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God Will Restore

God Will Restore

God is Restoring His People In my previous article, 'God’s vision is for all,' the prophet Isaiah speaks prophetically, and in allegorical terms, to three different types of people. The spiritually barren; the widowed; and the wife who feels deserted and distressed. Through the Prophet Isaiah, God gives us many powerful and precious promises regarding the things that He has done; is doing; and will continue to do in the future. Our restoration takes place as we continue to look to Him. Isaiah continues to speak of God's restoration for His people, by using the allegory, or picture, of an afflicted city, that has been without comfort and lashed by storms. During a storm, buildings are often stripped of their facades, or outer coverings, so that their internal structure is exposed. It is the integrity of the internal structure then, and the strength of their foundations, that determines whether they are still able to stand. This can also be like us, when we have been broken down by sin...

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Redeeming the Time

Redeeming the Time

God created time for His purposes. The word ‘time’ can refer to a measurement of time; a year; a day or an hour. It also refers to the passage of time; the past; the present or the future. But for followers of Jesus Christ, it also represents God’s set time for a particular purpose, or, a season or opportunity for His purposes to be fulfilled!

Are You Called to Ministry?

Are You Called to Ministry?

Can you Drink the Cup I am Going to Drink? This mother was indeed, totally unaware at that time, of what sacrifice her sons would one day have to make in order to follow Christ. Jesus then asked James and John, "Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?" Matthew 20:22 What He was really asking them was, “Are you able to take part in the suffering that I am about to undergo?" This same James, was later put to death by the sword, by King Herod Agrippa. – See Acts 12:2. There is something within the heart of mankind that wants to seek a place of honour or authority, without acknowledging the great cost or sacrifice that it requires. Jesus Christ began to address His disciples about this very issue, saying, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave – just as the Son of man did...

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A Call to Perseverance

A Call to Perseverance

When speaking of the reign of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the whole world, the prophet Isaiah said, “Behold, a king will reign in righteousness, and princes will rule with justice. A man shall be as a hiding place from the wind, and a cover from the tempest (or violent storm), as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. The eyes of those who see will not be dim, and the ears of those who hear will listen.” – Isaiah 32:1-3.

Let Times of Refreshing Come from the Lord

Let Times of Refreshing Come from the Lord

A Heart-Felt Appeal from the Word In it, the Apostle Paul (with Timothy) gently expresses his desire to bring about reconciliation and healing for one in the Lord. Paul makes his address in the simplest of terms, not just to Philemon, but also to others in the Body of Christ. His letter begins, “Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, to Philemon our beloved friend and fellow labourer, to the beloved Apphia, Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in your house.” Philemon 1:1 & 2 There are those in the Body of Christ, who bring times of refreshing from the Lord. Philemon is one of those. Simply translated, the name 'Philemon' means ‘friendly.’ The Apostle Paul describes Philemon here, as one who gives great joy and consolation in his love, refreshing the hearts of the saints. “For we have great joy and consolation in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed by you, brother.” Philemon 1:7 Having full trust in the outworking of...

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Entering God’s Rest

Entering God’s Rest

A Day Like any Other Day Can Change the Rest of Your Life It was on a day like any other day that God said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.” Genesis 12:1 It was on a day like any other day that God prophesied over Abram, “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12:2 & 3 A day like any other day became a day unlike any other day because Abram had an encounter with the living God! It was on a day like any other day that God spoke and Abram obeyed! A day like any other day for Abram became a day unlike any other day and changed the course of history - because he heard the voice of the Lord, he trusted Him and he obeyed. A day like any other day can change the rest of your life! Learning to Know God’s...

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Entering Into Freedom – Part Two

Entering Into Freedom – Part Two

In Part One I began by saying, that it is God's desire that all people would walk in the fullness of His promises contained in His word. But that if we do not have faith, we will not be able to receive those things that God has planned for us. 1 Corinthians 10:5-10 warns us, that the Israelites did not enter into the Promised Land for four main reasons. Idolatry; sexual immorality; tempting Christ and complaining against God. The Apostle Paul tells us, that these things were recorded as an example for us, so that we would not make these same mistakes. Tempting the Lord The Apostle Paul continues, “Nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents.” 1 Corinthians 10:9 This word ‘tempt’ is translated ‘ekpeirazo’ in the Greek, meaning to ‘test thoroughly or to put to proof God's character and power.’ - See Strong’s Concordance. This is exactly what the Israelites in the wilderness were doing. They did not believe in the words that God had spoken to...

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Are You Called to Ministry?

Are You Called to Ministry?

Can you Drink the Cup I am Going to Drink? This mother was indeed, totally unaware at that time, of what sacrifice her sons would one day have to make in order to follow Christ. Jesus then asked James and John, "Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?" Matthew 20:22 What He was really asking them was, “Are you able to take part in the suffering that I am about to undergo?" This same James, was later put to death by the sword, by King Herod Agrippa. – See Acts 12:2. There is something within the heart of mankind that wants to seek a place of honour or authority, without acknowledging the great cost or sacrifice that it requires. Jesus Christ began to address His disciples about this very issue, saying, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave – just as the Son of man did...

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A Call to Perseverance

A Call to Perseverance

When speaking of the reign of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the whole world, the prophet Isaiah said, “Behold, a king will reign in righteousness, and princes will rule with justice. A man shall be as a hiding place from the wind, and a cover from the tempest (or violent storm), as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. The eyes of those who see will not be dim, and the ears of those who hear will listen.” – Isaiah 32:1-3.

Are You Called to Ministry?

Are You Called to Ministry?

Can you Drink the Cup I am Going to Drink? This mother was indeed, totally unaware at that time, of what sacrifice her sons would one day have to make in order to follow Christ. Jesus then asked James and John, "Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?" Matthew 20:22 What He was really asking them was, “Are you able to take part in the suffering that I am about to undergo?" This same James, was later put to death by the sword, by King Herod Agrippa. – See Acts 12:2. There is something within the heart of mankind that wants to seek a place of honour or authority, without acknowledging the great cost or sacrifice that it requires. Jesus Christ began to address His disciples about this very issue, saying, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave – just as the Son of man did...

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If you would like to have a relationship with God through accepting His Son Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour, please pray the prayer below.

Dear Heavenly Father. Thank You for sending Your Son Jesus to die on the cross for my sins. I am sorry for the sins I have committed and I ask You to forgive me. I now turn away from all the things that I know to be wrong and I receive Your Holy Spirit and Your gift of eternal life. Thank You for this free gift of Salvation and eternal life. Help me to come to know and experience Your love for me more and more, and to now share the love You have given me with others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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What next: Once we have started our relationship with Christ – it is important that we continue to grow in our understanding of Him, and experience His love for us on a regular basis. God does this for us as we read the Bible, which I encourage you to do on a regular basis, asking the Holy Spirit to help you understand it and make it “come alive” to you in a very personal way. May I encourage you to do this every day, and to actively pursue those things that God reveals to you. We also need to be spending time with other like-minded Christians on a regular basis, who are also growing in their relationship with God. We gain encouragement from being with other growing believers. Ask God to lead you to a Bible-believing church (or Bible-believing Christian group) that will encourage your relationship with Christ and help to meet your needs. Ask Him, and trust that He will guide you to the place of fellowship that is right for you.

May God both work in you and through you, those things that He desires, as you continue to submit your life to Him each day.