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HE is Coming!

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Hosea 6:2-3 “After two days He will revive us; on the third day He will raise us up, that we may live in His sight. Let us know, let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord. His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, like the latter and former rain to the earth.” (NKJV)

Initially when I read this verse I thought God was calling me to do a three day fast. After praying and coming back to this verse I realised the Holy Spirit speaking to me about the second coming of Jesus and I was being led to pray that I will not be found wanting and I was singing about worshiping Him in Heaven… this song came to me from the Holy Spirit “we bless You wonderful Lord, we magnify Your Name, Amen, Hallelujah, Here on earth, we sing a song and exalt Your Holy Name, and in Heaven we’ll sing a song, Amen, Hallelujah”. Now I realise why I got so emotional during that song, that was Holy Spirit actually ministering and praying through the words of that song, interceding for me. So when I went back to Hosea 6:2-3, an understanding of the second coming of Jesus came to me.

Remembering that one day is as a thousand years to God. What re we supposed to be doing… Verse one of the same chapter says, “come let us return to the Lord…” Verse 3, “Let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord”.

“For I desire, mercy and not sacrifice and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings” (vs 6) Lord, help me to seek You and let my life be a pleasant aroma for You.

Jesus said in Matthew 9:13 – “For I did not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance”. Therefore, make haste and get your lamps ready, the marriage of the Lamb is at hand and He is coming for His bride, spotless and untainted by the world. Lord may I be counted worthy! What about you?

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Potty Training – A Case for Waiting

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Last week I finally decided to potty train my second son. How did it go? brilliantly! Not even exaggerating, it was so much easier than I had ever expected, I was waiting for the day that he would make a massive mess and poop on the floor and I would curl up in a ball of stress! That never happened. Now we are in the second week and he hasn’t pooped on the floor once and he had stopped weeing himself since the second or third day, and even on those first few days when he did wet himself it was twice on the first day and then once on the second and third day. This boy has even stopped weeing himself at night, his nappy is mostly dry in the morning and then he goes to the toiled and does a long wee. I never imagined potty training could be so easy!

But why am I so surprised and awestruck? I have an older son! And bless his heart, he was the complete opposite! He used poop to paint the house on several occasions and turned our kitchen into a pool of wee multiple times. We started and stopped and started again and it took well over a year for him to fully get the hang of it! Funnily enough during this first time potty training my eldest son, I was not surprised at all, I fully expected the stress, the blood sweat and tears because that is what we see on media, I had done a lot of research on YouTube and google, reading multiple blogs that had informed me that this would be a time of trauma!

So the second time round, I was substantially taken aback that this was not also my experience. So what was different during these two rounds of potty training? Apart from the obvious fact that the two boys are difference and have different strengths and weakness and personalities. I would say the major difference is the age we started potty training each of them. Whereas with our first son we started at around 2 years old like all the blogs tells us, for my second I waited comfortably and felt no pressure to start until he is a month or so after 3 years old. I believe this age difference made a huge impact because he was able to understand when I say “make sure you go to the toilet, dont wet yourself ok”. He fully understood and was ready for the process. So it was easy and stress and trauma free.

I say all that to say this. “Promise me, O women of Jerusalem, not to awaken love until the time is right.” (Solomon 8:4). The world is in a place where they are pushing for children to learn about things that only the mature can fully understand. Like my first experience of potty training my first son at an age he wasn’t ready to understand, it is a messy and traumatizing process when children learn things they are not capable of fully understanding. The confusion , the trauma, the trail and error will all be avoidable if we wait till the time is right before teaching our children about sexual preferences. It will avoid a lot of trauma if we educate our children to wait until marriage before having sex, to keep their minds off of these things that are only for the mature. Sex doesn’t have to be filled with regret, shame , anxiety, depression over lovers that absconded and confusion about identity and abortion and mistakes and rape etc… Because when the time is right and in the proper manner and situation, it will be easy, even beyond your expectation and much better than what the world of media has told you, like my second time potty training!

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Colossians 4 – Offended?

Yesterday, someone said something at a team meeting which grated on my nerves all evening. Why? I felt like it was so insensitive and she didn’t have any kids of her own so why pipe up in that conversation in such a demeaning “it says so in your contract” kind of way?

Anyway, I’ve been praying to God to help me not to take offence and just let it go, to fight the urge to bring it up later and give her a piece of my mind! This scripture kept coming back to me Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry” – James 1:19. Also another I just remembered says “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces” – Matthew 7:6.

This morning I read Colossians 4 and in verse 5 it advises us to “walk in wisdom toward those who are outside…” (outside the faith that is).

