Posts Tagged ‘Christ’
Posted by Shirley Anne on September 6, 2014
“Where there is love there is life.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
From the moment we become aware of the life we have we seek to be accepted and loved by those around us. We learn however that not everyone is accepting or loving and as a result we tread tentatively and carefully when reaching out to others. For some reaching out is easy but for others it can be difficult. The problem with our fellow human beings is that they are not all the same, not all constant, not all ready to draw close as we might hope. Some are out to see what they can take from us but thankfully not all are like that. We are all different, some good, some bad, some even downright evil! Why this should be so has been debated for centuries. There is no definitive answer, or is there? Why do people act the way they do? Because we are all different and think differently it would be hard to pinpoint an individual reason for the way we behave. For those who believe in God it might be suggested that we can be so influenced by the forces of evil if we turn away from Him but is that really true? As a Christian myself I have to believe in that possibility but I also accept that because we have free choice we can just as easily turn to evil as we can to good. God has given us all that choice but points out the consequences of choosing evil and turning our backs to Him. One thing I can say is that in God I am totally loved and accepted because He is faithful. I lay no claim to being a perfect human being by any means though I strive to be good in every way. It is only because Jesus took my place in the punishment queue. He took all my wrongdoing (sins) upon himself so that I would be free of punishment, so that I could be saved. My fellow human beings can and will let me down but Jesus will never do that, he is the love of my life, my thoughts and my actions are centred around him. He determines how I act toward others and react to them. I am so unworthy of this love I know for I have not earned it and I never will. It is by grace that I receive such love and forgiveness.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says, For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
I haven’t earned it, I don’t deserve it but the gift is mine because I believe it in faith. I know there are areas of my life that need attention and I make every effort to deal with that. The amazing thing is that I came to believe in God and the Lord Jesus after 43 years of ardent unbelief! What caused that change in me? God moves in mysterious ways and I believe He reaches out to each of us in different ways. It is recognising that it is Him reaching out. For me it was a yearning to know more after I had read a verse from Matthews Gospel, 16:24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me’.
If you hear God calling you, if you receive a sign, if your heart is touched by The Holy Spirit………..respond.
Posted in Faith, Gods love, Gods love through Jesus, Jesus Christ and The Holy Spirit | Tagged: Christ, Christian theology, God, Gospel, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Lord Jesus, Matthews Gospel | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Shirley Anne on May 4, 2014
Cover of J.R.R. Tolkien
Word for today
01 May 2014
‘Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him…’ LUKE 24:31
He was a militant non-believer, who summed up his worldview with a verse from Lucretius: ‘Had God designed the world, it would not be a world so frail and faulty as we see.’ So Jack turned his attention to academia, excelling in each field he studied. Soon the dons of Oxford took him in as a respected peer and he began to write and teach. Yet, far beneath the surface, his doubts were taking their toll. He described his mental state with words like ‘misery and hopelessness’. He said, ‘I maintained God did not exist. I was also angry with God for not existing.’ Then two friends, also Oxford dons, J R R Tolkien and H V V Dyson, both devout followers of Christ, urged him to do something he’d surprisingly never done: read the Bible. So he did. Jack began to wrestle with the claims Christ made, concluding that He was either deluded, deceptive, or the very One He claimed to be, the Son of God. On the evening of September 19, 1931, Jack and his two friends took a long walk through the Oxford campus. They talked late into the night. And Jack, C S ‘Jack’ Lewis, would later recall a rush of wind that caused the first leaf to fall-a sudden breeze, which possibly came to symbolise for him the Holy Spirit. Soon after that night, Lewis became a believer. The change revolutionised his world and consequently the worlds of millions of readers. Could it be this simple? Could the chasm between doubt and faith be spanned with Scripture and Christian fellowship? Why don’t you come to Christ and find out for yourself?
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Posted in Faith, Salvation | Tagged: Christ, Christianity, God, Holy Spirit, J. R. R. Tolkien, Jack, Oxford, Word For Today | Comments Off
Posted by Shirley Anne on April 30, 2014
KJV Bible (Photo credit: knowhimonline)
Written by forty different authors spanning several centuries yet all contributions knit together like a jigsaw puzzle and have a thread within them which links them together. The Bible. Many have sought its destruction and have failed, many have tried to disprove its content and also have failed. The collection of books we know collectively as The Bible cover many subjects but overall it is a history book and a book of prophesy. It is a book about life and the purpose and future of mankind. It is a manual for living and the words it contains are alive. Many have no understanding of its purpose and meaning often preferring to dismiss it without prior study, often preferring to believe in something else yet not being able to justify it. One of the main characters and contributors in the New Testament, Paul, was vehemently against the followers of Christ to the point of seeking them out and persecuting them until one day as he made his way to Damascus to pursue his passion of hate he was confronted by God. That experience led him to repent and become a driving force in the early Church. My own experience followed a similar vein. The Bible has been called a fairy tale by those who oppose the faith, some even going out of their way to bring it to disrepute. Often this is because they do not want to have their way of life challenged in any way and that is probably because The Bible speaks out against the practices of some. Religion has been blamed as the cause of friction and the many wars that mankind has endured over the millennia but in fact it has been proven not to be true, in fact most wars have been caused by other things not related to religion. This argument is a non-starter for an excuse not to believe in God. There will be scoffers, there will be unbelievers, there will be those who reject the truth, there will be those who are immoral, who slander, who cheat and lie, who think there will be no punishment or judgement, even those things are prophesied in The Bible. I say to those people read the book and gain an understanding, ask God that He open your heart to the truth of the matter. If you are sincere and persistent, He WILL answer and that’s a fact.
