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My Peace

Posted by Shirley Anne on July 29, 2014

I have found over the years since becoming a Christian 26 years ago but especially in recent years that I have become more aware of the promised peace of God. Up until now I can say with all honesty that I haven’t experienced a peace in my heart like it. It is unique and it fills me with confidence knowing that The Lord is always present in all the circumstances I find myself in. When once I would be anxious about something I find I no longer am. Unless you have experienced this peace, this love from Jesus, you will not understand. It comes without any effort on my part and allows me to rise above the problems in life. I don’t worry about anything as I once did, I will have concerns but no worries. 

Jesus comforts his disciples

John 14

 ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, me back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.’

Jesus the way to the Father

Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?’

Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.’

Philip said, ‘Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.’

Jesus answered: ‘Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, “Show us the Father”? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

Jesus promises the Holy Spirit

15 ‘If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you for ever – 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me any more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realise that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.’

22 Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, ‘But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?’

23 Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

25 ‘All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

28 ‘You heard me say, “I am going away and I am coming back to you.” If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. 30 I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, 31 but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me.

‘Come now; let us leave.

——————–

Shirley Anne

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What does it take?

Posted by Shirley Anne on July 16, 2014

My readers will know that I am a Christian believer, an exile from atheism, turned-around, born again person, all of those things but still me. It’s all about realising something is truth, experiencing a change of heart and a revelation from God Himself. You will often hear Christians saying that God revealed Himself to them in one way or another which opened their hearts to the fact that they were in need of salvation because they were heading for eternal damnation otherwise. God has a plan and knows in advance which way people will go in believing or not in His gift of life eternal in Jesus Christ. As human beings we all fall short of His glory, no-one but no-one is anywhere near perfect in His eyes and never will be by their own efforts. It is because we are all sinners that we remain separated from Him and that can be forever. Hell is indeed being separated from God. God knows our imperfect state and knows we are helpless to do anything about it ourselves but we are His creation and He loves us so much that He died for us in order that we may be redeemed. ‘For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life’, John 3:16 . Jesus Christ paid the penalty for each and every one of us but we must believe that and accept him as our Saviour. When we invite him in he will come. We are given The Holy Spirit who then dwells in our hearts like a live-in helper. As we allow The Spirit to guide us and teach us we become more and more at one with our Maker.

It isn’t a religion as some think, it isn’t a religion but a relationship and one with a promise. We become heirs to a great kingdom, we have been washed clean of all our sins and made pure in the eyes of God because of what Jesus did for us. If anyone does not believe that it is their choice, it always was and always will be. I can only wonder why people so easily reject the message and maintain a belief in something else which will leave them condemned and without hope for all eternity.

NOW READ THIS IF YOU ARE STILL SKEPTICAL………http://y-jesus.com/wwrj/6-jesus-rise-dead/?gclid=COX-prfzyb8CFWnpwgod3ZAA8g

Shirley Anne

 

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Insurance with benefits

Posted by Shirley Anne on May 13, 2014

insurance

insurance (Photo credit: I am marlon)

When I was young I never gave much thought to insurance, it was something I knew very little about. About the time I was courting and just prior to my marriage I was prompted by my future father-in-law to take out a life insurance policy. My only knowledge of insurance and the need for it centred around my vehicle. We can insure ourselves against almost any kind of misfortune or disaster if we are willing to pay for it of course. These types of insurance policies only become beneficial afterwards. We can protect ourselves from any form of liability too, at a cost. Life insurance policies with benefits ensure a lump sum of money at the end of the term, as with endowment policies. You pay for insurance cover whilst saving at the same time, as long as you keep up the payments. Is it wise then to take out insurance? Well yes it is I hear you say and most folk would agree. Well there is an insurance policy of sorts that we can take out that costs absolutely nothing in financial terms and when it matures there are great benefits to be found. All we have to do is trust the provider and admit to our own failings and the policy is free! I am speaking about an eternal life policy that provides a mansion too! As a Christian believer I find it astounding that people will take great measures to protect their possessions against damage or theft yet take no measures to protect their eternal existence. All they are concerned about are the material things in this life yet one day they will all have to give them up. They will then face their Maker with nothing to show for their lives. No earthly insurance policy covers you and protects you once to die. There are no benefits to be had with them. To ensure an eternity, yes AN ETERNITY in peace and contentment all you have to do is allow Jesus to be your Saviour, confess your sins and repent of them and the free gift of life is yours! No need for an insurance policy.

