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Willing And Committed

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The Story of Gideon is a story of against the odds. The story also includes how God gave the army, an opportunity to go home. To go home if they were afraid and two thirds of them went.

God wants to willing and committed, willing to trust, and committed to Him. Not a calling to be brave in ourselves, but  trusting in The Lord, for Him to deliver all He has promised. The situation in Gideon time, had cause low morals for the people had been under oppression from the Midians for seven years.

Gideon’s army was  coming together, and then through another test, it was reduced to 300, you would kind be thinking at that point in time, I should have left when I had the chance. God doesn’t look for consensus, He is always looking for the willing and committed. The willing and committed have trust in Him, and not in there own abilities. 

God can use our abilities, only when we surrender them to Him, because He wants The Glory. 1 Corinthians 6 verse 20:

"For You were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body."

It was not surprising that Gideon needed the reassurance that came from overhearing the dream of the Midianite  soldier. Often, even after a step that took real faith has been taken, doubts begin to creep in. Doubts and fear is not failure, nor is it a barrier to continue service of God. God wants us willing and committed, even though we may have doubts and fears.

Confidence is catching, and Gideon returned to reassure his remaining followers with his own renewed faith that God, who was Sovereign, was with them. We must never forget that God Is ‘Sovereign’, there is nothing He doesn’t know the answer for. Faith from being willing and committed, with God’s help can move mountains.

The Battle in this story of Gideon was won without a fight. The unexpected noise in the middle of the night caused panic and pandemonium in the Midian camp. They virtually defeated themselves, and all that was left was a mopping up operation.

Willingness and commitment and faith and trust in our Sovereign God brought great victory. Let us all be more willing and committed to the Sovereignty of Our Lord and Our Friend, in such a time as we are in.

God Bless.

O F J.

Sunday Encouragement

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If this is your day for rest, like us all we still need encouragement, or perhaps you live in an environment where rest is hard to come by, be encouraged.  Encouragement is as good to give, as it is to receive, be encouraged to day, and take the time to encourage.

Mathew 4 verse 19 and 20

v19 “Follow Me”, He {Jesus} told them, “and I will make you fish for people.”

Verse 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.

Jesus wants us all to follow Him, to take up the task of the great commission. There was no indecision here Jesus asked and they immediately follow Him.

Let us set our minds to follow Him in such a way.

It is a task were He will always be with us. He will equip us with all we need for service.

Come Follow A wonderful Lord and Friend.

As an item of interest; This is the explanation of how the Fish became a symbol of Christianity.

The first disciples were fishermen. The only recorded meal that Jesus cooked was fish for breakfast. {read about it in John 21 verse 9 to 13}.

Early on the fish became a symbol for Christ from the Greek word for fish “ichthys”

Jesous, Christos, Theou, Yios ,Sater

Jesus,   Christ      Son    God   Savior.

When two early Christians met, the first might trace one arc of the fish symbol on the ground, then the other would confirm that he or she was a believer by adding the other part of the fish curve.

Come Follow Him the journey is miraculous.

Be Blessed Today and Everyday,

From Your Friends at mylordmyfriend.com

Faithfull Assurance

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Faithfulness rests in the Absolute Sovereignty of God, that He will accomplish His Will. 

There will always be mixed reception for the preaching of God’s Word. The world is not dying to hear the message of the Gospel, it is dying in it’s sin. The world is predisposed to resist the Gospel, because the Gospel calls for the greatest change people can experience in their lives - from darkness to light.

Faithfulness in ministry is the proclamation of God’s Word, prayerfully and in the demonstration of the Spirit’s Power. Ministry is nothing unless it is done through the Power of The Holy Spirit. There is nothing of ourselves people could possibly want, but a demonstration of how our lives have been transformed from darkness to light.1 Corinthians 2 verse 4 and 5  {Paul speaking} 

V4 “My speech and my proclamation were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and power”,

V5: “So that your faith might not be based on man’s wisdom but on God’s power.”

There is no chief cook and bottle washer in the Kingdom of God. as we look at 1 Corinthians 3 verse 7 to 9 ;  

"So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth; "

V8 “Now the one who plants and the one who waters are equal, and each will receive his own reward according to their labor.”

V9 “For we are God’s co-workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.”

Success in the numbers of those who hear the message, and come to follow Christ Jesus {Our Lord and Our Friend}, is actually the work of God. who draws people to Christ Jesus, by His Holy Spirit. John 6 v44.

There is no striving in the kingdom of Heaven, everything w have came through the Gift of God’s grace, which is really ‘unmerited favor at Christ expense’.

Faithfulness is walking in our new resurrection walk. we have died to self to come alive in Him. Now through the power of The Holy Spirit, we are able to achieve great things for the Kingdom of God. We have been transformed from the Kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of God and it’s Glorious Light.

Let us all walk faithfully and as the word says in, 2 Corinthians 6 verse 2: “Look, now is the acceptable time: look, now is the day of Salvation.”

Seek the Lord, for this newness of life. seek the Lord and live in His faithfulness, “The Absolute Sovereignty That He Will Accomplish His Will”, through all those who accept. 

God Bless.

O F J.

Faith In Action ‘The Lord Will Be Our Splendor’

The Lord will be our splendor. Isaiah 60 verse 19:

"The sun will no longer be your light by day, and the brightness of the moon will not shine on you; but The Lord will be your splendor."

