My Lord, My Friend

Two Trees Ministries Shining Light In Dark Places

Reflective Moment ‘Secrets Of Contentment’

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Hebrews 13 verse 5: ” Your life should be free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for He Himself has said, I will never leave you or forsake you”.

Reading Philippians chapters 1 and 2: The Apostle Paul reveals some interesting insights, about contentment in life regardless of circumstances. Paul was imprisoned in Rome, for crimes of sharing his faith. Paul revealed his secret for contentment. because learnt to be content in ever situation. Paul had experienced poverty and wealth, being hungry, and eating well. Paul had been who two opposing circumstances, one of being praised and the other of being stoned and left for dead.

Paul had been through all sorts of circumstances good an bad, but he had a contentment throughout. Paul secret in contentment was tat he had confidence that he could endure anything through his dependence on Christ Jesus.

We also can find contentment in any of our circumstances, when we don’t depend on other people, In Christ Jesus we have all we need for any circumstances, and our self-sufficiency, becomes complete in Christ Jesus’ sufficiency.

We no longer live, but Christ lives in us. Dead people don’t complain, they have found there peace.

God Bless.

O F J.

Faith In Action ‘Our Goal’

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Philippians 3 verse 10: “My goal is to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His suffering, being conformed to His death.”

Many would agree with the first part of this verse, ‘My goal is to know Him and the power of His resurrection.”

Our Goal should be to know more about Our Lord Our redeemer and Our Friend and to know His power. if that is all it took to understand and apply, Philippians 4 verse 13:

"I am able to do all things through Him, who strengthens me."

But the second part of the verse is, ‘and the fellowship of His suffering, being conformed to His death.’

Perhaps now few will follow that goal to know Him more and to know the power available to us to do all things.

If we take on a goal, we need to look at the total cost of reaching that goal, and the steps needed to be taken,

Some of those steps towards knowing Him more is: Philippians 19 and 20:

V19: “For through the law I have died to the law, that I might live for God, I HAVE BEEN CRUCIFIED WITH JESUS.”

V20: “I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I know live in the flesh, I live by faith in The Son of God, who gave Himself for me.”

Luke 9 verse 23: “The He {Jesus} said to them all, {you and me}, ‘If anyone wants to come with me, he {or she} must deny himself. take up his cross daily and follow Me’.”

Luke 14 verse 28: ” For which of you, wanting to build a tower, doesn’t first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it.”

Our Goal of knowing Him more and His resurrection power, will come at a cost., of leaving our old lives behind, and pressing into to Him and the plans He has for our lives.

Jeremiah 29 verse 11 : “For i know the plans I have for you,” this is The Lords declaration—-” plans for your welfare, not your disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

Jeremiah 29 verse 13: “you will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart.”

Our goals for Him will come at a cost, require diligence, perseverance, faith and trust, and that is the  start of knowing Him more and the power of His resurrection.

God Bless.

O F J.

Honesty Before Our Heavenly Father

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Starts with us realizing we have been forgiven. If we know we are truly forgiven, we can easily forgive.

1 John 1 verse 7 to 9:

V7: “But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanse us from all sin”.

V8: “If we say, ‘we have no sin.’ we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

V9: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

He will forgive us of All things. It is not about being perfect, but is about honesty before Our Father God.

One of the ways, of thinking is God is mad with us, an assumes we can please Him by doing certain things, paying penance for example.

Hebrews 11 verse 6: “Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who seek Him.”

The only way to come before God is by making ourselves right in His eyes. He knows about us at all time, He knows what is effecting our walk with Him.  He will not just deliver us and make us right before Him. We must be honest before Him, and bring any wrong-doing before Him.

"If we confess our sin, He is faithful and righteous to Forgive us our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." Does this mean we do sin anymore, No, because we are only sinners saved by Grace.

If we are out walking with a friend and the friend appears upset, and we ask why, and the response is, ‘I can’t bear to see you walking around in those dirty clothes, from that thing you allowed yourself to fall in’.

