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Monday, 22 May 2017

Chastisement

Why do we need it?

Hebrews 12 1 ~29

   I’ll go out on a limb here in saying that whilst we were growing up we all at some time were told off? Then told what is expected of us. The following will show, why it is ‘good for us’. Also why it is needed. They said that we had use their faith to overcome, to use their faith to have victory through our life.

V1  Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
V1 is telling us we can do it no matter where you are in life, no matter what you are lay aside every weight, such as over eating . . . watching to much TV,  and the sin This would be the sin of unbelief, this must be layed aside.

   Run with endurance the race Everyone has their own race mapped in front of them. We don’t chase the race that is set before us. What we must do is to find out/discover what it will be/with patience & endurance.

V2  “ .  looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith . .”
We’re told never to ‘look at’ Jesus, instead we’re told to ‘look unto’ Jesus. Why is this?  . . .  Let me try and explain.

   You waken to find out the flat your in is on fire and the only exit is blocked off by the fire. You’ve called the fire brigade is on their way, once they get there you are told NOT to look at the fireman, but to look unto the fireman.

   Why, I hear you say, surely they are the same thing? NO If ‘look unto’ the fireman, you’re looking with expectation, that the fireman has an expectation to rescue you. So when looking ‘unto’ Jesus with an air expectation that Jesus has a champion to be able to live this life the way He lived His life.

“. .and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus. .”

   When we run into hard times, and there seems no solution to the problem set before you. We need to loo ‘unto Jesus’ with expectation for Him to help us out of where we are. . .
“. .endured the cross. .”
I don’t think today anyone would gladly offer themselves for such a barbaric beating that Jesus had taken for us. That said Jesus knew what His life was about from a very young age. Now the time had come for Him to go to the cross, also knowing in 3 days He would rise from the dead.
“. .who for the joy that was set before him. .”
   So yes as it says here that Jesus must have gone to the cross with joy in Hi heart, pre-knowing, who would win this battle before it had begun. You know whilst having ‘happiness in your life, you can still be without joy. But you can have joy in your life, that it’s infectiousness will bring on happiness..
. Joy comes from what you know
. Happiness comes from your comfort
. . but, the sour note is, that you can have joy yet be thoroughly uncomfortable.

V3  “. . such contradiction of sinners . .”
   We always feel that we have it worst that you neighbour or friends. Just the other day I was told this, “If you feel you it watch a TV program called ‘The Jeremy Kyle show’, then you’re your troubles will just fade away, compared to theirs.

   It’s a hot day and need that fan to help cool you down, you would not take your child by the hand thrust the hand into the fan? Teaching the child how dangerous it could be, messing up the child’s hand. There is a special place for people like this!

   God was introduced to us as ‘Abba Father’, what Jesus meant here was that God is ‘the first and the last Father’ one who is intimate with us. As God’s heart is filled with so much love & tender mercy, and NOT just judgement. Because of Jesus death on the cross was so that we can benefit from His selfless act,  also that we benefit from the fullness of God.

God is good all the time

V5    Shows clearly that God does not rebuke us with diseases and the like, for He will use for most, use words and signs. Your profit and growth will come to be based on whether you will be able to receive those words that God will use to rebuke and encourage you . .
Psalm 141  5   “. .Let the righteous strike me;
It shall be a kindness. And let him rebuke me;
It shall be as excellent oil; Let my head not refuse it. .”

   There can be powerful results that come from correction. But even more so when it comes from a man steeped in the word of God and also being ‘righteous’, let it be a kindness to me, thus may I rejoice because of such correction. The implication is that if a ‘righteous man’ sees and says that this is a disservice to you.

Q “What would the correction be in Heaven?
More so than here on Earth?
In Heaven surely these acts would not occur, so no
Need for correction?

   When we see a building on fire, the Firemen would run head long into the fire. Whereas you and I run in the other direction till we are a safe distance away. As Christians we can/must-not despise correction. So we should, like the Firemen, run head long to being corrected, even just like a righteous person would.

RPT x2
I will not despise the correction of the Lord
  
Proverbs 3  9   “. . Honour the Lord with your possessions,
And with the first fruits of all your increase;
10 So your barns will be filled with plenty,
And your vats will overflow with new wine. .”

Proverbs 3  11   “. . My son, do not despise the chastening
of the Lord, Nor detest His correction. .”

   The Lord only brings His correction/chastening, “if you head my word your barns would be filled to bursting, and you vats over flowing, fit to burst.
(NKJ)
Hebrews 10  “. .  For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemed to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yielded the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. .”
  This verse in Hebrews shows the difference between our Earthly parents & Heavenly parents. As when God chastens He only does this for ‘our-own’ profit, and no one else. That we may be partakers of His Holiness, as well so that we may declare this, “God you are my Wisdom”. The result that we mat blame on Gods correction, is actually the judgement for the road we continue on down, whilst all the time God is trying to tell you not to go gown.

