Category Archives: TRUTH

Born in…?

Born in….?

Depending on the moral state of society, the subject of God is either to the fore or perhaps rarely referred to.

In the west – countries, cities, peoples, have been (generally speaking), morally honourable or reprehensible, depending (I suppose) on what part of history we examine.

This reprehensible moral state, grows out of what the bible clearly tells us, is the result of mankind being ‘dead in sin’.

Ephesians 2/1…who were dead in trespasses and sins,

Unless we accept that mankind is born with an inherited sin-nature, we can find no sense in the above statement/scripture. (Nor indeed can we make any sense of the atrocities in the world, taking place right now).

As a result of mankind being ‘dead in trespasses and sins’ – we can ask the question: How can living people be described as dead?

Likewise the term ‘born again’ – is not understood, unless we receive or experience the explanation.

This term (born again), has been ‘stolen’ from Christian jargon and applied to mean, all kinds of different things, in the present day. None of which uses the phrase as originally intended by The Son of God.

There was a gentleman, a religious Pharisee, who likewise didn’t grasp what Jesus meant by:

“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

In not understanding Christ’s statement, the Pharisee gentleman provided his own response to the ‘born again’ reference from Jesus, in the form of a Question:

Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”

This gives us an example of – how spiritually insensitive, unaware, uncomprehending, human beings can be when it comes to spiritual matters, spiritual truth and spiritual reality.

His question exposed that He did not understand what Jesus meant by the statement He (Jesus), made.

We can safely conclude that this inability to comprehend spiritual matters and reality, is the direct result of the fallen nature all mankind is born with, again referred to as being: Ephesians 2/1

…dead in trespasses and sins…

John 3/6:

That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

So being dead in sin, (born of the flesh) – is clearly referencing man’s nature as the statement is made to humans who are walking, talking and thinking on planet earth to this day. We might borrow a phrase from movie culture and refer to us as ‘the living dead’.

The idea that we are born good – or morally fine, is a big mistake, in light of this verse and the rest of scripture, that in so many places, affirms that mankind is indeed born with an inbuilt tendency to do what is wrong and evil. An inbuilt ‘bias’ towards sinning.

It is something that comes naturally, because it is in the very make-up and fibre of our minds. 

We are born that way, and have inherited this nature and tendencies from our forefathers, all the way back to the first human being.

Upbringing and it’s experiences, can effect or feed this nature, this sinful nature is not the result of our upbringing, but is the result of an inherited nature we are born with.

Of course an underprivileged background whether financially, morally, or as a result of cruelty in those who raised us – contributes to the greater formation of bad behaviour in the life of the person who suffers in such an upbringing.

But that ‘ability’ to sin comes from the nature within. The nature inherent in each of us.

Cultivate it – or run to the foot of the cross in prayer and behold the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. (John 1/29).

Bowing we speak with Him, bowing we take Him at His word:

…and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. (John 6/37)

On receiving The Lord Jesus Christ we receive His divine nature, to which we yield, causing the sinful nature to become subservient. And so our journey begins unto eternal life.

Rhyme for life

RHYME FOR LIFE

We must not assume doom and gloom

Try to look on the bright side

Or

we could all run and hide(?)

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Is it better to abide –

and float with the tide?

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After all is said and done

The world is spiralling –

it’s on the run

But you – but me – but we

Are all in the boat together

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Each with his/her idea

Of how to cope with the weather

And it’s superfluous to remark

You are all stunned at this lark

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This lark called life –

As you know only too well –

So full of demonstrable strife

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Of google-eyed commuters

And unhinged looters

And addicted and afflicted

And sirens blasting intermittently

Persistently –

Old and young like birds

At food banks

Pecking orders – selfish greed

Void of the compassion we need

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And as this rhyme unwinds

Set the dial again

And face your new day – the next day

Look for the rhyme in life that

Helps you cope with the strife

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Your daily routine can change

If your heartbeat gets in line

With the creator of the universe

The One who is out of sight –

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‘Cause many don’t look

Don’t see what’s right –

neither perceive

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But life with harmony is

His offered gift

To all who will believe

Why put ’em in dramas?

WHY PUT THEM IN DRAMAS?

So for today

What I will say

Anyway

Is

Progression

Must be made

We must advance

At a glance

I would say

Very little progress

Is being made

Since the last decade

Things have changed a lot

But haven’t changed at all

Depending on which end of

The telescope you use

There is the skeptic

And the realist

And the pessimist

And the optimist…?

– he seems to get drowned-out

People love the negative

And honour it most

Every crime and act of violence

is cause for some kinda gloat

Otherwise why put them in dramas

Over and over and over and over….?

