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.

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

Piont To Ponder ‘From Daniel’

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We learnt from Daniel, that he was a man of no compromise in his faith. Daniel and His friends give us wonderful example of this.

Looking at the life of Daniel, he gives us some awesome example in the wisdom of negotiating. He could have felt sorry for himself, he was taken into captivity, he was a foreigner in a hostile land. He was offered food that his faith forbid him to eat. He had choices, but instead of just starving himself, trying to run away, being hostile to his captors, Daniel negotiated with them. Daniel 1 verse 12 and 13:

v 12: “Please test your servants for 10 days, Let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink.”

V13 “then examine our appearance and the appearance of the young men who are eating the king’s food, and deal with your servants based on what you see.”

Through this approach Daniel was showing that the God that he believed in, had the best ways. Daniel faith in his God, led him to bigger opportunities.

Daniel approach was to let his circumstances, no matter how dire they were, be a test of his faith in His God, that has promised He will will never leave or forsake either.

Daniel is a great Book to read and we have given our small overview to the book, in our two writings on the Book Of Daniel.

God Bless.

O F J.

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No Compromise

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The life of Daniel was such. Daniel was a young adult when his people were taken captive into Babylonia.

Most people would think if they were in a place of exile and their captors wanted to feed them rich foods, it would be a good thing. But  not Daniel, the Babylonians tried to feed him rich foods that were against his upbringing. Daniel asked to be fed vegetables and fruit, He also influence the guards to do the same for his friends.

The Book of Daniel Chapter 1 verse 8: Daniel determined that he would not defile himself with the king’s food or with the wine he  drank. So he asked permission from the chief official not to defile himself.”

God had granted Daniel favor and compassion from the chief official. Next Daniel and his friends began to serve in the king’s court.

Daniel 1 verse 19 and 20: “So they began to serve in King Nebuchadnezzar’s court. In every matter of wisdom and understanding that the king consulted them about, he found them 10 times better than all the diviner-priest and mediums of his entire kingdom.”

That did not impress the Babylonian locals. they set a trap, convincing King Nebuchadnezzar to give an order for everyone, including Daniel and his people who were in captivity, to bow down to an idol.

Daniel 3 verse 4: “A herald loudly proclaimed, ‘People of every nation and language, you are commanded; When you hear the sound of horn, flute, zither, harp, drum and every kind of music, you are to fall down and worship the gold statue that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up.”

Daniel and his friends refused, His friend were thrown into a fiery furnace, and not only surviving, but not even smelling of smoke. {3 verse 26}. Daniel was eventually thrown into a lions den, for repeatedly not compromising himself. The Lions didn’t eat him or harm him, but his accusers were not so blessed {6 verses 19 to 24}.

Daniel gives us some awesome example of faith and trust in The God that he served. Daniel displayed to all he come in contact with God’s ways are best. We might not understand the ways Our Lord and Our Friend is taking us, but our faith should be His way or no way.

Hebrews 13 verse 6: “Therefore we may boldly say, ‘The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. what can man do to me.”

God Bless.

O F J

Scripture verse Of The Week ‘2 Timothy 1 verse 6’

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2 Timothy 1 verse 6: {Amplified Bible}

"That is why I would remind you to stir up —- rekindle the embers, fan the flame and keep burning —- the {gracious} gift of God, {the inner fire} that is in you by means of the laying on of hands".

Ecclesiastes tells us {3 verse 1}, there is a time of everything. Perhaps we in our lives have come to a time, ‘to rekindle the embers, fan the flame and keep burning, the Gracious Gift of God within us’.

Matthew 25 verse 1 to 13; is the Story of the 10 Virgins; There were 5 foolish and five who were sensible. The five who were sensible there lamp was always working and they had oil to keep it burning, the five foolish there lamps were not being used as they should, they allowed  their lamps to run out of oil.

It is easier to keep a fire going then what it is to try to relight it. It is easier to turn on a lamp, that is plug in to the source of power, than to try to use it without a power source.

Acts 2 verse 3 Pentecost: “And tongues, like flames of fire that were divided, appeared to them and rested on each one of them.’

We are going to finish with a poem I wrote over 30 years ago, and have used before, ‘The Burning Within’. Which in a way explains why it is necessary, to keep the Fire Of God in our lives, ablaze.

The fire that God gives to your life through His Son Jesus Christ let it burn.

Burning away what shouldn’t be there.

Burning and making a radiant glare.

To testify to what God has given.

The fire that God gives to your life, that you might have life everlasting, let it burn.

Burning away the hatred and sin.

Burning that makes a new life begin.

To testify to what God has given.

The fire that God gives to your life by His Spirit, let it burn.

Burning away your corrupted desire.