If we want to walk in the Light as Our Father is in in the Light, we must always be honest before Him. Repentance is like bringing our dirty clothes before Him, and by The Blood of Jesus, we are made clean.

Performance of Godly things will not bring us before God, but honesty will, He can use a person who is faithfully honest Him.

God doesn’t have favorites, and we can not do anything to make our selves more favored by Him. But we can by faith draw near to Him, and by that faith know that He is  a rewarder of those that honesty seek Him.

Honestly Seek Him more, and we will never be disappointed.

God Bless.

 O F J>

Scripture Verse Of The Week ’ 2 Corinthians 5 verse 17’

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2 Corinthians 5 verse 17:

"Therefore if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation, old things have passed away and look, new things have come".

When we come to acceptance of what Our Lord and Our Friend achieved on the cross for us, we don’t only assume a name like Christian over us, we become new creations.

Accepting what Christ Jesus did on the cross, for us, makes us followers, and as followers, we follow Him, dying to ourselves { to our old ways of living} so we can live in the new ways, He has redeemed us for.

It is more than accepting a name. Being a Christian won’t help you in any way whatsoever, Our Lord and Our Friend, on the other hand, will always help you in all of our struggles to come nearer to Him.

Understanding we are not just accepting a name, we can now realize that one of the primary effects of being in a relationship with Our Lord and Our Friend, is that over time it reshapes us into somebody who acts and thinks in a more Christ like manner.

if we want to be associated with a name, just join a club, but if we want to be associated with with New Life, and a exciting fulfilling lifestyle, become a ‘whosoever’ and accept God’s invitation to come. John 3 verse 16:

The fact of being a Christian, will not automatically take away all our bad habits. But the process of being a Christian will diminish our wrong-doing and more importantly our desire for wrong-doing, a little bit everyday. More Importantly, we have accepted Him, and He has made us New Creations, trust Him that He is working in, with and on us, to  reshape who we are now into somebody both He and us, would prefer to be.

WE are are New Creations in Him, trust Him to do the things  that will truly transform our lives.

God Bless.

O F J

Reflective Moment ‘Nothing Without Him’

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Jesus prepared His followers for their mission. over forty days after His resurrection. Jesus taught his disciples that He was the promised Messiah, that He died on the cross for the sins of the world, {which includes you and me}, that He was raised from the dead on the third day, that He was exalted at the right hand of The Father, and that He would return to establish, Gods’ victory in a final and visible way.

Meanwhile, Salvation from God’s judgement could only be found by confessing faith In Him {Acts 4 verse 12}.  This is a clear message Our Lord and Our Friend left with us, but He would not leave us alone to spread the message.

At a time when His followers were both powerless and defeated after the crucifixion, between the resurrection and the ascension, Our Lord and Our Friend reminded them the message of the Gospel didn’t originate with them, it was about Him. He also promised them and us His presence and power though The Holy Spirit. 

The message we are to convey and witness, is never anything about us, It is always about, Him, and how much He loves .

God Bless.

 O F J

Reflective Moment “The Gates Of Hell’

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Matthew 16 verse 18: “the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it”.

To many people worry about what Satan can do, or what he is up to. Foolish worry.  With the confession Jesus is The Christ, and upon that confession of faith the community of faith {the church} will be built, Satan was defeated.

At The Cross where Satan through he won his greatest victory, he suffered his greatest defeat, because a whosoever who believes, repents and receives, has been set free, and are awake up to all his deception.

Jesus is stating that the church which is the body made up of all believes, that believe He is The Christ, has the power over Satan.

The body of believers {the Church} should be primarily attacking, that is going into hell to rescue those who are lost, bringing them out for salvation. This is not a picture of a defense church, as a fortified castle with a draw bridge raised, through fear, and trying to keep Satan out.