Posted in Belief, Bible, Faith, Religion | Tagged: Bible, Christ, Christianity, Church, Damascus, God, New Testament, Prophecy | Comments Off
Posted by Shirley Anne on December 16, 2013
January 3, 1863 cover of Harper’s Weekly, one of the first depictions of Santa Claus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Posted in Christianity, Jesus | Tagged: Antichrist, Christ, Christian, Christianity, Christmas, Jesus, Santa Claus, Satan | 8 Comments »
Posted by Shirley Anne on December 9, 2013
christmas tree (Photo credit: fsse8info)
Many people, probably the majority of those today who observe Christmas have no idea what it is all about or what the celebration is all about. They assume that by observing the season of goodwill to all men and by that I mean their so-called holiday season and having a good time with family and friends is enough but it isn’t. They readily forget the rest of the year and the way they treat others. They forget their selfish attitude, they forget those who are in need and most of all they forget they have a need for a Saviour. They don’t believe in God and such things so their celebrations are a sham and are totally meaningless. For the Christian Christmas, if celebrated, for it isn’t a requirement, is done so in the knowledge that what it stands for is an year-round thing. A Christian knows the importance of the reasons why Jesus Christ was born, died and rose again to eternal life and why without him there is no salvation, no heaven but the prospect of eternal damnation. I wrote this brief comment on Lucy’s blog recently in response to what she was writing about, the sending of Christmas cards and who to send them to.
Christmas isn’t about sending cards. It isn’t about self-indulgence. It
isn’t about partying. It isn’t about ‘having a great time’. It isn’t
about cheer and goodwill for the season. It isn’t about magic. It isn’t
about giving and receiving presents. It is about the one present and
only present worth receiving, the birth of your Saviour without whom
eternity will be something you do not want to be a part of. The whole
Christmas festival is a man-made meaningless affair that is now totally
driven by money, consumerism and the ‘must have’ attitude of many. It has become a
sentimental thing that we teach our children and has nothing to do with
life itself. Christmas is for believers in Jesus Christ but the
celebration has been hi-jacked by those who have no belief in God or
Jesus Christ or have a distorted view. It is such a shame that people
miss the point and why Christ was born into the world. It is such a
shame that they feel the need to comply with the watered-down secular
version of what should be a real celebration. Christmas should start on
1st January and end on 31st December………Christianity is a lifestyle
as well as a belief.
I no longer partake of a celebration that has
departed so far away from its initial intention so I do not have to
worry about sending cards to people I hardly ever see or to those who
are not part of my life. I give no presents and I receive none. I
celebrate Christmas in a different way and I celebrate it all
year-round. God demands that I do.
Posted in Belief, Christianity, Faith, God, Gods love through Jesus, Jesus | Tagged: Christ, Christianity, Christmas, Christmas and holiday season, eternal life, Jesus, Jesus Christ | Comments Off
Posted by Shirley Anne on November 7, 2013
God’s Mercy Seat (Photo credit: Lawrence OP)
On not loving the world
15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 16 For
everything in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives for ever.
Warnings against denying the Son
18 Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us. 20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. 21 I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. 22 Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist – denying the Father and the Son. 23 No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.
24 As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is what he promised us – eternal life. 26 I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. 27 As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit – just as it has taught you, remain in him.
So, do you love the world and everything in it? Are you so much a hedonist that you only like the pleasures of the flesh, what the world can offer you? If you were to die tonight what do you think will happen to your spirit? You have one, everyone does. Do you believe there is a God? It is easy to deny God and many do but that doesn’t mean He doesn’t exist. Those who know Jesus as their Saviour will know God the Father too for the truth has been revealed to them. You can know God by accepting Jesus as your Saviour, as the one who has paid the penalty for all the sins you have committed, for it is those sins which keep God at arm’s length. Jesus has bridged that gap if you accept him. Only Jesus can do that for he is the only way to salvation, the only way to reach God……
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.’