Shirley Anne

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A simple message

Posted by Shirley Anne on November 17, 2013

Česky: Kříže - symbol utrpení Ježíše Krista a ...

Česky: Kříže – symbol utrpení Ježíše Krista a jeho ukřižování (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I believe in God and the Lord Jesus Christ. Once I did not. In my life I have been an atheist far longer than I have been a Christian. I wanted to know about God, I wanted to know if He really did exist so I searched for Him. I wrote poems about Him and I asked if He would reveal Himself to me. I started to read The Bible. I knew there was a message to hear and I wanted to know what it was. For some time I had an idea of what it meant to be a Christian and to follow Jesus but my doctrine was a little off-course. I was encouraged by a friend to speak to the pastor of the church she attended so that I could find out more. I was a little reluctant at first but plucked up the courage to make the appointment. It was a very relaxed and informal meeting I had with this pastor and later his wife and we chatted about my beliefs. I was under no pressure and was simply encouraged to read certain passages from my Bible at my leisure. The pastor explained a few things about Scripture, about religion and about the message of salvation as I recall and after an hour I left for home. Many ‘born again’ Christians will tell you they had an experience of some sort, a revelation, an encounter with God and I can tell you they are not making it up for I had such an encounter if you will. Three days after that meeting whilst lying in bed, I felt an overwhelming sense of love engulf me and I instinctively knew it was God, The Holy Spirit. My whole body was cocooned in a loving embrace which I have never yet been able to truly explain or convey. It was an experience that had to be experienced at a personal level. I was born again. For each person who comes to God, to Jesus, it is different. When someone is living in a dark room and the light is switched on they begin to see things they never knew or saw before. So it is with those who come to believe. They receive forgiveness of sins if they repent, they receive a gift like no other gift they have ever received, they receive the gift of salvation and everlasting life because they believed in God the Father and in the One He sent, His only begotten Son Jesus Christ who actually died for all their wrongdoing. As John 3:16 says

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

And that is it! The message is simple, the gift is free and all you have to do is reach out and take it………

Shirley Anne

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Captivity

Posted by Shirley Anne on October 17, 2013

"αθεοι" (atheoi), Greek for "th...

“αθεοι” (atheoi), Greek for “those without god”, as it appears in the Epistle to the Ephesians on the third-century papyrus known as “Papyrus 46″ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My life was empty
Till you came to me
You broke my chains
And then you set me free
You paid the price
That I could never pay
You took my place
And died on Calvary

Jesus,
Jesus,
Jesus.

Copyright Shirley Anne 23 Sept 2011

You may not think it but if you don’t know Jesus as your personal Saviour then you are in captivity. You are in chains and have no hope of going to heaven. You are a sinner with your sins unforgiven but you say ‘I don’t believe in God and have no need of a Saviour’. I want to tell you that you do! I only came to believe in God when I was 43 years of age and after a lifetime of openly denying His existence. However, something happened in my heart and I began to search for God and because I was serious about that I found Him and discovered a love that went far beyond anything I had ever experienced before. This God whom I had denied throughout my life loved me, in fact He loved me so much that He gave His only begotten Son as an atoning sacrifice for all the sins I ever committed or ever will. John 3:16 says, ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life’. You see, because I discovered just how much of a sinner I was, and everyone is a sinner, I discovered that it was the sin in my life which kept me separated from God, not just in my life but for all eternity! I was headed for Hell and there was nothing I could do to prevent that but God provided a way through His Son, Jesus. Jesus died and took my sins upon Himself and in doing so released me from the chains I was shackled in. I was free! I was given eternal life because of what Jesus did for me. All I had to do was repent of my sins, believe that Jesus died for me and believe in the One who sent Him. I needed salvation and God provided me with it through Jesus. It is by grace that I have been saved and this not of myself. As Ephesians 2:8-9 points out ‘For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast’. In other words I could never earn it by ‘being a good person’ no matter how good I think I am. The same applies to you if Jesus isn’t your Saviour so why not do something about it? The alternative is something you really do not want.

Shirley Anne

 

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Enduring till the end

Posted by Shirley Anne on September 21, 2013

Saint Timothy (ortodox icon)

Saint Timothy (ortodox icon) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2 Timothy 3 (New International Version – UK)

1 But mark this: there will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God – 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. 6 They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, 7 always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth. They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. 9 But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.

A final charge to Timothy

10 You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, 11 persecutions, sufferings – what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. 12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Footnotes:

(2 Timothy 3:17 Or that you, a man of God,)

Do you see yourself in this list? It may not all apply but is there something that has a ring of truth about it when you consider your own life?

