Thursday, August 29, 2013

To Know You....

God is our Father, Jesus is His Son and our Savior and the Holy Spirit is our guide.

The Spirit of our God is in us, advising, guiding and convicting.

Do you know Him?




A letter from Jesus...

To my beloved child
At church or when we are with your fellow church friends and my children, don't you see that you are different? Don't you see that your actions and thoughts and beliefs about me are different?
You come to hear about me, what my Father has done and where you fit in. You come to be apart of my body. You come to learn about my life so you can do the same. You come to know me.
When you fellowship, you are happy, you raise your arms in the air to me, you pray to me with meaning, you speak on different languages and you have a deep love for me.
You see me, you believe me, you trust in me and you ask me for help.
I am so happy to see this.

But what happens when you walk out the door. Everything changes. You fall back into your old ways of sin, unfriendliness, unloving, always in a hurry not to notice me around you, too busy to hear for my voice.
You cant take your friends and the church pastor with you when you leave. When you leave those doors, its just you, me and my Father!
But, my child, understand this. Know that I have your back. I know exactly what your are doing, where you are going and your next move.
Why do you not trust me when its just you and me?
You talk to me in church and through worship and praise, you ask me to come into your life, but when you leave, you put me aside and then run off on your own without hearing what I have to say.

My child, I love you. I loved you even before you were born. You will never be able to comprehend the extent of what I feel about you. I want to be your friend. I want to be your guide and your advisor. I want you to know me!
I gave my life for you and I know that some of you think I am a distant ghost that pops up every now and then when I want to.
I want you to know that I am not distant, I am everywhere! I am where you want me to be, I am around you and more importantly.....I am in you!
But its your decision. If you don't want me around, that's fine. I will never force myself into your life. I love you to allow you to make every decision in your life (even though I made you) - But I would just love to see you make the most important decision of your life, and that is to believe who I am and what I did for you and for you to trust me, know who I am and know what I am like.
I will never walk away from you, even if you walk away from me.
I will always be there. "There" is not far away, "There" is right next to you. but I just want a personal invitation from you to allow me into your heart.
I want to go to wake up with you, I want to go to work with you, I want to talk to others with you, I want to love your family with you and I want to go to bed with you.
We can talk to each other whenever you like...because I love you.

I can teach you so many things. I can show you the grace that my Father His blessed you with. I can tell you about my life as a human. I can show you how to give of your time to help others (but only if you want).

Don't you want to know me?
You are my child and you were made so perfectly.
I want to spend time with you and get close to you so that our time together so that when we meet at the throne, we can crown you with all the riches that my Father has to give and guess what..... We can spend all our life together, forever in heaven.
I can show you all the animals, birds and insects that you have never seen. We can even go and feed all the forest animals and hug them. We can run together in the green grass and laugh together and tell stories about how you were saved!

So, My special child, don't let satan get in between me and you. Whatever ha slipped in between you and me, bring it to my feet and lay it before me. Satan cant handle that, he lost the battle and he is forever lost. Don't let Him take you with him.
I am your Blessed Redeemer!
I love you!

Jesus.

This is something that I believe God writes to us everyday of our lives. I find it so easy to be "Christian" at church and with my friends at church, but what happens when I leave church grounds - everything changes.
Lets take up our cross now and live like Jesus all the time. Lets lay our sin at His feet!

I hope you enjoy reading this as much I loved writing it.
Bless you

Monday, August 26, 2013

iPod God

Had a bit of a laugh in my car this morning thinking about ipods and then funny enough how it could relate to God. I found quite a tie up between the two, well at least I think so :)

Often we treat God like our ipod.
Lets take a 16Gb iPod and what do we do......fill it with music right?
The first time we get our iPods, we fill them with all our favourite music and videos and etc... But after awhile, we remove the songs that we don't like anymore or those that we have not played in a long time or are relatively boring. This is how it goes for the lifetime of the ipod until a new type of ipod comes out, a bigger and better one, with more Gb's and a better looking screen and new enhancements.
But it does pretty much the same as the old ipod you had, but some things are made easier.