Like some kinda rote… 

Things we miss…

Things we miss 2022

I am thinking today, of the things we miss.

You didn’t see the advertisement, and missed out on a few bargains at your local store.

You didn’t see that programme – about your favourite musician – you missed out. You would have found it interesting. (I’m sure you will catch it again – somewhere).

You missed the bus, or was it the train?

You missed your friend, who called when you were out.

You missed the explanation about the artefact, given by the museum guide – the tour is over.

You missed the concert – sold out.

You missed the enjoyment of the Old School reunion – you were out of the country at the time.

You missed so much because of Covid.

You missed the Death Notice of an old friend – you didn’t realise they were gone.

You missed the truth. You didn’t seek – therefore you didn’t find.

You missed that final piece of the childhood jig-saw, lost and not found.

You missed the fact that God was speaking to you, and had been for quite some time.

Why do we miss things? Not paying attention or not being there seems to be the two narrowed-down reasons for missing out.

Sometimes we can’t see the wood for the trees.

Everybody misses out sometime – often we miss the obvious:

John 3/16:

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

Revive Revival…

Revive Revival… 2022

Habakkuk 3:2

O Lord, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.

It is a principle – that if we give-out to others, what God-has-given-to-us – we bring ourselves into The Reception area of God’s office. 🙂

A reception area is where you meet the owners of the firm (or their employees) – but also they meet you.

But God’s reception area – is also a place where you receive from God Himself. God loves to give. Mankind is somewhat slower at giving, to make an under-statement.

God says: 38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

There are many things in this world that would distract us, and cause us to lose sight of the fact that God is a giving-Person.

Here is a scenario that we as believers, if we do not exercise due diligence, can drift into:

Hard times, bad times, perilous times, doom and gloom all around, a great falling away in moral standards, evil men getting worse and worse.

Because of all of these things we start to believe that God doesn’t care and certainly doesn’t want anything to do with a world of grossly misbehaving humans.

So we stop looking for Christian Revival. Revival as in firstly God moving in His church again, amongst His people.

Some think themselves Biblically correct when they conclude that there will be/is – a great falling away. That fits into their eschatological position, and they feel firmly justified in saying there could not be a revival.

Wow! God has lost His ancient power then? He can no longer save? He is powerless to do anything about this state of affairs?

In fact let’s just accept this and tell others the bad news. At least we are biblically correct, right?

Wrong. As unbelief increases, (because all sin begins in unbelief), we as Christians are not called to simply accept the inevitable, when the inevitable flies in the face of all that God is, and stands for.

God is the God of ‘the more’.  There is never a Time when God does not want to save.

When He is not moving, and saving and filling, it is not because He has ordained the falling away – or wants things to get worse and worse, it’s because He knows that rebellious man will fall away in increasing measure.

But that does not mean we abandon every revealed principle concerning who and what the God of our salvation is, in thought, word and deed.

Go to sleep church, don’t seek me anymore, I will not bless, I will not save, there will be no revival, I will leave you and forsake you.

How does that sound?

And so we stop. We simply stop. We have got (so many may think) the eschatology right – so do nothing because there’s nothing we can do. Wrong again.

God calls us to seek Revival – 2 Chronicles 7:14

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 their sin and heal their land.

We need God to move in power, if souls are to have the real thing in a true salvation/conversion experience, and God tells us nowhere that He is no longer interested in saving souls.

World wide Revival? If The Lord Jesus was on the earth still in the form of a man – and He prayed – could He bring worldwide Revival?

Only if He went to a cross, …

And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.

Having triumphed and done what was necessary – Revival can come. And has – many times throughout history.

He doesn’t need to return to earth, become a man and do it all over again. ‘It is finished’. (John 19/20). Now anything is possible to those who believe. (John 14/12).

But if revival doesn’t come – it is not that God has ordained it to be so. It’s that His people stop looking for, or expecting it,  either in faith or hope.

Let’s seek The Lord for more of the manifestation of the Holy Spirit as God builds His church – one without Spot or Wrinkle, or any such thing. (Ephesians 5/27, Matthew 16/8)

The Manifestation of The Holy Spirit, is given for the profit of all. (I Cor. 12/7)

Is salvation by the convicting, convincing power of the Holy Spirit – often with signs following – not for mankind anymore? (I Corinthians 12/7) (Mark 16/17).

Of course it is – it is not God’s will that any should perish. (II Peter 3/9).

Let’s shake ourselves and hold forth/fast the Word of Life knowing that God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think. (Philippians 2/16) (Ephesians 3/20).