This was a confirmation to me that it was my fault. Why did I open my mouth to start discussing my kid to a bunch of work people that I have just met. They are not obliged to cherish that information, in-fact they will trample it and make a mockery. So I was certainly too quick to speak! I need to be wiser in my approach with people, especially unbelievers, not everyone is to be trusted with everything.

Therefore this annoyance I feel, I brought on myself to be honest. Lord, help me to be quick to listen and slow to speak, help me to walk in wisdom with unbelievers.

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Colossians 3 – The Way I Work.

Yesterday, I saw a note someone had written on a case that the phone had cut off during their conversation and if that person called back they should be transferred back to them. I ignored it because I felt like it as a couple days old anyway and proceeded to making that sale.

However, this morning I feel convicted about that, perhaps I should have asked the guy if he still wanted that case transferred rather than just going ahead, that would have been more in line with the passage I read this morning in Colossians 3:14-15 which says, “But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace if God rule in your hearts, to which you also were called in one body; and be thankful.”

In that choice, I let competition and greed rule my heart not peace and certainly not love. Thinking about what it means to let peace rule my heart, it means not making decisions that I do not readily feel peaceful about. Where there is a pause or hesitation, taking a step back and ensuring all is right before going ahead. In the sales role its easy to jump ahead just to make a sale or say the wrong things or cover things up. I feel God is telling me to be careful about these pit falls and slow down. Walk in love and be guided by peace.

Remember that it is unto God that I must do all things and not onto man, I dont have to please my boss, I have to please my heavenly Father first and foremost. Proverbs 16:7 says “when a mans ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.”

Colossians 3:22-24, “Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eye-service, as men-pleases, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. And whatever you do, do it heartily, as unto the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.”

Even though, I’m working for an earthly master, I am ultimately doing my work as unto God and that must show in all my actions and decisions. My reward is from the Lord and not from men, therefore, I am free from the need to please others in order to be accepted. My goal is in all I do to please God and He will make all things right with my manager and peers. Praise Jesus for His Word. Amen.

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STS 868 – Looking Unto Jesus

‘looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.’ Hebrews 12:2

I love what the STS says that if we put our focus on any we will definitely be discouraged and disappointed! Jesus is the object of our faith, we are not to even keep our eyes on ourselves! I may not be able to but Christ in me can… It is no longer I that live but Christ lives in me! The fruit of the Spirit, is from the Spirit and not from ourselves. When I think about self discipline and not backbiting, it seems impossible in myself to eve begin to attempt, but when I remember that Christ lives in me and the same Spirit that raised Him from the dead dwells in me, I realise that I can indeed do all things through Christ that strengthens me.

Lord Jesus help me, to be who You want me to be, going above my limitations and the limitation posed on me by those around me, help me to be focused on you, remove the distractions and annoyances of people around me, remove the negative and consuming thoughts paced in my mind by the enemy, let this Truth of Your Word free me from the lies I have told myself and the lies of the enemy in Jesus Name, Amen.

‘You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. ‘ Hebrews 12:4

Jesus endured the cross and despised the shame it brought, he resisted sin even unto bloodshed! He was willing to die rather than being angry or standing up for Himself, although He was completely righteous! This is speaking to me, a hard lesson, through extremely true. right now I feel mistreated and abused and I just want to lash back and resist and not be submissive at all, I want to take my stand and demand my rights as a human being, but Jesus did not demand His rights as God! Lord how do I do this? I hear You saying to me that I need to remain in obedience to Your Word, do not talk back, do not retaliate, continue to walk in love and submission and just keep looking to You for strength. Sin is going contrary to the Word of God – resist the urge to sin!

focus on Jesus and how much He loves you, He will look after you, see how He has done just that so far?! …and He has prepared a place for you, this isn’t your destination.

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Bible Study: The Description & demonstration of Faith – STS 867

‘But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.’

Hebrews 11:6

Your waking up early and reading your Bible, listening to the Word and prayer/worship is not in vain because God rewards all these things you do in order to seek Him! This memory verse reminds me to get excited about seeking and serving God and to look forward to the coming blessings.

What is Faith?

‘By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.’ Hebrews 11:3

‘Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”’ Matthew 17:19-21

With these two passages I see that faith plays an imperative role in the making and changing of things and situations around us. Humans build and make structures with bricks and mortar and other visible materials but the building blocks of the Spirit are not visible but invisible. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. Faith is expressed in our words first and foremost God spoke the world into being and we are to “SAY” to the mountain be moved and it will be and nothing will be impossible for us! ‘And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak, ‘ II Corinthians 4:13 .

