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“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

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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….

https://youtu.be/EYrTqBioaZ4

Maybe I’m getting older but singing hymns do put a smile on my face.  This hymn was sung last Sunday and I fell in love with the last verses – yes, my wandering heart, prone to leave the great I AM.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I do while pondering on His great love.

2017 Jan 24

This is a keepsake from a good buddy of which​ I kept it at work to remind me of God’s words.

I chewed on today’s verse, I know  that God’s path lead to the everlasting; but what does the psalmist say?  That God’s path leads through the sea!  That can’t be easy, no walk in the park?  But it’s true, Jesus had said that it is not easy to be His follower (Luke 9:23).

God’s way is through the mighty waters.  Oh dear, as if through the sea isn’t enough!  Remember the parting of the Red Sea?  Those are mighty waters, but it is no trouble for the Creator – it formed walls on either side of the path at God’s command (Exodus 14:21-22), so that the Israelites can pass through; in keeping His promise to His people.

God, Your promise is everlasting, they never goes to void.  We forget and we fret so easily when we don’t see Your footprint by our side.  Remind us daily of Your presence with us, through the sea and the waters.  Help us follow your lead, amen.

The pastor shared with us what God had revealed to him, His promise to him many years back.  His sermon ended with an encouragement to all that we shouldn’t let go of God’s promise to us, but remember that no matter what challenge we may come across, trust Him in keeping His promise.

That was a great message, as I think back to what God had promised to me.  It is not a grand promise of making me king over Israel, but it was something for me that He will keep.  That day as I stood up in despair and confusion, I heard Him say “I’ve got you, do not worry.”  I should remember that today, and for a long time to come.

God, thank you for your promise, thank you for reminding me.  May I hang on to it all the days of my life, so that I do not stray from your sight.  Amen, thank you that You have got me, many years back, so I get to live today.

2017 Jan 19

God clothes the lilies of the field, and they are sure more than just a pretty face….