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Reflective Moment ‘The Word Become Flesh’

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The Word became Flesh; John 1 verse 14:

"The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from The Father."

The Word became flesh. The Word didn’t just become a story, He became Flesh.  Have we allowed the reality of this scripture to fully consume us?

The Word became flesh and took up residence among us, more than a character from a story.

The Word became flesh and we observed His Glory. Is the concept of Christ Jesus, in our hearts just a story? Or has He taken up residence among us, in our hearts?

Colossians 1 verse 27: “God wanted to make known to those among the Gentiles the glorious wealth of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

Stories come and stories go, but The Word of God remains forever, Isaiah  40 verse 8. What a wonderful privilege, it is to let, The Word of God that last forever take up residence in our hearts, so the world may know He is more than a story.

God Bless.

 O F J

Faith In Action ‘Kickout The Idols’

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One of the many concepts people have about idols these days, is objects made of wood, stone metal or other components, worshiped in ancient times or by primitive people.

But from a Scriptures point of view, ‘idols’, idolatry fundamentally involves allowing anything or anyone to stand in the place of God. Idols are easily passed off as something worshiped from a religious point of view. 

Lets broaden our concept, and reflect ‘idol’ means allowing anything or anyone to stand in the place of God in our lives. When we look at our lives, in which we have invited The Holy Spirit into , is there any secret part of  our life, He is not allowed in or through?

Our Body is the Temple of The Holy Spirit, if we are to imagine a temple, a Temple is a many roomed building. The temple of course has an auditorium, but has a lot of other rooms, Have we just invited The Holy Spirit, Who is The Presence of God into the auditorium of our temple, or does He have free range through our our Bodily Temple?

Remembering ‘an idol’ is anything or anyone to stand in the place of God, are there still places in our temple, of unforgiveness, fear, doubt, anger, hurt, that is standing in the place of God in our lives.

Perhaps we all need a spring clean with The Holy Spirit, Ephesians 5 verse 26; “in the washing by The Word.” To be His vessel for His Glory, we can have hang-ups in our lives, things we hold on to, but by holding on to these things, do they become ‘things’ that stand in the place of God, an ‘idol’ in our lives.

Dear Father God, make us an instrument of Your peace, by the Victory, Your Son Christ Jesus won on the cross, We thank you so much for allowing Your Son Christ Jesus to pay a price we could not pay. Dear Lord Jesus sweep through our lives afresh washing  away anything that stand in Your place. Dear Holy Spirit, be free to tell us, where we have made places in our lives, where you will not go, so we can ask for forgiveness and be cleansed.

God Bless.

O F J.

Scripture Verse Of The Week ‘Ephesians 3 verses 16 and 17’

Ephesians 3 verse 16 and 17:

V16: “I pray that He may grant you, according to the riches of His Glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man,” V17: and the Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love.”
We were just going to use only verse 17, but we needed to give the bigger word picture, that is described in both.

First we have ‘The Riches of His Glory’, they are available to us, free without charge, come through Repentance and Acceptance of all He has done for us.

If that is not enough, we are to be, ‘Strengthened with Power through His Spirit in the inner man’, free without charge, by surrendering, ourselves so He can transform us into the people He created us to be.

Yet there is more, having repented, and accepted and surrendered to the Transforming Power, now available to us is, ‘That The Christ {Messiah} may dwell in your hearts by faith’.

Now if that not enough, but it is actually more than enough, we can become ‘Rooted and firmly established in Love’.

The purpose for all this, is told in verse 19: That we may know, ‘The Christ {Messiah’s} Love that surpasses knowledge, so you may be filled with all the Fullness of God”.

To become a Christian, is not just putting on a tag of some sort, it is asking Christ Jesus {Our Lord, Our Redeemer and Our Friend}, through The Holy Spirit to make His home in our hearts.

May you be filled with all the fullness of God, indeed a wonderful and awesome concept to meditate on.

God Bless.

O F J

An Awesome God To Serve

God Is Good, He ia an Awesome God, to follow and invest your life in.

The Kid  [in name only] started our original blog site, when I showed him my poems of which, which I had written over 30 years ago.

We both agree the Bible is the most wonderful book anyone can ever read, but it is either the most misread book or the book that most sit on a shelf and is rarely read or somewhere in between.

We just would like people to enjoy reading the Bible, to find all that God has for each of us in His Magnificent Book. To find the goodness of our Creator. To find we have a destiny and purpose in life. But the major reason is to find, just how much The God of the Bible {Our Lord And Our Friend} loves each one of us.

