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  1.  b_Secret Love

    We're just back from the UK spending a week with our beautiful grandchildren - Oh, and their lovely parents of course :-)

    We took the two older children with us to the shopping centre and left their Mum to potter around at home while the two little ones would get a power nap at some time. While we were walking through the corridors of the shopping centre I had each of the older ones holding my hands - one on the right and the other on the left.

    I had an idea, as I remembered something I did when my own children were young. I got down to their level and showed them something. I gently squeezed their hands a couple of times and asked them to do it back. "Now," I said to them, "I'm going to tell you what that means." They both stood looking at me in anticipation of what they were about to hear from Granny. "It's a secret," I told them. "this is something special between people who love each other." As I squeezed their hands again, I told them, "this means 'I love you' without saying it with words. Now we can say 'I love you' to each other without anyone else knowing. Isn't that fun?"

    Consequently we spent the rest of the time when walking together squeezing hands and having a giggle about it. I told Caleb, the oldest, "When you get home, do that to Mummy, she'll understand exactly what you are saying to her because I used to do this for Mummy and Uncle Matt when they were little ones just like you." And he did just that - as soon as he got home he went straight to my daughter and squeezed her hand, she looked at him, then at me and smiled. Caleb was really pleased with himself!

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    The living God with whom I am acquainted has a love for the people who live in this world that is beyond measure. The Bible tells us that this is no secret. His love is demonstrated and fully displayed in the lifting up of His beloved Son on the cross.

    "God commendeth his love toward us,
    in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
    Romans 5: 8

    Rather like the thought of displaying goods in a shop window to attract passersby to come in and make a purchase, God displayed His love in a way that cannot be ignored. How could anyone in their right mind turn away from such a display of immeasurable love and say: "that means nothing to me!" But sadly most people do!

    “Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by?
    behold and see if there be any sorrow like unto My sorrow.”
    Lamentations 1:2

    "And where is the heart so hardened, and who is so vile as he,
    Who beholdeth the Saviour suffer, and saith “it is nothing to me.”

    The sin within the hearts of such individuals that despises such love is the very sin that caused the beloved Saviour to go all the way to the cross and die as the sinner's substitute.

    Because our sin was so great it needed love and mercy to match it, and that was found in the demonstration of His love there outside the city wall of Jerusalem two thousand years ago.

    Rejected, ridiculed and the spectacle of cruel mockers - He pleaded for them for the Father's forgiveness. Despised, disposed of and left to die - He gave Himself willingly and shouldered our great burden. Battered, bleeding and crowned with thorns - but dying with dignity like only He could do.

    All this and so much more for the guilty hell bound sinner! What love, what grace, what mercy! There lifted up for all to see.

    "... I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden ...
    for this thing was not done in a corner."
    Acts 26: 2

    God's love is not a secret thing as such; for He is not willing that anyone should perish. He has no pleasure in anyone who refuses His great love because it has cost Him so much to enable us to have a good relationship with Him and have a home in heaven to look forward to. We in our sinful human state are totally inadequate to do this for ourselves. That's why He has done all the work and has made it as easy as possible to know about this so YOU wouldn't miss out.

    The choice is yours, and the choice is mine. What therefore will you do with such love? Will you take it or leave it and pass on by?

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    Now the love of God is not a secret so all who are willing can come into the benefit of it. But there is something rather precious to be known and experienced that only those who are prepared to come away from the din of the world to draw near to Him can know.

    "The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant."
    Psalm 25: 14

    He has many treasures to bestow upon those who draw near to Him.

    Perfect peace - is to be freely bestowed on those who have Him in the forefront of their minds and thoughts.

    "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace
     whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee."

    Isaiah 26: 3

    Abundant life - the possession of all those who know from where to draw resources of the finest sort.

    "I am come that they might have life,
    and that they might have it more abundantly."
    John 10: 10

    Sound mind - the clarity and resolution of the one who walks by faith in the One who we know never changes and never fails.

