VC Ministries of Faith
Where is God?
Where is God when you need Him? In spite of feeling that God is not real, He is not interested in your problems or that perhaps you are not good enough to for Him to be interested in you, please let me say,
1. God is the Creator of all things. He is everlasting and eternal. In Him there is no beginning and no end, He is the Alpha and Omega, and there is nothing made that He did not make. He made us, humanity, and we are made in His image. (Gen. 1:26 NKJ)
When sin entered the world because of Adam, God was not caught unprepared. He sent His Son, Jesus, to release us from the hold and power of darkness for those who choose to believe Him.
At the time of Jesus crucifixion in Jerusalem , remarkable things happened. Prior to the death of Jesus, the earth was in total darkness, and this was the middle of the day. At His death, the curtain in the temple which separated the Holy of Holies to the centre court, was ripped in two, from the top to the bottom. It was like God's hand stretched into that temple, and ripped the curtain from Heaven to earth so that mankind could have a one on one relationship with God and not have to depend on the priests to make intercession for them. (Matt. 27:51 NKJ) There was also an earthquake and huge rocks were split open The dead believers in the promises of God came up from their graves and were seen walking in Jerusalem.
The Roman Centurion in charge of the crucifixion of Jesus, when seeing all this said "Truly, This man was the Son of God." Matt 27:54 NKJ.
Now if God, who is our Heavenly Father, gave up His only Son to die such a cruel death for us, and redeem us from wickedness, don't you think He has an ear to hear what you want to say to Him?
Don't you think He can see the problems in your life? Don't you think that His Son's death for you proved that you are worthy to talk to Him and that He cares for you?
So God is only a whisper away from you. If you are in trouble, call on His name, He will hear you.
If you are lonely, speak to Him, His ear is towards you. And in all your problems, fears and stresses, He will find a way to release you from what ails you. If not, He will give you the strength to endure what is happening to you.
Why would He do that? Because He loves you unconditionally. Totally, wholly, awesomely, compassionately, He loves you. In spite of who you are, what you have done, where you have been, what you have said or thought, He loves you. Just talk to Him, He is there for you.
Psalm 67 Living Bible (TLB)
O God, in mercy bless us; let your face beam with joy as you look down at us. Send us around the world with the news of your saving power and your eternal plan for all mankind. How everyone throughout the earth will praise the Lord! How glad the nations will be, singing for joy because you are their King and will give true justice to their people! Praise God, O world! May all the peoples of the earth give thanks to you. For the earth has yielded abundant harvests. God, even our own God, will bless us. And peoples from remotest lands will worship him.
Rejoice everyone! Though the world is experiencing calamities and violence and plagues, we can stand fast because we have read the end of THE BOOK, and we win in the end! God is more than faithful to see us through all that is happening around us. Lean on Him, talk to Him, believe in Him and He will direct your path.
Stand firm believers in the Most High God. For as calamities surround us, now is the time to be strong, steadfast and enduring.
O Lord, the God of vengeance,
O God of vengeance, let your glorious justice shine forth!
Arise, O Judge of the earth.
Give the proud what they deserve.
How long, O Lord?
How long will the wicked be allowed to gloat?
How long will they speak with arrogance?
How long will these evil people boast?
They crush your people, Lord,
hurting those you claim as your own.
They kill widows and foreigners
and murder orphans.
“The Lord isn’t looking,” they say,
“and besides, the God of Israel doesn’t care.”Think again, you fools!
When will you finally catch on?
Is he deaf—the one who made your ears?
Is he blind—the one who formed your eyes?
He punishes the nations—won’t he also punish you?
He knows everything—doesn’t he also know what you are doing?
The Lord knows people’s thoughts;
he knows they are worthless!Joyful are those you discipline, Lord,
those you teach with your instructions.
You give them relief from troubled times
until a pit is dug to capture the wicked.
The Lord will not reject his people;
he will not abandon his special possession.
Judgment will again be founded on justice,
and those with virtuous hearts will pursue it.Who will protect me from the wicked?
Who will stand up for me against evildoers?
Unless the Lord had helped me,
I would soon have settled in the silence of the grave.
I cried out, “I am slipping!”
but your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me.
When doubts filled my mind,
your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.Can unjust leaders claim that God is on their side
leaders whose decrees permit injustice?
They gang up against the righteous
and condemn the innocent to death.
But the Lord is my fortress;
my God is the mighty rock where I hide.
God will turn the sins of evil people back on them.
He will destroy them for their sins.
The Lord our God will destroy them..
Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety, he is my God, and I trust him.
For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease.
He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings.
His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day.
Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you,
these evils will not touch you.
Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished.If you make the Lord your refuge,
if you make the Most High your shelter,no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home.
For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go.They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name.
When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them.
I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.”
New Living Translation (NLT)
Luke 21:5-19 New Living Translation (NLT)Jesus Speaks about the Future.
Some of his disciples began talking about the majestic stonework of the Temple and the memorial decorations on the walls.
But Jesus said, “The time is coming when all these things will be completely demolished. Not one stone will be left on top of another!”
“Teacher,” they asked, “when will all this happen? What sign will show us that these things are about to take place?”
He replied, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and saying, ‘The time has come!’ But don’t believe them. And when you hear of wars and insurrections, don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place first, but the end won’t follow immediately.” Then he added, “Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, and there will be famines and plagues in many lands, and there will be terrifying things and great miraculous signs from heaven.
“But before all this occurs, there will be a time of great persecution. You will be dragged into synagogues and prisons, and you will stand trial before kings and governors because you are my followers. But this will be your opportunity to tell them about me. So don’t worry in advance about how to answer the charges against you, for I will give you the right words and such wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to reply or refute you! Even those closest to you—your parents, brothers, relatives, and friends—will betray you. They will even kill some of you. And everyone will hate you because you are my followers. But not a hair of your head will perish! By standing firm, you will win your souls.
When we read the words of Jesus spoken to His disciples, we can see that quite a few of these things are taking place in the world today. Does that mean that Jesus is returning to this earth soon?
Well read for yourselves folks. There are many people who have 'prophesied' when Jesus would return. Those days predicted have come and gone. BUY ONE THING WE DO KNOW is hat Jesus cannot lie, He does not give us false hope and He always does what He says He will do.
Read for yourselves the signs of the times, lift up this Word to Jesus in prayer, and He will confirm all that He has said
He is returning to this earth again. We will, as believers, be united with Him. And the day will come when all shall be on their knees proclaiming Him as Lord, Saviour and King.
LAW OF THE GARBAGE TRUCK
The story goes....
One day I hopped into a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his breaks, skidded and missed the other car by just inches. The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean he was really friendly!
He explained that many people are like garbage trucks.They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointments. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and some times they'll dump it on you. Don't take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well and move on. Don't take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets.
The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day. Lif3e's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so... 'love the people who treat you right. Forgive those who don't.' Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!
Australian PEACEKEEPERS/PEACEMAKERS Ass - Victoria Memorial Service
September 14th, 2019
Good morning and welcome to the Memorial service for the Australian PeaceKeepers/ PeaceMakers Association of Victoria.
Forgive me for starting with sharing a little of myself here, but I’m building a foundation stone. I have been supporting returned veterans since 1992 and during those years I have witnessed much heartache of veterans and their families. I have had the gut-wrenching privilege of listening to many personal events of veterans who needed a listening ear to off load the built up pressure that those events and experiences caused. I have had the great honour of being able to perform funerals and weddings for returned Defence Force personnel. I have returned to the war zones of Vietnam with some veterans where the origin of their post traumatic stress began and assisted them to face the tiger so to speak that keeps roaring at them. On occasion I’ve stood up for veterans, trying to protect them against powers that think they know more than how a veteran should behave and feel about themselves and because of it, have had the proverbial knives stuck in my back. And yes, I’ve made mistakes, but they have been out of care and consideration for veterans.
All down through these 27 years, one thing has never left me. It is ingrained into me, it drives me and has kept my feet on this path of when being able, to helping veterans. So what is it that has kept my feet, my life, planted and when able, walking with veterans?
I deeply respect your bravery, courage and putting your life on the line in your service to our Nation.
I honour greatly your service in defending countries or peoples unable to defend themselves.
I respect the goals and achievements you have gained through your service.
I’ve been full of anguish when hearing another veteran has topped themselves because of being unable to find help when needed or that help has been slow in coming. I’ve witnessed the pain of family members who have lost the person they loved because of suicide and watched a little of them die inside as well.
I have watched as families try to adapt themselves to this person they don’t really know anymore because of PTSD. But because of their love for them, they persevere, hoping one day that help will come for the person they love and cherish.
Finally, I deeply honour those who have taken up the issue of todays returned veterans and their cry for help. Their persistence, tenacity, courage and honour and love for their fellow veterans shines through them as they continue to fight the good fight for assistance and earned rewards for returned veterans.
No kilometre, no phone call, no distance has been too great to reach out to a fellow veteran who is going through a tough spot. As a civilian, as an author, and as an Hon. Chaplain to you who have served our nation, to use an old saying, “I lift me lid” so to speak. I thank you on behalf of all civilians who would like to say something to you, but can’t for different reasons, thank you very much for your service to our nation of Australia.
On behalf of those civilians in far countries where you have served and protected their lives and in some cases, at the detriment of your own, thank you. May the God I serve and who has called me to serve you all, reward you for your service and comfort your hearts in knowing that your service was not in vain. For those who are living their lives caring for returned veterans, may God continue to give you wisdom and courage in the path you are walking. That same tenacity, courage, patience and honour you had while in uniform be your portion now as you reach out and care for those returned veterans who walk with stumbling steps at this time.
Thank you most sincerely for your service and this Memorial day, may we never forget those who paid that ultimate sacrifice, may we never forget the cost to their families and may we remember those who have died since because of their service to our country. God bless you all.
DIGGING FOR GOLD AND SILVER
Galations 2:20, Col. 1:27
Living Bible (TLB)
I have been crucified with Christ: and I myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me. And the real life I now have within this body is a result of my trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Recently my husband and I purchased on line a metal detector. It has not arrived yet, but we are both keen to experiment with it down by the close by beach. m When we are proficient enough, we will invite other family members to join us for a day of excitement - we hope!
What treasures are hiding beneath the sands of the sea? What treasures are hiding in the weeds and rocks of gardens and parks? What treasures are hiding in us? Has the garbage of life hidden our generosity? Have the bruises of life covered our love for life? How far does one need to dig to find our laughter, our communications kills?
This TREASURE, IS THAT PART OF HIM THAT LIVES IN US AS WE BELIEVE IN AND ON HIM. CHRIST IN US THE HOPE OF GLORY.
Colossians 1:27 The Passion Translation (TPT)Living within you is the Christ who floods you with the expectation of glory! This mystery of Christ, embedded within us, becomes a heavenly treasure chest of hope filled with the riches of glory for his people, and God wants everyone to know it!
God wants His treasure in us to be seen. We are the only bible that non Christians read! Can people see your treasure?
HE LAW OF THE GARBAGE TRUCK
One day I hopped in a taxi and took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his breaks, skidded and missed the other car by just inches. The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy and I mean he was really friendly.
So I asked "Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital." This is when my taxi driver taught me a what I now call, 'the Law of the Garbage Truck.'
He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they'll dump it on you. Don't take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well and move on. Don't take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home or on the streets.
The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day. Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regret, so...'Love the people who treat you right,. Forgive the ones who don't.'
Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!
WHY DOESN'T GOD HAVE SKIN?
Have you ever wished that in your talking to God He had on skin so that you could talk to him face to face and have an immediate answer? I know that in different circumstances and situations, God does answer immediately and other times its a wait for the answer.
I am learning a great deal about patience! "God please tell me what to do here, kind of like now please." Nothing, absolutely nothing in response. Then thinking on it, I realised who am I to tell God what to do.
Which leads me to this point: In our praying do we tell God what to do? Do our desires or wishes for an outcome override God's plan for that situation?
Do we try to blackmail God by saying something like, "If you do this,. I'll do that for you."
Do we try to manipulate God?
Do we presume the answer that God would give and move ahead with something?
Do we listen to other's opinions in stead of waiting patiently for God?
God has a still, small voice, He whispers to us at times and unless we are still before Him, we miss Him. We can be busy doing what ever life holds for us, but be still on the inside of us so that we are always ready to hear Him speak to us.
Yes, there could be blockages in our lives that inhibit us hearing from God. Unforgiveness, hatred, etc., get them sorted out and the ear channel is wider to hear from God speaking to us.
1 Thes. 5:15FF NIV
SEE THAT NO ONE RENDERS EVIL FOR EVIL TO ANYONE, BUT ALWAYS PURSUE WHAT IS GOOD BOTH FOR YOURSELVES AND FOR ALL. REJOICE ALWAYS, PRAY WITHOUT CEASING, IN EVERYTHING GIVE THANKS, FOR THIS IS THE WILL OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS FOR YOU.
Truth v Fiction
Is the Bible true? Pause on this a great deal before answering.
a. If it were NOT true, would people have willingly died for it in early Christian times?
b. If it were NOT true, how come people like Schofield, John and Charles Wesley, Luther all were prepared to risk and did experience ex-communication for its truths?
c. How come it is the most widely read book in the world?
d. How come when reading it, one can feel joy and peace deep inside.: far greater than any other book can produce in one?
e. If it were NOT true, would people be willing to leave their comfortable homes, careers and families and share it with others in far off lands?
f. If it were NOT true, how come some people today, are still being persecuted for reading it and following its principles?
g, How come in its contents prophetic words are given which are accurate and true?
h. If it were NOT true, how come leaders in Communist countries forbid its reading?
Selah, pause and think.
Psalm 91 NIV
We live in dangerous days. Innocent people going to work, school or on holidays can be accosted by violence of all kinds. Lives are left shattered and broken; children without parents and parents without children.
But the Psalmist in 91 gives us so much encouragement. In this Psalm God encourages us to find refuge in Him, He will shelter us under His wings, and cover us with His feathers. He encourages us not to be frightened of the terrors of the night, nor of the pestilences of the day.
If we make God our refuge, He sends His angels to cover and protect us. His promises are new to us every morning, Lamentations 3:22, NIV. Think about that! Every day we wake up, God's promises are brand new to us for the forth coming day.
What a mighty God we serve! We often fail Him because of our humanity, but God in His sovereignty, never fails us. We might find the path of Christian living a tad confusing at times, but hang in there, because God will reveal His promises and purposes to us in the fullness of time.
As the old chorus says, "Trust and obey, for there is no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey."
If you are walking through a valley of confusion at this time, stop, take a deep breath, commit your way unto Him, and He shall direct your path, your thinking, and your emotions. Then praise and thank Him. You will come through.
Have you ever looked back over your life and regretted things?
Like: I regret I spoke those words
I regret I did that
I regret not going there....
While we are thinking of the past, we are not free to embrace the future. While we are perhaps feeling condemned and guilty for the regrets in our life, we cannot embrace the positiveness of God when He says to forget those things which
are behind us and reach towards those things which are ahead. Phil. 3:13.
This is easier said than done and takes a lot of will power and determination. When something has eaten away at us for so long, to change our thinking pattern is very difficult. But it can be done because God is the God of the impossible. There is also another verse that says we have not because we don't really believe God can answer our big problems. John 14:14.
We all have regrets. There is an old Sunday school chorus that has the words, "With Christ in the vessel you can smile at the storm." As believers we have Christ within us, for the bible says that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit of God. So the Christ part dwelling in us can overcome so many thing sin our life. Col. 1:27 says.....Christ in you, the Hope of glory."
Where ever you go, where ever your feet walk, Christ is right there within you. Comforting,leading, guiding, refreshing, overcoming, healing the regrets and other problems of life. Remember, with Christ in the vessel, you can smile at the storms of life.
Have you ever walked along the shores of the sea and watched the repetitiveness of the waves as they come in then retreat. The waves come in clear and only when they reach the shore line, do the whitetips of them break out over the sand erasing previous footsteps, paw prints, and shifting small shells.
I was walking one day and noticed this. I'd seen it so many times before but this day it was clarified to me that this is what God does to us when He washes us with the Word and His promises to us written in that Word.
When we come before Him and walk in His ways, He washes our past away from us, cleansing us and making our footsteps new before Him.
There is power in the Word of God. A true story goes like this: A man was preaching in the street of a busy shopping centre. Standing on his wooden box he was waving his bible around him as he was speaking. A man from the crowd stepped forward and yelled to him, "There is no power in the Bible." The preacher stopped, paused and then invited the man to come closer.
When the man was but a few steps away, the preacher lent forward and with considerable force raised his bible and hit the man over the head with it. The man staggered and stepped back, rubbing his head. He was about to have a go at the man preaching when he was stopped with the words, "Now tell me the bible has no power!"
For the bible to have power in our lives, we need to read it, meditate on it and put it into action. Then figuratively speaking, the waves of God come and wash us clean.
HAVE YOU PUT GOD IN A BOX?
Questions: Is God bigger than your problems?
Is God a good Father?
Is God ready to hit you over the head with a piece of 2 x 4 if you stuff up?
Is God able to forgive you?
Does God hear the cries from your heart?
Does God still perform miracles today?
God is as big as you want Him to be, then add some more to that bigness! He is a God who convicts of our wrong doing, not condemning.
God cannot be put in a box. His ways are far above our ways, His thoughts far more higher than our thoughts, His ways are too wonderful to understand. His miracles are still that - miracles!
May our Father in Heaven, by the power of the Blood of Jesus and lead by the guidance of the Holy Spirit, plants seeds of faith, belief and trust in all of our hearts.
Faith to know without a shadow of a doubt that God hears our cries and prayers, and the eyes to see what He does for us and the trust to believe He is guiding us - all the time, in every circumstance and situation.
Have a good day Folks, God loves you and me, all the time!
THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY IS::::
God loves you! Unconditionally. Unreservedly. Whole heartedly. Passionately. Eternally.
How do I know this? The bible tells me so. A children's chorus, written by Anna B. Warner in 1860, goes like this:
Jesus loves me! This I know,For the Bible tells me so;
Little ones to Him belong;
They are weak, but He is strong.
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.
- Jesus loves me! This I know,
As He loved so long ago,
Taking children on His knee,
Saying, “Let them come to Me.”
Jesus loves me still today,
Walking with me on my way,
Wanting as a friend to give
Light and love to all who live.
- Jesus loves me! He who died
Heaven’s gate to open wide;
He will wash away my sin,
Let His little child come in.
- Jesus loves me! He will stay
Close beside me all the way;
Thou hast bled and died for me,
I will henceforth live for Thee.
We don't have to be physical children to accept this song as ours! Enjoy these words, let them resonate in your heart. Bless you heaps.
hot Florida afternoon, a little boy swimming in the lake behind his house didn't see the alligator that was following him. His father, who was gardening, saw it and yelled out his son to turn back. Too late! Just as the boy reached his dad, the alligator reached the boy. In an incredible tug-of-war the father grabbed his son's arms, while the alligator snatched his legs. The alligator was determined, but the father was too passionate to let go. A farmer driving by heard the screaming, leaped from his truck and shot the reptile.
Remarkable, the boy survived, and after weeks in hospital he was interviewed by the local paper. He showed the reporter the terrible scars on his legs, then with obvious pride he added,, "I've got great scars on my arms too because my dad held me and wouldn't let me go!" Jesus tells us that we are protected from the power of the enemy when He said, "No one will snatch them out of My hand."
Yes the Enemy, will make life difficult at times, he will send stumbling blocks and people to cause us heartburn, but God is faithful and under the New Covenant, He has promised to be with us all the time and to be closer than a brother could ever be.
Be encouraged to day, the God we serve is Faithful. If He knows how many hairs are upon your head and His eye is on the sparrow, His eye is upon you. (Matt.10:31 NKJ)
Hi Every One, have been away for two lovely weeks on holidays. Lovely time but now its back to the land of the real life, refreshed and recharged.
So what has God been up to in your life? Have you stopped to think and wonder perhaps that God has been very busy guiding and guarding you as you walk on the footpath of life? Every day before leaving home, my husband and I ask the Lord to guide our footsteps and if He wants, to lead us to some one that might need a word of encouragement.
While on holidays I needed a new coat to offset the freezing winds coming straight from the South Pole. Choosing a shop which displayed what I was after, we entered and made a purchase. Then, because of the weather, there were not many customers around, we began talking to the owner of the shop. Just before we left, he asked me to choose a scarf from his racks as he would like to give me one. More than a little surprised, I wondered if I had heard correctly. Yep, he wanted to give me a gift of a scarf. Thanking him sincerely, I asked if there was anything I could do for him.