In conclusion when nothing of revival is happening – are we those who look away from The Saviour or are we those who look upon Him without distraction? 

Hebrews 12:2

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Jude 1:21

Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

…in a nutshell

GOOD NEWS in a NUTSHELL

You want to be a good person

Without coercion

You summon up all resolve

All your senses you involve

The Law has caught you

With ‘you shall not…’ – but you do

Your will is imprisoned

Let it be understood

With the perfection-failure rule

You feel like a fool

Your daily disappointment

Is the fly in the ointment

Turn instead to the Master’s hand

Are you part of His disciple-band?

Well – ask for help – seek it now

The life of Christ – before Him bow

You will find Him best at keeping His law

Your heart to Him He will draw

And while you gaze at His beauty in awe

Guess what? – You have kept the law

Changeless

CHANGELESS

Hebrews 13/8:

Jesus Christ is [eternally changeless, always] the same yesterday and today and forever

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Two translations of the one statement. Two translations of the one verse in scripture/the bible.

Let’s break this down:

Firstly: Jesus Christ. Jesus is the man. Christ is God.

The Holy Spirit of the triune God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) descended on Jesus the man (Matt. 3/6) – He, by so doing, testified or revealed, or manifested to the inhabitants of this world – that Jesus (born of a virgin) – was the Only Begotten Son of The Living God – God manifest in the flesh – in a body prepared by God in a virgin’s womb — without a male/man’s intervention or involvement.

Some saw this clearly – others didn’t. And it remains the same to this day.

Jesus being formed within the womb of this virgin by the hand of God – was without sin, having been formed fearfully and wonderfully by God the Father.

Psalm 139

(speaking of the Psalmist but surely of all humankind). We read:

13 

For You formed my inward parts;

You covered me in my mother’s womb.

14 

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

Marvellous are Your works,

And that my soul knows very well.

15 

My frame was not hidden from You,

When I was made in secret…

This meant that Jesus had a human spirit like every other man. But joined to that human spirit was God The Son, as in the Person who dwelt with God in the eternal realm, before He came to earth – i.e. eternally dwelling in the heaven of heavens – not yet as (or in the form of) a man.

Colossians 1:

16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.

It was necessary that The Son of God allowed Himself to be clothed in a male body – which was formed in Mary’s womb. A body that God had prepared for Him.

Hebrews 10/5

Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, But a body You have prepared for Me.

The reason for this was that God’s Perfect plan of salvation from sin – be thus brought to a lost and dying race of perishable human beings.

Jesus said: He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

God (amongst all the other profound reasons), wanted to show Himself in a way that mankind could take in, and understand.

His mighty Presence shone through the Person of His Only Begotten Son in thought word and deed.

Manifesting His Glory in wisdom, miracles, authority and power with healing virtue and transformational influence upon the body soul and spirit of men and women, giving the Revelation of His Word for our constant guidance.

(Amp.) John 1/

18 No one has seen God [His essence, His divine nature] at any time; the [One and] only begotten God [that is, the unique Son] who is in the intimate presence of the Father, He has explained Him [and interpreted and revealed the awesome wonder of the Father].

God’s sinless and holy-loving nature will never change. To encounter Him in a Salvation experience, is to encounter the divine Son. And the nature mankind was born with can only fall in brokenness before Him with whom we have to do – if we are seeking Him, in the first place.

Those who will stubbornly refuse to seek Him, are likened to goats separated from the sheep on the day of judgement. (Matthew 35/22).

God’s Word will not change, God’s nature will not change, God’s ways will not change, God’s love will not change, God’s judgement will not change – He has done all things well.

Joshua 24:15

15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve,…But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

What to do through ’22

WHAT TO DO THROUGH ’22?

For genuine Christians exactly what to do in these strange days – is something we seek an answer to, regardless of what age category we fit into.

We are all faced with some undeniable facts (unless you are an atheist):

Wars and rumours of wars, pestilences, earthquakes in diverse places, evil men growing worse and worse, and all that Israel’s return to their homeland signifies, as we keep tabs on their ongoing history. (Matt. 24. II Timothy 3)

We brace ourselves for what is ahead, but from time to time drift into thinking what is happening on the earth is simply surreal.

And if you are like myself you have not totally landed on an eschatological position. I think there are six choices now, regarding ‘a position’ on the timescale, and order of events regarding the rapture and the tribulation etc., (six – but I might be mistaken?).

The powers of darkness have been invited by mankind through sin and unbelief – to achieve further entrenchment in the human psyche.

A satanic fog thickens on the brains of a wayward world.