The Bible tells us that as Christians who follow Jesus, who believe in the truth as given in Scripture, who wish to live to please God we will face persecution and isn’t that true today? If we make a stand for righteousness, holiness and the things of God we face condemnation by the secular and unbelieving world. Other faiths and religions come against us too. We stand because we know the truth, we have experienced the touch of God upon our lives, we have heard the good news and have turned to the light, to the giver of life and nothing will turn our hearts from believing in these things for we know that through endurance we will win in the end. We have an eternal promise which is far better than anything we have now apart from the knowledge that is in and through our Saviour Jesus Christ. Unbelievers don’t have such a promise, their lives centre around the things of this earth, their lives are empty without Jesus but they don’t realize it. They are not filled with the Spirit of God nor can they be until their hearts change and they reach out to Him. Finding a diamond is a fine thing and once found, treasured. If you want something better than a diamond, come to Jesus.

Shirley Anne

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God does what He says He will do

Posted by Shirley Anne on September 14, 2013

The Greatest Promise of God

The Greatest Promise of God (Photo credit: MikeVC)

Isaiah 9 v 2-7

2 The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned.
3 You have enlarged the nation
and increased their joy;
they rejoice before you
as people rejoice at the harvest,
as warriors rejoice
when dividing the plunder.
4 For as in the day of Midian’s defeat,
you have shattered
the yoke that burdens them,
the bar across their shoulders,
the rod of their oppressor.
5 Every warrior’s boot used in battle
and every garment rolled in blood
will be destined for burning,
will be fuel for the fire.
6 For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and for ever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this.

In a couple of month’s time, yes it isn’t that far off, Christians and non-Christians alike will be celebrating Christmas. Those who believe will be celebrating the birth of their Saviour and the rest will be celebrating for other reasons. Those other reasons may well be for good things such as being with family and friends and enjoying pleasant times together but they will not be celebrating the birth of a saviour, yet a saviour is exactly what they need. They don’t see that because their eyes are blind to the truth, their backs are turned away from the light and they are held captive by the things of the flesh. Their hearts are cold. God foretold the birth of a saviour, the Saviour of the world, His only begotten Son our Lord Jesus the Christ, the Messiah some six hundred years or more before it happened. Not only His birth but how it was to come about! His birth was therefore expected and yet when Jesus came and died for mankind many rejected Him. Even today they still reject Him, yet they need Him. The problem is they do not realize their need nor recognize it. Why did God give His Son? Why did Jesus suffer on a cross? Because we are all sinners and that alone keeps us from God, separates us from Him but God demonstrates His love for us in this…………

Romans 5:8
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

He died that we, if we repent and believe in our hearts that He died for us we will be saved. Saved from what? Saved from eternal damnation and separation from God. God is just and will judge our hearts but He is merciful not wanting that anyone should perish. He offers us a way out, a free gift, Jesus. Would you really not accept such a gift? Why remain stubborn and condemned? Do something about it today, come to Jesus. Remember, God is true to His word, He will do what He promises to do……..

Shirley Anne

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Are you ready for this?

Posted by Shirley Anne on September 7, 2013

The Great Day of His Wrath

The Great Day of His Wrath (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On the day of Pentecost the apostles were gathered in an upper room and there appeared something like flames descending on their heads. They had been filled with The Holy Spirit and they began to prophesy, speaking in foreign tongues. Those who heard them thought they were all drunk but they had all heard the messages in their own language by those who had never spoken in their language previously. The apostles, by the Spirit, had spoken these words……

‘“In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
21 And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Many today believe we are in those last days as we see the events in the world unfolding around us. Everything seems to be pointing to the beginning of the end and the return of Jesus Christ. For those who understand the prophecies in Scripture it is difficult not to believe we are approaching such times and if that is true are we ready for such things? Are you ready for Christ’s return?

