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Two Trees Ministries Shining Light In Dark Places

Reflective Moment ‘Desires Of The Heart’

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"Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but filled desire is a tree of life." Proverbs 13 verse 12:

By nature {fallen nature], people tend to follow desires that are against the will of God. Ephesians 2 verse 1 to 3:

The world and it doctrine have no hope, because it’s general concept is once you are dead you are dead. That concept can’t explain life or meaning of life, or hope in life and under that concept all our achieving in life is in vain.

The message Bible, refers to hope deferred,as unrelenting disappointment. Achieving for the good of  others, has meaning and purpose, but still under the world concept you take to the grave.

Desire we were created for, is the tree of life. We were created for relationship with A Loving God. We were created with purpose and destiny. We were created with the desire to please Our Loving God.

When we become Kingdom of God people, through repentance to, and acceptance of Christ Jesus, our desires start to be transformed, into pleasing God and not ourselves.

A tree of life that is referred to here, not The Tree of Life, {Genesis 2 verse 9, Revelation 2 verse 7}, it is a tree of life, that bears the fruit of our new Kingdom. The Fruits of the Spirit Galatians 5 verse 22.

Proverbs 11 verse 30: “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,”

Our desire to be loved is fulfilled, in Christ Jesus. Our Faith in and Our Desire to please Our Lord Our Redeemer and Our Friend, will be credited to us as righteousness, just as Abraham’s was, {James 2 verse 23}.

Righteousness is virtually ‘Right Standing With God’ which was achieved for us, by Christ Jesus on the cross. So let all our desires, be full of the fruits of The Spirit, as a tree of life, in a world of darkness.

God Bless.

O F J.

Reflective Moment ‘He Came Out Of Love’

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Our Lord and Our Friend left the splendor and glory of heaven and came to a place of darkness and sin.

Philippians 2 verse 5 to 8;

V5: “Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus,”

V6: “Who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be used for His own advantage.”

V7: “Instead He emptied Himself by assuming the form of a slave.”

V8: “He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death on a cross.”

Why would He do this? It was not to judge but to save sinners like each one of us.

He came because He loved us, and loves us individually, not because we are a member of a religious group, acceptance of His love comes on an individual bases, through personal repentance and acceptance of The Gift of Grace from The Father.

We were the reason for and the cause of His pain and suffering. Amazing Grace, How sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.

Aren’t you glad He came. and He is coming again is your lamp trimmed.

God Bless.

O F J.

Sunday Encouragement

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If this is your day for rest you still need encouragement. Perhaps you may be in one of those tough circumstances of life be encourage, we have a wonderful Lord Redeemer and Friend, who said He would never leave us or forsake us. Take any troubles you may have to Him, and trust Him. We hope today, will be a day of encouragement to all.

Psalm 46 verse 10 

"Be still and KNOW that I am God"

What wonderful words Be still, in another translation it explains it as {Message Bible}

"Step out of the traffic! Take a long loving look at me, your High God, above politics, above everything."

The business of life “Be Still” { Step out of the traffic the madness of life} and seek out your Creator, He is wanting to be known to you.

The knowing being spoken about here is not, a God  up there somewhere.

It is the God of John 3 verse 16 “For God so loved”

It is a knowing of God who loves us. Love requires a special type of knowing.

So BE STILL ; Step out of the traffic and business of life, and mediate on the fact that: The God who created everything want us to know Him. and how great His love is for us.

Spend time with Him, spend time out of the traffic of life, to get to know Our Lord and Friend more. He is above every circumstance around our lives.

Be Blessed Today and Everyday,
From Your Friends At My Lord, My Friend ,com

Faith Of Our Forefathers

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As we reflect on the songs of Faith of all the faithful who have gone before, we know can’t have hand me down faith, but we can admire the faith of the faithful from times gone by. People who have built their lives around faith in the God that created them.

Faith is a personal commitment, and a personal acceptance and commitment, of Christ Jesus to allow Him to become ,Our Lord, Our Redeemer and Our Friend. Hymns and songs written perhaps many years ago displayed the faith, that was apart of their lives. of these people who have gone before.

This Hymn we are using today is just as relevant now as it has been through the years, ‘Life wears a different face to me’.

V1: Life wears a different face to me,

Since I found my Savoir;

Rich mercy at His cross I see,

My kind and loving Savior.

V2: He sought me in His wondrous love,

Thus I found my Savior;

He brought salvation from above,

My own, my precious Savior.

V3: Though passing clouds have intervened,

Since I found my Savior,

Yet He is with me, through unseen,

My ever-present Savior.

V4; His hand still firmly holds my own,

Since I found my Savior;

He leads me onward to the Throne,

Oh, there I’ll see my Savior!

Chorus;

Doubts and fears have passed away,

Jesus turns my night to day;

Heaven seems not far away,

Since I found my Savior.