Now lets imagine God being the full 16Gb on your ipod. When we "convert" to Christianity or accept Jesus as our Saviour, God is the best thing. I mean, He is great, you feel on a high (just like when you bought your new ipod) and all is good.
But during the our time as a Christian, we mould God into what we want him to be. Just like we delete some songs from our ipods and replace them with other newer ones, we delete thoughts and ideas about God and replace them with other ones, often ones that have been put into our minds from our surrounding environment. We try to make God fit into our plans or we try make ourselves believe that God is something that He is not!
And as we go about deleting, moulding and replacing our ipods with 'new stuff', we go about removing the goodness of God and replacing it with ideas that we have come up with and try mould Him into those ideas.
Here's an example, one that I have thought and applied to God, but is a total lie and biblically incorrect.

When I accepted Jesus as my Saviour, I knew I was saved from eternal evil. Why, Because the Bible says so. I thought that now, my life would get better, I would start doing lots of good stuff, giving alot more, helping more poor people etc etc.
This didn't happen. I knew God would somehow fix the bad things I did previously and He would build on the bad and turn them into good things.

But this is wrong. It has been something I have always thought and something I have moulded God into, but its completely wrong.
God DOES NOT build on our past! He wipes away our past! We are a new creation. Once we have accepted His Son, our lives are renewed. Everything is wiped clean we get the chance of starting again - from scratch!
Also, this thought that there is many ways to God or that all roads lead to heaven? This is a world view and complete nonsense. The Bible says that there is only one way to God and that is through His son Jesus Christ!

So we cannot delete and replace ideas and thoughts about God and think we have this up-to-date relationship with Him. What God is....is in the Bible!

Another thing, The battery on an ipod, after using it, starts giving you less and less usage as the ipad gets older. This seems to be the same as our christian lives. As we live our lives in this world, we start "Going flat" and our spiritually charge gets less and less until we die (Spiritually that is).

Don't put God into a box. I know I do! But its wrong. God is not a thing or an "it", He is a person, and He deserves our undying attention and love.

I hope this put something into perspective for you because it certainly did for me while writing it.

Amen

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Passion for Gods Word.

Continuing from the previous blog about our lives being so rushed and hurried, we tend to forget or not have time to do the important stuff.
Like spending time with our kids or wives, intimately.....
or reading Gods Word - to learn more on how to live a good life.

In my life, I really need to ignite a passion to get back into reading the Bible again. I used to read but that has come to a halt.
How can I possibly learn about God or have a relationship with Him if I don't even know the kind of person He is or know Him intimately?

Often I will say "I don't have time to read the Bible".
Really? There are so many books in the Bible that take literally 10 minutes to read. Books like James and some of the letters of Paul in the New testament. They are so short and yet are packed with important knowledge about God.
There is no excuse. There are thousands of pod casts on iTunes and on websites that you can download for free and listen to in the car while driving to work.

Where do I begin?
I have always found the old testament extremely tiresome and possibly boring to read. That leaves me with the new testament. Which book do I start with, what verse/chapter/sentence?
These are just excuses. I got a free bible reading plan from the net, it guides us in what to read daily.

The Bible is boring or dull.
Well yes, possibly. If you read a verse here and there in between books and don't know the real back round of what you are reading, it could be dull. Why not try reading a few chapters which could give you a proper back round and context of what you are reading. Also, getting a study bible also helps.

You know, I could go on and on about all sorts of excuses about time and that I hear the Bible read to me at church on Sunday but there is a reason why we should read the Bible, and that is to get to know Jesus and the kind of character God is.

What we read, we should do! I don't, and that's what makes me a prime candidate to read the Bible because I am clearly not acting as a Christian should be.
I love reading other Christian books, those written from authors about subjects in the Bible. This is also fine, but the problem here if I look back is that these books are also an opinion of those authors. They are writing what they believe or take from the Word of God.
We need to read the Word ourselves and get from it what we need.
To understand the Word of God and also read other Christian books at the same time, to me, will greatly help in becoming the kind of people God wants us to be, and that is people who take and interest in who God is, what He has done for us and what He is going to do for us in heaven.