"Please pray for me," he said. Well now, that was something I was more than able to do for him.
I asked if I could hold his hand, and prayed a blessing on his health, his family and his business.
Then I asked where he was from. "Afghanistan," he replied. Wow. Thank you God for allowing me to pray for this man and his family. From a war torn land and poverty, he has been blessed by
God and runs his own business. His face came alight and shone with joy when we kept on chatting.
So, are you willing to let God guide your footsteps on a daily basis and see what exciting things He has for you to do for Him?
Bless you heaps.
Escaping threats and danger
Have you ever watched a baby chick, when danger threatens, run and hide under its mother's outstretched wings?
It is written in the Bible in Psalm 91:4 that when in danger, we can run to God in the same way and He will hide us under His feathers and we can shelter under his wings.
The bible also reports that in Ephesians 1:5 we have been adopted by God Himself and it is the good pleasure of God to do so.
Luke 12:32 "Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. What is the Kingdom? It is a realm revealing the status, strength, wealth and protection of a ruler.
Be not afraid, for I am with you says the Lord. Joshua 1.
So as adopted Sons of God, when in danger, we are encouraged to not let fear overcome us and to call out to our Heavenly Father, who is in Heaven, He will hear us, and in His way, protect, guide and set His angels around us till the danger has passed. IF NOT HE GIVES US HIS STRENGTH TO OVERCOME IN THE BATTLE what ever that battle might be. For He has promised to never leave or forsake us.
Are you in a battle right now? A battle over your marriage, your health, PTSD, career, finances. Call out to our Father in Heaven, pour out your problems to Him, and you wait and see what happens! You might say nothing happens. Were you genuine in your talk with our Father? Has He shown you the answer, and you didn't like it, so ignored it and found yourself in the same battle continuously? Has the answer not come yet? Then wait and keep on knocking on the door of Heavens gates for the answer. It will come, because God is God, He is our Father, and the great I AM. Nothing is impossible for Him. Sometimes we have to let go of our problems and let God have His way.
Be encouraged, be faithful and be rewarded!
Have you ever stood above a still lake and sensed the stillness of the area?
Have you ever walked through a large tree plantation in the stillness of the morning and seen the white mist rising from the damp earth and felt a stillness?
Have you ever looked into the eyes of a young child and something jumped in your heart?
Have you ever wrapped your arms around your spouse and hugged them tight and felt at peace?
Have you ever been riding a bike and felt the wind in your face and the warmth of the sun and felt you could stay in that place for ever?
Have you ever been driving a car on a long stretch of road, no one around you, no approaching traffic and felt so physically well and all things are good?
All that is God's way of telling you He loves you! He cares for you and is sharing His peace with you!
If you have felt this peace, think how much more a deeper fellowship with God would be like? His peace that passes all understanding, His love that knows no limits, His joy which becomes our strength, His grace that we live under, His mercy extended to us and His patience and long suffering given to us.
Seek Him and all these things will be added to you the bible says.
Have a great day! God bless
Hey, guess what everyone? Jesus has risen! He has come up from His tomb of death, He has risen from the portals of hell where He preached to the lost souls, and He has risen! That means, because of Calvary, we have victory over death and hell, we have victory of sickness and we have the right, the privilege, the honour to walk in justification, salvation and righteousness. Justification = just as if I had never, Salvation = saved from our sins and iniquities. Righteousness = right standing with God. Yippee. We are set free to worship Him, set free to praise Him! No longer can death or hell torment us when we accept Jesus into our lives, for He has conquered on our behalf!
For we are victorious and not victims! Bless you heaps!
ARE YOU ALONE?
Isaiah 60:22 NKJ
PERSONALITES AND PRAYER
Have you ever met people that seem you just can't get on with. No matter how hard you try, what you say or don't say, do or don't do, they just don't seem to agree with you. When they come into the room you seem to internally tense up. You can smile at them, chat away, but something just makes you hesitate to trust them. Go with your gut instincts.
God has given to us His Holy Spirit to indwell us. Its the Holy Spirit's job to teach, guide, lead and guard us. God has a plan for us, in fact He has a book with a recorded plan on what our destiny is Our enemy though, would love to rob us of what we are meant to be doing for God while here on planet earth, for He is a lion, seeking whom he may devour and Christians are on the top of his favourite menu.(1Peter 5:8 NKJ) But please remember, He too, is a created being and has no power except that which we give him, through fear or ignorance or desire to worship anything, anyone, but the One true Living God. He was defeated through the Blood of Jesus shed on Calvary, and one day, He too, will be judged.
So there are people who we just can't seem to relax around, as I said, go with your gut feeling. Be nice, be civil, but be aware! Be kind and gentle, but be who you are. There is a reason you feel this way and the Holy Spirit, through His discernment, is warning you to tread carefully. Pray for that person, pray for that situation or circumstance, and may God give you wisdom in how to tread.
The Bible says to be as wise as serpents and harmless as doves. (Matthew 10:16 NKJ) Jesus said these words to His disciples before sending them on a missionary journey and our lives, when becoming Christians, is one long missionary journey.
But there is another scripture that says, rejoice when men persecute you and say all manner of evil against you for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Matthew 5 3-12. NKJ.
This time is a time of testing, how do you think you will go? If God is for us who can be against us?
God bless. Remember, you are up to the challenge.
THE GOD OF 'JUST ENOUGH'
Psalm 37:5, Commit your way to the Lord, Trust Hinm also, and He shall bring it to pass.
I dabble in a little quilting now and again and the Lord has taught me so much through it.
Trust is a key element. Peace is another followed by patience and satisfaction when a quilt turns out well. I guess for men it is like working on a car or some other machinery.
When stitching a long seam, it always pays to check that there is enough cotton or thread to last the distance. There is nothing worse than getting half way through something, or even worse than that, two inches from the end of the seam, and the cotton runs out. This means that the bobbin has to be rethreaded, the machine itself rethreaded with the cotton before stitching can re-commence.
Its like running out of petrol one mile from the petrol station. It must be frustrating too to mislay a gasket fitting, or run out of oil, have a tool break or jam your finger!
I have found out to my immense delight, that if I check the cotton and length of fabric before beginning, things usually work out, that's common sense right? But sometimes, just sometimes, its a case of "I think we will make it." Lately, as I have committed my quilting to Him, asking Him to help me do a good job, I have found the cotton lasts to the last stitch or the fabric works out to the last inch. It is amazing and He is amazing.
I used to hate unpicking anything that had been sewn wrong, but now am finding that my patience is being enlarged, and I don't even mind this too much. I am discovering that I can sing praises and still sew. (Multitasked!) Consequently when the quilt is finished, I am more than satisfied with it, because it has all worked out well.
I thank God when I am sewing that He is the "God of just enough!" Of course, He is more than this, but I am learning to trust Him more because He is proving Himself to me in the little things of life, and this will make it easier to trust Him in the bigger things that come my way.
Psalm 37:5, Commit your way to the Lord, trust Him also, and He shall bring it to pass.
If only I could.....
If only I could believe.....
A two letter word, if, is large in its definition. We have all had times in our lives when we have uttered the words, "If only....."
Some people may find it hard to invite Jesus into their lives, then later said, "If only I had".
Some people may have left a bitter argument, then later said, "If only I had..."
Some people may have made a wrong choice and later said, "If only..."
Some people may have made a wrong choice and then later said, "If only..."
Hindsight is a good teacher, if we have learnt our lesson in the first place.
When we get to the end of our lives, are we going to say, "If only..."
May I encourage you in the todays of our lives, to ensure that we can lay our heads on the pillow at night and not have to say or think, "If only...."
Two ifs. Now are you going to say, "But I..." But I have to do this first, go to this place first, how can I trust a God I can't see?
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The rewards of our trust? We get to live and dine with Jesus and He has, according to the new covenant He has made with us, promised to care and look after all aspects of our life when we trust Him. IF.
two choices; I fail..... or I fasten myself to Him.
THE ARMOUR OF GOD
EPHESIANS 6: 10-18.
When a soldier goes out to war and faces battle he dresses accordingly. Heavy steel capped boots, fatigues, flak jacket, helmet, supplies, rifle or weapon, and within his mind, he has the skills of all the training it took to get him to this place.
A soldier would be silly to go out to face the enemy without his 'armour' on. Soldiers from the earliest history of battles, had armoury of some kind. A shield, a sword, a spear, a stone, an axe, helmet, they were all used.
Today, a Christian soldier also needs to put on their armour. The minute the Holy Spirit brought about conviction, and please note here, not condemnation, and we knew that we needed Jesus in our lives and asked Him to come and live with us, we had an instant enemy. As I mentioned in the previous chat, about opposites and if their is a God, full of light and love, then their is an opposing force who is filled with darkness and deceit. He goes by many names, Satan and Lucifer are just two of them.
In God's army we need to be clothed with the armour He has given us to use against our enemy, who, the bible says, goes around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8
Our armour is:
a. The Helmet of Salvation which covers our minds and understanding and is a gift of life because of the Cross and its Saving Grace. (Is. 59:17)
b. The breastplate of righteousness. Right standing with God and it covers our heart, because our righteousness is as filthy rags. (IS.64:6).
c. Our belt of Truth. John:14;6. For Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
d. Our feet shod with peace. Who is Peace, once again it is Jesus. God's peace makes our enemies to be at peace with us. John 14:27.
e. We take up the sword of the Spirit, Which is the Word of God. May we be wise in its use!
f. We take up the shield of faith. It is activating God's word in our lives and every situation we are in. It cuts down every flaming arrow from the enemy. Gal. 2:20.
This is our armour. For example: when in daily living you entertain negative thoughts, use your helmet of salvation as a Son/Daughter of God and tell it to go in Jesus' name. Then use the sword of the Spirit to follow that up, which says, in Philipians 4:8. FINALLY BRETHREN, WHATEVER THINGS ARE TRUE, WHATEVER THINGS ARE NOBLE, WHATEVER THINGS ARE JUST, WHAT EVER THINGS ARE PURE, WHATEVER THINGS ARE LOVELY, WHATEVER THINGS ARE OF GOOD REPORT, IF THERE IS ANY VIRTUE AND IF THERE IS ANYTHING PRAISE WORTHY, MEDIATE ON THESE THINGS.. In other words, don't allow lying negative darts from the enemy to take root in your mind.
Be an overcomer. Be brave in the battle, be encouraged with the Word of God, it is your sword against the enemy!
Blessings and Cursings.
Luke 6:28 NKJ
In life, there are positives and negatives. There is good and bad, there is light and there is darkness, there is up and down, right and left.
A positive in life is the word Bless. What does this word mean? The dictionary states; to Bless: to wish good health, prosperity, to speak well of, to give favour, endow, protect and preserve.
To curse is the opposite to bless. What does curse mean? according to the dictionary: to curse; to harm or injure, profane or make obscene oath, solomn utterance to inflict harm or punishment, a word used to express anger or annoyance.
The Word of God says in numerous places that we are to bless and not to curse people. Romans 12:14, Bless those who curse you and pray for those who despitefully use you.
A curse is real and the way to break those cursing words is to bless in response.
How can we be cursed? As mentioned before, we are cursed through words by people wishing us harm or defeat. We can curse ourselves with words such as, "I wish I had not been born. I wish I was dead, I will never amount to anything in this world. My parents hate me. I will never be any good." This is just an example, but of course there are curses placed on towns and nations ,on presidents and kings. That's why the bible says to pray for those in authority over us.
To bless means you want to see good happening to another person, you want the best in life for them. It is opposite to a curse.
If you have found it hard to get on in life, and everything seems to be against you with one thing after another, if you are plagued with continued ill health, or bad finances, stop and think. Do a check up from the neck up so to speak. Could all the bad things in your life be the result of a curse? I'm not saying it is, but just stop and talk to God for a minute and see what He says about it.
To break the power of a curse, we need to come into the presence of our Father in Heaven and repent if we have hurt or offended someone which has resulted in those negative words said against us. We need to ask forgiveness of the offended party and God Himself. Then we break the power of those words by blessing the person from whom the words came from. BLESS AND NOT CURSE the Word says.
Selah, pause and think on this as the Word says., BE BLESSED!
KEEP ON KEEPING ON
Have you ever felt you were holding onto something in life by your fingernails? A relationship, a career problem, financial problems? Have you ever felt that you were holding onto your faith in God by the fingernails?
You know, you've had a time of so much testing, and things going wrong, and you feel out of kilter with things, and you wonder if God is there.
King Solomon, the wisest King on the earth said that there is a season for all things. A time to rejoice and a time to mourn, a time to laugh and a time to cry, a time to live and a time to die. Ecl 3 NKJ
In our walk with Jesus, we are tested. If you have read the article below this one, you know how those testings can come at times. But rejoice, and the word says to rejoice again, because God only tests His sons and daughters!
Why you ask? To help us grow spiritually! There is nothing quite like the feeling of having been in a dark tunnel for some time, then suddenly, the Light is shining on us again! What happened? Well perhaps you have been grumbling in your mind about a person and God is trying to teach you about grace and forgiveness.
Perhaps you have done something wrong, and its sat on your conscience and God has had to wait until you try and rectify the situation.
Then, because He is God, perhaps He is just testing you to see if you will hold on to Him through the dark process of time.
Do you want to speed this process up? Speed up the time we spend away from the closeness of God? Well, once you have searched your mind for what could be the problem and have asked the Holy Spirit to illuminate it to you, and have rectified said problem, then start praising God. There is nothing on this earth that lightens any situation, that penetrates the clouds of darkness, that lifts heavy spirits than to praise God in all things. Praise Him when you doubt He is there, when you doubt He is listening to you. Yep, that's when we offer to Him the sacrifices of praise as the bible says. The sacrifice of praise means that your heart might be heavy, your lips might be shut tight,but you break through this, and you start to praise God for the situation you find yourself in, you start praising God for the circumstances around you. They might not change immediately, but the praising of God, gives you strength and inner ability to cope with what is happening around you. Besides that, if you are busy praising God, your mind is no longer thinking of the negative problems is it?
Praise is the power of Heaven, Praise opens the doors to let God in, praise is like a swift dagger to the heart of the enemy. He hates to hear God's people praising Him. He hates to hear God's people thanking and rejoicing for the spilt blood of Jesus that enables us to enter into the Throne room of God. So, rejoice, I say to you again, rejoice!
BRUSH YOUR MIND WITH THE WORD OF GOD, IT PREVENTS TRUTH DECAY!
Well happy New Year Folks, 2018 was a bit traumatic around the globe, earthquakes, tsunamis, riots, acts of terrorism, wars, in-country fighting re politics, murders, theft, bribery, kidnappings, you name it, the world experienced it.
Why does all this dreadful kind of thing happen? It is really quite simple. Man has turned his back on God, our Creator! I'm going to say it how it is, sorry if I offend some people, but how are we going to know the truth if someone does not stand up and declare it? The Word of God says that the Word of truth shall set us free. Free from what? The cloudy, passive, rolling clouds of darkness that the enemy has tried to put over us. This darkness is like a blanket, keeping us prisoners beneath it.
My husband and I have ministered to many people that have dabbled in the occult practices over the years. They came, filled with fear, apprehension, hearing voices, desire to commit suicide, angry and aggressive. Their experience started out in most cases, as innocent fun. Having the palm read, tarot cards, tea leaf reading, but then it soon progressed to deeper things, reading about witches etc.
The Word of God says to have nothing to do with such things. The bible warns us that the devil, our enemy, goes around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8. NKJ. Guess who is on his menu? Innocent children, adults who are ignorant of his devices and Christians. Those who dabble in sorcery he does not worry about, they are already prisoners in his camp.
The minute a person becomes a believer in Jesus, they are at war with the enemy of mankind. The bible calls him Satan, he is a fallen angel, kicked out of the presence of God because he thought he was greater than God. But we know, at the end of this age, his power on this earth will be taken from him and God's people will reign with Jesus.
Satan's days are numbered and that's why he is coming and trying to do his utmost before that great and terrible day of the Lord.
He even tried to tempt Jesus after His 40 days in the wilderness by getting him to bow down to him. But Jesus overcame all these temptations by quoting the Word of God to him. Satan, it is written, you shall not tempt...…" Matthew 4:10 NKJ.
Without dwelling on him too much, lets look at what God is going to do when people turn to Him and praise His name, Revelation 21:4 NKJ says, "And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes, there will be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying, there shall be no more pain for the former things are passed away."
Also check this scripture out, 2 Chronicles 7:14, NKJ, "IF MY PEOPLE, WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME, WILL HUMBLE THEMSELVES AND PRAY AND SEEK MY FACE, AND TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS, THEN I WILL HEAR FROM HEAVEN AND WILL FORGIVE THER SIN AND HEAL THEIR LAND."
People, what ever nation you are living in, this is a call to come back to seek the face of our Heavenly Father, God our Creator. It is time to stand up and be counted for the ways of truth and righteousness.
The enemy is coming in like a flood, but God said in His word that He will raise up a standard against him. Do you want to be a part of that spiritual standard? Seek His face, seek Him, who is truth, seek Him who is all powerful. Is. 59;19.
Its not easy, but then when something we valued had to be worked for, did we not appreciate it more?
God bless you in your endeavours in walking in the Word and truth.
May you all have " a walking in God's presence year."
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERY ONE,
PLEASE STAY SAFE, TAKE CARE, TRAVEL CAREFULLY, REJOICE AT THE BIRTH OF OUR SAVIOUR AND PRAY AND PRAISE THE NEW YEAR IN!
THE POWER OF PRAYER
What is prayer? Simply put it is talking to God, the One who stirs our heart and fills us with His peace and joy.
There are many different kinds of praying. We can think prayer ie., talk to God in our minds. This is very wise if in a room full of unbelievers and you are stirred up about something within yourself.
There is the talking out loud to God. This is when you let your hearts thinking and feelings be expressed to God. Talking prayers can be of a pleading kind, a thankful kind or a singing kind. Also praying for those in authority over us and these days this is vital.
There is the prayer that is so deep that words cannot be expressed in how we feel. ie. grief, pain, torment, concern about someone and words just don't fill the bill. The bible calls them "groanings
that cannot be uttered." Romans 8:26.
Then of course there is another kind of prayer. That is the heavenly language that God gives to His people when they embrace the Holy Spirit, who the bible describes as our teacher, guide, and comforter.
Jesus set us a good example in praying. The bible says He rose a good time before sunrise, and walked away from everyone and spoke to His Father privately. The Bible also says that when we pray, we should also move away from everyone, closet ourselves alone with God and talk to Him. Unless of course, you are praying for someone publicly.
This leads us to another kind of praying and that is praying with the laying on of hands. When praying for someone, it is wise to ask if you can touch them, lay your hand gently on them, and lift them up to our Father in Heaven with the prayer laid on your heart.
My prayer for you is that you will try each one of these different kinds of prayer, talking to God about every issue of your life, the problems you may be facing, your needs and the needs of those around you. Please don't forget the prayer of praise and thanks giving, for the bible also says there is power in praise.
THE PLOWER OF WORDS
Have you ever woke up and felt really good, refreshed and ready to get on with your day then walking into work or wherever you needed to be you meet a friend and they say, "You OK? You look a little tired." Surprised at their words because you felt OK, you begin to wonder if you are tired and need a break or a rest. Am I alone here or has this happened to others?
Have you ever witnessed a bully in action when they say words like "Loser!" Then noticed the recipients reaction? Have you ever been told that you would never amount to much in life?
Or that you are a waste of space on this earth? Have you ever been told you are ugly, fat, or other negative words?
The words that we say carry a lot of influence and power. The negative words we receive paramount to a curse in our lives and all curses need to be broken. The word of God says; "That if the Son of Man has set you free, you shall be free indeed." John 8:36.NKJ
The Word also says to bless them that curse you and pray for those who despitefully use you. (Luke 6:28) NKJ That is very hard to do because as a recipient of such bruising words, one just wants to run away and hide to recover. But to bless those who curse you with their negative words is hard to do but it comes down to a choice. - not whether you feel like it, it is a determined choice to bless and not to retaliate in kind. Blessing others breaks the power of the cursing words.
If you can do this, you will feel one hundred percent better than carrying heavy words around on your shoulders because you are doing what the Word of God says to do and in that alone there is blessing!
Have you ever prayed and prayed and then prayed some more but somehow your prayers were not answered? Did you think that your prayers fell on deaf ears? Did you think that God had turned his back on you? Did you think that you had committed too many bad things in life for God to hear you let alone answer you?