Same wonder words ring true today, ‘Doubts and fears have passed away, Jesus turns my night to day, Heaven seems not so  far away, since I found my Savior.

The songs speaks of knowing the Savior personally, by using the words, ‘My Savior”. We all need to come to Him and accept Him individually, as Our Lord, Our Savior, Our Redeemer and Our Friend, so we can come together corporately as the body of Christ, There are many members in The Body of Christ.

Let us all readily wear a different face, that displays who our Savior is to us.

God Bless.

O F J.

We Are Models Of Growth, Not Perfection

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We are not perfect of ourselves, we are perfect In Him, because He is perfect.

Matthew 5 verse 48:{Amplified Bible}: “You therefore, must be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect [that is, Grow into complete maturity of godliness in mind and character, having reached the proper height of virtue and integrity].”

Growing in His perfection, but humbly accepting we are only sinners saved by Grace. Understanding this, takes a judgmental attitude away. We will be able to help more people, understanding that it is only by God’s Grace, we have been accepted into His family, and His Grace is sufficient for us: 2 Corinthians 12 verse 9:

2 Timothy 1 verses 9 “Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His purpose and Grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.”

The Apostle Paul is telling Timothy in the second letter to Timothy, things to grow in.

!. Be loyal to the faith; 1 verses 13 to 18;

2, Be strong in Grace: 2 verses 1 to 13;

3. Be an approved Worker: 2 verses 14 to 26;

The ways for Timothy to do this was:

He needs to set the standard;

He needs to study the scriptures.

He needs to stir up the gifting on his life.

There are not to many life giving standards being set the worldliness of the world around us. The challenge is ours:

Setting the standard in Life and Doctrine: {Doctrine—Particular principle, belief.} The Life we have In Christ, and Belief/Faith we have in that assurance.

To be people who read and draw nourishment from The Word of God.

Stir up in the gifting. Spiritual gifts are evident as gifts, when God brings life to others through us. We are unique so we each have a unique gifting to reach others.

Growing and doing in His perfection, is a powerful way, to witness The Creator God who loves us dearly. John 3 Verse 16:

God Bless.

O F J.

Reflective Moment ‘Keeping In The Light’

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Living In The Light of Christ Jesus in the darkness of the world.

It is far too easy to fall into patterns and habits that don’t necessarily lead to sin, but don’t accomplish much either. The Apostle Paul in the Book of Ephesians 5 verse 15 and 16, is trying to appeal to followers, to make something of their lives, by capitalizing on every opportunity and making each day count.

V15: “Pay careful attention, the, to how you walk—-not as unwise people but as wise—-“

V16: “Making the most of the time, because the days are evil.”

Not just paying attention to how we walk, but paying careful attention to how we walk.

Not as unwise people, but as wise, to be wise we must use the help we have to walk carefully.

John 14 verse 25 ; We have The Holy Spirit, who the Father sent in Jesus name. The Holy Spirit will teach us all things, so walk in the wisdom of His teaching.

John 14 verse 27: We have God’s peace, Jesus gave it to us. He didn’t give us a peace the world as the world gives. Walk wisely in His peace, not as the people of the world, who  don’t know the wisdom of this peace, and are unwise because of this.

When the Apostle Paul tells us to be careful how we walk {live}, it is more than a warning to avoid missteps and sin. His command also includes being aware of every potential opportunity to improve the world around us.
Paul reminds us again as believers {Ephesians 5 verse 18}, we ought to walk carefully, determine what God’s will is. and do what we can to be ambassadors of The Kingdom of God, to those around us.

Determine to walk wisely, thus honoring Our Lord and Our Friend. 

God Bless.

O F J.

Faith In Action ‘Healing’
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People often ask can you hear from God, or does God speak to people?

Well years ago they had nothing to communicate with long distance. There was Morse code, carrier pigeons etc, but no radios, televisions, no mobile phones or internet.

The internet is becoming faster and faster, well God made these ways possible to communicate, and we haven’t stopped improving our knowledge about communication.

Thought to ponder “if we haven’t stopped finding about ways to communicate, maybe there are ways that God does communicate with us but most people are not listening

God’s ways are higher than man’s ways, God’s thoughts are higher than man may ever think.

I was working in a shop we used to own, when a lady from out of town came into browse.

Emma a beautiful older lady, God lead to help us in the shop, asked the lady if she needed prayer, as we were only too happy to pray for people.

She said she didn’t have the time and was on her way to a doctor’s appointment.

We never pushed people into prayer so she left.

Later that afternoon the lady returned and ask if we could still pray for her.

Gladly we obliged. While praying for I her, I felt God tell me something. So I asked her what was wrong with your neck area? To me it felt like it was all gummed up. “Do you have trouble in that area?”

Tears came to her eyes and she asked how I could possibly know that, and that her neck was the reason she had seen the doctor, because she was in a car accident. Emma and I proceeded to pray for her, and when you pray, you know God has done something good.

