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  1. 01_Jan_Blessed Hope

    The world has never been so dark as I have found it to be in the past year.  No matter where we look, to the left, to the right, the world has felt like quicksand that no one can lift themselves out of. Those ruling our countries are in turmoil and no one can actually get all that much which is worthwhile accomplished. The environment in which we live feels rather like a big boiling pot about to blow its lid!  And all the while living here makes us feel like groaning under the weight of it all.

    Don't you ever feel like this is not our home anymore?  I don't know about you but I am really looking forward to going to my real home - I just long for "the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and our Lord Jesus Christ." Titus 2: 13.  I absolutely can't wait to see the One "who loved me and gave himself for me." Galatians 2: 20.  The desire in my heart to see the fulfilment of His promise to come and take us to "the Father's House" increases with intensity as each day passes.

    Well, this world might be a dark place, but the darker our surroundings are, the greater our joy ought to be in anticipating that bright and blessed day.  Whenever I write to folks I usually find an occasion in which I can insert a 'Perhaps Today!' phrase, but actually, in reality His coming is so close it could actually be within this next hour - it is that close! 

    The question is ... are we ready?

    As you can tell I am a great fan of the promised coming of our beloved Lord Jesus, (I always have been,) and I understand from Scripture there are crowns given to those who love His appearing, so when it comes to rewards in heaven, I'll have at least one crown to lay at the feet of my beloved Lord Jesus one soon day :)

    A little while ago I was listening Online to a broadcast about the imminent return of our beloved Lord Jesus.  At some point in the conversation between the presenter and his guest, the lady called Jan Markell said: "This is called 'the blessed hope' for a reason, and ought to be a comfort to every believer.  And every time we see a dark headline we need to realise that this is nothing but a harbinger of His return."

    So let this be a comfort to you, especially if perhaps you are battle weary and longing for the promised victory. It won't be long now, keep on keeping on, soon you will hear the call: "Arise my love, my dove, my fair one, and come away." Song of Solomon 2: 13.

    I trust that the video below will be a great encouragement to you concerning this great event about to take place at any time - Perhaps sometime in 2020, or ... Perhaps Today!

     01_Jan_Happy 2020
     


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  2. Here we are again, another Christmas season has descended upon us and now that most of all the hard work is done it is good to sit back and reflect for a little while.

    The crazy rush reminds me a little of what it might have been like when our beloved Lord Jesus came into the world all those years ago. The rush and squeeze of the crowds to seek lodgings in Bethlehem during the introduction of a new taxing system. Travellers had arrived from all over the place along with a young couple expecting a baby at any minute.

    'No room for them in the inn' the Bible tells us, which sounds very familiar when I look around and see that nothing's changed after all those years!

    The world doesn't have time or space for this precious One but for those who do, He has in store a whole host of blessings that the heart is hardly able to contain.

    "... Prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts,
    if I will not open you the windows of heaven,
    and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it."
    Malachi 3: 10

    He came on a mission the first time to do something for us that we are unable to do for ourselves and it meant a trip from the crib in Bethlehem to the cross at Calvary in the space of only thirty three and a half short years. The life He lived in sinless perfection in between revealed to us the heart of His loving heavenly Father.

    Here we are in all our need and God has made full provision for that need in His beloved Son. The debt our sin stacked up, in Him has been paid for in full.  That which has separated us from God has been removed forever.  And the fear and uncertainty of the future has been removed; the promise of a home in heaven awaits us.

    All this was already provided for and all the work was done while we were in an unfit state: "God commendeth his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us." Romans 5: 8.

    In order to come into the benefit of this wonderful provision, one essential requirement is needful.  And that is complete childlike trust in the work that has already been done. No fancy prayers are necessary. No special works are needed. Just an honest heart before an all knowing God who already knows your need for forgiveness, and the faith enough just to hand everything over to Him and trust in Him with all your heart.