    "God hath not given us the spirit of fear;
    but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."
    2 Timothy 1: 7

    Hope - the certainty that the promises of God are true and trustworthy, and the joyful reality that we will hear His voice that will call us away out of this world to be with Him forever.

    "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
    In my Father's house are many mansions:
    if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
    And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again,
    and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."
    John 14: 1-3

    "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing
    of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ"
    Titus 2: 13

    Serenity - the depth of quietness of the soul that none can disturb found only through knowing Him - intimately.

    "I know whom I have believed,
    and am persuaded that he is able to keep that
    which I have committed unto him against that day."
    2 Timothy 1: 2

    "Great peace have they which love thy law:
    and nothing shall offend them."
    Psalm 119: 165

    Put it this way, all who trust in the Lord and all that He has done on the behalf of the guilty sinners like you and me get much more than a 'fire escape' that is for sure.

    The blessings He is waiting to bestow on those who are prepared to lay aside the world and all its trinkets find in Him a treasure store of innumerable blessings that cannot be compared with the earth's finest prizes.

    "O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him."
    Psalm 34: 8

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  2. 10_Oct_Closer than a Brother1

    "... There is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother."
    Proverbs 18: 24

    It was about this time last year and we were out for a walk along the promenade on the south coast of our Island. The autumn air was chilly and a stiff breeze was chilled our faces as we walked into it. Our return journey was to be a little more comfortable.

    We stopped for a refreshing and warming beverage at one of the last cafes still open before shutting down for the winter season. Sitting at a window that overlooked the white sandy beach I saw two young boys playing outside. (Young blood is evidentially tougher than mine!)

    First they gathered seaweed to make a makeshift goal and played a game of footie for a while. Then they took turns to build around each other some kind of sculptured vehicle. Lastly they wrestled together, play fighting and rolling around in the sand trying to pin each other to the ground. After a fun filled time they finally they left walking and talking until they disappeared from view.

    How lovely it was to watch them playing and just enjoying each other's company. It was refreshing to see real play in action instead of the usual way young ones pass their time nowadays with head bowed peering into a small device in the palm of their hands! I can't help wondering if they were still friends today, and I wonder if their friendship will continue into manhood.

    Watching these two lads reminded me of a time when I was just a girl about the same age as those boys, and the carefree days I had with my best friend. We spent so much time together, shared secrets together, laughed and cried together, but somehow as the years passed we drifted apart and I never really saw anything of her until the occasion of my Dad's funeral to which she attended. We embraced for a long while, and at the reception we spent quite some time catching up and getting to know each other all over again. So many lost years! We more or less promised each other we would not let our friendship slip past us again. It is a wonderful discovery to find that we have the Lord in common and after much discussion and encouragement she is now in fellowship with us in our little church family. :-)

    In today's world of social media it is possible to have many 'friends'. But are they all really friends in the true sense of the word? One of my family members has over a thousand 'friends' on Facebook! Imagine that! However I was saddened to observe that when he was in genuine distress he could have done with at least one of them to draw near in companionship - but nobody showed up! Well, at least he knew there was an open door and a welcome for him in our home. This goes to show that social media can at times belittle what true friendships are all about.

    In my humble opinion a true friendship is one of complete trust
    and unselfish investment in the other person's welfare.

    And if that friendship is grounded in Christ it is a treasure indeed. It is a relationship that will never end and will continue to be appreciated in eternal realms. What a rarity a friendship like this is!

    If you have a friendship with somebody like this, then you have something very precious indeed. Don't for one moment ever take it for granted. Guard it and care for it because it is a gift from God. This is something doesn't necessarily need to evolve over time but can occur right out of the blue. All it takes is honesty, and complete trust at all times.

     Closer than a Brother4

    "... They that feared the LORD spake often one to another:
    and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him
    for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name."
    Malachi 3: 16

    When the Lord Jesus was alone with His disciples in the upper room the night before He was crucified, He did something interesting but rather unusual. It was customary and common courtesy for the feet of guests to be washed and refreshed before dining. This was usually performed by the household servant. But in this case it was just the Lord and His disciples who were there. The bowl of water and a towel was in place, but no one volunteered to perform this service and so it went undone until the Lord Himself assumed the servant's role.