And you need to be saved if you don’t have Jesus already…..
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Posted by Shirley Anne on October 9, 2013
Perfect Life (Levinhurst album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Too scared to show what’s deep inside
Too frightened that you’ll lose your pride.
Too fearful of what people say
So in the closet you will stay.
The clock ticks on, time passes by
And you begin to wonder why
You have to hide away from life
And be as timid as a mouse.
Then one day you decide to be
So brave and face reality
When now at last you realise
You have no time to compromise
You put away that old dark cloak
And put on something more bespoke
Look out dear world I hear you say
The real me now is here to stay.
Copyright Shirley Anne 25 March-2 Sept 2008
I was prompted to post this having read someone else’s blog post recently where she spoke of the rough time she had spent during her ‘pre-self’ life. Not everyone, in fact nobody is born perfect and that is despite what some of my Christian brothers and sisters might say. We are intended to be perfect but that perfection comes through Jesus Christ. Unfortunately sin entered the world and God‘s beautiful Creation became tainted. But I write about how Society treats those who have just as much right to be here as the rest. People who perceive themselves to be different in some way often resort to living out their lives in a closet, too afraid to come out and face the world. I am not condoning what some people do or how they act, for instance, sexually or in the many other ways they do but nevertheless Society in general has much to be ashamed of in the treatment they mete out to some minority groups and individuals. There is a lack of understanding, compassion and love. My dad used always to say that what bothered him the most about Society, people, was ‘Man’s inhumanity toward his fellow man’. It used to upset him to think that mankind could be so hateful toward others. It bothers me in the same way. No-one is perfect but we can all love one another.
Posted in Christianity, Gods love, Gods love through Jesus, Humanity, Love, People, Persecution, Sin, Society | Tagged: Christ, Christianity, Evangelism, God, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Lord, Love, Religion and Spirituality, Society | Comments Off
Posted by Shirley Anne on February 28, 2013
Stormy Monday Blues
Well Monday began as many of my Mondays seem to be doing lately, with nothing to do. Nobody had called for my services on Sunday, the day I receive most of the work I get for Monday and so there was no real reason to get up early if I didn’t wish to. As it happened I woke up around 8.20 and got up anyway. I got dressed ready for work should there be any but nobody had called by noon and I began to think I might get changed and go to the pub for lunch, a late lunch that is. I wasn’t particularly hungry when I got up so I just had a banana, a pear and a drink. By 2 o’clock I was feeling peckish so I changed into more decent attire and arrived at the pub around 3 o’clock. There were few people in at that time so I was served immediately I got to the bar. I ordered a meal and took some soft drinks to the table. Jill, the landlady, asked if I wanted to open a tab so I accepted as it saves having to pay at each visit to the bar. I hadn’t been sitting down very long when my meal arrived. Evidently somebody had ordered the same but either they were not ready to eat that course else it was made in error. In any event it was delicious even though I’d have preferred it to arrive a little later. Normally the waiting time is twenty minutes or thereabouts as everything is cooked to order. After I’d finished eating a regular customer arrived with her mum and a friend of the family and they occupied a table in the corner. Soon they were surrounded by others until the whole area was filled. It seems they had all been to a funeral. Why do people only get to see each other when there is a death in the family? One lady, probably around 70 years of age, came in with a man friend and was soon making her presence known. She was very lively and out-going, the kind of person who is the life and soul of any gathering, it was simply who she was. She kept glancing in my direction as I was sitting alone. I knew that inevitably she would come over for a chat, I just had that feeling. Sure enough she came over and explained who she was, which was the sister of the elder of the two women who had first arrived, the aunt of the other woman and she invited me over but I declined. She even offered to buy me a drink but again I declined. Whilst she was talking with me she took hold of my hand and was caressing it as though I was an old friend she hadn’t seen for a long time and she kept hugging and kissing me, apologising in case I was offended by her presence. Far from it! I wish there were more people like her around. They all seemed to be enjoying each other’s company whilst even more guests arrived. One of these guests kept running here and there moving chairs and tables trying to accommodate everyone. It was obvious to me there was something special about her, a feeling I had which was verified when she and I spoke. She was the one who told me that they were all there because of the funeral earlier and she told me who had died. Naturally, for me that is, I asked if the deceased had been a Christian to which she replied that he hadn’t but that his wife was. We chatted together about our faith before she returned to the others. It’s funny that Christians always seem to know when they are talking with their brothers and sisters in Christ but not really surprising I suppose. About an half-hour after she had arrived, the life-and-soul of the party, the older lady, came over to speak with me again and gave me more hugs and kisses. She then bade me farewell but sang it! The whole pub went quiet whist she sang. What a voice she had and so surprising for someone her age but as I learned later, she had been a professional singer all her life. After she had finished singing I led the folk in the pub in applause. When she finally left the building her absence was very noticeable…..for all the right reasons. My Monday afternoon had been pleasantly changed by the appearance of one person. Maybe I was guided to the pub just to meet her for she certainly seemed to convey a message of love to me that she hadn’t expressed even to those around her. Wouldn’t the world be a better place with more people like her in it? For a while longer I sat alone until more people came in and chatted with me but I didn’t stay too long and was back home just after 6 o’clock.
