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If not now, when?

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Debate between Catholics and Oriental Christians in the 13th century, Acre 1290. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I remember years ago being challenged by my (then) friends regarding my lack of faith and belief in God. As it happens these friends were Catholics and regularly attended their local church like most Catholics do. They often urged me to think about the possibility of God’s existence but in those days I was still very much an atheist. Never once did they preach to me though. When one day in 1988 I casually picked up an old Bible belonging to E from the days when she went through the Church of England communion process. She was made to go to church by her mom and I guess that is why she is strongly against the faith now. She has always been a stubborn person and takes after her late father in that respect. Getting back to the good book, I read it through from beginning to end though at the time I didn’t know what drove me to do it. Long before then I remember seeing a card somewhere with the following verse printed on it, a tract, the type given out by Christians as an outreach. The verse was this: Matthew 16:24…. If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. I didn’t exactly know what the verse meant but it stuck in my mind. Having read the Bible through completely it sparked an urge to learn more and I pursued that desire for I had to know one way or the other if this God was true. Although I had been an atheist for many years I found myself reaching out to God through my poetry and later I found that rather strange. However I didn’t even think about it being strange at the time for my thoughts were focused on the one thing, getting to know God, His gift of life through Jesus and the power of The Holy Spirit. So often I read comments from unbelievers who think all religion is false and unnecessary and in fact I actually believe the same! I believe however that we can have a relationship with our Creator God and that we can have salvation through Jesus Christ but these things don’t come automatically, we have to reach out and take the gift and we have to believe both in God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son. We also have to repent and take up our cross and follow him, just as the verse says. Our whole life changes in that we look upon things differently and our attitudes change, we steer clear of evil things and seek always God’s ways. We don’t always succeed but we persevere asking forgiveness when we get it wrong. God looks at our hearts, what makes us tick and whether we place our trust in Him or not. Our reward is in Heaven and for those who still don’t believe in anything beyond the grave I think I prefer an eternity in Heaven to a short life in the flesh, no matter how great we might think our present lives are. There isn’t any reason  why we cannot have a great life now as well as a greater one in eternity but we must desire and seek after God’s will or neither will be ours.

 

Shirley Anne

 

What part?

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The white flowers of an almond tree  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What part of Creation is lost to you?
What part don’t you understand?
What part of being a sinner falls on your deaf ears?
What part of forgiveness and reconciliation is yours?
What part of ‘I died for you’ don’t you accept?
What part of everlasting life isn’t your ‘thing’?
What part of the truth is a fairy-tale and why?
What is the point of your existence?

Have you ever given thought to why you are here, why you are ‘you’? There is only one ‘you’ and forever will be. You are unique, a one-off if you like and you are special in the eyes and heart of your Creator. You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.)
God created you and put your spirit in you too (Zechariah 12:1 ….The Lord, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the human spirit within a person…..). Where did you think your spirit came from? Your flesh? A chemical reaction in your brain? Think again, it has nothing to do with any of them. When you die your spirit will leave your body to return to the one who made you. Will ‘you’ then still not believe? (Ecclesiastes 12:6-7 Remember him – before the silver cord is severed, and the golden bowl is broken; before the pitcher is shattered at the spring, and the wheel broken at the well, and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.) For…

Ecclesiastes 12

12 Remember your Creator
in the days of your youth,
before the days of trouble come
and the years approach when you will say,
‘I find no pleasure in them’–
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before the sun and the light
and the moon and the stars grow dark,
and the clouds return after the rain;
3
when the keepers of the house tremble,
and the strong men stoop,
when the grinders cease because they are few,
and those looking through the windows grow dim;
4
when the doors to the street are closed
and the sound of grinding fades;
when people rise up at the sound of birds,
but all their songs grow faint;
5
when people are afraid of heights
and of dangers in the streets;
when the almond tree blossoms
and the grasshopper drags itself along
and desire no longer is stirred.
Then people go to their eternal home
and mourners go about the streets.

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Remember him – before the silver cord is severed,
and the golden bowl is broken;
before the pitcher is shattered at the spring,
and the wheel broken at the well,
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and the dust returns to the ground it came from,
and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

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‘Meaningless! Meaningless!’ says the Teacher.
‘Everything is meaningless!’
The conclusion of the matter

9 Not only was the Teacher wise, but also he imparted knowledge to the people. He pondered and searched out and set in order many proverbs. 10 The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true.

