Lightning

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by Luke Kincaid

Last night Cammie and I sat in amazement as we watched a storm approaching from way in the distance. The lightning show on display was incredible and one which words cannot do any real justice. What we witnessed before our eyes put any form of entertainment to shame. This morning, while reading up on scripture references about lightning, I came across the following passage from Psalm 135:5-7:

For I know that the LORD is great;
our Lord is greater than all gods.
The LORD does whatever He pleases
in heaven and on earth,
in the seas and all the depths.
He causes the clouds to rise from the ends of the earth.
He makes lightning for the rain
and brings the wind from His storehouses.

I love this reminder that God is the greatest being in the universe and that His creation is subject to Him. So it’s a short blog today. If you can, try and spend some time outside with God in “His office” as my brother likes to say and allow it to reveal just how majestic He truly is.
 
Much love,
Luke
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Remember

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by Calven Celliers

As I walked along the garden path, the striking contrast of a single red poppy surrounded by the azure background of the mass of pretty little Forget-Me-Nots bordering the walkway, caught my attention. I stood and gazed at the wonder of creation, appreciating this awesome sight before me. The poppy, a renowned symbol of remembrance for those who have lost their lives in conflicts around the world, jolted my memory to the fact that this weekend is Remembrance Sunday, the anniversary to commemorate and honour all those brave men and women, fallen heroes, who died as a result of the ravages of war.

World War II was the biggest and bloodiest war in the history of the planet. Historians estimate that between 40 and 50 million people died during those dark years, as more than thirty nations were involved in the battle for six years starting with the Nazi invasion of Poland in 1939 under the leadership of Adolf Hitler. At the war’s conclusion, despite Hitler’s suicide and his successor Karl Dönitz’s signed surrender, individual skirmishes continued. As is often the case in war, some soldiers keep fighting long after their nation is defeated, and the triumphant nations have cleaned up their victory parades. Some simply refuse to accept the reality that their kingdom has fallen.

Whilst I’m ever grateful that I have never had to live through a war, or been forced to face combat myself, I am reminded as a child of God that we are indeed engaged in battle on a daily basis. In his letter to the Church at Ephesus the apostle Paul commented:

12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers,
against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and
against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

(Ephesians 6:12NIV)

Each and every day, you and I are locked in a personal battle with the forces of darkness, as the enemy tries to get a new hold on us. Our responsibility is to never underestimate how evil, evil, really is, and to guard our own personal spot in the battle line, for the war against your soul is fought in daily skirmishes. These skirmishes in your life are, however, not the big battle, Jesus already won that!

REMEMBER this, 8the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8NLT)

“When Christ died and rose again, Satan was defeated. Jesus struck the decisive blow.” [John Piper]

“Finished” is the word we use after a job is done. “Finished” is also the word Jesus used from the cross (John 19:30). Your daily battles are fought in the context of a war that is over with a foe who is defeated and will ultimately be disarmed and destroyed. Calvary dealt a death-blow to the devil and his legions of demons, and someday they will be cast into the Lake of Fire. But between now and then, he fights on, defeated but not destroyed, refusing to accept the reality that his kingdom has ultimately fallen, using every weapon in his arsenal to convince us that he has power to overcome us.

I am not saying we will win every skirmish and every conflict, but I am saying we will win the war. I am not saying we never will sin and we will never stumble, because we will. We all will. But we can win the battle overall, because we stand in the righteousness of Christ. REMEMBER, when we put our faith in Jesus Christ, the stranglehold of Satan is broken. He cannot control us. We can rest in the finished work of Christ. This means that when we face spiritual battles, we are no fighting for victory; we are fighting from it. 

37 …we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37NIV)

 

 

God bless you,

Calven

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Great is Thy Faithfulness

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by Joh Doyle

Deuteronomy 7:9 “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the Faithful God who keeps His Covenant and Steadfast love with those who love Him and keeps His commandments to a thousand generations”

The word Faithfulness means to be in a place of trust and loyalty. Hebrews 11:1 says “Now faith is a confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we cannot see”

As Believers it is important for us to be Faithful to God because of His Great Faithfulness to us in all things.
The Life of Christ on earth was one of complete TRUST and LOYALTY and this is shown in many situations He found Himself in during His time on earth.

