Being real…

At times I have struggled a bit with my faith…. not exactly with my faith, but staying strong in it. Seeing all that is happening around us, and wondering how on earth we can go forward in this world that is shuffling towards so many cliff edges?   It’s hard seeing these things happen around us, and it can really start to get to us… so scary to watch the vehemence of people against Christians, against our core beliefs, the judgment affronting us.   I felt heavy and burdened. I felt so disappointed and saddened by so much I was seeing, and from watching different people in leadership positions in some churches continue their march towards blending with the world. I felt like, that we as Christians are not fighting in the battle that we need to fight and that we had gotten sidetracked by many things. Seeing non-Christians adopt…

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Hear, and your soul shall live…

  “Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you – The sure mercies of David. Indeed I have given him as a witness to the people, A leader and commander for the people.”‭‭~Isaiah‬ ‭55:3-4‬~ Incline: be favourably disposed towards or willing to do something. To bend the head or body forward. The first request… Incline your ear, bend the head or body forward. It’s a purposeful act to turn and face someone to listen. Body language says a lot, some of it is obvious and some not so much. To be inclined is a matter of body soul and spirit. It matters none if we turn in agreement but our heart is not in it. Let us incline to him body soul and spirit.  The second request, to come to me.He is our answer in all things. No point going to…

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The Day….

“Do this, knowing that this is a critical time.  It is already the hour for you to awaken from your sleep [of spiritual complacency];  for our salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed [in Christ].  The night [this present evil age] is almost gone and the day [of Christ’s return] is almost here.  So let us fling away the works of darkness and put on the [full] armor of light.” ‭‭~Romans 13:11-12‬~ Wow, it can’t get any clearer than that can it? This verse carries my passionate plea perfectly, to one and all! Hear the cry, heed the call, look into your heart and spirit and awaken from your slumber.  How much more critical can it get before we wake up and realize what day and hour it is?  For many many many years I was asleep. I really had no idea of the significance of…

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The Fragrance of Christ… 

The Fragrance of Christ…  “For we are the sweet fragrance of Christ [which ascends] to God,  [discernible both] among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing;  to the latter one an aroma from death to death [a fatal, offensive odor],  but to the other an aroma from life to life [a vital fragrance, living and fresh].  And who is adequate and sufficiently qualified for these things? For we are not like many, [acting like merchants] peddling God’s word [shortchanging and adulterating God’s message];  but from pure [uncompromised] motives, as [commissioned and sent] from God, we speak [His message] in Christ in the sight of God.” ‭‭~2 CORINTHIANS‬ ‭2:15-17‬~ Another beautiful passage. When I read these words I like to break up the paragraphs, so as to help make clearer the message of the passage.  When you read this slowly it’s abundantly clear what is being said,…

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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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