    "He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.
    after that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet,
    and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded."
    John 13: 4-5

    No one understood what the significance was of what He was doing there and then but He told them that would understand at a later time, (v7). However, we now understand that what He was doing was an example as to what we ought to be doing for each other. I'm not talking about the actual act of feet washing here but in a spiritual realm I am speaking about our role in servitude towards each other as God's people.

    Let's break this down - If in the Bible water speaks of the Word of God, feet speak to us of our walk and lifestyle, and foot washing speaks of humble service and care, then it stands to reason that each of us have the opportunity to follow the Lord's example. When we understand what He was really communicating here, then we too can rise to the call to become a Barnabas type of character who was known as the son of consolation, true friend and an encourager of God's people.

    What better way could one Christian friend serve the other than by encouraging and strengthening one another's walk with the Lord through sharing and communicating His Word? If Christians can't encourage each other to cleave to the Lord with purpose of heart who else could we go to?

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    Going elsewhere for council will pull us down, empty our hearts, and render us fruitless and barren.

    And this leads me to draw our attention to the ultimate Friend, who is none other than the Lord Jesus, the Son of the living God. There is no friend like Him. Search the world over and you won't find anyone who has the ability to come anywhere near to the standard He has.

    You see, we who are friendly with each other tend to have something or someone in common upon which to build the foundations of a good friendship, but the Lord looked in pity on the likes of us, and while we were in the wretched condition of uncleanliness He came into this world on a rescue mission. He came to do something we could not possibly do for ourselves. "He came to save sinners." 1 Timothy 1: 15. And "While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5: 8.

    He as the true friend loved the unlovable, did the unthinkable, in order to achieve the impossible.

    Who would have thought that God in all His holiness and Jesus in all His sweet perfection would have the capability of loving destitute sinners like ourselves? Who else but the Lord would have devised a plan to go and die on a cruel Roman cross in untold agonies in the place of a world of individual sinners? Who else but the prefect Son of God would have the ability to unite sinful mankind with a Holy God in righteousness?

    No one could ever have done such a thing other than the Lord Jesus Himself. Those who are prepared to humble themselves before the living God, trusting wholly in what Jesus accomplished on the cross when He died as our sin bearer will find out to the joy of their never dying soul that Jesus is the Friend above all others.

    Jesus is not an ordinary friend - He is the Perfect Friend!

    He is in the truest sense of the word a friend indeed! When He makes a promise He keeps it always! His character and His love are constant, unlike ours! He knows us better than we know ourselves, yet He loves us anyway! Because there is nothing about ourselves that comes as a surprise to Him, He is the very best of confidants, we can unload all the inmost thoughts that trouble us knowing we are confiding in Someone who truly understands. We can call upon Him for help, wisdom, and protection and preservation. He was the One who made the greatest unselfish investment in our eternal welfare, and because of all these things and so much more we owe everything to Him for our remaining days here on earth and for eternal ages.

    Truly He indeed is the 'Friend that sticketh closer than a brother.' After all, there are times when we might fall out with our siblings, but there is nothing that can sever us from the love of the Lord and lover of our souls. (See Romans 8: 35-39.)

    May we ALL be found in the wonderment of this mind blowing reality, drawing from the depths of our inmost beings the love and adoration which is due to Him who 'loved us and gave Himself for us.' (See Galatians 2: 20.)

    I've found a friend, O such a friend! Christ loved me ere I knew Him
    He drew me with the cords of love, and thus he bound me to Him;
    And round my heart still closely twine those ties which naught can sever,
    For I am His, and Christ is mine, forever and forever.

    I've found a friend, O such a friend! He bled, he died to save me;
    And not alone the gift of life, but His own self He gave me;
    Naught that I have my own I call, I hold it for the Giver;
    My heart, my strength, my life, my all are His, and His forever.

