Something much better

Philippians 3

No confidence in the flesh

1 Further, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you. Watch out for those dogs, those evildoers, those mutilators of the flesh. For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh – though I myself have reasons for such confidence.

If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless.

But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in[a] Christ – the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ – yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, 14 I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus.

Following Paul’s example

15 All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained.

17 Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. 18 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Saviour from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

Footnotes:

  1. Philippians 3:9 Or through the faithfulness of

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Are you an enemy of Jesus Christ? Are you putting all your faith in earthly things which cannot save? All that you possess, all that you have in the bank, all your belongings count for nothing once you are dead. Nothing can be taken with you, you will be alone and naked before your Creator. What excuse will you give for your unbelief? No doubt you will say it doesn’t matter because you don’t believe in God, Jesus, Heaven and Hell or in the devil himself but even the devil believes in these things. His fate is sealed, is yours? You have the time to turn your life around and invite Jesus into your heart. You have the time to seal your fate too but only whilst you take in breath. Who knows when their time is up? Don’t wait until it is too late. What have you got to lose? Your possessions? You will lose them anyway. Your life? You will surely die one day. Your future in Heaven has to be decided upon today! Your future in Hell is a definite possibility but why take that chance? Make it an impossibility now, come to Jesus!

Shirley Anne

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Enduring till the end

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

2 Timothy 3 (New International Version – UK)

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

A final charge to Timothy

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

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

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

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

Shirley Anne

Blind faith in something

03.365 (02.08.2009) Faith
Have Faith

I find it difficult to understand why people believe in what they do sometimes. Mostly I cannot understand the philosophy of those who think that love is the all important answer to our problems and they will quote many leaders and religious people to stress the point. Often they will include Jesus among them as a sort of concession standing Him alongside people like Gandhi and Buddha as being just another good person. Their whole philosophy has love as its central theme. Well of course there is nothing wrong in promoting love and ideally we should all be living a life of love, love toward our fellow man, our neighbour as Jesus Christ said. However their philosophy leaves out one important factor. We are also taught and told to love God first and foremost and then our neighbours as ourselves. You see their kind of love places human beings above anything else and shuns the idea that there is a supreme being we call God. Many ‘religious’ philosophies don’t have a god but some recognise a ‘superior being’, a ‘great spirit’, an entity more powerful than ourselves. They fail to understand that this ‘being’ is in fact real and can be known on a personal level rather than being simply remote and intangible or something simply ‘spiritual’. That God is the Creator God and He is the only God. He is Yahweh, the God of The Bible, The I Am, He who was and is and shall be forevermore. Jesus Christ isn’t just another ‘good person’ to be compared to any man no matter how good other men are considered to be or were for Jesus Christ is more than that, He is God incarnate, God made flesh, the exact representation of God The Father and He can be known. In fact it is necessary. Without Jesus Christ we remain in our sins. It doesn’t matter if we love everyone else in this world and have that kind of philosophy as a way of living. Without Jesus Christ in our lives it is totally meaningless, without putting God first we waste our time. Be the philosopher, the theosophist, the wise man, the prophet, or whatever else you feel is right but without God, without Jesus Christ you are wasting your time and your salvation hangs in the balance. Many will say that Christians have a blind faith but that is far from the truth. The Christians faith is based on love, the love of God, the love of Jesus Christ and the promise of everlasting life for those who believe these things in their hearts and speak them openly with their mouths. Faith alone though isn’t enough, there has to be faith with works. Forget false religions and philosophies and come to the living God in Christ Jesus. Put all your faith in Him.
Shirley Anne

The Church needs to get its act together

 

Copyright Lucy Melford

SATURDAY, 5 JANUARY 2013

Bishops

I may through my time and place of birth be part of Western Christian Culture, but I wouldn’t say that I was a Christian, even though I have many personal standards that are not greatly different from those a Christian would stand by.The often conflicting dogma of competing faiths is really hard to understand, and very offputting. I can readily see why some look for their own direct connection with God, or their own version of spirituality, and stay away from conventionally-organised religion.I also see why, despite private reservations on the detail, it is a very human thing to come together and share a moment reflecting on a higher realm quite separate from everyday life. Occasionally I want that kind of company. But usually I want to be alone when I go into a holy place. Sometimes I light a candle in a cathedral, and think of my parents, if I do no more. I could light a similar candle at home; but somehow in a church or cathedral I feel that my thoughts will travel immeasurably further.Despite my very secular position as an outsider, I do care about the Anglican Church‘s internal arguments about bishops. The Church is still a major force in British society, at least in so far as people look to it to set a moral standard. I want it to be relevant and inspirational, something even I can come to, leading and inspiring society with a focus on love and harmony and charity and justice and spiritual advancement. And not divided in a damaging war between what looks awfully like the old and dusty and hidebound versus the new and bright and freethinking. A war that may cripple the status and effectiveness of an important and stabilising national institution. That’s my concern: the weakening of things that cement our society together.As for the dispute itself, some questions now that I can’t see the answer to. First, am I right to suppose that if the Bible said explicitlythat both male and female bishops (and archbishops) were appoved of by God, and that He didn’t care about sexual orientation, the argument would then simplify to who in particular had the best qualifications for the job? It looks however as if the Bible doesn’t say that at all.All right then. Second, third and fourth questions: should ancient Biblical words matter more than the insights of serious religious thinkers in more recent centuries, including our own? Does the accumulated experience of two thousand years really count for nothing? And how is it that some people can be disqualified by chance events during their conception and embryonic development? Surely God, if you believe in Him, did not intend that.I certainly do want to see women bishops and archbishops, and I don’t mind at all what any candidate’s sexual orientation is, so long as they are people I’d respect, and have the right qualities for the job.

