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.

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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… nature 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.

Blitzkrieg

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2020 was ‘my year,’ I claimed it… I had plans! Great plans! Complete my third book by June; organise a sponsor weekend for the network of churches of which I am a member; take a long awaited and much needed holiday in Jamaica and do a sponsored trek up Blue Mountain, the highest point on the Island; and the list goes on. Whilst it is good to plan, life teaches us not to get too ahead of ourselves. In the Bible, the book of James tells us that tomorrow is not promised to us, so before we make the big plans, we should ∗check in with the Lord, if this is His will for our lives!

2018 was an awful year for me and I was glad to see the back of it. 2019 was a year for gathering my strength focusing on the Lord and finding out His perfect will for my life. After allowing Him to build me up physically, spiritually and mentally, I approached 2020 with ‘great expectations.’ Time to mobilise and get moving again; or so I thought.

To say that ‘2020 did not start as planned,’ is the understatement of the decade. “A Blitzkrieg on humanity,” is how I describe it. Spiritual warfare of the worst kind. And just to be clear… God did not inflict this on the world and He is the only one who can take us out of it and heal us. The attack crept silently, not so threatening at first but then picked up pace faster than the world could respond. All nations thrown into a frenzy of identifying the nature of it, trying to fight it and slow it down in the hope of eventually finding a cure for it. Fear, distrust, panic blame all fought for their place on this universal stage!

While the Coronavirus is attacking the very core of humankind, causing the afflicted to die alone away from family and friends, there is only one force that can handle it, the force of Good – God! Mankind has always been tested and fallen fowl of Evil; the things that are not of God. The enemy has and will continue to fight hard to destroy the object of God’s love… US! Out of love God created us, out of love He sent His Son to die for us, out of love He delivered us from a hopeless existence and gave us Salvation. Out of love He gave us a HOPE in Him!

A force that separates us from each other, isolates us, prevents us from earning our living, prevents us from helping each other; a force that causes many to be selfish and to seek only to help themselves. A force that threatens relationships and the family bond, is a blitz on mankind! It is destructive. It is at this time that those who know how to pray need to ‘stand in the gap’ and intercede on behalf of the world. Christians, people of God… this is not a time to get carried away with our limited view of what is happening, nor is it time for conspiracy theories. We cannot see the enemy’s endgame, so we focus on God so He can reveal what is happening in the spiritual world and counteract it.

When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Lord will lift up a standard against him (Isaiah 59:19 NKJV). We need to be ready and available, obedient and seeking God’s counsel so that He can lift up His standard in us.

2020 may have started with a blitzkrieg on mankind but there will be no swift victory for the enemy. We lose the battle when we lose hope, and hope is in abundance. God’s beautiful creation will not meet an untimely end. It is not over until He says it’s over. Be aware of false prophets who will be riding high on the ‘doomsday’ wave. This is the start of 2020 but it is not the end!

 

∗Scripture for today
James 4:13-15

13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”

Making It Count!

Make it count

Today I made an egg free cake! It was almost dairy free, but alas, I used dairy butter as that was all I had. Whilst this was not a big deal in the age of vegans, vegetarians and all manner of ‘free from’ foods; it was a very big deal for me. Being an awesome baker and cake decorator, I love baking with large free range eggs and full fat milk among other over indulgent ingredients. But during these desperate times, many of us don’t readily have all the ingredients in our homes, so we have to adapt to our new environment. The panic buyers wiped out my local shops so eggs suddenly became an endangered species and with one egg in my fridge I decided to make my very first cake without eggs. As I searched online for a recipe, with the idea developing in my head, I decided to use coconut milk instead of cow’s milk, but I was scuppered with the butter, I only had my faithful stork in the fridge so no dairy free option.

Vegan and ‘free from’ cakes were definitely on my radar for the future, but being faced with unprecedented and unforeseen circumstances, the future arrived a little earlier than anticipated. I used the creative mind that God blessed me with and came up with an alternative. Not quite vegan, not quite dairy free but somewhere in the middle… and it was gorgeous!

