My Lord, My Friend

Two Trees Ministries Shining Light In Dark Places

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

Faith Of Our Forefathers

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Faith passed down, from generation to generation, but the Faith no matter how wonderful it was and wonderfully it was used, has to be taken up individually, as we accept Our Lord, Our Redeemer and Our Friend for ourselves. Faith passed down is Faith to encourage, faith to strengthen for the challenges we have today. Faith taken up with new commitment, by old and new believers is what is needed by all of us today.

Here is another great Hymn of Faith passed down, by the believers who have gone before. ‘Oh Give Thy Heart To Jesus’.

V1: Oh, give thy heart to Jesus,

Thy weary heart of care;

No friend can love so deeply;

Go, find thy refuge there.

V2: Oh trust the heart of Jesus,

Breathe all thy sorrow there;

He loves to hear the pleadings,

Thy humble, contrite prayer.

V3: Go, hide thyself in Jesus;

No foe can harm thee there;

His hand will lift thy burdens,

And all thy sorrows bear.

V4: Go. lean thy heart on Jesus,

Who sees each falling tear,

No friend so true and tender

Can soothe thy every fear.

Chorus: Oh, give thy heart to Jesus—-

A balm for every care;

Go, hide beneath His shadow;

No storm can reach you there.

Great and wonderful old Hymn, stacked with plenty of wisdom.

Go give your heart to Christ Jesus:

Take our troubles and burdens to Him:

Go hide beneath His shadow, because of things in our lives, we need rest.

Words of great wisdom, come because God so loves us and the invitation is there, John 3 verse 16.

God Bless.

O F J.

Image Rendering

We are made in the image of God, but because of the original sins of Adam and Eve, we have taken on the image of this world, godless by nature.

Through Christ Jesus we are able to transform ourselves, to take off the image of this world and walk again in the image of God.

We are precious in the sight of God.

Mark 12 verses 13 to 17: The Pharisees { the religious people of that time} were trying to trap Jesus.

v.13 “Then they sent some of the Pharisees and the Herodians to to Him to trap Him by what He said, {v 14} When they came, they said top Him, ‘Teacher, we know You are truthful and defer to no one, for You don’t show partiality, but teach truthfully the way of God. is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar or not? {v 15} Should we pay, or should we not pay?’ But knowing their hypocrisy, He said to them, ‘Why are you testing Me? Bring me a denarius {coin} to look at.’ {v 16} so they brought one, ‘Whose image and inscription is this?’ He asked them. ‘Caesar’s’ they said”

 {v 17}”Then Jesus told them, ’ Give back to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s’. And they were amazed at Him”.

We have been brought with a price, Christ Jesus coming as a man to die  as a man, to pay the price to transform us from a fallen world.

Jesus used the example of the Roman coin, because it had the figure head of the worlds system of the day on it. What value do you hold to in your life, the image of the world, or the image of God, with Whom we are redeemed to walk with.

Sure we live in the world and we are to pay to the world it dues {taxes}, but we are not of the it, our a legion lies now with the King of Kings, Lord of Lord, Our Lord and Our Friend. Live the life of an ambassador, in a dying world and let the King of Kings reflect through your life.

Our Lord and Our Friend promised to supply our needs, and we at this ministry know which value system we want to serve.

Let the world render unto it self after its own. we who have accepted new life in Christ Jesus, render to this world His Love, His Goodness, and His Mercy.

God Bless.

O F J.

Be No More Babes, But Bastions Of Faith

Growing up in Faith, just as we grow up and mature in life, we should also grow up and mature in Faith. 1 Corinthians 3 verse 1:

"Brothers {and sisters}, I was not able to speak to you as spiritual people but as people of the flesh, as babes in Christ."

The Apostle Paul had just gone into considerable detail in 1 Corinthians 2 verse 6 to 16: describing the difference between people who attempt to get by with only human wisdom {non believers] and those who have responded to the leading of the Holy Spirit and are able to discern the mind of Christ {believers}.

Paul is differentiating between mature and immature followers. To use the word ‘babe’ theses days, is most likely a term of endearment or harassment , but in the context of scripture here, it was a sign of immaturity.