Then naturally, if we truly believe what we have called forth our actions will follow through. An example would be if someone is praying to God for a child and believes the Lord has heard and answered their prayer, they will begin to get excited and get ready buying what they need and making room in their lives for their child! ‘For we walk by faith, not by sight. ‘ II Corinthians 5:7

‘Now as the lame man who was healed held on to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the porch which is called Solomon’s, greatly amazed. So when Peter saw it, he responded to the people: “Men of Israel, why do you marvel at this? Or why look so intently at us, as though by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.’ Acts 3:11-12,16

‘that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.’ I Corinthians 2:5

Faith is remembering that the power is not in your hands or any man to do anything but it is in Christ and His Name that we trust and believe to do all things!

‘For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”’ Romans 1:16-17

‘But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. ‘ Romans 10:8-9 Even the work of salvation is through faith and speaking it into being! Indeed we live by faith!

‘above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. ‘ Ephesians 6:16

Faith Without Works is Dead!

‘What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.’

James 2:14-26

James 2:14-26 tells us that its not just in believing there is God but letting thet belief manifest itself in our words and actions! What really touched me was verse 15 and 16, where if someone asks you for help and you simply pray for them knowing that you can be of practical and physical help with them, its not good enough – there is n profit in that! Someone told me yesterday that they were short of nappies and immediately I thought to send them some money if that was the issue but apparently it was that there was a shortage in their area so I prayed that some would be made available to her sooner that she expected. I believe God heard and will answer my prayer but I left the conversation thinking, maybe I could have sent some nappies to her from over here? Its pretty far and delivery would probably cost more than the nappies themselves! But I still tried to get in contact but couldn’t last night, I will probably try again today, maybe we can source some online? Well these are the kind of thoughts going through my head when reading those verses in James. I went to a doctors appointment yesterday afternoon and I was so impatient as it took lots longer than expected and I was anxious to get back to work on time and have enough time for lunch. I really did act impatiently which may have come across as rude to the staff but I hope they understood, they did keep me there for almost 2 hours! Well in spite of that I still didn’t feel great about my attitude and I pray God have mercy because, I did not let the peace of God rule my mind at that appointment and may have caused offence. I say I’m a Christian but didn’t behave as one!

Verse 19 of James 2 tells us that even the demons believe in God and tremble! Believing alone is not enough, we are supposed to show our faith by our works (vs 18). Our character, behavious and actions should show that we are submissive and obedient to God, walking in the Truth and being guided by the Holy Spirit. Our words should be of faith, actions matching with our faith also! We should be a light in the darkness.

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Matthew 5:14:16

So don’t be tempted to hide your faith, let people know by what you say and do that you are different, made of love! “The new if in Christ through faith makes the Christian different from those in the world” (STS). We are not meant to blend in but to stand out.

Hebrews 11:6 tells us it is impossible to please God without faith. Because if we truly have faith it will show in our acts of obedience to Him. If we really believe that He is, we will want to know Him and if we know and believe that He rewards those who diligently seek Him, we will strive to seek Him diligently and not be negligent in prayer, worship of studying His Word. Its is a lack of faith that makes us lethargic and indifferent to spending time with God. That is why a lack of faith displeases God. “We need more than mere acknowledgement of the existence of God to have a personal, dynamic and life transforming relationship with Him” (STS). True faith shows in our “conducts, choices and considerations” (STS).

Why do Christians sometimes suffer regardless of their faith in God?

“God sometimes allows suffering and shame for a greater purpose and eternal reward. Jesus Christ Himself suffered. This makes Him understand our fears, weaknesses and disappointments. Christ is always with us and makes intercession for us.” (STS)

Hebrews 11 tells us that even some of the old time saints were tortured and did not ACCEPT deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. When Jesus was hungry (after fasting 40days and nights) the devil was quick to tempt him with bread. Jesus withstood the temptation and did not accept the deliverance from the devil. He responded with the Word of God “man shall not live by bread alone but by every Word of God. How many of us are quick to accept the bread of the devil, especially when were hungry? Remember an angel came to warn Paul himself not to go somewhere in order to protect him from suffering, but he declined and went anyway, willing to suffer for the faith. Its a hard pill to swallow because we love our modern day comforts and suffering is a huge inconvenience to most of us! I believe remembering that we are only here temporarily and there is a glorious home that awaits us of unimaginable peace and comfort, will help us to continue to praise God in spite of difficult situations. Lord help us not to suffer for a wrong that we have done ourselves that come what may it will be for righteousness sake that we may relieve Your eternal reward.

