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Two Trees Ministries Shining Light In Dark Places

F.E.A.R

Fear - the most irrational of emotions we can ever experience. We don’t dance like maniacs after walking through a spidersweb because we are exhillerated by it, no, we dance about, smacking ourselves, making noises that cause the neighbourhood cats to hide because we think that a massive spider is crawling down our shirt, or waiting patiently in our hair for the right time to bite through our scalp and turn our insides to juice.

Poor spider. Some massive, lumbering clumsy giant just invaded and destroyed it’s home and it’s made out to be the bad guy. Poor thing’s probably hiding in the only remaining corner of it’s web pinching itself in disbelief!

Fear makes us do irrational things, it whispers to us in the dark assuring us with a 100% certainty that there is someone hiding under your bed, that those shadows are an axe wielding mass murder, that your are definately going to plummit from the sky in fiery rage the next time you board a plane.

Yet the most irrational thing fear does to us, is that it paralyses us. It stops us dead in our tracks, or causes us to turn on our heel and run away. We don’t go to the doctor’s because we are afarid that little lump may be a little bit more nasty than just a little lump, we don’t check under the hood of our car because if something’s wrong that means it needs to be fixed, which means money that we just don’t have. Yet this stalling is doing us more harm than good. Obviously dealing with a small lump, or looking under the hood early gives you a good chance of dealing with a problem before it gets worse.

The sad thing is we know this, and while we are fearful about it happening, we take a good long look at our life and say, “it can’t/won’t happen to me” and we go huddle in the corner, worrying and fretting over it. The fear has halted you, yet you feel justified, because it won’t happen to you.

I’m not here to say it will. I’m saying that if you’re afraid of the dark turn on the light. Nothing can hide in light.

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind."

So where does fear come from if it doesn’t come from God, why does he even let us experience fear?

Fear to me stands for: False Evidence Appearing Real. Basically something is making you believe that something that is not likely to happen is going to happen. We are the worst at telling ourselves what our own limitations are, or what others think of us, because we try to put ourselves in that situation, ask ourselves how we would react, cloud our judgment with our own nervous fretting, and before you know it, we’re stuck in a bear trap of fear.

We ain’t going nowhere!

But that’s not the way it should be. God created us with a spirit of power, love and sound mind, meaning he gave us all the tools we need to beat fear. You see the devils biggest tactic against those working for the kingdom of God is to stop them. You’ve got a target on your back, and he will do anything he can from stopping you from advancing the kingdom of God. You see, he’s vindictive, his mindset is “If I’m going down I’m bringing as many as I can down with me.” And stopping you in your tracks is the best way he can ensure the kingdom of God is not spread amongst the people.

Those whispers in the night, those harsh self doubts and denials are the enemies lies, and accusations. He plants the seed of doubt, that seed grows into fear, and that fear if not dealt with can rule us!

The good news is God gave us the power (authority) over the enemy and his lies, call them what they are, lies, and the enemy loses a foothold he has over you. God has given you a spirit of love to be the benchmark upon which everything is tested. If it’s not of Love, it’s not off God. This is a great tool for identifying the works of the enemy and the false evidence he is bringing against you. When you can see what he’s doing, you have the advantage to counter what he’s doing. The best way to do that is with…

A sound mind. God has given us His mind, His wisdom, the ability to rationalise and realise. If you fill your mind with the Word of God, nothing, and I repeat NOTHING the enemy can throw your way can succeed!

Don’t be filled with fear, Let God be light in your darkness, and watch as the shadow flees upon the encroaching brilliance of the light! Remember when you have Jesus, You have the power. And that fills Satan with Fear!

Blessings - The Kid

Journey Of Faith

I always believe we take God with us where ever we go. Here, take this following demonstration using a blackboard and a yellow piece of chalk.

When we start the day we invite God to be with us, usually through prayer or reading our bibles. (we believe starting the day with God is the best way to start the day, and ensures you don’t forget as the fatigue of the dya wears you down at night) The yellow chalk would show the beginning of it’s journey across the blackboard, from left to right, left being the start of the day the right being the end of the day, the yellow chalk to symbolise the places we have been with Him.

Sometimes, as is only humans fallable nature we walk through the filth of the enemy, meaning that the yellow chalk line may change to brown or grey in parts. This is usually when we do something God would not like us doing, sin.

No yellow line can ever remain pure, we all sin at times, but no matter how much brown or grey is in it, God hasn’t given up on you.

For a Christian, we hope that when we look at the blackboard after our daily journey, our line is made up of a majority of yellow.

The yellow in this demonstration represents God’s light, the blackboard represents the darkness of the world system.

We need to take God’s light into the darkness. So that what was once all darkness, has now been changed by us, a vessel who God used to take His Light into darkness.

Well with this in mind my current job has me traveling about 24000 kilometers every 3 months, my life line would have a lot of yellow (I believe) and a bit of brown and grey (I am not perfect only redeemed) across the darkness of our city.

Each day I try to make my Journey with God better and strive, against my human nature to fill as much of my day with God’s light, Hoping to shine some yellow onto other people’s blackboards. Giving them a starting point for their own walk with God, their own Journey of faith.

(If you are interested in learning how to take a step into leading others into a faith walk with Jesus, We recommend you take a look at a book called “Taking our cities for God” by John Dawson. We’d only be too happy to help you find a copy if you would like one)

Let us challenge you, as we walk together as brothers and sisters of Christ to become a person aware that we carry God with us. We in our own power can’t change much, but He can do a lot through us. If we’re willing!

BE WILLING - BE A VESSEL FOR HIS GLORY

Mathew 5 verse 14 to 16:

"You are the light of the world, a city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather a lampstand, and gives it light, for all in the house to see. In the same way let your light shine, before men, so that they may see your good works,and give glory to your Father in heaven."

From the desk of the ‘Old Fellow’ John

God bless

A Gem from Psalms

Psalm 1: The two directions.

"How happy is the man who does not follow the advice of the wicked?"   [holman study bible]

"Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly" [king James version]

The word happy, “blessedness of” refers to the joy and satisfaction that comes from knowing that one is right with God, even though at times conflict with the world may bring disagreements.

The poem written on our first post “Oh what it is`to be a Christian” refers to this kind of Happiness [blessedness of knowing]

The second part of this verse “the advice of the wicked” [hsb]

"Not the counsel of the ungodly" [kjv]

We need the advice of unbelievers through life on technical issues, such as doctors and lawyers [not all doctors and lawyers are unbelievers just examples of people we may need advice from] But with the things pertaining to God, moral issues, and faithfulness we need more than just the counsel of man. We need that joy and satisfaction that comes from knowing Him.

From the poem again: “the light real Christians follow is the everlasting Presence of God”.

Don’t be confused; the ‘happy’ refered to in the first translation [hsb]

                          is ‘thye blessed’ in the [kjv]

comes from the original Hebrew ‘esher, [eh’-sher] happiness, which literally means we have the Blessed assurance of who He is and that He will never leave us or forsake us.

Think about that over your morning coffee, think about that over those stress inducing moments, think about that when the giants around you rear their ugly heads and try to beat you into submission. He will never leave you or forsake you.

So today be Happy, and hold onto that blessed assurance of who he is!

Feels like a great day coming!

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