- All afternoon! (minkyweasel.com)
- Mundane Monday (theconservativehillbilly.wordpress.com)
- Monday for Shirley Anne (minkyweasel.com)
- Monday’s Motivation Courtesy of Ruth (twentyfiveseasons.com)
Posted in Christianity, Death and mortality, Faith, Life, People | Tagged: Christ, Christian, Death, Monday, People, Public house, Sunday | 2 Comments »
Posted by Shirley Anne on December 31, 2012
The end of the old year. A new one beckons. 2013 AD will be the year of our Lord (anno Domini) for it commemorates the number of years since Jesus’ birth. Some say he was born up to 4 years earlier but that is irrelevant. Many secularists have begun to drop the ‘AD’ and replace it with CE, also dropping the ‘BC’ by replacing it with BCE (the common error and before the common error) yet still use the numerical value of 2012, 2013 etc. What nonsense. How were years counted before the birth of Christ? Was there another datum point? It is all about not recognising Christ of course, they will try anything to eradicate any reference to him. At the same time they will celebrate Christmas and Easter by turning them into something entirely different, Yuletide, Santa Claus, Christmas trees, Easter eggs, bunny rabbits and all those things to turn people away from Christ. It is the work of Satan and as time goes by he gets more desperate. His sole ambition is to have nobody believe in God but he has already been defeated. Without God there is no hope, without Jesus there is no salvation and it is never too late to turn to God and accept Jesus Christ as your Saviour. May this year be the one where the only resolution you’ll make will be one of repentance, a truly life-changing decision and the best one you will ever make.
Today my granddaughter is one year old and I hope that one day she will accept Jesus as her Saviour. She will be brought up in the admonition of the Lord but she has to make that decision to come to Jesus of her own free will, just as everyone has to. I hope many of you do for tomorrow’s chance may never come. Today is the day of Salvation and tomorrow is the beginning of an eternity with God. It’s down to you. May God bless you and give you wisdom to make the right choice this coming year.
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Posted by Shirley Anne on November 13, 2012
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.
- Blessed Beyond Recognition (freshwind-ministries.org)
- Clean and Loyal Hearts: Psalm 51:10-11 (psalmslife.com)
- New Creation (purpleanchors.wordpress.com)
Posted in Behaviour, Christianity, Gods love, Gods love through Jesus, Jesus Christ and The Holy Spirit, Relationships, Sin, Well-being | Tagged: Christ, Christian, Christianity, God, HolySpirit, Jesus, Pastor, Second Epistle to the Corinthians, Sin | Comments Off
Posted by Shirley Anne on September 26, 2012
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.
- What I learned from Jehovah’s Witnesses (amyhopefrancis.wordpress.com)
- Opportunity is knocking a… (haroldcameron.wordpress.com)
- I’m Seeking & Knocking (jodykyoung.wordpress.com)
Posted in Christianity, Evangelism, God, Jesus, Jesus Christ and The Holy Spirit, Salvation | Tagged: Christ, Christian, Christianity, Door-to-door | Comments Off
Posted by Shirley Anne on September 2, 2012
Many times I have published my views on homosexuality/lesbianism or anything else that seems to contradict the secular lifestyle and have been criticized for doing so by the many secularists that read my posts. I am not ashamed of The Gospel. I am not ashamed that I place my trust and my hope in Jesus Christ. I am well aware that I too am a sinner but praise be to God and the Lord Jesus Christ that my sins have been covered and dealt with. That doesn’t however mean that I should continue in my sins, I must make every effort to resist temptation else I am making a mockery of Christ’s suffering, that suffering he took upon himself for my sake and for all who will repent and turn to him for their salvation. It isn’t easy being a Christian, it is far easier to be a secularist for in being a secularist means that you can please yourself what you do. We all have that option, God does not force Himself upon anyone but He does tell us the consequences we face should we disregard His truth. The main problem is one of belief or non-belief , we either believe God’s Word, which is written down for us to see or we simply disregard the possibility that it is all true. Some will even try to distort that truth to make if fit in with their belief system or lifestyle and will come up with all sorts of reasons and excuses to justify themselves. God cannot be mocked. We cannot twist things around to suit ourselves. To be a true believer one must make every effort to follow the way of life that God has ordained for us but of course to do that we must repent of our sins and accept God’s free gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ. We must have the faith to believe in that message……
New International Version 1984 (NIV1984)
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith —and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
In other words salvation cannot be earned! We need to continue the fight with temptation. If this means overcoming ungodly thoughts and feelings then that is our personal battle. For some things the battle is easily won but for other things it can prove much more difficult. In the area of sexuality there is often the temptation to give in to our feelings where these feelings and tendencies go against God’s will and we struggle to justify giving in to that temptation. If we truly love God and wish to give Him all the honour and respect as Christian people we really must take the battle seriously. Here is a short video that poses the question ‘Is it possible for a Christian to be homosexual’. The reply may surprise you.
