My Lord, My Friend

Two Trees Ministries Shining Light In Dark Places

Blessed In Finding God

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It took Thomas to see and touch the risen Lord, that made Thomas believe. John 20 verse 29: “Jesus said, ‘Because you have seen Me, you have believed, Those who believe without seeing are blessed.”

John Chapter 4: Jesus and The Samaritan Woman: The woman had an experience with Jesus, where He told her all about herself. That was the spark to light her testimony of bring people to Him. John 4 verse 29: “Come see the man who told me everything about myself’”

We all need to experience the Great love God has for us all, just like Thomas needed to know the truth for Himself and the woman of Samaria needed to find the One who spoke Truth, for herself.

Jeremiah 33 verse 2 and 3: V2: “The Lord who made the earth, The Lord who formed it to establish it, The Lord is His name says this.” V3: “Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and wondrous things you do not know.”

We all need to call out and find The Risen Lord for ourselves. In a day and age when it is not to hard to believe in extraordinary ways to communicate, something they had no concept of in, Thomas’s and the Samaritan woman’s time, where they needed to see and hear for themselves.

We have no reason not to believe that the God that created us, can not answer us supernaturally if we call out to Him. He created the airways, He created the air that we breath, He created everything we see in nature. His ways are not our ways, {Isaiah 55 verse 8}.

If we want to find God for ourselves, and to know about His wondrous way, call out to Him. It is not to hard to believe that He will answer all who genuinely call.

There use to be an old song which said, ‘Telephone To Glory’. get me Jesus on the royal white line’. That song was from days when we only had telephone by line service. Now we know we could sing, ‘telephone to Glory, get me Jesus on a Mobile {cell} phone, as funny as that may sound.

But Our Lord and Our Friend does not need any man made invention, to here our calls, as the scripture verse from the Old Testaments says, ‘Call to Me and I will answer.’ Our Lord and Our Friend is in the business of listening, loving and lifting those who find Him, into greater knowledge about Him.

God Bless.

O F J.

Bargaining With God

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It is often said in wars there are no atheists in foxholes. When the pressure comes, and that statement was about war, but there may be many difficult situations, where those who consider they don’t believe in God, cry our to Him, just in case He might exist.

But to many of us bargain with God, mostly when things go wrong, or when we think we have something to gain.

In The Book of Acts Chapter 8 verse 9 to 25: There was a man known as Simon The Sorcerer. Simon stand as a good example of all that is wrong with attempts to use God for our own gain. Simon though He could buy the things of God.

God does not need anything from us, never ever. So we have nothing with which to bargain with God. Yet He gives freely and generously to us over and over again.

The world system allows a barter system, if you do that for me, I will do that for you, nothing wrong with that in general, but Our Lord and Our Friend does not operate out of that system. There is nothing we have, that He didn’t give us in the first place. We have life, abilities, giftings, all which He created us with. They are given to us, to use so others will know Him.

As for doing something, so that we will get to heaven, there is nothing we can do, we only need to come to God, and say we want His help.

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.”

Matthew 11 verses 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 yourselves.”

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

There are no bargaining chips in the Kingdom of God, all that needed is BELIEF and acceptance through repentance that Christ Jesus is, Our Lord, Our Savor, Our Redeemer and Our Friend.

Then the Word will always be, Come to HIM in  a time of our need.

God Bless.

 O F J.

Stories Of Faith From The Bible

THE LONG DROUGHT                   1 KINGS 17

Elijah announced famine.

Elijah was a prophet from God to the people. A prophet today would be more about conveying messages of encouragement to people, because everything that can be written has been through the Bible.

If a person was to prophesy today, it would have to line up with scripture already written.

Back to Elijah   1Kings 17 verse 1

Now Elijah the Tisbite, from the Gilead settlers, said to Ahab {the king}. As the Lord god of Israel lives, I stand before Him, and there will be no dew or rain during these years except by my command.

This was to show the king that The Lord God  (Our Lord and our Friend) is the true God. In such a hot country, rain was very precious. When none fell the young grain and green vegetables began to wither and shrivel away. Food soon became scarce.

What did God tell Elijah to do through all this? Lets read 1 Kings 17 verse 2 to 4.

Verse 2 Then a revelation from the Lord came to him (Elijah)

verse 3 Leave here, turn eastward, and hide yourself at the Wadi Cherith where it enters the Jordan.

Verse 4 You are to drink from the Wadi, I (God) have commanded the ravens to provide for you there.

When tough times happen God always takes care of the people who put there trust in Him. Here we see God was going to send the ravens (birds) to provide food for Elijah. food would have been hard to find but the ravens are scavengers.

Ahab was the king, Jezebel was the queen and very evil one. Jezebel’s god was Baal (false god) who was suppose to be the god of rain, but however much they prayed to him no rain came.

