A clean heart…

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a right and steadfast spirit within me.” ‭‭~PSALM‬ ‭51:10‬~ Nothing I do or say really counts if I haven’t had a clean heart while doing it.If not for the light of his grace I would fall quite short. I need to take a look at myself and see for myself the “high places” that have been building up around me. The ‘high places’ are where God should dwell, not anyone or anything else, but we end up constructing our own high places and in many instances, we take up residence there ourselves. “For the high and exalted One He who inhabits eternity, Whose name is Holy says this, “I dwell on the high and holy place, But also with the contrite and humble in spirit In order to revive the spirit of the humble And to revive the heart of…

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The Helper…

The powerful work of the Holy Spirit…  “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor–Counselor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you;  but if I go, I will send Him (the Holy Spirit) to you [to be in close fellowship with you]. And He, when He comes, will convict the world about [the guilt of] sin [and the need for a Savior], and about righteousness, and about judgment: about sin [and the true nature of it], because they do not believe in Me [and My message]; about righteousness [personal integrity and godly character], because I am going to My Father and you will no longer see Me;  about judgment [the certainty of it], because the ruler of this world (Satan) has been judged and condemned.  “I have many more things to…

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Tomorrow…

Tomorrow… “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” ‭‭~Matthew 6:34‬~ There is no escaping the troubles that this world is currently experiencing. So many emotions are evoked.  If nothing else, we are being taught over and over again that life is ultimately out of our control. Why did we ever really think that we controlled our destiny? We have some control over the daily choices we make, but even after we have chosen, things can so easily be taken out of our hands.  I think a lot more about mortality these days. Getting slightly older really makes you think, parents and other relatives a generation on from us are also causing me to think along these lines, but actually, age isn’t the only factor. Mortality effects everyone no one is exempt and no ones knows when it…

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I count it but loss, for the sake of the cross…

“But whatever former things were gains to me  [as I thought then],  these things  [once regarded as advancements in merit] I have come to consider as loss  [absolutely worthless] for the sake of Christ [and the purpose which He has given my life].” ‭‭~PHILIPPIANS‬ ‭3:7‬~ In the last 3 years out of the 33 or so years, I have been a conscious Christian I have only just started to grasp the meaning of this verse.  It was around 3 years ago that I awoke to the most important realization of my life.  The message of the gospel is life-saving and all people need saving. The mission truly became real to me.  Since that time as the urgency of the gospel message took hold, everything in my life began to change, suddenly the things that used to count seemed so unimportant, so vain, so temporal, so plastic The words of Ecclesiastes…

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Will He really find faith on the earth…

Will He really find faith on the earth… “… Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”” ~Luke 18:8b~ The time is drawing nearer for His return, whether we know when it is, or not, whether it’s in 5 years or 15 years. This is a question that I have been asking myself today. Will He find faith on the earth when He comes? When I look around I see less of those who are passionate believers, and not just those that are passionate, but those that sense His return and are actively carrying out His mission, as a whole it doesn’t seem so. Perhaps I’m not mixing in the right circles? But if we could judge passion by the actions of people, we have an indication of the answer. Perhaps it might be better called the inaction of people? I have been…

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Awaiting renewal….

Awaiting renewal…  “For the creation was subjected to frustration and futility, not willingly [because of some intentional fault on its part], but by the will of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will also be freed from its bondage to decay [and gain entrance] into the glorious freedom of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been moaning together as in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only this, but we too, who have the first fruits of the Spirit [a joyful indication of the blessings to come], even we groan inwardly, as we wait eagerly for [the sign of] our adoption as sons–the redemption and transformation of our body [at the resurrection].” ‭‭~Romans 8:20-23‬~ My body is in a state of decline. Funny realisation. One minute it’s that you seem to be in your prime, tip-top shape and the…

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