Morning my friends. The Lord has reminded me of 3 words which I posted in 2020 which started with a post called “Awake Awake”. This post is a warning that the Lord God is a God who will judge righteously. We are called as followers of Jesus to stand for truth, justice and righteousness and not conform to this world. It’s a call to be ready and persevere in the times we are in. Trust in God.
I am re-posting these words again as I feel prompted by the Holy Spirit to do so. Please read them again or for the first time. I hope they bless you and speak to us all in some way for God’s glory and to advance His Kingdom. Perhaps there is a word in season for someone that will speak to their heart today.
The second post that linked to Awake Awake was The Heavenly Steed which talks of Jesus’ second coming and the glorious horse that bears Him. A reminder that Jesus is Lord and is coming again. The time is set and will not be delayed. He is the King of Glory. It’s a call to salvation for those who do not yet know Jesus as Lord. Call on Him whilst He is near and there is time.
The third word in the series is Take hold of today – Make it count which reminds us as followers of Christ that we are called to grow in the knowledge and love of Jesus and do His good works. The power of the Holy Spirit is at work in each one of us who has been born again into the Kingdom of God through faith in Jesus. One day we will each give an account to our loving Master Jesus.
Do you know or remember this song called “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves? It’s one of those songs that makes me smile every time I hear it. There’s a particular lyric which says “I’m walking on sunshine yeah and don’t it feel great”.
These lyrics remind me what our new life in Jesus is like – Walking on Sunshine and doesn’t it feel great!!!
Isn’t it good to reflect on that truth -that as Christians we are no longer walking in darkness- the darkness of sin, death, judgment and ignorance of our minds but we’ve discovered the truth about God through Jesus our Saviour and through his death and resurrection, we have crossed over from darkness into the light.
We are now light and walking in the light of Christ.
This is what the bible says. Ephesians 5:8 – “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord”
It’s so good to remind ourselves constantly of that truth. We have been rescued from the darkness of sin and death- Praise God. Not from our own efforts but through God’s rich love and mercy. Last Sunday the preacher encouraged us to thank God each day this week for the gift of salvation. Thank you God for saving me.
Now truthfully do I “feel” like I’m walking on sunshine all the time. I’d be lying if I said yes but the truth of what Christ has done for me is not altered by my feelings or circumstances. The truth does not change and is based on God’s Word and I make the decision to choose to believe it whether I “feel” like it or not. If I let my feelings rule then I’m on a slippery slope of trouble.
I am light in the Lord. I am a child of the light.
Now we know that as Christians once we’ve become light we are called to live as children of light – to continue walking in righteousness living godly lives. We encourage each other to walk worthy of our calling in Christ and help each other to pursue godliness. Being accountable and challenging each other in the right loving way. Not being all judgmental, gossiping and trying to dress it up as “telling the truth in love” – that’s not right or helpful. Let’s not forget gentleness and loving kindness when dealing with each other.
Ephesians 5:8-10 – “Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases God”
What a great instruction. Live right, produce fruit through the Spirit of God now at work in us and…….Find out what pleases God. That’s the mandate.
Some Christians I know wonder or fret about what they should be doing for God. They worry in case they get it “wrong”. Paul gives us some simple instructions to help us here in these verses – find out what pleases God and then let’s just get on and do it.
So what pleases God?
We find that out from reading the bible for ourselves (no shortcuts here – you need to read and study it) and in being in fellowship with other believers where we are taught and discipled.
Here’s just a few things the bible says please God:
Faith in Him – Hebrews 11:6 – “without faith it is impossible to please God”.
Generosity and an unselfish attitude – God loves a cheerful giver – 2 Corinthians 9:7
A humble attitude – God does not like pride. In fact God opposes the proud. James 4:6 tell us that God’s face is against the proud.
An obedient attitude – Obedience is better than Sacrifice -1 Samuel 15:22
A peacemaker – Matthew 5:9
Jesus pleased God – “This is my son in whom I am well pleased”. Luke 3:22
So, we learn what pleases God from studying Jesus.
Jesus himself was:
Humble – “But made himself of no reputation and took upon him the form of a servant” Philippians 2:7
Selfless – He gave himself freely for us.
Obedient – “and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross”. He said to His father “not my will but yours be done”.
Forgiving – “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”. Luke 23:34
Compassionate – “When He saw the crowds his heart moved with compassion” Matthew 9:36
Loving – “nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 8:39
These are just a few things which please God. There’s more you can discover in the bible.
I saw these lovely old posters in a railway station today and they reminded me of the incredible blessing of being washed clean of sin by the precious blood of Jesus.
“Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” Psalm 51:7
No man made soap could ever wash away our sins and make us clean in God’s sight.
“For though you wash yourself with lye, and use much soap, Yet your iniquity is marked before Me,” says the Lord God. Jeremiah 2:22”
It is only the “son” the “light” of the world who can make us truly clean.
