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    While there are some that crave attention and are prepared to work very hard to get it, there are others who are content to be in the background and out of the limelight.

    Before the Corona virus, the amount of reality shows on our TVs and on the internet were phenomenal, but now ... well, the opportunity to be a 'star' isn't quite so easy or even as important as it once was.

    But it isn't only being a 'star' that grabs people's attention. How about politics?  With the outcome of US elections about to change the world, all eyes are on President Trump and his rival Mr Bidon. Every word they say, every move they make is recorded, scrutinised by their opponents to find some juicy fault of failure to bring their victim down!

    The whole world is watching, and the world is divided, and the whole world is holding its breath wondering what the outcome of this election is going to be.

    Make no mistake, this isn't all about personalities, or about one side or another. This isn't really all about who the next President is going to be - the direction the whole world heading is hinged on the results. This is make or break like never before in history!

     An audience of millions watch the rise or the fall of world leaders

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    But now, bringing things a little closer to home, for some reason it seems to matter so much what people think of the way we 'perform' our lives every day. Perhaps it is the opinions of family members, work colleagues, our employer. Perhaps it is our peers in our sphere of education, the fellow members of our church family, or those who are 'friends' of ours on social media.

    Sometimes we feel like all eyes are on us, and what we do and say is imperative. Well, the things we do and say are important, but does it really matter who sees and who doesn't see?

    Whether our stage and our audience is large or small, this all pales into insignificance  when we realise that we all have 'an audience of One!' What God thinks is the only opinion that matters.

    The Bible is replete with characters who had their eyes on the God they could not see. By faith they walked, served. Men and women of God whose soul desire was to please Him, whom to know is life eternal. These were honourable people who understood that because the living God was already their reward they had every reason to go out in faith and live, and speak boldly, sometimes in the face of fierce opposition.

    These dear people lived and died in faith knowing that the eye of God was upon them, and now at last they have moved on to the place where faith gives way to sight and are now in the presence of the One who promised:

    "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."
    Hebrews 13:  5.

    But here we are today in the closing moments before the promised coming of our beloved Lord Jesus is about to be fulfilled. (See John 14: 1-3.)  Here we are in a world that is spiralling out of control where everything that is humanly natural is being taken away from us. Our need for companionship and a human touch. Our need for identity. Our basic need to properly interact with one other is being prohibited, we are feeling more and more isolated, and even dehumanised with all the senseless restrictions.

    But we are not completely alone! It may be that we are not as 'out there' as once we were in those times not so very long ago before everything changed almost overnight. God has not altered one bit; He is still the very same approachable, reliable, all powerful and all knowing, merciful God that He always and forever has been, and so is His beloved Son:

     "Jesus Christ [is] the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever."
    Hebrews 13: 8.

    The world in which we live has been changed forever and more or less with our permission, all of our movements are tracked - for the sake of 'safety'! So they say.

    We have tracking 'Apps' on our phones, cameras are on every street corner, our finances are all recorded, and everything we view on the internet is monitored! Wherever we look we are being watched, and there doesn't appear to be anywhere we can go where someone doesn't know where to find us. I find that rather disconcerting to be honest!

    However, there is One who is watching around the clock. He sees with perfect understanding and has the very best of intentions for doing so.

    While it matters to some to have a large 'fan base', there are others who find it objectionable to know that even 'big brother' is watching us all the time!  But there is something we need to understand; Almighty God, who is our 'audience of One' not only sees us all the time but knows our inmost thoughts.

    He sees and hears infinitely better by far than any digital 'App' can.
    He knows and understands with love and empathy, which is something that a digital nosey parker cannot do.

    In the Bible there was a woman called Hagar and she found herself driven out of her home and into a desert place to fend for herself. She must have felt so very alone and vulnerable, but God came to her and provided for her needs and gave to her instructions to return to her mistress who threw her out.