11 The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails – given by one shepherd. 12 Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them.

Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.

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Now all has been heard;
here is the conclusion of the matter:
fear God and keep his commandments,
for this is the duty of all mankind.
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For God will bring every deed into judgment,
including every hidden thing,
whether it is good or evil.

 

Remember your Creator before it is too late!

Shirley Anne

Mostly happy

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How Much for Happy

How Much for Happy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Frequently of late I have been experiencing feelings of extreme euphoria and well-being. I am at all times relaxed and happy about my situation, the fact that I am reasonably financially secure, don’t have to work or feel under any pressure to do so. I do work as it is something I like doing but it isn’t a means to an end and I could stop at any time without it affecting my security. I would miss the opportunity to do small jobs for others of course and the joy it gives me. No, the euphoria is not about my work but my work and the option of continuing in it or not is a part of it. I have a wonderful assurance in that no matter what I am going to face each day I am not alone because God is with me through it all. I look at each day in a different way than I used to and I am more relaxed about negative things that come my way. I have become very laid-back as they say. I drive along the highway on my way to work and watch the antics of other drivers for instance who repeatedly ignore the rules or drivers who put others at risk and I take a back seat in the proceedings when once I would get agitated and annoyed. Isn’t it a wonderful thing to be able to switch off from the frantic world around us? People rushing about here and there as if they had only one more minute to live, the pressure of commerce and its intrusion into our lives, the huge merry-go-round that most seem keen to ride now mean little to me and it will not be a part of my life if I have any say in the matter. It is a struggle warding-off the ways of the world and not have them affect my life but sometimes it is impossible to remain completely isolated. I hate the incessant and persistent promotion of advertising and sales, financial services, money-making schemes, insurance and on-line gambling and once these things used to get to me, now they don’t but I still hate them. I just ignore them. My happiness is not dependent on such things. It is like looking through a window and knowing that I am on the opposite side of the glass from it all and safe from it touching me. I don’t need the pressure and will do my best to keep it that way. The world doesn’t know it yet but it is headed for big surprise.

Shirley Anne

I’m dying ……..

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A Lesson Before Dying (film)

A Lesson Before Dying (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

…..and so are you. No matter who you are, where you are, how healthy you are, how old you are, none of that matters, one day it will be your day to die. Will anyone remember? Will anyone care? Well someone does care. It is a sobering thought. Many make preparations for their departure arranging elaborate and expensive wakes for those who might attend their funerals but none of that matters. Favourite music being played at their funeral only benefits the mourners as does everything else so what is the point in that? In this country, as in many other countries too, mourners dress in black considering any other colour worn to be disrespectful to the deceased, as if that mattered or the deceased cared! Everything is done for those who are left. As a Christian I believe, as many of my brothers and sisters do, that death is something to be celebrated and accordingly bright colours are worn at the passing of other Christians. The celebration is because the deceased has gone to a better place for we have that hope in Jesus Christ. Those who die without that hope have no hope. In those cases it might be proper to wear a sombre colour like black. The real sad thing is that many who mourn the passing of their loves ones think they have that hope but maybe haven’t. Whenever I see a funeral cortége I wonder if the person in the coffin knew Christ as their personal Saviour and I feel sad to think that perhaps they didn’t. Life after death is a promise for those who believe in Jesus Christ and have him as their Saviour, death holds no fear for them. Others may die thinking they have that assurance and go through all the motions at their funerals with that in mind or those left behind think that way, but they fail to remember

Acts 4:11-13

11 Jesus is

‘“the stone you builders rejected,
which has become the cornerstone.”

12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.’

13 When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realised that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.

Think about where you might be going without the assurance of salvation, the salvation that only Jesus can provide for you. Die you will but don’t do it without Jesus. It isn’t enough to just know about Jesus, we have to accept the gift of life and ask him to come into our hearts and be our saviour,

Shirley Anne

Think you are clever?

