World within World

ecommerce-3562005_1920We have a habit of getting ourselves into the most terrible mess and the Lord having to get us out of it. This has been true from the beginning of time and today is no different. How do we do it? If nothing else we’re consistent.

Amid all the conspiracy theories, we are fighting a faceless enemy. We don’t know how it evolved, how its developing or where it is going. But we do know it is divisive and destructive. Mankind is trying to come together in love, but from a distance. To say that the global horizon is already unrecognisable, is an understatement. In the twenty first century, the world is fighting for survival again. But how are we staying on top of it. Where is the help coming from?

Well, help is coming from the most unexpected place, the Virtual World!

For a long time now the virtual world has existed within our world. We dip in an out of it at will drawing from it the necessities to assist in our physical world. Until now, a world where some go to hide, seeking safety within its walls of anonymity,  others to build an online profile to progress a career, socialise or study; some to help others and some to destroy – the reasons are endless. It is known by many names, the world wide web, the internet, online networking, social media… all attributes of that world. Many have resisted it through fear, lack of knowledge or relevant skills, lack of affordability, misunderstanding or misuse, again the reasons are endless. But here it is now, a world we can live in, mirroring our physical world as much as possible.

We are not in a physical war with other nations, we are not being attacked by armed forces, we don’t think it is an alien invasion… but it is causing us to take unprecedented steps to protect our lives and our livelihood.

The virtual world, now at the forefront of our very existence, is host to our worship, education, shopping – actually it was always host to my shopping! Governments are governing countries via social media and virtual meetings. And while our world is not thriving at the moment and nations are concerned about when to kick start their economies, another world is thriving alongside the virtual world. The natural world… spring-bird-2295434_1920nature and the animal kind.

With the reduction in human interaction – the natural world and the ozone have never had it so good!! This is something to be thankful for. In this time of pain and suffering, loss and uncertainty, something is thriving; preservation of the planet. Reduced carbon footprint, changes in the way we work and socialise, is giving the planet a break.

Previous generations with the absence of our virtual world, would not have been able to cope with this outbreak as well as we have. If we think we are not coping, imagine if this was the age when the virtual world did not exist.

People are missing the simple things in life, going to their places or worship, going for walks, eating ice-cream – not the traffic jams or the break neck speed at which life was going with all it’s stresses; just the simple things. And many will be pleased that nature is getting a break as well! Is this time to reflect on changes to our way of life and assess how we can live better? Time to put things in perspective and think of others before ourselves? Whatever happens it cannot be business as usual when CO-VID 19 begins to subside.

Our strength comes from the Lord and His world cannot be destroyed, so have faith that we will come out of this. But will be we better people or worse – that is the question?

Scripture for today
Psalm 93:1 NKJV


The Lord is clothed, He has girded Himself with strength. Surely the world is established, so that it cannot be moved.

 

The Default Position

Default positionThere is so much confusion in the world today, with Christianity right up there at the top of the list. Many people don’t realise they are in a certain position in life and that they need to make a choice to get out of it. I call it the ‘default position.’


In the day that Adam and Eve ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge of Good and Evil, they inherited the knowledge and all that it had to offer, they lost the will to do the right thing and this became inherent in mankind.  They had the Knowledge but not through experience of that knowledge.  The curse of sin, not individual sin, but the sin of the world was that we, ‘man-kind’ gave away our birth-right and the right to all that God had for us.

Our birth-right was to have dominion over all the earth and the life in it from a position of holiness because we knew no sin.  Holiness was our default position.  When we gave up our birth-right to that holiness we also turned the natural order upside down and the world also ‘fell,’ it was no longer a perfect world.   An imperfect ruler cannot rule over a perfect world; one way or another they will corrupt it.  So our default position was now a sinful one in a fallen world and no longer holiness in a perfect world.  For this reason, Jesus had to come to give us our birth-right back.

Our peaceful, beautiful world became beset with one disaster after another. Jesus did not come to fix this world or to patch us up to continue living in it, He came to make all things new, a new people and a new world, as told to us in the following scripture.

Revelation 21:5
And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.  And He said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

In this world as we know it, there are only two forces, the force of ‘Good’ (God) and the force of ‘Evil’ (the Devil).  When Adam and Eve gave away our birth-right we did not have a choice in the matter, but now we do have a choice in our destiny and our final destination.  Jesus came to give us back our choice so now we have power over our own destiny and not someone else.  Now we have a choice and can choose to be with God or to be with the devil.  In choosing one the other will be rejected and most people find this easy enough to understand.

