Word for the Day: Immobilize

Immobilize:  To hold fast or prevent from moving.

Life is about living.

About moving on:  growing, learning, loving, hurting, healing, teaching, sharing experience, caring, failing, re-charging, winning, rising, accomplishing, laughing, crying, and all the failing (or apparent failing) that instructs us in-between those times of absolute bliss.  Life is wonderful!

Every day is a new beginning, the start of a new year or passage in our lives.  Purposeful action is the stepping stone which cements our future.

Every day, every year we must immobilize something of word or thought or action that may lead to a negative realisation or attitude or outcome.  Do not deny that the negative is possible or likely, but deny it life.  So immobilize it, that it dies.  Let it never come into being.

“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus:” Phillipians 2:5

“Commit thy works unto the LORD and thy thoughts shall be established.” Proverbs 16:3

 “…Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?” Matthew 9:4

Allow that thought of negative realisation to pass on to nothingness.  Watch its rancour be swept away.

 

“Do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” Colossians 3:17

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved,” Roman’s 10:13

“So they strengthened their hands for this good work.” Nehemiah 2:18

Pin that action of negative outcome, like some pin butterflies, to a prayer.  Watch its impulse flutter and die.

 

“His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”  Psalm 34:1

“And in their mouth was found no guile;”  Revelation 14:5

“Let my mouth be filled with Thy praise and with Thy honour all the day.” Psalm 71:8

Trap that word of negative attitude under a drinking glass.  Watch its meanness suffocate and expire.

 

Immobilize your faith in Christ.  Hold it fast. Prevent it from moving… and watch it move mountains!

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The Name Of God

What is the name of God? What is God’s name?

Our Father in Heaven…

When you meet someone you usually refer to them by name. If you have never met them before you usually ask them their name so that when you address them or want to get their attention you can; just by saying their name. They know that you are speaking to them specifically.

What about God?

Almighty Father….

For those of us who believe that God is, how do we get his ‘attention’ when we want to speak to him specifically?

More importantly, do we know whether our way of addressing him is indicative of our present desire?  For instance, is there a hint to him when we say “Father” rather than “Almighty God”? i.e. Do we want God to hear us and be with as Father, when we are desirous of the Almighty God in our current situation?

O Almighty God…

In whatever way, and by whatever name, when we pray or talk to God we must remember that the name of God is….Holy.

Whether we are addressing Him as friend, lover, saviour, deliverer, teacher, healer, or god, we MUST remember and be conscious in our hearts that his name is holy.

 

A Prayer

“Eternal God help us to know you and your name.  Help us, O Father, to know you to whom we pray, and to whom we talk in our distress, and joy.  In so doing Holy Lord, make us more aware of your holiness and the holiness of your name.  Amen.”

Obedience

Somewhere it is written “Obey God and Live, curse God and Die.”

At school, once in detention for a misdemeanor, the Teacher taking detention gave us this quote for our “lines”.  It is also from the Bible:  “To obey is better than sacrifice and to hearken than the fat of rams.”   We had to write it a hundred times.

Obedience applies in all areas of life.  From exercise regimes to walking or driving safely and even eating and drinking practices.   It IS better, and easier, to obey to – -hearken- – than to try to make amends after disobeying.   Sometimes we do not get the chance to rectify the outcome of the disobedience; or cannot.

That is the ‘death’.  That is when we die.

 

 

 

For This Purpose

“For this purpose came Christ Jesus into the world……”

Many have spoken on Jesus’ purpose for entering the world in flesh. The one purpose that I mainly hold to, which may very well encompass them all, is:  “…to undo the works of the Devil.”

So what or who is “the Devil”?  And what are its “works”?

You can make your own list.  Just be sure that Christ Jesus came into the world to undo its works, by His death and resurrection.  That is the victory.  That is the undoing.

By his death AND resurrection Christ Jesus defeated forever all the ‘works’ of the devil.  Therefore we have no fear, because we have nothing to fear as sons and heirs of the kingdom of God.  We have authority and we have power.

