My Lord, My Friend

Two Trees Ministries Shining Light In Dark Places

Our Giving God

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The source of our transformation, is not just spending money on some visual transformation, but from a Giving God, that is allowing us to be transformed into His likeness, in every area of our lives,

God’s giving is a reflection of His divine attribute, that encourages us all to imitate, John 3 verse 16; God gave His own Son because of His sincere love for us.

This supreme Grace, and undeserving Gift, God gave us through Christ Jesus is the motivation and the resource for giving, that transforms the life of any believer who is prepared to receives it.

We are being transformed into the likeness of Christ Jesus by The Holy Spirit, who indwells us, We are being transformed into the image of A giving God, who voluntarily laid down His life for us.

Beyond the thinking of worldly reason, Christ Jesus {Our Lord and Our Friend} gave up His divine prerogatives and gave Himself over to His rebellious human creations. He gave Himself to serve us with His Life, to endure us for in His sufferings, to pay for our sins by His death, to guarantee our life by His resurrection, and to equip us to become like Him in life by giving us The Holy Spirit.

Our wonderful giving God, The Father gave, The Son came and gave us new of life through His death and resurrection, and The Holy Spirit keep on giving comfort and help to us, as we are being transformed into the image of our Triune God.

Psalm 116 verse 12:

"How can I repay The Lord all the good He has given me".

it is a question that every believer in God does well to ponder. God never demands that we pay Him vows. But it does seem reasonable that if we give gifts to our friends and associates as appreciation gifts, we should consider practical ways to say thanks to Our Lord and Our Friend, in response to all His benefits.

A practical way is: Allow ourselves to have Transformation int our  lives, that is pleasing to Him. But first we must give ourselves completely back to Him, so we can be used as instruments, for His transformational giving.

God Bless.

O F J

Hungering And Thirsting after Righteousness

We are a consuming society, but what are we consuming? Are we taking the time to consume a smorgasbord of God’s Word?

We could be consuming a smorgasbord of information and teaching, but it still leaves a hunger for God’s Word.

We all have favorite foods, depending on where we live, and we love to digest lot of that food. Do we have the same passion for Consuming the things God has for our lives? Sometimes these things might not be sweet as we like, but like medicine, we will be a lot better for it.

In John chapter 4 Jesus is speaking with the Samaritan woman, there is a lot in that story, but lets concentrate on verse 10:

"Jesus answered, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and who is saying to you,’Give me a drink’, you would ask Him, and He would give you living water’."

We all should be thirsty for that Water!

All the Words that Jesus speaks are meaningful and edifying, and if we look at, “If you knew the gift of God, and who is saying to you”.

We should look back Matthew 7 verses 13 to 23: Talking about entering The Kingdom. again concentrating on one of the verses, verse 23;

Jesus speaking, “Then I will announce to them, ‘I never KNEW you’.”

The word Knew from John 4 verse 10, should have great meaning for us.

Do we know Jesus? In the way He wants us to know Him, or do we just know about Him, there is a ‘difference’ that will mean a great ‘difference’ one day, when Jesus comes to acknowledge us before the Father.

If we Know The Gift of God, and brings that Gift, by dying in our place on The Cross, we would know the living water He has to offer, and would be regularly partaking of it.

John 6 verses 22  to 59: Concentrating on verse 35:

“‘I am the bread of life,’ Jesus told them. ‘No one who comes to Me will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in Me will ever be thirsty again’.”

To the world that must sound crazy, Jesus saying He is living water and the bread of life. But to those who KNOW him, He is our all-sufficiency.

We can know Jesus as a historical figure, but lets be people who KNOW Him as Their Lord, Their Redeemer, Their Friend and Their All-sufficiency.

God Bless.

O F J.

Reflective Moment For The New year

The start of an incredible journey is accepting Christ Jesus as Our Lord, Our Redeemer and Our Friend. The covering scripture comes from 2 Corinthians 5 verse 17, but for our reflection, we are using 1 Peter.

Living Hope: 1 Peter 1 verses 3 to 5: {Message Bible}:

"What a God we have!  And how fortunate we are to have Him, this Father of our Master  Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’re been given a brand new life and everything to live for, including a future in heaven—-and the future starts now! God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The day is coming when you’ll have it all—- life healed and whole".

A Call To Holy Living; Verse 13: {Message Bible}:

"So roll up your sleeves, put your mind in gear, be totally ready to receive the gift that is coming when Jesus arrives. don’t be lazily slip back into those old grooves of evil, doing what you feel like doing. You didn’t know better then; you do now. as obedient children, Let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God’s life, a life energetic and blazing with holiness. God said. ‘I am Holy, you be Holy’."

Living Hope is a blessed Assurance, of the Love God has for us, and the purposes He has for our lives.

A Call to live Holy, is setting ourselves apart for  Him to use, stepping into all that He has for us. The journey might not always be the way we want it, but we have a God that will never leave us no matter what we go through.

So as the Scripture says: “Roll up our sleeves, put our minds in gear and set our hope completely on The Grace to be brought to you when we waken to the Revelation of Who Christ Jesus is and what He has done for us.