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Three wise monkeys at Toshogu, Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are some very clever people in this world, that is a fact but how clever is clever? It is one thing to be clever but a different one to be wise. The two are not necessarily linked. Would you rather be clever or wise? The probable answer to that will be ‘both’ and why not? However wisdom is the greater and to be sought above all things. How does one obtain wisdom? With age? Not necessarily for wisdom can be gained without having to grow old and gain experience. It depends on the individual. It tells us in Scripture that

Psalm 111:10
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.

And if you want wisdom………

James 1:5
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

Wisdom is mentioned 219 times in The Bible. We are meant to seek it for ourselves. There is however something to be observed……..we should not think that we are wise because we are wise or intelligent because we are intelligent, clever because we may be that. In all things we should be and remain humble for Scripture also tells us………..

1 Corinthians 1:18-20

Christ crucified is God’s power and wisdom

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written:

‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.’

20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?

Real wisdom is found in the knowledge of God. Real intelligence is found in the act of seeking Him and just thinking that you are clever comes to nothing in the end. You are not as clever as you think you are.

Shirley Anne

Sentenced to life

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Died for Your Sins

Died for Your Sins (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today marks the anniversary of a very special person’s death. He died some 2000 or so years ago in agony on a wooden cross. When after some hours he finally died he was taken down and placed in a tomb under guard. Three days later when the tomb was opened they found no body. Death could not hold him for he had risen to everlasting life. He was back with his Father in heaven. He was back from whence he came and is alive today. He had taken upon himself the sins of mankind, the sins of each and every one of us, believers or not and set us free in doing so. If we place our trust in him, believe with all our hearts that he paid the penalty on our behalf, repent and ask him into our lives we have the assurance of eternal life. I think I much prefer to be sentenced to life than be sentenced to death. Praise the Lord my Saviour Jesus Christ.

Shirley Anne

Going to Heaven?

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A “Jesus Saves” neon cross sign on a church in Alphabet City in New York. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Is accepting Jesus the only way for people to get to heaven?

Yes. The Bible clearly identifies Jesus as the only means of salvation (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Philippians 2:9–11). Believing in Jesus and his unique work (Acts 2:37–39; 16:31; Romans 10:9) is the only way to gain access to God’s forgiveness. No number of good deeds can earn a person an eternal reward. No other faith system leads people to the one true God. Some people chafe at such an exclusive stance, but the words of Jesus and the apostles leave no other option (Acts 4:12; 1 Timothy 2:5).

John 14:6  Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’

Acts 4:12  ‘Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.’

Philippians 2:9  Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

Acts 2: 37  When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, ‘Brothers, what shall we do?’
38 Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off – for all whom the Lord our God will call.’

Acts 16:31  They replied,Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved – you and your household.’

Romans 10:9  ‘ if you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

1 Timothy 2:5  For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus,

And if you do not believe in Jesus Christ or in God, well, do you think you will be going anywhere when you die? You see, if you don’t believe in these things you must believe in something or someone else. Maybe you think we got here all by chance? If you do then you must believe in evolution and not creation. Think about that. If we did evolve what did we evolve from and from where did that life evolve? Even the scientists don’t know where our universe came from. They say it was a big bang. From what? What exploded? The Bible tells us that God made the heavens and the earth from something that wasn’t there before, something out of nothing! Only God could do that. You may say then who made God? The answer is nobody, He has always been. He has no beginning and He has no end. We have been created in His likeness. He didn’t make an ape then decide to modify His creation, He made everything as you see them, including us.

For more information regarding evolution and creation click here http://www.creationsciencetoday.com/

For more information about your future click here https://www.biblegateway.com/

Shirley Anne

 

 

Brothers and sisters

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Brothers & Sisters (song)

Brothers & Sisters (song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For so many years I was an avid unbeliever, an atheist, stubbornly refusing to have anything to do with ‘religion’ and totally against the idea of a creator God. That all changed about twenty-six years ago when I began to study The Bible and finding myself reaching out to this god whom I had rejected. At that time I was writing poems and verses and most of them concerned God and my reaching out to Him. I became a Christian, born again of The Spirit of God or as many say a ‘born again Christian‘. Whatever terminology is used I became a believer and began to understand what it meant to be a Christian. The message was quite simple, is quite simple…..We are all sinners, helpless to pay the price for those sins and we need a Saviour, someone who would pay the price for us and thereby set us free. That Saviour is Jesus. We need to repent of our sins and accept Jesus as Saviour so that we can be saved from eternal punishment.
John 3:16 ‘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.’