    I've found a friend, O such a friend! All pow'r to Him is given,
    To guard me on my onward course, nd bring me safe to heaven:
    Th'eternal glories gleam afar to nerve my faint endeavor;
    So now to watch, to work, to war, and then to rest forever.

    I've found a friend, O such a friend! So kind and true and tender,
    So wise a counselor and guide, so mighty a defender!
    From Him who loves me now so well what pow'r my soul can sever?
    Shall life or death or earth or hell? No, I am his forever.

    James G. Small


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  3. I've been thinking a lot lately about the place called 'There'.

    'Is there such a place?' You might be asking. Well, according to the Bible there certainly is, and how very appealing it is to me at this moment of time. Of course it ought to be appealing every day, but just now thoughts and longings for this wonderful place seem to resonate in the depths of my soul with more intensity than before. Perhaps they do with yours as well bearing in mind all the suffering and devastation that has been brought to our attention of late through the news and social media.

    In the Bible a very distressed man in his darkest hour when his suffering was most extreme spoke these heart stirring words concerning a place beyond the realms of the here and now:

    B_A Place Called There 

    "There the wicked cease from troubling;
    and there the weary be at rest"

    Job 3: 17

    Who in their right mind wouldn't sincerely be looking forward to being in such a place as this?

    * The writer tells us that this is a place where there is no strife, grief or wickedness.
    * 'There', is where weariness and sadness, broken hearts and disappointments are a thing of the past.
    * Lifetimes of hard unappreciated labour, sickness of body and mind, striving to make ends meet are no more.
    * The suffering of the martyr is over forever; for in this wonderful place there is no fear of persecution.
    * Everyone there is at liberty to sing the praises of the Lover of their soul, and all are able to praise and adore Him without the distraction of the nature within that is contrary to the purity of such a place 'wherein dwells righteousness.'

    Many of us know loved ones who are actually there right now! And we get that longing to be reunited with them. Somehow the pain of being separated from them is more intense than at other times and we miss them so much. We have a longing to be 'there' as well and to enjoy the rest of this wonderful place for ourselves. And most of all, we long to be with the One who has prepared a place called 'There' for all those He came to save.

    And where is this unspeakably wonderful place?

    * David, the sweet Psalmist of Israel called 'there' - "the house of the Lord".
    * The Lord Jesus called 'there', - "my Father's house".
    * The Apostle Paul called 'there' - a place where departed Christian friends or relatives are "with the Lord, which is far better."
    * We affectionately call 'there' - "heaven"!
    * A friend of ours long ago said: 'I don't know where heaven is but I guess where the Lord Jesus is, that will be heaven for me!" What a lovely thought, how beautiful, echoing the above thought of the Apostle Paul.

    Sadly not everyone has an interest in such a fair destination; for hardness of heart has got the better of them. And sadly not everyone who hopes to be there one day will actually arrive in the end because the Lord of this place has already specified how to acquire a position 'there'. It is certainly not by application or by impression!

    Firstly, He does not require anyone to qualify because none of us would ever be able to do that! No amount of good works, church going or prayer would ever be enough to earn the right to be 'there'. He sees each individual in their desperate need and has already done everything required. All who understand that He is the remedy for their need can come into the good of all that He has already accomplished.

    But what is that need? and what has He done to rectify it?

    The problem of sin has scuppered any hope of having an eternal home there for those who dare to leave this earth without it ever having been cleansed and paid for. Sin is the dreadful thing that separates all of us from a loving God who would have all people to be saved and enjoy the assurance of a home there with Him forever.

    All those who have passed on and have already arrived in this wonderful place know that they are there because of Someone else's effort, and not their own. And those of us who have the assurance of being there one soon day as well are going to know the very same thing.

    This is because the Bible tells us of another 'there', and for all intents and purposes it looked like this was the place where mankind was getting the upper hand on God when we read: 

    "And when they were come to the place which is called Calvary,
    there they crucified Him."
    Luke 23: 33

    Indeed, that's exactly what they did, which is basically what mankind in general thought of God's Son - and still do even to this day, but actually this is the very place where Jesus dealt with the question of sin, once for all!