Copyright Lucy Melford
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And my response.

Shirley Anne 5 January 2013 13:56

Psalm 119:105 "Your Word is a Lamp to my ...
Psalm 119:105 “Your Word is a Lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Photo credit: UnlockingTheBible)

First of all Lucy there is no salvation without Christ Jesus and without having the Holy Spirit there is no connection with God. Going to a church building will not make anyone’s thoughts travel further and neither does lighting a candle make any difference. God knows your thoughts before you think them but if you’ve no relationship with Him He does not hear you. The early Church recognised that fact by the Word of God, the Old Testament, as the New Testament had not been written. Many of the early members saw Jesus first hand and the things he did and saw the fulfilment of the Old Testament before their very eyes. They were taught from the Old Testament and knew it well for they were Jews. When the first apostles and disciples taught them it was from the Old Testament with admonition through the likes of Paul by his letters to the church groups scattered around the eastern Mediterranean (see letters to Corinthians, Ephesians etc). As Christians we must obey the word of God otherwise we make a mockery of His word, this is why it is important to follow the teachings in Scripture without turning to the right or to the left or being persuaded from outsiders (secularists, atheists and so on) to oblige them in their agendas. This is why the Church is struggling because it is wandering from the truth. The word of God is the same as it always was and is not subject to the whims and fancies of a modern society. Changing the word of God to suit the times makes a mockery of it. The truth will always be the truth.
People are not excluded from the Kingdom of God, provided they accept Jesus as their Saviour and reject the sins of the flesh and that is the crunch isn’t it? God indeed did not intend that we should be the way we are, sin came into the world and remains in the world until Christ Jesus returns. I believe in God but do not seek to influence His way of doing things. Can the pot dictate what the potter does?
The last sentence in your post I assume is rhetorical for it has to be from someone outside of the Church.

Shirley Anne

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Why bother?

Many people will be celebrating Christmas again this year spending huge sums of money in some cases, partying, meeting with and enjoying the company of friends and family. Not that there is anything wrong in doing all of that but do you ever stop to think why it is that Christmas is celebrated in the first place? If you do then you would understand that the event should be marked by praising God for giving us a Saviour. You would understand that we all need salvation because we have turned away from God by our sinful nature. If you do not understand these things then why is it that you celebrate Christmas in the first place? You might as well celebrate the Hindu festival of Pancha Ganapati or the Buddhist festival of  Vesak or Visakah Puja or any other of the many festivals of the various religions of the world. You may think that idea is absurd and if you do then ask yourself why? Why exactly do you celebrate Christmas if you are not celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ? English: Orthodox Christmas decoration Српски ...Saying it is a time of the year to enjoy a family get-together is really an excuse and makes a mockery of Christmas itself. Of course before Christmas was inaugurated people used to celebrate the Winter Solstice and some still do, they are worshippers of Nature and not worshippers of their Creator God but you who profess celebrating Christmas as the birth of your Saviour yet do not believe in God or Jesus Christ are just as bad as they. Many do celebrate Christmas for the right reasons yet still hold fast to the pagan symbolism and the modern commercialism that has sprung up around it. Many go into unnecessary debt just to satisfy themselves by conforming to what everyone else does. They are like sheep going to the slaughter. They lack the understanding. If only they realised that God is not impressed by it all but is more concerned for their souls, that is the reason we have Jesus in the first place! They prove their allegiance to the ways of the world and forget their need for salvation. They are blind to the truth that is found in Christ Jesus and even at the celebration of His birth He is forgotten. What shall it profit a man that he should gain the world and lose his soul? There are no excuses, you either love God or you love self, you either celebrate Christmas for the right reasons or not at all and if not why bother?  I celebrate my Saviour every day, I have no need of man-made and man-orientated festivals which make a mockery of Him.