God always hears our prayers. He is there for us, day in and day out even though at times we cannot feel His presence, His word says that He is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. (Prov. !8;24) And we don't go on feelings, we walk in faith - right?
So why the hold up? God's answer is either yes, no or wait awhile.
HE HAS HEARD US, HE DOES HEAR US AND HE WILL CONTINUE TO HEAR OUR CRIES TO HIM.
Romans 4:20,21 NIV
Take the patriarch Abraham for instance: He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.
God had promised Abraham a son, and he waited until he was 100 years old for this promise to be fulfilled. Yes he had a son by Hagar his wife's servant, but the special Son of the promise, was to come through his wife, Sarah. Sarah was 90 years of age when she gave birth to Isaac, the son promised by God when Abraham was a young man.
We need to hold on if God has given us a word, He will fulfill it in His time and in His way. To make the time awaiting this promise to be fulfilled, start praising God - it makes the time go faster!
Be blessed! Carla Evans
INVICTUS GAMES 2018
I watched the Invictus Games players during their absolutely heroic efforts in Australia this month. Men and women who had been injured in the theatre of war swam, ran, jumped and played basketball without limbs, with horrific scars, and previously battled another kind of personal war with Post Traumatic Stress Disorde
These athletes, formerly trained to the peek of physical fitness, after being injured, were left without little hope, lost careers and memories of explosions, bullet riddled bodies or crashing helicopters. Yet, because of these games they were given hope and a purpose to keep going.
They rose above their physical disabilities and once more, with guts and determination, they fought back to overcome their injuries and move on to successfully represent their countries in their given sport. In front of crowds of yelling supporting people, they pushed through physical pain barriers and finished their races.
The Apostle Paul refers to people like this in Hebrews 12:1 where he said, "Since we have such a huge crowd of men of faith watching us from the grandstands, let us strip off anything that slows us down or holds us back, and especially those sins that wrap themselves so tightly around our feet and trip us up; and let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us. Keep your eyes on Jesus, our leader and instructor. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterwards, and now he sits in the place of honour by the throne of God. If you want to keep from becoming fainthearted and weary, think about his patience as sinful men did such terrible things to him. After all, you have never yet struggled against sin and temptation until you sweat great drops of blood." (Living Word.)
Be encouraged you believers in Jesus, who are under duress, stress, conflict and confusion. God is with you. He has His cloud of witnesses in the stands in Heaven, cheering us on. One day, we will wear the crown of glory, our reward for being steadfast and faithful.
Chaplain Carla Evans
If you were sitting among a large crowd of people on the shores of Lake Galilee and a man stood and began explaining the earlier writings of the prophets of Israel, what would you think?
If he explained things so clearly that you understood, agreed and got excited to hear such teachings
that your heart pumped away within you and you had an inner excitement that you had not experienced before, what would you do?
If you saw this man, whose voice could reach the ears of those who sat right at the back of the crowd, reach down and touch the eyes of a blind man and then heard that man shout for joy because suddenly, after years of blindness, he could now see. What would you think?
If you watched the learned men of Israel, the Scribes, Pharisees and Leaders of the local Synagogue or church be speechless at what they were hearing, what would you think?
Then you saw a man with clubbed feet, a lady bent over with bone deformities, a paralized man being healed and walking and talking straight, what would you think?
As you sat you could hear other miracles, for that is what they were, of others being healed and even raised from the dead, what would you do?
These are true recorded instances in the gospels of the New Testament. Jesus, when He was walking on this earth at the will of His Father in Heaven, did all these things, and more! Jesus came when the people who believed in Him, were walking without true christian leadership, they were spiritually lost and helpless. They were also oppressed by the Roman government and laws, their own Pharisees, who were supposed to be leading and encouraging them in the faith, brought further laws and oppression to the people.
Well guess what folks? We are living in the same kind of days as those people did many years ago. God heard the cries of the hearts of those who were being oppressed, who were spiritually sick, who were walking with chains binding them up emotionally. Jesus came to this earth and gave hope to all those who believed in Him.
And He is about to do the same again! Soon, on this earth, there will be the sounds of rejoicing when people are touched and healed by the power of the Almighty, the demon possessed people will be set free, the sick shall be healed, He will open up prison doors, those who are locked in emotional chains and in great distress, and set them free.
Jesus is coming again. Not to be crucified but to reign in truth and majesty power and glory.
Are you ready? Are you excited? Are you afraid? Are you disbelieving? Aahhhh, which one are you?
Chaplain Carla Evans
MOSES the Patriarch
Moses, who was placed in the bull-rushes of a river bed by his family to prevent his death by the searching guards of the Pharoh of Egypt, was found and brought up by the daughter of Pharoh in the courts of the palace.
Later God used him to deliver the Children of Israel from a 400 years of slavery. But before that happened God had to deal with his inner fears and worries and causing him to discover himself; who the man Moses was.
From being a Prince of Egypt to a shepherd in the backblocks of Midian, Moses learnt a few of life's lessons.
Moses got it all wrong before he got it all right. Doesn't that happen to us at times?
But hear some good news - God can bring something good out of something bad, He can use all our past mistakes, failures and fears of life and turn them into positives.
Moses learnt to trust God in the wilderness for 40 years, God is wanting for us to trust Him now. With our lives, with our families, with our materialistic possessions, God is calling us to trust Him.
When the former stable things of this world now take a nose dive, that trust in Him is our pathway to not buckling into the fears that losing everything can bring.
Reach out to Him now, He is waiting for you.
When we see the tsunamis, the earthquakes, the hurricanes and tornadoes, trust Him.
When we see violence and wars and rumours of wars, trust Him.
For where ever you put your feet, He will be with you. here ever you go in His name, He will be with you. Be strong and courageous, do not tremble or be afraid, for the Lord God has you in the palm of His hands.
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS v 10 WONDERFUL PROMISES
n the Old Testament in the book of Deuteronomy, chapter 5, we read of the 10 Commandments and how they were given to Moses by God while Moses was up in the mountain in God's presence.
These 10 Commandments were law. Straight black and white law. They were a way for the Children of Israel to live as they followed the Lord their God.
However, it was impossible to keep all these laws, as Jesus said to a follower in the New Testament, if you even think about sleeping with your neighbour's wife, you have broken the commandment, you don't even need to do the act!
Lets move on to the New Testament. Here we read about God's wonderful grace and mercy. Jesus died to bring us into right fellowship with God. When His blood was spilt for us, He made it possible for us to enter into God's presence in spite of who we are and what we have done IF WE BELIEVE AND CALL ON HIS NAME, He has promised to save us from all these breakings of the law.
BUT the most wonderful thing about all this is that as a believer and a follower of Jesus, these former 10 Commandments now become 10 wonderful promises!
How could this possibly be? Because when we have Jesus dwelling within this earthly tabernacles (bodies) His grace working in and through our lives, takes out of us the desire to do wrong. We no longer have a desire to steal, to dishonour parents, to covet our neighbour's property. Rather we have a desire to honour our neighbour, to not steal, to not covet our neighbour's wife, to Honour God and have no other idols before Him.
Jesus exchanged the commandments into promises.
So how would you rather live, not having Christ Jesus within and living under the Laws, or have Jesus dwelling within and having the law exchanged by grace into promises?
How do we get Jesus into us? Simply by asking Him to come into our lives and asking Him to forgive us for all our former wrong doings. Asking Him to lead us on from this day onward, to live our lives with Him and walking in His presence. If you do this, I guarantee you an interesting life. This does not mean that everything will go easy for you from now on, rather it might seem harder, but with Christ in the vessel (you) you can smile at the storms. For you are no longer walking alone, but with the God of all creation walking with You.
May God fill you with His peace, Hope and love.
May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works, who looks on the earth and it trembles, who touches the mountains and they smoke! I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being. May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the Lord.
(Psalm 104:31–34) God rejoices in the works of creation because they point us beyond themselves to God himself. God means for us to be stunned and awed by his work of creation. But not for its own sake. He means for us to look at his creation and say: If the mere work of his fingers (just his fingers! Psalm 8:3) is so full of wisdom and power and grandeur and majesty and beauty, what must this God be like in himself! These are but the backside of his glory, as it were, darkly seen through a glass. What will it be to see the glory of the Creator himself! Not just his works! A billion galaxies will not satisfy the human soul. God and God alone is the soul’s end. Jonathan Edwards expressed it like this: The enjoyment of God is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. . . . [These] are but shadows; but God is the substance. These are but scattered beams; but God is the sun. These are but streams; but God is the ocean. This is why Psalm 104 comes to a close in verses 31–34 with a focus on God himself. “I will sing praise to my God while I have being. . . . For I rejoice in the Lord.” In the end it will not be the seas or the mountains or the canyons or the water spiders or the clouds or the great galaxies that fill our hearts to breaking with wonder and fill our mouths with eternal praise.
taken from SOLID JOYS daily devotional.
LET THE PAST BEHIND YOU, STAY THERE
In life we cross many streams and climb many mountains. When we are on the victory side, ie, at the top of the mountain of things, its great. We feel wonderful and elated. That something we have been moving towards has been accomplished.
At the top of the mountain we can look around us and see for miles and because of our recent experience we feel confident to move on, to achieve more. So we make plans and plot our next goal in life.
Sometimes though, the best laid plans of mice and men go astray. Its an awful feeling to be at the bottom of the mountain of life instead of the top. But let me encourage you.
When sheep, and that's what the bible calls us, wonder on the mountain side and perhaps reach the top, what happens to their manure? It falls down into the valley, the bottom of the mountain. Sometimes that's where we find ourselves, rock bottom, in a valley of depression, hardship, anger bitterness and so on.
Then on top of all this, comes the manure pouring down on us which is washed down from the mountain.
But guess what? Manure is fertiliser. So while at the bottom of the mountain, covered in manure, we are being fertilised.
What does fertiliser do? Causes growth! In the valley experiences of your life, please know that what you have endured and did not happen is allowing fertiliser to enrich your life and giving you what is needed to grow in understanding, patience, love, humility and wisdom: just to name a few.
We all need to have our valley experiences in life, if not how can we grow? Learn form them. Then be wiser on the way up the next mountain!
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.
There was an Australian soldier who fought in the 1st World War. He came from what we would call today a dysfunctional family, an on entering the army already had a few run-ins with the constabulary. He became a stretcher bearer and performed his duties well. However on return to his homeland he, along with other men that served in the theatre of war, had PTSD. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
He stumbled along in life, drinking, sleeping where he could and generally finding it hard to survive. He stumbled into a church meeting one day that was offering tea and scones to any 'down on their luck' man. Here, he heard the gospel preached and learned that Jesus was more than just a name to profane. He was challenged with the question, "When you die, where will you go?"
Eternity is endless, so he was told, so where do you wish to spend it?
Arthur Stace, for that was his name, found that night the answer to his pain, suffering and that itch he had deep down on the inside of him. He began to write one word in copper plate writing, ETERNITY, on the streets of Sydney and districts. People stopped and stared at that one word and began to think and ponder. Many lives were changed from Arthur Stace's hand written one word evangelistic endeavours.
So let me ask you the question that was asked of Arthur Stace, Where will you spend eternity?
Many of us have older brothers. Many are put to the test in their responsibility when the younger ones get into a skirmish or a tight situation causing them to step in and defend their young siblings. What relief for the younger siblings, what a challenge for the older brother!
It says in the book of Ephesians that Jesus is our elder brother because God, when we come to believe in and accept Him, has adopted us, making Jesus our Elder Brother. Just think upon this. We have an Elder Brother who sits at the Right Hand of God in Heaven, and He is looking out for us. So that leads us to another scripture,
Romans 8:38-39 New International Version (NIV)
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The next time you find yourself in a tight corner, when the world seems to be going crazy around you, please pause and ponder on the above facts and may God bless you abundantly.;
Easter, the time the world celebrates two things, the pagan festival of fertility and the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, the Son of God.
Jesus died a very cruel death. He was tortured, spat n, punched, whipped and had a crown of sharp thorns placed and pressed down on His head. The bible says He was marred more than any man. (Is. 42:14 NIV).
Jesus had a reason to die. He had a purpose. That purpose was so that He could enter the gates of death and hell and rescue His people who believe in Him. He wrestled the keys of death from His/our enemy, Satan, and victoriously rose from the grave giving us the gift of eternal life.
Many saw Him after His resurrection. He had breakfast on the shores of Lake Galilee with His disciples, Mary and Martha both saw him as did the two disciples walking on the road to Emmaus. Check out the recorded events in the Gospels, Matthew Mark, Luke and John.
He is now sitting at the Right Hand of God and interceding for you and me.
A study was done in 1988 by Dr. Randolph Byrd who looked at the positive therapeutic effects of intercessory prayer on 393 patients admitted to the Coronary Care Unit of San Francisco's General Hospital. In a prospective randomised double blind study he demonstrated that the group being prayed for had a significant increase in the rate of healing.
Jesus is our intercessor, He is our healer, baptiser and soon coming King. He is not dead, He is alive.
Many years ago I was baptised by full emersion at the local Baptist Church. The song that was being sung as I came up from the waters of Baptism was the one "Follow, follow, I will follow Jesus, any where, everywhere I will follow Him." The words of a hymn composed by William Cushing in 1878. I would like to say that I have done that, but in all honesty, no I haven't.
At times, I thought I knew better than God and His leadings and went my own way and suffered the consequences. At times, I was embarrassed to stand up for what I believed while facing an intimidating opponent. At times I was rebellious against the things of God and the things offered by the world seemed far more attractive.
But as maturity has come by God's grace and forgiveness, I can honestly say I am doing a better job at following Him these days, but I still have a long way to go. In fact, it is a life's work to follow Jesus!
Who ever said that one is weak to be a Christian, didn't know what they were talking about. It takes strength and courage, especially these days in which we live to be an active Christian. Many in modern times have been martyred for being a believer in Jesus, many have lost family, friends and careers. But as the bible says, take heart, for great is your reward in heaven because You have put Jesus first in your life. Matt.5:10. RIV
The Holy Spirit of God wants to do a work deep in our hearts, He wants us to read His Word, the bible, and talk to Him daily, and while we do this, He is planting in us the Seeds of Righteousness, the courage to face the daily battles and a deep, abiding love for Him and for those around us. We may not be aware of the work He is doing in us, until one day something happens and we are struck with the thought, "Hey, I didn't lose my temper over that incident." Proof that God is at work within you.
Do you know that because Jesus died for us on the Cross, all our past is forgotten and forgiven by God? And further more, Christ in us, indwelling us by His Holy Spirit, is a pledge to us of our inheritance in Him? This is the secret plan that God had since the creation of the world, that when Jesus comes to live in us, we have victory over the sin and darkness in this world. Please, pause and think on that.
The power that Jesus had while walking on this earth dwells in us by His Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit of God comes to live within these earthen temples when we become believers in Jesus.
Are you a believer, do you want to become a believer? Simply ask Jesus to come into your heart and forgive you of your past and guide your footsteps for the tomorrows of your life. But be prepared for a whole different way of living! Its good!
Chaplain Carla Evans
Murder v Killing
Many returned Defence Force Personnel have felt guilty because of the fact that they, in a war zone, killed people. This of course goes against the grain of the normal mind. Guilt has eaten them away over this matter so please, let me address this issue.
In the 10 Commandments found in the book of Exodus chapter 20ff, (NKV) we read in verse 13 THOU SHALT NOT KILL .In some translations of the bible this reads Thou shalt not murder. In translating from Hebrew to English, there are some words that cannot be translated in their original meaning and this verse is one of those.
To murder is to intentionally kill someone.
To kill in the theatre of war is so different.
God himself instructed King David and other Kings of Israel to kill those nations around them who were ungodly. ie They worshipped other gods and offered human sacrifices to them, Temple prostitution etc.,
Yet King David, in 2 Samuel 11 ff, when he tried to get out of being discovered for his adultery with Bethsheba intentionally plotted to have her husband murdered. See the difference?
If you are one of those who are carrying guilt over this matter, please know if you come before the Throne of God and ask for His forgiveness, it is yours. The hardest thing you have to do is forgive yourself.
So please know that I am praying the peace of God will flood your mind and soul and that release from this guilt will be yours.
Don't listen to the lies of Satan when he keeps whispering in your ear what you have done is so wrong, tell Him to nick off, you have been forgiven, your are a believer in Jesus and He has no right to torment you along these lines.
Chaplain Carla Evans
A PRAYER OF BLESSING FOR YOU
FATHER GOD, I ASK IN JESUS NAME THAT WHO EVER READS THIS PRAYER WILL KNOW THAT SOMEONE CARES FOR THEM. THAT SOMEONE IS YOU JESUS. YOU ARE OUR HOPE, OUR SALVATION AND OUR SOON COMING KING. I PRAY THAT THE CHAINS OF DARKNESS OR OPPRESSION WILL BE BROKEN FROM LIVES, THAT YOUR HOLY SPIRIT WILL COME AND BRING HEALING POWER AND PEACE WHICH COMES FROM YOU FATHER. I PRAY THAT WHERE THERE IS DISCORD, YOU WILL BRING UNITY, WHERE THERE IS HATRED, YOU WILL BRING FORGIVENESS. WHERE THERE IS FEAR YOU WILL BRING FAITH. GENTLEY LEAD YOUR SHEEP PLEASE FATHER, BIND UP THE BROCKEN MINDS AND HEARTS AND HEAL THEM ALL IN JESUS NAME.
THANK YOU JESUS THAT YOU HAVE GIVEN US LIFE. THANK YOU FOR THE SPEED HUMPS OF LIFE, BECAUSE THEY TEACH US BY EXCPERIENCE, THANK YOU FOR FAMILIES, FOR EMPLOYMENT AND FOR HEALTH. AND IF SOME OF US ARE EXPERIENCING A LACK IN ANY OF THESE AREAS, I PRAY FATHER THAT YOU WILL STEP IN AND BRING WHAT IS NEEDED FOR EACH LIFE.
LET US PRAISE YOUR NAME. PRAISE YOU IN EVERY CIRCUMSTANCE, FOR PRAISE IS THE POWER OF HEAVEN.
Why does God choose some people to be crash hot evangelists for the Kingdom and by pass the labourer down the road?
Why did God choose Moses, a man who stuttered, a man who was brought up in the courts of Pharaoh, the very man who was using his kindred people to be slaves in Egypt?
Why did God spare Daniel, Meshak and Abednigo when Israel was over run by the Babylonians?
Who knows the mind of God? Even Job could not find an adequate answer for the problems he faced initially that were allowed by God to test his faith.
We ask God so many times WHY?
We read that God treats all men equally. That is those who believe in Him and have chosen to accept the power of God, through the Holy Spirit into their lives. This is known as salvation and it is a gift to us form God if we choose to believe in Jesus His Son.
So step 1 to the answer of these above questions is to believe that Jesus came to this earth and died for the sins of mankind.
Step 2 is to come to the understanding that there is a rest in God that the world cannot give us. A place where we take hands off our lives, and allow God to guide us daily. We do that by coming into His presence and talking to Him, often, frequently. Into that place of quiet rest there grows trust and faith in Him and out of that faith and trust comes the understanding that because He is God, he can guide our footsteps and guide us into the path He has chosen for us to live.
Step 3 is to obey His guidance. You might not understand where He is leading you, but you can be confident that if God is leading you, your footsteps in life will be kept on the path He has prepared for you to walk. And being very confident of this very thing, the Bible says, that if God has asked you to do something for Him, He will give you the strength and courage to do it.
Step 4 is to come to the place of not coveting the path of life a fellow believer is walking with God. If God is calling you to be a farmer, be the very best farmer you can be. If God is calling you to be a nurse, a computer programmer, a shop keeper, a dentist, a housewife, then be the very best you can and offer your praises up to Him for allowing you to walk in this path He has chosen for you.
Step 5. Praise Him in all things. What ever calling is on your life, there are going to be days of heaviness and darkness, but then there are going to be days of glorious intimacy with God Himself. And the days of darkness are gradually overcome when you praise and worship the God you are serving and following and He is faithful to bring you through those dark days.
King David, in the book of Psalms often wrote of his days of darkness, but he always ended up praising His God. Your God, my God. God led him to victory time and time again. Why? Because King David stopped his busyness of living, and talked to God and asked His opinion on things and asked to be lead by Him. He humbled himself before His God, and listened to His leadings.
God has no favourites, and what He did for King David, He can do for you and me.
So next time you are inclined to ask Why God? Stop and talk to Him to find out Why!