Three years passed without rain or dew, the king became desperate.

1 Kings 18 verse 1 and 2

verse 1 After a long time, the word of the Lord came to Elijah in the third year: “Go and present yourself to Aha, I will send rain on the surface of the land”.

verse 2 So Elijah went to present himself to Ahab.

When Ahab set eyes on Elijah, he spoke rudely (1 kings 18 v 17) Is that you, you destroyer of Israel.

Elijah responds (1 Kings 18 v18) Paraphrased: “I am not the one who is to blame, You have turned away from God and followed Baal.”

Elijah’s challenge 1 Kings 18 v19 paraphrased: Now call the people of Israel to come to the top of Mount Carmel. Bring all the prophets of Baal {false prophets profit nothing} too.

I am the only prophet of God that Jezebel has left alive, but I will stand up for God against all the prophets of Baal.

Elijah was going to stand for God and challenge the false prophets to show all the people who really was God.

This was a brave stand, because all the kings prophets were there the wicked queen was there, the kings army was there and all the people where there to watch. Elijah trusted God.

Read about this story in 1  Kings 17 and 18 We mention Elijah in our FOCUS article.

Elijah lost focus for a time but regained his focus to challenge the false prophets and the wicked queen.

We will write another story to explain what happens next, it is an example for all those prepared to stand up for their faith in a wonderful God.

God Bless

O F J

Faith In Action “Enpowerment

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The Spirit of the risen Christ empowers witness about Him. Jesus was a living witness of of The Father. When the Spirit of Jesus indwells us, we too become living witness of The Father.

The book of Acts is called the Acts of the Apostles, The Book of Acts continues today, through the Acts of the believers. The implications for us today are inescapable.

Acts 1 verse 8: “But you will receive power when The Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Power not to lay dormant, Power to witness, in Word and Deed. We have power by the indwelling Spirit to be Witnesses of The Gospel {The Salvation Message}. The Spirit’s presence leads us to share and spread the Gospel.

Our Lord and Our Friend is well aware that our witness, our testimony about salvation achieved by and through Faith in Him will will resisted as it was with Him. But God has given us His Spirit so that we may powerfully and lovingly keep witnessing for Him.

Our testimony is never about us it is always about, the God that loves us and gave Himself for us. We must let the Spirit of The Risen Christ empower our witness through actions, words and deeds.

The Book of Acts contains the last recorded words of Christ Jesus, and those words are a command to His  followers to display and transmit the truth about Him to the world. Our Lord and Our Friend provides the Power to do that by  sending The Holy Spirit to indwell in every believer.

The Power of the Holy Spirit is in us, and just like any Power source, is to be used for the purpose it is supplied for. The power of the Holy Spirit given to us, is to be His witnesses, in Actions, Words and deeds.

Let us take our rightful and expected commitment to the world around each one of our lives, that Our Lord and Our Friend has called us to, drawing on the Strength of The Holy Spirit as we testify about Him.

God Bless.

O F J

Reflective Moment

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Don’t worry about tomorrow Our Lord and Our Friend is already there.

It would be great if we could say Christians can live worry-free lives, but we can say that we can worry-less lives.

 John 14 verses 1 to 6: V1: Tells not to let our hearts be troubled. but the fact this verse has told us not to be troubled {worry} implies the existence of troubles in the Christian life.

Verse 1 to 6: Jesus warned us not to remain in a worried state of mind, He is telling us all: Do not succumb to a troubled heart. Don’t give in to anxiety. Do not collapse under daunting pressure. Getting down to the point of the scripture, we are not to let our hearts continue in anxiety, agitation, terror, or fear.

Romans ,8 verse 1: “Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those IN CHRIST JESUS”.

We are free of condemnation, because Christ Jesus provides our peace.{John 14 verse1.}

We are free of anything that can trouble us, because Christ Jesus has prepared a place for us, {John 14 verse 2 to 4}

We are free from fear of the future, because Christ Jesus has made a way, and the path is prescribed. {John 14 Verse 6}.

We a free to commit to a worry-less life, because Christ Jesus is The Way, The Truth and The Life.

Worry is only a word. and Christ Jesus is The Word.

God Bless.

O F J.

Knowing The Way

John 14 verse 6

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father accept through Me.”

This verse compares to Acts 4 verse 12

There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people by which we must be saved.

To know God is to know God’s Way.

When we study the Gospel of John chapter one we find.

In the beginning was the Word, The Word was with God, The Word was God.

The Word was with God, all things were created by the Word, that was with God.

Life was in Him (the Word)

The Word’s Light was with men and darkness of the world did not overcome it.

The Word refers to Christ Jesus, this is the theme of the chapter. Jesus the Creator is the way, the Truth and the life.

To Know this, is to know God and be strong in your salvation.

God loves you and He knows the best and only way for you.

