Sunday, 13 August 2017

Oh, precious one of Israel do not fret

God tries to communicate with us in many ways and there is no doubt that God wants this message heard.

Source: PInterest
A member of our congregation recently purchased a second-hand bible from a charity shop and was surprised when she opened it up to see a handwritten note. It is not clear how old the note is as there was no date on it and there were also no details of who wrote it. God tries to communicate with us in many ways and there is no doubt that God wants this message heard, which is clearly a Word for somebody. There were a small number of words that were difficult to read due to the handwriting however in these instances the words have been interpreted in the context of the writing that proceeds and follows them. What follows is a transcript that has been written word for word as it was originally written with a few minor interpretations (those words highlighted in blue) where required;

‘Oh precious one of Israel do not fret for the time is short and the door is open for you, just climb in, do not be afraid of tomorrow, tomorrow will take care of itself. Do not be afraid because I have put you here to do good to each other and to man. Do not fret I am coming soon to rescue you all, do not fret, do not fret my child I am coming to rescue you all, do not be afraid even if they advance an army against you, my gates are open wide, do not fret, do not fret even if an army advances against you, because I have positioned you here my child. Do not be destroyed in your worries of the future or past. You have been made a prisoner, stolen from the past into the future. I am coming soon to break the fettles which claim you, I am coming soon to break the shackles. You will be free soon my child, do not fret, because I am coming soon, soon my child. Do not fret my child because I have not deceived you about your future home, which is with me. Reflect my life in your life, do not be shy and speak the truth my child because I have set you free from all the lies and deceit. Do not fret my child because I will be coming soon. I have chosen a home for you. They teased you because of me and the future I have for you. I am taking you to a new land of pastures where there will be peace, away from everything. I am your future husband, I am the man in your life, I have chosen you for this hour, I have chosen you my chosen one of Israel. Come out of here – I cannot be deceived’.

Source: Stephlin's Mountain
In addition to the hand-written note above there was a further much briefer note found in the same bible. This note was clearly written by a different person as the writing was significantly different and much easier to read. A date of 6th September 2015 was written at the top of this note. The transcript below is exactly as it was written, as all words were clear to read, and was entitled ‘A forgiving heart’;

‘Christianity is best defined in terms of relationships, to loving God with all our heart and loving people as ourselves. Un-forgiveness in any of these, our vital relationships, block our access to God who commands us to be kind to one another with a loving compassionate heart, forgiving each other as God in His mercy forgave us' (Ephesians 4:32).

Ephesians 4:32 ‘Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you’

Be blessed.


Authors: Anonymous

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Sunday, 6 August 2017

God supplies our needs; not our wants

There is a very big difference between something we need and something that we want. A need is something that we must have and is essential, whereas a want is something that we would like to have, but is not essential.

Source: Be Overcomers
In January 2016 I had an old van that I used for work. It was quite a small van but it served its purpose, however I needed an upgrade for all my tools, equipment and materials and therefore decided that I needed a much bigger van. After a bit of searching I found a van, not too far from where I lived which seemed to suit me down to the ground. The van cost me £3000 and I thought to myself, new year, new start, new van and I was quite excited. The trouble is, from that point onwards everything seemed to go downhill. I had a few problems where I couldn’t get the engine to start so I had to get a friend of mine to come and take a look.  My friend did some work on the engine and everything seemed to be ok, until the next morning when the van wouldn’t start at all! The van was taken to a specialist garage who managed to get the van going again and I was relieved and thought ‘great, I’m back on the road again’. A few days later however, something else went wrong and I broke down again and this continued to happen for the best part of three months. I think, in all I must have broken down about eleven times and it was costing me an absolute fortune, in fact I suspect that I must have spent more than double the amount I had paid for the van, on repairs.

At the time of my van troubles it is also worth mentioning that I am self-employed and as you can imagine, having an unreliable van had a major impact on my work. If I’m not working, I’m not getting paid so it was essential for me to get the van fixed. I remember having an argument with God and asking Him, ‘Why me?’. His answer really surprised me when He told me ‘you must tithe’. I thought to myself, ‘that is not exactly the answer I was looking for. I’ve already spent thousands of pounds and now you want me to tithe as well!’. I decided to carry on as before and tried to get the van fixed again and a week later it broke down again, I got it fixed again and then it broke down again.  I had another argument with God because I clearly was not getting anywhere and He gave me the same answer; ‘you must tithe’. I thought to myself ‘how can I tithe, I’ve got no money left?’ Another week went by, my head was spinning and I did not know what to do. Throughout this entire period, God still provided me with plenty of work, Praise God. I spoke to my Pastor and he told me exactly what God had told me ‘you need to tithe’. I thought ‘great, that’s three times I’ve heard that now, God must have a sense of humour!’. It is only now with hindsight that I can understand where He was coming from but at the time, when I was in that time of trouble my head was filled with fog and desperation.