To our bewilderment the lady said she felt the same, as if nothing had happened.

She had told us she was going to church, in her words she sat on a pew once a week.

Then I felt God show me something else. He showed me the reason why her healing hadn’t happened, a lack of true faith in God’s abilities had made her seek out, what God calls “Soothsayers”. God is very clear in the book of Samuel about how much he hates soothsayers and mystics, then Saul goes to consult one, which eventually leads further to his demise. Soothsayers and mystics are the devils twisted attempts at God’s miraculous abilities.

So I turned to her and said what God had revealed to me, with nothing but love and concern, “why do you consult the soothsayers?

The lady asked what I meant, to which I responded ”you’re getting your tarot cards read are you not?”

She looked at me with a bewildered expression on her face and said yes.

I asked “how do you expect to get anything from God when you consult the powers of darkness.”

I asked her if was she was willing to repent and ask Jesus into her life as her true Lord and Friend.

Together we all prayed.

Immediately she was  moving her body as a freedom she had never had came to her life.

God is always amazing Praise His Wonderful Name.

God speaks to a vessel ready to listen and be used for His Glory.

God bless

O F J

Point To Ponder ‘Miraculous’

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We as Christians shouldn’t be looking for miracles, because as believers we should be walking in the Miraculous.

Christians shouldn’t be surprised when miracles happen, because the only people who should be surprised are the unbelievers.

Colossians 3 verse 2: “Set your minds on what is above, not on what is on the earth.”

The greatest miraculous part of the Gospel message, is all those who repent and accept, have been delivered from the ‘power of sin’.

The Holy Spirit’s fullness within us is not for the miraculous, The Holy Spirit within us to produce the Fruit of The Spirit {Galatians 5 verse 22 and 23}. The miraculous comes from walking in The Spirit, being available to be used The Holy Spirit, to undertake the purpose and calling Our Lord and Our Friend, has for us.

Unfortunately some sincere Christians today seek spectacular signs to accompany the fullness of the Holy Spirit in their lives. There should be more walking in the miraculous rather than seeking it, because Mark 16 verse 17; states; In the Name of Jesus we will do miraculous things.

So in the Fullness of The Holy Spirit, In the fullness of Our Lord and Our Friend’s covering, In the Fullness of Knowing Him and In the Fullness of using The Power His Name, we will walk in the miraculous. and demons will have to  flee.

Now that requires in Relationship with Our Lord and Our Friend and not just a religious life. Point indeed to Ponder.

God Bless.

O F J.

Reflective Moment ‘Fear Can Effect Anyone’

As we look at the life of David, there a many things we can take from his life. He takes on Goliath in 1 Samuel 17. What is interesting about this story is, it tells us Goliath came from Gath {V 4}.

A later story from the life of David, is that David often had cause to fear for his life, and there was a time when David was fleeing from Saul, where did he go, he went to Gath, a place where a once fierce enemy came from. There we read that David feared Achish the king of Gath. In fact it seemed that fear was on every side of his experience at this point in his life.

Psalm 56 verse 3 and 4: was a statement of Faith, by David, that occurs after David had fled from Saul, down to Gath.

Verse 3: “when I am afraid, I will trust You,”

Verse 4: “In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not fear. What can man do to me.”

Fear can make us all do funny things, but fear built around around Faith, can make us secure with the words, ‘When I am afraid I will trust You”

We are not alone in our fears, because Our Lord and Our Friend promise is, “He will never leave us or forsake us.”

God Bless.

O F J.

Sunday Encouragement

If this is your day for rest, you still need encouragement. Perhaps you live in a place where rest is hard to come by, be encouraged. We all should be about encouragement, take the time to encourage someone today.

John 14 verse 27

Peace I leave with you, My peace i give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. You heart must not be troubled or fearful.

Another scripture Philippians 4 verse 7   “And the peace of God, which passes all understanding”

"Yes" that PEACE, Jesus Our lord and Our Friend leaves with us.

It is not a worldly peace, it is His own infinite peace. MY PEACE I GIVE YOU.

This is not something temporary, or just comes and goes, it is a powerful peace.

Peace not as the world gives.

Real peace from the creator of everything, He was giving them a legacy of peace that had and has the power to banish fear and trouble from their hearts {and ours}.

These scriptures are living word, Jesus was speaking these words to you and me, just as clearly and immediately as they were spoken to the disciples two thousand years ago.

Mediate on this, remember this, Our Lord and Our Friend has said it MY PEACE I GIVE YOU.

And your heart must not be troubled or fearful.

God’s peace will help us all overcome our fearfulness.

Remember He is the God of yesterday, today tomorrow and forever.

Come let Him bathe you in this peace.

Be Blessed Today and Everyday,

 From Your Friends at My Lord My Friend.com

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