Shirley Anne

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You might think

Posted by Shirley Anne on July 1, 2013

Rotating Black Hole

Rotating Black Hole

Many of my readers will have gathered by now that I like my work and I like working at home because of the many posts I have dedicated to it, especially more recently. Many will be wondering if I have any sort of life beyond what I do at work. They may think that all I do is work, work, work. Well that isn’t true of course. I might not write much about the many things I get up to but you can be sure I am active in other areas apart from my work. I play my guitar quite often but there is little to remark about that. I read quite a lot too but the things I read about are not fiction. they are all based on fact, I don’t read much fiction, hardly any at all. Most everything I read is factual. I read The Bible often and you might be thinking well, isn’t that fiction? I can assure you that it isn’t, it is filled with actual historic events all of which have been corroborated through other historical texts. The parts many people do not understand are those which make reference to a deity, a creator God and a redeemer called Jesus, thinking they are just fiction. Of course I disagree with such people because I have first-hand experience of God and Jesus, something which I cannot deny and that is why I believe in them both. I watched a television program a while back in which they were discussing observations of ‘Black Holes’. There are such phenomenal gravitational forces associated with Black Holes that once material is sucked into them it is lost forever, even light itself cannot escape such a strong gravity which is why we cannot see Black Holes and why they are so described. Yet something created all of what we do see and even what we don’t. Some people will say that we will one day be able to understand how the Universe was made for no-one so far has been able to. Many have put forward theories regarding Creation but the real answer lies in Creation having been created, suddenly popping into existence where nothing existed before. Many would argue that the Universe was created by a Black Hole expelling all of the material it had previously accumulated, which could actually be true but where did that material originally come from? God made it all. Simple. The Bible tells us that God created material from nothing, it wasn’t there before God made it. People might say that cannot be proven but I am already convinced and do not need tangible ‘proof’, my faith tells me it is true. Faith is like a receipt for something that has yet to be delivered, a sort of guarantee that it will arrive, a promise. You might think all of this is nonsense but you will always think that way unless your heart changes.

Shirley Anne

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It’s not for me they say

Posted by Shirley Anne on March 20, 2013

A picture of Pisgah Baptist Church in Four Oak...

A picture of Pisgah Baptist Church in Four Oaks, North Carolina, USA.

There are many things in this life that hold no interest for me and this is the same for everyone on the planet. We can’t all like the same things or have the same interests right across the board. I hear people talking about their hobbies and interests and sometimes those things coincide with mine but not always. For so long in my life I couldn’t understand why people went to church on a Sunday and I felt it was more to do with their traditional habits than their belief in God. Of course at that time I had no interest in God so going to church meant nothing to me. When I actually started going to church on a regular basis it was a ritual for me, it meant nothing spiritually and it was more to do with my children. For reasons not known to me at that time I felt pushed to take them along but wasn’t quite sure why. The children enjoyed going, which helped and I felt happy that they were learning the traditions of men, not realising they were learning about God and Jesus Christ too! As I sat in the pews my experience was one of listening but not understanding. It was simply what I did on a Sunday morning. Before too long we moved away to where we live now and I found another church to attend on a Sunday. Both of these two churches were Methodist. It was during my first year at the second church that I began to take an interest in God and I read the Bible from the beginning to the end for the first time. This ultimately lead to me conversion and I had a ‘born again’ experience. I also began to attend a Pentecostal church about this time. These events are listed in my pages above for those who wish to know more so I won’t elaborate here. My life was changed completely for the better once I became a Christian believer and my sole wish was to tell others about this pearl of information I had discovered so they too might benefit by coming to God as I had done. This desire to ‘preach the Gospel‘ has stuck with me ever since and really it should be the desire of every born again believer! So I witness to people given every opportunity. You might ask why we Christians want others, complete strangers to know about God and salvation but there is a new driving force within us called the Holy Spirit empowering us and there is a new love in our hearts for those who don’t know. Writing about God in a Blog is a very easy thing to do, far easier than speaking with people face to face but I enjoy doing both. I expect a lot of rejection for my efforts for many say in their own way, ‘It’s not for me’, as if it were a hobby or a pastime for me, something I just do as a hobby or because I have an interest in Christianity. Christianity isn’t anything like Islam or Buddhism, Hinduism or any other ‘religions’ for it is the only one with the promise of eternal life.  Believing in a deity, is difficult to accept for many people so they dismiss it out of hand. It is only by openly pursuing God that He will be found though. We have to make the effort and earnestly seek Him. Saying that God doesn’t exist doesn’t mean He doesn’t but people will say the opposite,’believing in God doesn’t mean He exists either’. Well I didn’t know avocados existed before I saw one! The difference is that I can take avocados or not as I please without any consequences but this isn’t the same for God. If I don’t take hold of His free gift of life everlasting in Jesus Christ I will pay the consequences and these consequences will last an eternity! There will not be a second chance so why take that chance? Why gamble with your destiny? No, Christianity isn’t just a hobby or an interest, it isn’t all about going to a church or following the traditions of men as many do. It is about salvation, ETERNAL SALVATION. Pooh-pooh the idea if you think that isn’t true and I know many of you will do exactly that. It won’t stop me trying to get through to you though because I know the gift is very much worth accepting.