    It was on Calvary's centre cross long ago that this sinless, spotless, Man bore in His body God's righteous judgment that our sin deserved. This was the very reason why He came to earth in the first place.

    But what He accomplished all that time ago can only make an impact in our lives when we apply this truth to our lives by faith. And in sincere humility and repentance of the sin He paid for we need to trust wholly in this amazing Substitute. This will bring flooding in the promises of eternal salvation and the guaranteed place 'there' when we finally leave this earth.

    For without the 'there' of Calvary,
    there would be no assurance of a place called 'there' in heaven
    for any of us to look forward to!

    Jesus who will be the object of adoring praise and the very centre of all our devotion will forever bear in His hands and feet the marks of Calvary as a constant reminder that none of us would be 'there' were it not for His great act of unconditional love.

    Now, the wonderful thing about having this guarantee is the great honour of getting to know our Rescuer; for the One who came deliver us from the power, the guilt and the eternal consequences of our sin is alive in that place called there today! The Lord Jesus our great Deliverer is a real Man alive in heaven even as you read these words, and He is within reach of all who truly long for Him.

    Great and true is the promise that says:

    "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness:
    for they shall be filled."
    Matthew 5: 6

    Paul Young writes these wonderful words:

    "Righteousness is doing what is right, doing what God intended us to do. As a thirsty man in a desert craves for water to quench his parched lips, so the people of God should hunger and thirst for righteousness to quench their parched souls. The pursuit of righteousness is really a seeking after Christ, because He is our Righteousness. Therefore, the closer we draw to Him the more like Him we will be and the longings of our heart will then be truly satisfied."

    This reminds me of these verses from the Bible that appear to beautifully compliment the above thought from Paul Young:

    "Delight thyself also in the LORD;
    and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart."
    Psalm 39: 4.

    "For he satisfieth the longing soul,
    and filleth the hungry soul with goodness."
    Psalm 107: 9.

    Long ago a friend passed on to me a beautiful piece of writing from the hymn writer George Mattheson who was responsible for writing the beautiful hymn: "O Love that will not let me go".

    I believe he knew what it was like to long for there ... for the Father's house ... for heaven! His heart was in heavenly places and all his longings were there when he wrote these absolutely beautiful words: 

    Why do I fancy other scenes before me?
    Why do I depict more perfect forms than life has yielded?
    Why do I sing more melodious songs than the brook,
    more stirring anthems than the sea?
    It is because I am not satisfied.
    It is because my heart cries for more than Nature,
    It cries for Thee.

    I consider the lily if the field, but it does not content me.
    I consider the song of the brook, but it does not fill me.
    I consider the joys of life, but they do not come up to Thee.
    I was made for Thee.

     Therefore I paint other fields,
    I weave other songs, I fancy other joys;
    And all the time I am in search for Thee.
    Thou art my picture, my poem and my song;
    My dream of beauty is a dream of Thee.

    It is because I have seen Thy face
    that I seek a new Heaven and a new earth;
    It is because I have heard Thy voice
    that I aspire to richer than Nature’s music.
    “All my springs are in Thee”

    George Matheson
    (27 March 1842 – 28 August 1906)

    O, by the way - I am most certainly considering the idea of creating a song one day soon inspired by these soul stirring and most beautiful words!

    May we all have a heart for there in these closing days, and as we are on our journey to this place where our beloved Lord is, may we be found faithful being occupied with that which interests and honours Him.

    Look up dear soul, for perhaps the time is nearer than we think when every child of God shall hear the call that heralds our departure from this sad old world to be with our glorious Deliverer, our Lord and lover of our souls, when at last we shall see Him face to face .... THERE!

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    So shortly after the above request I find that some of you have have posted in a comment already!
    Lovely to hear from you, and thank you for your kind comments:-)

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  4.  b_Just Standing!