    The world might not have changed in its rejection of heaven's best but God hasn't changed either, and this is something for which we can be truly thankful. The expression of the Father in the Son remains the same for all time and eternity, because the Bible tells us that: "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever." Hebrews 13: 8.

    So, why not make this the best Christmas season ever by accepting God's unspeakably wonderful gift and receiving Him as you very own personal Saviour? The moment you do with true sincerity you will begin a path you will never regret.

    Happy Christmas everyone - see you soon  ♥

    Saying 'Hello' from my little corner to yours with love


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  3. 12_Dec_The Things I Know 1

    "Ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart."
    Jeremiah 29:13.

    So much water has gone under the bridge since the day when the Lord came into my life and made me His own.

    I was a rock bottom teenager with nothing left to lose! And that's when I learned about 'the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me'. Galatians 2: 20.  For me, the sinner with no hope!

    I was lonely, and longing for someone to genuinely love me, and I looked in vain in all the places and among all the folks one would naturally turn to. But before too long I finally gave up looking there because I had been given a promise some years before and I trusted that God would be true to His Word, and He was! This was His promise to me:

    "Ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart."
    Jeremiah 29:13.

    I opened my Bible and began to search the Scriptures for what I had been longing for, and discovered that I had a great problem, which helped me to understand the emptiness I had in my soul. The problem was my sin, and it was my sin that was separating me from God who I was longing with all my heart to find.

    After months of searching, praying, questioning, I finally bowed the knee and trusted in the sinless Man who suffered, bled, and died on the cross as my Substitute. This was the moment I was 'born of God' and made a member of His family.

    This is when life for me began ... Forty years ago!
    (The Journey in more detail here)

    I have learned a tremendous amount since then. Not all in one go I have to say, but a little here and a little there. Bit by bit, day by day. Through one experience after another I began to learn things about the personality of the Wonderful One who promised to be with me forever from the moment I trusted in Him.

    I have known seasons of incredible joy and equally I have known seasons of incredible sorrow, and although I wouldn't invite those times of suffering into my life, I wouldn't have done without them either!

    I have learned some of the most incredible things during those darkest hours in my life. I have gone through enough of them to know that:

    "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning."
    Psalm 30:5.

    Suffering doesn't last forever! Thankfully, I can testify of the wonderful fact that having gone through many experiences of suffering, there has always been something incredible to gain because of those experiences. Rather like harvesting pearls from an oyster. Those precious gems would not be possible without the oysters suffering.

    But what are my pearls? What are those treasures gained through my trials? I have to say that these are the precious things I learned about the character of the One in whom is all my hope and trust?

    Like the apostle Paul I can confidently declare ...

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    The things I know about my beloved Lord and Saviour I wouldn't exchange for any treasure this sad old world could ever give. Nothing can be compared to knowing Him.  Absolutely Nothing!

    But how did this happen? Well, like everything else that has come my way, it never happened all at once! I didn't learn everything all in one go and I haven't been given all I possess all at once! The One who I know so well after all those years is the result of a relationship that has been built upon, established and grown one day at a time ... Over forty years!

    Even though I cannot see Him, He is more real to me than much of what I see with my eyes, because most of what we see in front of us is fake and fleeting. But my unseen beloved Lord Jesus is the rock upon which I have laid the foundations of my faith and the lens of truth through which I view everything around me.

    Perhaps to you that might sound rather strange, but let me tell you by experience -
    This is the life.  This is truly what it means to live!

    It might entail a constant swimming upstream but when the majority of those around me appear to be going in one direction, I am homeward bound!

    By faith I see the end of the course ahead of me and I am aiming ...

    "... for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."
    Philippians 3: 14.  
    "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith ..."
    Hebrews 12: 2.

    Everything around me tells me it's not long before He is going to fulfil the promise He declared to His people:

     "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: 3

    There is a company of God's people who are earnestly awaiting this promise and I am among them!  It fills my soul with joyful anticipation and enriches every moment in waiting. The promise of His coming brings meaning to every moment of each and every passing day along with the earnest desire to invest not in this world but in eternity.