O F J

A Great Hymn With Priceless Meaning

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A great Hymn with priceless meaning, song down through the years of time. A reflection on faith of people, now most likely citizens of Glory. A reflection of how much the God that created us loves us.

It Is A thing Most Wonderful.

V1: It is a thing most wonderful,

Almost too wonderful to be;

That God’s own Son should come from heaven.

and die to save a child like me.

V2: And yet I know that it is true;

He chose a poor and humble lot,

And wept and toiled, and mourned, and died,

For love of those who loved Him not.

V3: I cannot tell how He could love

A child so weak and full of sin;

His love must be most wonderful,

If He could die my love to win.

V4: It is most wonderful to know

His love for me free and sure;

But ‘this more wonderful to see

My love for Him so faint and poor.

V5: And yet I want to love Thee, Lord;

Oh, light the flames within my heart,

And I will love thee more and more,

Until I see thee as thou art.

A wonderful Hymn, it is good to sing it, as an ‘I’ with personal feeling, eg “And yet “I’ know that it is true’. Then It becomes more than a hymn, and a confession of our faith. Enjoy reflecting on the words, of another wonderful Hymn.

God Bless.

O F J

Reflective Moment ‘All About Worship’

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Our God may be worshiped in any and every place. There is no place and no moment that is more holy than another place and another moment. We misuse the word ‘Worship’ quite often in Christian circles, worship can be an expression of ourselves to God. Literally everything we do should bring Glory to Him.

1 Corinthians 10 verse 31; “Everything for God’s Glory”, let everything we do be an act of worship to Him, which will bring Glory to Him. We are no more in a more holy place after we have sung half a dozen songs in a row, then we were before we started, We may be in a better mind set, but we are not in a more Holy place because, wherever we are, we are in the presence of God, and we are meant to live lives of worship to God.

John chapter 4 verse 1 to 26; Jesus and the Samaritan woman. Jesus taught the Samaritan woman when he said to her, verse 23: “An hour is coming and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship The Father in spirit and truth, Yes The Father wants such people to worship Him”.

It is good to come together with fellow Christians, in collective worship, but our lives  should always be an individual act of worship to Him.

God Bless.

O F J

Loving Yourself

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Loving yourself is how God intended for You to live.
We were created in the image of God. God is Love, 1 John 4 verse 16 to 19.

Love refers to the very heart of God’s nature. God does not have love, He is Love. Love involves Grace, Mercy, Kindness, Goodness and benevolence of God towards all His creations, {you and I} John 3 verse 16:

Matthew 22 verses  37 to 40: First:”Love The Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and all your mind.

Second: Love your neighbor as yourself.

Unfortunately in the world a lot of people do love themselves, but they have no love for others, or let alone love for God. It is a shallow love, the love we were created in involves three parts heart, soul and Mind, because we were created in the imagine of God The Father, God The Son and God The Holy Spirit,

God did not say love your neighbor and think any less of yourself. He said to love your neighbor in exactly the same way that you love yourself, and to love yourself with the same kind of love you have for God.

Remember that God’s commandments are simply description of how the spiritual world works. If we do things that are contrary to what these commandments say, we are doing things outside the effectiveness of the love of God, which is {sin} a wrong-doing.

With this in mind, it should not be any surprise that life does not go well for us , when we break this commandment to love ourselves. Only when we love ourselves the way God requires  we can love others. Only when we love  ourselves we can truly love God, the way He intended.

Only when we love, in the way we were created to love, we will find, “All things are possible to them that believes.” Mark 9 verse 23:

Only when we love ourselves, the power of Satan to effect our lives loses.

Loving ourselves as God loves us, is central to our walk with Our Lord and Our Friend.

God Bless.

O F J>

Reflective Moment ‘Vessel With A Compassionate Heart’

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The compassion that Christ Jesus showed us on the cross at Calvary should become the driving force of our lives.

The Great Hymn, ‘All To Jesus I Surrender’ means totally giving ourselves , to Him so He becomes Lord of our lives.

'All to Jesus I freely give': When one gives their heart to Christ Jesus, Christ Jesus gives His Heart to them, and they become one of many other followers with a transplanted heart. That new heart gives you a new appreciation for life. New life, by which we humbly acknowledge our responsibility to honor the donor.

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’.

We need to surrender all to Jesus, we can’t be a bit of the old and a bit of the new. All things become new. Christ’s new heart, gives us something we have been lacking or lost under the burden of sin {wrong-doings against God}.

By giving All to Jesus which includes our heart, we literally feel different. Why because we feel what Christ Jesus feels, and one of His sanctified emotions is compassion. That is why even though it is still possible for us to sin, now it should be more unlikely, because our heart begins to break for the things that break the heart of God. 

And that is the heart of what it means to love God with all your heart.

God Bless.

O F J.

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