We used to sing a song, I can’t remember all of the song, but it went something like this: ‘The things of the world will grow strangely dim, in the light of His Glory and Grace.’ What makes us shine? It can not be anything in the world, because our life is to reflect His Glory.

My wife and I went away for a weekend, we didn’t plan it we just hopped in the car, and went, no destination in mind, but had several places under consideration. We ended up going to the mountains and we stayed the night at a motel overlooking the coast line.

When one gets to these places, one can not help but see the Glory of His creation. The vastness of all He has prepared for us. It was a beautiful place to write about Our Lord and Our Friend.

My reading for the day was from Isaiah, and sitting in the brightness of a beautiful sunrise, hence my reflection about who is our source of light and sustenance. The beauty of this sunrise, could not compare to the Glorious Light of His Presence, for all who have accepted Him.

Isaiah 61 verse1: “The Spirit of The Lord is one me, because The Lord has anointed Me to bring good news to the poor, He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and freedom to prisoners;”

This is what God The Father sent His Son to do, the light of that glorious revelation, should be shining in us more than anything in the world. The anointing of His redemptive message, is available to anyone ‘whosoever’ who genuinely Repents and Accepts with genuine Appreciation.

This raise a question, how committed to Him do we allow ourselves to be. It is never about us, our lives should be about promoting the interest of His Kingdom.

If we are to enjoy His Presence, we must spend time, conversing with Him {Prayer} and listening to Him through His Word, and acting upon the calling He has for each one of our lives. Jeremiah 29 verse 11.

My mountain top experience this time, was because I was on a mountain, but we can have mountain top experiences with Him anywhere, because He wants to be Lord of All, we are, and all we do.

My devotions in the revelation ‘The Lord will be our splendor, finished with a prayer: “Oh Father, in the light of this challenge today, Let Your will be done on earth, in me, as It is done in heaven, Grant it, Lord for the honor and Glory of Your Awesome and Wonderful Name, Amen {So be it}.

Everything we do should never be about us, but should be undertaken with ‘The Lord being our Splendor’. The world would definitely become a better place.

God Bless.

O F J

Life Is With God {Poem}

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1. Life is meant to be lived with God, like a father and his Child.

Receiving His love as our guidance and strength.

A love so incomparable with what the world can bestow.

A love too great for even the wisest to comprehend.

A love that only God can give.

2. Life is to be shared through His Son, excepting Him as Lord of our life.

To find in Him the meaning for living,

Because of His love, He died for us to give us a new beginning.

He stretched out His hands to take us into His care.

Asking nobody to live in unwanting despair.

3. Life is meant to be lived through God’s Spirit.

Excepting and helping all others in need.

Pointing them to the way of The Lord God Almighty.

Sharing with them His unfailing love and forgiveness.

Walking with The Godhead in reverent nearness.

4. What is life without God then?

On borrowed happiness that is not from above,

What is life that ends with death for those who don’t believe,

While not realizing what they never achieved.

A life Everlasting — A Life with God.

5. But why must so many miss this wonderful way of living.

Leaving our God and His Son and His Spirit.

Taking what the world has on offer,

Rejecting God’s plan to share with Him and their fellowman.

In a life with God.

6. Life is with God, lets never forget it.

This way of living is too valuable and precious.

Who can separate us from the Love of our Lord.

Shall tribulation, persecution or famine or the sword.

Nay! through all these things we can conquer with His Love, through His Word.

God Bless.

O F J.

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.

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 In Action ‘It is Not About Us’

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Christians too can defraud God in all kinds of ways. Among my many reading I was taken back by an article in one of those books, it goes something like this:

There was a preacher used by God in the 1859  revivals in Wales, who was returning home with an old minister late at night from an evening meeting, they had taken in a town. At the meeting God’s presence had greatly affected the people present. As the preacher and the minister were walking along, the minister ventured to say, ‘Didn’t we have a blessed meeting.’ The preacher replied, yes’, and after a pause, added, ‘The Lord would give us great things, if he could only trust us.’ The minister went on to ask, ‘What do you mean?’ The preacher explained, “If He could trust us not to steal the Glory for ourselves’.

The point of church or any evangelical meeting, is All About Our Lord, Our Redeemer and Our Friend, and never about us. The Joy we should have from attending church, is from being in His presence, with a group of fellow believers, and not just because of the great worship service, or a celebrity preacher.

The Joy, of seeing someone who was lost just like us at one time, coming to Our Lord and Our Friend, and committing their life to Him too, should be the greatest part of that fellowship meeting.

Luke 15 verse 7: “I {Jesus} tell you, in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over 99 righteous people who don’t need repentance.”

There is more joy in heaven from a person accepting Christ at a meting, than there is for the worship service or any of the preaching,

Worship is great, and to do it collectively is awesome, if it is all about Him.

Preaching and Teaching, has responsibilities, to bring us to great understanding about our Creator God, and we can be blessed and helped by great preaching, but we should never just be entertained.

The greatest Joy, we should reserve for, is when a new person enters the kingdom of God, and they repent and accept Christ Jesus, as their Lord, Redeemer and Friend. There should be an eagerness in us all to get to know that person and be an encourager to their lives.

Spiritual gifts are Gifts when God brings life to other people through us. Being a vessel for His honor is the greatest honor we can have. Lets keep our lives in perspective, always looking forward to bring Glory to Our Awesome God.

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.

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

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