Click here for some eye-openers

http://www.finalfrontier.org.uk/

Shirley Anne

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Heaven and hell

Posted by Shirley Anne on February 24, 2013

 

To watch the full version of the video and to watch another similar one click on here……….

http://www.freechristianteaching.org/modules/tinyd0/index.php?id=4#axzz2LTtZ4t8q

 

I hope it opens your heart….

Shirley Anne

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This cannot wait

Posted by Shirley Anne on February 11, 2013

Shirley Anne

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A final warning and invitation

Posted by Shirley Anne on February 3, 2013

Many of the people I know have no belief in God despite how many times they are witnessed to. A brick wall surrounds them, their eyes are open but they cannot see, their ever-open ears hear nothing, their lives are all they see. They are born, they live and then they die as if for no reason whatsoever. According to their hearts they are all here by accident, by chance, by some fluke of nature and are simply a product of a universe they know nothing about or where it came from. The universe with all it’s galaxies came from somewhere, it was created. In the same way we were created too. God declares He is the creator of all things and He did it all through Jesus Christ and by His Spirit. God spoke and it happened. God speaks today and things happen. Those who know God will know these things but for those who don’t, they remain in ignorance. God however loves all His creation and would have none of us perish or be outside of His love. Unfortunately many do not accept this and place themselves in great danger, not in this life but in the next. We are all sinners and as such deserve nothing from God but in His mercy we may obtain forgiveness and everlasting, yes EVERLASTING LIFE if we repent and accept the one He sent, Jesus, as our Saviour. Without Jesus we are doomed to eternal punishment, Throughout The Bible we are told about this message, this Gospel, this good news but it is up to us to respond. In the final page of Revelation, the last book in the Bible, God calls out to those who have yet to come to Him through Jesus. A final warning and a final invitation. Why? Because He loves you!

Detail - Glory of the New Born Christ in prese...

Revelation 22

Epilogue: invitation and warning

12 ‘Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

14 ‘Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. 15 Outside are the dogs, those who practise magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practises falsehood.

16 ‘I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.’

17 The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come!’ Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.

18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: if anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.

20 He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon.’

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.

 

Shirley Anne

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Lying spirits

Posted by Shirley Anne on January 28, 2013

Shirley Anne

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The more I see the more I am sure

Posted by Shirley Anne on November 27, 2012

Probably all my readers will be aware by now that I am a Christian but I do not fill this site with religious content, that is reserved for my other site at Minkyweasels Musings but from time to time I do post here on religious themes. I am fascinated with Bible prophecy, well I am fascinated with all of God‘s Word of course and I am always delving into Scripture. I know I have read the entire Bible from cover to cover at least 28 times and learn something new each time I read. I am currently reading through the Bible yet again. A large proportion of the Bible is dedicated to prophecy, probably one-third so it is a subject that should be taken very seriously, especially as much of what is prophesied has actually happened. As a Christian believer I know that all prophecy will be fulfilled, God’s will be done. The reason all prophecy hasn’t been fulfilled is that some of it is reserved for the future and what God has already planned will happen. Many of the prophets in the Old Testament foretold of future events which were fulfilled but some of those future events refer to things even in our own future. When John  was being held captive on the island of Patmos in the Mediterranean Sea he saw a vision from God and was inspired to write down all he saw. This resulted in the entire prophetic Book of Revelation,
Revelation 1
New International Version – UK (NIVUK)
Prologue

1 The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, 2 who testifies to everything he saw – that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.

The time is near. This is making reference to the ‘end times’ as prophesied in the Book of Daniel and elsewhere in Scripture, a time in the future, their future. We are living two thousand years after John’s prophetic vision and much speculation has been given as to whether the ‘end times’ refer to the present day or a few years hence from now. Descriptions of those end times seem close to what is now going on in the world and indeed can only be referring to modern times when we analyse what is written.
Daniel 12 (NIVUK)

The end times

12 ‘At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people – everyone whose name is found written in the book – will be delivered. 2 Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. 3 Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. 4 But you, Daniel, roll up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.’

‘Many will go here and there to increase knowledge’. Think about the Internet. The Book of Daniel was written almost 2600 years ago. In Matthew’s Gospel, written a little less than 2000 years ago a better description, the words spoken directly by Jesus is given…

Matthew 24

New International Version – UK (NIVUK)

The destruction of the temple and signs of the end times

24 Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. ‘Do you see all these things?’ he asked. ‘Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.’