    Just at a time when she thought nobody cared, she discovered that God was Someone who really did care, and she gave to Him a name: "Thou God seest me." Genesis 16: 13. Out there in the desert under the blistering heat of the midday sun there wasn't a soul who knew she was there or even cared for her except God Himself. This is the very first time in the Bible that the living God was given a title or a name 'The God who sees'.

    Nathanael was sitting under a fig tree one day thinking deeply about something he had read in Scripture when Philip his brother called to him to come and see somebody who he believed to be 'the Messiah'. It wasn't long before Nathanael realised that the Lord Jesus saw him and knew his meditations when he thought he was all alone! This was the most important turning point for him! He would never be the same again. He had an encounter with the Christ and followed Him from that that very moment on.

    So, what does it matter what other people think as long as we are transparent before our Mighty Lord and Maker!

    If we are among the 'sheep' of His pasture, having repented of the sin that separated us from Him since we were born, and once we have trusted in Him fully for the well being of our soul, then we are certainly known of Him, and will be in His tender loving care all the way through life's journey that leads to His home in heaven.

    We can be truly thankful that all of His people as individuals have 'an audience of One' constantly watching over us always. This is simply because He loves us so much He will not take His eye from us, not even for a split second. That is pure devoted love beyond compare and deserves a fitting response.

    Trust in Him and surrender all to Him this very moment while there is yet the opportunity.

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    For those who do not know, here's a simple explanation on how to make sure you are ready for heaven  - 
    It's as simple as 'ABC'
     ABC

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    Something New for You

    Rest a While now has a Facebook 'Group' to which you are warmly invited if you have a Facebook account.
    This is where most of the daily inspirational thoughts are being posted from now on.
    Because there has been a change to Facebook's interface
    the majority of people who 'liked' Rest a While's Facebook 'Page' are not receiving notifications of fresh content being posted there.
    And so, as a result a decision was made to start up a Facebook Group instead, which is currently doing rather well.

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  2.  


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    here we are situated, from our living room I see the rooftops of many buildings including a school quite close to us. The school's flat roof provides a resting place for all sorts of birds all year round, and a nesting place for seagulls in the early summer. Because the surface is undulating the rainwater collects into puddles, and unless the weather gets hot the puddles are there for a long while.

    I noticed a couple of things about the bird's behaviour while I was watching them a few days ago. About mid-morning there was a seagull all by itself drinking deeply from one of the puddles. While the bird was busy a pigeon landed and walked to another puddle situated at the other end of the roof. The seagull noticed and left off drinking and walked over to where the pigeon was. Of course the smaller bird was intimidated and moved to another puddle. But the seagull wasn't impressed with this and walked right over to where the pigeon was as if to walk right through it, if that were possible. Within inches of 'contact' the smaller bird finally flew off, and the seagull was alone again.

    I could have easily put a caption over the bird's head saying
    "my roof, my puddles!"

    I thought how different everything is in God's order. Perhaps our sinful pride still leans on a 'pecking order' system but God tends to lean His favour on the nobodies and underdogs of this world, and if that is you, then be encouraged you are no less precious to God and no less loved be Him than anyone else. He doesn't look through the eyes we see through - He looks on the heart.

    But in the heart God sees sin that needs a good cleansing. Thankfully, this is something He specialises in and is able to cleanse away all of the sin that resides there when individual people come by faith to Him.

    Everything that is needed for the heaven bound journey is all supplied by God the moment men and women, boys and girls trust in His beloved Son fully. Because this place is not our fixed abode, and we are just passing through, our heart and mind has an upward look.  We have a home somewhere else that our heart longs for.

    God has made a promise to each of His people which is going to be fulfilled one day very soon. The Lord Jesus said:

    "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.

    Let me take you back to the birds on the roof once again to share with you something else I observed. It was a rather soul stirring event I just so happened to see just at the right time. Later on in the day a huge flock of seagulls were congregated on the roof. It was a much larger amount of birds than what usually congregate there at that time of the day, and they had been there for a while. Some were resting, and others were busy pruning themselves. It felt like they were all ready and primed for leaving.