I have found that my most creative moments and often the birth of a talent or a new direction in my life, have almost always been born out of the greatest struggles that I was faced with, and this time is no exception. Isolation, quarantine, social distancing, is the new norm and we have to find a way to make these moments count! Many have died and many more will die before life can return to normal. Families are grieving because their loved ones were taken so suddenly and alone, they were not able to be there for them. We are still alive, we have hope in the God who created us, who sent His Son Jesus to die for us and who rose again from that death! How long this will continue remains to be seen; but this silent killer will not be hurried on it’s journey. Sitting at home vegetating is not an option. We must use this time wisely. Where there is life there is hope and we can do wonders with it. “We will get through this.”

What about that book you have been threatening to write for decades, or the one you have been trying to read for months. And for us Christians, what about that Bible – yes that one. The one that is food for our spirit and teaches us of the signs of the times and what to do when things like the Coronavirus hits; giving us hope in perilous times. Encourage someone who is not coping very well, or start that exercise regime on your living room floor, up and down the stairs or in your back garden. If life got in the way before, use this time wisely now. How about putting some quality time into studies or time to reflect! This very unusual time is unparalleled and although we hope never to experience it again, we must remain positive, hopeful and expectant.

We have the ability to adapt to our circumstances, so dig deep. Focus on the positives that can come out of this situation and not on the negatives. Look to the only One who has the answers and can guide you through. The world was on one path and now we are on another and will never be the same when we arise from this situation. But we know with certainty that WE WILL ARISE from it!

 

Verse for today
Romans 5:3-5 NIV

3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

Make it count!

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Chapter 1

Who am I?

You are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image and likeness of God, your Father. There can be no better compliment in this world than to be made in the image of our Father in heaven. Being like Him should be a natural way of life for us, but we make life so much more difficult than it needs to be. If God knew we couldn’t be like Him, He would not have asked us to live a holy and righteous life as He does.

Mankind’s first state was that of holiness, love and obedience to God. Our current state however, is shockingly far from what it was or should be; but not impossible to regain. God does not ask us for the impossible. There is no impossibility in Him. The all-knowing, all-powerful, ever present Creator of the universe, doesn’t do average.

“Our world was average until He stepped into it.”

You are strong, because He is strong
You can love, because He is love
You are beautiful because He is beautiful
You will endure, because He endures
You have power, because He is Power
You are misunderstood, because He is misunderstood.

“Get to know Jesus Christ, then you will begin to know yourself.” You can only do this when you communicate with Him and we do this through Prayer.

What is Prayer

And all things, whatsoever you shall ask in
prayer, believing, you shall receive.
Matthew 21:22

Prayer put simply is the way in which we communicate with God by speaking to Him, listening to Him when He speaks to us and praising Him; as songs are prayers too. Christians must pray! Every Christian has direct access to God which means we do not need a high priest as a mediator to pray to God on our behalf. Praying is a two-way communication between you and God, as He will answer you. God does speak to us and we learn how to hear His voice through prayer and spending time with Him.

When you start praying to God your world will change overnight, literally.  You will find strength you didn’t know you had, you will have clarity of mind, you will have joy even when you are sad, because that joy is in Christ. You will hear Him clearly in your Spirit and start making the right decisions in your life. In short you will be victorious in Christ and this will frustrate the enemy; Satan.

The changes in your life will be apparent to you and to others.  The pieces of the puzzle that is called life will begin to fit together perfectly.  This does not mean you won’t have challenges, because you will. But it does mean that you will be able to deal with whatever life throws at you.

Who should I pray to?