Rather the reverse is true, The Body of Believers {the Church} is on the offensive, reminding the rebellious foe he has been defeated, and telling him to rack off with all his deceptive ways.

The Perfect Love in which a believer is encothed, has defeated any fear, any believer may have about our adversary dud. The gates of Hell can not stand against us, rather they are on rickety hinges and more likely fall over, with us conveying our faith at them.

God Bless.

O F J

Thoughts On Heaven

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Popular opinion seems to think, heaven is a place where people sprout wings or even become angels, wear halos and play on harps.

But what is heaven really like?

Heaven is a beautiful place to think about, yet God has chose not to tell us very much about it, He told us, through His Word that it exists, and some day His people will join Him there.

And it is not judgmental to say, that if we want to live in a different country,we must meet the requirements of the laws that exist, to live in that country. Every country has boarder security, and people can be refused entry. A person may not be allowed into a particular country with a criminal record.

So with that in mind, if we want to get into heaven, isn’t it right to expect, we must meet the requirements to enter. The Bible gives us limited information of what heaven is like. God wants us to concentrate our efforts on becoming Christ like people in the here and the now.

To live as Kingdom people now, as a rehearsal of Kingdom people in the eternal realm of Heaven. Just as a criminal record will not get you into certain countries—-unrepented {wrong-doings} and genuine repentance, will keep us from coming into the presence of a Holy God in His eternal heaven.

The Good News, is just that Good News: John 3 verse 16:

"For God so loved the world in this way. He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life".

A ‘Whosoever is allowed to enter, if we believe, ask for forgiveness and receive.

To all those, who think they might have fallen off side with God, More Good News. 1 John 1 verse 9:

"If we confess our sins {wrong-doings against Him}, He is faithful and righteous to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness".

The Real Good News is: 1 Corinthians 2 verse 9:

"But as it is written: What no eye has seen and no ear has heard, and what has never come into a man’s heart, is what God has prepared for those who love Him".

God Bless.

 O F J

Does Affluence Lead To Apathy

We all at times, get caught up in our own little world, we forget our purpose and destiny in life, to bring Glory to our Father in heaven.

1 Corinthians 10 verse 31: “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for God’s glory”.

We were created for purpose and destiny, purpose to commune with Our Lord and Our Friend, destiny to live in eternity with Him. Sometimes we settle, in  place were we feel comfortable.

The Christian life is not a life of keeping the wagons circled, it is a journey of us going, and growing. In a book I read for my ministry studies, called ‘Taking Our Cities For God, we could extend that to taking the communities around us, there is always things we can be doing for the Kingdom of God. The most important thing we can do is praying for those around us,

We have missed out on so much when it comes to engaging within our society, but in our efforts to do something, we can’t engage in social action programs at the expense of witness, about Him. Social action without The Gospel is little more than sanctified humanism.

Do we even take the time for others? Do we take the time to witness through social action? Social action is a ‘catch cry’, among many interest groups, but if for a Christian to engage in social action without the Gospel, we are not truly representing who we are. {Ambassadors for God’s kingdom}.

The Gospel message must be a vibrant part of our social action activities, without it we lose the heart of our message. Our Lord came to walk among us, He didn’t yell the salvation message from heaven, He showed us how to walk the talk, and talk the walk.

The world is about business, and we can easily get caught up in the business of the world. We are not to be about the business of the world, we are to be about Our Heavenly Father’s business. Matthew 6 verse 33;

The world judges people by their affluence, what they have achieved and accumulated, but a Christian response can be summed up in Acts chapter 3 verse 6: We don’t have much of the world’s ways in us, but we have the compassion and power of the Kingdom of God, out of that we respond to the needs of those around us.

The world’s system, tries to bring fear and oppression, The Message of the Gospel, is to bring, New life, faith and trust in a loving God. If we believe in The Gospel of Conversion and transformation , we need to preach it wherever we go, in Word and Deed.

God Bless.