    I stood by the window just watching them for a while. They reminded me of God's people at this late hour. Some are resting and others are preparing themselves ... for leaving. The 'Bride of Christ', as the Bible calls the collective company of Christians are preparing for their Bridegroom to come as He promised He would. While we are waiting we are occupying, but there is an anticipation that fills the hearts of those who long for Him to come. We know that is so soon that it could be any minute now!

    While I was thinking on these things, without any warning that I could see or hear, all the birds simultaneously lifted themselves up into the air and flew away. They all headed off in the same direction and were gone in a moment of time! It was a spectacular sight I felt privileged to witness.

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    What perfect timing, as if to conclude my musings! I couldn't say it any better than the following verses from the Bible:

    "Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
    In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump:
    for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible,
    and we shall be changed."
    1 Corinthians 15: 51-52.

     "But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep,
    that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
    For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again,
    even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
    For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord,
    that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord
    shall not prevent them which are asleep.
    For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel,
    and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
    Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds,
    to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
    Wherefore comfort one another with these words."
    1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18

    Jesus has promised that He is coming again to call His people away from this sad old earth to be with Him in His Father's house. If you are reading this and are not prepared for this event then you could be left behind to suffer the awful things that are going to happen here.

    The world system is all set up for a Godless one world system and the only thing that restrains this from taking place right now is the presence of God's people. There is a terrible judgement coming upon this world and all those who reject God's beloved Son, and believe me - you really do not want to be here then!

    The call that we as God's people are all waiting for could happen at any moment and similar to all those birds we could 'fly away' just like they did in a moment of time and be gone! And as I heard it said by a fellow lover of the Lord's promised coming:

    "Soon we fly!"  ...  I like that!

    But what about you? I pray that you will be among the multitude of people who will rise to meet our beloved Lord to be with Him where He is. How unspeakably wonderful it will to be with Him at last! To come right into the presence of 'the Son of God who loved [us] and gave Himself for [us].' See Galatians 2: 20.

    Don't neglect this opportunity to be ready. Today is the day to get saved. Tomorrow could be too late!

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    You need to be ready for when the Lord Jesus comes  -  Here's how  - It's as simple as 'ABC'
     ABC

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    Something New for You


    "Arise My Love"

    As promised, here is a little something I have been working on for a while.
    The lyrics of this simple little song are based on a few of several verses
    from the Bible expressing the 'blessed hope' of every believer ...
    The promised coming of the Lord Jesus.

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  3.  09_Sept_Whose Image Is On You 1

    I was listening to a sermon online a little while ago which was both encouraging and challenging at the same time, and for a few moments the preacher covered the incident in which the Lord Jesus was challenged about to whom they should give tribute:

    "And they watched him, and sent forth spies;
    which should feign themselves just men, that they might take hold of his words,
    that so they might deliver him unto the power and authority of the governor.
    And they asked him, saying, Master, we know that thou sayest and teachest rightly,
    neither acceptest thou the person of any, but teachest the way of God truly:
    Is it lawful for us to give tribute unto Caesar, or no?
    But he perceived their craftiness, and said unto them, Why tempt ye me?
    Shew me a penny. Whose image and superscription hath it?
    They answered and said, Caesar's.
    And he said unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's,
    and unto God the things which be God's.
    And they could not take hold of his words before the people:
    and they marvelled at his answer, and held their peace."
    Luke 20: 21-26.

    The preacher went on to elaborate on a fictitious question or two that could have followed that can easily be applied to our own heart.

    If the conversation continued at that point, what would they have replied instead of holding their peace? Perhaps they would have asked Him: "If the tribute money then goes to Caesar because his image is on it, what do we render to God?" To which the Lord would have probably asked: "Whose image and superscription is on you?"

    What a soul searching question this is,
    and doesn't such a question deserve an answer?

    How about one from the Bible? We can't find a better answer to a question like that anywhere else:

    "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:
    and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air,
    and over the cattle, and over all the earth,
    and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
    So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him;
    male and female created he them."
    Genesis 1: 26-27.