Burning away that sets your worship on fire.

To testify to what God has given.

The fire that God gives, that you may have the fullness in living, let it burn.

Burning away all slothfulness and complaining.

Burning that makes you more eager for learning.

To testify to what God has given.

The fire that God gives, that you might share a burden for others, let it burn.

Burning away all jealousy and misgiving.

Burning from with from the center of your being.

To testify what God has given.

Let it burn.

God Bless.

O F J.

Heart Of Reasoning

A Heart Of Reasoning.

Proverbs 2 verse 1to 2

v 1 My son {my children] if you accept my words and store up my commands with you.

v 2 Listening closely, to wisdom and directing your heart to understanding.

Proverbs 23 verse 7

As he {person} thinks within himself, so is he {they].                                       {KJV} For as He [person] thinks in His [their] heart, so is he [they]

What drives your reasoning. Two major thoughts or beliefs;

1. God [ a higher authority created everything OR

2. Evolution life comes from a big bang and life oozed up out of the ground.

I know the way we think at this ministry and WHY. We are created in the image of God, who is Our Lord and Our Friend.

We believe the Bible is the inspired and unfailing message from God, who is both intimate and infinite. Every verse of the Bible is beneficial and priceless for all

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and we are to live out of every word that proceed from the mouth of God.

2 Timothy 3 verse 16 ” All Scripture is inspired by God.”

 In Mathew 4 verse 4 “Man {people } must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

Or continuing 2nd major thought. You can believe we are just oozy people, just hopelessly moving through life, until we die than we become just dry dust, that had no purpose for living.

But my instincts tell me, I am born with a destiny, I can choose that destiny and that is to reflect the One who created me, and to live with Him for eternity. We are eternal beings.

The Bible isn’t just a great book, it is in a class of it’s own, the book authorized by the creator God, through the agency of human beings {His Creations} who were guided by the Holy Spirit in their writings.

The whole of the belief of Christianity is that there is a God, that He made us, that He loves us, That He is concerned about our lives, and that He is capable of communicating with us.

I love to think on this truth, it is the truth that hold my life together, knowing that we are born with a purpose, and a destiny, not subjected to the waffle of the world as to where we came from and what we are doing here and dying with NO HOPE.

BORN FOR A DESTINY, BORN OUT OF THE CREATIVE PROCESSES OF A LOVING GOD.

BORN FOR ETERNITY WITH OUR LORD AND OUR FRIEND.

Think on these things let your heart be changed more and more to reflect our loving God.

God Bless.

O F J

All One In Christ

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The Church is not full of people who are all stars, it should be full of people doing there part, doing there best for God.

The only person who is to be worshiped and followed, is The King of Kings, Lord of Lord, God Himself.

The Apostle Paul never sought to be better than anyone else, or a person who stood out more than anyone else, but through what he did, he has stood out as a great person of Faith and Commitment. In His writings in 1 Corinthians 7 verse 7:

"i wish that all people were like me. But each has his Own Gift from God, one this and another that."

There is a concept in the world of ‘big city attractions’, where we are drawn by the lights of the big city, and the big structures of the city, and the big personalities of the big city. But for any city to operate, it needs more behind the scene things, doing their jobs to function as a city. We never take much notice of the wires, cables and pipes, that keep the supply of electricity and water, and even taking away the waste.

We are all precious in the Kingdom of God and Our Lord and Our Friend doesn’t play favorites or have any favorites. Acts 10 verse 34 and 35:

V34: “Then Peter began to speak: ‘In truth, I understand that God doesn’t show favoritism, V35: but in every nation the person who fears Him and does righteousness is acceptable to Him’.”

When we look at the Church, we see the Pastor, or Minister or Priest, they have been given a gift of great responsibility to undertake what they do, but if  they did not have people with other giftings and skills working around them, the church would not function. 

1 Corinthians 12 verse 4 to 6; V4; Now there are different gifts, but the same spirit, V5 There are different ministries but the same Lord,  V6 And there are different activities, but the same God is active in everyone and everything.”

Unfortunately, ‘The Big City Mentality’, has made many just pew warmer, listening  to a message from a person just trying to be the best they can be for God. There are many things each of us can do for the advancement of God’s Kingdom, to name a few,

Pray for all those around us, encourage all those around us, help all those around us the best way we can, and the same God who is working through The Pastor, The Minister or Priest is active in everything you do for Him. God is no respect of persons, and He loves you as much as anybody else.

God Bless.

 O F J

A Heart Of Reasoning

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A Heart Of Reasoning.

Proverbs 2 verse 1to 2

v 1 My son {my children] if you accept my words and store up my commands with you.

v 2 Listening closely, to wisdom and directing your heart to understanding.

