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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.

Building Our Faith ‘By Our Focus’

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Matthew 6 verse 21: Tells us: :For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”.

If we expand on this, without taking away from, the importance of the verse, we can conclude that, if we focus our thinking on God, before we do anything, we will know where our heart is.

When we get up in the morning, we should acknowledge Him. We greet a lot of other people on our morning rounds, so why not, “Good Morning Lord”.  We also should focus our thinking on Him, before focusing what lies before us. He will be with us, so make Him feel welcome and that we want Him along.

You see it is one of the laws of life, that we become like the things on which we focus. Focus on money and we become like it, hard and controlling. Focus on revenge, on those who have done us wrong, we become like them, revengeful and inconsiderate. There is, the answer focus on God and we will become more like Him, loving, kind, and gracious.

People will want to know more about us, because they see in us what we are focusing on, which leaves a door open to witness, the great love He has for a “Whosoever”. John 3 verse 16:

Jude 1 verse 21: “Keep yourselves in the Love of God”, by making Our Lord and Our Friend, the center of our focus.

God Bless.

O F J

Reflective Moment ‘The Water Of Life’

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"Come, everyone who is thirsty come to the waters: Isaiah 55 verse 1:

Ezekiel saw the source of that water flowing from the temple of God: Ezekiel 47 verse 1 to 12; Ezekiel see three things about the water.

it comes from the temple, where God himself is worshiped.

It does not lessen, but grows deeper and stronger the further it goes.

It brings new life wherever it goes.

This is all a wonderful vision of the life-giving work of God’s Spirit. God’s Spirit, poured out in the water of life from the place where God is worshiped, is for everyone, everywhere.

Come everyone to The One, who came down from heaven for us and as one of us, to give us new life.

John 7 verses 27 and 28: V27 “Jesus stood up and cried out, ‘If anyone is thirsty, he {or she} should come to Me and drink”. V28 “The one who believes in Me, as the scripture has said, will have streams of living water flow from deep within him or her}”.

Come everybody, to be vessels for The Water of Life, It is for everyone who believes, John 3 verse 16:

God Bless,

O F J.

Point To Ponder

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The desire not to be confrontational, and to minimize upsetting people of different faiths may tempt us to be silent about our own faith, and what God’s Word clearly declares. To recognize that there are likeable things and helpful insights in many belief systems, may make us question whether sharing The Bible’s concept of truth really matters.

The observation that people find happiness in a multitude of concepts, may make Christians wonder if we have anything to offer. But if you are to explore the differences, in belief systems, there is one that matters most from a Christian perceptive. Jesus {Our Lord and Our Friend} said. “I Am the way, the truth, and The Life. No one comes to The Father accept through Me”.

Christianity states; We are created in The Image of God, we all come short of The Glory of The God that created us. There is nothing anyone can do that will make a difference, to bring us closer to God. But God with His love for His creation, made away for us to come to Him.

John 3 verse 16: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that ‘whosoever’ believes Him should not perish but have eternal life”.

It is a gift, to any ‘whosoever’ who accepts, no hoops to jump through, no initiation to take part in, we don’t have to prove anything. Just accept, the fact the even in our fallen state, God has made away for any ‘whosoever, to come, just repent, believe and accept, all that The Creator God has for a ‘whosoever’. Then a new life journey begins, where this same God said He will never leave us or forsake us. {Hebrews 13 verse 5}.

Now that is really something to ponder, and want to share.

God Bless.

O F J.

Dealing With Difficulties ‘Who We Are’

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Behold—-Bestowed—-Become

Behold who we are.

What we are Bestowed with.

Who we have become.

In 1 john 3 verse 1; tells us {NKJV}

"Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called the children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him".

Behold: meaning to see or look at. Let really look at the manner of love The Father has bestowed on us,

Romans 5 verse 8: shows us the proof of Beholding.

"But God proves His own love for us in that while we were sinners Christ died for us".

John 3 verse 16: is obvious to Behold the love God has for us all.

"For God 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".

Bestowed: meaning to give or present. Given as a free gift not earned that none should boast.

Ephesians 2 verse 9: Confirms it is a free gift:

"Not from works, so that no one can boast".

Become: The Children of God:

John 1 verse 12; Confirms this:

"But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name".

Behold— Bestowed— Become. It is only the start of a great journey of faith.

 God Bless.