    What a responsibility we have as part of God's marvellous creation to fulfil the role we were created for! However, this is not as daunting as you may first think. Perhaps after a few lines from my heart to yours you might be either challenged as to which direction your life is headed, or you may be comforted to understand just how precious you are to the One whose image you and I bear.

    Of course not much has changed in essence since this incident happened as recorded in the Bible; for we have to pay our way through taxes, rates and utility bills etc., to the powers that be, and most if not all of us benefit from the resources for which we are paying. And we all must respect those who are in leadership whether or not they are right or wrong in carrying out their responsibilities.

    But here is the thing -
    while we are alive and have breath we owe our devotion to the One who gave our lives to us!

    It is a rather sad fact that most people feel that God is holding out on them, and refuse to surrender anything to Him let alone everything!  And all the while in doing so they are denying access to the only One who 'can fully satisfy the longing soul and fill the hungry soul with goodness.' (See Psalm 107: 9.)

    What is it that keeps people away from the Master of all Masters? It is the presence of sin in their lives that separates us from Him and deceives everyone into thinking that we do not need God in our lives, when the opposite is the truth.

    The coming of Jesus into the world all those years ago was not to give us a story to tell at Christmas, which for many has been reduced to 'fairy tale' status, and bears no relevance to the needs we have in 2020!

    But the truth is - He did come, and He came with a specific purpose. The Bible tells us: "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners". I Timothy 1: 15. God gave to mankind His law to reveal to everyone their need His mercy. No one can ever keep His perfect law because basically it is reflection of His perfect, pure, and holy character. The Bible tells us of the law that 'it is our 'schoolmaster' to bring us to Christ'. (See Galatians 3: 24.)

    Just take an honest look at the Ten Commandments in Exodus Chapter 20, and you will understand how unlike God in our character we really are! And when we understand our dilemma we can then begin to appreciate that only God in His righteousness can solve this issue, and that is the reason why Jesus died on the cross.

    This is how people are saved from the eternal consequences of their sin. He has done all that is necessary. We cannot make any contribution other than comply with God's requirement to acknowledge our sin before Him, repent of it, and trust in His beloved Son with all our heart.

    The words of the hymn writer express beautifully what our response ought to be to such great love and mercy to the likes of people like ourselves:

    'Were the whole realm of nature mine,
    that were an offering far too small.
    Love so amazing, so divine,
    demands my soul, my life, my all.'
    - Isaac Watts

    And so if we were to go back to the question: 'and what do we render to God?' answered by the all important one: 'whose image is on you?' What would your answer be?

    Surely it ought to be something like this: 'I owe to the living God whose image I bear, whose love towards me is beyond comprehension all that I am and have!' And seeing as: 'tribute to whom tribute is due' applies to ourselves, then all of us owe to God all that are and all we have!

    So what holds us back? Do we still think that God is holding out on us? Do we really think that we are going to lose out in any way if we surrender our all unto Him?

    Let me tell you as I know by experience, God will never withhold from one of His people any good thing, seeing as He went to the extreme to make us His own in the first place. This is how the Bible says it: "He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?" Romans 8: 32.

    Those to whom we give tribute in this world do not benefit us in the same way God does for those who withhold nothing from Him. We not only have a home in heaven to look forward to, but we have the promise of His presence with us every day. And everything He imparts to His people by far exceeds the value, the glory and the strength of the best this world could ever give.

    The life He gives
    "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." John 10: 10.

    The satisfaction He gives
    "Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." John 4: 14.

    The quality of Life He gives
    "The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble." Proverbs 4: 18-19.

    His Truth
    "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8: 32.

    The liberty He gives
    "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." John 8: 36.

    The peace He gives
    "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God."
    And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Philippians 4: 6-7.

    Pure Joy
    "Jesus Christ:  Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory." 1 Peter 1: 7-8.

    Heavenly riches
    "[He] hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:  That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus." Ephesians 2: 6-7.