Shirley Anne

No compromise

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I am fed up reading what people say about God when they don’t even know Him. He is described by some as being ‘the great energy’, ‘the essence’, ‘the mighty force’ all kinds of names which all may true of His nature but God is spirit, He is not some remote being that we can only imagine in our thoughts, one that cannot be known on a personal level, He is the Almighty, the Creator and He can be known. He is the Father of all mankind, He is your Father if you believe in Him and put all your faith and trust in Him AND in the One He sent……Jesus the Christ, the Messiah, the Saviour. God wants us to know Him, He wants a relationship with each one of us and to prove He loves us He gave His only begotten Son as a sacrifice, a payment for all of our sins. He offers the free gift of a life everlasting if we repent of our ways and accept His gift but like any gift that is presented to us it doesn’t become ours until we take it. We have to repent and accept Jesus’ sacrifice by accepting Him as our Saviour for salvation is through Christ Jesus. The Bible tells us that Jesus is THE ONLY WAY to God, there is no other way, no religion, no other faith or belief, half-truths, false doctrines, false gods, or any other thing that can be substituted for what God has done for us through His Son, Jesus. Call God by whatever name you wish but you must have this relationship with Him, through Jesus or else there is nothing to look forward to. Gods word tells us that those who believe in Jesus as their personal Saviour and have accepted Him will be resurrected to life eternal,

Revelation 5: 9-10 speaking of Jesus (The Lamb)

“You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals,because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”

Notice, they will reign on Earth. What happens after the thousand years on Earth isn’t told.

And here in Revelation 7

The Great Multitude in White Robes

9 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10And they cried out in a loud voice:

Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.”

11 All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12saying:

“Amen!
Praise and glory
and wisdom and thanks and honor
and power and strength
be to our God for ever and ever.
Amen!”

13Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?”

14I answered, “Sir, you know.”

And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15Therefore,

“they are before the throne of God
and serve him day and night in his temple;
and he who sits on the throne
will shelter them with his presence.
16 ‘Never again will they hunger;
never again will they thirst.
The sun will not beat down on them,’
nor any scorching heat.
17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne
will be their shepherd;
‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’
‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’ ”

These are those who have placed their hope and trust in Jesus now, in their mortal lives.

For those who are alive when the time of the end is here and still do not repent, God in His word says this..

Revelation 9

1 The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss. 2 When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss. 3 And out of the smoke locusts came down on the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth. 4 They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. 5 They were not allowed to kill them but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes. 6During those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.

7 The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle. On their heads they wore something like crowns of gold, and their faces resembled human faces. 8 Their hair was like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. 9 They had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle. 10 They had tails with stingers, like scorpions, and in their tails they had power to torment people for five months. 11They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon and in Greek is Apollyon (that is, Destroyer).

12The first woe is past; two other woes are yet to come.

13 The sixth angel sounded his trumpet, and I heard a voice coming from the four horns of the golden altar that is before God. 14 It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” 15 And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind. 16The number of the mounted troops was twice ten thousand times ten thousand. I heard their number.

17 The horses and riders I saw in my vision looked like this: Their breastplates were fiery red, dark blue, and yellow as sulfur. The heads of the horses resembled the heads of lions, and out of their mouths came fire, smoke and sulfur. 18 A third of mankind was killed by the three plagues of fire, smoke and sulfur that came out of their mouths. 19The power of the horses was in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails were like snakes, having heads with which they inflict injury.

20 The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk. 21 Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.

Notice especially the last few words…..

There can be no compromise, we cannot afford not to listen, we must not think that just because God loves us all he loves the things we do or the things we believe about Him. God IS a loving god but He is also a God who judges. He sets the rules and if we follow His way He is ready to forgive us our sinful ways. We cannot assume our lives and lifestyles are acceptable to God if they do not conform to His commandments and laws which are the source of righteous morality. May God bless us as we reach out in true repentance.

Shirley Anne

He who rules

For those who believe in God and in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, there is this promise. This is something to look forward to, better than any earthly thing, something worth the wait. There are many things in this life that satisfy but none of them last for long and we look for the next thing that we can indulge ourselves in. The best things in life are free and so are the best things in death. The main difference is one will last forever. This has been achieved by the only one who could do it and all on your behalf! Soon people will be ‘celebrating’ Easter, supposedly thanking Jesus for His sacrifice. Easter itself is based in paganism and has nothing to do with Jesus. We remember Jesus when we break the bread and drink the wine as He told us to do. There is no-one like Jesus and there never will be. 

Collosians 1

The supremacy of Christ

 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

 21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of[f] your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— 23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.

And all you’ve got to do is believe, confess and repent! How hard is that? Seemingly too hard for many!

Shirley Anne

Paganism is everywhere….