Scripture Verse of The Week ‘Deuteronomy 30 verse 15’

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"See, today I have set before you life and prosperity, death and adversity".

Choices most people find it difficult to choose, if they think it means limits to their life. We have heard people delivering a very bad Gospel message of, turn or burn. Bad because unless someone willing turns to Our Lord and Our Friend, the turn to Him is done out of fear. It is a free choice to follow Him, made because we understand He first loved us.

God never wants to suppress our happiness, He wants to open our eyes to the eternal realm in which He lives.

Religion wants to suppress, but as we always state Christianity is not a religion, but a way of life.

Before us all each day, are great things and challenges, it doesn’t matter if you are a Christian or not. But A Christian has an eternal helper in The Holy Spirit..

All other faith belief {Religions}, take the belief we must make ourselves good enough. But The Christian faith, believes that God gave of Himself to make us right with Him. {John 3 verse 16}.

See! today I {Our Lord and Our Friend tells us} have set before you life and prosperity, death and adversity. And He also says I have made a way for you, to walk with Me, through any circumstances we may go through.

We all need to understand how much God loves us, by reading His Word, and Communication {prayer} with Him.

God Bless.

O F J

Dealing With Difficulties ‘Self-image’

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To Deal with this subject it is best to go back, to God’s first words on the subject: Genesis 1 verse 26: “Let Us make man in Our Image, according to Our likeness”.

Despite what has happen since, we are all created in the Image of God. We were all created equal, God does not have favorites, but He can be proud of a person that is genuinely following after Him. Job 1 verse 8: “Have you considered My servant Job? No one else on earth is like him, a man of perfect integrity, who fears God and turns from evil”.

Matthew 5 verse 48: {Message Bible} “Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously towards others, the way God lives towards you”.

We are created in the Image of God, Live out your God-created identity. We were all created different, but most people are trying to be like someone else. live for someone else or live like everybody else. But Our Lord and Our Friend created you to be different, Created you to be you. Created you with purpose and destiny, that only you can achieve.

Romans 12 verse 6 {Message Bible}: “Lets just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t”.

2 Corinthians 10 verse 18: {Message Bible} “What you say about yourself means nothing in God’s work. It’s what God says about you that makes the difference”.

Lets start seeing our self as Our Lord and Our Friend sees us, and if we live that way, the world will see Him too.

Galatians 2 verse 20: {Message Bible} “I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have a good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not ‘mine’, but it is lived by faith in The Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me”.

Our self-image must line up with what Our Lord and Friend says about us, {and He loves us and gave Himself for us individually} and not be trying to conform with the world around us, that would put us in pigeon holes of secular thinking.

God Bless.

O F J.

Dealing With Difficulties ‘Life’

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Life for all of us can be hard at times, but when you know the One that created you, things might still be tough, yet we have a reassurance, that things will get better, After all we are born for eternity with Him.

Our Creator has also  formed the guidelines, by which we need to build our lives today. As we ‘walk in them’. Our Lord and Our Friend can be relied on to fulfill His promises and purposes in us. How often do we read the guidelines He has fro us in His Word.

Here are some scriptures on the subject of life, we believe will help us all.

Psalm 146 verse 3: {Message Bible}; “Don’t put your life in the hands of experts who know nothing of life, of salvation life”.

Proverbs 11  verse 28: {Message Bible}: “A life devoted to things is a dead life, a stump; a God-shaped life is a flourishing tree”.

Proverbs 13 verse 7: {Message Bible}: “A pretentious, showy life is an empty life; a plain and simple life is a full life”.

Proverbs 16 verse 20: {Message Bible}: “It pays to take life seriously. Thinks work out when you trust in God”.

Matthew 6 verse 33: {Message Bible}: “steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all you everyday human concerns will be met”.

Matthew 23 verse 9: {Message Bible}: “Don’t set people up as experts over your life, letting them tell you what to do. save that authority for God; let Him tell you what do do”.

Galatians 6 verse 5: {Message Bible}: “Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life”.

1 Peter 1 verse 17 to 18: {Message Bible}: “Your journey life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God. It cost God plenty to get you out of that dead-end, empty headed life you grew up in”.

1 john 1 verse 6: “if we claim that we experience a share life with and continue to stumble around in the dark, we’re obviously lying through our teeth—-we’re not living what we claim”.

Our life is precious to Our Lord and Our Friend, these verse are not to condemn but to transform our lives into all He has for us in life,

God Bless.

O F J.

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.

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