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    02_Feb_The Books That Should Be Written
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    And there are also many other things which Jesus did,
    the which, if they should be written every one,
    I suppose that even the world itself could not contain
    the books that should be written. Amen.”
    John 21: 25.

    When we open our Bibles up in the New Testament we read of four wonderful accounts of the life of the Lord Jesus. Each of them written portray different facets of our beloved Lord’s character and fulfilment of His role as was planned from before time began.

    * The Gospel account written by Matthew highlights the Lord as the Righteous King.
    * The Gospel account written by Mark presents the Lord as the Humble Servant.
    * The Gospel account written by Luke presents the Lord as the Perfect Man.
    * The Gospel account written by John presents the Lord as the Son of God.

    These wonderful accounts give us insight into the character of this precious One who is “God manifest in the flesh.” 1 Timothy 3: 16.

    Right from His earliest moments on earth there must have been something incredibly wonderful about Him seeing as the Bible tells us that He was sinless. There would never have been a moment of time when He thought, did or said anything regretful in any way or form or caused any grief to the heart of His true Father in heaven.

    The many things He did while growing up would have filled up volumes of books
    had they been written about all those years
    prior to Him coming into the limelight at thirty years of age.

    Could we ever imagine what a model child He must have been. Or those teenage years were not marked with the turbulent times we know of today when our children reach that time in their lives. And the desires of His heart in His early manhood were perfectly pure and all for the pleasure of His Father alone!

    His nature was calm and collected. He was not a volatile character even though He would have had every understandable right to raise His voice or lose His temper. We never read of Him doing either of these things.

    Some might consider His cleansing of the temple as outrage and temper, but upon a closer read we will see that this was simply not the case. After taking a good look at the corruption going on in the Temple He went away and made a scourge of cords, (not of flints or spikes like the scourge used on Him just before He was crucified), and then He returned the next day with purpose. During His act of driving out those who were engaged in profiteering and corruption nobody was hurt, and nothing was lost.

    He turned the tables over spilling the money over onto the floor, and chased the animals off the premises using the scourge of cords He had made, but the money could easily be retrieved, and the animals could be easily rounded up again. The only things that possibly might have been irretrievable would have been the caged birds had He broken their cages, but He handed them to the sellers and told them to go and not to make His Father’s house a house of merchandise instead of being a house of prayer.

    If ever there was a time to ‘lose it’ as it were, this would have been one of those moments. But everything He did in the Temple was carefully calculated moving with purpose and control.

    In all of His communications with the people with whom He moved among was in perfect keeping with the way God would have done so. With women He addressed each one with gentleness and purity. Children gravitated around Him and He always had open arms and a tender touch for these precious little ones. He was approachable, merciful and gracious in every way to all sorts of needy people. And He saved His harsh words only for those who were supposed to be representing God but were keeping people away from Him with their hypocrisy.

    And such was His altogether lovely nature and fragrant character
    condensed into a few small paragraphs here. 

    But what about all of those wonderful works of His? The multitudes of people suffering from individual infirmities that flocked to Him for healing, He made the time for them all. And at other times when He met the needs of individuals in need also. 

    All manner of problems and distresses were handled by the Lord without a challenge to Him. The lepers were cleansed, the lame were strengthened, the blind were given their sight, the deaf were given the ability to hear and communicate. The demonic were delivered, and even the dead were brought back to life! Multitudes of hungry people were fed with the meagre portions of food barely enough to feed and sustain one person! Storms were stilled, and animal nature was subject to His control. 

    I could go on and on just mentioning those things that have been recorded in Holy Writ, but there must have been so much more that has been withheld from us for the time being. Those of us who know Him personally as our Lord and Saviour will be joyfully occupied with everything that has currently been withheld from us at present but will be revealed to us in eternal ages.

    O what an unspeakable delight it will be to appreciate perfectly
    fresh revelations of His beautiful character we will never grow tired of … forever!

    When God creates in a distant future day the New Heavens and the New Earth, I wonder if there will be a library filled with all the books that should have been written which this world could not contain but will be able to contain there! A perpetual library of tangible books that we can thumb through and discover for eternity new delights of our beloved Lord reserved for our learning in that day. 