The church at Corinth was overall immature. and all though the members had been followers for a number of years, they were still babes in their faith.

Being immature and babyish we need to depend on someone else faith, because our own faith is not strong enough to get us though life journey. The Corinthian Believers, should have processed a mature hunger for real Christ-centered teaching, but they were still acting immature.

They were wanting the milk of The Word {the benefits that come from believing}, and apparently unable to move to the solid truths of The Gospel {growing in righteousness, being able to give of themselves, and growing in the other graces}.

Paul considered himself the spiritual father of the Corinthian believers and wanted his ‘children’ to mature as they should, Every parent wants to see their children grow out of the self-centered stage, and grow into people of God, who have purpose and destiny.

It is one thing to come to the acceptance, of The Good news, it is another to step into Christ Jesus and all He has for us, as apart of acceptance of that Good News.

Grow through investing time, in God’s Word:

From Infants in Christ:  1 Corinthians 3 verses 1 to 4;

To being a fertile field for God to plant in our lives: 3 verses 5 to 9;

To a Temple of The Holy Spirit: 3 verses 16 and 17:

Let us all be no more Babes of faith, but Bastions of faith, that frighten the life out of the evil one,

God Bless.

O F J.

Reflective Moment ‘Consistency’

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We are never going to be perfect in ourselves, but we walk in His perfection.

Let our lives show the consistency of commitment to Our Lord and Our Friend. Ephesians 5 verse 15 to 21; Is often subtitled, ‘Consistency in the Christian life. {Amplified Bible} Using verse 15 to 17:

V15: “Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise—-sensible, intelligent people;”

V16: “Making the very most of the time—-buying up each opportunity—-because the days are evil.’

V17: “Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is.”

Consistency, in The parables of Jesus told in Luke 12 verse 35 to 48:He talks about the believers faithfulness to God. Faithfulness speaks of consistency.

Jesus has a high regard for consistent faithfulness. In the passage He challenges us to carry out our spiritual responsibilities in a Consistently  faithful and diligent manner. But clearly we need to complete everything we do in life with the same consistent, reliable and faithful spirit.

God Bless.

O F J.

God is Not A Consumer Product

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God is a consuming fire, not a consumer’s product.

We don’t get to take God off a shelf, like some retail product, we can’t take Him on some try before you buy type scheme.

The Awesomeness, of God, is not for sale. God is a wonderful giving God, John 3 verse 16: The Gift that He gives us leads to the vastness of His Presence, and the vastness of all He has for those who truly  believe and accept the Gift of Grace He has to offer.

Religion may be able to be contained in a box, and we could shop around for the different religions, but we can’t shop around for relationship with Our Lord and Our Friend. That comes through repentance and acceptance, of His Mercy and Grace.

Who knows what god’s are in the religious boxes for sale, consumerism religion, We will have a little bit of this, and a little bit of that, if it make us feel good we will have it. The God that created doesn’t come like that, He is Sovereign, we take all of Him or nothing.

Perhaps the challenge of accepting Him is too hard, that is why so many turn to something less. Luke 9 verse 23 to 25::

V23: “Then He said to them all, ‘If anyone wants to come with Me, he {or she} must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me’.”

V24: “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it.”

V25: “what is a man {or woman} benefit if he gains the whole world, yet loses or forfeits himself.”

The Gifts of God are free, but they come with a cost, of losing ourselves in Him, so He can turn us into the people we were created to be.

Perhaps that is why God gave the Commandment, Exodus 20 verse 3 and 4:

V3: :Do not have others gods beside me.”

V4: :Do not make an idol for yourself whether in the shape of anything in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth.”

In the Old Testament God did not reveal Himself to his people, because they were under the law and not under Grace. In The New testament God has revealed Himself supremely in the Person of His Son, Christ Jesus.

We can’t find The God that created us in a box of religion, we will find Him when we call out to Him, and His answer to our calling will be, Matthew 11 verse 28 to 30:

V28: “Come to Me. all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

V29: “All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourself,”

V30: “My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

The God that we serve is not a consumer product, but a consuming fire.

Hebrews 12 verse 28 and 29:

V28: “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us hold on to Grace. By it, we may serve God acceptably, with reverence and awe;”

V29: “for our God is a consuming fire.”