    Earlier on in the year the ground was prepared, ploughed, and left to stand a while before the seed was sown, and favourable conditions aided the germination of the wheat. From where I could see, the first signs of life was the greening of the field as the young blades appeared to break through the surface of the soil.

    After a season of the elements having been watered by the rainfall, warmed by the sun and caressed by the gentle summer breeze the wheat was ready for an early harvest.

    With many hands and machinery to the ready the work began. Cutting, tying and stooking for a whole day until the work was done and the field that was once clothed with beautiful golden wheat was now dotted with decorative stooks left to stand.

    For a moment of time I wondered if wheat had a mind of its own what would it be thinking after this process. Give to it a voice and what would it say? Maybe it would say something like this:

    "I don't understand! What just happened to me? I thought there was more of a purpose for my life than this! Why have I been cut down and left to stand against the elements and forgotten!"

    Does this sound familiar? Have you been through a process like this when you know God has called you to do a certain work that no one else had been equip to do? You took up the baton faithfully and allowed the Lord to grow you into the person you were certain God wanted you to be. And just when everything seemed to be gaining momentum, everything 'stopped for tea' as it were. Now today you may be feeling as if God has overlooked you and left you - just ... standing!

    I know exactly what this is like; for I am currently in that 'standing' process at the moment, and I know of others who are there also. It feels like a pretty frustrating place to be in but having been here before I am persuaded that this is indeed part of a process that the Lord's people must go through in order to be fully equip for what it is we must be doing sometime in the future.

    Let's go back to the standing wheat for a moment and see what's happening to it during the passing of time. There it stands under the scorching sun and against the summer winds and slowly begins to dry. A process it must go through if ever the wheat kernels are going to be usable. Without this process the wheat would be no good for human consumption or for re-sewing for future crops.

    Perhaps you are in the process of learning the unspeakable wealth of waiting on the Lord.

    You want to be up and doing right now but the door has closed on you for a while. Perhaps you're feeling the heat of oppression or the winds of adversity and you feel helpless to do anything about it. Every ounce of your being is telling you that something has gone wrong or you are not in the right place - but wait! If you have a tendency to fight against your circumstances that are holding you up - wait! If you feel like you're being swept away by an emotional tidal wave - wait! Don't fret, don't struggle, don't allow yourself to be overwhelmed - just wait!

    Here is a promise of hope just for you if you are in this frustrating period right now:

    "I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places,
    that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel."
    Isaiah 45: 3

    The Lord is mindful of your circumstances and your inmost feelings, and it is quite possible that you have been set aside by divine appointment. There are times when it is necessary for God to place His children in the dark, or make them stand and wait for a while in order to prepare them for receiving treasures of greater value than anyone could ever comprehend and hidden riches out of places no one knew existed. These treasures are quite possibly going to be appreciations of the Lord Himself you would never have learned otherwise - and I might add - yours at your disposal in time, and yours for keeps forever!

    Ultimately it's all about Him in the long run. If ever we are going to have an meaningful life and an effective ministry it has to be based on an intimate knowledge of Him. So waiting on the Lord is something that is certain to bring with it tremendous rewards; therefore be of good cheer and don't allow yourself to become disheartened.

    Remember, you will not be waiting forever!

    Let's take a quick look at some of the Bible's great characters to see that they had to do a period of waiting or 'standing' as well.

    • There was Moses who at the age of forty was full of zeal to deliver God's people out of the hand of the oppressive Egyptians but God sent him into the backside of the desert for a further forty years before God saw He was ready!
    • Then there was Joseph who was mistreated by his jealous brothers and languished in a prison for seven years because of the lies of an evil woman and the forgetfulness of a fellow inmate, but when the time was right God rose him to a position of power and authority.
    • Paul the Apostle spent three years back in his homeland of Tarsus out of the lime light just when it looked like his amazing testimony was taking effect and people from all quarters were trusting in the same Jesus he once rejected and persecuted.