    What a thought! Just one treasure among a countless multitude of eternal blessings each of His dear people have to look forward to.

    One thing is for sure; in a very soon coming day when we get to be with our beloved Lord and Lover of our souls and see Him face to face, we will probably be of a similar mind as the Queen of Shebah was when she saw Solomon in all his glory for the first time. This is what she said:

    “… It was a true report which I heard in mine own land of thine acts, and of thy wisdom:
    Howbeit I believed not their words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it:
    and, behold, the one half of the greatness of thy wisdom was not told me:
    for thou exceedest the fame that I heard.”
    2 Chronicles 9: 5-6.

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    Here's how to know for sure you can be ready for heaven.
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    01_Jan_The Word
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    What better subject matter can we cover than the Word of God on the first day of the first month of a brand-new year?

    Of course the precious Word of God ought to be of paramount importance to us all, but sometimes we let things slip. Perhaps we’re too busy to make the time to allow God to speak to us through His Word. Perhaps our hearts have grown cold, and our interest has waned; something else appears to be more interesting and grabs our attention.

    But if we were to but stop and think about where everything comes from that sustains us each day we might realise none of these things ‘just happen’. “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Matthew 4: 4.

    Everything that we have is given to us - because He said so!

    All our basic provisions and so much more are ours to enjoy daily by His kind permission. More often than not we take it all for granted.

    But then things get a little bit more interesting when we grow to appreciate the fact that we are not only recipients of the goodness of God - because He said so, but everyone of us either owns a copy of the Word of God - a Bible, or can acquire one. And if we do not own a tangible copy of the Bible of our own we can access to one on our Device. How wonderful is that? 

    We are so honoured and privileged to be able to handle the Word of God and read the sacred words for ourselves. While we have the opportunity we must make every moment count and soak up every word until it all becomes part of our lives.

    As we commit ourselves to getting alone to read His Word it doesn’t take too long before we discover that the words that we are reading are sacred, alive, and relevant to our every need at any given moment. The Word of God is full of precious promises, words of comfort, affirmation, encouragement, and wisdom to equip us for whatever we have to face in our daily lives.

    If we are fearful there are multitudes of promises to comfort and to give courage. If we are sad, there are plenty more to cheer a heart. If we are confused and do not know what to do in any given circumstance, the Word of God tells us all we need to do is but ask for wisdom and it will be given to us, with no conditions attached! The Word of God tells us about the wonder of prayer and how precious it is. Imagine having a one to one conversation with the most high God! This is every true believer’s privilege. 

    The Word of God tells us about Himself, about His precious beloved Son, and the reason why He came.

    Which leads me to speak about this precious One who is the delight of His Father’s heart.

    "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, 
    and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us…”
    John 1: 1, 14.

    All that we have is because God said so! We have the privilege of owning a copy of what God has said for ourselves! But the ultimate of gifts is Himself in the Person of His Son!

    Jesus Christ is the essence, the expression, the character, and the fullness of God in a body.

    Jesus Christ is the final Word of God to the human race. And those of us who have come to trust Him know how precious He is. He is our trusty, faithful, altogether lovely companion who is with us every moment of every day.

    As we open the pages of our Bible we are encountering God, and the more we learn from what we read, the more we learn of Him. Whoever reads the Bible and finds it to be a boring Book has never encountered God the way He wants to be discovered. And if that is the case perhaps you have not yet realised what you need, and haven’t yet discovered the God that the Bible talks about. Keep on reading with a sincere and searching heart and you will discover your need and how sufficient He is to meet your need.

    “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”
    Jeremiah 29: 13.

    I was watching a documentary about the Bible a while ago and there were many people who had something interesting to say about different aspects of it; how and when it was written, how it was compiled, how it has been preserved, how it was translated, and how it has affected those who are devoted to it, and much more. One particular participant said something lovely as the documentary closed and I thought I would leave you with this quote because of its endearing and yet challenging content.

