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Gods reputation.

I remember I was lying on my bed praying, when I suddenly had the revelation that God cared what I thought of Him.  I could hardly comprehend this!

I was always concerned about what God thought of me, but finding out that He cared about what I thought of Him overwhelmed me with love.

Only after this did I begin to notice how important it was to God that people knew Him for who he really is. I began to see that some of the great men in scripture would pray that God would remember his promises to Israel and that He should consider what the enemies of Israel would say about Him if he forgot His promises. God always answered because He really does care what we think about Him.

I was reading the book of Isaiah yesterday, chapter 62 and was struck by verses 6 and 7 that say “You, who remind the Lord, take no rest for yourselves; give Him no rest until He establishes and makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth”

Reading this verse it is evident that God is saying that we should remind Him of his promises and give Him no rest until he establishes the promise He has made! It feels disrespectful to even think this way about our Father, but this is in His word and He wants us to do this.

Jesus says something similar in a parable on prayer in Luke: 11, verses 5 to 10.  We are again encouraged to persist in prayer, to keep asking and knocking.

I our breakthrough our healing our victory is right before us. If it’s promised in the Word of God and we cry out to God for the fulfilment of the promise, God has staked His reputation on the fact that He will hear our prayer and if we fulfil our side of the bargain He will fulfil His.

I can’t help thinking that the more fervent we are in demanding the fulfilment of promise, the more we will see miracles happen.

It’s what God is looking for.


Can we enter into Gods rest?

The book of Hebrews is awesome and I have been thinking about one portion of scripture in particular, as I am convinced that it holds the key to many people’s freedom.

For the word of God is living and active’ this verse tells us that the word of God is alive! The bible has divine life in her words and as we speak them, we are speaking out divine life.

Active’ the word of God is not dormant it is active! Whenever we read these precious words or speak them out, we can have faith that there will be a re-action in us.

I am convinced that every time we speak the word of God, there will be some activity inside of us. We may not see the results immediately and it may be that we need to declare the word out repeatedly in prayer, but if we persevere we will eventually see the fruit of our faith, because God is able to perform all that He has promised.

The first word in these verses is very important: ‘For’ this joins the above quotes to the passages of scripture that went before. These passages tell us that we can enter into the ‘Rest of God’

This is a precious promise for anyone who has been troubled with fears anxiety, or any thoughts that steal our peace.

I pray that you will find the rest of God, for your soul.

What can we do about the cruel words that have crushed us?

Working in the field of mental health, I see the damage done to people every day by cruel and hurtful words. I see adults in their fifties or sixties who are still crushed by words spoken to them as children.

The words spoken by James about the ‘power of life and death that is in the tongue’ are played out in my work-place every day.

I am intrigued as I read about the cruel and hateful words spoken to Jesus, after He was arrested.

From His arrest right through the crucifixion, then finally His death, words that were mocking, angry, accusing, and sneering, was hissed at Him, but Jesus did not defend Himself against the accusations, but instead He absorbed these words taking them on Himself.

Just as Jesus took away our infirmities our sins our sicknesses on the cross, we can be confident, He will also take away the damage done to us by the wicked words spoken into our life.

Lets call out to Him, knowing that He will heal us.

Thank you, Lord Jesus.

Can we get our miracle?

What do we need to do to get our miracle? The bible tells us that Jesus went around preaching saying ‘ the kingdom of heaven is at hand, repent therefore, and believe the gospel’

Sometimes we in the West can miss out on the blessings in scripture because we presume that we understand what a verse is saying, so do not look more into it. This is one of the scriptures in which this happens, but when we look into what Jesus was saying to the Jewish people and what they understood by what he was saying, something amazing begins to unfold.

‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand’  their is two parts to this verse.