    Won't you come with me on this most incredible journey and trust Him too? Every moment from this moment onwards could be yours to make the most of. And walking with the One 'whom to know is life eternal' * is something that simply cannot be compared to anything the heart could ever imagine.

    Come with me and with Him, and you will be eternally glad you did!  You see ... I know!  :)

    * See John 17: 3.

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  4.  11_Nov_ghoulies and ghosties 1

    Well, it's that time of the year again when the pumpkin lanterns are placed at the front doors showing off menacing expressions, artificial cobwebs and spiders hang in windows and a whole host of folks both young and old dress themselves in tatty costumes and scary makeup, all in the name of having a bit of fun!

    This is the time of the year in which the creepy and scary are acceptable, when the sinister is intriguing, when evil is celebrated, and the dark is embraced! When all the while those who are really on the dark side are rejoicing at the activities of the general population at such a time as this. Little do they know what this is really all about! How can people be so gullible?

    Well, I believe I can answer my own question ... It is because the enemy is busy, and seeing as he is the master of deception, the vast majority are swept away with this evil garbage.

    The Lord Jesus told us that the enemy, 'aka' Satan is not only a liar but the father of lies, which means that he has offspring! Unlike God, he cannot be everywhere at the same time, so he has a myriad of followers whom he places exactly where he wants them to be. They are either demonic entities who have taken up residence in people or generally deceived and gullible people like most of the folks we know.

    'Just a bit of harmless fun,' they say.  Really???  Well, I suppose that is understandable to have that type of mindset when we live in a world that has an upside down, back to front, and inside out mindset. But look a little closer and you will see that this wicked virus has infiltrated even our common language so that 'wicked' now means good, great, or fantastic! The word 'sick' believe it or not now means awesome, wonderful, or cool! The word 'beast' now refers to someone who is good or awesome! And sadly the beautiful word 'gay', which used to mean light hearted and carefree has been hijacked!

    So, let's take a look at what the Bible has to say about all this topsy turvy  way of thinking.

    "Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope:
    That say, Let him make speed, and hasten his work, that we may see it:
    and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw nigh and come, that we may know it!
    Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light,
    and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
    Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!"
    Isaiah 5: 18-21.

    Oh, how people love to mock the living and Almighty Sovereign God!  They assume that because He does not move at their mockery He'll do nothing ...

    "Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily,
    therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil."
    Ecclesiastes 8: 11.

    But He IS Sovereign and there is a good reason why He doesn't come in and swiftly give to wicked people their just deserts. Every day is another day that a merciful God gives space for them to repent from their sin and trust Him with all their heart.

    The practices of witchcraft and demonism are strongly condemned in the Bible. Manasseh, son of king Hezekiah was a wicked man in the extreme and this is his résumé -

    "Manasseh did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD ...
    For he built again the high places which Hezekiah his father had broken down,
    and he reared up altars for Baalim, and made groves,
    and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them.

    Also he built altars in the house of the LORD, whereof the LORD had said,
    In Jerusalem shall my name be for ever.

    And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD.
    And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom:
    also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft,
    and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards:
    he wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger."
    2 Chronicles 33: 2-6.

    You name it, Manasseh did it!  He dared to defy all the best principles of God Himself and he held nothing back. However, as wicked as he was, there came a time in his life when even this man was brought to his knees before God and repented of all his wicked deeds. Just in case we might think that folks who engage in such practices are outside the realms of God's grace and readiness to pardon, Manasseh did, so there's hope for all.

    But these are just a few mentions of the practices that were once deemed as abominable practices, which are now embraced by people and tinkered with by the vast majority of folks out there in the name of a bit of fun!

    Be warned, as I used to teach the children in Sunday School years ago:

    Little tigers grow into big tigers. And big tigers bite!