God did it for us. How amazing is that? We have to reach out and take that gift though. I did that early in 1989 when I became a Christian believer. I learned that I had to tell others for it was and is incumbent on me to do so. A Christian believer who fails to witness to others is being disobedient to the One who saves them.

The great commission

Matthew 28:

 16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’

We are to tell others about The Gospel…..the Good News………..the truth that is in Christ Jesus and the salvation offered in his name. So brothers and sisters in Christ remember your obligation and witness wherever you are and as the opportunity arises.

Shirley Anne

What is wrong with you all?

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Hatred, Passions and Infidelity

Hatred, Passions and Infidelity (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Damn the thief, the liar, the cheat, the proud, the arrogant, the adulterer, the child molester, the paedophile, the slanderer, the fornicator, the wife beater, the fraudster, the false witness, the idolaters, the murderer, the dishonourable, those who covet and all who do such things. Now wait a minute, that means the whole of mankind should be condemned should it not for we all fall short in some way? Those who claim to be squeaky clean are disillusioned, no-one is perfect I keep getting told. I often wonder how we all manage to live in close proximity without some sort of friction. The fact is we don’t if we are being honest. We may get along with most people we meet but the truth is we don’t get along with everyone. Why is that? The saying goes that love covers all imperfections might be true for those we are in a close relationship with but I doubt it applies to everyone else in our lives. There seems to exist different levels of love and appreciation toward those in our lives ranging from absolute love to absolute hatred and everything in-between. Personalities and lifestyles of others may be disagreeable to us and some of us carry those traits to the extreme either on the one hand making an aggressive stand against those we perceive as abhorrent to our nature or on the other hand endeavouring to bridge the gaps between us. If there was one single thing that could overcome our differences, our biases, our dislikes, what might it be? More to the point why should we bother? The real problem is love, a lack of it in our lives. Where there is love there is also hatred and life is a struggle because of them both. On the one hand we try to be loving but sometimes we have to fight against the hate. When God created the world and all living creatures He did it out of love. Everything He creates He loves. He loves us so much He didn’t want to leave us with no hope in our struggle against sin for we are unable to overcome the wickedness of sin without His strength. Now some may say that they are not sinners and they are able to combat evil but that is far from the truth. They may not admit to committing any of the things listed in the opening sentences of this post but they are wrong for at some point their guard will fall and they will make mistakes. No-one is perfect and no-one is without sin but does that matter? Well yes it does, it matters to God. Romans 3:23 says…’for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God’. For this reason we are all condemned but for this reason too and because of God’s great love for us we can be reconciled with Him. 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.’ His Son is Jesus Christ. We can know real love when we accept Jesus as our Saviour and we can look at the world through a changed heart and with opened eyes in a way that was impossible before because of our sinful nature. We continue to struggle against sin because we remain here immersed in it. Look around you and see the sin that abounds then turn your back on it and come to Jesus.

Shirley Anne

Well?

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Does anyone remember this song? When I first heard it I liked it but to me it only had a sense of romanticism to it. The message (if any was intended) it contained eluded me but since that time all those years ago I have come to realise what the song was really all about. It is based on the message of the Gospel, the Good News, that Jesus spoke about. It is about forgiveness and salvation a free gift from God through His Son Jesus Christ. Romans 3:23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,’

Listen to the music then ask yourself the question…..Where am I going when I die?

 

I hope it will be Heaven but only you can decide that.