Source: nancyaruegg.com
Matthew 6:31-33 tells us ‘So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well’. With my van problems, at first I thought, I’m going to carry on under my own strength, but I got so fed up that I ended up not driving the van at all because I couldn’t be bothered anymore. I ended up hiring a different van! It was at this point that I thought to myself ‘you know what, I’m going to step out in faith and tithe.’ The scripture from Matthew 6:33 came to mind; ‘But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well’ and I felt an idea planted in my mind to go and buy a brand-new van, so that if anything went wrong with it then it will be the manufacturers problem, not mine. I went to a Dealership and one of the sales team talked me through the different options that were available to me. The van I had originally bought (the one that kept breaking down) was the one I really wanted, however I realized that this was not what I needed. I ended up getting a new blue van which was far better (and much more reliable) than I could have ever imagined. God knows exactly what we want and He knows our needs. Every time we go through times of trouble God helps will help us out, He knows us so well, He knew everything we needed before we were born. I can see now that I was getting my wants mixed up with my needs and God showed me time and time again that He will provide all of my needs, which is very different from my wants, as long as I was prepared to step out in faith. Remember God’s Word tells us to ‘seek first his kingdom’. First means, before anything else, and as you can see from my testimony it took me a while to really understand and grasp that.

In Philippians 4:19 God tells us that all our needs will be met; ‘And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus’. To think that God will provide all our needs is very comforting however we can often mis-interpret this, believing that all our wants will be met instead. There is a very big difference between something we need and something that we want. A need is something that we must have and is essential, whereas a want is something that we would like to have, but is not essential. My testimony provides a good example of how God taught me the difference and that in all circumstances at all times I should seek Him first rather than try to do things under my own strength. Praise God and thank you for Jesus.


Author: Phil Jones

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Sunday, 30 July 2017

A Peace that Transcends all Understanding

If we can keep our spiritual power supply topped up then this will help protect us to deal with the troubles of the world we encounter on an ongoing basis.

Source: PInterest
Have you noticed how quickly things can change in our lives? Sometimes we can wake up full of the joys of life and everything seems perfect with the World and sometimes we can feel the weight of the World on our shoulders, where we struggle to motivate ourselves, we feel burdened, tired and life just feels horrible. Everything in between these two extremes will also affect where we are and what we are feeling in our lives at any given time. We can go to bed feeling happy and content and wake up the next morning feeling completely different without being aware of what has caused the change. Something may happen during the day where we may be offended by something somebody has said or done and our feelings can change very quickly to frustration, sadness and even anger. So, why do these changes happen so suddenly and subtly, often as quickly as the ‘flick of a switch’? Why do they impact on our lives so much?

The Bible tells us in Acts 17:27-28 ‘God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being’. In this scripture lies the underlying answer to the questions raised above. God’s desire is for us to seek Him and to have a relationship with Him, for us to reach out and to find him and ‘in him we live and move and have our being’. Think about that for a moment, before reading any further just pause for a few moments and re-read the scripture and absorb what the Word of God is telling us. If ‘we live and move and have our being’ in God then it follows that the closer we are in our relationship with God and the more we seek Him then our inner being will become spiritually filled. If we can keep our spiritual power supply topped up then this will help protect us to deal with the troubles of the world we encounter on an ongoing basis. Never forget that satan’s agenda is to ‘steal, kill and destroy’ (John 10:10). In 1 Peter 5:8 the Bible describes satan as our enemy who ‘prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour’. Although satan was defeated at the cross, the enemy will still try to find ways to wreak havoc in our lives by lying and deceiving and corrupting everything that is wholesome and good. Satan’s agenda comes packaged so subtly that we may never know we’re coming under demonic attack. This can explain how our peace and happiness can be destroyed so quickly and how we can go from feeling really happy to really downcast without actually understanding why.