    Grace, Peace & Promises
    "Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature ... " 2 Peter 1: 2-4.

    Well, as you can see for yourself, God doesn't give to those who fully surrender to Him anything by half measures. So be sure to give to Him that which is rightly His and just you wait and see what there is in store for you as a result.

    "Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
    Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.!
    Ephesians 3: 20-21.

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    There is but a step of faith between you and the One whose image you bear.
    Why not take it today?

    Here's how  - It's as simple as 'ABC'

    ABC

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  4. 08_Aug_When God Speaks1

    While on a walk a little while ago I was recollecting a message I heard online, and the speaker shared a memory he had of how the Lord 'spoke' to him during an intense period of suffering prior to the death of their baby daughter. It came as a reminder to him of a particular verse of Scripture that perfectly fitted his situation to give to him and his wife hope in the midst of their gloom.

    He used this as an illustration in order to make a point to bring comfort and encouragement to people who are going through a season of suffering, to trust that the Lord is there as He promised His people He would be even in the darkest moments of life.

    My husband reflected for a moment or two and said: 'God doesn't speak to me like that! I wish He would. Others get to 'hear' God speaking to them but I don't!"

    I thought for a moment and whispered up a little prayer for wisdom, then answered: "I believe the Lord speaks to everybody, but we are rarely quiet enough to hear Him. There is too much noise in the lives of most of us to allow God to be 'heard'!

    When God speaks and is heard, it isn't because the one who is listening is any better than someone else, because all God's people are precious and loved beyond reckoning to Him, and He desires to be heard by them all. What He wants is for each of His people to value the quietness and stillness enough to arrange some of our own so we can get in tune with Him.

    But how does He communicate with us? After all, can anyone really hear Him nowadays? Most definitely yes! But I am not talking about hearing an audible voice, I am speaking of what the Bible describes as 'a still small voice' that is on a totally different wavelength to what our ears pick up.

    Firstly, let me help you to understand that God loves every member of the human race so much and is not willing that anyone should perish. Sadly it is the presence of sin in the life of an individual that separates them from God and His very best for them, for time and or eternity.

    So, for those people who are not familiar with what the Bible says, He will often give that person a 'wakeup call'! Perhaps through a newsworthy event such as this awful Covid crisis, or through the death of a loved one, or perhaps through a narrow escape.  He may speak through the birth of a baby, or maybe through the marvel of creation itself.

    He is not limited as to how He is going to get somebody's attention.
    He is Sovereign after all!

    God has a way of tugging on the heart strings in order to bring them eventually by faith to the cross where Jesus died as their Substitute. He will meet them there with abundant mercy and forgiveness, the power and authority to live a new life, and the promise of a home in heaven soon to come.

    What an amazing package this is! Although this is free to those who trust in Him with all their heart, remember, all this had to be paid for. It might be free for us, but it cost God His very best. It cost Him His Son; His only Son in whom was all His delight!

    But He is a delight to all who trust in Him also; for Jesus is a living Saviour, and He promises His constant companionship, so we will never be all alone on our heaven bound journey ...

    "... for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."
    Hebrews 13: 5.

    The Lord Jesus tells us that He is the Good Shepherd and those who have trusted in Him are likened unto sheep - sheep who were once astray but now by His grace have become His sheep. And this is what He said about this wonderful aspect of the relationship we have with Him:

    "I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep ..."
    "I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine ..."
    "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
    And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish,
    neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand."
    John 10: 11, 14, 27-28.

    Today we are privileged to either have a Bible of our own or we have have access to one. This is the reliable source of God's Word, and how He speaks to our hearts. This is the final say so.

    But what happens when we are possibly aware that God is speaking to us personally? Does He even do this nowadays? Once again I would have to say absolutely yes!

    How does He do this? The same way He uses to get the unbeliever's attention! Again it could be through life's circumstances, or through His marvellous creation. Maybe through  the lyrics of a song or hymn, or even through what appears to be a coincidence etc., and a whole host of other ways.  Once again ...