Lies become perceived truth, and truth is dismissed by the mentally blind who cannot see. (II Corinthians 4/4)

Despite all that is happening on the planet –  sound doctrine is still sound doctrine.

The scriptures cannot be broken. The word of God shall never pass away. It is the bread of spiritual life. It is the only pure thing in a fallen world.

We the elect, must hold it in our hearts like never before. There is nothing else. And in the midst of the chaos – ‘if God be for us who can be against us…?’

God is building His church and we echo the words of Elisha 

2 Kings 6:17

17 And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Eyes opened – to see the mighty army of God in the heavenly places, standing to attention at the behest of The Captain of our salvation. Ready to do His bidding as the fulfilment of prophesy unfolds.

God watches the battle for men’s souls – but we read, and are encouraged for now and the future, to take heed to this wonderful Word of God, that has contextual application but more than that – is ‘spirit and life’ – for those who will embrace it.

ISAIAH 60/

For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,

And deep darkness the people;

But the Lord will arise over you,

And His glory will be seen upon you.

3 The Gentiles shall come to your light,

And kings to the brightness of your rising.

We often hear the term used in the USA: ‘fellow Americans’. Well ‘fellow gentiles’ let me call you out of darkness into God’s glorious light.

Seek God while He may be found. All He needs is for you to have a needy soul, and He will respond to your cry.

God is not extinguished by the darkness – He extinguishes the darkness with His Light.

Non-Christian come to the light – Christian come for more light.

…the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

Easter and always

Easter and always

You tell me ‘it’s that time of year again’

As in the example of a Christmas previous to

You tell me ‘make an effort to attend church’

And remember Christ the whole day through

The term easter – placed on it all –

About The Christ who died to save us from the fall

You tell me to ‘approach in reverent awe’

These days of lent when the Saviour we saw

Manifest in the flesh – believed on in the world

Received up to glory – more than just

The old old story

But my response as I celebrate too

Is – it is more to me than a time of year

Rather it’s a daily occurrence

That I should appropriate and appreciate

He is my life – in Him I must remain

Until the One who came

Comes again

So easter everyday

in remembrance of Him

Resurrection Sunday His Life within

Good deeds…

Good deeds…

One of the great paradoxes of living as a human being is the fact that most(?) folks would like to be good, but in actual fact, do bad things.

The old adage that ‘actions speak louder than words’ comes to mind.

There are folks who are not professing Christians, and yet they do more ‘good things’ than I do.

Wow that’s a confession to make – right?

After all I’m the one who is ‘preaching’ here. Time I learned to practice what I preach – yes?

Well – just give me a moment to find excuses, and defend myself.

No – it’s best I just admit it – I fall short on the good works front, especially when I consider the dedication of some folks, in adverse situations and life threatening diseased areas, who faithfully dedicate themselves to providing the medical needs of those around them. To mention only one example of good deeds done.

And here I am with eternity nearer than when I first believed.

Here I am – always falling short in my own eyes.

Here I am – wishing I could have given Him (Jesus) more.

Here I am – Mr. Average Christian.

Yet here I am – ready to receive a full reward because I took Jesus at His word!!

Now this may not compute for you. It almost sounds like I can be the biggest vagabond on the planet and yet all will be well with me in the hereafter, regardless of my ‘performance’.

We must grasp that what took place at the cross of Jesus Christ was the release of the possibility for mankind to enter into an exchange deal with the Holy and Righteous God of the universe.

As the song says: ‘I traded my old tattered garments – He gave me a robe of pure white. I’m feasting on Manna from heaven and that’s why I’m happy tonight’.

I traded my life for His, I accepted His gift of eternal life through Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 2/

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Attentiveness

ATTENTIVENESS 2022

So where is your attention?

Your attention will be with whatever – has got your attention.

Now that I have stated the obvious – let’s try to add a little to that.

By something getting the biggest part of your attention, there is every chance you will not be found listening to things you ought to give your attention to.

Habitual thinking is common to mankind. We have the same approach to things daily. It may be a showering routine. You might make a certain meal one way only. You turn the TV on at the same time to hear the news, because habitually you always do that. You always buy the same meal when eating out and so on.

You may pray – same time every day. All day is good.

When we hear a preacher give his sermon – there is a good chance that your mind can be on something else. Perhaps something that has been on your mind all week.

The preacher may have what you need. But your mind is elsewhere, rather than on what he says.

So you don’t hear. Really hear. You have missed it – the word – the word you needed.

You carry on anyway, and will return another day to hear(?) the preacher again.

Luke 8/8:…When He had said these things He cried, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”