Source: Beholding Him Ministries
If we are struggling in our lives on a regular basis then maybe it is time to take stock of where we are in our relationship with God. How powerful is the presence God in our lives? The scripture above tells us ‘For in him we live and move and have our being’. If there is not a powerful presence of God in our lives then why not? Maybe it is time to re-connect. In order to make our earthly relationships grow and flourish we need to work at them, showing love, commitment, compassion etc. It is no different with our relationship with God. He too shows us all of these attributes so that He can develop His relationship with us and us with Him. Let us never forget how much God loves us; Romans 5:8 ‘But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us’.

Life is sometimes not easy and there are no guarantees that we will not experience tough times. If we feel downcast or that life is challenging or maybe we are on the ‘treadmill of life’, then maybe it is time to make some changes and step off the treadmill. Maybe it is time to re-connect, reinvigorate, re-energize, call it what you will, our relationship with God. Maybe it is time to; ‘Seek his face!’ Your face, LORD, I will seek’ (Psalm 27:8). If you are at a place in your life where you feel overwhelmed or maybe where there is no solution to your problem then the Word of God tells us that no problem is bigger than God; Ephesians 3:20 ‘Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us’. Hand your situation over to God ‘And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus’ (Philippians 4:7). If we can stay in the presence of God and experience a peace ‘which transcends all understanding’ then our lives and everything in it will also be more peaceful because God will be in our being, leaving no room for satan and his devious plans.

Father God, I thank you that you loved me so much that you sacrificed your one and only Son, Jesus, for my salvation. I pray that when things happen that try to destroy my peace that I come to you and hand them over to you. I pray for those who are at a place where they see no solution, where satan is trying to destroy their peace and pray that you will intervene in their circumstances. Let them experience your love and may they experience your peace and glorify your wonderful name. I pray a refreshing of the Holy Spirit for those who have given their lives to Jesus so that their souls are uplifted to bursting point with love and thanksgiving for Jesus. I pray protection on all Christians against the plan of the enemy so that they are constantly reminded that Christ’s death on the cross dealt with satan, once and for all. Amen.


Author: Gary O’Neill

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Sunday, 23 July 2017

Jesus – Our Friend

Jesus demonstrated His friendship, love and loyalty by what He chose to do at the cross. It may be worth asking ourselves; What am I/you doing to demonstrate our friendship, love and loyalty to Jesus?

Source: PInterest
As a youngster, I remember singing the song ‘What a Friend We Have in Jesus’.  Back then it was considered a good song to sing about Jesus. Now, as an adult by virtue of my age and also of my spiritual maturity, I need to know what a friend is and the responsibility that goes along with friendship. John 15:15 ‘I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business.  Instead, I have called you friends, because everything I have learned from my Father I have made known to you’. Wow!  Consider what Jesus said.  We, the committed Christians, are no longer His servants, but are called His friends!  

Friendship requires commitment to each other – loyalty, trustworthiness, even unto death.  This friendship that Jesus is referring to goes so deep that He said; ‘all things that I heard from my Father, I have made known to you’. Think about those words; ‘my Father’! He is the creator of all things – the author and controller of all things. Wow! Those are intimate things between Jesus and His Father, and Jesus shares those things because Jesus has trusted His true believers to know Him and His Father.

Source: DailyVerses.net
Why has Jesus trusted us with these intimate things? There are four primary reasons:

1) Jesus wants to re-establish the relationship between God and man that He had with Adam and Eve before they sinned.

2) Jesus wants man to live in total harmony with God and man which can only happen if man knows and lives by God’s standards of righteousness.

3) Our God is a jealous God and wants man to worship only Him.  After all, God created man.

4) God/Jesus wants us to go out into the world to proclaim His word (the Scriptures) and present the gospel of salvation.

Here is a question - Jesus asked His followers to go out into the world. Are we, His chosen, prepared to go out and share the gospel? Yes – Jesus said so in John 15:15. There are many other Scriptures that tell us that we should be prepared to go out unto the world. Consider how Jesus prayed for His Disciples in John 17:6-19. (Please go into your Bible and read this scripture); then consider these key verses:

John 17:8 - ‘For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me’. Note: Again, Jesus said that He gave us all that was given to Him.  We are prepared!

John 17:11 - ‘I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one’. Note: Jesus said He would leave this world, but He was leaving us in this world to do His works, and we are protected by the power of our Father to go out unto the world. We are protected!

John 17:13 - ‘I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them’. Note: Jesus says He wants us to have His JOY. We have His joy!

John 17:17 - ‘Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth’. Note: We need to be sanctified by applying the Word of God. The Word of God is the only absolute truth. We have His truth!