Romans 5:8, Ephesians 2:10, Romans 8:29, Phil. 1:6
If you have Christ in your vessel, you can smile at the storms!
Chaplain Carla Evans
GOD'S ARMOUR HE HAS GIVEN US TO WEAR.
Every soldier goes to war wearing his specialised equipment. Goggles, hat, boots flak jacket etc., As soldiers in God's army, as Believers, we also have equipment given to us by God, specially made for us as individuals but all of it the same.
For our heads and minds He has given us the helmet of Salvation. This protects our mind from the spiritual attacks of the enemy. It protects our minds against the Accuser of the Brethren found in Rev. 12. whose job it is to feed on Christians and rob them of confidence in who they are in Christ.
He has given us the Breastplate of Righteousness; right standing with God. This breastplate protects our hearts from shame, guilt, fear, doubt and anger, bitterness, rebellion, resentment, rejection, pride, self-righteousness and judgementalism.
He has given us Shoes of Peace to wear. These shoes give us firm footing as we walk in God's pathway. They give us authority to read on the enemy's head who would cause us to walk away form the path of Righteousness, right standing with God. These shoes protect us from passivity, lethargy and a lazy life. They lead us on the path for our purpose on being here on this earth.
We have been given a Shield of Faith. This shield protects us from the fiery darts of the enemy. It extinguishes all flaming arrows of the enemy. Gal. 2:20. This shield is placed over our bellies and protects us from sensitivity, wounding of our spirits, and bruising from verbal abuse. The shield has the ability to cause these things to bounce away from us.
And we have the Sword of the Spirit. This sword is the Word of God. It protects us from all demonic spirits, all principalities and powers. The Word of God has the ability to cancel out any curses sent towards us, any witchcraft, and wrong praying towards us, the individual.
The Word of God says that we are covered by the cleansing, protecting Blood of Jesus that was shed on Calvary. The Word of God is so powerful that it can separate the bone form the marrow because it is so finely tuned in. The truth of the Word sets us free and if God has set us free, we shall be free indeed.
As you dress yourself every morning, please put on the Armour of God also. Your Armour is divinely made just for you and is given to us by God.
Bless you heaps
Chaplain Carla Evans
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERY ONE! BLESSED NEW YEAR, A HEALTHY NEW YEAR
A YEAR OF RECONCILIATION A YEAR OF EMPLOYMENT AND MOST IMPORTANT OFALL
MAY THIS NEW YEAR APPROACHING BE THE YEAR THAT YOU LEARN TO WALK AND TALK WITH OUR SAVIOUR, THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.
MAY IT BE A YEAR OF DISCOVERY OF HIS PRESENCE AND HIS GLORY.
MAY IT BE A YEAR OF REFLECTING HIS GLORY AND MAY IT BE A YEAR WHEN YOU CAN LOVE THOSE WHO DONT LIKE YOU AND WISH BAD THINGS FOR YOU
MAY IT BE A YEAR WHERE YOU DISCOVER JOY AND PEACE IN HIM WHOSE NAME HOLDS JOY AND PEACE
MAY ITBE A YEAR OF NEEDED MIRACLES FOR YOU
MAY IT BE A YEAR WHEN YOU LEARN HOW TO PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOUR OF GOD SO THAT YOU CAN STAND AGAINST THE WAYS OF THE EVIL ONE. (EPHESIANS CHAPTER 6.)
MAY GOD NOT WITHOLD ONE GOOD THING FOR YOU THIS YEAR AS YOU LEARN TO WALK AND TALK WITH HIM.
CARLA EVANS HON. CHAPLAIN
UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN, UNTO US A SON IS GIVEN, and the Government shall be upon his shoulders and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Ever lasting Father, Prince of Peace, of the increase of His government and peace, there will be no end.
(Is. 9:6-7) NIV
Just over 2,000 years ago, a baby was born in the city of Bethlehem in Israel. This baby's birth was prophesied over 400 years before His birth by the prophet Isaiah. His birth was of such importance that the world's time zone changed. It went from BC to AD, before Christ to after Christ.
Isaiah also foretold of what the purpose of this baby's birth would be: He would govern the whole world, and His name
will be called Wonderful, (inspiring delight, marvellous), Counselor (one who gives guidance, a mentor and confidant), Mighty God (possessing great and imposing power and strength) Ever lasting Father (eternal) Prince of Peace (freedom from disturbance).
Jesus has many names, but these names are specific. He was born during the Feast of Tabernacles (September/October) but man in his wisdom, incorporated his birth with the worldly festival of St.Nicholas.
So rejoice everyone, Jesus has come, He died at 33 years of age for us, for you and me, that we might have the choice of accepting Him as our Lord and Saviour or to turn our backs on Him. What ate you going to do?
Merry Christmas everyone,. God bless and keep you all safe.
Chaplain Carla Evans
In some parts of the world, it appears to be very troubled. Yet the Word of God says to NOT LET YOUR HEARTS BE TROUBLED.
It is so easy to let fear rise its head within us when we see the devastation happening around us. Its easy to let hate rise in our hearts when we witness the grief that innocent people feel because of what has happened to their loved ones. And it is easy to one revenge on those who have caused all the grief and fear and are the cause of despair and hopelessness.
Yet Praise is the Power of Heaven. If we can train our minds to praise God in faith instead of turn away from Him carrying fear, we are becoming mature Sons of God.
Easier said than done, I know. Yet we are in God's army, we are in His training boot camp, and it is in the middle of stress and trials and troubles that we can learn to praise and trust Him if we are determined to not buckle under the heaviness and oppression around us.
May I encourage you to stand up, putting on the armour that God has given you to wear from Ephesians 6. Even as a soldiers put on their armour before entering battle, we are encouraged as Christians to put on the Armour, the uniform God has supplied us with. Ephesians 6:12-18
Therefore take up the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day and having done all to stand.
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness.
And having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace.
Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints
So be encouraged, pray, praise, put on your armour, and stand tall in the battle. May God be with you all.
Chaplain Carla Evans
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His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches over me.
Things a bit tough? Life a bit rough? May I invite you to talk to the Greatest Problem Solver there is? His name is Jesus, He will help you if you ask.
Things going well? Family good, career going well, house hold is at peace, may I invite you to praise and thank Jesus for being with you?
Are you afraid of what is happening in the world today? Wars, murders, aggressive violence, random killings, ISIS, gay marriage, sex education for small children, may I invite you to get on your knees and join the host of other people who are waring a battle in the heavenlies against evil principalities and powers?
JESUS SAID, I AM THE WAY,
I AM THE TRUTH
IAM THE LIGHT
It is said that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line.
Us humans take a long time to wake up to the fact that if we want to be healed, if we want to be set free from the chains of oppression, if we desire to live peaceful lives, if we want to know what joy is, then we try every other avenue before we look to Jesus
Physciatrists know how to take us apart, but do they know how to put us together?
Meditation on self may give us peace of mind for a short time, but not for the long haul.
If we want to live in a world with no conflict, how do we learn to break the chains of oppression?
JESUS SAID, I AM THE WAY - His pathway and guidance is the way we need to walk.
JESUS SAID I AM THE TRUTH - He cannot lie because He is truth. He is not a false God that does not have eyes to see us, to hear us or to not know about us. HE IS A GOD OF TRUTH. And there is no other god like Him. The Bible, His Word, has been discovered down through time to be truthful in what it predicted.
JESUS SAID, I AM THE LIGHT. He is the Light that dispels darkness, worry, despair. His Light shines as a beacon, drawing us to Him. He is the Light in the storms of life and He has promised to never leave us. His light is like bees to honey, flock towards that Light and there is everything you need.
BLessings Chap. Carla Evans
Paul's Damascus Road- by Poet Noel 26 September 2017
As Saul travelled down the Damascus road,
He breathed out threatenings and slaughter,
Against the Disciples of the Lord,
And said things, he should not aughta.
As Saul journeyed along that Damascus Road,
A bright shining light, from Heaven came down,
Saul heard a voice, Why do you persecute Me,
And Saul fell face down to the ground.
Saul heard the Lord speak from Heaven above,
And Saul’s eyes became quite blind that day.
Saul’s fellow travellers took his hand,
Leading him, and showing him the way.
God tells His Humble Servant, Ananias,
To go pray, and Saul will see again,
That was the day Saul’s life turned around,
Saul was once so lost, but now was found.
We know that when we walk in a way,
That’s far from God and His Amazing Love,
His Endless Love and Mercy, reaches out,
To ALL of us, from Heaven above.
Jesus said, I AM THE WAY, I AM THE TRUTH AND I AM THE LIFE. (John 14:6)
Today there are many kind of religions, many kind of faiths and many false gods that people worship. But there is only one true God, and He is above all gods.
It is written in His Word, the Bible, which is a map that can guide us through life if we allow it, that He was, He is, and He is to come.
He is a God of love yet can also be a God of wrath.
He is a God of peace, yet can shake His arm in violence.
He is rich in mercy, yet holds evil accountable.
He is everything.
Some believe that by doing good works, by living an upright life, by showing kindness and giving money to the needy that will be enough to get them into the reward of the righteous, Heaven.
Sadly it is not enough. The Word of God says in Romans 10:9, IF YOU CONFESS WITH YOUR MOUTH THE LORD JESUS, (the Son of God) AND BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART THAT GOD HAS RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD, YOU WILL BE SAVED.
What does being saved mean? It means that we have passed from eternal death into eternal life. It means that while we are alive on this earth, we have the life of Jesus living in us, we are no longer alone. He shares every facet of our life with us - the good, the bad and the ugly. He gives us His strength to overcome the problems we have and shows us the way through them.
Something happens on the inside of us when we become a Believer. It is like a light fills us from within. Its like an invisible heavy bag that was hanging onto our backs disappears.
For some accepting to walk with Jesus comes at a high cost. To walk with Jesus takes courage. But He has told us, I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU OR FORSAKE YOU. Hebrews 13:5. FOR I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS.
Be encouraged to take this leap of faith. It has cost some their lives, but God is no man's debtor, and His reward to those is great who follow Him to the end.
Carla Evans. Chaplain
I WILL SURELY SHOW YOU KINDNESS. 2 Sam. 9:7 NIV
In Bible times, when a new king ascended the throne, he usually killed or banished every member of the old king's family. So, here's the story. Jonathan, King Saul's son, and David, whom Saul hated, were close friends. So close they made a covenant to protect one another with their lives. After Jonathan and Saul died in battle, Jonathan had one remaining son called Mepheiosheth. So, David had him brought to the palace saying, "I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table."
Mephibosheth was living in Lo Debar, which means, "the land of nothing....the place of no bread." 2 Sam.9:4-5. That's significant, because when your self-esteem is non-existent, your surroundings usually reflect it. You either give up completely, or go to the other extreme by striving to be perfect. But you don't have to do either. The Bible says, "God for Christ's sake, has forgiven you." Eph 4:32. Your acceptance with God isn't based on who you are; but Whose you are! Mephibosheth was lame in both feet and couldn't walk properly. And spiritually speaking, you couldn't either. Yet Mephibosheth ate at the King's table; he was lame in both feet. 2 Sam. 9:13. His lame feet couldn't be seen because they were hidden under the king's table. And God does the same for you too! He wraps you in the righteousness of Christ and puts all your sins under the blood. That means you're always acceptable in His sight - including this very moment!
Well what do you know.......
Science is actually catching up to the Bible and what is written within its pages
- The bible tells us the earth floats in space. (Job 26:7) “He hangs the earth on nothing.”
In AD1650 scientists came to this agreement.
- 2. The bible tells us the earth consists of atoms. (Hebrews 11;3) “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that the things which are seen are not made of things which are visible.” In recent years science has discovered that everything we see is composed of things we can't see.
- 3 Humanity thought the world was flat, yet in the Word of God it clearly states: “It is He who sits above the circle of the earth.”Isaiah 40:22 Christopher Columbus proved the bible right.
- 4. The bible teaches us about oceanography. Psalm 8;8 says, “The birds of the air and the fish of the sea pass through the paths of the seas.” Matthew Fontaine Maury, an Oceanographer, discovered the warm and cold ocean currents, the paths of the sea.
- 5. God said to Job when he was gong through a great trial in his life, “Can you send out lightings that they may go and say to you, “Here we are?” God said 1500 years before Christ that light could be sent and manifest itself in speech. Did you know that all radio waves to X-rays travels at the speed of light? (About 300,000km per second). This fact was not discovered until 1864when British scientist James Clerk Maxwell suggested thatelectricityandlight waves were two forms of the same thing.
True science never disproves the Bible.
(excerps from The Word for Today Bob Gass.)
My Hope Is Built
The United Methodist Hymnal Number 368
Text: Edward Mote, 1797-1874
Music: William B. Bradbury, 1816-1868
Tune: THE SOLID ROCK, Meter: LM with Refrain
1. My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus' blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
but wholly lean on Jesus' name.
On Christ the solid rock I stand,
all other ground is sinking sand;
all other ground is sinking sand.
2. When Darkness veils his lovely face,
I rest on his unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale,
my anchor holds within the veil.
3. His oath, his covenant, his blood
supports me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
he then is all my hope and stay.
4. When he shall come with trumpet sound,
O may I then in him be found!
Dressed in his righteousness alone,
faultless to stand before the throne!
1 The heavens are telling us about the glory of God. The sky is showing the things that his hands have made.
2 One day pours out the story to another day. One night tells the next night what it knows.
3 (But) they do not use words and have no languages. Nobody hears their voice.
4 (Yet) what they say goes into all the earth. Their words go to the ends of the world.
God has made a home for the sun (in the sky).
5 The sun comes out from his home like a bridegroom. He is very happy to run fast, like a very strong man.
6 His sunrise is at one end of the heavens. He travels in a big circle to the other end.
Nothing can hide from the heat of the sun.
7 The book of the LORD is wonderful. It makes people feel alive again. We can trust what the LORD tells us. He points out the way when we are not sure of it.
8 What the LORD tells us to do is always right. It makes us feel happy deep down inside us. What the LORD commands us is pure. It makes our eyes shine with new light.
9 The fear of the LORD is a clean fear. It will always remain with us. Every word that the LORD says is true. Every one of them is righteous.
10 They are of more value than gold, even a lot of pure gold. They are sweeter than honey, even the best honey that bees make.
11 Also, they are a guide to your servant. Good things come if he obeys them.
12 Who can know when he has made mistakes? Forgive me all my secret sins.
13 Also, stop your servant from wanting to sin. Do not let sin rule over me. Then nobody will say that I did wrong. I will be clean (because you help me). I will not do anything very bad.
v14 Lord, I want everything that I say to make you happy. I want all my thoughts to please ou. You are my Rock and you are my Redeemer.
DISGRACE v GRACE
Over the length of our lifetimes we have had experiences that were not too pleasant. These experiences have left us feeling perhaps shamed, disgraced, vulnerable and guilty. We remember those times perhaps more than anyone else, because they are personal and are highlighted in our minds.
The things we have done may not have been of great disgrace, or indeed, they may have been, but what ever those times were, they left an impact on our lives. In fact, they became a weak point in our reflection of who we are. How we value ourselves.
It is these weak points that our enemy Satan, loves to accuse us of. For he is the Accuser of the Brethren as it says in the book of Revelation 12:10 NKJV.
BUT LET ME ENCOURAGE YOU WITH SOME GOOD NEWS!
Because of Jesus great love for us, because He died on the cross for you as a Living Sacrifice, and because you are a believer in Him, you are no longer living in Disgrace, but UNDER GRACE!
WHAT IS GRACE?
Grace is undeserved favour! We no longer need to live under the condemnation and accusations of the lies of Satan, our enemy, we are set free to live under God's grace and mercy and forgiveness. When the enemy comes to bring these former accusations to your mind, tell him to get lost. You are now redeemed you have been paid for by the Blood of Jesus, and these things no longer have power over you! Wow and Wow and Wow again!
Guard your mind against Satan trying to bring these accusations back to you. Put on the Armour of God,
Ephesians 6:10-18. NKJV. God has given to us special armoury to safeguard us against the ways of the enemy. No soldier goes to war without his weapons, we are in a spiritual war, so please, use your weapons!
Stay safe in God
Carla Evans Chaplain
Something to think about -
Shame = something we perceived we have done which is wrong. Guilt = is the voice of our conscience is personal and is a result of the shameful thing we have done. So if shame comes from ie..an act of defence, following orders, why do we carry guilt? It is because we have done something that offends our conscience, the heart of ourselves. Something which has gone against our inner person, the very nature of ourselves. Guilt and shame are bedfellows.
BUT there is a way to cut through them both...
"Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, 'I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.' And you forgave the guilt of my sin" (Psalm 32:5). "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed" (John 8:36). "Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you" (Colossians 3:13).
We have recently returned from our annual holidays and it was a great time of refreshing and to be able to admire God's creative handywork while viewing the scenery of our destinated place.
Typical tourists ,we purchased some little gifts for family and friends and on our return I gazed at one trinket and decided to keep it for ourselves. It is the figure of a little hula girl who can sway her hips and move her arms. She is able to do this by the aid of a little solar battery which is placed at the base of her feet. As the light hits the solar she starts to sway and move. Intrigued I stood and watched this figure as the morning sunlight shone on her and she started moving.
Then a thought struck me, without light, she is immobile, she doesn't move, she is just an object. Yet when the light hits her, she comes alive so to speak, and beauty is seen in the way she sways and moves her hips.
I realised we are like that. When we live in the dark we are prisoners, we cannot move, we feel suffocated, yet when the Light of God hits us, we are free and we begin to move and have life and liberty because of Him and what Jesus has done for us.
His Light - Jesus- shines on us and gives us movement. AS we continue to bask in His Light, we have Life. And His life shines out through us allowing His beauty to be seen in us.
Selah. God bless
Chaplain Carla Evans
Yesterday, here in Australia was Anzac Day. A day when the nation came together to remember and honour all those who have sacrificed their lives or who have fought in any war or conflict that our Nation has been involved with.
In every capital city and small country towns, people line the streets, and honour those who have returned from wars and show their respect to them.Children standing by the side of the road as these diggers marched by waved the Australian flag and shouted and clapped. Faces of Mothers and wives too carried some emotional scars but they stood and waved and cheered these men and women on.
I watched and looked intently at the faces of those who marched by. They ranged from recently returned Veterans to those of WW2. I saw such conflict of emotions on their faces. They were remembering old mates, places, situations, conflicts and the hard days of battles.
Question - shouldn't we honour our Diggers every day?
God remembers us every day. He will never leave us or forsake us the Word of God says. We are His beloved children, maturing into His Sons.
Stand Tall Diggers, Stand Tall believers in the Living Word. Keep marching straight and true.
Carla Evans Chaplain
·ARE YOU LISTENING?
Years ago a famous Christian speaker, Agnes Sanford, told how God warned her not to travel on a certain airplane flight. She obeyed. The plane crashed, killing all on board. When she shared this she was asked, "Why didn't God warn all the others?"
Her response was; "God is speaking to us al, but so few are listening."
The Bible says a number of times, "Anyone with ears to hear must listen to what God is saying to the church." (Rev.3:22)
Are we listening?
Rev. Colin Britten Rtd.
· So what does this weekend mean to you? A holiday? Family catchups? Work around the house? Watching sport on TV?
This day represents life and death. Death for a man named Jesus who walked on this earth 2000 years ago - a death so brutal that it is recorded that He was marred more than any man. He was whipped, beaten, abused. A death that changed the time of this world from BC, Before Christ, to AD, Annodomini, After Christ. He died with pikes being hammered into his wrists and feet, placed on a wooden cross which was jolted vertically into the ground. Death, cruel and brutal.
His death was pre-planned. Jesus died to give you, the individual, a free choice. A choice to live or die, not physically but spiritually. We all have to die physically, but Jesus died to give us an opportunity to have life with Him after His death.
But that's not all -if we decide to believe in Him, and tell Him so, He comes by His Spirit and lives within these physical bodies.
This gives us immediate acknowledgment by Him as belonging to him. As the bible says, we then come out of darkness and into the Light. In John's first chapter we read that Jesus is the Light of the World and in Him is no darkness.
He is light, and He is Life, and He is the One who saves and rescues us from the chains of darkness. He offers us peace within and His grace saves us from all DISGRACE.
If we reject all He offers, what happens? 1. We have made His barbaric death of no value. 2. The darkness,heaviness,despair and oppression stays with us. 3.when under stress and pressure, we have nothing within to help us overcome the obstacles. 4. When we die, what then?
Bless you all heaps. Carla Evans
WHERE SHOULD WE SERVE HIM?