However, if you do not make a choice, you are in the default position which is sin, Satan’s domain and there is no middle ground and no grey areas.  If you do not chose God, by default you have chosen the devil, because you will remain in your sin and sin is of the devil.

The default position is inherited, we are all born in it so we must make a conscious decision to get out of it, this is the choice Jesus gave back to us.  As stated earlier, the human race came under it when mankind fell and it is the worse position we could be in which is why God gave us a way out.  Many however, do not realise that they are in the default position, so they do not think they have to make a choice to get out of it.  To get to heaven, you must choose Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, He is the only way, it has been ordained by God from the beginning of time.  Jesus confirms this in the following scripture when He is talking to Thomas one of His disciples:

John 14:6
Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me.

There is no other way to get to the Father or to get into heaven.  No matter how much we challenge this, criticise it, reason against it, it is what it is.  Any doctrine or teachings that sidestep Jesus are redundant.

Stay blessed!

How do I deal with betrayal?

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Matthew 26:2
 Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified


Where do I even start on the subject of betrayal? It’s such a huge topic and so many of us have experienced it. So, how did you deal with it, when the person(s) you loved, cared for and trusted; your friend and confidant betrayed you? Are you healed from the attack; because that’s what it is, an attack! For me when I am dealing with the aftermath of an attack of the enemy, my first port of call is the one person who can actually help me; Jesus! And in understanding the very debilitating condition of this attack we examine how Jesus dealt with it.  How did He deal with the aftermath of His betrayal, this attack direct from the enemy channelled through one of His closest confidant? 

Betrayal as defined by Meriam Webster is to give information about (a person, group, country, etc.) to an enemy; to hurt (someone who trusts you, such as a friend or relative) by not giving help or by doing something morally wrong; and we can all agree that this sums up Judas Iscariot perfectly. He was one of Jesus’ twelve disciples who handed Jesus over to His enemies for thirty pieces of silver; to be killed. 

Luke 22:3-6
Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray Him unto them. And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money. And he promised, and sought opportunity to betray him unto them in the absence of the multitude. 

The components of betrayal:

  • Satan
  • Close friend/confidant
  • An immoral plan
  • The reward
  • Unwavering determination to hurt someone who trusts and cares about you 

The devil is always in the detail. Judas made a pact with the enemies of Jesus who sought to kill Him and was waiting for the perfect time to accomplish his plan. There is no special DNA for this type of person who could betray a friend; it is determined by many variables. The circumstances, the type of relationship between the players, envy, selfishness, greed, their mind-set and beliefs; the list goes on. Who really knows why people do this… sin! 

What we need to do is learn how to deal with it, by understanding How the Lord Jesus Himself dealt with it. So, He knew what was going to happen long before it hit and did it hurt Him in His heart? Yes of course it did! Did He rant and curse, swear to get even, rile the other eleven disciples to take sides with Him and against Judas? No! He left Judas to his own devices, because He knew that He had to go through certain things to fulfil His destiny, and so do we. 

John 18:2-4
And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples. Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons. Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye? 

Jesus remained CALM, trusted God to take Him through and waited patiently for someone He loved and trusted, to bring an army against Him, brandishing weapons and to take Him to His death. Never did He challenge the plan of God for His life. Never did He lash out at Judas or anyone else. He didn’t seek revenge, He didn’t even stop speaking to Judas. Matthew 26 tells us that Jesus made it known to the disciples that He would be betrayed by one of them and confirmed to Judas that it was Him. He then continued to keep the Passover with all of them, including Judas. He didn’t send him away and eat with the other eleven, He ate with them all.

When we come to the Lord we know we have to go through many trials to become spiritually mature. How we deal with these trials and tribulations are determined by our level of maturity.  We cannot avoid them if we are to fulfil our destiny in Christ.

What to do:

  • Never react as you would before you came to Christ.
  • You are a new creation in Him now so act the way He would.
  • Stay calm in all situations.
  • Assess the situation and take it with your wounded heart to the Lord.
  • Close your door and pour it all out to Him, as often as is necessary.
  • Exercise self-control when dealing with the betrayer.
  • Ask God to heal you and spend a lot of time with Him while He works in you.
  • Don’t rush it!
  • Never seek revenge.
  • Go through the process and come out the other side, stronger than before!

Stay blessed!