John 17:18 – ‘As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world’. Note: Did Jesus send us to another Bible study, church service, program, etc.?  While these are important, the most important thing is that Jesus sent us out into the World to use the Gifts of the Spirit He has given us. We have the Gifts of the Spirit!

Well, that is what the Scripture says about our relationship with Jesus. There are many more Scriptures that say the same thing about our friendship with Jesus and what Jesus desires from that friendship. An Important note to finish with: Jesus demonstrated His friendship, love and loyalty by what He chose to do at the cross. It may be worth asking ourselves; What am I/you doing to demonstrate our friendship, love and loyalty to Jesus?


Author: David Leatherman

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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Jesus is the Master Key

Having a personal, intimate relationship with Jesus helps me in frustrating times

Source: Heart's Table
A couple of months ago God blinded my eyes to finding my son’s spare car key and in doing so I believe God saved his life. The ‘short’ version of events goes like this: My son was working in America and when his work was done he was packing his things up to make his way back to the UK and he noticed that his car keys were missing. He got in touch with me in the UK and asked me to meet him at the airport with the spare car key on his return. I said I would, however, when my daughter and I got to his house to pick up the spare car key it was not where it was supposed to be. We both searched but could not find it anywhere.  I contacted my son to tell him we could not find the key and he explained that the spare car key was in a specific drawer in his kitchen. I went back to his house and totally emptied out this ‘specific drawer’ but there was no spare car key. When my son returned to the UK the following day a friend dropped him home and the first thing he did was open the ‘specific drawer’ and to my absolute shock the key just sitting there. 

The 'missing' key - Source: own
I prayed to God and asked him ‘why were my eyes blinded to seeing the spare car key in the drawer, the drawer that I had completely emptied out?’  I believe the answer that God gave me was that He was protecting my son and possibly the lives of other innocent people. God knew my son was not in a fit state to drive his car that day and knew that he was completely exhausted after a grueling two-week work schedule and a very long flight home. The bible tells us that we don’t know our future (Ecclesiastes 8:7) but God does. The bible also tells us that God knew us before we are born (Jeremiah 1:5) and in Jeremiah 29:11 ‘For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’. Praise God. Later that evening when I was praying I asked God ‘What if my son had driven his car that day and something terrible had happened. Would I still worship you when the hedge of protection was removed?’ In response to that question I can only pray that with the help of the Holy Spirit I could be trusted by God to worship him always and in everything.

My prayers led me to consider some of the many incredible characters in the bible who’s hedge of protection was removed and yet they never stopped worshiping God. Job’s worship to God was unwavering even when he lost his sons and daughters, his cattle, his servants and his camels; Job 1:20-21 ‘At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised’. In Job 2, Job loses his health and his wife challenges him to curse God and die but in Job 2:10 ‘He replied, ‘You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?’ In all this, Job did not sin in what he said’. The Bible is packed with incredible characters, just like Job to help us on this often difficult and complex journey.

Source: PInterest
Having a personal, intimate relationship with Jesus helps me in frustrating times like the afore-mentioned example of not being able to see the key! I love reading the Bible. It is the most amazing book ever. Many of the scriptures are written on my heart and mind (Proverbs 22:18). Knowing the Bible gives me the confidence that God has everything under control. The Bible is a light unto all our feet (Psalm 119:105); and helps us stay close to God ready for times of attack from the enemy in this world (1 Peter 5:8).

I would like to conclude this testimony by thanking God for the hedge of protection that He places around all His beloved children. My heart is always overwhelmed with love and adoration for God. It is my belief that God saved me from the agonising heart break of losing my only son whom I love with all my heart and yet He allowed His own beloved Son to brutally die for me and for you, this reality is more than my mind can comprehend. Thank you, God, for saving my son’s physical life and giving all our loved one’s additional time to claim Jesus as their only ‘key’. The Bible tells us in 2 Peter 3:9 ’The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance’.

Prayer - Father God open the eyes of the lost, not to a missing car key but to see that there is a Devine Almighty Christ who faithfully promises to dwell with us and never leave us. Help us Dear Father God to know you have everything under control. You always know what is best for your children. Help us to be still and hear your voice (Psalm 46:10). Father God we don’t know if we have tomorrow (1 Thessalonians 5:2) so help us to be bold and share the good news and to speak out wherever you have stationed us to be, to tell everyone that in Matthew 7:7 Jesus said; ‘Knock and the door will be opened’. Jesus is the master key, who can never ever be misplaced, Jesus lives safely in our hearts for all eternity. Amen.


Author: Christina O’Neill

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