Posted in God, Gods love, Gods love through Jesus, Jesus, Jesus Christ and The Holy Spirit, Religion, Sexuality, Sin | Tagged: Belief, Christ, Christianity, God, Jesus Christ, Religion, Salvation, Sexuality, Sin | 2 Comments »
Posted by Shirley Anne on July 11, 2012
English: the first of the Epistles to the Colossians (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Colossians 2:8 says, “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.”
People around the world believe in all sorts of things, different religions, philosophies and ideas. Many deny the existence of God or think of Him in a different way than is shown in The Bible. Many will say their god is the same for all faiths but that is far from the truth. There is but one God and He is the one described in Scripture. People say there are many paths to God but God says differently and this is shown in Scripture. I know people who dabble in astrology and read their ‘stars’ on a regular basis yet still claim to be believers in God. God specifically tells us that He hates spiritists and mediums and all those who dabble in the magic arts and He says that for a reason, they are all of the devil. You cannot have your feet in two different camps. I know people who follow eastern religions or philosophies which have their roots in eastern religions and yet they claim to love God. God specifically warns us not to follow such religions but it seems the Word of God means nothing to them. They are prepared to follow the traditions of men rather than the Word of God. In fact there are numerous man-made religions around these days which have nothing to do with God at all. Where do they get their ideas from? In essence people are searching for the truth and are easily drawn into false teaching and ideas. For a time I was side-tracked when I began my search for God but by His Spirit I was guided to the truth. This is the work of the Holy Spirit. Many follow religions and philosophies because they speak of love, peace, harmony, unity of spirit and the fact that we are all part of the universe but the message they receive is deceitful and empty. The message promises nothing. For some apparent reason, which is completely irrational, some people are under the misconception that they will be born again repeatedly until they reach perfection. This is the belief system of Buddhists, Theosophists and others. The belief is a man-made tradition and has nothing to do with the truth. God says it is appointed for man to die once and then there is judgement but for those who believe in Christ Jesus there is the promise of a resurrection to eternal life. Why settle for a lie invented by man? Don’t search for the truth in these false religions for that is exactly what the devil would have you do. Seek God with all your heart and He shall be found. Read His Word and know the truth. Read The Bible and put away wrong thinking.
For a comprehensive list of the many false religions which abound check here http://www.allaboutspirituality.org/
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Posted by Shirley Anne on May 7, 2012
free love (Photo credit: london_ally)
Many years ago we had what was called the summer of love when, supposedly, the younger generations subscribed to demonstrating love toward everyone they met and to ‘free love‘. ‘Free love’ however, was simply an excuse to engage in promiscuous sexual intercourse for many. The idea of love, love, love did not last and the movement eventually faded into insignificance. Most people would advocate the promotion of love but in real terms find it hard to demonstrate it in their own lives. Many religious leaders teach us to love each other and many philosophies encourage the same to the extent of attracting followers to such ideologies and religions. There is nothing wrong in that but the question I have is why don’t people place their faith and trust in the originator of love rather than some religion or philosophy that advocates it? People will believe anything else rather than have a belief in God. God commands us to love Him first and foremost and then to love our fellow-man but man wants to elevate himself and disregard God. Mankind makes the false assumption that we can achieve peace on earth and goodwill toward all men through our own efforts but in fact we fail at every turn. It is one thing having a belief in some philosophical ideology or to follow the teachings of ‘a good man’ whoever he may be but an entirely different thing to place your hope in God. God came amongst us in the flesh. Jesus Christ is our only real hope, no-one else comes anywhere near, no matter how ‘good’ they may be. Salvation is but through one name and that is Jesus Christ. Why? Because Jesus has paid the price for all of our sins and turning away from God. Which would you rather have, a nice human philosophy, a religion, an ideology, another human being to follow, faith in our own capabilities or some other thing or would you rather know your creator God and know the real love He has for you demonstrated in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ? Why place your hope in anything else? When you die your spirit will be in the presence of God, nowhere else. You don’t reincarnate and occupy another body, you don’t magically jump to another level having earned the right whilst here on earth, no, you face the God who created you. Be prepared, accept His gift of everlasting life by accepting Jesus Christ as your saviour. Repent of all your superstitious beliefs and faith in anything or anyone else because your future in eternity depends upon it! Real free love is found in no other place.