    He is not limited as to how He is going to get our attention;
    for He is God, and He is Sovereign.

    But one thing is for certain, and this is of utmost importance: whatever thought has come into your heart as a result of something you have heard or seen, for you to know it came from God, it absolutely must be verified by the Word of God. As in my case when I suspect that the Lord is communicating something to me, it usually reminds me of a verse or passage of Scripture from where I get the lesson I need to learn or the truth He was conveying through whatever means He used to grab my attention.

    As I shared with a loved one recently, a simple little sparrow ought to remind us of the intricate care of our heavenly Father for us; for it was our Lord who said: "Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father ... Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows." Matthew 10: 29-31. Well, when he sends one little sparrow to sit on the roof top in view from my kitchen window almost every day, I get the feeling that the Lord is telling me something. :)

    How about gazing up into the night sky and seeing all those stars out there. Did you know each one has been named by God who made them? At such a magnificent sight I remember the words of the Psalmist beautiful words:

    "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
    Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
    There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard."
    Psalm 19: 1-3.
    "When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars,
    which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him?"
    Psalm 8: 3-4.

    And a question like that always leads us back to the abundant grace and mercy of God for such unworthy folks like ourselves!

    The scope is limitless because God is limitless, and the Christian life is a wonderful relationship with such a One as this! He has gone to the ultimate length to draw us into a precious relationship with Him. But this is by no means a silent and lonely walk.

    Our Christian life is a vibrant relationship with the living God, and our communication with Him is a constant two way conversation, which explains why there may be times when He speaks to us when we are not reading our Bible.

    I believe the secret to hearing God's voice 'speaking' to us is allowing 'the word of Christ dwell richly in the heart in all wisdom'. (See Colossians 3: 16.) With a heart full of the Word of God and the love of it there is plenty of scope for God to speak and be heard.

    The relationship we have with our beloved Lord and Saviour ought to be one that is deepening and becoming more enriched with every passing day.  This is His desire for us, so that when we reach the end of our journey on earth and it is time to be received into His presence He will be no stranger to us, nor us to Him. We will know Him that well because He will have been speaking with us along the way - and we will have been listening.

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    Is it possible that you 'hear' God speaking to your heart while reading this today?
    The Bible says 'To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts" Hebrews 3: 15.
    Now is the time to trust Him and begin a brand new life all cleansed and forgiven and ready for heaven.

    Here's how  - It's as simple as 'ABC'

    ABC

    Related Subject - "A Whisper in the Wind" CD - Whichever way you turn God is speaking. The question is - are you listening?

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  5. 07_Jul_Come Sit With Me1

    Every now and then my mind goes into thoughts about a particular Bible account that has to be among my favourites. It wouldn't be the first time I have written about the incident I am about to cover once again but this time I am looking at this from a slightly different angle.  Each time I muse over the happenings in a home in Bethany something new crops up equally as lovely as the last thing I found.

    Please allow me to take you back once again to Luke chapter 10 where we read about Martha and Mary:

     "Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village:
    and a certain woman named Martha received [Jesus] into her house.
    And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.
    But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said,
    Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone?
    bid her therefore that she help me.
    And Jesus answered and said unto her,
    Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:
    But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part,
    which shall not be taken away from her."
    Luke 10: 38-42.

    Mary has always been an inspiration to me, and a long time ago someone very dear to me told me something that was a great encouragement to my soul. This is what he said: "Study yourself to be a Mary; the one who 'sat at the feet of Jesus and heard His Word.' If you want to know what is in the heart of the Lord Jesus, this is the place where you will find it. And when you do, you will know what He wants you to do." (Robert McPheat.)

    This has to be among of the very best words of advice I have ever heard. I will never forget those loving words of encouragement as long as I live; because I live in the good of such advice every day!

    And I would encourage everyone reading this to do the same; for you will never regret such advice.