Next week most of the Western World will be celebrating Valentines Day. It is another of those traditional festivals or observances that people follow simply because well, everyone else does it and it is fun and it is harmless, or is it? Many of the things we do in modern society are rooted in history and we accept them as a part of life without question. We find no fault in them whatsoever and anyone finding fault in them is simply ridiculed and ignored as being not of sound mind or being small-minded. They see people who object as spoil-sports and interfering busy bodies. However unless you are a witch, a devil worshipper or non believer in Jesus you should take the subject very seriously. If you are one of these people then it is even more urgent that you repent and see how wrong our religious and other festivals really are. Now I have talked about this several times in my blog and it won’t be the last time, God willing. I make no excuses for doing so. I pray that The Holy Spirit will guide you to the Truth that is in Christ Jesus so that you do away with these earthly and satanic practices by ceasing to observe them. The following web site explains in detail how satanic forces are influencing our children with our own eyes blinded to what is actually going on in the world 

Here is a site that is both interesting and informative. It is written by someone who used to dabble in the occult….  http://www.lasttrumpetministries.org/ 

Shirley Anne

All roads lead to Rome

A well-known saying that was debatably true during the times of the Roman Empire. They say there are many ways to reach a destiny, a goal and that is true for many things but not everything. As human beings we don’t always see things in the same way, we each have a different perspective on things and life in general. To that end those perspectives become the truth for those who hold them. Many are closed books to other ways even though those ways are better.

I was speaking with a friend recently about belief systems and found myself witnessing and speaking up for Christ. This comes naturally for me when once it was impossible. Once I knew not the truth but now, by grace it has been revealed to me. I have been told by a few people that ‘there are many ways to reach God‘ and each time I have spoken against such statements. My friend is dabbling in Buddhism, others I know are Muslim and yet others have different views. Believing that there are many roads to God is a false belief for Jesus Christ declares, ‘ I am the way and the truth and the life. No-one comes to the Father except through me’ John 14:6 . You see, Jesus tells us that there is but one way to God the Father and that is through Jesus himself, alone. Yet people insist on not believing that and expect that God is with them anyhow or that they will be with God when they die. God however says differently. People often maintain that by doing good things they will automatically go to Heaven. No so, for God says, ‘It is by grace you have been saved through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no-one can boast’ Ephesians 2:8-9 . Good works are expected of course but they alone do not ensure salvation. That is achieved through faith and belief in Christ Jesus and not from any ‘religion of men’. No, all roads do not lead to God, only the one.

Shirley Anne

The Holy Spirit

 

 

 
 
 

We live at a time when Biblical truth is being shouted down by those without the Church, and sadly, by some within the Church. Any who have the courage to publicly speak up in defence of Biblical truth and the moral values that are foundational to the Christian life are mocked, ridiculed, and maligned as hate mongers. The intent is to silence the truth through intimidation. And it can be effective. One needs only look around him to see the moral decay in society. Primetime TV shows that target our youth regularly feature promiscuity, adultery, fornication, and homosexuality as positive lifestyle choices. Violence of the most hideous nature, full frontal nudity, and sexual immorality of every sort  are unashamedly portrayed on giant movie screens to the cheers and applause of audiences whose consciences have been shaped by satanic forces. The internet has allowed the decibel level of those seeking to drown out the voice of God to be raised to deafening proportions. So loud has the voice of the enemy become that even some Christian denominations are forsaking the Truth.
 
It is in the midst of this cacophony of lies that the Holy Spirit speaks to His children. But His is not the loud shouting used by the enemy. His is the still, small voice, the whisper that speaks to the spirit of those who are called by His name. It need not be loud for it speaks truth and when truth is proclaimed even the most violent storm is calmed.
 
He who has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says to your spirit. Thus, you shall overcome all the lies that seek to destroy you.
 
 
I take no credit for this article but I fully endorse it and concur with the writers’ sentiments. Each day I live I see the blindness of people who enjoy some of the wicked ways of this world. They blindly follow others, they blindly follow tradition thinking most of what they do is harmless. They either disbelieve in God or they simply ignore Him. Scripture tells us that ‘the wages of sin is death but  the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord’. (Romans 6:23). How many take notice? People of today are not God-fearing, they are seekers of the pleasures of the flesh and indulge in all kinds of wickedness and sinful ways. They are self-seeking, immoral, lovers of themselves and encourage those who do likewise. As believers in God and Jesus Christ we have to make a stand against evil whenever we come across it but we can only do this by the power of The Holy Spirit within us. Those who don’t have The Spirit don’t have God in their hearts and will resist all attempts to change their lives and will resent any interference. God once destroyed two cities and all their inhabitants because of the evil that was practiced in them. They were the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 18:20 – 19:24). Today He works in different ways but work He does.
 
Shirley Anne