V9  John 10 v10  “. . I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. .”  Gods correction is just so!

   The seal of empowerment was called the ‘Beamer Seal’. This is the seal in Heaven that Christians will come before to receive our rewards according to our works, here on Earth. Not to be confused with the ‘Seal of Judgement’.

   (This is my surmise) I feel this may have come about those Christians whose works were neither many nor good. This was done by one Jew called Augustine. It is here in Heaven for us to give account of our works whilst on Earth. We will be rewarded as well as have losses.

   The seal nobody wants be on willingly is in hell, called ‘ The Great white Throne of Judgement’. That is where it will be determined to what level in hell or lake of fire you will go for eternity. Yes there many levels of punishment in hell, where you will receive your suffering. The name ‘Dante’ is famous for depicting and showing, in his paining, the many levels of hell and the suffering there.  I know, and understand, there will be many scoffers among you, saying, who will be saying how does he know how many levels there truly are? The truth is NO-ONE really knows alive, among us knows for sure, but I feel he nails it.

   OK, so, let’s start raping by showing one of the ways God knew how to correct Peter. What was it that brought Peter to his knees? In his prayers he prostrated himself before God and humbly he said to God forgive me Lord, for I’m so stupid’. So what actually brought Peter to his knees? Well, it was when our Lord caused a net breaking harvest to come.

   You ask so how did God correct him? Well, not by being angry or shouting or pointing at him or wagging his finger. NO, instead He showed extreme kindness toward Peter. ‘A net breaking harvest’. It was Peter who told Jesus, you don’t know you’re not a fisherman, we have been out all day, so all my nets are in and stowed away.

   But Jesus told him to cast out his nets, just the same. Reluctantly Peter did this to humour Jesus, in doing so, suddenly the nets were ready to break and called the other fishermen come lend a hand. Such was the harvest, such was Gods extreme kindness. The kindness and blessing bestowed upon him brought Peter to his knees. Because even the partners boats began to sink such was the kindness showed to him.

   Suddenly it became clear to Peter what this meant. Let me leave you with this verse from…
Romans 2 v4  “. . Or do you despise the riches of His
goodness, forbearance, and long suffering, not knowing that the goodness 
of God leads you to repentance?. .”





Wednesday, 17 May 2017



Chastisement


Why do we need it?



I am sorry for the length time you have
 all been waiting for this, only
 between my health as well as nearly
 loosing my dog 
with a life threatening illness. Has 
caused a weeks delay, 
please be patient it will be live by 
Monday all being well.

Friday, 14 April 2017


Coming Soon . . . 

Chastisement

Why do we need it?

Here's some reading till then . .

Hebrews 12 (whole chapter)
Psalm 141
Proverbs 3 v9
1 Samuel 2
Proverbs 3 v11


See if you can find more reasons why we need to be told off.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Our Undiscovered Faults


Phillipians 2 14 Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15 that you may
 become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the 
midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights
 in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life

   I’m sure most of you have one or more of the following . .
Ø It’s what makes you tick. .
Ø It’s what makes you ..you . .
Ø You are who you are because of this. .
Ø You were made this way . .
Ø Sayings a like as well as others.
 
 Our Holy Bible speaks of ‘sins ignorance’. These are sins which we commit, of which; we are not conscience of doing. In Psalms there is a prayer that once used it can help you to be cleansed of secret or hidden faults? We all have hidden faults that go unseen even by ourselves.

   We all have in us many things, some of good as well as those that are bad. That has lead us that we can’t reveal (portray) ourselves as wholly perfect, to our bosom (close) companions. With no real intention to hide those from the closest of our companions, just to pretend to live faultless lives. There will be yet many things in the inner depths of our inner beings which not even those closest to us may never know.

Jude 1 24 Now to Him who is able to keep you[f] from stumbling,
And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy
 

   We are both better and worse than of what others think of us. The best things in good lives do not air their laundry in public.  None of us can ever show to others that which is not worthy in us. There are countless stars in the depths of the Sky which no eye can ever see, so in the depths of the most common place of our souls there are splendors unrevealed to the human gaze.

   There are evils in everyone, of which only the person knows, but others would never suspect of them. But, there are also faults, unlovely things & sins in our hearts, of which even we ourselves are unaware of. Many a person goes out of a morning to be loved & welcomed by their friends, praised & honored by the World, yet carrying in their breast the memory of some deed or sin or shame committed in secret the night before. “If people only knew” he says “ as I know myself today, they would scorn me instead of trusting and honouring me.” All of us are conscience of things hidden with us. Secret habit, the play of unholy thoughts and feelings, the rise up of jealousy. I say to you again there is evil in every one of us young and old ~ Man Woman Child. Of which you know, but of which others do not suspect.