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Bible Study: The Peril of Backsliding – STS 866

“For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified” (Hebrews 10:14). Christ’s scarifice not only offered us forgiveness, cleansing and transformation, but also we are “empowered to live a life of freedom from outward and inward sins” (STS).

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This struck a chord with me, because struggling with secret sin is hard and it may feel like its impossible to b rid of that sin. We know that we can recieve forgiveness through the blood of Jesus but do we know that we can also pray for God to empower us to be delivered from that sinfulness through the same blood of Jesus! It is a lie of the enemy to say its not possible to be free from sin because there is power in the blood of Jesus to break every chain and bondage of sin or addiction!

In verse 16 of Hebrews 10 it says the Lord will put His laws in our hearts and write them on our minds. This is amazing because it means that the will of God will be our impulse, it will be part of our nature and not something that feels strange or unatural to us! The saying goes “follow your heart” or “do whats on your mind”, well now the Word of God and His will is on our hearts and minds. Lord I pray that You put Your laws on my heart and write them on my mind as You have said in Your Word and wherever the enemy has erased or distorted Your word in me, I pray that therre be a restoration and correction in Jesus Name. I pray that the truth of Your Word will set me free from every lie and oppression from the enemy in Jesus Name! Amen. Thank You Jesus!

So then, we have the power, we have the grace, we have the Word of God, it need not be difficult or impossible for us to live sanctified and sin free lives! Verse 15 of the same Hebrews 10 says “the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us”. ‘And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— ‘ (John 14:16). Lord help me to walk in the Spirit so that I will not gratify the lusts of the flesh in Jesus Name. To walk in the Spirit is to be led by the Spirit, “Those that are led by the Spirit are the sons of God”! We have to be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit and not grieve Him by ignoring Him. We have to feed ourselves with the Word of God, praying, praising and worshiping Him.

So now we know that God the Father has placed his laws into our hearts and written them in our minds; The blood of Jesus Christ His Son has washed us clean from all sin and empowered us to live a life free of sin and the Holy Spirit witnesses to us leading us to do His will. Therefore, we have a strong and undeniable backing, the Holy Trinity on our side helping sustaining and supporting us to do our best!

‘Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.’

Hebrews 4:14-16
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Peace in God!

Proverbs 21:30 – “There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the Lord”

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For someone who is prone to fear of people’s evil intentions, this gave me so much peace this morning to be reminded that nothing and no one can outsmart God! I am safe in Him, my family is safe in Him! One with God is is always the majority.

Also I realise that it is pointless trying to reason out of doing the Word of God because the height of our understanding is nothing compared to the beginning of the understanding of God. Trust God and His Word to lead me down the right path ” a lamp onto my feet and light onto my path”. Even if the instructions of the Bible is difficult to follow, trust that it will give you joy in the end. You cant go contrary to His Word and expect to have peace or joy, because we cant outsmart God like it says in Proverbs 21:30 (above).

More so, true wisdom, understanding and counsel is from the Lord.

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He is Involved!

Today I’m thinking about Psalm 1:6 which says “The Lord knows and fully approves the way of the righteous” The footnotes on my AMP Bible explains this to mean ‘God is intimately involved in the way of the righteous’.

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God knows everything we are doing and planning to do and He is the One to approve it. Therefore it matters to God what we do and where we go. This was brought to light for me in Genesis 17 when after 13 years if Ishmael’s birth God came to Abraham and reminded, reaffirmed His promise! Isaac was still coming and through Sarah. The promise could not be replaced, God is committed to doing exactly what He says He will, no less!

It is so encouraging to learn this attribute of God’s commitment to our lives. He rules in the affairs of men, He cares and is involved. Its easy to think that God doesn’t care about the little things but He told Abraham in Genesis 17:1 to “walk habitually before Me with integrity knowing that you are always in My presence..”

Our lives and decisions are NOT inconsequential! We are always in God’s presence, He sees all we do, even our mistakes, He works them out for our good if we let Him. Even Ishmael was blessed.

God does not give up on us!

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To What Profit?

Matthew 16:26/27

“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world [wealth, fame, success], but forfeits his soul?… He will repay each one in accordance with what he has done. “

Our aspirations should not be only of material things but spiritual also. God has promised to reward all our investments in the Kingdom. So who are we working for? And to what end? What will be our profit? Is it worth it?

Asking ourselves these questions will set us up to priorities correctly! The kingdom first and then all other things will follow. Moreover God has said in Psalm 50:12 “the world and all that contains are Mine.”