    “I love the way Psalm 119 unfolds. It is the longest chapter in the Bible and it is all about the Word. And you see there what the Word produces. It produces delight. It produces desire for God. It produces obedience. So sometimes it is helpful to look at a text like Psalm 119 and ask: “What does it look like and what does it feel like? What is the experience of the heart and of the soul that has been captivated by the Word?” You can see that they have seen the Word, they are storing up the Word, they are treasuring God’s Word. They have the greatest sense of delight in it. They are pained when people don’t follow it. It is their greatest longing to obey it. They see God’s character and smile in it. That’s what we want. That’s why having the right view of Scripture matters because without it we are not only going to come to not only wrong conclusions about God, and the Gospels and ourselves, but we won’t think rightly, and we won’t feel rightly. We won’t be the sort of human beings that God made us to be if we don’t take Him at His Word, and understand all that He means for us to know of Himself.”  - Kevin DeYoung

    The Bible

    V_The Bible

    This Book contains the mind of God, the condition of man, the way of salvation,
    the judgement of sinners and the happiness of believers.

    Its teachings are Holy; its laws are binding,
    its histories are true and its decisions are unchangeable.

    Read it to be wise, believe it to be saved, and practice it to be holy.

    It contains light to direct you, food to support you and comfort to cheer you.

    It is the traveller's map, the pilot's compass,
    the soldier's sword and the Christian's charter.

    Here paradise is restored, Heaven opened and the gates of Hell disclosed.

    Christ is its grand subject; our good is its design and the glory of God its end.

    Read it slowly, often, prayerfully.
    It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure.

    It will reward the greatest of labour
    and condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents.

    It is the Book of books, God's Book.
    It is this way God makes Himself known to man.

    E. MacLelland

     

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     2022

    2022 could be the very year in which Jesus will come to take His people to His Father’s house as He promised He would in John 14: 1-3.

    May you be truly blessed this coming year as one day at a time you move forward. The best way to live with the quiet assurance that all is well with your soul is to trust with all your heart in the precious Son of God who came to save sinners from their sin.

    The promise of His continual companionship goes with those who belong to Him by faith, and that could be you!

    Now is the very best time to surrender to Him and trust in Him with all your heart, because our beloved Lord Jesus could very well come… Perhaps Today!

     

    Related Link - Daily Light Calendar for devotional readings for both mornings and evenings based on the King James Version of the Bible

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    Here's how to know for sure you can be ready for heaven.
    It's as simple as 'ABC'

     ABC

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    Card Design 2021

    I heard in an online broadcast a conversation between a couple of the Lord’s people concerning the lateness of the hour in which we are living, and how frustrating it is that many Christians are either ‘sleepy’, or so eager to get on with life after the Covid crisis that they are not aware of what the Word of God has declared concerning the time and the season we find ourselves in today.

    The Lord has clearly spoken and continues to do so but, who is listening? One of the people in the conversation likened it to a time while trying to grab the attention of his little boy, got down on his knees and asked his child to ‘hold my face’. When the child reached out to his Daddy he finally got the little boy’s attention. Perhaps this is what the Lord is doing today - He wants us to wake up or stop tearing around, slow down and ‘hold His face’ as it were, so we are quietened down enough to hear His ‘still small voice’!

    If we can only cherish being quiet enough to hear what our beloved Lord wants us to know, then we will understand what it is He wants us to be occupied with in this late hour. Here we all are at the end of 2021, and heading fast into 2022, and the Lord has so orchestrated our times that we should be alive ‘at such a time as this’ not only to see what He is just about to do, but to be found faithfully ‘occupying till He comes’!

    The world appears to be spiralling into chaos, and evil is rampant. But let us not be too disheartened, because what we can see going on at every turn is exactly what the Bible described would happen in the ‘end times’. So, even though life can be unpleasant at times, hold on just a little while longer because He is coming! Remember, our Lord said: “In the world ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer: I have overcome the world.” John 16: 33. And our beloved ‘Overcomer’ will soon descend from heaven with a shout to deliver us from ‘the wrath to come.’

    Therefore, if you happen to be of the ‘sleepy’ type and a little indifferent to the time and season in which we are living, or if you are the busy type with a noisy and cluttered life, or if perhaps if you are feeling downcast and discouraged, look up - there is a loving God within reach who understands with a perfect understanding. Reach out by faith and allow the Lord and Lover of your soul to encourage you, to strengthen you, and to cheer you on the home run, that last stretch of the race before we hear His call to “Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away!” Song of Solomon 2: 10.