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Posted by Shirley Anne on May 3, 2012
The sunlight shining through these clouds in England is an example of sunbreak. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
For a few weeks now we have had dull skies and rain save for some days of bright sunshine and cloudless skies. Generally it has been typical April weather but on this last day of April, when I write this, it is warm and sunny, a precursor to brighter and warmer days ahead. Over the previous week I hadn’t been feeling too good as I explained in an earlier post but now I feel good and the sunshine certainly makes a huge difference. I like sunshine but I like it more when I am feeling down because it is therapeutic I feel. Even so, when it isn’t sunny, when it isn’t cosy and warm, I still have sunshine in my heart. Many years ago I didn’t feel this way but now I do. It isn’t a frame of mind though some would say it is but I have found throughout my life that maintaining a happy disposition was always a difficult thing to do, bad weather always made me feel lousy and miserable. People too had a similar effect upon me sometimes. My job, my family, my health would all have me feeling depressed at times as I am sure is the case for many people. I could put my new-found attitude to life down to personal thought training but I know that isn’t true, I simply wouldn’t last the course! There is a reason for my sense of well-being which isn’t dependent on any outside influences but is dependent on my live-in helper. Have I gone mad? No way. I am of sound mind as they say but it is something within me that gives me the feeling of sunshine in my heart. I laugh at misfortune, I laugh at bad weather and annoying people, nothing seems to get me upset these days as they once did. I put it all down to that live-in helper who is The Holy Spirit. As Christians we are told that The Holy Spirit will be with us once we put our faith and hope in Jesus but many Christians never really experience His presence at all and never thought it possible to receive. Being a Christian does not bring with it a troubled-free life, we still have to face the problems common to all people on this planet but being a Christian should help us to be able to handle them better. The presence of The Holy Spirit in our hearts puts us in the right frame of mind and life’s little problems simply cease to be problems at all. So I can safely say that the sun shines in my heart every day whether it is raining, blowing a gale or whatever. I feel better for it too.
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Posted by Shirley Anne on April 22, 2012
me and my friend (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A couple of years ago my ex. and I met for the first time with a person I had only previously known via the Internet. Initially we were treated very well but as the time we shared together passed by I could sense some friction between us. It is hard to live with some people even for a short time and I guess she saw us, that is E and myself as being difficult at times. I also sensed it was more to do with E than it was to do with me. When we visited with her she had only two bedrooms and only two beds. This made the sleeping arrangements rather difficult as E and I could not share a bed and E needed the spare bed more than I did. That meant I either had to share the other bed with our host or sleep on the sofa. I chose the sofa. I could not share a bed with my host no matter how innocent the invitation, it just didn’t feel right. I was left therefore to fend for myself. Not very good hosting on the part of my friend I thought however I managed to find some blankets and settled down on the sofa. I spent three nights on that sofa and each night I was disturbed by the cat who wanted to share my sleeping arrangements. E required to eat something in order to take some of her medication which did make it awkward sometimes. I felt my friend found it difficult to accommodate E’s needs at times and it showed in her reactions. My friend, our host, slept in until almost lunchtime each day leaving us to fend for ourselves with nothing to do to wile away the hours. I found an old guitar, tuned it and sat on the veranda playing quietly to kill the time but was scolded later by my friend for disturbing her sleep-in. Some host! It is fair to say that we had some great times together despite all of this. Our visit only lasted three days and my friend had to return to work whilst we continued our holiday from the hotel we had booked. My friend brought us back to the city but not to our hotel, she decided to drop us off on the opposite side of the square from where the hotel was situated which meant that we had to struggle a little with getting back to the hotel with our luggage. I knew from that moment that our friendship had ended but I still love her and she will always be my friend. I still think about her and I do not hold anything against her, in fact she figures in my prayers every day along with all others I know who are not Christians. She ranks amongst those, especially some of my friends and acquaintances, who won’t or don’t accept Christ as their saviour preferring as they do to trust in their own understanding of who God is or believing in some strange philosophy that has nothing to do with God. What they fail to understand is that God says differently for there is no other name under heaven by which we can be reconciled to God other than through Jesus. It is so simple and yet people cannot see it. It isn’t surprising though as these things are recorded in the Bible but we pray nevertheless. God acts when we pray in accordance with His wishes. My hope is that all those I pray for will eventually realise their need in Christ and turn to him one day.
