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Think Spot 4th February 2013

Joy In Sharing Jesus

Joy and I are always wanting to share knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ together to as many people as we can. We think we are more successful following the biblical pattern 'Two are better than one' Jesus disciples were sent out two by two. Paul often had others with him as he proclaimed the gospel. There is no doubt there is a comfortable feeling experienced when we are in company as we seek to share our faith. ~

The people we meet also feel at ease when a man and woman are witnessing together rather than singly. Especially if a man is wanting to talk to a woman. Far better for a number of reasons why it is better to witness together as a pair. Now, if we have met with Jesus Christ in an unmistakeable way then we are the best witnesses to share with others the wonderful changes He has made in our lives. We are 'new creations' (2 Corinthians 5:17)

The peace and joy in our lives should be evident to our contacts for them to recognise what they are missing. His great sacrificial love to be made known. Equally importantly, when we have received Jesus Christ as our own Saviour and repented of our wrongs, acknowledging Him as our Lord, The Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirits that we are the children of God. We are privileged to have access to that holy boldness as we come to our Lord in prayer to receive the strength by faith and the ability to share our faith. We then may go with confidence as witnesses bearing witness to the amazing relationship and fellowship we have with Christ on a 24/7 basis. We then commit our way to Him and to meet whoever the Sovereign arranges to cross our path each day. ~

Although we are saved and cleansed through the efficacy of the precious blood of Christ poured out for us on the cross and have full assurance of peace with God we have to admit we muddy our feet daily. Our part then is to keep close to our Lord acknowledging our faults quickly and getting a clean sheet and then we can be assured He will use our witness effectively as He shines through us to a very needy people who have not benefited from that vital union with Him. We speak the Truth in love, leaving a tract if possible with a contact number and proceed on to our next encounter. The joy we have when sharing is sometimes overwhelming and we then realise how privileged we are to be part of Christ's mission on earth in 2013. ~

Joys Prayer ~

Gracious God and loving Heavenly Father, ~

It is true that two are better than one when sharing our faith. If we do things your way we know we shall have success. Time and time again we see in the Scriptures people who mess up their lives as they go their own way and fail to do things your way. ~ Thank you for the reminder that You will equip us. May we know a more intimate fellowship in prayer with You this year. Help us make progress in our prayer life and to experience assurance that You want to speak through us in our daily walk to others we meet. Help us to show Your love now to others! In Jesus name,

Amen.

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Think Spot 11th February 2013

Doubting the Promises of God

A man was heard to say “Do you really mean that?” Someone had promised to care for his animals while he was away on holiday. He had been concerned for his dog and wanted to make sure it would be well cared for, fed, and given regular exercise. The kind person prepared to help was a good man and one that could be trusted. Before the man went on holiday the kind friend drove him to the airport and then took the dog home and cared for him as he had promised. That man was trustworthy and the owner of the dog knew it. He could relax on holiday not worrying about his canine friend.

Now then, we have Someone very powerful, loving and gracious, Who has promised to watch over us every step of our journey from earth to heaven. We become members of His family when we trust in Jesus Christ as our Saviour and Lord and His promises include never to leave us alone ever. Either He or our guardian angels are watching over us night and day. (Hebrews 1) In addition to these regular guardians of our souls we are instructed that sometimes “we may be entertaining angels unawares”.

Now there's a thought . I recommend you take that thought to bed with you. On one occasion in in 2 Kings 6:15ff we read of the prophet Elisha with his young friend in what appeared to be in a tight corner. A massive enemy army coming against them. The young man was terrified. “What shall we do?” Elisha replied to the young man by his side “Do not be afraid because those who are with us are more than those who are with them” Then Elisha prayed and said “Lord open this mans eyes that he may also see “ His prayer was answered immediately and he saw what had been previously invisible to his natural eyes, the Almighty God's armies protecting both he and Elisha.

The dog I mentioned earlier was out of sight of his owner but well cared for by the trusted friend. How much more can we trust in our great all powerful, all knowing, all seeing God, “who is able to do exceedingly above all we could ever ask or think.” Maybe you as well as Joy and I are going through a testing time at present but may our faith be focussed on God's faithfulness and watchfulness. Remember He will not let anything happen to us until He is ready to call us home. So let all of us “rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him” to both hear and answer our prayers. He will keep His many promises towards us especially to never leave or 'drop us' as the word 'forsake' literally means.

Joy's Prayer

Gracious God and loving heavenly Father, we need to hear homely stories like this one about a man and his dog and the careful preparations he made for the dog while separated from him, and then to see that You Lord are so close and always strong for us especially when we feel weak and vulnerable. Thank you for your many promises we know you will keep concerning us and the fact that You see us all the time and have power to protect, guide and provide. In our weakness be our strength. Shield and guard us from the enemy with his attacks on our faith. Help us to keep our armour on and leave no unguarded place.