    What looks innocent and perhaps rather appealing can grow and turn into something very dangerous in the passing of time!

    Instead of playing with the dark, sinister, and unknown, why not come to the One who offers in the place of fear - 'exceeding gladness.' In the place of sorrow - 'unspeakable joy.' Instead of troubles and torments - 'the peace of God, which passes all understanding.' And instead of bondage -  'freedom indeed', which only the Son can give.

    Well, the alternatives that the Lord has to offer in love and Sovereign grace as opposed to the lies and trickery cannot be compared. All this and so much more is offered freely with the forgiveness of sin, costing folks like us absolutely nothing. However, don't ever think that it is a cheap offer; for it cost the life of the precious Son of God on the cross to secure such a deal.

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

    Held up for all to see was the supreme love of God offering His only begotten Son as the Substitute for sinners like you and me. What an absolute treasure He is!

    So, while tribes of people roam the streets 'trick or treating' feigning to be the 'un-dead', ghoulies and ghosties, let us remember that every one who has truly trusted in the Lord Jesus is acquainted with One who truly rose from the dead and lives today in the power of an endless life.

    Just to conclude, I couldn't help but smile at the thought that as usual a few days after Halloween there is a rise in the coughs and sneezes, and I can't help but wonder that instead of carving the pumpkin and using it a scary lamp, perhaps it would be much wiser cooking it making a lovely tasty soup or pie, and slow roasting those seeds to munch on. All of those wonderful nutrients will do wonders for the immune system!

    Halloween is a waste of pumpkins I say! :)

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  5. 10_Oct_giants in the land 1

    I wonder how many dear folks out there are wandering around in a type of wilderness, and perhaps questioning what is life all about!  Surely there has to be more to life than just getting through each day! Do you feel like that you are going round and round in circles never actually getting anywhere?

    Perhaps one day in the past you heard of your need as a sinner before a holy God and trusted Him with your soul. Perhaps you know you're going to heaven one day because you have fully trusted in what Jesus accomplished on the cross in dying for you personally, as He did for all of us poor lost sinners. And if you trusted Him with your soul, you're on a heaven bound journey. But could it be that even though you trusted Him for eternal matters you are finding it difficult to trust Him with your life?

    This is more often than not the reason why we spend a while in a wilderness, because the 'there and then' matters are outside in the future and way beyond our control, but we like to feel that we can control matters that involve 'here and now'.

    The reason for this dilemma we all have in varying degrees depends on our relationship with the One who has paid so dearly to give us the promise of a home in heaven. The love of God has gone far beyond promising a home in heaven for people like us; for what He accomplished at Calvary also broke down the barrier that separates us from Him.

    When sin came into the world the sweet relationship that God had with Adam and Eve was severed, and down through the generations even to this day sin has separated us from Him and His companionship.

    "Your iniquities have separated between you and your God,
    and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear."
    Isaiah 59: 2

    But here's an amazing thought ...
    It is divinely possible to draw near to the living God in order to get to know Him ... personally!

    Perhaps this sounds a little presumptuous, but this is something that God Himself primarily desires for His people, and understanding this helps us to understand why He went to such great lengths to mend the broken relationship between us and Him. You see, He greatly values our fellowship with Him.

    In the Old Testament we read of the deliverance of God's people out of the hands and tyranny of the wicked king called Pharaoh. After a series of horrible plagues which troubled their captors to the point of driving them out of the land, they arrived at the edge of the wilderness through which they had been travelling. In front of them was the Red Sea, on either side of them were mountains and behind them was Egypt ... and Pharaoh's perusing army!

    God then delivered His people from wicked Pharaoh once for all in the most miraculous way, by parting the Red Sea in front of them so that every one of God's people, (two million of them in all!) could escape on dry land that night and make it safe to the other side. When the very last one was safe and sound, God then brought the mighty waters back over the perusing enemy doing away with every one of them, once for all, and forever.