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Posted by Shirley Anne on April 8, 2012
Kingdom (Photo credit: Realistic Imaginations)
The message of the cross is simple but many people are simply blind to it, preferring as they do their version of what it is all about. When Jesus walked this earth he spoke about the coming Kingdom of God, that which is to come. He talked about sin repentance of it for salvation, he talked about baptism. He also talked about love and many people major on this last topic forgetting all the others. Yes, we are told to love one another, to love our neighbour (everyone else) as ourselves but that is not the way to salvation, observing the commandments in themselves isn’t the way to salvation either, neither is doing good works (Ephesians 2 v 8). God told us that we are to have no other gods (set our hearts on anything else) before Him, He alone is to be worshipped. This is the prime directive and from this comes everything else. God loves us and He expects us to love Him. He demonstrated His love in this, that whilst we were still sinners (and everyone is), Christ died for us (Romans 5 v 8). You see, God wants us to have a relationship with Him but our sins get in the way. Even believing in God doesn’t save us from condemnation, for even Satan believes in God, though he is against Him. There is but only one way, one way only, and that is through Jesus Christ. You see, God loves us so much that He doesn’t want any of us to perish and knowing that we are helpless to do anything about it (although many think they can by their own efforts and beliefs) He made it possible. Jesus paid the price for our sins so that he can present us before God as pure and sinless. That is the promise and that was achieved by Jesus’ death and most importantly, his resurrection from death. However we must take hold of that promise before we can be saved, the gift is not ours until we take hold of it. Accepting that Jesus has done it for us is the first step, inviting him into our lives as Saviour is the second step, repenting of our sins and being baptised follow this as we cast off falsehood, false religion, false beliefs, false gospels and only seek the truth in HIS name. God has shown the way. If we want to know God personally we have to come to Jesus. Believing that God is ‘A great Spirit‘ that cannot be known is false. We can know God and that is His desire but we have to do it His way and not through our own imaginings. Let the veil be lifted from your eyes and see the simplicity of the message that Jesus brought, it isn’t complicated, it isn’t just for everyone else, it is for YOU too.
Jesus is risen, praise God.
- It Is Finished! (seashoremary.wordpress.com)
- Believing Jesus Is Seeing! (corbenstreet.wordpress.com)
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Posted by Shirley Anne on March 30, 2012
Ever since I became a Christian and obviously even before I finally did turn to God I have studied the Scriptures and with each reading I learned more things. In addition to doing this I read what other churches and Christian groups consider to be correct doctrine and practices but in all things I am guided by The Holy Spirit. Being a Christian isn’t just about repentance and salvation, although they are prime reasons in coming to and forming a relationship with God and Jesus Christ. God is to be worshipped and we must do that in the right way. He demands much from us but none of what He asks is burdensome. We try our best to live up to His standards and requirements but we fail miserably, for none of us can claim to have reached that perfection, nevertheless we must pursue the avenues of righteousness. Being a Christian is a learning curve you might say. We are ever striving for perfection through seeking His will in our lives and aiming to do what is right. In all aspects of our faith we must strive to be better and learning about our faith helps us to develop as true Christian believers. Over the last year or so, perhaps a little longer, I turned away from observing Sunday as the day of rest, a sabbath and turned to trying to observe what I considered to be the true sabbath, that is Saturday. I ask God for wisdom in my prayers and He never fails to point me in the right direction, a chance reading (not really chance though is it?), a chance encounter (again not really chance) puts me in the position to hear what God is saying to me. Sometimes He speaks directly to my heart and other times He uses different methods. I firmly believe that God ‘allows’ us to follow certain paths, when we consider them to be correct but reserves the right to show us our error when the time is right. In other words He allows us to make mistakes so that when we are presented with the truth we learn and are built-up. When I considered Saturday as the sabbath I was basing that on just a couple of facts which although remain true do not complete the whole picture. Having since been shown the reasons behind Sunday being the day we, as Christians, come together in praise and worship, I now understand the truth concerning the sabbath day, the fourth commandment of God and what Jesus accomplished on the cross. The sabbath was made for mankind, not the other way round. Indeed I have been shown that we do not observe the old sabbath with all its rituals under the Law but we follow Christ in His victory and fulfillment of the Law. It was Jesus who began the practice of gathering together on the first day of the week, a day we now call Sunday. We are not under the Law, we are under a new covenant with Christ. There are many other things in my understanding which come under scrutiny when I read my Bible, when I read arguments concerning doctrine and practices within the Church and my mind is slowly being shown which is truth and which is error. Being a Christian means being truthful to one’s self as much as being a follower of Christ but it is in Him that we have our being, it is through Him we gain salvation, it is through Him that we can have a relationship with God (there is no other way) and we, as Christians, owe it to ourselves to earnestly seek the truth in all things.