Thankfully, Jesus is always willing to cleanse us. His offer is open to everyone to come and be cleansed.
“And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.” Matthew 8:2-3
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” 1 John 1:9
Thank you Lord for cleansing us from our sins and making us clean and righteous in your sight. Amen
Satan is the opposer and adversary of God’s Kingdom and all things that are good and Godly. In the story of Job we read that he (Satan) had been walking about the earth -no doubt looking for things to disrupt and destroy. There are evil spirits – Satan’s princes and principalities who are opposed to the advancement of God’s Kingdom. Job did not know that Satan was the cause of his trouble but Satan will do what he can to disrupt and attack the work of God in our lives.
That is why as Christians we must take up the whole armour of God and stand firm and be in opposition to Satan. The fruit of the Holy Spirit in our lives is every good gift which is in opposition to every sinful and perverted act of Satan who is the hater of all mankind but God is love. Satan is full of jealousy, resentment, pride and bitterness but the life of faith is one of selflessness, humility, love, grace and forgiveness. Satan is a liar and has always been a liar but God is and has always been truth. Jesus is truth and the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth.
Watch out for the enemy is truly on the prowl looking for who he can devour. Let us not take our eyes from our Protector (Jesus) – the one who laid down His life for us. The Lord has His hand upon us and will be with us. Satan thought he could take Job’s life but he could not because it was not in his power to do so. God would not permit it.
If you are really struggling with life at the moment, you feel that you are of no value and may even have been having suicidal thoughts. Please I beg of you resist them. Satan will try and convince you to take your own life, waste it, end it as if it is of no worth or value but that is a lie – you have value. You are extremely valuable and precious to God. You are worth so much to God. God has made a way through Jesus for you to come into eternal life with him and He has given himself for you.
God has thwarted Satan’s plans and schemes and the offer of free everlasting life out of Satan’s grasp is freely available to all. It matters not that you once were part of Satan’s kingdom because the blood of Jesus is powerful enough to set free all – even if you think you are the worst of sinners included. There is not one person who is too deep in sin to be saved. The enemy will lie and scheme to keep you in his kingdom but there is a way of escape through faith in Jesus the Son of God who can set every prisoner free from a life of sin and death.
Do not waste any opportunity to take the offer of free everlasting life which is on offer. Why give the most precious thing you have every owned – your own life- into the hands of Satan. What has he ever offered or given that can be more precious than a life with God the Father and Creator of all things. The All Mighty, All Powerful God who will one day cast that evil liar into everlasting torment and damnation.
God’s grace is freely available to all. There is no-one who is beyond His redemptive power. There is no-one who, whilst there is breath in their body, who is beyond the power of Salvation. The blood of the Lamb (Jesus) can cleanse and redeem and blot out all transgression. God is love.
Satan is a liar, a deceiver of all mankind and he only wants to destroy and oppose everything that God has for believers. Resist him and let us not give in to his lies or false accusations. Satan can be overcome by the blood of Jesus, the word of our testimony and those who do not love their life unto death. Satan cannot take your soul as a believer because you are sealed in Christ for the day of redemption. He can try and kill the body but he cannot take your soul once that is in the hands of your everlasting Father in Heaven who holds you unto him. God is sovereign. God is on the Throne – not satan. Amen.
Well today 19th July has been labelled “Freedom Day” here at home in England now that more Covid lockdown restrictions have been lifted. Given current circumstances though it’s not really a “Freedom Day” -we’re not all truly free as there are still restrictions in place and also a lot of people who can’t enjoy the full benefits for various reasons. Its not full freedom by any means.
I find it significant and interesting that our own Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Chancellor Rishi Sunak can’t participate fully in #Freedom Day as they have to follow the rules and self isolate having come into close contact with the Health Secretary who has Covid – although they did try some creative thinking or was it rule bending 🤔 to try and get the rule dis-applied to them. Thankfully they wisely did a U-turn and agreed to comply with current rules like responsible citizens.
You can’t write about #Freedom Day without thinking of true freedom and what that means. It will mean different things to different people dependent on their experiences and circumstances. As Christians we can truly celebrate a #Freedom Day that is available to everyone to participate in through simple faith in Christ Jesus. Jesus is the one who has set us free from the effects of sin and death so that we can live in true freedom and have ever lasting life. He took our punishment through His sacrifice and death on the cross. He was punished for us and we have obtained freedom through God’s grace and mercy.
My own personal #Freedom Day was 26th June 1976 when I asked God to forgive me for the wrong things in my life and accepted Jesus as my Saviour. I gave my life to Him and went on to be baptised in water as a sign of repentance and was filled with the Holy Spirit. Praise God that I’m truly free and I hope dear reader that you also have your own #Freedom Day to celebrate or if not, that you discover Jesus and become truly free.
“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.” Ephesians 1:3-8
Although we may live under permanent or temporary physical restrictions, in Jesus we are truly free spiritually. Amen and thanks to our Father in heaven, Christ Jesus and Holy Spirit.