   It was Paul who said . .  
1Corinth 4 v4  “. . For I know of nothing against myself, yet I am not
 justified by this; but He who judges me is the Lord. .”

. .is it not enough to be innocent of conscience from transgressions. There is, so I’m told, sins of ignorance, not sure about this though, only God sees us through and through. We cannot see our faults even as our neighbour sees them. The Pharisees in his prayers, which were really not prayers at all, spoke much of the peoples sins but saw none in himself. 

-        We are much like him..
-        We are prejudiced in our favour..
-        We are very charitable towards our short comings..
-        We make all manner of allowances for our faults, and are wonderfully patient with our own infirmities.
-        We see our good things magnified, and our blemishes in a light that makes them seem almost virtues.

1 peter 2 20 For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, 
you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God.

   With all these taken into account, if we today, the Christian in you, taken back to before we knew Christ, would you recognize you? I hope you answer . . . no . . because our own judgement of our life is not conclusive, in fact there always a self we neither see or recognize.

   It’s because we can’t see into the future to know whether the subtle tendencies of our life are leading us. Let me give a scenario here; you’re late leaving to collect your child from school. Your nearly there, you have made good time, one more corner, just need to cut this driver up in your way. Only you don’t care you will leave them. So mad, incensed, distracted, so much so this other drive, later, involved in a major crash. Why? Because of the way you left them, no longer concentrating on their own driving because of your actions.

   We all do many things that through our own eyes, we appear innocent and harmless, but unseen by us all, we have evil in us, if left unchecked, if we are not careful. We indulge ourselves in many things which to us don’t appear sinful, but which leave a blight on our souls, a soiling of impurity of which we dare not dream. . .
. .Why do we keep doing this then? . .
. .because though saved we permit ourselves many little, harmless, habits. In which we don’t see any danger in, we’d say to ourselves ‘ah this one little white lie will be OK?’ To late you have opened that door you had kept closed with the cross you had against it. Only all these ‘little white lies’ are forming habits again, silently twining their invisible threads into a cable which is binding our hands & feet again.
S  T  O  P

# There is another class of faults #

Ephesians 5 v15 &16   “. .See then that you walk circumspectly, 
not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, 
because the days are evil. .”

   Be aware that ‘Sin is deceitful’. No doubt that there are many things in most of us, such as ways of living; traits of character of, qualities of disposition; which we consider . . perhaps?
-        It is very easy for self-respect, consciousness of ability to pass over into miserable ‘self-conceit’.
-        It is too easy for a man to let gentleness to become his weakness and then tolerance of sinners grows into tolerance to towards to sin.
-        It is easy for a man to make himself believe his cherishing justifiable anger, when in truth he is giving way to a very bad temper.
. . which we all should ‘girde up our loins1 Kings 18:45-6 (a directive that may have made sense to an ancient audience but which eludes us today. prepare and strengthen oneself for future actions, typically ones that may be dangerous or difficult). We ourselves are aware all of us have undiscovered errors with us, hidden faults the like of which only God knows.

Revelation 14 5   “. .And in their mouth was found no
deceit, for they are without fault before the throne
of God. .”

The above picture shows how this directive might have taken,
 at this time.

   If we are living truly, we want to find every little blemish, of whatever kind there is in us. He is a coward who shrinks from the discovery of his own faults. We should be glad to learn of every hidden unlovelyness with in.

It is a shame that I know not who wrote the following . .
“count yourself richer that day you
Discover a new fault in yourself
Not richer because it is there, but
Richer because it is no longer a hidden
Fault, and if you have not yet found
All your faults, pray to have them
Revealed to you, even if the revelation
Must come in a way that hurts
You pride”.

So to finish let’s say aloud this short prayer


Our Heavenly Father, may we never be to big headed,
 that all our faults be shown in the cold light of day, 
o so that our pride does not trip us up. 
May Lord Jesus help us to become stronger 
because of them, so we help other who may struggle?



Wednesday, 15 March 2017


Coming in this next week . .  


Our Undiscovered Faults  . .  


Bible verse to be reading is . .  

  • 1Ptr 2 20 & 
  • Mat 18 15 &  
  • Philippians 2 15  &
  •  Jude 1 24  &  
  • Rev 14 5
Happy reading



Friday, 24 February 2017

Seeing & Believing

 

John 4 v48    Then Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see

 signs and wonders, you will by no means 

believe.”

 

   This verse is part of a tale about a man’s son who is critically ill. And has travelled some distance, in order to try and meet a guy who creates miracles. It’s a long shot, this is the last he has, (The distance, he had walked, means nothing compared to his son’s wellbeing). Making this journey today is nothing as in a car it would only take 15/20 minutes.