    Now, there was about an eleven day journey to get to the land that God had promised to them. Unfortunately because of the complaining nature of the rescued company it took a whole lot longer! However, Canaan, the land God promised to them was a land overflowing with goodness at every turn, and it was a land of rest as opposed to the place from which they had been delivered. Now, all they had to do was focus on the promise of God and head in that direction.

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    When they finally made it to the borders of the land they sent in twelve 'spies' to survey it and bring back a report. After forty days and nights they returned and verified that Canaan  was indeed just as they had been promised. However, there was in this land all kinds of enemies that caused most of the spies to fear, and they discourage the waiting people from desiring to enter into the land God had promised them.

    Caleb and Joshua were the only two men among the twelve that were prepared to trust God and go in. "Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it." Numbers 13: 30. Such was his bold faith and intimate knowledge of his God. But those that went with them saw the situation through human eyes instead of through the eyes of faith in the One who had earlier parted the Red Sea to allow them all to escape Egyptian captivity.

    Their report caused the people to become discouraged especially when the spies exaggerated what they saw. This is when their report turned from discouragement into what the Bible tells us was an evil report: "The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight." (:30.)

    O dear! Only two men who believed that God would give them victory in the land He promised, but an evil report caused the people to doubt and despair. God had so much for them all to enjoy but the Bible tells us that God said to them: "When your fathers tempted me ... I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest." Hebrews 3: 9-11.

    And so whole generation missed out on the best God had to give them because of unbelief. Sure, they were saved from Egypt, but their lives were lost in the wilderness where they had to live out the rest of their lives. God would take into the land He promised them the next generation instead ... along with faithful Caleb and Joshua of course!

    Did you know that God has a type of Canaan rest for you and me also? Do you have a saved soul but a lost and wondering life? God has the most precious of things in store for you rather than living off of temporary sustenance until you reach heaven, He has the best for you to enjoy now!

    As it was in those days, so it is today, there are very few who are willing to trust God and go in to possess the land He has promised. Why is this? Because there are 'giants' in the land!  Well, actually, yes there is! No one ever promised that we would be able to avail ourselves of heaven's best while here on earth without having to overcome some obstacles.

    The things that God values and wants you to appreciate come with a cost.

    Perhaps the most challenging giant to overcome is the one called 'time'. The only way we can truly appreciate the Christian life is to get to know the One who has made this all available to us, and it takes time to get to know someone intimately. But who would have begrudged the time it took getting to know someone you fell in love with?

    But how much time does it take? How much are you prepared to give? Why not try with five or ten minutes each day to be alone with God? Soon, before you know it, you'll be adding on an extra five or ten minutes more! Then perhaps you'll be setting your alarm clock a little earlier each day to get half an hour or more time alone with the One who loves your soul. Before you know it your heart will be longing for Him, and you'll look at the clock and wonder where an hour just went ... and so on. Do you see what I mean?

    But this is what God desires for His people. An intimate knowledge of Him, simply because this is a thing most precious not only to the child of God but to God Himself! And an intimate knowledge of Him gives to us an insight into life others cannot see. When all that others can see is giants in the land you will know the Lord enough to understand that giants can be overcome, whatever those giants may be. For some, those giants may be the craving for more money, or recognition. To others doubts and fears may be the giants they need to overcome. You can fill in the blank with whatever you know is stopping you from enjoying the best Christian life God intended you to have, and you will find that knowing Him intimately will overcome every giant.

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    Don't let anyone cause you to feel that this is beyond reach or better left until another time. None of that 'easy does it now', or 'let's not rush but take things slowly' mentality is a valid reason for delay. Please allow me to quote from the Bible as I did earlier but this time I have gone back a verse or two so you can see that God does not agree with 'taking it easy' but desires your interest and attention ... today!

    "Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, Today if ye will hear his voice,
    Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:
    When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.
    Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said,
    They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.
    So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)"
    Hebrews 3: 7-11.

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