God Bless.

O F J

Reflective Moment ‘The Gift That is Free’

The world bases most of it outcomes in economic polices. So it is well that God’s forgiveness is not based on economic, it is free.

As far as reaching our eternal destiny God’s heaven is concerned, the world’s economic calculations are futile.

John 3 verse 16: {Amplified Bible}:”For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only-begotten [Unique] Son, so that WHOEVER believes in [trusts, clings to, relies on] Him shall not perish —-come to destruction, be lost—- but have eternal [everlasting] life.”

No monetary transaction involved. It comes through repentance [understanding we have fallen short of God’s standard and saying we are genuinely sorry} and accept the Price, that Christ Jesus paid for us on the cross.

God’s Grace and forgiveness, because of His great love for us, cannot be calculated, by the world’s economics. A man who did deal in world economic through making money in the Slave trade, John Newton, come to find God’s economy for forgiveness was free and wrote about it, in the hymn ‘Amazing Grace’

So it doesn’t matter how bad we think we are, God’s Grace and Forgiveness are free, and available to anyone, who will come to Him through repentance and acceptance.

The saying, ‘The Best things in life are free, is true in God’s economy. because His Son paid the Price, for those best things, God’s Grace, God’s love, and God forgiveness.

In Luke 7 verse 36 to 50 the subtitle for these verses is: Much Forgiveness, Much Love: Using verse 42;

Luke 7 verse 42: “when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me, therefore, which of them will love Him more.”

Our Lord and Our Friend has much love, much forgiveness, for whoever comes.

God Bless.

O F J.

Sunday Encouragement

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If this your day for rest, you still need encouragement, perhaps you live in a place where rest is hard to come by, be encouraged.

HEBREWS 4 verse 16

"Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at he proper time."

Last week we spoke on ASSURANCE, unless you have that assurance of who you are in Christ Jesus, you will lack the boldness to approach the throne of Grace.

Jesus is our Great High Priest, has gone before us, and is sympathetic with our weaknesses. he opens the door to the throne room for us.  Therefor let us approach, through prayer {communication} with Our Lord and Our Friend.

We are told to draw near to God, it is His request, who else has a God as near to them as Our Lord and Our Friend is to us.

The King of Kings and Lord of Lords sits on the throne of Grace. He desires fellowship with us, He wants to bless us from endless resources of His Grace.

Grace is unmerited favor, there is nothing we can do to obtain this favor, it comes through accepting, what Our Lord and Our Friend did for us on the Cross.

Mercy is God’s attitude of forgiveness not giving us what we deserve but what we do not deserve.

Our Lord and Our friend is waiting for us when we need Him. he has made the way. he has left the door open. therefor let us approach the throne of Grace in our time of need and also in our adoration for Him.

ASSURANCE will give us the boldness, He is waiting for you to approach.

Be Blessed and encouraged, today and everyday.

From your Friends at My Lord and My Friend .com

Faith Of Our Forefather

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Through the Hymns of those that have gone before us sang, we can hear their Faith that carried them through. Life is a journey for everyone, age might slow the journey down, but death certainly does not bring it to a stop, in death we enter into what, we were created for, living in our eternal destiny  with Our God.  The God that loves us and gave Himself for us, surrounded by what will astound us, in His Glorious Presence.

Here is another Hymn which has been sung down through the ages.

V1: The call of God is sounding clear,

O Christian, let it reach thine ear;

Endeavor now of souls to bring

A band of love and serve The King.

Chorus: Let us go forth!……the call is clear;….

Let us go forth…..no tarrying here!…..

For Him to live….The Christ, The Lord,….

A crown from Him…. our high reward.

V2: Let us go forth, as called of God,

Redeemed by Jesus’ precious blood:

His love to show, His life to live,

His message to speak, His mercy to give.

V3: Let “christ alone!’ out watchword be——

The Son of God who makes us free:

He bore our sins, He makes us pure,

For His name’s sake we all endure.

V4. The Christ of God to Glorify,

His Grace in us to magnify;

His Word of life to make known—-

Be this our work, and this alone.

Wonderful and blessed words, and finished with the wonderful finishing line: Be this our work, and this alone.

God Bless.

O F J.

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