    And so you are not alone, even the lates and the greats have all been there, and would not have been the men and women of God they turned out to be without that all important standing process.

    As the following power verse reveals; our own strength is altered and renewed while waiting upon the Lord; and not a moment of that standing time is wasted. And as a result He will raise His faithful servant to a higher spiritual level where confidence and steadfastness is the name of the game. The Lord alone knows these are the characters that are needed in these spiritual dark days before the imminent coming of our beloved Lord

    "They that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength;
    they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
    they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."
    Isaiah 40: 31

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    "It is God to whom and with whom we travel,
    and while He is at the end of our journey,
    He also is at every stopping place"
    Elizabeth Elliot

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  5. b_My Man is In

    What a pretty unstable few weeks it has been in Governments worldwide! Crazy amounts of unrest set us in a tailspin. Where do we go for stability if our leaders are not the Statesmen they ought to be?

    It doesn't matter which country we look at those at the top certainly have something missing! They do not have the living God at the centre of their lives and those who have voted them to their lofty position are quite possibly as Godless as they are!

    What a sorry state of affairs we find ourselves in.

    Some time ago I had a conversation with someone who couldn't get their head around the fact that I do not vote. He was certainly very bristled about this fact and this usually rather friendly person began to be rather aggressive towards me. As if it was all my fault the government is in the mess it's in!

    But I was able to reason with him when I told him that my Man is 'in' already. 'The Hope of all the earth' is on standby with everything under control, ready to show what proper rule is all about.

    This raised some curiosity which allowed me to speak of the wonderful Man in whom God finds all His delight.

    Many years ago when people were given a choice as to who might reign over them they could choose between Christ, the Son of God or Barabbas - a murderer and a thief!

    To me that was a no-brainer. After all, Jesus had demonstrated for the past three and a half years that He was the answer to all the problems that comes upon the human race.

    • He could heal the untouchable leper
    • He could give sight to blind people and hearing to the deaf
    • He could feed and satisfy thousands of hungry people with the meagre provisions of a lad's lunchbox
    • He could give back to the woman of ill repute her dignity again
    • And He could liberate those who were tormented with demons
    • He had control over the elements
    • He could restore deceased people back to life

    Who wouldn't want this kind of Man to be in charge?

    They would have been absolutely mad to reject this Man and choose a murderer instead ...
    But they did!

    So Jesus was given a cross, which was the total sum of what mankind really thought of Him, and Barabbas was set free because Jesus was dying literally in his place.

    If that was the end of the account we would all be in a more sorry state than what we are today because we would all have no hope. However, in the midst of the chaos we are witnessing today there shines a ray of hope because man is not going to have the final say.

    The Man who was rejected two thousand years ago was accomplishing something on that cruel cross that no one else could do. To all intents and purposes He was the victim of human brutality but something was happening there on the cross which made Him the Victor.

    The very thing that causes mankind to make the ridiculous choices they do is the sin for which Christ died. Sin is what separates us from God, and the choices we make drive the wedge deeper.

    Common sense ought to prevail, but seeing as it is that common sense comes from God we begin to understand why they of yesteryear chose Barabbas instead of the One with all the answers.

    And it also explains why we have such leaders of our lands who don't appear to know what they are doing.

    Back then when I looked at the choice of candidates from which to vote in our neck of the woods, I found at the time that three of them had been married more than once, several of the others were in favour of questionable practices, most were in favour of Sunday trading etc. I could go on but needless to say, I wasn't much impressed with the choice we had been given, so I chose not to vote. This I might add is a Biblical stance; for we are not instructed to vote but to pray for those who have the rule over us.

    I'm afraid the world is in the state of chaos that it is because of this one thing - the world still doesn't want Christ to reign over them. But joy reigns in the hearts of those who have been touched by Calvary's love and have the sweet Saviour reigning in their lives. We have the joyful anticipation of knowing that our Man is 'in'. He wasn't democratically voted there but He was chosen by God, and one day He will certainly rule the earth power and authority.

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