    And so with this thought in mind with the Lord’s help a song was composed for Christmas and is in the making right now, and soon to be published.

    Here’s a taster in the form of the lyrics taken from the song. Enjoy :)

    Hold My Face

    A father and his little boy, the two of them alone,
    He tried his best to help his playful son to hear his words, 
    So he captured his attention in a sweet and loving way 
    Stopping down to where he was and in his warm embrace… this is what he said:

     Refrain
    ‘Hold my face’… Look at me and hear what I am saying to you.
    ‘Hold my face’… I have something here within my heart with you I want to share;
    For I love you, and I want you to treasure all I say.
    You must listen close to me to hear - your Daddy’s voice. 

    Down through all the ages past in many different ways
    The Father made his many wishes known upon earth.
    But then just one last time He spoke in these closing days,
    Through the Person of His Son to those who will give ear… this is what He says: 

    Refrain
    ‘Hold my face’… Look at me and hear what I am saying to you.
    ‘Hold my face’… I have something here within my heart with you I want to share;
    For I love you, and I want you to treasure all I say.
    You must listen close to me to hear - my ‘still all voice’ 

    From heaven to a manger, then from there to Calvary,
    The demonstration of the love of God for you and me.
    The gift of mercy given, but hurry to receive; 
    For soon there’ll be a time on earth when none will want to hear… and He will speak no more!

     Refrain

     “Today if you hear His voice, harden not your hearts.”
    Hebrews 4: 7.

    May I take this opportunity to wish all who are visiting a very happy Christmas and all the wisdom and strength you need as we venture into a New Year.

    Merry Christmas!

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    Here's how to know for sure you can be ready for heaven.
    It's as simple as 'ABC'

     ABC

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    10_Oct_The Clock is Ticking
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    Tick Tock, the clock is ticking. Time is moving on and there’s no reversing it! We look around us and see what the passing of time does to the things with which we are familiar - like God’s beautiful creation, like nature wherever we look, and the creations of mankind, like buildings etc.  In fact we only have to look in the mirror and see what the passing of time has done to us! Hmm, perhaps its best to leave that subject well alone :)

    But it doesn’t take too much to discern that those tangible things are not the only things that have degenerated with the passing of time. The morals of mankind have degenerated also. The thoughts and intents of the heart of human nature has descended into absolute decline that the world in which we live has become a rather frightening place to live!

    In the Book of 2 Timothy we read of what the nature of mankind was predicted to look like in end times, and as you read this rather shaming list of characteristics you will see clearly that this is a description of the characteristics we are seeing today on a daily basis wherever we look:

    “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
    For men shall be lovers of their own selves,
    covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
    Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce,
    despisers of those that are good,
    Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
    Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof…”
    2 Timothy 3: 1-5.

    It is as if this depressing list we find in the pages of our Bibles was written just a week or so ago and that the ink hadn’t had time to dry yet!

    Of course this sad decline in human character and rapid increase in depravity is because of the departure from the ultimate and absolute truth found in this precious Book. As long as people feel that they are entitled to their own truth, chaos will reign! And God is not the Author of chaos!

    The Word of God tells us of future events which must shortly come to pass, and these things are all lined up as it were and just waiting to happen. All the wars and rumours of wars, the lining up of nations against Israel, the breakdown of governments to make way for a one world government, one world economy, and one world religion… a global reset! The Lord Jesus Himself told us what to look out for and said: “When these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” Luke 21: 28.

    And if we are seeing with our own eyes everything getting ready to happen, then how much closer is the event that Christians are looking forward to?

    I heard it said once that when you see the shops getting ready for Christmas you know that ‘Thanksgiving Day’ is almost here!

    The signs and the seasons are telling us that something is brewing and the lid is about to erupt! And Jesus warned us about these things in order to prepare us all for something that must first take place before this world descends into the judgement and the wrath of God against all who have rejected His Son.

    The Lord Jesus Himself promised His disciples just before He went to the cross to die in the place of sinners like you and me, that He was going to come again and receive His people to Himself so we could be where He is. He has been gone a long while preparing a place for us in His Father’s House. How unspeakably wonderful and glorious that place in the Father’s House must be!