 O F J

Faith In Action ‘Belief Behind The Faith’

We put this post up, very early in the ministry, to explain what really consumes us here at the Ministry.

My Lord My Friend is the statement behind our beliefs. We believe and know that Jesus is Our Lord, Our Redeemer and Friend.

We at two trees ministries {Mylordmyfriend.com} want to encourage everybody to live the life that they have been called to live according to His Word.

To become believers, followers or Christians or whatever it is you wish to be called. The title doesn’t matter, the fact that you are Redeemed does!

Take a line from a singing group song, “My best friend is the creator of the universe”.

Are we really aware of the truth that the creator of the universe wants to be our friend? I don’t think we will ever understand just how much He loves us, and that we will ever understand real love, real relationship, until we accept the love He wants to give us.

One of the greatest affirmations of faith is the Nicene Creed, which really is just a statement of Faith.

"I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in One Lord Jesus Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, begotten of the father, before all worlds, God from God, Light from Light, very God of very God.

Begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.

Who for us men and for our salvation, came down from heave, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man, and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.

He suffered and was buried, and on the third day, He rose again, according to the scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father,

and He shall come again with Glory to judge both the quick (alive) and the dead, whose Kingdom shall have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and giver of life,who proceeds from the Father and The Son, who with the Father and Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets.

And I believe in one holy and apostolic church, and acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sin, and I look for the resurrection life in the the dead, and the life of the world to come.”

This was written by early believers in the Faith as a confirmation of their faith.

The sinners prayer is also a statement of faith, where we acknowledge who Jesus is and what He did for us on the cross, and say sorry for our {sins} wrong doings and ask Him to come into our life to help us as our Lord and Friend.

Maybe it’s time for us to further put our faith in God, and step into a place where we are daily renewing our commitment to Him.

Putting on the Belt of Truth,The Breastplate of Righteousness, with our feet sandaled with readiness for The Gospel of Peace. carrying The Shield of faith, wearing The Helmet {Covering of} Salvation, while holding The Sword of The Spirit, walking together in the likeness of Our Lord, Our Redeemer and  Our Friend. {Ephesians 6 verses 14 to 17]

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Following Jesus

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Following Jesus, Jesus earthly life as one of us was like a rock star. Where ever He goes the crowds follow Him. Following Him to watch the spectacular signs that occurred wherever He went. Jesus had chosen twelve disciples to follow Him, but one of them Judas was following Him for the wrong reasons.

On two distinct occasions He performed basically the same type of miracle, He used five loaves and two fish to feed 5000. Mark 6 verse 30 to 44. On the second occasion He uses seven leaves and two small fish to feed 4000. Mark 8 verses 1 to 10.

Some have seen these two occasions as the same event, but there is a distinct difference. One takes place in Jewish territory, the other in Gentile territory, making a statement that ‘Whosoever’ may follow. Jesus answers the spiritual needs though His Words, and the physical needs by His actions.

Following Jesus to meet out deep spiritual needs, because we are created in His image, to commune with Him, Following Jesus for our physical needs. This world is temporal, we will not be here that long, maybe 100 years or a bit more, in our earthly bodies.

Why are we following Jesus?  Is it to get the love, we have never been given? Is it because we are expecting Him, to break into history, and fix all life’s ills? Is it because we like the words that He spoke, and the miracles He performed?

Jesus is much more than a great historical figure, Jesus is much more than a great orator. Jesus is much more than a star performer. Jesus is much more than a rebel Who die on a cross.

Jesus is The Christ, who came to Redeem us from from the curse of the law. Jesus is The Christ, Who gave Himself for us, to pay the price, for our transgressions that separated us, from The Father and Himself. Jesus is the Way, The Truth and The Life, no man come to The Father but by Him. {John 14 verse 6}.

We are not only to be followers, but imitators offollowers, faith, learning, imitating, love, guidance, direstion.livi Him, imagine how that would change the world around us.

God Bless.

O F J

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