My first call to pastor a church was very 'interesting'. All of we 2nd year 'theologs' were being allocated pastorates.
I was sent to speak at a church that an other student had been allocated to. He was very vocal about not wanting to go to this church. On the other hand I loved the people of this rundown little church. In the end I was given this pastorate and had an enjoyable experience at my first church which lad a good foundation for my calling as a Pastor.
We all need to have a real heart for God and a sense of His calling for whatever we choose as our life's vocation. My daughter has this sense of calling to be a teacher and is very effective in teaching and bringing children to faith in Jesus. My son on the other hand has settled into the world of finance and is effective in this role.
God is leading you - follow Him and serve Him with all your heart, the world will be abetter place when you serve God in your everyday vocation.
A further reminder to me that "He knew the way I should take" was affirmed in my 30's when God brought Psalm 128:6 vividly to life.
Upon reading his word God very firmly impressed on me that I would live to see my children and my grandchildren. I was convinced I was just
After the death of my wife, I remarried and didn't know my new wife had two medical conditions that made it virtually impossible for her to have children. Never the less she bore two children under very normal circumstances and our son and daughter in law are now proud parents of a baby girl. At 84 years of age I became a grandfather - because God is faithful.
Please listen to Him and trust Him because "He can do exceeding abundantly above all we can ask or think." Rev. Colin Britten Rtd.
1 Corinthians 13
I am about to conduct the wedding of a family member and it is always a pleasure and a honour to do so. The great Love chapter of the bible is always a good foundation to speak about during the wedding service. Love conquers all, love is not selfish, does not seek gain for oneself, love forgives, and is kind and gentle, does not speak bad words of anyone.
I'm a paragraph. Click once to begin entering your own content. You can change my font, size, line height, color and more by highlighting part of me and selecting the optionIn the world in which we live today, those words are idealistic, not realistic. Paul the Apostle writes that our tongues are like a rudder of a ship, they are small but have the power to steer a ship to safety or calamity. So do our tongues. How many times have we spoken words and regretted them later? How many times have we chosen the best for ourselves and given away the second best? How many times have we been jealous or wanting something that belongs to someone else but have hidden this greed away in our hearts?s from the toolbar.
Why does the bible say to live this way when we can't do it? There is a little word here that explains it all. Grace. God's undeserved favour. God knows that no one is perfect in this world. Only Jesus, who came to this earth and showed us the way to live - He was the perfect One. It is only with Jesus living in us by the power of His Holy Spirit can we live a more Godly life.
The bible gives us something to aim for, it is a road map of living, pointing and explaining directions within its covers. That is why, as believers in God, we need to read the bible to learn not only who God and His Son Jesus are, but to learn how to live a life that reflects the Glory of God. As we read the Word, the Bible, and submit to its teachings, we become more like the Author of Life. We become more loving and more loved.
God bless. Carla Evans Chaplain
GIVE YOUR LOVE AWAY
One evening before Mary Martin, the great Broadway musical star, was to go on stage in SOUTH PACIFIC, a note was handed to her. It was from Oscar Hammerstein. He had written it to her from his deathbed.
"Dear Mary, a bell's not a bell till you ring it. A song's not a song until you sing it. Love in your heart is not put there to stay. Love isn't love till you give it away."
After her performance a number of people rushed backstage, exclaiming, "Mary, what happened to you out there tonight? We have never heard anything like that performance! You sang with more power than you've ever sung."
Blinking back tears, Mary read them the note from Hammerstein and added, "Tonight I gave my love away!" The poorest person in the world has something to give others if he or she has love in their heart.
Love's gift takes many forms - a smile, a hug, a gift, a not of thanks, a hand up and just being there in tough times Love is the one gift that always fits, is always appropriate and always in season.
Jesus aid, "By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:35NKJ)
Paul wrote, "May the Lord make you increase and abound in love o tone anther and to all." 1 Thes.3:12 NKJ.
John writes, "Beloved, let us love one anther, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God." So the word for you today is" GIVE YOUR LOVEAWAY.
IT'S NEARLY TIME
Its hard living in todays world. Stresses, pressures, hatred, violence, greed, dishonesty all abound. Once upon a time a man's word, followed by a handshake was tighter than todays contracts for mortgages at banks.
What went wrong? What changed society?
The bible says that when we harden our hearts to the God of all Creation, He steps back and lets us get on with thinking that humanity knows best. Of course, we didn't notice straight away that humanity was slipping, no, it happened bit by bit, slowly and surely the evil in this world crept in to take the places of honour and integrity, love and forgiveness. And what happened?
We eradicated Him from our school system, and shootings and violence followed, along with birth control available at schools, parents not informed if their child had an abortion, guns being taken to school for 'protection', teachers being beaten up. We didn't honour or consult God re the changes of constitutions and what happened? Abortions, legalised same sex marriage, permissible homosexuality, greed in man over rode the innocent humble man in regards to his property and rights.
We didn't honour Him in our courts and what has happened? Judges and magistrates and lawyers passed sentences that were so lenient that people were no longer frightened of breaking the law. All the punishment they received was a slap on the hand and a 'tut, tut.'
We didn't honour God in our marriages and what happened? Divorce rate spiraled, violence within the home, children being left with no loving parent, because its easier to get a divorce and move on than to stay and try to work at a marriage and a commitment made before God to 'forsake all others'.
We haven't done too well since turning our backs on God have we and thinking we knew better than Him.
BUT DO I HAVE NEWS FOR YOU!
The tide is about to turn. The time for mocking and scoffing about God is about to end. He has made the appointed time to let His creation know, that's us, you and me, that He is God and that His love for us is far greater than any offence we have caused Him.
He is going to call His people to stand up and be counted. He is going to have His people praising Him in the streets, in the work place, in the supermarkets. He is going to release His power through His Holy Spirit and the healing of the sick is going to take place, just like He promised us.
The ordinary person, the like you and me, will be able to pray for people and see the healings flow, see the chains of darkness fall from peoples lives, see the drunks stand up and walk tall and stand straight, see the drug addict set free, see the battered wives and children healed, see the aggressive hard nosed business man humble himself before God, and see the Governments of our lands rule with honour and integrity.
We are going to see such great things. I can hardly wait! How about you?
DO YOU LOVE HIM? Then be prepared to be a part of God's army, marching through the lands. deliverance is our song with healing in our hands. You can have a part to play in this army of God. Wait on Him, seek Him, Praise His Name,
Chaplain Carla Evans
WHEN PROFIT BECOMES LOSS
Is there any advantage in being the richest man in the cemetery? Jesus said, "What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul?"
Many ancient civilizations like the Egyptians, made elaborate provision for the after-life by being buried with their wealth, their slaves and physical provisions.
Their tombs were robbed, their goods rotted as did their bodies.
God reminds us of an obvious reality - we brought nothing into the world and we can take nothing out. All we have to present to the Almighty is who we are and what we have done.
But He also reminds us that if anyone is in Christ, trusting Him, he is a new creation - the old has gone, the new has already come which is an altogether more encouraging prospect than doing our own thing, going our own way, having a well earned fate.
So we should ask ourselves, "Is what I am trusting in good for time and eternity?" If not we gain from re-evaluating our lives and redirecting them to Him Who is the Way, the Truth and the Life!
Rev. Colin Britten Rtd.
Who are you?
You are the person God created and look like Him, for we are made after His image the bible says.
You are a person much loved by our Heavenly Father, God.
You are a person the Son of God, Jesus, died for.
You are a person that the Holy Spirit of God dwells in IF you believe in God Himself and the gift He wants to give you.
You are a person God is holding out the gift of eternal life to.
You are a person IF you accept and believe that Jesus is the Son of God, who becomes the "Temple" of the Holy Spirit
You are a person who HAVING THE HOLY SPIRIT living within you, by asking God for this to happen, have dunamous power, DYNAMIC POWER.
You are a person who, when following the leading of the Spirit of God, can raise the dead, heal the sick, speak in a heavenly language.
You are a person who can move mountains of depression and anger and replace, by speaking the faith Word of God, into joy and healing of body, soul and spirit.
YOU ARE A PERSON MUCH LOVED BY GOD AND YOU ARE A TWINKLE IN HIS EYE!You are the person God created and look like Him, for we are made after His image the bible says.
You are a person much loved by our Heavenly Father, God.
You are a person the Son of God, Jesus, died for.
You are a person that the Holy Spirit of God dwells in IF you believe in God Himself and the gift He wants to give you.
You are a person God is holding out the gift of eternal life to.
You are a person IF you accept and believe that Jesus is the Son of God, who becomes the "Temple" of the Holy Spirit
You are a person who HAVING THE HOLY SPIRIT living within you, by asking God for this to happen, have dunamous power, DYNAMIC POWER.
You are a person who, when following the leading of the Spirit of God, can raise the dead, heal the sick, speak in a heavenly language.
You are a person who can move mountains of depression and anger and replace, by speaking the faith Word of God, into joy and healing of body, soul and spirit.
YOU ARE A PERSON MUCH LOVED BY GOD AND YOU ARE A TWINKLE IN HIS EYE!
Be blessed, move the mountains of anger and depression of this earth, proclaim Heavenly Kingdom dynamics, set the bound person free, walk in victory over the circumstances and not under them.
God bless and keep you
IS SEEING BELIEVING?
Many insist that if only they could see God in action, miraculously meeting their needs, then they would be able to believe Him and commit themselves to trusting Him with their lives.
But is this real?
A couple of million Jews saw God deliver them from the most powerful nation on earth, through a series of miracles, yet their unbelief kept them out of the Promised Land for 40 years. Only two of them entered into what God had promised and provided.
Thousands saw Jesus heal many people, and do many other miraculous works, yet the cry of the mob went from "Hosanna!" to "Crucify" in an instant. They had heard the word and seen the works of Jesus, but they had no depth of faith and deserted Him in a time of crisis.
Jesus reversed man's approach to God. He said, "If you believe, you will see the glory of God." There is plenty of historical evidence as foundation for faith in Jesus, but He only becomes real to us when we commit ourselves to Him on the basis of what He has already revealed.
Believing leads to seeing!
Rev. Colin Britten Rtd.
WHAT OF TOMORROW?
It’s true I am not a devoted follower of the Christian faith and have broken a few of the Ten Commandments. Nevertheless I have immense respect for those who openly demonstrate their beliefs This respect has been reinforced by so many devout Christians from all walks of life who I have rubbed shoulders with.. They showed moral courage and dignity no matter when or where until their very last breath. Their strength was their faith and it never yielded. The point I am making is that in our society we have choices. I was certainly given the opportunity for religious teachings at school. I still recall with clarity the rules from stealing to sharing and all in between. I was comfortable with such teachings as they were already constantly demonstrated by my parents at home. The question I ask is who decided such teachings would no longer be taught at government schools and for what reasons. Given a troubled society where broken families are on the increase, it would seem more appropriate than ever to teach such lessons. Why deny any child the opportunity to listen, ponder and then decide later in life? Whatever the choice, the beautiful qualities that the man on the cross had preached could be an asset to any individual. History shows our nation was predominately of Christian faith which provided a base for the development of our nation’s values which in turn helped set the standards for following generations to pursue. There is a strong possibility, due to the neglect of such essential values and disciplines that a door is slowly closing on what used to be a lucky and unified Nation. Is it that we are turning a blind eye to a solid foundation which has played a significant contribution in establishing our way of life? GM January 15, 2017
Turning a Blind Eye to Wisdom I am confused in a land of disorder, drugs and “to hell with you.” Media stars curse, sniff, snort and are idolised for what they do Yet Jesus who preached of equality, love and peace to name a few Is mocked, disowned and by many, even despised too
How sad the world with its hate and bickering to and fro We still have not learned the lessons from so long ago When a wise man spoke of peace and love He even preached it when nailed to the cross high above.
In this space age where we reckon we are smarter than ever There is still much unknown beyond the ether to the Never- Never Science and medicine have answers for much as well as many cures Yet there’s no need of drugs for true love and faith to endure
Who decided that the teachings of Christianity be banned at school? Surely such learnings in any tribe can be essential tools. Does it really matter if God and Jesus were myths or real? It’s the beautiful messages for all of us to understaand and feel Was it not the very foundation of our nation’s future to be?Tenants to help guide us to ensure an orderly civilized society Isn’t it wise to feast on the richness of such teachings from the past? Than bow to mischievous manipulators who intend for us to fast.
Hands up those who have never thought of a God when in strife Even for that split second when trouble or danger was rife?
Why deny children teachings which in time they can reject or keep Will they know of a time before we were herded like bleating sheep?
George Mansford © January 2017
There was a man named John. Turns out he was the cousin of a man named Jesus. He testified, when they were both adults, that Jesus was the Light of the World.
How could that be?
How could one man be The Light of the World?
The bible says that Jesus was with His Father (God) in Heaven when the world was formed. There was nothing made on this earth that was made and Jesus was not a part of it. (John 1;1f).
Jesus, the bible says IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. If this was not so, how could so many people down through the archives of history testify about this One man?
How is it then that so many thousands of people are arrested in their daily life when they hear of a Man called Jesus who died for them and offers them eternal life?
How is it then that many, many people are healed of their sicknesses and diseases today by people praying for them in the Name of Jesus?
How is it then that some men and women, when praying, fall on their faces or knees as a presence so bright and light and full of love visits them?
How is it then that men of evil faiths are staggered and changed in their hearts and lives when they are visited by this Man called Jesus in dreams or visions?
Jesus IS the Light of the World. Jesus is the foundation of our faith. Jesus did walk on this earth and did return to His/Our Father in Heaven and one day He is returning.
His disciples witnessed Jesus being caught up in a cloud and taken to be with His Father, and the bible says that He will return the same way in the fullness of time.
You don't believe me? Please read the bible yourself and see if these written words are not the truth. Try reading the gospel of Mark, and the first chapter of the book of Acts.
Chaplain Carla Evans
HAVE YOU EVER LOOKED UP AND SEEN THE CLOUDS BEING SWEPT ACROSS THE SKIES? THEY SEEM TO BE A SOLID MASS BUT IT DOES NOT TAKE LONG BEFORE THE WIND BLOWS THEM RIGHT AWAY AND THEY HAVE DISAPPEARED.
HAVE YOU EVER STOOD ON THE BOW OF A SHIP AND BEEN SURROUNDED BY A MIST, OR DRIVEN THROUGH HIGH MOUNTAINS AND A MIST SEEMS TO ENVELOPE YOU?
There is a bible verse that is very comforting and encouraging.
Its found in Isaiah 44:22.
I HAVE SWEPT AWAY YOUR OFFENCES LIKE A CLOUD, YOUR SINS LIKE THE MORNING MISTS. RETURN TO ME FOR I HAVE REDEEMED YOU.
So be encouraged fellow believers in the God of Heaven, the Jesus our Sacrificial Lamb and the Holy Spirit who is our teacher and guide, believe this Word, for God cannot go back on His promises to us.
Believe it, speak it, sing it, for God will sweep away all our offences and all our sins and they will be remembered no more. Don't let the enemy (Satan) rob you of this truth and blessing.
Chaplain Carla Evans
YOU WILL SAY IN THAT DAY;
I WILL GIVE THANKS TO YOU O LORD, FOR THOUGH YOU WERE ANGRY WITH ME, YOUR ANGER HAS TURNED AWAY AND YOU DID COMFORT ME.
BEHOLD GOD IS MY SALVATION, I WILL TRUST AND WILL NOT BE AFRAID; FOR THE LORD GOD IS MY STRENGTH AND MY SONG, AND HE HAS BECOME MY SALVATION.
WITH JOY YOU WILL DRAW WATER FROM THE WELLS OF SALVATION AND YOU WILL SAY IN THAT DAY; GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD, CALL UPON HIS NAME, MAKE KNOWN HIS DEEDS AMONG THE NATIONS, PROCLAIM THAT HIS NAME IS EXALTED.
SING PRAISES TO THE LORD FOR HE HAS DONE GLORIOUSLY; LET THIS BE KNOWN IN ALLTHE EARTH.
SHOUT AND SING FOR JOY O INHABITANTS OF ZION, FOR GREAT IN YOUR MIDST IS THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL.
To all believers in Jesus and His authority, rejoice for He is cradling us in His hands! There is nothing that can happen on this earth that He is unaware of!
May this year of 2017 be a year of fruitful growing in God. Of the release of His gifts and fruits of His Spirit, and may darkness be far from our lives.
God is Light. You want to see light? Turn the switch on in a dark room, and you will see light! And the light is more powerful than the dark as it makes the dark disappear. 1 John 1:5 NKJ
When we are on a boat and sail in troubled waters, we rock and roll and hold on for dear life. It's only when peace comes to the waters does the boat gentle down and one enjoys being out on the water. Matthew 10:24 NKJ
We cannot see the Spirit of God, because He is spirit. The Spirit is also known as “the Breathe of God.”In other words, He is like the wind. We cannot see the wind but we can see where the wind is by looking at the leaves and branches of a tree. They bend and sway under the influence of the wind. Acts 2:2 NKJ
So three elements: Light, Peace and Wind. All descriptive of the God Head, God the Father, God the Son, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit of God.Light (God) brings comfort in the darkness, Peace (Jesus) is welcomed after turmoil, and the wind (Holy Spirit) brings a sense of knowing that God, by His Spirit, is close by.
May you be blessed as you ponder on these words and embrace them.
God blessChaplain Carla Evans
They huddled inside the storm door – two children in ragged, oversized coats.
“Any old papers, lady?”
I was busy. I wanted to say no – until I saw their feet. Little sandals sopped with sleet.
“Come in and I’ll make you some hot cocoa.” There was no conversation. Their soggy sandals left marks on the hearthstone. I served them cocoa with toast and jam to fortify them against the chill outside.
Then I went back to the kitchen to work on my household budget. The silence in the front room struck through me. I looked in. The little girl held the empty cup in her hands and looked at it. The boy asked, “Lady are you rich?” I looked at my shabby slipcovers. “Am I rich? Mercy, No.” The girl put the cup in its saucer – carefully. “Your cup match your saucers.” Her voice was old with a hunger not of the stomach.
They then left, holding their bundles of paper against the wind. They hadn’t said thank you. They didn’t need to – they’d done more than that. Much more. Plain blue pottery cups and saucers, but they matched. Potatoes in brown gravy; a roof over our heads; my man with a good steady job – these things matched too. I moved the chairs back from the fire and tidied the living room The muddy prints of small sandals were still wet on my hearth. I left them be. I want them there in case I ever forget how rich I am!”
The word for you today is: Don’t forget to thank God.
SHARING THE HIGHWAY TO BLESSING
In the second book of Kings, we have a very telling story of a famine in Samaria. It was so desperate that any food was being sold at exorbitant prices, and they were even reduced to eating their children. (2 Kings, 6&9.)
At this point God sent a message that by the next day there would be plenty to eat!
On that day four lepers, who had to live outside the city because of their disease, decided to go to the enemy camp to seek food; reasoning that the worst that could happen was that they would be killed, rather than starving slowly to death.
Arriving at the enemy camp they found it abandoned; the army had fled leaving behind all their food and valuables. The lepers arrived and enjoyed a banquet and gathered a lot of valuables for themselves.
Then they had a revelation; one that most of us need some time in our lives; they said, "This is not right. This is a day of good news, and we aren't sharing it with anyone!" (2 Kings 7:9).They recognised if they did not share their blessing with their needy brethren back in the city, 'some calamity will come upon us.'
We need this same wake-up call. Living with the experience of the Gospel of God's saving love - and/or living in the abundance of God's material provisions; if we do not share it with others, ultimately some calamity will certainly fall upon us. But sharing God's bounty with others will bring in the law of sowing and reaping. "As we sow, so shall we reap." This is the highway to blessing.
Rev. Colin Britten Rtd.
It is a common response, when we see a life in a real mess to remark especially as Christians; “There but for the grace of God go I, only by the grace of God have I been spared the mess that they have got themselves into.” That is the point Paul is making in Eph 2:4-5. We who were dead in our sins; heading for eternal disaster, without God and without hope in our lives; living careless, rebellious and disastrous lives; we are the ones God came to in Jesus and offered mercy, forgiveness and a hope and not only for this life, but also for a life that transcends death. Our lives lacked any real hope or purpose, because God was not a living reality to us. But God stepped into our mess, paid the penalty for our sins and Jesus and brought life and immortality to light by His taking our death sentence on the cross – but more than this, He brought eternal life and immortality into our world by His resurrection. Here is the living hope God gives us in Jesus. Here is God sized help and hope offered to us here and now. Life was a mess – BUT GOD stepped in on our behalf and He makes the difference; a fact that brightens my life, especially as both my younger brothers died at the end of 2015 and I am about to turn 84. Life is not almost over, life has barely begun Put your trust in Jesus and join me in this great adventure. Rev. Colin Britten Rtd.