Proverbs 23 verse 7

As he {person} thinks within himself, so is he {they].                                       {KJV} For as He [person] thinks in His [their] heart, so is he [they]

What drives your reasoning. Two major thoughts or beliefs;

1. God [ a higher authority created everything OR

2. Evolution life comes from a big bang and life oozed up out of the ground.

I know the way we think at this ministry and WHY. We are created in the image of God, who is Our Lord and Our Friend.

We believe the Bible is the inspired and unfailing message from God, who is both intimate and infinite. Every verse of the Bible is beneficial and priceless for all

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and we are to live out of every word that proceed from the mouth of God.

2 Timothy 3 verse 16 ” All Scripture is inspired by God.”

 In Mathew 4 verse 4 “Man {people } must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

Or continuing 2nd major thought. You can believe we are just oozy people, just hopelessly moving through life, until we die than we become just dry dust, that had no purpose for living.

But my instincts tell me, I am born with a destiny, I can choose that destiny and that is to reflect the One who created me, and to live with Him for eternity. We are eternal beings.

The Bible isn’t just a great book, it is in a class of it’s own, the book authorized by the creator God, through the agency of human beings {His Creations} who were guided by the Holy Spirit in their writings.

The whole of the belief of Christianity is that there is a God, that He made us, that He loves us, That He is concerned about our lives, and that He is capable of communicating with us.

I love to think on this truth, it is the truth that hold my life together, knowing that we are born with a purpose, and a destiny, not subjected to the waffle of the world as to where we came from and what we are doing here and dying with NO HOPE.

BORN FOR A DESTINY, BORN OUT OF THE CREATIVE PROCESSES OF A LOVING GOD.

BORN FOR ETERNITY WITH OUR LORD AND OUR FRIEND.

Think on these things let your heart be changed more and more to reflect our loving God.

God Bless

O F J

Scripture Verse Of The Week ‘Hebrews 4 verse 12’

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Hebrews 4 verse 12;  “For The Word of God is living and effective and sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as to divide soul, spirit, joints and marrow, it is a judge of the ideas and thoughts of the heart.”
Scripture says that The Word of God is alive, active, sharper than a two-edged sword and profitable to teach truth, rebuke sin, correct errant ways, and train people up in righteousness. Even though things around our lives, don’t seem to make sense, we can rest in the knowledge that God has provided a path to peace. All people can be rock solid about His Presence for all of eternity, instead of troubled at the though of facing a dreadful afterlife.

The Word of God is active, actively doing, Our lives should be actively doing the Word of God. The next verse says. V13 “No creature is hidden from Him, but all things are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give an account.”

There is no place to go missing in the Kingdom of God, Our Lord and Our Friend is watching over us, to help us live an active believer’s life before Him.

Verse 14: Tells us to hold strongly to our confession of Faith.

Verse 15; Tells us at all times no matter what we go through Our Lord and Our Friend is with us. For He has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin.

Verse 16: That wonderful verse, speaking of being active even in our needs and confusions that will come to us at times. Let us approach the throne of Grace with boldness.

The Word of God is Living, effective and sharper, penetrating and dividing, actively trying to sort out our Lives, that We have surrendered to Him. Surrendered is not a giving up, it is a handing over, of all of who we think we are, to be used as vessels of honor that He created us to be.

Surrender where we go under His surgeons knife, so He can transform us in the The Kingdom people we should be, living and active in our Faith.

God Bless.

O F J

Rerflective Moment “Life’s Fazes”

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There are times in our lives, when we are so busy we yearn for quieter times. There are times in our lives, where nothing seems to be happening, we yearn for busier times.

Life has become so complex, but mostly we make it complex. The Book of Ecclesiastes is a good place to turn, when we feel complex.

Ecclesiastes 1 verse 7: Solomon {King Solomon} one of the richest and wisest kings in history is reflecting, “Is life worth living, everything is futile”.

 If we take a moment to reflect on Ecclesiastes, we find that apart from God, life is full of weariness and disappointment.

Watching people in a crowd, sometimes makes you want to cry, sometimes want to laugh, but most people you are observing, would know little about God. In there little corner of the world, they were either trapped in the weariness and disappointments of what life offers, or they were happy with what life had dealt them.

Ecclesiastes is a dramatic autobiography of Solomon’s experience and reflections, while he was out of friendship with God. The problem that faced Solomon’s in his reflections was how could he find happiness and satisfaction apart from God.

Ecclesiastes is a good place to start reading, when we are reflecting on our life and the situations around us. Every problem we think we have, someone else has had it before.

The trouble is most of us at sometime, reflect on the problems around our lives, but the Answer is to reflect on The God that loves us and gave Himself for us, that In Him we can have New Life.

God Bless.

O F J

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