    This is just the very same thing a bridegroom would have done in the time in which Jesus was recorded saying these comforting words to His beloved followers.

    They would have taken bread and wine together, as a covenant was made between them both before witnesses that she would prepare herself for him while he was away preparing a place for her. And at an undisclosed time some time later when everything was ready, the call would go out and he would go forth (usually in the night) to fetch his bride and take her away to be with himself.

    So when Jesus was talking with His disciples the following beautiful words, He was speaking as a bridegroom would do to His espoused wife:

    “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.

    This is an amazing promise indeed and ought to comfort the hearts of all God’s dear people - He is coming very soon to call us all away from this sad old world to go to be with Him where He is. He is going to one day soon deliver us from the coming wrath of God that is almost ready to burst upon this Christ rejecting world. It is because of His tremendous goodness that He waits each day for people to repent of their sins and turn to the Saviour and trust in Him fully while they may.

    But the clock is ticking, and time is running out! God will not wait forever! 

    One day the very last person to trust their all to the Lord Jesus will have been counted in and it will be time for Him to come. But if you are not ready right now you need to make sure you are ready straight away; for this is a matter of urgency. You do not know if you have tomorrow! None of us do!

    In the book of Jeremiah there is a heart rending statement that ought to challenge anyone who is not yet ready to make sure that all is well with their soul without any further delay:“The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.” Jeremiah 8: 20.

    How much time are you prepared to risk wasting before you finally admit before a loving and merciful God, that like us all you are a guilty sinner for whom Christ died? He waits long and patiently for you to admit that you are helpless and hopeless without Him. He waits to bless with cleansing and forgiveness the moment in all sincerity you humble yourself before Him and cry from the bottom of your inmost being: “Lord, be merciful to me, the sinner.” (See Luke 18: 13.)

    Dear distant follower of my Beloved Lord Jesus, how much more time are you prepared to waste in frivolous pursuits and/or possibly hiding your identity? Honour Him because He promised He will honour you when you do. May He be the object of your heart’s desire. May His unfathomable and undeserving love cause you to rise up and make every last little moment count; for we really do not know just how many or how few of them are left!

    Redeem the time because the days are most certainly evil! (See Ephesians 5: 16.) Let Him know that you are prepared to give whatever it takes to do something that is of eternal value, because it is certain that we can take nothing we have accumulated here with us where we are going!

    Twice in the Book of Revelation the Lord refers to His coming in a specific way:

    “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation,
    which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
    Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.”
    Revelation 3: 10-11.

    “He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly.
    Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”
    Revelation 22: 20.

    That word “quickly” in its original form is translated from the word ‘tachu’ from which we get our word ‘tachometer!’ When things start ‘revving up’ and are happening at a faster pace than ever before, know that our beloved Lord Jesus will be coming without delay, very soon, and suddenly!

    It cannot be denied that we are certainly living in revved up times with increasing velocity, and as the Lord Jesus told us earlier: “When these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” Luke 21: 28.

    And so having seen what is happening at eye level and finding nothing but chaos and desperation here, let us look up because this is from there our Beloved will soon come.

    Now is the time to make sure you are ready, therefore do not delay and suddenly and without warning find yourself left behind to face what is soon to happen upon this earth and civilisation that once said “We do not want ‘this’ man to reign over us.”

    "It is high time to awake our of sleep:
    For now is our salvation nearer than when we believed."
    Romans 13: 11

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    Here's how to know for sure you can be ready for heaven.
    It's as simple as 'ABC'

     ABC

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    09_Sept_Salute Rufus

    Salute Rufus
    (Romans 16: 13)

    This might appear to be a rather unusual title for a Blog, and Rufus might be an obscure character that not many people know about, but the very fact that his name appears in Scripture with such high esteem must be important.

    His name is featured among a list of names at the end of the book of Romans and I was intrigued because I could remember his name being mentioned somewhere else, and so I did a bit of detective work and searched for him until I found him. 

    “And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, 
    the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross.”
    Mark 14: 31. 

    Rufus - one of the sons of Simon who had a very important role to play in the life, or rather the end of the life of the Lord Jesus. He was compelled to bear the cross of Jesus behind Him. While the Lord Jesus was bearing the full weight of the cross at the front, Simon was behind carrying the part of the cross that would have been dragging in the dirt!