As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. ‘Tell us,’ they said, ‘when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?’

Jesus answered: ‘Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, “I am the Messiah,” and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumours of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth-pains.

‘Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

15 ‘So when you see standing in the holy place “the abomination that causes desolation,” spoken of through the prophet Daniel – let the reader understand – 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. 18 Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. 19 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath.21 For then there will be great distress, unequalled from the beginning of the world until now – and never to be equalled again.

22 ‘If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.23 At that time if anyone says to you, “Look, here is the Messiah!” or, “There he is!” do not believe it. 24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you in advance.

26 ‘So if anyone tells you, “There he is, out in the desert,” do not go out; or, “Here he is, in the inner rooms,” do not believe it. 27 For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.28 Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.

29 ‘Immediately after the distress of those days

‘“the sun will be darkened,
    and the moon will not give its light;
the stars will fall from the sky,
    and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.”

30 ‘Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. 31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

32 ‘Now learn this lesson from the fig-tree: as soon as its twigs become tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. 34 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

The day and hour unknown

36 ‘But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,[f] but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand-mill; one will be taken and the other left.

42 ‘Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: if the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

45 ‘Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns.47 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48 But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, “My master is staying away a long time,” 49 and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. 50 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of.51 He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

I have highlighted some of the passage just to point out some key things but all of what is written and spoken by Jesus will come about. There will be no excuse for not taking heed  to the words of prophecy for they are a warning to unbelievers to repent and turn to God. Imagine being in a building that is on fire and refusing to use the emergency exit because you think there is a better route. Well there isn’t, there is only one way out and that is through Jesus who is holding open the door for you waiting for you to walk through it! Below is a short video worth watching. Several videos automatically follow this one, should you wish to watch them leave it running. May God open your eyes and your heart to His truth.

Shirley Anne

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Things that go bump in the night

Posted by Shirley Anne on November 24, 2012

Medieval book illustration of Christ Exorcisin...

Medieval book illustration of Christ Exorcising the Gerasenes demonic (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As children we can easily feel frightened of the unknown and often this follows some of us into adulthood. Darkness and dark places feel creepy and uninviting giving the feeling that there might be unseen forces lurking about, ghosts or evil spirits. It strikes me that nobody ever mentions kindly spirits or ghosts when they talk about haunted places, don’t they exist too? Maybe not, maybe it is only the evil variety that want to frighten us to death. There can be no doubt that many people have experienced strange phenomena and ghostly goings on and not only during the hours of darkness either. They call such activity as paranormal, that is beyond the realm of normal experience. To be sure I believe in the spiritual realm and it wouldn’t surprise me to know that evil spirits are at work all around us. As a Christian who believes in God I have to believe in the existence of the devil (Satan) and his cohorts too. I believe much of what is reported about paranormal activity is due to the work of Satan and the other fallen angelic hosts. I even believe that people themselves can be filled or taken control of by such evil spirits, exorcism being the method used to get rid of them. Jesus himself often faced such forces in action. Take the case of the men ‘possessed’ by a legion of evil spirits. They pleaded with Jesus to send them into a herd of pigs which he did and the pigs? Well here is the account in Matthew chapter eight…………

Jesus restores two demon-possessed men

28 When he arrived at the other side in the region of the Gadarenes,[c] two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were so violent that no one could pass that way. 29 ‘What do you want with us, Son of God?’ they shouted. ‘Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?’

30 Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding. 31 The demons begged Jesus, ‘If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.’

32 He said to them, ‘Go!’ So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water. 33 Those tending the pigs ran off, went into the town and reported all this, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. 34 Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region.

If you take the Bible seriously there can be no doubt that demonic forces are at work in the world. Jesus has the power to just say the word and it happens. There is no need to fear the unknown with Jesus at your side and in your heart. I wonder how many instances of people behaving strangely are put down to insanity or some psychological disorder when in fact they really are demon possessed! Make you wonder too?