Lets rekindle our passion for Gods Word!!
This is short and sweet....Now let me get reading :)

Blessings.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Giving Up


Its so easy to give up. As per my previous blog last week..
When you look around at the world we live in, its so easy 'not' to see God....But....
on the other hand, it is also easy to see God as well.

Instead of looking at the mundane things everyday, God is in the small things. For example, Look at a flower, look at the beauty of it, its colour and perfection.
But we get so stuck into our daily routine that we forget that these small things even exist. We don't take the time to really know people well, know their real personality. Instead we 'touch base' with them and see a person, maybe in a stressful situation at work and our experience of that person is one of shortness, irritability and possible anger (it depends).

What I am saying is that we experience people, things and life situations in our rush and we don't actually get to slow down and really know the back round of something.
Its like we get to know 10% of everything and we never get to know what is going on.
With this thought in mind, we tend to give up because we don't see what people are really like and we don't get to see God in anything, because it is easier to carry on.

Here is a video that really started the tears running, but if we can treat everything with the same 'passion' that this young boy has and the faith that this little guy has, it would completely change the way we think about the little things in life.
God is in the small things:
video

 When my daughter comes running up to me and says "Daddy, you are the best and I love you so much"... that's a small thing that makes a big difference. God is in just that sentence. Because she really means that.

When I look at a bud of a rose start to form on the very thorny, spiky and ugly looking stem of a rose bush and then one morning looking at the absolute beauty of what that rose has when open and displaying its beauty to the world, its a small things that just oozes God.
 
I Attach another video from Angus Buchan. He was talking to a whole crowd of people in the En-Gedi desert in the Holy land, a place that never gets rain and wind is a scarcity. While he is preaching about the exact time when the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit, A mighty rushing wind and rain pouring from heaven. Take a look here and notice that where there are small things - God is.
video


Bless you.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Receiving Gods Love



I take inspiration for this write-up from a very special man, Trevor Hudson, who's message on a sunday always manages to fit directly into my life.
Again, Its so easy to walk in our daily lives and ignore the small things.
We know 2 things:
  • God loves us
  • God will never stop loving us


OK, so what does that mean? Well to me, apparently not very much.....until I sat for 30 minutes and thought about what it really means.
I always thought, "Oh well, someone loves me....that's great....so what! Doesn't really change my life does it?"
What changes it for me though, is how much God loves us and that His love will never stop. As humans, we choose to love, and sadly, our love for others varies on many things. If someone hurts us, our love quota for that person may drop. We still love them but often we choose to change towards them.
God is not like this. His love for us is always constant, ALWAYS! It doesn't change from day to day. God is love. So no matter what we do, Gods love for us is constant!
But how does this effect me? Well for the first time in my live, it has actually made me believe that I have a purpose here on earth. A purpose that was decided before I was born. Now when I say this, I know I have a purpose to lead my family (Another topic which I would like to write on at a later stage) and I know I have a purpose to be someone to look up to for my kids -- But I am talking about here is in the spiritual realm.
What is my purpose here on earth spiritually?
Trevor mentioned it so beautifully yesterday. Basically , it is to spreads Gods love to others as well. God loves us so much and we should be displaying that love to others. Not some people that we may know, but everyone that we come across.

We cannot give love if we haven't received it!
This is something I am very bad at.

So how do we receive love from God. We know that Gods love is always there for us to receive, but we need to actually do something and receive it.
Because we are so  busy in our daily lives, we tend to not give time to God or spend time actually receiving His love and we end up missing what is so readily available for us to have and ultimately, give to others.
What happens then is that tend to be quite cold to others (I am generalizing) and seem that we don't care what they say or do, when in fact we actually do.

Point 1 - Hurry. We need to slow down. Have the time to spend with God in His Word and listen to Him through quiet and prayer. In a hurry, we see people as a blur and we don't get to actually know them as we should. If we don't know people, it is very difficult to love them!

Point 2 - Prayer and Imagination. This can be done anywhere. imagination is something that we all have, so why not use it effectively. Imagine yourself laying down your prayer to God or spending time with God on a beautiful summers day walking by a stream or whatever. What this does is allow us to take our eyes off our daily rushed routine and listen to what God has to say.