 

   Bare with me if will, but, imagine driving this distance to a Hospital, because you heard of a surgeon who can cure your son. Only to be met such a rebuff. You would be staggered to, and probably you would be angered even frustrated. There’s you who has unlimited riches, but would give it all away to have your son made well-made well again. Because of the station in life your wealth has brought, and am used to people saying ‘yes’ to. So how knocked back you would be to have been me by such a rebuff.

 

   All be it was a boy who was sick and knocking on death door. Illness has no respect for persons of wealth or station.  

 

 Isaiah 55 v11   Then Jesus said to him, “Unless you 

people see signs and wonders, you will by no means 

believe.”

 

   Yet there is no doubt there is a little explanation, such is our Lords anxiety to purify and strengthen our faith in Him. The rich man’s faith was such that his faith was rested on the miraculous. In this very moment our Lord Jesus wanted show that His ‘word’ carried the same weight as if He was praying over his son back at home. Today we just call home on the mobile to find out there and then if his son had been cured, instead he had to walk/run home if faith that his son was well made so by Jesus. Wandering all the time is he or not well again, it must have been torture.


“If God wanted me to believe, why does He not put a sign

in the sky?”

 

   Faith is a matter of the heart and not merely of the mind. Real faith though is called into being not by an miraculous sign by the word of our Lord Jesus. For if faith was to depend on the visible sign in the sky, though there is great doubt it would accomplish it’s objective.

 

If the hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they

be persuaded that He rose from the dead.

 

   How precious is Faith in the estimation of our Lord and what pain He must have took to produce ~ purify & strengthen it. What may one explanation of many of His strange dealings with the son of man. His great longing is to lead us into the life of Faith. But what is Faith? Even though most exercise faith in our lives, in various degrees, what we are conscience of or not.

 

Have Faith and believe

 

The first time we see the word believe used is in . .

Genesis 15 v6    “. .And he believed in the Lord, and

He accounted it to him for righteousness. .”

. .according to the literal meaning of the time ‘Believe’ was to mean ~ to stand one self, by leaning on someone or something ~ this being so we lay our weak and changeable selves on Gods strength.

 

   At this point I must bring 2 things to your attention. .

1.     True faith will have God as its Origin & Objective. Remember ‘Abraham believed God’. In John 6 our Lord Jesus refers to it as ‘Work of God’. Hinting that it is God who give the true inclination of mind in complete trust.

2.   Our Faith in God is an act and NOT a mere sentiment. It is not something that easily or simply comes to a man. He must believe in something or someone other than himself.

 

. . I would be a miss if I did not point out that there is a close relationship between Faith & Will. Observe here, that, in the literal and strictest of senses of the word Faith ~ is that we must use effort. Whereas Will ~ is to make it so. My summation comes but in 3 stages, which I hope will cement what Seeing & Believing has been about.. ..

Stage 1 : Belief in Him our Lord

Stage 2 : The Saving belief

Stage 3 : Believing in the Lord

 

Stage 1 : Belief in Him our Lord

…To begin with this would lead us to an acceptance of His Revelation. All be it that it shows us, not, tells us how to be saved. Though many Christians can testify, that the book of Revelation paints a more vivid picture than Michael Angelo’s cysteine chapels ceiling. Of what will happen during the end times. Whilst it is possible for someone to have faith, yet still be lost? I say yes. True faith is something far far more than this. Therefore the 2nd stage it is far more imperative that this next stage be reached . . via . . simple belief in Him our Lord Christ Jesus our saviour


Stage 2 : The Saving belief . .

Hebrews 10 v39  “. . But we are not of those who

draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the 

saving of the soul. .”

. .This is where the saving comes in. When I go out and by a chair, I have faith without doubt, that when I come in weary from the day it will hold my weight. Merely believing that the chair will not give on me will give peace of mind, but, ‘believing ‘on’ it, that it will bear my weight gives me peace of mind. This is just one of many instances that we show in our modern living that an unconscious belief in . . the cars we drive . . the coats we wear will keep us dry and warm . . or even this very pen . . that they will do what it says on the tin, to coin a phrase here.

 

Stage 3 : Believing in the Lord . .

   I may believe in the chair to help me become rested and restored. Also as I believe in my car and the pen I write, the same way. But still the car pen and I remain separated and distant, though not so with Christ and my Soul. Believing  . . on . . Him will lead to . . believing . . into . . Him. Becoming one with Him, united to Him be ties of Love & life. What a blessed union this has become.

 

Words will forever fall short and are unable

to describe the union fully

 

 

   Lets say a short prayer I have come across to describe my feeling…

“My faith looks up to thee, thou Lamb of Calvary

Saviour divine”