    Such a task was the last thing on earth anyone would want to do, and such a man as Jesus who was about to be crucified was the last one that many would want to be associated with. But there was something about Simon, and his willingness to do this task made him an honourable man.

    What an impact this must have made upon the life of this man. He would never forget the day when he walked with Christ to the place of His crucifixion. I wonder if he understood back then that Jesus was going to the cross to bear in His body the wrath of God for his sins. He would have heard the words of Jesus praying to His Father on the behalf of the Roman soldiers who were nailing Him to the rugged cross: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." Maybe he was there to witness the darkness that came over the scene, and to hear the conversation that took place between Jesus and the repentant man on the cross next to him. Perhaps he heard Jesus cry with a loud voice: "it is finished!"

    Whatever happened on that day, the task that he was given to do must have made a deep impression upon his soul that changed the course of his life forever.

    He would never be the same man again. From that moment he would become a different man, a different husband, a different father! And one of his sons by the name of Rufus was among those named in the Scriptures as being a close acquaintance of the Apostle Paul!

    Isn't this an amazing thing! So little is recorded about both of these men - Simon and his son Rufus, and yet they are important to God who made sure that their names were written with indelible ink in the Word of God.

    How important it is to understand that our lives as insignificant as they may appear to be, are making an impact on others around us for good or for bad.

    Perhaps those people maybe our children, perhaps they are siblings, schoolmates, work colleagues, neighbours… the list could go on and on. Perhaps our demeanour may be affecting the life of somebody we just don't know. Consider the Cashier at the Supermarket, the Road Sweeper, the Postman, or the man who cleans the windows… 

    What is most important for us to remember is that every life is precious no matter how great or small they may appear to be in human estimation, and every soul is precious to God!

    Whatever it was that Rufus did that caused the Apostle to encourage others to salute him must have been important to him, and he publicly acknowledged this man. And the kind of man that he had become all started with a godly father who wasn't afraid to be associated with the crucified Christ.

    What an impact we can have and who knows how greater impact that could be if only we could demonstrate our unswerving devotion to that same Christ that Simon was devoted to. 

    I had occasion sometime ago to make a statement that I standby even to this very day, and it goes something like this: “Don't ever allow us to be overcome by the pressure this world demands upon us for our children. Do not let us ever feel that we must go beyond the simplicity of a godly walk to persuade our children to walk with God, because …

    The greatest thing a parent could ever do for their children
    is to give to them a father and a mother who is completely satisfied with Jesus.”

    This is the rock solid foundation that not only a child needs but we all need! Simon was a man who was plunged right into the very depths of the world's rejection of Christ, but he didn't refuse such a task, and I believe he is probably eternally glad that he was the one compelled "to bear the cross after Jesus."

    But while writing this article, I have noticed something else - nobody would have chosen to have done such a task is this; I mean who would wake up in the morning with the desire to carry the foot end of the cross behind a flogged, bleeding and rejected man who is being jeered and mocked every step of the way?

    Perhaps there are some tasks that we would very much prefer not to do. But do not despise the task, if it is associating you with the crucified Christ. Contrary to public opinion, it is an absolute honour to be in such a position. It's what matters to God that is most important, and He will make sure that honour is given to whom honour is due!

    If it is therefore true, (and so it is), that everything that we do has an impact on somebody else, then our little lives are important after all!

    So be encouraged all of you who are feeling insignificant and unappreciated, because God values you, and your willingness to be associated with the One that the world has rejected brings to Him great pleasure, and comes with great reward.

    Let us therefore have His pleasure, His honour and His glory as the primary objects and motive behind all that we do and say… after all, look what He has done for us!

    He was not averse to being associated with the likes of us. He did not shy or turn away from going to the cross on our account, but rather was steadfastly minded to go straight there without any diversion.

    Therefore such love demands everything that we have and all that we are in response. May we not be ashamed of the One who loved us and gave Himself for us, and may our lives be such an influence for good to those around us so that many more characters like Rufus maybe raised up to be honoured and saluted. :)

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    Here's how to know for sure you can be ready for heaven.
    It's as simple as 'ABC'

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