31 December 2014

New Territory

It begins with a flurry of well wishes
It continues amidst the ups and downs 
For some it ends as soon as it starts
For others it never began

It did not begin for many reasons
Dreams lay as a heap in their tangled hearts, 
No, not another year to hope again
Nay, I'll rather it doesn't start at all. 

For some it begins with trepidation
As they take cautious steps forward 
They dare to peek through the windows of faith to what lies ahead 
Perhaps they reason,
This year will unfold with floods of yesterdays dreams 

Many venture into it with
Courage, to live on
confidence to attempt feats untried and untested
commitment to see it through
determined to conquer fear
 as they endeavour to venture into territory unknown

Begin 2015 with faith, hope and trust in God, forgetting what is past, look ahead and give wings to your ambitions. 
You made it through that's reason enough to go into the year with zeal and audacious faith. 

Happy New Year. 

23 December 2014

He Came To Stay

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder. And His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Mathew 1:2  Isaiah 7:14: therefore the virgin will conceive and bear a son and he shall be called Immanuel "God with Us",

The phrase 'it came to Pass' is used 456 times in the King James Bible. What does it mean? To me it means an expectation of some sort, a desire which was anticipated which eventually became a reality and is now in the past, but also lives with us in the present.

This phrase reminds me of the Christmas story, Isaiah prophesied about the birth of our saviour, he did not just used nice words, but he declared what the Saviour will be and do. 
In Mathew the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and told her what would come to pass. That she will be the mother to the Saviour of the world.  The Angels words fulfilled Isaiah's prophecy,  indeed, came to pass when Jesus was born. 
During his time on earth as a man he indeed was a wonderful counsellor, he counsel the tax collector, a man who had been dishonest in his dealings with others. Jesus sat down with him and had a straight talk about his attitude. Jesus was a counsellor to his disciples, he brought peace and hope to Mary and Mattar, when Lazarus died. He restored peace on the high seas while in the boat and out of the boat. 
He also brought peace to many heart by his very presence and the healing he performed. 

Today Jesus is with us in our hearts. He promised not to leave us and we as Christians can tell of His presence in our lives. He's indeed God with us. 
God with us, guiding, directing and helping us here on earths journey till we meet him in heavens shores.

This Christmas we celebrate God with us, now and every day. 

With us, in us, by us his presence so great
His person so real, 
In love birthed 
My Saviour my God, 
No other can rival 

Merry Christmas 

2 December 2014

The Work Of Our Hands

The work of our hands. Psalms 90:17, 112.

Most people do something for a living, some of us like what we do, others do not. In Deuteronomy 28:12, we are told told that the Lord will bless the work of our hands, we shall be lenders only and not borrowers. God is a giver and one of his many gift to us is his blessings on everything we do. he did not make man to be idle, but wants us to use the gifts and skills he had deposited inside of us to enrich our world and ourselves. 

I read the following some where, if you have food  in the refrigerator, clothes on your back a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of this world. If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish somewhere, you are among the top 8% of the worlds wealthy. 

To be able to have a job which affords all of the above, is the Lord's doing. 

There are instances where the work of our hands will not be blessed, when we forget the Lord, to appreciate him for the work of our hands, Isaiah 17:10-11 Because You have forgotten the God of your salvation, the harvest will be a heap of ruins. Here we see the danger of thinking we can do anything in our own strength. Apart from God, the work of our hands will be a pile of rubbish, we will labour for the wind and be in serious debt. Ecclesiastic 5:16.

Statistics shows that 1.96m of people are unemployed here in the UK, around the world the figure varies, the number runs into millions in 3rd world countries. 
We often take these for granted, but if we were to lose our jobs, the very thing we do with our hands, our intelligence, our minds, the story will be different, 

So do you have a job? Something you do daily which pays the bill, put food on the table, enables you to put a little away, every now and again, from which you give to the less well off, whether it's something you like or not, it is still a privilege.  Be thankful for it is the work of Gods hands. 

Dear Lord, thank you for the work of our hands.
You have freely given to us all we we have
We receive them with joy and grateful praise.

Thank you that we are able to enjoy the fruit of our labour
We are grateful for your favour in our lives, which causes others to show us favour 
You have given freely to us and we know that you intend for us to give 
Back to others

Thank you for our daily bread, 
For the clothes on our back, roof over our heads, 
And strength for each new day

At the end of each day when we are tired from the day's job remind us to whisper from a grateful heart.
"Thank you Lord".