Every book of the Bible of which there is 66 individual books has a message for each one of us, that will help us achieve our potential.

What I have come to learn is that the Bible is like a many faceted diamond, each time you look into it, the more beautiful the Bible becomes to you.

God Is so Good, we have with His help posted over a 1000 blogs on our Original blog site and now on My Lord My Friend ,com, about understanding the Bible, understanding Our Creator God, and the awesomeness of Him. We have readers in many countries which is a testimony to Our Lord and Our Friend. I myself and The Kid have learnt so much more for ourselves as we delve into God’s word to find encouraging and helpful items to put on the MLMF.com.

We haven’t finished here, we have many exciting things in the pipeline, for like we have said in often in our writing, For Such A Time As This. Each one of us who is alive today is born for Such A Time As This.

Our Commitment to Our Lord and Our Friend has grown stronger and we hope, we may have helped you too in your journey through life. The greatest joy we can have is to serve Him.

We started with the Poem “Oh what is is to be a Christian, a Christian in love with God.” It is one thing to use the name Christian, it is another thing to commit your life to follow the Most Wonderful Friend we will ever have, the God that created us all.

Our Savior, Our Redeemer, Our Lord and Our Friend. With Him we can have the most exciting life journey anyone can ever find.

God bless you all mightily on your journeys through life.

We will finish with another one of my poems “Breakout”.

Breakout of endless captivity.

Captivity that controls your mind and body.

Captivity that is the love of society,

A Godless captivity that will conquer your soul.

Breakout of constant pressure,

Pressure that destroys the beauty for living.

Pressure that is one man’s price of success,

A Godless pressure that entrenches your will.

Is that life you are leading as meaningful as it should,

Or would you like to make it better?

Then Breakout and walk with a wonderful God.

Breakout and establish a relationship,

It is the greatest decision you will ever make on your own.

God is waiting, God loves, God is calling,

Breakout.

God Bless.

From all your Friends In Christ at My Lord My Friend .com

A Heart Of Reasoning

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A Heart Of Reasoning.

Proverbs 2 verse 1to 2

v 1 My son {my children] if you accept my words and store up my commands with you.

v 2 Listening closely, to wisdom and directing your heart to understanding.

Proverbs 23 verse 7

As he {person} thinks within himself, so is he {they].                                       {KJV} For as He [person] thinks in His [their] heart, so is he [they]

What drives your reasoning. Two major thoughts or beliefs;

1. God [ a higher authority created everything OR

2. Evolution life comes from a big bang and life oozed up out of the ground.

I know the way we think at this ministry and WHY. We are created in the image of God, who is Our Lord and Our Friend.

We believe the Bible is the inspired and unfailing message from God, who is both intimate and infinite. Every verse of the Bible is beneficial and priceless for all

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and we are to live out of every word that proceed from the mouth of God.

2 Timothy 3 verse 16 ” All Scripture is inspired by God.”

 In Mathew 4 verse 4 “Man {people } must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

Or continuing 2nd major thought. You can believe we are just oozy people, just hopelessly moving through life, until we die than we become just dry dust, that had no purpose for living.

But my instincts tell me, I am born with a destiny, I can choose that destiny and that is to reflect the One who created me, and to live with Him for eternity. We are eternal beings.

The Bible isn’t just a great book, it is in a class of it’s own, the book authorized by the creator God, through the agency of human beings {His Creations} who were guided by the Holy Spirit in their writings.

The whole of the belief of Christianity is that there is a God, that He made us, that He loves us, That He is concerned about our lives, and that He is capable of communicating with us.

I love to think on this truth, it is the truth that hold my life together, knowing that we are born with a purpose, and a destiny, not subjected to the waffle of the world as to where we came from and what we are doing here and dying with NO HOPE.

BORN FOR A DESTINY, BORN OUT OF THE CREATIVE PROCESSES OF A LOVING GOD.

BORN FOR ETERNITY WITH OUR LORD AND OUR FRIEND.

Think on these things let your heart be changed more and more to reflect our loving God.

God Bless

O F J

In Troubling Times

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The Apostle Paul knew more than anyone about trouble times. Paul was in chains in a prison, yet he feels no disgrace. Suffering for the Lord is not, for Paul, a sign of failure or disgrace, but an opportunity to see the Power of God at work. 

2 Timothy it is good to read this entire book. The Spirit of The Lord doesn’t make cowards out of us, Paul conveys, The Spirit gives us power, love and self-control.

