Friday, 28 December 2012

Flight 91

Participating in the divine nature of redemption means there is a time to take flight. Walking with God, who has an adversary; means there are dangers & snares. Some environments are not healthy to hang around. Jesus himself taught the disciples to pray “lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil”. All that glitters is not gold, the Lord knows how to deliver the godly from trials but never the less the believer is called to study the Scriptures & grow in godliness… wisdom from above.


Be on guard…you have a soul to protect & a path to follow…with one another  “Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare Psalm 91:3”

Friday, 21 December 2012

Kindness & Christmas

In my experience, kindness can kindle a bond of warmth; it is one of the good things that can happen here on earth. It has been known to rekindle a person’s faith in humanity among the real life rip offs that can darken our perception of the brotherhood & sisterhood of human endeavour.

Cruelty & kindness comes in many measures & to make things even more confusing one person’s cruelty can be another’s kindness, much like one person’s trash or treasure.

In God’s word the Bible, much value is placed upon kindness, but it’s not the ordinary kind - as good as that can be. The Spirit infused kindness that flows from the instruction found in the sacred letters to the churches comes as part of the whole.

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. It’s no good having one without the other, they go together. This is also true regarding the love of God, it is no ordinary love, and it too is part of the whole. God’s justice & mercy are woven perfectly into His love.

Although we see the Spirits work recognisable in others & at times replicated in human endeavour they are not the same, one thread is purely earthly in nature, the other heavenly. The heavenly is extra ordinary as it blends with flesh & blood.  In Jesus Christ alone is this seen in all its promise…A rich heavenly thread of light has pierced the world cloaked in ages of darkness & spiritual poverty.

Sunday, 16 December 2012

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed…Isaiah 53:5.

An eighth century prophet gives us a snapshot of the gospel (good news). In uncertain times, two super powers, Assyria & Egypt are thinking about location, location, location. Judah’s position (stuck in the middle) is a tug of war experience. Amidst the spiritual struggle comes a person named Isaiah, son of Amoz. Isaiah speaks of God amidst the dilemma, denial & despair, speaking also of a coming king unlike any other…He is the one who will demonstrate justice & mercy.
The supernatural works with the natural…Creator with the created. Jesus, God/man, God in the flesh for a time has come…food & drink for the soul, wisdom & joy, to the world.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Life can have its roaring forties moments that seem to take us off course. This can be seen with the ship “Eendracht” & its adventurous captain Dirk Hartog. According to the Bible, this is no “what comes around goes around moment” of karma or a freakish set of circumstances that some claim as chance & evolution.

What can be seen as bad luck, wrong or evil, God can use for good, just like the crucifix. A Roman tool of suffering, punishment, ridicule & death. How can death bring life? There would be many an account of people giving their life to save others but how so with Jesus the healer, teacher & miracle worker whose life was exchanged for a murderer.

Jesus the Lamb of God becomes a willing & complete sacrifice. Just as the Israelites were taught how to live in a relationship with God via ceremony & sacrifice in order to bring peace & neighbourly respect under God, so Jesus sacrifice brings recognition & words of peace through the gospel to those who trust in Him.

Considering interviews of donor recipients, the gore of the operation seems long forgotten as words of thankfulness flow for the giver of life & those involved in the transplant & the hope of a fulfilled life. The church too says God has done great things as He works today in this world. People’s lives are blown off course…eternally, spiritually, morally & physically. In Jesus & the storm, faith can replace fear as the deck of life sits in the doldrums or sways on the currents & swells. God is at the helm as He charters the salvation ship to a new heaven & new earth. The wind blows wherever it pleases John 3:8

Sunday, 2 December 2012

“When peace like a river attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll, whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say, it is well, it is well with my soul.”  Horatio. G. Spafford.  1828-1888

In the joy & pain of life the believer is called to look beyond the physical reality. Spiritual understanding is also necessary when living a life of faith. Spafford’s spiritual song was born out of struggle & trial. He recognises the sin cursed world, the deception of Satan, the terrible loss he has personally suffered and a Saviour in Jesus who has come to redeem & will come again to judge the earth (The Christmas Story)

It’s no freakish accident…Horatio, despite his struggles, rests in the everlasting arms of God, an all wise God who sees & knows so much more than we who dwell here on earth. The believer trusts in the promises, wisdom & mystery of God.