In Jesus Name,

Amen.

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18th February 2013

The Pilgrims Progress and you

If there is one book which has proved very helpful to me in my own Christian pilgrimage it is “The Pilgrims Progress”. It is full of imagery which captivates the mind as you read of the adventures of Pilgrim. He is laughed at, mocked and ridiculed as he leaves home seeking salvation and the removal of his burden on his back representing his sin. We read of how his name is changed to Christian when he comes to the Cross and of the many dangers he meets after that on route. He has enemies he engages in battle with. He speaks of the many helps he received as he travels on to the Beulah Land and glory. He carries a scroll (the Bible) which is to lead him to his final destination. If you are struggling with sin, or faith or uncertainty then read this book in Modern English.

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This is a book written by a man of God many years ago, who lived for God. He was a man well acquainted with troubles, as he endeavoured to use his gifts of preaching in many open places and suffered imprisonment for the message of freedom he would proclaim to the masses. He was a pastor and preacher and the lover of people enough to tell out the gospel at the expense of his wife and life. He had a blind daughter so his family suffered at home as well. However in prison God gave him an amazing dream full of Christian life principles.

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This book has been a worlds best seller over many years up to the present day. At his baptism my son gave his testimony saying what a great help Pilgrims Progress had been to him as it was read to him at bedtime each evening to show him the pathway to heaven. May I recommend its reading to you and to encourage you to learn from it . May it help you to become a stronger Christian and the children's version a blessing to your family.

Joys Prayer

Gracious God and loving heavenly Father, We come to You the Almighty God and praise You for your faithfulness when answering our many prayers. We desire more faith and ask your forgiveness when we let you down. ~

Forgive us Lord when our hearts are not always in all we do. Please, if necessary, give us a new heart or rekindle the desires we once had when we first tasted and received the Lord into our lives. Forgive us and cleanse us and renew our faith that we may honour You and give You glory due to your holy name! ~

In Jesus name we pray! ~

Amen

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Think Spot 25th February 2013

Are you bored with your quiet time?

Some years ago I was feeling jaded in my personal communications with God. My personal quiet times were becoming a burden. They were a duty rather than a delight. In fact I felt bored and not knowing what to do about it. Sure I was converted. I was a missionary in missionary service in a tough area of London. The world around me was pressing in on me. I was downhearted even near to depression. As a young missionary I was dry, very dry spiritually . I was simply going through the motions of Christian service. No one was getting converted. Was it all worth it ? I asked myself.

One morning I simply flicked my Bible open with little care which book in the Bible I came to and found myself in the opening chapter of the Song of Solomon. A book I was unfamiliar with. As I read mechanically through the first few verses I was directed to a cross reference in I Kings 4:29; through which God spoke loudly to me revealing my problem.

Solomon, King of Israel had been asked by the Lord which gift he required from God.. His answer pleased the Lord exceedingly and he was granted his gift of wisdom to rule his people. Then the Lord continues to say he was so pleased with Solomon's request for wisdom that He was going to give him a bonus. In the 'King James version' it reads that “God gave to Solomon riches and largeness of heart” What did that mean? I wondered. I knew it wasn't referring to the physical heart so it had to be a spiritual gift. Suddenly the truth dawned on me. My experience at that time was that I was shrivelled up in my spirit in unbelief. My spirit was dry. My faith was at a very low point. So I cried out in prayer for a larger capacity for God Himself as I understood the expression to mean. To increase my desires for God Himself not for anything to receive from him but for Himself. Immediately my spirit was awakened and I was praying the prayerful words of the psalmist when he sought God saying “My soul pants after God as the hart (young deer) pants for the water brooks."

We may be at the present time crying out to God for revival. To see our church enlarged and our Sunday Schools filled with children but maybe the problem lies closer to our very selves. Is God saying to us "why should I answer your prayers when you are so impoverished in your own souls and you are going through the motions in mechanical fashion. There is no life in what you say or do. Your hearts are not where they should be because they are shrivelled up with worldliness unbelief and subsequently you have little faith." Then I remembered God's words to Joel and Israel, “Return to God and He will return to you” Good advice indeed.

My prayer was answered, my heavy spirit lifted and my hunger for God increased and also for His Word . Once again I was enjoying God with a heart enlarged for God and a desire for more of God in my life. Faith was rekindled. My batteries recharged and things took off from there. May I suggest we all seek that blessing in order that we may fulfil our ultimate calling which is "to glorify God and to enjoy Him for ever"

Joys Prayer

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