There is no cause to be ashamed of The Gospel Message. However Paul is like us all, he can feel alone. It feels as the point in time, that he was writing the second letter to Timothy, everyone had turned against him. Paul also had strong friends like Onesiphorus, who was a friend from Ephesus, who cheered Paul on and was not ashamed.

With all that is happening to Paul and to the church at the time. Timothy is urged to be strong. There are some images used about being strong, like a solider who is battle trained, like an athlete who is disciplined trained, and like a farmer prepared to work hard from early in the day.

The message is for us all, with the emphasis on strong, focused faith. we may know our scripture like prose, but we are to know them as life giving, that no matter what we go through, we will have focused faith in Whom we have been called.

And as The Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 8 verse 31 to 38;subtitled “the Believer’s Triumph’, He and wants us to be persuaded too.

Verses 38 and 39;

V 38: “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,’

V 39 “nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus Our Lord.”

Troubling times will come, but our faith must be fully persuaded that, Our Lord and Our Friend will see us through, because he has also promised as Paul knew and understood, Hebrews 13 verse 5:

"I {Jesus} will never leave you or forsake you."

The Christian life is one of growing, growing through all circumstances, with the help of The Creator of the universe, Our Lord, Our Redeemer and Our Friend. He is always there for us.

God Bless.

O F J

In God’s Place For Us, In God’s Timing For Us.

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One would hardly think that if we were in captivity in a foreign country, we were in God’s place for us, or God’s timing for us.Then even though we were in a pretty comfortable position in the king of that countries service, we find he wanted to kill us, along with all of his wisest men.

Well this happened to Daniel, and this is not the story where Daniel survived the lions. it was before Daniel even got to those circumstances.

King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream, a dream that troubled him. Daniel Chapter 2: Even though Nebuchadnezzar was a powerful ruler, and though he had power and fame, he did not have peace.

Because of a dream he was troubled and could not sleep. His wisest men could not interpret the dream and therefore all of them were to be killed, including Daniel.

There are many times in Daniel’s life, where he must have wondered, was he in God’s place and in God’s timing. Daniel life was in serious trouble, yet Daniel simply trusted his God,

While Daniel was sleeping, God revealed the dream to him. We can take great encouragement from this, because Daniel was the one who had the peace, because he trusted God, Nebuchadnezzar who represent the world had no peace.

This story is an example for us all, what a wonderful thing, to have peace in God in the most trying circumstances, it might not have seemed like it, but Daniel was in a place where God wanted him to be, at a time God wanted him to be there.

Daniel 2 verse 24: “Therefore Daniel went to Arioch, whom the king had assigned to destroy the wise men of Babylon! Bring me before the king, and I will give him the interpretation.”

Down to verses 27 to 29:: One of the reasons why Daniel was in God’s place and God’s timing for his life.

V27: “Daniel answered the king; ‘no wise man, medium, diviner-priest, or astrologer is able to make known to the king the mystery he asked about.”

V28: “But there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and He has let King Nebuchadnezzar know what will happen  in the last days. Your dream and visions that came into your mind as you lay in bed were these.”

V29: “Your majesty, while you were in your bed, thoughts came to your mind about what will happen in the future, The Revealer of mysteries has let you know what will happen.”

Sometimes it may not seem we are in the right place because of circumstances around our lives, but Daniel because he trusted in his God, we read in verse 47: “The king said to Daniel, ‘Your God is indeed God of gods, Lord of kings, and a revealer of mysteries, since you were able to reveal this mystery.”

By Daniel’s faith and Trust, the king who represents the world, acknowledge Daniel’s God as God of gods, Lord of kings, and Daniel was promoted by the world system at the time, to ruler over the entire province of Babylon.

Daniel was even going to be test in that position later, by being thrown into a lions den, but there is no denying Daniel was in God’s place for him. and in God’s timing for him.

No matter what place we are in at the moment, trust Our Lord and Our Friend, to use us for His Glory, that the world around us may come know about Him too.

God Bless.

 O F J

Faith In Action ‘Everyday Situations’

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The bible is a book for everyday use, not just a book used in court rooms, not just a book that sit in a special place in churches, and not just a book to gather dust on the shelves of peoples homes.