Many are not sure who to pray to and believe they can pray to anyone out there in the hope that someone will hear and answer them. If you have little or no concept of prayer, are confused and seeking answers from God, He will answer you. As a Christian, we need to know who to pray to. The Christian should only ever pray to God the Father; Jehovah. Jesus is our example and we learn from Him, who to pray to and how to pray. He always and only ever prayed to His Father, who is also our Father…

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Identity Crisis

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And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and He said, Thus shall you say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you.
Exodus 3:14


Do you know who you are, or more to the point, do you know who you are in Christ? Since the fall of mankind the world itself has been in an “identity critical” state. Who are we? Where did we come from? How long have we been here? With one theory after another, one experiment after another, one book after another endlessly emerging in an attempt to answer these questions. But as we so often do in life, we complicate matters. God made life so simple for us and we complicated it. He is still making it simple for us and we are still complicating it.

Who we are and what we do matters! But, if we don’t know who we are or what our purpose is, how can we fulfil it? Moses in the book of Exodus (the second book of the Bible found in the Old Testament,) is called by God for a great purpose; but goes through the same challenges we are faced with when we are called into the kingdom.

Exodus 3:10-13
Come now therefore, and I will send you unto Pharaoh, that you may bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt. And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt? And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain. And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?

  • God called Moses, and gave him a great purpose; a type and shadow of the Apostles sent out by Jesus many generations later.
  • A humble shepherd was elevated to go before Pharaoh, the king of Egypt and tell him to let God’s people go.
  • He was then directed to lead God’s people out of bondage and slavery and into a promised land… no mean feat!
  • Although Moses answered the call, he was unsure, insecure, lacked confidence and didn’t really know where he fitted in God’s plan.
  • At this point he didn’t know or understand his purpose.
  • He had not yet learnt to trust completely in God.
  • But God reassured Him, and was with him all the way.

As Christians, do we really know who we are in Christ? If someone came up to you and asked you what your purpose is or what have you been called to do, would you have an answer? On the occasions I have asked this question over the years I have often been met with blank stares. Very rarely do I get a confident answer. Some will tell you what their positions are but still don’t really know what their purpose is!

Unfortunately in far too many 21st century churches; there is great focus on title, status and positions. The worldly VIP mentality of self importance is alive and thriving with many not knowing what Christ has called them to do, but instead dictating their own destiny! This doesn’t end well. The Lord is not impressed with titles, positions, statuses or self importance… But, He is impressed with faithfulness, obedience, humility and being the best ‘bondservant’ we can while in His service. It is good to remember that Jesus was never given any titles while He was on earth. No Emperor, King or Religious Leader bestowed any titles on Him and indeed He refused those who tried to push Him in that direction. He knew who He was and what He came to do, and He did it.

When we come to the Lord, we must focus on having a real relationship with God and begin to seek the Lord to find out what our purpose is. God is the only one who can tell you what you have been called to do. Moses had a real relationship with God. He talked to God daily, asked questions and heard when God spoke to Him. After a few challenges here and there, his obedience and faithfulness to God enabled him to fulfil his purpose.

God wants us to live as He created us and called us to do. Of course you will be a little nervous and question yourself at times, just as Moses did. But if God is with you, He will confirm what He has called you to do, and empower you to do it. It is through this confirmation from Christ that we will come to know who we are. Once we have Christ in our lives, whatever He sends us out to do, He will be with us and help us to see it through to the end, “Certainly I will be with thee.

  • Christ calls us, and we must have a real relationship with Him to find out what we have been called to do.
  • Christ has promised that He will be with us always.
  • He has sent the Holy Spirit to be with us to empower, teach and guide us.
  • He reassures us when we are discouraged.
  • He gives us the confidence as there is no fear in Him.

Not knowing your true identity is without doubt very debilitating. Christ called the disciples and told them He would make them Fishers of Men. He trained them, empowered them through the Holy Spirit of God then sent them out to the corners of the earth to spread the Gospel. But it would seem that many like to dictate to God as to what they want to do, how they want to do it and not what God has called them to do.

Moses even began pre-empting what the people would ask Him about God. And God’s answer was ‘”I Am that I Am.” When you know who you are in Christ it doesn’t matter what others think of you, or what they try to tell you should be.

Just know that ‘you are who you are,’ in Christ!