Shirley Anne

The prophets

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English: Baruch Writing Jeremiah's Prophecies

Baruch Writing Jeremiah’s Prophecies (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If someone were to tell you that a particular thing would happen to you at a future time you would probably be very skeptical. If however that prophecy came true you might think twice about what was foretold. On the other hand you may think it was just a coincidence. What if someone were to tell you of a future event that not only affected you but that it would affect everyone? Would you think them out of their mind or would you consider that it may be true? You wouldn’t be alone in your skepticism for many in the past have heard prophecies and didn’t believe they would happen. Pity the poor Prophets though who deliver the message in the first place. A prophet must surely be believed if indeed their prophecy becomes true, yes? Trouble with that is that many who have prophesied what in fact became true died long before the event happened and they were forgotten. This happened and is recorded in Scripture though some prophets remained alive to see their prophecies come about. Some people today disregard what is written the The Bible believing it is a collection of fairy tales yet if they read the prophecies and their manifestations they might think twice. The birth of Jesus Christ was foretold long before it happened. Look at these verses:

 Isaiah 9: 6-7

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. 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.
These verses are but one of the prophecies concerning the birth of Christ. There are others.
Concerning the future state of Israel and again the birth of Christ we read:

Jeremiah 23:5-8

5‘The days are coming,’ declares the Lord,
    ‘when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch,
a King who will reign wisely
    and do what is just and right in the land.
In his days Judah will be saved
    and Israel will live in safety.
This is the name by which he will be called:
    The Lord Our Righteous Saviour.

‘So then, the days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when people will no longer say, “As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,” but they will say, “As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the descendants of Israel up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them.” Then they will live in their own land.’

What do you make of verse 8 highlighted in red? Is this a reference to the present land of Israel? If it is, and it certainly looks that way then what about other prophecies not yet fulfilled? Those mentioned in the Book of Daniel and Revelations which predict the future of mankind and the coming judgement? If former prophets got it right (they couldn’t fail actually as the messages were from God) then surely these as yet unfulfilled prophecies will come about too? Would you still not believe what God is saying to you? Repent and believe in the One who gave you your life. Turn to Jesus for your salvation for he is the only way to that salvation.

Pray this prayer or something similar if you have made the decision to come to Jesus.  ‘Dear heavenly Father I have rejected you all of my life but now I realise I was mistaken. I am sorry for the things I have done in my life which have kept us apart, my sins. I repent of them and turn to you for forgiveness and salvation. You gave your only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ who became an atoning sacrifice for all those who believe in you and in him. I believe that Jesus took upon himself my sins so that I could go free. He took my punishment, that which I deserve, upon himself. Thank you Jesus for being my Saviour. Thank you Father for Jesus. I welcome The Holy Spirit into my heart right now to be my guide and my teacher. Help me now Lord to follow you all the days of my life.’

Now go and find a church which teaches The Bible’s truth and meet with other Christians to help you in your new life.

Shirley Anne

This is life

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Now have a look at the site it was posted on and think about the message it proclaims. Watch the videos too..

http://beforeitsnews.com/science-and-technology/2014/04/ancient-high-performance-electric-motors-discovered-that-are-still-in-production-2685290.html?currentSplittedPage=0

Shirley Anne

Blind?

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Blind Company (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Obviously those who are blind will not be able to read this, their disability alters everything that happens in their lives. Those who have their sight may not realise what it must be like to live without being able to see and especially how life-changing losing one’s sight can be. Even simple tasks become challenging and often help is needed in order to carry out some things. Dependency on others becomes a necessity. Imagine for a moment how you would feel if you suddenly lost your sight and how your circumstances would  change. Everything you took for granted, your ability to do certain things, your independence, everything, would change. Now that describes to a point the effects of physical blindness but we can be blind in other ways too. Imagine living in a world and being ignorant of the possibility of living a better life. You would be unaware that things could be so much better for you, you would be blind to it unless someone told you.Come to think of it we are all blind to the things in life until we learn of them one way or another. We will never understand all things whilst we live, it is impossible. Some may claim to have great wisdom and understanding and know most things but they are really blind, they just don’t know it. For many people the truth of the matter escapes them even though it might be right under their noses! It could be that they ‘see’ it but choose not to acknowledge it. How many rest on their laurels thinking they have no need for anything other than their possessions? They are the spiritually blind. So we may not be physically blind but we can be spiritually blind.

Revelation 3:17 You say, “I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.” But you do not realise that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.

Open your spiritual eyes and see that God is good…………’I once was lost but now am found was blind but now I see’.

Shirley Anne

God’s ‘mother’

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John 1

The Word became flesh
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognise him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

15 (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, ‘This is the one I spoke about when I said, “He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.”’) 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in the closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.