The Bible is the Manufactures Handbook, and gives us wisdom for life, and one such book within this book, is the Book of Proverbs. Proverbs describes life as it really is, not life in a church, but life in neighborhoods, life at work, life retail outlets, and most importantly life in the Home,

Proverbs is not just about our life on Sundays, it is about life we should live through each day of the week. If we look at the characters mentioned in Proverbs, they are just day to day people.There is a woman who talks to much, a wife who is always nagging, the aimless youth hanging around the streets,  Then it about the neighbor who is always dropping in and staying to long, and the friend who is unbearably cheerful. {Isn’t that amazing they had those problems then, it is not just a now phenomenon}.

The Book of Proverbs there is very little about that which is religious, perhaps because Christianity is not suppose to be a religion,but way of life. The Word of God is about life, and it has a book within it Proverbs, which is about day to day life.

Topics in this book about life, within The Bible, which is all about life, cover most of life’s important subjects. Topics often presented in contrasts: wisdom and foolishness, pride and humility, love and lust,  wealth and poverty, work and leisure, bosses and workers, husbands and  wives, life and death.

But the most surprising thing about a book on the issues of life, is there are significant and surprising omissions. There is very little which is religious, no mention of priest and prophets and very little about kings.

Our Lord and Our Friend is interested in our everyday activities. So Proverbs is interested in where most of our waking life is lived. It can be said that in a sense Proverbs is full of ‘Salvation’, since it tells us the sort of life we are saved for and reminds us about the life we were saved from.

Faith In Action is for everyday life, and The Bible is our handbook, to help and teach ourselves and others, we have a purpose in life and about The God that greatly loves us.

God Bless.

O F J

Reflective Moment ‘Very Political Incorrect’

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In these days when we have become, so bound by not being able to call a spade a spade, because the spade might get offended, because it though it was a shovel.

Well The Apostle Paul would have been in real trouble.

Galatians 3 verse 1: “You foolish Galatians! Who has hypnotized you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was vividly portrayed as crucified.”

Calling someone ‘foolish, is not the polite way of starting theological debate, but then Paul was not interested in being polite. This is direct and to the point theology, but Paul is pulling no punches.

What was Paul so upset about Galatians 3 verse 19 to 24: The Law was a temporary measure until the promises given to Abraham could be fulfilled by Christ Jesus. It was suppose to teach us, but now we have a better teacher.

Paul is simply puzzled that the Galatians, who had so eagerly accepted his message, should now choose to return to a kind of slavery. Galatians 4 verse 8 to 11: They were freed from slavery to man made gods, why would they want to go back to slavery again.

Paul urges them to look beyond the false friendship of the Judaisers and try to understand what being under the Law actually means. We have been set free by Christ, into a new way of living, what matters are we living the life that reflects Our Lord and Our Friend.

Paul might have been in today’s standards very political incorrect„ but being true to our beliefs may also at times make us too.

God Bless.

O F J

Not A Complex Word

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Salvation means according to a dictionary: deliverance from sin, evil or difficulty, it is not a complex thing. It is yet profound faith in Christ.

Salvation is more just a casual invitation of inviting Christ Jesus into the heart. There seems to be a trend these days for the casual, without commitment, but Salvation follows a consciousness of sin, wrong doings against the God that created us for fellowship with Him.

Salvation is an awareness that God’s standard has not been met and because of this awareness there is a belief of deserving His punishment for eternity. Salvation is not a turn or burn doctrine, we will all get to stand before God and give an account of ourselves.

Salvation is accepting God’s way of dealing with our repented wrong-doings {sin}. There must be a genuine and honest confession of sin followed by faith in Christ Jesus. Salvation then can be our deliverance from the burden of sin, from which comes Divine forgiveness, spiritual rebirth, and new life in Christ Jesus.

Romans 10 verse 9 and 10:

V9: “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

V10: “With the heart one believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses, resulting in Salvation.”

It can never become a whim, it can never become something casual, in can never become just prose. To express our love and commitment to The Lord, it is a Love commitment of the heart.

No one can pay a price to be right with God, because He doesn’t need anything, but by His Grace which is priceless, we all have way of Salvation.

Christ Jesus, Our Lord, Our redeemer and Our Friend is that way. John 14 verse 6:

"Jesus told him, ‘I am The Way, The Truth, and The Life, No one comes to the Father except through Me’."

Amazing Grace how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like Me.

John 3 verse 17: “For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be Saved through Him.”

Truly Amazing Grace, that takes a decision, from the heart, the deep inner part of us, and not just a half-hearted response. Amazing Grace that offers such, wonderful blessings and newness of life.

God Bless.

 O F J

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