God our Father,Help me to remain true to my ideals during my service to my country. Help me to be what is in my country, the land of the free.
May I realise that I represent what our country stands for, my uniform is a symbol of duty and valour both in peace and in war.
I take up arms to defend what all soldiers hold dear; Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.Grant me the strength to live according to these ideals; the courage of my convictions and the resolve to endure whatever dangers threaten.
With you at our side, I fear no evil and resist every enemy, secure in the knowledge that you hold me in the palm of your hand.Amen.
One of my favourite pastimes with my son-in-law is to go fishing. We don’t go very often, but it is good to sit in the sun and wait patiently for the fish to bite and just chat away about things of interest.
I was reminded of a man I heard speak so many years ago now when he said a fisherman threw so many fish back because he could not be bothered cleaning them!
Jesus was speaking to his disciple, Peter, who was a fisherman by trade, and said to him that He (Jesus) would make him (Peter) to be a fisher of men! That means that Peter would cast out his net of good news about Jesus and throw it into the sea of humanity and catch those who are waiting to hear about the Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus would never throw his catch back into the sea of life because he could not be bothered to clean them.
His patience and love is infinite, it is everlasting and we cannot comprehend it with our natural minds. Jesus walks beside us, tenderly caring and ‘cleaning us up.’ No matter how long it takes, no matter how many times we stumble, the Fisher of Men is always there, picking us up, patting us down, and setting our feet back on the path of life.
What a mighty God we serve!
2.) by BOB GASS
Here's another amazing thing; without the moon it would be impossible for us to live on this planet. And if anyone ever succeeded in deflecting the moon from its orbit, all life would cease. It acts like a maid to clean up the oceans and th4e shores. Without the tides created by the moon, our harbours and shores would become one big stench pool of garbage and it would be impossible to live anywhere near them. Because of the tides, continuous waves break upon the shores of the ocean, aerating the waters of the planet and providing oxygen for plankton, the very foundation of our food chain. Without plankton there would be no oxygen, and all life would end. God is a creative genius, isn't He? He made the moon the right size, and placed it the right distance from the earth to create the exact atmosphere we need. We live within a great ocean of air - 78 percent nitrogen, 21 percent oxygen. These elements are continually mixed by the tidal effect of the moon upon the atmosphere. This has the same effect it has upon the seas, and always provides the same proportion of oxygen. Though we keep dumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, its absorbed into the ocean and we are able to continue to live. If the atmosphere wasn't as thick as it is, we'd be crushed by billions of pieces of cosmic debris and meteorites that fall continually upon our planet. Who takes good care of you? God! And He's on the job 24/7. Aren't you glad?
1) I MADE THE EARTH AND CREATED MANKIND UPON IT.
NIV Isaiah 45:12
Ever wondered why we've failed to find life on any other planet, yet ours is designed to sustain us and meet our most basic everyday needs? It makes you wonder, doesn't it?
Do you think its just a coincidence? Not according to the Bible. In it God says; "I made the earth and created mankind upon it." (Isaiah 45:12 NIV). Did you know that if the earth was 10 % larger or 10% smaller, life as we know it wouldn't be possible?
Or that we're just the right distance from the sun so we receive the right amount of heat and light? If we were any farther away we'd freeze, and if we were closer we wouldn't be able to survive. Consider for a moment the amazing tilt of the axis of the earth, none of the other planets are titled like ours at 23 degrees.This angle allows the sun's rays to touch every part of the earth's surface over the course of a year, as the earth circles the sun. If there was no tilt to the axis, the poles would accumulate enormous masses of ice, and the centre of the earth would become so hot we couldn't stand it.
Like an excited parent designing a room for the arrival of their new born child, God made this earth specifically for us. "For this is what the Lord says - He who crated the heavens, He is God. He who fashioned and made the earth, He founded it; He did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited." (Is.45:18NIV) That's how much God cares for us.
GOD IS.... Psalm 46:1 NKJV
The Bible says; 'GOD IS A VERY PRESENT HELP IN TROUBLE.' But first you must believe that God is, otherwise the best you can hope for is good luck or human help. And how far do you think that'll get you?
When the doctor says he can't do any more to save you or a loved one, who will you turn to? When you've run out of answers and need guidance, where will you go to find them? When you're guilt-ridden and long for peace and forgiveness, who will provide them for you? When you do away with God, you become your own god, because you recognise no greater power in the universe than yourself.
You can see why the Bible says; "The fool has said in his heart, There is no God." Psalm 14:1, How foolish to cut yourself off from the greatest source of help in all the universe. The bible says, "Let the heavens proclaim the glory of God, the skies display His craftsmanship, night after night they make Him known. They speak without a sound or word, Yet their message has gone through out the earth." Psalm 19:1-4.
Did you know that 90% of the world's astronomers believe in God? That's a higher percentage than can be found among, butchers, bakers and candlestick makers! The great minds who have thoroughly examined His handiwork believe that "God is". How about you?
DAVID AND GOLIATH
1 Samuel 16
There was great excitement in the House of Jessie. The prophet Samuel was coming for dinner and every male person had been asked to cleanse themselves and prepare for a big feast. Jesse hurried and killed a lamb for the occasion, no doubt his wife was called upon to cook the relevant vegetables while wine was held at the ready.
In the excitement of hosting the prophet Samuel, Jessie had an underlying apprehension; why would the prophet visit his household? What was the purpose of this visit? Why invite himself for a meal of banquet proportions? Samuel indeed had an agenda for visiting Jesse’s house. For God had told him that King Saul was not listening to the God of Israel any more and to save His people, there needed to be another King who would listen to the leading of God. Inside Samuel’s cloak was a bottle of oil, the anointing oil, and this oil was going to be poured on the head of the future King of Israel. God had chosen one of Jessie’s sons for this task.
Jessie bowed in respect as Samuel entered his house. After introducing himself he started to introduce his sons. As each one came before Samuel he was impressed with their looks and bearing and thought that surely the eldest one would be the future King. But God told Samuel not to look on people from the outside, but to look at their heart! After the 7 sons had been introduced and God had not favoured one of them Samuel was perplexed. “Are these all the sons you have?” He asked Jessie. “I have one more, but he is just a lad and is out minding the sheep.” “Bring him here, we will not commence the meal without him.” Samuel replied. So a servant hurriedly was dispatched to find the whereabouts of David and bring him back to the house, give him a bath to get rid of the smell of the sheep and present himself to his father and to the prophet Samuel.
David entered the room of his father and brothers and they all turned to look at him. What did his brothers see? A pesky young brother who always got under their feet? They were all well formed men, yet it was their youngest brother the prophet wanted? What did his father see? A strapping youth on the threshold of becoming a man, well formed physically and with rosy cheeks for being outside in the weather all the time. Clear of eye and a steady composure? What did Samuel see? He saw the youth who would one day be the King of Israel. He knew this was the one that God wanted him to anoint. Rising up from the chair he had been sitting on, Samuel walked to David, and pulling the oil from within his cloak, he poured it over the head of this young man. His father and brothers gawked! Their son and brother to be a future King of Israel?
I guess the meal was not as boisterous as it could have been knowing that such an awesome thing had happened in the House of Jessie! But men being men, and boys being boys, the food was eaten and enjoyed and the prophet Samuel went on his way. Jessie and his sons knew that what the prophet said would come to pass. How did they know? Because since Samuel had been a young man himself, all that he had foretold had taken place and everyone in Israel knew he was a faithful prophet to the God of Israel.
Time passed and King Saul, the current King of Israel, was getting frustrated. He no longer felt the peace of the Lord in his life and was a troubled man. Depression and anger were a part of his nature these days. Someone suggested music might help calm him down and smooth away his fears, so they sought for a person who could play such music suitable to help the King. Someone suggested about a young man that he had heard of, a shepherd boy, who could play the harp very well. Saul asked to see him. So would you believe it was young David? He again was summoned from minding the sheep, and brought before the King of Israel. This young shepherd boy, anointed by the prophet Samuel, was now walking into the palace of the King of Israel, the palace where one day, he would be king! I wonder what he thought as he played the harp for Saul? His music calmed the King’s angry mood and so David spent his time between minding the sheep and playing the harp for King Saul.
Days passed and King Saul began to favour young David. One day, the Philistines declared war on Israel. They were a cruel country and demanded that Israel be their servants. King Saul gathered his troops together and went to the Valley of Elah. The army of Israel was on one side of this valley and the Philistine army was on the opposite hill with the valley between them. For 40 days, night and morning, the armies came out to face each other. The Philistines had one weapon that Israel did not have, and it scared them greatly. You see, they had a nine foot man, he was a giant of a man and his name was Goliath. He would come out every night and morning with the army and shout out loud, “Send someone to fight me. You dogs of Israel. If you kill me then we will be your servants and if I kill you, you will be our servants. “
Every night and morning he would challenge and mock the Israelite soldiers. Now King Saul was under a lot of pressure. He was the tallest man in the Israel army, and he was too scared to go and fight Goliath. What kind of example was that to his troops? David had 3 brothers in the army and one morning his father Jessie asked David to go to the battle ground and take some food for his brothers and a big cheese for their captain and to see how the war was going. So David carrying the food on his shoulder in a hessian bag, made his way to the battle field.
He arrived in time to see the Children of Israel face the Philistine army and to hear Goliath issue his mocking challenge. David went up to his brothers and gave them the food and asked what was going on? One of the men standing near young David said that the King had offered a big reward to the man who went out to fight Goliath! He promised his daughter in marriage, and his family would be free from paying the annual tax. David stood there, listening to this, and listening to Goliath mock Israel. And something began to stir on the inside of him. He said to those around him that the man who went out to fight, should not go to fight for the rewards, but to stand up for the God of Israel! David’s eldest brother told him to nick off. “Go back to our father’s sheep and mind your own business, leave this war to those who know how to fight and stop interfering.”
But David’s words were brought before the King, and it was not long until once again David was summoned to King Saul’s presence. King Saul recognized David and explained that Goliath had been a soldier since he was David’s age, and David thought he could kill the giant? David’s reply surprised the King. He said that on separate occasions when he was out minding his father’s sheep, a lion and then a bear came to snatch a kid from the flock. David chased them and caught them and clubbed them to death and so retrieved the young kid.
Saul knowing no one else was going to stand up to this giant, agreed to let David go and clothed him with his own armour. But David was still a lad, a teenager probably, and said that he could not fight in them as they were too big and heavy for him. Removing them, he went to a little brook and found five smooth stones and placed them in his pouch on his belt. Then gripping his trusty sling shot, he made his way to the top of the hill where Goliath stood opposite him. Goliath looked up and saw David standing there staring at him. He roared. “What am I a dog that you send a young pup out to fight me? My sword weighs 25kilos, I have on a suit of armour that weighs 600 shekels, I have on a helmet and I also have a shield bearer, and you want to fight me boy? Come here and I will kill you and feed your body to the birds and wild animals.”
But David stood his ground and looked at Goliath and shouted back, “You come to me with your sword and spear, but you have mocked the Lord God of Israel. And this day, he will have your head from off your shoulders because of your mockery of Him and who He is.” So saying this, David began to run down the hill and across the valley towards Goliath. As he ran he was yelling out, “I come to you in the name of the Lord of Hosts, the Lord God of Israel, and you will die this day, your head will be cut off because of your mockery and challenging the God I serve.”
Muttering curses and revenge on such a young pup, Goliath began his lumbering footsteps towards this one who thought he could kill him. David’s hand went to his pouch and his fingers curled around one of those smooth stones, and swiftly placed it in the sling shot. Then raising his arm he began to whiz the sling shot around and around his head, every turn gave the sling shot and the stone it held more velocity. When Goliath was drawing near to him, he let the stone loose from the sling shot and it flew through the air silent and deadly. Its aim was perfect and found its target. Somehow God directed that little stone to find its mark on Goliath’s forehead. In spite of his helmet, that smooth stone from the brook brought down the giant of the Philistine army and knocked him out. Goliath fell to the ground with a thud and the clanking of his bronze breastplate.
Young David, without wasting a moment, ran over to him and pulled the sword from Goliath’s belt and with one foot on the giant’s chest, He drew back the sword and raised it high, then with all his might, he brought it down onto Goliaths neck severing his head from his body. The Word of the Lord had been fulfilled. Reaching down, David lifted the bloody head high for all to see then pandemonium was brought forth. The Philistines could not believe their giant was dead and began to run in fear. The Israelites could hardly believe what young David had done, and hurriedly picking up weapons gave chase to their beaten enemy.
Well, this upset King Saul. He was glad that the Philistines had been beaten in war, he was glad that the giant Goliath was dead, he was glad that Israel had chased the Philistines and killed many and he was certainly glad to plunder the Philistine camp and take all their horses, and food and possessions. He was glad all the way back to his palace. He was glad when he entered the city of his palace and heard the women and girls singing praises to God for Saul killing his thousands, but he was not glad when he heard them singing that David had killed his tens of thousands. Saul was very angry and wanted to kill David. But that’s another story! In the lives that we live today, we too face giants. What kind of giants do we face? Chaplain Carla Evans
Personalised Road Map
The Bible says before you were born: "Every day of your life was recorded...Every moment laid out before a single day had passed.' Psalm 139:16NLT)
God personalised a roadmap for your life 'in conformity with His will." (Eph 1:11NIV.) And its your job to discover it and walk within its confines.
Terry Nance says; "You may know your ultimate destination, but need guidance on how to get there. First and foremost, "God's Word is a lamp for your feet and a light for your path." (Psalm 119:105) He sees the big picture, the shortcuts and pitfalls.
Don't look for external guidance...the Holy Spirit lives inside you, and its from within that you will get the inside track." Meditate on these Scriptures and make them personal prayers: "God has made us what we are...to do good works, which He planned in advance for us to live our lives doing." (Eph 2:10NCV) "The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives (Psalm 37;23NLT.) You clear the way for me and now I won't stumble. (Psalm 18:36 NLT.) "Behind you a voice will say, "This is the way, you should go, whether to the right or left (Isa30:21NLT.)
At the end of his life Paul could say, "I have fought the good fight and I have finished the course, I have kept the faith." (2 Tim. 4:7) Notice sometimes Paul had to 'fight' to stay on course, but by God's grace he made it - and so will you!
The Word for Today
INSTEAD OF JUDGING PEOPLE, LET'S LOVETHEM.
You can work alongside and pray for someone who's having an extramarital affair, without having one yourself. Remember, you were a sinner before you were saved by the grace of God, so act with humility and don't fall into the trap of self-righteousness.
As Merv Rosell says, "When God forgives, He consigns the offence to everlasting forgetfulness." So show grace when you encounter somebody whose lifestyle makes you uncomfortable. Learn as much as possible about them, and allow your interactions to dispel any preconceptions and prejudices. See them as hurting individuals loved by God - people who need the same grace you receive. When you love the unlovely, you're just doing what God did for you.
Just because somebody's 'different' doesn't mean you should dismiss them or consider them inferior. You don't want to be judged or demeaned because of your colour, culture or countenance, so don't do it to theirs! Because the Bible is clear about not emulating others in their sinful practices, we can be tempted to think we're better than they are. That's the sin of pride! Sometimes we think if we love and accept certain people, we're condoning their sin. No, the truth lies in remaining respectful, and accepting others the way Jesus did.
Whether it was racial differences (Samaritans), lifestyle differences, (the five times divorced woman at the well,) or class differences (Nicodemus). Jesus loved and accepted people as they were, while inspiring them to a higher standard. Bob Gaff
The Peace Process
One of the last things Jesus told His disciples before leaving this world was, "In this world you will have trouble" (John 16:33NIV) And He was right, wasn't He? We all experience stress, occupational demands, deadlines, expectations, personal pressures ganging up on us and constantly trying to rob us of the peace we desperately desire. No one is immune to stress, frustration and the feeling that we're on the 'autobahn of life.'
What is all this but the absence of peace? And the answer can't be found in a pill, a possession or a pleasure. All those things wear off or wear out. The Bible talks about three different kinds of peace. Lets look at them:
1.Peace with others. "As far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone." Romans 12:18NIV. This is external peace, and its necessary for human relationships to flourish.
2. Peace with yourself. "Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts." (Col.3:15NIV) This is internal peace, a rest of mind and soul that escapes most of us.
3. Peace with God. "Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." (Romans 5:1 NIV) This is eternal peace, and it comes from knowing you've a right relationship with God. So here's how it works; when you're at peace with God you'll be at peace with yourself, and when you're at peace with yourself you'll be at peace with others. That in a nutshell, is the peace process!
God says that He will never leave us nor forsake us. We live in a world of chaos, violence, aggression, hurt, anger and hatred. Where one nation rises up against another, when violence is a way of life for some people and where hatred and bitterness is harboured and seeks a way of revenge.
A world of children disobeying their parents, when fathers leave their wives, wives leave their husbands, married people have affairs, where governments are in chaos with no true leader amongst them. If there is a leader, they are hell bent on their own path without fear of God or favour of man except if that man can further their cause.
We live in a world of mistrust where an honourable man, integrity and faithfulness are hard to find. A handshake is no longer a commitment of a promise and where a word agreed upon can easily be broken. In some, hopelessness abounds. There is no vision of being able to escape their situation and it seems that no one cares for them anyway.
All these things are mentioned in the Word of God. (Mark 13) They are prophesied to happen before the return of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the World, the Son of God our Creator.
BUT the Word of God says that Jesus is returning for a perfect church (our bodies are the Temple of the Hoy Spirit, not buildings, not cathedrals, not synagogues or mosques, you and I are the church of Jesus.) So before Jesus returns, it would be pretty safe to assume that somehow, the Holy Spirit of God, who initially brooded over the earth (Gen 1) will once again, by the power of God and the agreed Word of Jesus, move on the hearts of mankind and change our stinking thinking.
For He is not coming for a weak church, but one without spot, wrinkle or blemish the Word says. Ephesians 5:27
Don’t ask me how He will do this, I don’t know, but it will be something wonderful, far passing our understanding of things. We cannot put God in a box. I trust His Word, and if He says He will do it, He will do it. So, please don’t give up hope in these days. Instead, look to Jesus, draw close to Him. He has never yet broken a promise or gone back on His Word. He is a God of honour and integrity. He has made a covenant promise with us, to be with us always, even unto the end of the world.
Chaplain Carla Evans
A teacher gave her students an essay to write, the topic was “I WISH....”
She was stunned by the results. Instead of wishing for a dog or an ipad, the children’s essays were filled with, “I wish my mum and dad did not fight.” “I wish I only had one mum and one dad.” “I wish my dad would live with us.”
How very sad that our children of today, apart from living with the stresses of this world, cannot find peace or security or comfort at home. What has happened? I am not going to apologise in what I am about to say. What has happened is that we, the people of this world, have forgotten, have turned away from, have rebelled against our God who created us. The God of peace and harmony, of comfort and joy; all those things that are missing from our lives.
The bible says there is a very active thief, murderer, deceiving, violent aggressor let loose in this world and he is known as Satan. If a person who is not walking with the understanding and knowledge and acceptance and power of Christ in their lives through the Word of God, they are an open target for this evil. For the bible itself says that Satan goes around like a roaring lion seeking whom He may devour. (1 Peter 5:8)
Lets encourage each other to bring peace and comfort into our children’ s and indeed our own lives, by introducing them/us to Jesus, the Saviour of the World. John 3:16
For God is a God of peace, and it is note His will than anyone should perish. 1 Peter 3:9
- Subject: Ain't
AIN'T He was just a little boy, On a week's first day. Wandering home from Bible school, And dawdling on the way. He scuffed his shoes into the grass;He even found a caterpillar. He found a fluffy milkweed pod,And blew out all the 'filler.' A bird's nest in a tree overhead,So wisely placed up so high. Was just another wonder, That caught his eager eye. A neighbor watched his zig zag course,And hailed him from the lawn; Asked him where he'd been that dayAnd what was going on. "I've been to Bible School," He said and turned a piece of sod.He picked up a wiggly worm replying,"I've learned a lot 'bout God." "M'mm, very fine way," the neighbor said,"for a boy to spend his time. If you'll tell me where God is,I'll give you a brand new dime." Quick as a flash the answer came!Nor were his accents faint. "I'll give you a dollar, Mister,If you can tell me where God ain't." Author Unknow
C.S. Lewis said: "God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our sadness and shouts to us in our pain.”