Point 3 - Being defensive, meaning that its never us! As soon as someone says something to us and we don't believe them or don't like what they are saying because its a direct attack at us, we become defensive. Often we don't actually listen to others in what they have to say and as they open their mouth, we attack back in defensiveness. Its all about standing back and listening. I feel like a hypocrite here because I am very bad at this...but this is the reason I write here is because I think as I write and hopefully this will become set in my mind to actually do this more often (Actually shutting up and listening!)

Often by listening to God, we can receive His love for us. It also allows us to slow down, get away from the rush of life and actually spread the love of God as we receive it.

Blessings

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Closing the Gap.

You know, its so easy to live your life in a manner that is not conducive to a Christian lifestyle.
I am currently in one of those time of my life that I have widened that gap between Jesus and myself. This is something I have done and not even knowing it, its happened!
I get into the mundane pace of life, work, home, sleep that I have made no time for God in my life.
A few months ago, I would do so much and now.......I do nothing!

I was spending time in the word. Not as much as I should, but I was. I was learning what Jesus said and what God wants us to do and how to live.
I am not repenting anymore. I sin, like we all do, but I am not asking God for forgiveness and making a decision in my mind to change turn around.
I am most definitely not doing what the Bible says. I cant say I ever did, but sometimes I tried. Now...I am not doing anything.
I don't make time to pray. I don't speak to Jesus like I used to. I don't involved God in my life anymore.
I have never been a patient person, but my impatience has just peaked in the last few weeks.
I used to speak to people at work about God....now....nothing!

OK, so I wonder now why I am writing this....Well, because this cant go on any longer. Also, I think that many people go through the same periods where they don't even want to know God.
We are called into a PERSONAL relationship with Jesus. This means, involving Him in your daily living, decisions, doings, sayings and interactions.
How do we know what to do and say?  We refer to Gods Word for ideas!
The devil has won in the last few weeks, he has beaten me in decisions and now he is quite happy that I have walked away from Gods Way. Satan is rejoicing because he thinks he has won.
Well, He hasn't! Today is the day that it all gets turned around.

If you feel that you are in the same period as what I have written above, please can I ask you to seriously think about your direction.
I really needed a wake up about where I was heading. Although I don't wish to share what my wake up call was, I would like to share that it was something that is very close to my heart and I have to change the way I deal with things.
The way I was acting is NOT of God. It is not what the Bible teaches us and it is not how God wants us to live.
The last while has been a time of serious thought and I invite any of who are reading this to look at which direction you are travelling in.
Are you pointing up towards Jesus?  Or are you looking down towards satan?
Just remember, being a Christian is not easy at all!
It is much easier to slide downhill (satan) than to run uphill (God)!

This doesn't just involve changing the relationship I have with Jesus but it involves the way I look after myself, the responsibility I have as a Father and husband to my family and the responsibility I have to my fellow human race and neighbours.

Closing the gap between God and myself should be of primary importance now. I don't want to be far from God anymore. I don't want to have to reach and find nothing.
God is always there, He always knocks at the door and it is up to us to open for Him. God doesn't walk away from us, we are the ones that walk away from Him.
We make the choices....and the choices we make effects the way we live and our relationship with Christ.

In the last while, I have found that living without Christ has been very easy. In fact, certain actions just come so naturally, but if I look back at those actions, they are a disgrace to anything good or anything of Jesus!

Right, so what do we do to change? Here are a few things I can think of:
  • Praying continuously to God. This may be quiet time or in the car or wherever.
  • Asking for forgiveness and repenting of my actions.
  • Getting back to sharing with other Christ followers.
  • Following Jesus Example. This is probably the most difficult one.
  • Selective Love. This is something true to my heart. Loving enemies and "Being patient with other people".
  • Treat others as kindly as I would like to be treated.
  • Living a quiet life. This means minding your own business, working with your head and hands, being slow to talk and being quick to listen!
  • Practicing what you preach
Now is the time to look at your gap. If there is no gap, Bless you! If there is a gap, Bless you even more!

Thanks and praise to our merciful God who is always there, never runs from us, never condones our acts and loves us so much!
The choice is yours. Make the right choice!

Blessings.