“For God has not given us a spirit  of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”  And what God has given to us in Christ Jesus no man or devil can take from us.  We can relax.  We can be at peace.  Because we KNOW that “For this purpose…. .”

Have a good life.  Walk in the light.  Live the victory.

 

Related:

The Church And The World (Pastor Jack Hyles)

For This Cause  (The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints)

That Time Of Year

It is that time of year when we think of how great the preceding months have been.  Or, maybe how trying.

We think of all the people who have helped us, protected us, loved us.  We think of all the jobs successfully completed.  Of all the work we meant to do or tried to do that really did not happen.  We think of the pleasures and pleasurable moments.  We think of the fun and the laughter; yes, and the confusion and doubt that some people and situations posed for us.  All in all, we think of the calendar year now closing and the one about to begin as a teaching experience.

What did we learn?  What shall we learn?  Of ourselves and of others?

Perhaps we learned something more about God.  About His patience and ours.  About His love and ours.  About trust, obedience, self-control, dealing with fear.  About the strangeness of how “…all things work together for good to them who love God; who are the called according to His purpose.”

In learning more about God we learn about goodness (God is good), about holiness (Be ye holy for I am Holy, saith the Lord), about the efficacy of truth (the True and Faithful witness – the God of Truth), about the power of love (God is love).  As we learn to practice goodness, being Holy in thought and mind, being truthful, brotherly love, – we learn to be more who God wants us to be.

It is that time of year when we give thanks – REGARDLESS- because we KNOW we have a reason to REJOICE.

May our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ so shine in our heart and life that we bring peace and comfort where it is needed, in accordance with His will and purpose.

Let there Be Light!

In every corner of darkness or pain, let there be Light.

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Light may not be what you feel is necessary when in pain or even in darkness, but Light is a healer.

Christ is the Light of Life, the Light of Men.

Dwell within the Light of Life, of Human compassion, but do not feel compelled to take pity on the “swine” who are not worthy of your pearl.  After all, we do not waste water on a truly arid patch which will refuse to be nourished.

Dwell within the Light of Men.  Dwell within Christ.  His Spirit is invincible!

Remember:  Pray.  Pray until you have a breakthrough of LIGHT.   This means continuing in prayer fervently.  It does not mean sitting in a corner crying.  🙂  This kind of prayer is not a Lament but an Expectant.

Go about your business, and because God Is, you shall have your breakthrough.  Just “occupy until He comes”.

And The Lord said….” Let there be Light!

What Is A Church?

Is it the Body Of Christ?  The sum total of Christ’s true disciples?

Is this Body, the body or embodiment of Truth?  “…and on this rock, I build my Church.”  ‘This rock’ was a word or statement, or confession of Truth.

What is then the “Universal Church”?  The body politic who acknowledge and confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour?

And the ” one Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church”?  What is that?

Think of your own ‘church’.  Your local meeting place where you go to assemble as a collective unit to visibly, and orally proclaim an identification with and a submission to the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ; and to Him.

What is it like?  Do you fit in?  How do you fit in?

Does it in its fullness of membership constitute a true part of the “one Holy and Apostolic Church?   Or is it merely a ‘housing’ for worship where the true and the godly can associate with the seekers, the fallen and those who wish the Body of Christ nothing good?  We are not to judge, but reason.  In reasoning, guard your Faith, and renew it every day.  And once you have Faith, PRAY.  Judas was not Thomas.  Thomas doubted and needed assurance.  Judas sold out!

I sometimes wonder when I read of a Church being attacked and some worshipers killed, whether any of the killed were a Judas, a Thomas or a Peter.   Which would you be?

Would it not be ironic if it so happened that those gunmen only killed the wolves in sheep’s clothing who were there only to sow hatred and strife?

Would it not be wonderful if some of them were true disciples and apostles of Jesus Christ who did not fear to take a bullet KNOWING their Faith was not in a ‘church’ or religion, but in Him?

Be aware.  Be careful. Be prepared.

 

Slightly Related:

My First Church

How To Shrink Your Church…