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Posted by Shirley Anne on March 17, 2012
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I was such an atheist when I was younger it was unbelievable, excuse the pun. What I mean is that I was so vehemently against God but somehow that all changed in an instant and I became the opposite. The strange thing is, well not to me now that I understand, was that during my life as an atheist I didn’t broadcast that fact. The reason for that was I had nothing to shout about, in fact I just wanted to be left alone. I didn’t want preaching to, I didn’t wish to know even if there was a possibility of there being a god. Once I converted or rather became a Christian, things changed dramatically and I wanted to tell everyone so that they too could turn into believers. This is in the heart of true Christians, to see others come to Christ. In my early years as a Christian I was so on fire and wanted to be involved in any kind out outreach. I did a little bit of door to door work (which I now believe to be too intrusive) and then street work were I was, with others, involved in inviting people to chat with me about God or about what they believed in. Some were open to talk and some wanted to know the message I was relaying. It was often hard work for what seemed like a poor return for the effort I put in but God doesn’t work in the ways we expect. Essentially I was sowing seed, God would look after the rest and no doubt He did. As I matured in the faith and learned more myself I became less involved in organised outreach and more interested in personal witnessing. I meet many people in my life, mostly through my work and this fact gives me plenty of opportunity for witnessing. I have many a good witnessing experience whilst at work. As the subject of my conversations turned to religion, often by accident, though I do believe God has a hand in it all, I would ask the other person about their belief system first of all and then I would relate my own story and experiences. I would then be asked many questions showing they were taking a genuine interest. Mostly my witnessing was and is by invitation. I find it very easy to talk about my faith and easy to witness to most people but the people I have greatest difficulty are not those of other faiths or even those who are atheists but in fact it is those who are Catholics. I would ask the question, ‘Are you a Christian too’? I would get the reply, ‘No, I am a Catholic’! I would reply in turn, ‘I didn’t ask what denomination you were’ but that seemed to fall on deaf ears. Now until fairly recently I knew only a little about the Catholic faith. I knew of several areas in their beliefs that contradicted with what my Bible told me. In fact they have a different bible to the one most Christians possess, it contains other books not considered part of the Bible and not Scriptural. The reasons for that I cannot elaborate upon here, it would take too long. More recently I have come across more information regarding Catholic beliefs and the reasons why. Now I have nothing against Catholics, that is they who have been brought up in that faith for I believe that they have been and are still being kept from the truth. I came across a web site produced by a small church in Monroe, Wisconsin in the USA and whilst I was browsing the site I came across an article about the Anti-Christ, the one mentioned about and described in several places in The Bible. Now many folk might consider atheists to be the Anti-Christ or people of other faiths to be so but in fact the evidence (and proof) shows something else. The article is actually sixteen seminars or sermons, each about or around an hour in length which go into great depth to reveal who or what is the Anti-Christ and why those claims are true. So far I have listened to ten of the sixteen sermons and I am convinced myself that what is being preached is the truth as I cross-reference the information with Scripture. I will listen to the remaining sermons in the next few days and I expect my eyes to be even further opened. I have a duty to learn about my faith as much as I have to witness to others and the more I learn the more I am convinced that I need to witness to those who don’t know. Here is the link to that site http://www.pccmonroe.org/antichrist.htm If you really want to know then take the time to listen……………
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Posted by Shirley Anne on February 24, 2012
Your love is all I need
To last my whole life through
For it to me is everything
And in my heart such joy it brings
That all I need is you.
Your love I treasure most
In each and every way
For it brings me such happiness
Like nothing else I must confess
And gets me through the day.
Your love is over all
Against it nought can stand
For it’s more mighty than the sword
And I ask you my dear sweet Lord
To spread it o’er this land.
Your love will conquer all
It is the purest kind
No other love compares to it
For your love is the ultimate
And there for all mankind.
Your love is who you are
The greatness that is you
There is nobody else beside
There is no place that we can hide
From such a love as You.
Copyright Shirley Anne 26 Feb 2004
Each morning I awake I get down on my knees and speak with my love. He is everything I need. He cares for me like no-one else does. Nothing I do surprises Him and He is very patient with me. When I make mistakes He is ready to forgive me. When I present Him with gifts of love He returns it in greater measure. Nothing is impossible for Him. Others let me down but He remains faithful and loving. Who else can compare to Him? No-one. He is the ‘I am’, He is and was and shall be forever the same. He is Almighty God. He is my Father and I am His child. He comforts me in times of sorrow and gladdens my heart in times of joy. Without Him I am nothing. His love for me goes beyond all measure. He gave to me His only Son as an atonement for my sins, the sins which kept us apart. He gave me Jesus. He is wonderful, He is kind, He is forgiving, He is approachable and He waits for those who don’t yet know Him. He never rejects those who earnestly seek Him. Gracious and wonderful God He is. He is my own true God.
- Love Like Christ… (sunshinelittleone.wordpress.com)
- 2 Corinthians 1:20 (davidthefourth.wordpress.com)
- How wonderful is my God (minkyweasel.com)
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