Shirley Anne

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I’m crying

Posted by Shirley Anne on November 17, 2012

Holy Spirit,

Holy Spirit, (Photo credit: kelsey_lovefusionphoto)

I’m crying. I am crying for those who hear the message of salvation and reject it. I am not crying for those who have not heard the message for if they are living in accordance with the will of God that is enough but for those who have heard the message and continue to ignore it are condemning themselves. The sad thing is they are not aware of it, they think they know best, they think that death is the end of the story and they reject the idea that there will be a judgement day for both the just and the unjust. I’m crying because try as I might to witness it all falls on deaf ears and closed minds. No argument I can put forward will convince them but of course the Holy Spirit is He who will supply me with the correct things to say and if I remain faithful the message will get through. I must not take things personally. The Holy Spirit will speak to those who need salvation through me or through someone else but they have to respond to that message themselves. This is why I am crying, they hear the truth and reject it. It is the desire of God that all be saved but God already knows who will and who will not respond. I do not so I have to believe that God’s will be done. I must remain faithful in my duty to reach out to others having come from their side of the fence myself. It isn’t that I have always been a believer, far from it, I was vehemently against God and anything to do with religion and I remember in those days people trying to witness to me but failing to convince me. The thing is though that they sowed the seed. It took years before that seed sprouted and began to grow but when it did my eyes were opened and I saw what I could not previously see. I was keen and eager to know more and I reached out to God, the very God whom I had disregarded and ignored for all my previous life. When my eyes were opened, when my heart was opened, I cried for I realised the grace that had been afforded me an undeserving sinner and what my God had done because he loved me so much. He sacrificed His only begotten Son, Jesus, for me! Even if I had been the only person on the planet He would have done the same. I cry because those who like myself as I was years ago have yet to see, have yet to understand, have yet to be saved but are turning their backs on the invitation, the free gift of everlasting life in Jesus Christ. They are Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Atheists, Agnostics, Witches, New Age followers and many others too many to list here. They all need salvation, they all need Jesus and I cry for them.

Shirley Anne

 

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A new leaf revisited

Posted by Shirley Anne on November 13, 2012

English: A protester attends a pride parade in...

English: A protester attends a pride parade in Ottawa, with a sign with a quotation from 1 Corinthians. Several neo-pagans express their amusement. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In February of 1989 I became a Christian. The subsequent change in me was dramatic, I was indeed a new creation. The commemorative verse given to me by the pastor of the church where I was baptised was 2 Corinthians 5:17 ‘ Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!’ The pastor had no idea that I had written a poem around that verse and neither did he know that I was presenting it as part of my testimony to the church. Furthermore I received a congratulatory card from a friend in which was printed the same verse although she had no idea I was using the same verse in my testimonial presentation either. This meant that my previous life of selfishness, drinking and using foul language together with a host of many more unsavoury attitudes and afflictions simply melted away. I had been born again. This is in fact what the phrase means. My life changed for the better and I grew in my faith. However, as I live in the real world too I was still subject to its temptations and over time I have to confess to giving in to some of them. I didn’t fall away from God or my beliefs but I did wander a little off the straight and narrow path. Since I left my last fellowship in 1998 I have actually grown in my understanding but it was also during this time that I found myself picking up bad habits too. One of those habits was drinking alcohol. I was never one to over-indulge but drinking did have an affect upon me by rendering me less capable than I ought to be but that is what it does, it is a drug. I am constantly renewing my faith and my relationship with God and by His Holy Spirit am reminded of my shortcomings. Last year I wrote a song entitled ‘I’m coming home dear Father’ 

I’m comin’ home dear Father
I’m comin’ back to you
I’ve done my share of roamin’
And I was so lonesome it’s true.

Wandered from you for a season
For I thought that I would win through
But without your love to guide me
I would just be empty and blue.

Copyright Shirley Anne 2 Oct 2011

It is a song where I am telling God that I am coming back home from my meanderings from Him, a bit like the story of the prodigal son who realised the error in his ways and turned back to his father. I have allowed the sins of this world to overtake me on occasion but now I have come to my senses and have returned to my former love. God has never deserted me, He has never left my side, no, it was me who wandered off and now I realise where I should be. No more alcohol, no more trying to make excuses for my behaviour or trying to justify myself. There is only one way and I am back on that road now. I was created a new being when I came to Christ, I have to remember that fact and keep up the good fight. I must strive to keep the ways of the world at bay. I am no longer my own for I have been bought at a price, I belong to Jesus.