God’s Faithfulness to us needs to be replicated in each of our lives especially in these difficult days of Lockdown. 
Lets TRUST God despite what we might be going through and lets be LOYAL to Him in all things. This will be a great testimony to those whom we meet and those that God sends our way so that our Faithfulness to Him can brightly shine forth in these darks times we are going through.

Proverbs 3:3 says “Let not steadfast love and Faithfulness forsake you, bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart, so you will find favour and success in the sight of God and Man.”

A great encouragement from Gods Word to be steadfast in Love and Faithfulness despite what we may be going through.
Look at how David displayed His passion despite the many trials He went through: “I will sing of the steadfast love of the Lord, forever; with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations” Psalms 89:1
 
Please take this verse of scripture and live it out in your life and that of your family and it will impact those around you that maybe going through difficult times.
 
We know from scripture that Gods “steadfast love” never ceases and neither does His Faithfulness and so we are encouraged to remind ourselves and others that “His mercies never come to an end” Why? Because “they are new every morning, great is Your faithfulness” Lamentations 3:22 – 23.
 
Let’s be a a testimony of God’s great Love and Faithfulness to “all generations” and at the end of our lives what a joy in will be to hear “well done good and faithful servant, enter into the Joy of the Lord,” Matthew 25: 21.
 
Its time to sing with me:
 
Great is Thy Faithfulness, O God my Father, there is no shadow of turning with thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not, As thou hast been, Thou Forever will be,
Great is Thy Faithfulness, Great is Thy Faithfulness, Morning by morning new mercies I see,
All I have needed Thy hand has provided, Great is Thy Faithfulness, LORD Unto Me
 
 
Have a blessed day,
In the Love of the Lord Jesus,
John and Barbara
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The Cheerful Heart

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by Graham Mol

What is your attitude toward life like?

Don’t worry, you don’t need to answer that right now. Just keep it in mind as we consider the following proverb:

All the days of the oppressed are miserable,
but a cheerful heart has a continual feast,”
(Proverbs 15:15 CSB)

The New Living Translation puts it this way:

For the despondent, every day brings trouble;
    for the happy heart, life is a continual feast,”
(Proverbs 15:15 NLT)

This snippet of wisdom points out the fact that our attitude toward life – the state of our hearts affects how we see, feel and experience each new day. For those who are feeling afflicted or oppressed, in a place of despondency, it seems that each day brings more trouble. They find the negative in every positive, their clouds all seem to lose their silver lining. What a contrast this is to those with a cheerful heart for whom life is not merely “nice” or “okay” but is described as a continual feast. For them there is always something new to try, to taste, to delight in. There is always more, and plenty to share with others.

The facts of life are just that, the facts. Whether or not we can explain them, or change them, we are all presented with them as sure as the sun rises over us. The difference is how we think and feel about the facts and circumstances we face, the difference is how we will respond. Will today bring trouble, or will we feast on the joys and opportunities given to us. Consider how you feel when you read the following statement:

“Anything can happen.”

Does this statement fill you with dread? Or does it speak to you about possibility, discovery and promise?

The proverbs in the Bible are wise reflections of what tends to be true in life. They are insights into our thinking and experience of life. Proverbs 15:15 points out the fact that our attitude, the condition of our heart vastly changes our experience of daily life. However knowing this might not help you feel any better if you find yourself in that place of despondency, afflicted and oppressed by the trials of life. We all wish that we could experience life as a continual feast, but sadly that is not the reality for many.

The good news is that with the Lord we can experience such joy. Psalm 23 was written by King David who, although not perfectly, walked with the Lord in love and obedience. The words of the psalm describe the beautiful reality of having the Lord as our Shepherd loving and caring for us. David speaks of the Lord preparing a table in for him in the presence of his enemies. With the Lord we can still enjoy the feast of life even in a hostile, difficult situation. With Jesus as our Good Shepherd, the cup of our joy will overflow and we will no longer have hearts that are afflicted and despondent but that are cheerful, ready to experience the glorious banquet of life before us.

God Bless

Graham



 

The Lord Is My Shepherd

A Psalm of David.

23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
    He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
    for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
    I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.

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