New Year, let all get new purpose in our hearts, to be the people He is calling us all to be, through a life energetic and blazing with holiness.

God Bless.

 O F J

Dealing With Difficulties ‘Rejection’

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The best example we can have is Our Lord and Our Friend. If we get hurt by rejection, well! He really knew what rejection was.

Isaiah 53 verese3:

"He was despised and rejected by men, a man of suffering who knew what sickness was. He was like one people turned away from; He was despised and we didn’t value Him"

in survey after survey, rejection ranks near the top of lists of fears people have. To deal with rejection we should expect it. In Matthew 10, Jesus prepares His disciples for rejection. Jesus knew all about rejection, and Jesus was trying to prepare His disciples for the same kind of rejection despisedHe got. Jesus was speaking of those who would be rejected because of their association with Him.

As we go about life, there will always be people that reject us, it is a fact of life we are not going to get on with everybody. even in our personal relationships, we need to realize that not everyone who pledges their undying devotion to us will actually keep that pledge. That is not to say that we should not trust our close friends, but we should not become wrapped up in any one person that our entire well-being depends on their friendship.

We have one true friend who will never reject us, He is Our Lord and Our Friend. We need to be more concerned about pleasing Him, then anyone else. When we know who we are In Christ Jesus, rejection is not really a problem to us.

The fear of having people reject us, is one of the primary reasons why we are reluctant to share our faith more. That is hard to fathom, because it is hardly exemplary conduct for somebody who claims to be a follower of Our Lord and Our Friend.

The only true example for life we have is Our Lord and Our Friend, and he suffered rejection. Suffered rejection to bring us new life, So the nest time any of us feels rejected, take it to Him, because He will never reject us, because He loves us too much.

Surround ourselves in His love and the hurt of rejection will be consumed by His Love.

God Bless.

 O F J

Reflective Moment ‘Let Our New Creation Person Out’

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When we made Christ Jesus, Our Lord and Our Friend of our lives, we became what the Bible calls ‘New Creations’. Inside, we are not the same person as we were before . we have a new nature of God born inside us. But it is not enough for us just to have that new nature inside, we have to let it take over the outside as well.

Let us make that decisive dedication, or a renewal of that dedication today, and let that new person that is on the inside of us have more control of the outside of us as well.

Romans 12 verse 1 and 2;

V1: ” Therefore, brothers {and sisters], by the mercies of God, I {Paul] urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to god; this is spiritual worship”.

V2: “Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God”.

Take time to reflect.

 God Bless,

O F J

Point to Ponder

Many great people who at first found the Christian message, non-engaging and hard to believe, have become the writers of great books about the authenticity.

One such person we will also quote from is Lee Strobel, who among many books wrote ‘The Case For Christ’ and ‘The Case For The Real Jesus’.

Lee Strobel was trained in journalism and law, and sought Truth and found It. Truth can readily can be found by anyone, game enough to search for It.if you search for Truth, you will find the Truth, and He can be your Lord, your Redeemer, and Friend too.

To quote Lee Strobel, he said, “To my great astonishment, I became convinced BY THE Evidence that science supports the belief in a creator who looks suspiciously like the God of The Bible. Spurred on by my discoveries, I then turned my attention to History,” “I found Jesus, and Jesus alone, fulfilled ancient messianic prophecies against all mathematical odds. i conclude that The New Testament is rooted in eyewitness testimony and that it passes the tests that historians routinely use to determine reliability. I learned that The Bible has passed down through the ages with remarkable fidelity”.

We recommend everybody read books by Lee Strobel, whether you are a follower or non follower, Lee Strobel presents stunning evidence that anyone would find hard to ignore or reject.

Remember in a search for Truth, we will never be disappointed, because the search will lead all, to Find Our Lord and our Friend, and also to find out more about Him.

God Bless.

 O F J.

Scripture Verse Of The Week ‘Proverbs 17 verse 22’

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Proverbs 17 verse 22: “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones”.

Where does Joy, for a joyful heart come from, firstly from responsibility of all the Gifts we have been given.

Matthew 25 verse 21: “Well done good and faithful servant”. Share your master’s Joy.

Responsibility may cause us trouble, in our applying it, but even through this we can obtain Joy. James 1 verse 2: “Consider it a great Joy my brother {sister} whenever you experience various trails”.

Hebrews 12 verse 2; This verse is speaking about the Joy for the journey. Jesus {Our Lord and Our Friend} who is our only example, endured the cross, for He saw the Joy that would be achieved from it. He didn’t have to do it, but He did it fro us, for our freedom, and after He had completed the task, He went back and sat down on His throne in heaven.

We can than understand His statement, “It is finished”. His example leads us to see the Joy for the journey is focusing on the Goal, our eternal purpose with God.

Everything for our Journey has been provided for us, Galatians 5 verse 22: speaks about the fruits of The Spirit. One of the Fruits is Joy.

Our journey is in the world, but as apart of a different Kingdom, Romans 14 verse 17.