When life is bopping along and we are quite comfortable, the voice of God penetrates our minds in a whisper. We are not really listening for Him, our lives are on easy street, pleasures abound, we are comfortable. Why do we need God?
God speaks to us in our sadness. Yes He is there to comfort our hearts in sadness, if we have been walking our life with Him, we can hear Him speak to us quite clearly for we recognise His voice.
But in our pain, God shouts to us. Why does He shout? Because pain is alive, real, present, active and deafens all other sounds. That’s why He shouts to us in our pain. His voice overcomes the power of pain in our lives.
However, the Psalmist goes onto say that if we hear His voice, that we be careful not to harden our hearts towards Him, the One who is speaking to us, as this leads to rebellion. To block out the voice of the One who loves us unconditionally is going to lead us into further trouble.
Today, if God is speaking to you, if God is whispering to you, if God is shouting to you, what are you going to do? Stop, listen and be comforted, or harden your heart and say to yourself, you don’t need God?
Look at the world around you, can we honestly say we don’t need God?
PREPARE YE THE WAY
Matthew 2:3 NKJV
There was a man named John, and he was known as John the Baptiser because as he stood by the waters of the Jordon River, he would yell out to people, “Prepare ye the way of the Lord” He was rough and ready, dressed in camel skin clothing, with a leather belt tied around his waist, he ate locusts and wild honey and believe it or not, he was a cousin to Jesus the Christ, of Nazareth.
John the Baptiser would call out to the people and say things like, “I am a voice in the wilderness, crying out to you. Prepare ye the way of the Lord: Make his paths straight.” He was quoting what the prophet Isaiah from the Old Testament, was saying in the days of the Kings of Israel. It was the heart of God, warning His people to get themselves ready for the coming of the promised Messiah.
Prepare yourselves, get ready, repent of your sins, make your crooked paths straight, be honourable, for the Lord your God will soon be here. Today as we see the world going crazy around us, when we see greed, aggression, murder, theft, violence and absolutely needless taking of other people’s lives and property, do we need to hear those words again?
Yes we do. For the people of today have forsaken the God of our youth, we have forsaken the teachings of those who were Godly minded, we are ignoring the voice of those who speak common sense and sound mindedness. We are choosing, yes choosing , to ignore the way of better morals and principles, respect for each other and ourselves, we do not value life as we used to.
Why is that? Because we have taken God out of our equation. We think foolishly, we can make this world better all by ourselves with our man-made rules and regulations and knowledge. Not gonna happen folks! Why not? Because we are ‘stiff necked and rebellious that’s why.
PREPARE YOU THE WAY OF TH ELORD. HE IS RETURNING SOON, GET YOUR LIVES TOGETHER, TURN BACK TO THE GOD OF OUR CREATOR, BOW BEFEORE HIM, HUMBLE OURSELVES, FOR HE IS COMING SOON. HE IS GOING TO RIDE ON THE CHARIOTS OF FIRE AS QUOTED IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION, AND HE IS COMING WITH HIS HOSTS OF ANGELS TO RESTORE THIS MIXED UP DYING WORLD TO ITS ORIGINAL STATE. Are we ready? How do we prepare ourselves? On our knees before our Maker. Repenting of our sins of life. Holding up our hands in praise and worship to our soon coming King. These are not my words, but the words of this John the Baptiser. Repent everyone of you for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”
Mark 2:3 NKJV
Some people have to be ‘carried’ to Jesus because they can’t get to Him by themselves. Like the man in the story they are paralysed.
Paralysed by what? Paralysed by an out-of-control behaviour. Paralysed by a belief system that tells you you’re too sinful for God to ever love and redeem you. Paralysed by the memory of something that happened in your childhood and now you’re afraid to talk about it. Paralysed by an addiction to illegal substances, prescription drugs, gambling, pornography, alcohol, work or money. Whatever your addiction – one thing is for sure – its paralysing.
You can be paralysed by fear, anxiety, depression, a bottomed-out sense of self-worth, or a nightmarish childhood of neglect and abuse. On the other hand, you can be a self-made man or woman paralysed by success, materialism, greed, self-absorption – not acknowledging any need in your life for God.
Is any of this hitting close to home? Jesus began His ministry with these words; ’The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.’ (Luke 4:18-19 NKJV) The New Living Translation of the Bible paraphrases the latter part of verse 19 by saying, ‘the time of the Lord’s favour has come.’ Here’s the good news! Life may not always have been good to you, but God’s grace and smile of favour can change all of that – starting today!
KNOWING IT ALL!
his is the transcript of an actual radio conversation of a naval ship with authorities off the coast in October, 1995. Radio conversation released by the Chief of Naval Operation 10-10-95
1st vessel : Please divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a collision.
response: Recommend you divert YOUR course 15 degrees to the South to avoid collision.
1st vessel: This is the Captain of a US Navy Ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.
response: No...I say again, you divert YOUR course.
1st vessel: THIS IS AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER , THE SECOND LARGEST SHIP IN OUR WHOLE FLEET. WE ARE ACCOMPANIED BY THREE DESTROYERS, THREE CRUISERS, AND NUMEROUS SUPPORT VESSELS. I DEMAND THAT YOU CHANGE YOUR COURSE 15 DEGREES NORTH, THAT'S ONE FIVE DEGREES NORTH, OR COUNTER-MEASURES WILL BE UNDERTAKEN TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THIS SHIP.
Response: This is a lighthouse.... Divert YOUR course.
Sometimes we think we know everything in this world and that allows us to become arrogant and self sufficient. But God wants us to rely on Him. He is our strength, He is the one who put breath into our body and breathed life into us. Let us walk humbly with Him, being grateful for the blessings He gives us.
“Is it nothing to you, all who pass by?”
It’s said that there was once a railway controller called John Griffin. His responsibility was for a drawbridge over the Mississippi River. One day he took his young son to work with him. After putting the massive drawbridge up, Griffin was eating lunch when suddenly he heard the whistle of the Memphis Express roaring towards the crossing. Leaping from the observation deck, he ran to throw the control switch.
Glancing down, his heart stopped! His son had fallen into the gears, trapping his leg in the cogs. Desperately he tried to devise a rescue plan, but there was not time. His son was down there – but there were four hundred passengers on the train! Griffin knew what he had to do. Burying his face in his arm, he pushed the master switch just in time to lower the bridge into place as the train thundered across.
Then raising his head he looked into the passing windows with tear-filled eyes. There were businessmen casually reading the newspaper, ladies sipping coffee, and children eating ice cream. Nobody even looked at the control house or glanced down at the great gearbox. In agony Griffin cried out, “I sacrificed my son for you people. Don’t you care?” But as the train rushed by, nobody heard the anguished father’s words.
On this Good Friday, s we consider the cross where God sacrificed His Son for each of us, He’s asking: “Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by?” The question becomes; “What shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” (Matt. 27:22NKJV) There is only one right answer to that question: “Today, I accept You as my Saviour and my Lord.”
EASTER OR RESURRECTION SUNDAY?
The name Easter comes from a pagan figure called Eastre (or Eostre) who was celebrated as the goddess of spring by the Saxons of Northern Europe. A festival called Eastre was held during the spring equinox by these people to honor her. The goddess Eastre’s earthly symbol was the rabbit, which was also known as a symbol of fertility. Originally, there were some very pagan (and sometimes utterly evil) practices that went along with the celebration. Today, Easter is almost a completely commercialized holiday, with all the focus on Easter eggs and the Easter bunny being remnants of the goddess worship.
HOWEVER Resurrection Sunday has an entirely different origin.
The Resurrection is the recounting of the day Jesus rose from the dead three days after being crucified by the Jewish Sanhedrin. His birth and death were prophesied or foretold 680 years before He was born. (Isaiah 49,53,54.)
Resurrection Sunday is based on truth. Easter Sunday is based on idolatry. The prophet Isaiah foretold that the Son of God, Jesus, would be born of a virgin, Mary, and would break the chains of darkness on those who believe in Him. Jesus would by His death, open up the doors of health, wholeness, life and blessings. No longer would any person have to go through a priest to have communication with God, rather Jesus’ death enables us to have a one on One relationship with Him all the time.
Jesus was the Lamb of God who offered Himself as the true Passover sacrifice for the sins of the world, (John 1:29), and as I said, His death fulfilled the prophet Isaiah’s words.
When the Romans were in power, Christians and Pagans celebrated the Resurrection and Easter at the same time and gradually they became combined. So the true meaning of Resurrection Sunday has become confused when death is swallowed up by the hunt for Easter eggs, the symbol of fertility.
I wonder how Jesus feels about this?
Thank you Jesus for being a living sacrifice for us.
Chaplain Carla Evans
You figure this one out.
What would have happened had Moses tried to figure out all that was needed to accomplish God’s command? One of the biggest mathematical miracles in the world would be required in the desert. Now that Moses had led the people of Israel to the desert, what was he going to do with them?
Oh yes, they would have needed water. If they only had enough to drink and wash a few dishes, it would have taken 11,000,000 gallons (41,638 litres) each day, enough water to fill a freight train 1,800 miles (2897km) long. And then another thing! They had to get across the Red Sea in one night. Now if they went on a narrow path, double file, the land would be 800 miles (1287km) long and would require 35 days and nights to get through. So there had to be a space in the Red Sea 3 miles (4.8km) wide, so they could walk 5,000 abreast to get over in one night.
Think about this: Every time they camped at the end of the day, a campground two-thirds the size of the State of Rhode Island was required, a total of 750 square miles (1944 square km). Do you think Moses figured all this out before he left? I think not. You see, Moses believed in God. He had faith that God was going to take care of these things for him Let us take courage: we have the same God. We think our problems are so big. Remember what God can do! Just team up with God, and your problems will be in His care. Let Him run your life, and as the old song says, “He will take care of you.” Author unknown.
IS SUICIDE THE UNFORGIVEABLE SIN?
Mark 3:28,29 Ryrie Study bible
Many of us are taught that suicide is the unpardondable sin, the sin of all sins. In days gone by if a person did such a thing, in some religious circles, the priest would not conduct their burial service and the deceased was not buried in the local cemetery.
Families would suffer shame as well as carrying the grief of their departed family member. The deceased name was not mentioned and if they could have been wiped from family records, they would have been.
Today, because of war service or other PTSD pressures, suicide for some, is the only way to escape living with such pain and torment. Of course, for those who are left to carry the burden of living alone without their husband/partner/friend/relative, the grief cannot be measured. Words like, “If I’d only....” Or “If they had only....” or “If I’d been there.” Followed by the big question, “WHY?”
Suicide is a personal decision. Sometimes it’s well thought out and at other times it is a spontaneous event that is driven by a spurt of anger, bitterness, revenge or hurt.
Can we judge a person who sadly does commit suicide? We have not walked in their shoes, we don’t know what they are thinking or experiencing a lot of times. We can guess, we can surmise or presume, we can try and talk to them, we can do lots of things, but the thing we cannot do is stop them when they are determined to commit suicide.
So is suicide a sin that God cannot forgive? No its not. The only unpardonable sin in the Word of God is spoken of in Mark’s gospel, chapter 3 v 28,29. “ASSURDELY I TELL YOU, ALL SINS WILL BE FORGIVEN THE SONS OF MEN, AND WHATEVER BLASPHEMIES THEY MAY UTTER. BUT HE WHO BLASPHEMES AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT NEVER HAS FORGIVENESS, BUT IS SUBJECT TO ETERNAL CONDEMNATION.”
What is blaspheming the Holy Spirit? Simply put it means that those who accused Jesus Christ of being demon-possessed instead of Spirit-filled when He healed those who clamoured for such healing of their physical bodies, such as the Pharasees did when Jesus walked this earth, were guilty of blaspheming the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity: God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit. Today, we need to be very careful in how we judge a life changing event in a person’s life when they choose to leave the dark path of this world and choose rather the path of Light: God’s path and call themselves Christians. It would be attributing the miracle of a redeemed person’s changed life to Satan’s power rather than to the effects of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
So please be very careful in what you say to your friend’s if they should have an encounter with the Holy Spirit whose job it is to lead people to Jesus Christ. Selah; which means, pause and think on that.
So is suicide the unpardonable sin? Not by what is written in the Word of God. And the Word of God cannot lie.
Chaplain Carla Evans
This is pretty strange or odd how it works out this way! Even if you ar enot religious, you should read this.
THE CENTRE OF THE BIBLE
What is the shortest chapter in the Bible? Psalm 117
What is the longest chapter in the Bible? Psalm 119
Which chapter is the centre of the Bible? Psalm 118
FACT: There are 594 chapters before Psalm 118
There are 594 chapters after Psalm 118
ADD these numbers up and you get 1188
What is the centre verse in the Bible? Psalm 118:8
Does this verse say something significant about God's perfect will for our lives?
The next time someone says they would like to find God's perfect will for their lives and that they want to be in the centre of His will, just send them to the centre of His Word!
Psalm 118:8 (NKJV) "It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
Chaplain Carla Evans
I was recently painting some rooms in our house. The blinds and curtains had been removed and strong sunshine filled the rooms making it very difficult to paint because of the shadows that played on the walls.
After an hour or two of wrestling with this problem, I realised it would be wiser to paint when the sun had changed direction! For all you people that paint frequently, to wait patiently for the sun to move would be common sense I am sure! Before I stopped painting though, I had a little chat with the Lord; “Shadows, Father, what part do they play in our life?”
I was awed by His response. I sensed His answer was this; The Master Painter, (God Himself), comes to paint over our past to make things fresh and clean, bright and beautiful. But as He paints, the shadows of our past come and try to upset the flow of the brush, to ensure some parts are not painted over, or if they are, they are mottled and cloudy. But the perseverance and patience of our Lord and Saviour keeps on with His painting. He perseveres until the walls of our life, the doors of our hearts, the windows of our souls are all covered with fresh paint and what is underneath the old coat, is covered and done away with. The scratches of wrong relationships, the marks of anger and grief, the stains of wrong living, they are all covered under the new coat of His paint.
1 Peter 1:2 says: GOD THE FATHER KNEW YOU AND CHOSE YOU LONG AGO AND HIS SPIRIT HAS MADE YOU HOLY. AS A RESULT YOU HAVE OBEYED HIM AND HAVE BEEN CLEANSED BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST.
1 John 1:7 BUT IF WE ARE LIVING IN THE LIGHT, AS GOD IS IN THE LIGHT, THEN WE HAVE FELLOWSHIP W ITH EACH OTHER, AND THE BLOOD OF JESUS, HIS SON, CLEANSES US FROM ALL SIN.
Don’t let the shadows of your life plague you any longer. Be washed in the blood of the Lamb, be painted over with the strokes of His paint, and find cleansing and wholeness in Jesus.
Chaplain Carla Evans
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!
A brand new year! One which has not been marred yet! May this year be one of new beginnings for you. May it be a year of fulfillment and creativity, joy and quiet confidence in whatever you put your hand to. (That is for blessing people!)
More importantly, may this be the year where you find and discover for yourselves that there is a God in heaven who loves you unconditionally. Who is waiting to bless you, nurture you, comfort and guide you when you call on His Name. What is His Name? It is Jesus Christ of Nazareth, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, our Redeemer and Saviour and most important, our soon coming Messiah.
When He returns to this earth again, it will not be as a small baby and we wait for Him to mature to 30 years of age before His powers of Light can be seen breaking the chains of darkness. Rather, He will come heralded by magnificent angels sounding trumpets at His approach. He will be surrounded by the great Cloud of Witnesses, the saints of the past and all mankind will see Him in His glory. The mouths of the mockers and the scoffers will cease and every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. AMEN!
Have a good year everyone.
Chaplain Carla Evans
THE REASON FOR THE SEASON.
Luke chapter 1.
The nativity scene is portrayed around the western world for this season of the year. Music blares, carols are sung, and people go on a shopping frenzy. But let’s step aside for a minute and take a closer look at the people involved in the biblical narrative of the birth of Jesus.
First we have Mary, a young virgin. Innocent in her young womanly way. She must have been a very special and loved person by those who knew her. She must have been of trusting nature because when the angel of God came and spoke to her, she did not, after reminding him she had no husband, accepted his words that were prophetic for her life and responded so simply; “Let it be to me as according to your word.” She must also have been familiar with the scriptures of the day to understand what the angel was saying to her about the forthcoming Messiah.
Plus this fact: God Himself must have trusted her to have the seed of His most precious Son placed within her and to be a custodian of Jesus in his informative years.
Next we have Joseph, who married Mary He was a carpenter, a descendant of King David. His family line was once rich and prosperous, now the man Joseph, son of David, was a humble carpenter. Yet within his veins rang the blood of his forefather, King David. He too did not hesitate when he was told by the angel of God to marry Mary for the child she was carrying would be the Saviour of the world. He believed the angel that appeared to him, and did not hesitate to obey his words.
Next we have the shepherds who were watching their flocks on the hills of Bethlehem on that night. Shepherds were considered to be the lowest of the working force in Israel. They smelt of the sheep they cared for, they wandered alone on the hills of Bethlehem searching for the food needed for their sheep. They were the lowest of the work force, yet their labours were needed to ensure that lambs and sheep were available for the sacrifices of people’s sin when they made their annual pilgrimage to the temple in Jerusalem, they were outcasts, yet important to the spiritual life of the Israeli people.
Then we have the Wise men who traveled across plains and deserts following the star that had appeared in the night sky. They were learned, intelligent and excited men. They knew this star was special. They had learned because of their teachings, that the Messiah, the Saviour of the World had been promised in the book of Isaiah. They came seeking for the Messiah, bringing with them precious ointments and valuable gifts to the One whom Isaiah the prophet had said was coming.
Then of course we have Jesus. The Son of God, the heart of God, coming to be born in a manger in a cattle barn. What a change for Him! He left a place of love and peace, harmony and joy and was born into man’s world of hate, anger and despair, violence and aggression. He left purity and love and came to dwell among evil and pain.
He came to save mankind from all of this darkness and to bring us into His glorious light and love and peace. Jesus is the Saviour of the World, this world cannot be saved form itself by its own power or workings. Mankind’s heart is full of darkness, but when we turn to this man Jesus, we can be changed.
This baby born in a manger, growing up under the care of a carpenter and Mary his mother, hidden from the eyes of those who would kill him as a baby, growing to confound the Scribes and the Pharisees of his day, and as a mature man, brutally killed and sacrificed for those whom He came to save. He rose from death after preaching to those who had died without the knowledge of Himself, then taking the keys of death and hell from the arch enemy of mankind, Satan, and gave us the liberty to walk in grace and mercy. He gave to us the right, if we possess it, to come straight to the Throne Room of His father and our heavenly Father, God. For the curtain in the Temple of Jerusalem at the time of Jesus crucifixion was torn from TOP to BOTTOM, by the hand of God Himself, opening up to mankind God's availability to us, one on one. No longer do we need a High Priest to stand and intercede for us, Jesus is our High Priest and our sacrifice, once and for all, for the sins of mankind.
Let’s get the reason for the season. Let’s not worship the baby Jesus, lets worship and thank the Man Jesus, the Son of God Jesus, and reach out to Him, as He prepares once more to come back to this earth to bring restoration and fulfillment of His Father’s plan for this earth.
Carla Evans Chaplain
Are you away from home this Christmas and New Year period?
Are you feeling fragile because of previous deployments?
Has your family moved away, or have you moved away from your family?
Perhaps you don't have a family and you are alone?
Email me, have a chat. You might be lonely, but you are not alone.
God bless and keep you. Keep safe, remember there are people praying for you.
And please remember this, if God so loved you, the individual, that He sent His only Son Jesus, to die for you in a horrific death, don't you think His eye is upon you at this moment?
His Son's life, given for yours. Jesus was born on what the world knows as Christmas day, He lived to bring hope for humanity, and He died to fulfill payment for our sins. We no longer are legally bound by the chains of death and hell. Rejoice! Life is yours for the asking! What a gift to receive, a gift far greater than socks, jocks or perfume!
Love you all in Jesus
FOR UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN AND UNTO US A SON IS GIVEN. THE GOVERNMENT SHALL BE UPON HIS SHOULDERS AND HIS NAME WILL BE CALLED WONDERFUL, COUNSELOR, MIGHTY GOD, EVERLASTING FATHER AND PRINCE OF PEACE.
