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2017 Sep 27

​Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
2 Corinthians 3:17 KJV

http://bible.com/1/2co.3.17.KJV

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https://odb.org/2017/09/06/before-the-lord/

What truth and wisdom from a faithful king – even the king lays out his concern before the Lord; why would I hold on to mine?

Lord, I want to learn from Hezekiah, turn to you and uphold you and trust in you in times of anxiety and confusion.  Amen.

2017 July 6

God’s good.  Even when I’m rubbish, or should I say WHEN I’m rubbish, God is good.

I was in despair today.  Looking at the amount of work to get through and not enough hours in the day, I grew more and more depressed.

Then I looked down on the desktop, and I saw this verse.  What a reminder!  Thank you Lord!

2017 June 26 

Whatever human tries to do, it is inspired by nature, created by God.  We don’t create or start anything new, our ideas are from God.

Think flying.  Where do you think that had come from?  Birds.  Yes, who had created the birds?

Ever seen a flick of inflight birds?  I see them today, and they look awfully alike to the wonder fireworks try to depict. 

The next time I praise human hands, let me look to my Creator.

“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.”
Galatians 5:16‭-‬17 KJV

http://bible.com/1/gal.5.16-17.KJV

This is verse of the today, and it’s caught my attention, as it reinforces today’s message at church.  If we give in to our fleshly desire, we grieve the Holy Spirit.  And when we live in the flesh, we cannot be in the spirit; because God hates sin.  So resist temptation if I want to live for God and as God’s people.

Help me do that, Lord, and may the glory be yours only. Amen

2017 June 2

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Who’s “the beloved of the Lord”?  That’s everyone, regardless of what we’ve done, who we are; God is perfect – he doesn’t judge us like the world does, he accepts us for who we are, he doesn’t value us based on what we do, or don’t do.  

What are we, the beloved of the Lord, invited to do?  To “rest secure in Him”.  We pray and ask for security we know of – the high paying job, the home with a view, a uni degree, safe travel – but He offers more than the simplistic security, He offers us REST.  We are constantly on the run/move; feeling guilty even when we stop to take a breather.  So busy that we don’t stop to hear Him, connect with Him or thank Him.
 
The verse tells us another reason we can rest in Him, because He shields us ALL DAY LONG – not just for a minute, not only for a season; but for a long-long time.  He’s here to stay.  We can rest between His shoulders, sit tall, not afraid of falling off; the strong shoulders of the Lord, carrying us through and shielding us from dangers.
 
Thank you Lord…. Let us renew our commitment to TRUST in You, because you are the one who secures us and shields us; most of all, You had loved us first before we knew You.  Amen.

2017 April 3

Today’s light bulb moment came at work

I wished I weren’t at work this morning, and this is no Monday blues.  I have never hated to be at a place this much before.  Ever.  I thought to myself, “if only I don’t need to be here, how wonderful would it be?  God, please give me another job?”

I then started to wonder, bet Jesus didn’t need to work, or face the crap that I do on a daily basis.  I mean, Jesus would have a more understanding boss than I do, right?  There’d be no pressure at work for him, would there?  People would listen to him, pay attention to what he said?  There’s definitely more satisfaction with what he’s achieved, you know, the moment he sighed, “it’s finished!”

Well, let’s see.  No doubt God is a loving God.  But I’m not sure what went thru Jesus’ mind in the garden of Gathsemene, when he asked God to remove the cup.  Don’t forget the Pharisees, they were at every corner trying to trick him, waiting for the perfect moment to pounce.

Don’t think for a moment Jesus had it good.  He went around, performing miracles, feeding the thousands, teaching and sharing.  When it came to the crunch though, no on really cared when he was on the cross dying.  

I don’t think God will have me around corners sharing the gospel or evangelising just yet.  I mean, I can’t stand my fellow colleagues giving me the cold shoulder.  How would I be able to withstand the scorn people give me when I’m on the street?  Still plenty to learn for me.  It’s only the first day at God’s school….