Created for a life with God

Morning all – what another beautiful day it has been.

Creation – In the beginning God spoke.   There is always as starting point for creativity.  Your Father in Heaven is a Creator but satan is a counterfeit.

A counterfeit is a copy of the original & the unique creation.  It is merely a copy.  It looks appealing.  It looks as though it will do the job, but it can never bring that true sense of satisfaction because it will never be as good as the original.

The original has a purpose unique to it.   You are unique.  You are a created being – You were made to give glory to your Father in Heaven.  You are truly unique.   There has and never will be a good enough copy of you.   You are the original – God looked at you and said – It is GOOD.   If God can say that about you – then  please don’t say anything else about the beautiful human being that He has created you to be.

Stop living a counterfeit fake life, full of sin & deceit and start living the life which God created you to live.   A life of freedom, holiness, joy, love – A life of grace, mercy & kindness.  It is possible to throw off that old life & embrace a new life in Jesus Christ.  He was the son who knew no sin – human yet divine.   He is unique and there is none like Him.  There is only one Jesus Christ the true son of God.   Any other Jesus is just a counterfeit & a fake.

Don’t be fooled.  There is no-one else who can make a way back to Father God in Heaven – Only the true son of God – Jesus Christ.   He alone is the one true God.  He alone is the one true path of righteousness & salvation.  Believe in Him.  The true King of Kings & Lord of Lords & do not be deceived by the counterfeits.   They lead to death but Jesus leads to life and life in all its fullness.

God created you for a purpose.  He loves you and cherishes you and longs to be reunited to you.

For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son so that whoever believes in Him will be saved.

John 3 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

 

May your faith be genuine.  My your love be true and may your heart not deceive you.

Believe in Jesus and be saved.   Believe & be saved.

Alleluia to the Lamb of God – forever & ever.  For He was slain but now He lives.

Amen, Amen & Amen.

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Hey Jude – it’s good advice

Jude – it’s that small book in the bible just before Revelation – very easy to miss.    It might be small but it certainly packs a punch and it’s probably not the subject of a sermon that we hear much in church these days.   It’s key messages are as relevant for today’s church as they were when Jude wrote them.

Jude warns us to:

  1.  Watch out for people who are just pretending to be holy but abuse the grace of God & sacrifice of Jesus and keep right on sinning, then repent & sin again – especially sexual sin.  There is no intention of true repentance.  Don’t follow their example or be led astray by their behaviour.
  2. Watch out for people who despise authority -they are not submissive but proud and will not listen.  They cause division and stir up trouble.
  3. Watch out for those who speak disdainfully & disrespectfully about things they do not understand – especially things of the spirit realm.
  4. Such people are selfish & motivated by greed and a desire for recognition.   They are takers not givers.
  5. These are people who will change their opinions and allegiances – they are easily swayed.   They will agree with whatever view is popular.   They have no firm faith.
  6. These people are grumblers & faultfinders – always moaning and complaining.  Nothing is ever good enough.   They are dissatisfied & disappointed.
  7. They are boastful and living for their own pleasures – people who will flatter & manipulate for their own benefit.
  8. These people follow the flesh and not the Spirit.

We need to be aware of any such behaviour so that we do not agree with it, align ourselves with it or fall victim to it.   Jude’s advice is:

  1.  Build our faith up in Jesus,  keep praying in the Holy Spirit and rest in God’s love & mercy;
  2.  Discern those who are doubting or weak in faith – help to disciple such people and build their faith;
  3.  Show mercy and reach out to help those that are weak – treat them with compassion.      We can all stumble and fall and need a helping hand from each other.     There is a difference between those who are wilfully being disobedient to God and doing ungodly things and treating the sacrifice and blood of Jesus as an excuse to sin.
  4. Warn about the consequences of such ungodly behaviour (in a Godly & truthful way).

A day of Celebration – Beloved of God

During our time of worship this morning, I heard God say in my spirit ” Rejoice, for this is a day of Celebration.   I have brought you all to My banqueting table and My banner over each and every one of you is LOVE.    God said again, Rejoice and be glad for you have been brought out of darkness and into His glorious light.   We are now seated at His banqueting table and there is a chair for each one of us there.

God wants you to know today that you are His Beloved – His word over us today and He is speaking over each one of us – You are My Beloved.  Each one of us is His Beloved – he has no favourites – we are each His Beloved.    He sees each one of us individually and we are His Beloved.

He has clothed us with a garment of salvation (in Christ Jesus) and dressed us in a robe of righteousness.  He has written our names in the Lamb’s book of Life and He has inscribed our names onto the palms of His hands.   Each one of us is so precious to Him.

God says – Rejoice – for you are My Beloved.   My word over you to today is that you are Beloved of Me.    Hear My voice say – You are My Beloved.

I pray that you will know today how much God loves you and that you will hear Him say – YOU ARE MY BELOVED.

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New shoes or

In my case new wellies!

I love that God speaks to us in the day to day things of life. If we take time to ask & listen then there is usually something to learn from what is going on around us.

Part of my daily routine is to take the dog out. The ground is so muddy at the moment from all the rain that wellies are my usual footwear.

I was halfway across the park the other day when I suddenly noticed or rather felt that something was wrong. My foot was getting wet. Weird I thought as I had only just been given these “new” wellies.

I looked down to see a large hole in the side of my welly. I looked closer and realised that I was actually wearing my “old” pair. I had grabbed them quickly on the way out the door and not realised that I had picked up the wrong ones. I now had no option but to walk all the way round the park with a very wet foot. The dog wasn’t bothered. He just wanted his walk. I was committed.