ISAIAH. 9.6 NKJ
LETTER TO ALL VETERANS
This is the time when families write long letters to each other and reminisce of all that has happened during the year and share thoughts and feelings with each other.
Well here I am to do just that! It has been a year of much turmoil world wise. Bombings, cruelty, aggression and violence. This is sadly far from what God had originally intended for His creation isn't it? So I ask myself who stuffed up? God didn't because He is full of love and peace, so it must be mankind - right? So I ask myself who or what is it that makes mankind behave in such a manner? The lust for power? Greed for money? The giving over of one's mental thinking to a force so evil and violent that no matter how many lives are taken, no matter how much blood is spilled, it is still not enough?
Anyway, lets not dwell on that stuff for now. May I wish you all a very safe, happy and memorial Christmas? May this season be filled with love for one another, and the desire to do good to one another. May you walk in the understanding that Jesus was born, (not on December 25th, but this is the day the World rejoices in His birth), and that His desire is that you get to know Him in a personal way.
May he fill you with peace, patience, grace and mercy. May you be able to reach out to those who need your forgiveness and apply that forgiveness, may you ';mend the fences' that may have been broken during this year. May you be blessed in your finances, in your health and in your family.
In this new year approaching, as we see perhaps more calamities, may your strength come from Him who is strength to those who call on Him. May fear be far from your door. May you be blessed with provisions, a place to sleep, food to eat and water to drink. May you always be willing to lend a hand to those less fortunate than yourself and finally, may your hand be in the Hand of the One continually who cares and loves you like no one else can.
Thank you for walking with me this year. My prayers and thoughts are towards you.
Chaplain Carla Evans
Our thoughts and prayers and heartfelt compassion go towards those men and women and children living in France at this time. So too to those innocent people living in Syria and other places of radical violence and aggression. God, your eye can see all things, ,and you are a Just God. We rest in that knowing that You, the God of all the earth, will do what is right in Your time.
Please be with those men and women who are fighting in a war situation right now. Keep your eye upon them, and Your hand of protection upon them. In Jesus Name. Amen
Watchmen on the Wall.
Who are Watchmen on the Wall? They are men or women who keep an eye out for the approach of the enemy. These days technology is far different from the times when men walked up and down or around the high walls or parapets of a castle.Their astuteness and sharp observations could warn the men of the castle that an attack was imminent and preparations could be made.
What would have happened if the Lord of the castle refused to listen to the watchmen on the wall? What happened if he had scoffed, mocked and didn’t believe what they were saying?How foolish, stupid and careless he would have been!
Today we live in perilous times. But we still have Watchmen on the Wall. In fact you could be one of them! Ever asked yourself, “What is the world coming to?” “Where is all the violence, anger and aggression coming from?”You have observed the world is not as it should be. You are a type of Watchman.
There is another Watchman though. It is the written Word of God. It states that in the last days of this world perilous times would come. Nation would rage against other nations, fires, plagues, earthquakes, signs in the heavens above and the earth beneath are all recorded by this Watchman.
He continues to say, “Look up because your redemption is coming close.”
In other words, Jesus is going to come for a second time onto this planet earth, and reap the rewards of His crucifixion: You and me who are believers in Him. Check out Mark 13.
Its not all gloom and doom however. For the bible says that Jesus is coming for a victorious church, without spot, wrinkle or blemish. Before He comes again, us, His Church, the believers, will be changed in the ‘twinkling of an eye’ the bible states.
The watchmen on the wall can read the signs of the times. Jesus is coming again to put all evil and pain and suffering away. In its place will be peace and the “lion shall lay down with the lamb.” And “they shall make their weapons of war into ploughshares.” Peace will reign, for that is one of the names of Jesus, He is the Prince of Peace.
Blessings, and peace and Joy be your portion in God, the Creator of all the Universe.
MARRIAGE AND THE BLOOD OF THE MARTYRS
You looked across a crowded room and your eyes locked on the one you knew would be your future partner/spouse, it seemed a flash of lightning hit you and you just knew she was the one. Or you saw that DDG(drop dead gorgeous) bloke and went weak at the knees?
What was it that attracted you to the ‘other half’ of you?
After asking some friends on what attracted them to their spouse/partner, the answer was surprising. Instinct hit the number one spot, followed by friendship and lust. (All needed to make a good lasting relationship.)But are those three areas strong enough to ride the waterfalls, the valleys and earthquakes of life? Yep, easy to cruise when the mountain top experiences are bountiful. But when things get tough, is your relationship strong enough to stay the course?
Putting the scripture in another way of speaking, Jesus said to us, “Will you marry me?” “Will you allow me to care for you, to love you unconditionally, to provide for you, to protect you?”
Down through time, so many who answered positively and became known as Christians, when the times got tough, have reneged on their marriage contract. When the valleys came, when the dark storms of life hit, they did not hold onto their Bridegroom, they somehow could not hold onto His promise of care through the valleys and storms. Yet, because of His great love for us as His Bride, He has not given up on us. He is crying out for us to return to Him, our first love, and once more, He will come and live within us and have a relationship with us.
There have been others, who believed with their whole hearts and surrendered their fears and doubts to the One who called them and asked them to be His. They believed so strongly that when the sword or bullet of death hovered over them, waiting for that denial of loving their Heavenly Bridegroom, they trusted to their very last breath in the One who loved them. Rev. 12:11
Where are they now, those who chose death rather than denial? They are in the presence of the One who loved them so dearly. Their blood that was spilt on this earth, is crying up from the ground. (Gen 4:10) And the God whom they loved and served, is a God of justice. A Bridegroom who loves His bride (us) so passionately and who laid down His life for us at the crucifixion. He is the One who will not allow the abuse of His bride to last forever. The day of reckoning is coming.
A trumpet will blow, and with a shout and a mighty host of angelic beings, our Bridegroom will return to earth once more, and then every knee shall bow at His majestic awesomeness. There will be no more weeping, no more pain, no more wars. Peace will reign; for Jesus is the Prince of Peace.(Rev. 21:4)
Jesus is saying to you, “Come, will you be my Bride?”
Chaplain Carla Evans.
THE POWER TO CHANGE
We go to seminars and conferences looking for a painless cure by which our lives can be zapped and changed. We go on diets. We join health clubs and our enthusiasm runs strong for about two weeks. Then we fall back into the same old rut. We don’t change. We read self-help books, but the problem with self-help books is that they tell us what to do but can’t give us the power to do it.
We are told things like: “Get rid of all your bad habits. Be positive; don’t be negative”. But how?
Where do we get the power to change? The Greek word for ‘power’ dunamis, is used in the New Testament to describe the most powerful event that ever happened – the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. And that resurrection power is available to change your life today.
The most important thing in life is knowing Christ and experiencing the power of His resurrection. Paul writes “I want to know Christ... to know the power of His resurrection (Philippians 3:10NIV) Again he writes, “I pray you will begin to understand how incredibly great His power is to help those who believe in Him. It is that same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead....’ (Ephesians 1:19,20)
This Greek word for ‘power’ dunamis, can be understood in two ways;
1. dynamite; which is an explosive force, or
2. dunamo, which is a constant flow of power.
And in Christ, you have both. Through Him you can break the chains that bind you and the limits that constrain you, and walk victoriously in His power today.
It is the commencement of spring time where I live.
After the rains, cold winds, low winter temperatures and the darkness of the long days, it is so good to walk outside and feel the warmth of the sun on one’s skin. The bees are buzzing, the birds are nesting and the growth in the garden is phenomenal.
HOWEVER with the spring comes new growth, especially the weeds! It seems that it takes only a blink of the eye and the weeds are thriving healthier than the planted shrubs and flowers. Last week, I was digging over the earth to loosen the roots of these unwelcome weeds when a mother magpie flew in and standing a short distance away, she watched and waited. Her beady eye soon found tasty morsels in the up turned soil. With a filled beak and a flap of her wings, she flew off to her nest to feed her young.
The magpies are known to swoop people during nesting time, but this mother magpie was quite content to let me work while she reaped the benefits for her family!
I wondered how many of us experience the long, cold dark winter in our lives? How many of us would just like to lay in bed, with our heads under the pillow and not surface to face whatever is going on around us. Without the bad times in life, how would we learn to appreciate the good times? Without the coldness through lack of friends or some other reason, how would we experience the warmth of love? Problems may seem to overwhelm us at times, but do you know what? The sun will still rise on the morrow, life will still go on.
There is a season to everything. A time to be born, a time to die, a time to laugh and a time to cry, a time to weep and a time to mourn. (Ecclesiastes 3)
Hold on, please be assured that the winter season in your life will soon give way to spring. Encouragement will come if you look for it. (Seek and you will find Matt.7:7) Hope will spring new (1 Tim 1:1)
May your lives be filled with hope, be encouraged, be blessed, turn your face towards the sun (Son of God), open the windows of your house (physical body) and let the spring winds come and bring a cleansing, carrying with them the smells of the blossoms of the trees and flowers. (The perfumes of peace and love and well being).
The weeds of life will be there, waiting to be pulled out when you are ready to face and deal with them.
Chaplain Carla Evans
“And God said, ‘Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. Let them govern the fish of the sea, the birds of the air and over the cattle, all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. So God created man in His Own image, in the image of God He created them, male and female He created them.”
So whose DNA do we carry? That DNA is used to help prove paternity rights, ancestry and has also been used in crime scenes. DNA connects us to those who lived years before we were born and our DNA will connect us to future generations. Absolutely amazing when you think that by a swab taken from our mouths, our history, us, the person, the you and I, are revealed and connected in the dots of life to other people.
Spiritually speaking, we carry the DNA of God within us. How amazing is that? God when He breathed His life into us, made us alive! Gen.2:7 says: “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being.”
God, by giving us the breath of life and forming us in His own likeness became our Heavenly Father. He ‘birthed’ us. He breathed into us. He loves us. He cares for us, He protects us. Yet some can say, “Well He doesn’t do that for me!” Which of us, as parents, have not wanted to hear our children ask for something before we give it to them?
Is God any different? We are His created children, He wants us to ask for His help. As a Father, His wisdom is far greater than ours. He has laid down the ground rules of life, morals and principals, if we use them as guide lines, life is far easier than if we rebel against His way of life for us.
“Give up drinking?” You say. Where does the bible say that? It says “To not drink to excess.”
“Give up sex?” “Who soever finds a wife, finds a good thing.” God says.
God gives us pleasures, in the right order! The discipline of our Heavenly Father is for our benefit, a wise earthly father disciplines his children because he loves and cares for them, so our Heavenly Father love us and wants the best for us.
Gone off the track of life a little? Read about the prodigal son, Luke 15:13. A young man who rebelled against his father’s house rules, took his inheritance and squandered it in riotous living. When he realised that his father was not so bad after all, he returned to his family home, and there waiting for him, with arms outstretched was his father. So does God, our Heavenly Father, wait for us to return to Him. His arms are wide open, waiting to receive us back into his loving care and protection.
There is no safer place to be. Wars can be going on around us, but the peace of our Heavenly Father is something better felt than telt! God bless. Chaplain Carla Evans
Once upon a time...all stories for the young seemed to start like that............Well once upon a time it is recorded of a young man who was courageous, determined and successful in his life’s mission. He was well educated, found acceptance from his peers, and had risen up through the ranks to hold a position of great power and authority.
One day he was travelling to another town with some mates. In his pocket were the familiar letters of introduction and letters of power giving him authority to achieve his goal. Suddenly the direction of his life changed when a very bright light, appearing from nowhere, blinded him and sent him to his knees. His companions could hear a voice coming from within the light and they were very fearful.
Paraphrased, this is what the voice in the light said, “Hey Saul, what do you think you are doing? Why are you hurting me like this?”
Saul responded, “Who are you?”
The voice continued; “I am Jesus, and the people you are murdering belong to me. You know deep down Saul that I exist. Murdering people who believe in me will not stop people from following my teachings or loving me so much they are prepared to die at your hand.”
Saul had such a life changing experience, he became known as Paul from that day on. He was a different man. He stopped kicking against what he knew deep down was true; that Jesus was not dead but had indeed, as the disciples reported, been lifted up by a cloud and taken to be with His Father in Heaven once more until the appointed time of His return.
All the education that Paul had received, all the acceptance by the authorities in the land in which he lived, all the power he held was not able to compete with the calling of God on his life. For deep down, Paul knew that Jesus did exist. In the very heart of him he knew the truth and even though he had been a mass murderer of those who believed, God still called him, and used him greatly to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Paul did a complete turnaround. From murdering Christians he became a Christian. From hating those who stood against the synagogue and its teachings, he loved them and for rest of his life, he spent nurturing them in the truth, loving them the way Jesus loved him, forgiving those who stoned him and wanted his death just as Jesus had forgiven him for the murders he had committed.
God is like that, full of mercy and grace and loving kindness. It hard to understand why He should love us, but He does – unconditionally. His mercy and grace overrides our sins, we can be forgiven, if we ask for it, of all that we have done. The good, the bad and the ugly, it can all be washed away and we can become new creations, have a new life in Jesus Christ........what are you waiting for?
Chaplain Carla Evans
PEOPLE OF VALOUR.
JUDGES 6 and 7 (NIV)
There was a man who was the youngest son of a large family and therefore thought himself to be one of the ‘also ran’ kind of people.
His country was at war. In fact they had been invaded so many times that food was scarce, houses were reduced to rubble and people were living in caves. No one owned a weapon as their former weapons had been taken away by their oppressors. Food was scarce as every harvest time their enemies would come and take for themselves what had been grown and harvested.
Gideon, the man we are talking about, was threshing some wheat down in a wine press so the enemy could not see what he was doing. Suddenly an angel was standing beside him. Now I’m not sure what you would do in that kind of circumstance, but I’m pretty sure I’d feel very weak at the knees! The angel addressed Gideon with these words, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valour!” Then the angel went on to say that Gideon would lead his people into a great victory over their enemies.
Here was Gideon, hiding from the enemy in a wine press, the lowest of the member of his family, and he was addressed as a mighty man of valour? What does valour mean? Courage, bravery, heroism, fearlessness, boldness and great spirit. Gideon did not believe that. For all his life he was a “Sad-Sack” kind of person. (Remember that figure from the old cartoon era?) Low self esteem, cowardice, of no importance or self worth. Gideon asked the Lord to confirm what he had been told by the angel and tested the Lord twice by putting out a fleece. That is he asked God to prove His words by doing something that Gideon asked Him to do and God did so.
Gideon eventually went to battle with 300 men. Not the original 30,000 that turned up to assist him, just 300 men against an army of well armed and well trained soldiers!
As he went into battle with a lamp and a trumpet, for that’s all the weapons they had, he shouted out loud and long, ”FOR THE SWORD OF THE LORD AND FOR GIDEON!” Gideon had seen himself at last as a man of valour. He had come to see himself of a man of worth, he could see himself as a leader of men. God had changed him!
Read it for yourself in Judges 6 and 7.
Do you feel you are less than what you should be? Do you feel worthless, afraid, confused, overwhelmed? Well God does not see you as that. He saw the heart of Gideon and when Gideon surrendered his fears to him, God changed him into a mighty man of valour. God does not see us as we see ourselves. Do you know why? Because He has placed His very breathe of life into us, we are His creation. Therefore we are of great value to Him. Didn't He send Jesus to die for us to rescue us from ourselves and from our enemy the Devil?
I would say to you, “RISE UP YOU PEOPLE OF VALOUR. RISE UP IN GOD, LET HIS POWER AND ANOINTING BE UPON YOU. RISE UP TO BE THE PERSON GOD CREATED YOU TO BE. RISE ABOVE THE CIRCUMSTANCES YOU FIND YOURSELF IN, SUBMIT TO THE LORD GOD OF HEAVEN AND HIS SPIRIT WILL GUIDE AND GUARD YOU AND FILL YOU WITH PEACE.”
Chaplain Carla Evans
YOU ARE SPECIAL
Have you ever noticed along life’s byways and highways that there always seems to be someone better than you?
No matter how much you may study, how hard you push your body physically, how good you are in your career there is always that someone who seems to be just that bit better? Have you ever noticed, if you have been so blessed to reach the top in your field, that there is someone around you that you rub shoulders with quite often, who always has a happy disposition, a smile on their face, a positive outlook in life, and on your bad days of pressure, they really get to you?
Do you ever get plagued with guilt because the man next door seems to be a pretty good Dad, and your heart is not always involved with your offspring? Or the lady across the road cooks better cakes than you? Or that when you call in unexpectedly on someone, their house is always in a pristine condition while you have left yours like a bomb has wrecked it?
Have you ever noticed at times like this that your heart gives a bit of a flip and your ego does down a notch or two, or three? Condemnation may rise its head and guilt may join it!
Well thank God if you have! You are part of the human race!
You are You! (That doesn’t mean there might not be room for improvement!) However, in this world there is no one else that smiles just like you, no one else has your exact nose, eyes, coloured hair, hands or voice.
No one has walked the exact path in life like you have, sure you may have walked beside someone else and experienced the same situation, but your reactions may differ to it.
No one can walk in your shoes but you. You are unique. You are the way God made you!
Do you know if you believe in Jesus, You are victorious? With Christ in the vessel you can smile at the storm.
Do you know that you are seated far above all Principalities and Powers of darkness? Romans 8:37-39.
Do you know, warts and all, you are loved with an everlasting love? Jeremiah 31:3
Do you know that you are seated with Christ in Heavenly places? Col. 2:12
Do you know that God has no favourites? Galations 2:6
Do you know that God sent His Son, Jesus, as a sacrifice for you because He loves you? Eph 5:2
Yes, we are loved, we are unique, we are someone special in the eyes of our Heavenly Father, who will soon send His Son Jesus, to return to this earth and let His powerful light shine in all the darkness.
Chaplain Carla Evans
SELF CONTROL V LACK OF IT plus OTHER THINGS!
Paul writes in his book of Romans &:19 (NKJ) “The good that I want to do, I don’t do, and the things I don’t want to do, I so easily do.”
Yaaaaaaaah, we all have good intentions but sadly, sometimes, they don’t happen. We all say at times, “I will not lose my temper, I will not answer back, I will not be jealous, I will not covet...........” and the list goes on and on. Then before you know it, you are doing exactly what you didn’t want to do. Or are you a non-member of the human race and are perfect?
Then along comes guilt. It marches into our minds with banners flying and loudly declares to us, “See, you can’t do it, why try? Give up and go and do what you want to do. Look out for yourself, if you don’t who will?”
Or else “They don’t deserve to be well spoken to, remember the words they said about you? Nah, forget them, don’t even waste the time in apologising, not worth it, they will only do the same things to you again.”
Has this happened to you?
Well, the good news is that Paul goes on to explain something. In Romans chapter 8 he says, “There is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” That simply means that if you believe in Jesus and have given your life to Him, when bad things happen, there is no need to feel condemnation because of it. Wow! What a way to go!
Not only do I not have to feel guilty, but because I believe in Him, He has forgiven all my past wrong doings in life as well! The bible says that when we come to Him, we are new creations, old things have passed away and all things have become new. (2 Cor. 5:17) And I love the following verse, God has reconciled us to Himself, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation! He wants us to be reconciled with Him and with each other and He has given us, in Him, the ability to do it!
Why do we worry about the speed humps of life when God wants to bless us so much? Why do we allow ourselves to hold onto grudges when if we let them go, God is waiting to give us a whole parcel of love, plus forgiveness and reconciliation? Man oh man, are we winners or not? Can’t believe this? Ehmmmm. are you calling God a liar?
You want to believe but don’t know how? Simple, say something like this please: “God, you know my heart, my thoughts and You have seen my whole life and all that has happened in it up til now. I want to change, I’ve tried, but can’t do it by myself. You have said in Your Word that you want to be reconciled with me. OK, please I ask you to come into my life and my mind, reconciling me to you and to Your Son, Jesus. Forgive me for the things I have done that have been wrong, and help me to forgive myself. Take my hand and lead my on, thank you for hearing me and knowing my heart’s cry. In Jesus name. Amen.”
God bless each one of you, Keep safe, keep well, if any of you are sick, I lift you up before the Throne of Grace and ask for your health and happiness.
Chaplain Carla Evans
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YOU ARE A LETTER, READ BY EVERYBODY.
(2 Corinthians 3:2)
Joe DiMaggio the famous baseball player was once asked by a reporter, ”You always seem to play with the same intensity. You run out every grounder and race after every fly ball, even when the Yankees have a big lead in the pennant race and there’s nothing on the line. How come?”
DiMaggio responded, “I always remind myself that there might be someone in the stand who never saw me play before.”