‘The Kingdom of Heaven’ When we in the West see this we tend to think about the place we will go to when we die, but this was not the people of Israel’s understanding. What they understood when Jesus said this was a reference to what happened when some of the great prophets in the bible like Moses or Elijah were able to bring the miracle power of heaven down to earth. The Jews hearing Jesus all knew about these men, being brought up from childhood being told the stories of how they were friends of God and how they could do the miracles mentioned in scripture.

‘Is at hand’ This refers to something that any carpenter or skilled tradesman would understand. It means that the worker has set up their workstation so that each tool can be quickly accessed because they have been positioned within easy reach of the workstation. The tradesman does not have to waste time looking for various tools as they are all within his reach.

So for the first part of the verse, Jesus is saying that the miracle power that the Jewish people thought was only available to these great prophets could be accessed by everyone!  This must have been a remarkable statement for the people listening to Jesus and still is!

‘Repent therefore and believe the Gospel’ the word that leaps out at me is ‘Therefore‘, because this ’therefore’ links the promise, to what we need to do to access it.  Jesus it telling the people listening: your healing, your breakthrough, your deliverance, it’s all within reach and this is what you need to do to access it.

‘Repent therefore and believe the Gospel’ To repent we need to change the way we think, ‘Gospel is the ‘good news’ that Jesus has come to save us from our sins and make us whole.

‘Believe’ I think it’s the ‘Believe’ that trips us up, but should it? Why can’t we make the decision that whatever we may think of ourselves or whatever our faults, we can believe that through Christ Jesus and his promise in this verse, the power of heaven is at our disposal?

Maybe we will need to pray to our Lord that He will teach us more about this, or show us what is hindering us laying hold of this blessing, but I am fully convinced that if Jesus says that ‘the kingdom of heaven is at hand’, it must be within reach for all of us.

What an amazing thought.

Dying to Self.

God has impressed on me recently, that He doesn’t want to improve me, clean me up, make me a better person, show me where I’ve been going wrong. What He wants is a NEW me!

In order to obtain this I need to be prepared to surrender everything to God. This sounds great in principle because we all know how loving our Father is, but in practice ….?  Oh dear! Help me Holy Spirit.

One of my favourite places is Saint Andrews in Scotland. It’s famous in the golfing world, because it has the oldest golf course on earth. It also has Saint Andrews Castle, a very well preserved castle that has a very colourful history.

Set on a beautiful sandy beach Saint Andrews would not strike you as the kind of place to have  a dark past, but it certainly has.

As you walk around the narrow streets of the town, you will notice brass markers moulded into the pavements or roads. If you stop and look around you will find a plaque nearby that will tell you that on the very spot of the marker, someone was burned to death at the stake. The crime?  Refusing to deny the truth of the bible and conform to the teachings of the Catholic Church at that time. Most of the victims were in their early twenties.

Here we see a place in which the desire of man to be in control of God, meets the desire of men who wanted God to have complete control.

These brave young men were prepared to suffer this torturous death rather than deny God, but their sacrifice was not in vain, because when the reformation arrived in Scotland, it began in Saint Andrews.

The apostle Paul said that ‘it was no longer he that lived, but Christ lived through him’

I wonder what would happen if we could get to the stage in our walk with Jesus, when we could say the same?

Bless you.

Just back from church.

Had a blessed time worshiping as always.

One of the leaders prayed for me and spoke a word in season, that confirmed I’m doing the right thing at the right time, by starting this blogg.

The bible tells us that God inhabits the praises of His people and I am convinced that you can find healing for a troubled mind if you will focus on the Lord Jesus and loose yourself in worship. If you look at the Children of Israels exodus from Egypt, you will see that the reason God called for Pharaoh to let the people of Israel to go out into the wilderness was to worship Him. Pharaoh, the enemy of God resisted this command and the enemy of our soul will sometimes attempt to prevent us worshiping our Saviour, but do not be disheartened, keep pressing on and you will find your freedom just as the children of Israel did. Like them you will have many battles to face, but you will be out of Egypt and on your way to your own promised land.

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