doesn’t mean we won’t pay some consequences for our wrong, but He’s faithful to weave golden threads through it all and make it beautiful after all.

That’s what He does! I love how He does it.
Immerse yourself in His grace!
Be graced today!

I John 1:9
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Deuteronomy 30:9-10
“And the LORD thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the LORD will again rejoice over thee for good, as He rejoiced over thy fathers:
If thou shall hear and obey the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this book of the law, [and] if you turn unto the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.”

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