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I finished my working week on Friday morning chatting to an old lady in whose house I shall be working on Wednesday. I had been working in another house a half-hour earlier and was ready to work in her house but she was going out with her daughter later in the morning. It turned out that she had been born in Liverpool as I had and we chatted about that. She knew all the places that I mentioned whilst telling her where I had lived. We had a good laugh together during the time I was there making an assessment of the work she wanted me to do which was to supply and fit lighting beneath the wall units in her kitchen. After I had left her house I went to the electrical supplier and purchased what was necessary. I don’t remember how the subject arose but she mentioned something about God. I asked her if she believed in God and in Jesus and she said that ever since she was a young girl she had believed. I told her that I was a Christian believer. Then she said something that took me by surprise. She said that when she prayed she prayed first of all to God’s mother. In reply I said God doesn’t have a mother. She was referring to Mary of course and immediately I knew she was a Catholic. I quoted the first two lines of John’s Gospel as above. The opening verses are self-explanatory but for those who miss the point they are saying that from the beginning of all time Jesus (the Word) was with God (The Father) and that he was (is) God. Now look at these verses…

Genesis

The beginning

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

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The Scutum Fidei, a diagram frequently used by...

The Scutum Fidei, a diagram frequently used by Christian apologists to explain the Trinity. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

They are saying that the Holy Spirit was also there at the beginning. So we have God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son and God the Holy Spirit, all God. No-one else existed for the material world only came into existence through Jesus Christ (verse 9 above). This means that Mary wasn’t there either! If we say that Mary is the mother of God as the Catholics maintain, then Mary must be God BUT SHE ISN’T. God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I asked the lady that if it was her birthday and I was to present her with a gift would it be hers for I had also asked if she claimed to be a Christian? She told me that she had been a church-goer all her life but that was the point, had she taken the gift that is offered by God so freely, forgiveness and salvation through Jesus? I got no answer which told me she hadn’t. I explained that the (theoretical) gift I was presenting would not be hers until she took hold of it. I said that we have to invite Jesus to be our Saviour, for that is what Scripture tells us we must do. God’s gift isn’t ours unless we take hold of it. Salvation isn’t an automatic right. I had to leave at that point and although I will be returning I will make no further mention about what we had discussed unless she brings up the subject of course but I pray she will consider what I was saying.

To worship anyone else but God is wrong, it is idolatry. To put anyone else above God is wrong.

1 Timothy 2:5

For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus,

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This is why we pray though Jesus and no-one else.

No, God doesn’t have a mother as many have been led to believe.

Shirley Anne

Blame it on religion

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Religion Inc.

Religion Inc. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Whenever we hear of the killing of innocent people in the name of one religion or another we blame that religion and label all religion as the cause of mankind’s problems. Well many people do but for those who reason things out, who don’t jump to conclusions, religion has nothing to do with it. People who kill in the name of their religion are following the wrong religion else their own evil interpretation of it. I claim to have no religion but a relationship with my Maker. My Maker is a loving God who in no way would advocate the evil practices of those who claim to follow the truth as they perceive it to be in their religion. My God is a God of love, peace, mercy, grace, faithfulness, righteousness and holiness. He is a God who wants no-one to perish but to come into a relationship with Him by accepting that they are sinners who need to be saved. It is the sins in the hearts of people that destroy them and keep them from really knowing God’s love. As a parent I always wanted the best for my children and I still do. God’s love for His children is just the same, He wants the best for His children too and we are all His children. There are those who reject His love, reject Him and choose to follow their own hearts and ways. No matter how much we try to reach them they will not listen. They have chosen to remain in the dark. God still loves them and still offers them the same way back to Him as others who have chosen to listen. God has prepared the way through His Son Jesus Christ. Without Jesus there is no way back to God.

 

John 14:6
Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’.

 

Not through Mohammed, not through Buddha, not through Krishna, not through Nature, not through religion or your interpretation of it………..only through His Son Jesus Christ. God wants the best for you. Do you want the best for yourself? You know what you must do…………….Invite God into your life, ask Jesus to save you……………..and you shall be saved.

 

Shirley Anne