God has been speaking to me recently about new things & preparation. So what was he saying about this? Everything is a learning opportunity 😀. As I thought about it I felt God say that you have to get rid of the old things otherwise you are in danger of unwittingly picking them up again. The old has to go and make way for the new. If I had thrown my old wellies away then I wouldn’t have made the same mistake. Goodness knows why I had kept them. They were no use.

There are “old” things in my life that I believe God wants me to get rid of so that I am ready for the new. I may be hanging on to things which are hindering me moving into the new things that God has for me. I know God in his grace & love will reveal it. He will prepare me and equip me for the good works He has ready for me to do.

Expectation – What is my expectation

I have been thinking about this today and it is a challenge.   What am I hoping/expecting to receive from God when I pray to Him or seek Him for direction in my life?

Do I have a confident expectation in the goodness of God?

I sense God is saying– What is your expectation of me?   Don’t be limited by past experiences. Widen your expectation – expect the unexpected.

God can do immeasurably more than we can do or think.   Do I come to Him with a limited expectation based on past experiences or disappointments and a misunderstanding of His word and character?   The truth is that God can do awesome things & totally surprise us by His grace & mercy.

It is easy to get in a rut and expect the same to happen all the time. Expectation can be stifled through habit & tradition. I am being encouraged to look for the new and expect something different – After all – God’s ways are far above our ways.

God reminded me of the story in the Acts of the Apostles of the lame man who was seated outside of the gate Beautiful begging for money.  He must have sat there day in and day out holding out his hands expecting to receive money from the people going into the temple. He had the same expectation of Peter & John, but they gave the lame man so much more than he expected. They gave him healing & restoration by the power of Jesus Christ.

It was interesting that the story also says that the people around did not expect a miracle of healing either because the man was said to be “old” – he was above 40 years of age – goodness what an expectation.  Does our age and what other people think of us affect our expectation of God – that we are too old or don’t qualify for him to move in our lives in power. God forbid.

The beautiful aspect of this story is that the lame man received so much more than he expected to receive. It is such an amazing demonstration of God’s abundant love & mercy.

I pray for a right expectation in the goodness of God, not limited by my past experiences but to be inspired by the Holy Spirit to increase my expectation and expect the unexpected.

Healing & Wholeness

The other week during worship in the Sunday Morning, I was reminded of the story of the lepers who Jesus healed.

As I was thinking of the story, the Holy Spirit spoke to me and reminded me that one of the lepers returned to Jesus and thanked him for healing him.    Jesus then told him to go -“your faith has made you whole”.

I believe the Holy Spirit was emphasising that there is a difference between healing and wholeness.    Even though you may have experienced healing, you can still bear the scars from your experience.   Physical or emotional.    The illness may have been healed but its effects are still apparent.

In the case of the lepers – leprosy devastated your skin.   You only had to look at someone to know that they had leprosy – it was not a hidden disease.    I believe the man who was sent away whole was not only healed from his disease but his skin was also completely restored with no evidence of the leprosy.   The effects of his illness was no longer evident.

Some of us still have the scars of our illnesses or experiences.   They are still evident in the way that we behave.    We have been effected on deep levels and the physical and emotional scars still affect us.

This is the day that Jesus can make you whole again.  He wants you to be whole.   Totally restored in Him.   Jesus is in the business of restoration.

Ask Jesus to make you whole.    Thank him for healing you but ask him for full and total restoration of every part of your life so that you are whole physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Blessed by His name.    May His face shine upon you today.

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Time to break up the fallow ground

The Lord has been speaking recently to our fellowship about it being the time to break up our fallow ground.     There has been a sense in my spirit that this is a time to take action, not to delay in our response but to act.    This may be a word just for our fellowship but I am sharing it as it may be an inspiration or challenge to others.

Fallow ground is ground that has been left unplanted for a time so that it can regenerate.     If we apply this principle to our Christian lives, we can recognise there are times when we need a period of regeneration/refreshing, but if we are not careful we can slide into apathy or fear can take hold and before we know it, we are not growing in Christ and Christlikeness or doing anything productive for God’s kingdom.    It can be easier to do nothing at all and let things lie, particularly the difficult areas in our lives which we don’t want to tackle and have a “do not disturb” sign.     The fallow ground becomes hard through lack of ploughing and weeds sprout up.   What was once fallow ground is now more like waste ground.   It’s become a veritable wilderness.

Fallow ground is also ground that has not been planted before but has the potential for producing a crop.    These may be new areas that God is calling us to prepare for planting .   Ground that previously would have been unproductive may now have the capacity to produce.    The land needs breaking up though so that it is ready for sowing.  Stones and weeds need to be removed – in the spiritual sense this is a necessary time of preparation through prayer and believing and praying God’s word to break up the ground ready to receive the spiritual seed.

The words of Hosea 10:12 say “Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the Lord, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you”.

Sowing righteousness and godliness into our own lives and the lives of those around us is completely contrary to current culture.    May God show us by the power of His Holy Spirit what ground is lying fallow and requires breaking up ready for sowing.    If the soil of our own hearts is hard or has become hardened, then I pray the Holy Spirit will soften our hearts and reveal the reason for the hardness.   Unbelief & disappointment will cause our hearts to grow hard and weeds of bitterness & unforgiveness will choke any seed.  May we have ears to hear God and obey His calling and that the word of God will be like a plough turning over the soil of our hearts.

If our gifts and talents in God are not being used or we have let ministries drift, then let this be the season to ask God for new opportunities to serve Him and to breathe new life into hopes, dreams and visions.    Now is not the time to hold back but to get active for God’s kingdom.

The bible teaches us that there is a time for everything.    If we plant good seed in good soil as God shows us then we will receive a harvest.    I pray that we will produce a good harvest so that when we stand before Jesus to give an account we will hear the words “well done, good and faithful servant”.

2 Corinthians 9:10 “Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness”.

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