    Mary had an insight into the Lord's character that very few understood. She knew who He was and why He came and it showed in her actions when under pressure. And there was something about her quiet confidence in her beloved Lord that made it easy for other people to trust the Saviour for themselves. The Bible tells us that:

     "... Many of the Jews which came to Mary,
    and had seen the things which Jesus did,
    believed on him."
    John 11: 45.

    And although what I would like to convey to you includes Mary, I want to draw your attention this time to Martha, because I believe she gets more than her fair share of bad press whenever this account is read and spoken about.

    Even while searching for other's thoughts about Martha, I could not find one article or even one picture that showed what I believe was the Lord's understanding of Martha. And I am very deeply persuaded that what we are often taught isn't necessarily what the Bible is actually teaching!

    Let us set the scene once again and see the Lord sitting and quietly speaking to all that were in Martha's home. Everyone was listening but perhaps only one person was actually 'hearing' Him ... and that was Mary. There she was, at His feet and soaking up every word, every breath, every inflection, and every gesture.

    His words were not just teachings but they were life to Mary, and she was totally immersed in the truth He was expressing. Perhaps if she were to have been asked about their value to her, she may have replied something like this: "I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food." Job 23: 12

    Now let us step back for a moment and notice something going on in the kitchen area of the house. Martha is busy! But something is wrong! She is a little heavy handed with pots and pans. Perhaps she is sighing a little more than she would have done some other time. Her heart is hurting and she is irritated. And suddenly, she had enough!

    She left the kitchen and waited politely for a moment to break in and appeal to Jesus for some help. The very presence of her sister sitting so content and listening with such deep interest was probably making Martha feel even more agitated!

    For a moment of time the Lord in His kindness and mercy gave to Martha His undivided attention with a gentle but profoundly deep admonition. He said: "Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her."

    I don't think it is too great a stretch of imagination to hear the unspoken invitation of the Lord to Martha to 'come, choose the good part as well while you can - the catering can wait for a bit.'

    In that silent moment while Martha was contemplating what to do, perhaps she saw her sister gently gesturing her to 'come sit with me, and listen to our beloved Lord'.

    I have every reason to believe that something like this must have happened because at a later time in John's Gospel we read of Martha in the kitchen once again, but something is different, this time she is happy and content to serve while others are reclined at the table with the Lord.

    And if ever there was a time for her to feel a little agitated it would have been this time, because this is the occasion  when Mary honoured the Lord with her extravagant gift of anointing and fragrant oil, but the Bible doesn't mention anyone being upset about what Mary did ... except Judas the betrayer! Something must have happened to her heart to change her attitude and brighten her demeanour. (See John 12: 1-8.)

    Could it be that she chose to accept Mary's invitation to 'come, sit with me' at the feet of Jesus?

    Well, the Bible doesn't say so, but I do believe that it is safe to assume this is what she did, because there is no one like the Lord Himself to have such a marked effect on a person's whole outlook on life.

    I am sorry that a look at Martha in this light is very rare but I believe this is very much in keeping with the character of the beloved Lord that I have come to know and learned to love. I know He wouldn't have left disgruntled Martha still disgruntled after speaking to her with such compassion and understanding.

    How about you? Is life so demanding that you are feeling suffocated while others appear to be unfazed. Let me tell you that the advice I was given long ago is rather like the gesture of Mary to 'come, sit with me'.

    To me it was a wonderful invitation come and sit at the feet of the Lord, and hear His Word for myself.  And it has not only been a delight to my soul but I believe it has been a delight to His also. After all, his love is supreme and very tender, and I am sure that it must warm His heart if we hear Him when He speaks!

    So here is my invitation to you to 'come, sit with me!' Leave the busyness, and the hustle and bustle aside for a while just to hear a word or two from the heart of the Lord to yours. You will be forever glad you did! Oh, and everything that was important and demanding attention will all get done just the same, only now, it will be accomplished with peace in your heart like never before.

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    The Lord Jesus is waiting long and patiently for you to trust in him with all your heart.
    You too can know the joy in your heart of 'hearing His Word' and the assurance of a home in heaven.

    Here's how  - It's as simple as 'ABC'

    ABC

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