Joy is apart of our life’s journey. Joy is a fruit, and if we have enough of the fruit of Joy in our lives, we can squeeze it in times of need to bring joyfulness to our heart, as a remedy or a medicine for that time of need.

I remembering singing a song, “The Joy Of The Lord Is My Strength”.

The Joy Our Lord and Our Friend brings, gives us, and provides for us, is more than enough for us to be good medicine for us all, going through difficult times.

God Bless.

O F J.

Faith In Action ‘Life’s Twists’

We are born into life, through the consummation  of love, known by God before we were born.

Jeremiah 1 verse 5: “I chose you before I formed you in the womb”.

A book by well known author Philip Yancey puts it: ‘Fearfully and Wonderfully  Made’.

We would all like to live a peaceable and happy life, which often puts us into a ‘Me’ concept. We will do anything, as long as it is ‘ok’ for the self part of us. but we were created in the image of God, and our God is selfless, as well as All powerful, all knowing, and ever present.

Sometimes life, send us an awful twist, a sudden tragedy, illness, accident or separation.  Shock Horror! these things happen to Christians too, they are part of life in this fallen world in which we live.

Our Faith is knocked around, but really nothing takes Our Lord and Our Friend by surprise. He is always there for us. Out Faith after all is a useable commodity, the more we use it, the more effective it becomes.

I was surprised, when an old Friend was talking to my wife {who is currently very ill, in the natural} and they said ‘They didn’t know to many people with faith like mine’. My reaction was one of surprise, ‘what are you talking about,  but thanks for your encouragement, I think’

Well my faith, the faith they though was strong faith, is taking a battering lately, with my wife being seriously ill, I have been hospitalized myself. My faith in The Lord hasn’t been shaken because I know more then ever He is King of Kings and Lord of Lord over my life, my wife, and my family.

This is where my faith tells me, we must do everything we can in the natural, to help these life health twists, and cling wholeheartedly to the Word of God, because it doesn’t matter what we are going through He is always with us.

So my faith at the moment has taken a jolt, I have come before Him more than ever, I have come before Him and cried, but more importantly I still come before Him with Praise, for Who He really is.

He is the name above, all Names, He is the Name above illness, tragedy and anything you think of for that manner, He is Sovereign. So does Faith in action take a back seat, because my life is in crisis, with mine and my wife illness. NO!

Old Hairy legs {Satan} might like me to do that, but my faith is always an Action, and despite the circumstances around my life and my family, Faith in talking about Him, His Goodness, and His Love will never stop.

My Lord and My Friend, is a Name above all Names, and He is a Name above all the things that are happening in my wife life, and mine as well. My wife is a great lady of faith as well, and I know how shattered she is at the moment, but that will not stop us from Honoring Him, by our Actions.

Philippians 4 verse 13: {Message Bible}:

"Whatever i have, wherever I am. I can make it through anything in the One who made me who I am."

Faith shouldn’t stop in the tragedies of life, faith should grow stronger, knowing that we have the answer to all our problems, walking with us wherever and whatever we go through, He is the One we call Our Lord and Our Friend.

God Bless.

O F J

Scripture Verse Of The Week ‘Matthew 3 verse 11’

Matthew 3 verse 11: ” I {John the baptist} baptize with water for repentance. but the One {Jesus} who is coming after me is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to take off His sandals. He himself will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and Fire.”

Repentance from dead works through baptism in water is a wonderful experience, but that is the start of our new journey in life. That washes us clean and gives us the new start, now we need to keep pressing forward, to all Our Lord and Our Friend has for us.

There is a future Spiritual experience, lets look at the upper room on the day of Pentecost. In that room there were one hundred and twenty of Christ followers waiting, in fear, not knowing what was going to happen next, and how it was going to happen.

Suddenly, at a preordained moment, The Risen Christ reaches down from heaven and plunges every one of His followers into the fiery energy of The Holy Spirit.

The fiery energy broke the fear they had and transformed all there lives, Thereafter they were like men and women who were ablaze, for their new purpose and destiny with Our Lord and Our Friend.

There are some followers that seem to stop at various stages, of there Christian life and settle for what they have. Our Lord and our Friend has great plans for all our lives. Jeremiah 29 verse 11:

“‘For i know the plans I have for you’—Plans for your welfare and a hope.”

Part of those plans is to plunge everyone of us into the fiery energy of The Holy Spirit.

If it hasn’t happen to you yet,ask him today, so you too can be energized for all the plans and purpose He has for your life.

God Bless.

 O F J.

Reflective Thought

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Comes from James: James 1 Verse 12; {Message Bible};

"Anyone who meets a testing head on and manages to stick it out is mighty fortunate. For such person loyally in love with God, the reward of life and more life".

No one enjoys testing, but when we are challenged in our faith, the rewards for holding true in the face of them, are promised to us by Our Lord and Our Friend.

James 1 verse 2 and 4: {Message Bible]:

"Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows it true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-develop, not deficient in any way".

When it comes to overcoming, remember It is not the size of our Problems, it is the strength of our Faith In Our Lord and Our Friend.

God Bless.

 O F J

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