Shirley Anne

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A knock on the door

Posted by Shirley Anne on September 26, 2012

Old way to call to a door

Old way to call to a door (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Whilst I was sitting down on Sunday afternoon writing the post about doing nothing there was a knock on the door, actually the doorbell rang and I got up to answer it. E was busying herself on her computer in the rear lounge so probably didn’t want to be disturbed. I opened the door to see two young women standing there, one was a black girl and the other Caucasian. Neither seemed to be or to have been born in this country by the sound of their accents, the black girl sounded as if she was originally from the Caribbean and the white girl from Poland or some other eastern European country. However they both had something in common with each other and with me. They were Christians doing a door-to-door survey with anyone who would spend some time with them. Normally I do not invite conversation with door-to-door salesmen, purveyors of household goods, Jehovah Witnesses or other such people but these two girls were different, they were sisters in Christ, members of the Seventh Day Adventist church and they were doing a small survey regarding the breakdown of society as part of their outreach to unbelievers. I invited them inside so they could ask their questions in comfort. When they realised I was well versed in my faith as a Christian and in Scripture they saw that I didn’t need any more convincing and their questions turned out to be somewhat a waste of time but I remained patient with them for they were doing God‘s work. I gave them an abbreviated version of my conversion to the faith, my testimony which they found fascinating and I mentioned that I wrote Christian songs. I was asked to perform one or two and the black girl sang along with me. It turns out she has an amazing singing voice. She sang a song which I’d not heard before and then we sang the hymn ‘I need Thee every hour’ together before kneeling down in prayer. It has been a long time since I enjoyed the company of fellow Christians in such a way and it is something I miss in life. After about twenty minutes they had to depart and I thanked them and wished them well in their endeavours. I returned to my computer to write this. Yesterday’s post was about having nothing much to do and then God sent me two sisters to build me up and encourage me. Now I am already a Christian and don’t need to be witnessed to but it is nice to be able to chat with my brothers and sisters whenever they call. Many people will reject the idea of inviting witnessing Christians into their home because they ‘are not religious’ or ‘don’t believe in God’ but I say to them don’t pass up the opportunity of possibly learning something you didn’t know before. Opportunity does knock sometimes.

Shirley Anne

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Faith healers

Posted by Shirley Anne on September 22, 2012

Healing "laying on of hands" ceremon...

Healing “laying on of hands” ceremony in the Pentecostal Church of God. Lejunior, Harlan County, Kentucky. – NARA – 541337 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Recent reports tell of a married couple who allowed their 16 year-old son die an agonising death through the results of a burst appendix. The couple, in their late thirties and who had seven children before Austin’s death, are members of the General Assembly and the Church of the First Born in Cresswell, Oregon, which shuns modern medicine and teaches parishioners that faith healing and prayer will cure disease. As a Christian I am dismayed that people can be so brainwashed into thinking that the only way to be healed is to pray for it. Yes, do pray but remember that prayer alone isn’t always the answer. It is true to say that miraculous healing does happen sometimes and people may be healed through the laying on of hands however these incidences occur because God has given someone the gift of healing. This doesn’t mean that they actually heal people themselves but God uses them as an intermediary. The gift of healing is just one of the gifts of the Spirit that God may bestow on an individual and indeed as Christians we are encouraged to seek the gifts. We see this in Scripture

1 Corinthians 12  (New International Version – UK)

Concerning spiritual gifts

12 Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to dumb idols. 3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, ‘Jesus be cursed,’ and no one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except by the Holy Spirit.

4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

As you can see not everyone has every gift but they are given according to the will of God. Getting back to the couple mentioned we can see they have been misled in their thinking. It is one thing to hope and pray that God will heal someone and a different thing when He does and by which method He chooses. He may either do it without human involvement or He may employ someone through the gift of healing, the laying on of hands. However, God has also given us alternative ways to heal which we should not ignore such as through medicine, surgery and the skills of the medical fraternity. It is foolishness to ignore the practical gifts God has given mankind through intelligence. There is the old tale of a passenger liner taking on water and sinking with the loss of everyone on board except for one soul who managed to cling to a floating object and who drifted for days thinking he would never be rescued. He prayed earnestly to God asking to be saved from his predicament and after a few days another ship sailed close by and saw him adrift. Pulling alongside they asked him to grasp the rope they had thrown overboard but he refused saying that God was going to rescue him. A day or two later another ship sailed by and the same thing happened. Finally a yacht drifted by and its captain tried in vain to get the man to climb aboard so he too sailed away. The conditions worsened and the man drowned. He found himself in the presence of God and asked Him why he had not been saved to which God replied, ‘I did want to save you, I sent two liners and a yacht but you refused to be saved’! God works in mysterious ways His wonders to perform. We cannot afford to discount any of them by expecting Him to do things our way. Had that couple and the other members of that church really been in touch with God that young man would be alive today.

Shirley Anne

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