THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS (Guest Post)

A beautiful post from two sisters in Christ, Karina Lam and Sella. It is so counter-intuitive to forgive someone who has done you wrong, and yet isn’t that what the Father, Christ and the Holy Ghost did for us? They forgave us while we were yet sinners and offered us eternal life if we repent. This is such a critical theological point that I wanted to reblog this for others to share.

Karina's Thought

“One behalf of the company and personally I apologize for what we have done to you. We know and totally realize that we have done disservice you not only materially but rather to morally. We will officially make a press conference to clarify our statement and we are ready to accept any legal consequences from you and your company.”

My dear readers, first of all I want to say thank you for your support and prayer of my problem that I have shared some time ago. I am grateful God not only strengthen me in facing the problem but amazingly He solved my problem. After quite long investigation process, the government finally could find no charge at all. All of the business processes that our company did clearly did not infringe the clauses of the law.The authorities that conduct an investigation didn’t find any indication I did bribe to the…

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Hymn of the day – Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken (John Newton)

Today we had several heavy rain showers (it is approaching winter here in Australia, so the weather is responding accordingly), which gave way to beautiful bright sun-lit skies. I came back from our local coffee shop admiring God’s handiwork, thinking that the somber blue-grey of the stormy sky was a colour that I’d seen someplace before.

A quick search of Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings online revealed an echo of the colour and tone I was looking for in his work “The Church at Auvers” (pictured below from Wikipedia):

A few hours later, after a quick heated up lunch from left-overs, I gazed outside onto our back deck. Again the sunlight sparkled upon our rain-drenched garden and the phrase “glorious things of thee are spoken” came suddenly, and quietly, to mind.

I knew the hymn, which is one of my favourites, and have reproduced the lyrics below for your enjoyment and encouragement as well. Isn’t it lovely that the Lord blesses us with food for our souls on even the most downcast of days weather-wise?

As it is written:

“21 This I recall to my mind,
therefore have I hope.
22 It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed,
because his compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning:
great is thy faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:21-23)

Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken

Glorious things of thee are spoken,
Zion, city of our God!
He, whose Word cannot be broken,
Formed thee for His own abode;
On the Rock of Ages founded,
What can shake thy sure repose?
With salvation’s walls surrounded,
Thou mayst smile at all thy foes.

See, the streams of living waters,
Springing from eternal love,
Well supply thy sons and daughters,
And all fear of want remove:
Who can faint while such a river
Ever flows their thirst t’ assuage?
Grace which, like the Lord, the giver,
Never fails from age to age.

Round each habitation hov’ring,
See the cloud and fire appear,
For a glory and a cov’ring,
Showing that the Lord is near;
Thus deriving from our banner
Light by night and shade by day,
Safe they feed upon the manna
Which He gives them when they pray.

Blest inhabitants of Zion,
Washed in the Redeemer’s blood!
Jesus, whom their souls rely on,
Makes them kings and priests to God;
’Tis His love His people raises
Over self to reign as kings,
And as priests, His solemn praises
Each for a thank off’ring brings.

Savior, if of Zion’s city,
I through grace a member am,
Let the world deride or pity,
I will glory in Thy name;
Fading is the worldling’s pleasure,
All his boasted pomp and show;
Solid joys and lasting treasure
None but Zion’s children know.

(By John Newton, 1779)

Shield of Faith

A wonderful rallying cry from Eliza, which will greatly encourage all brothers and sisters in Christ: “Faith, that God given faith resting solely and securely upon the Word of God which reveals to us our wonderful Savior with Whom we have glorious fellowship and daily intimate interaction, is therefore our able shield against the attacks of the enemy who assaults us with his fiery darts of unbelief and condemnation. Brothers and sisters take up your shield of faith with which you can extinguish all of the fiery darts of the enemy of our souls. To God be the glory! Amen!”

I hope this article blesses you as much as it did me.

holdingforthhisword

Beloved brothers and sisters, those who belong to Jesus Christ through repentant faith in the gospel of His salvation have always been the particular target of Satan, who hunts, harasses, and harms us through many different methods.  Some forms of attack have to do with persecution, some with temptation to sin, others with deception through false teaching, and many through spiritual attack in the battleground of our hearts and minds.  Our beloved Savior, Jesus, has given us all that we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him.  This knowledge is based upon our faith in Him and His Word, the inspired, preserved, infallible, inerrant Word of God the Bible, and the Holy Spirit’s illumination of His Word to our hearts and our minds.  This faith, given to us by God our Father, is a mighty defensive weapon in our arsenal of protective gear given to us to…

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Read, receive, believe – in Jesus of Nazareth, the Word of God

Lately I have been impressed by the Holy Spirit of Truth to witness to my family. Some background on this. I’ve always been a sincere follower of Jesus Christ, though my walk has been far from consistent over the years. During one of my walks, and due to this inconsistency, my family did not believe that I was speaking the truth when I witnessed their need to be saved by Jesus of Nazareth, the Word of God. Instead they called the mental health services, who then followed up with me like bulldogs – to my great consternation – for the next few weeks. I have had issues ever since trying to prove that my faith is genuine to close family members.

Interestingly, I have read that sometimes the last people saved Christians witness to is indeed close family members. I wonder why this is so. Why do we feel it is easier and perhaps less burdensome to open our hearts to strangers, risking ridicule and rejection, than to stand in the gap for unsaved souls we share genetics and a long history with (see Ezekiel 13:5 and 22:30)? Surely it should be easiest for us to reach out to people we have loved since childhood as we are more likely to know the paths to their hearts? Yet so often we fail to do so, and I have been guilty myself of shrinking back when faced with God’s clear edict to “teach all nations” (Matthew 8:19), beginning with my family.

In the last week or so I have been impressed by God to overcome my reluctance to reach out to family with the gospel of Jesus Christ. I’ve responded by sending each household a King James bible, with a Chick gospel tract inserted neatly where Psalm 119 (extolling the virtues of the Word of God as our basis for faith) is located. I’ve also made an effort to extend myself in becoming more a part of my family’s lives on an ongoing basis, which I previously neglected to do as many of them live quite far away. I have yet to develop the “fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22-23, Ephesians 5:9) that God calls us to exhibit but I hope that when I do my family might one day see Christ in me and be encouraged.

Yesterday, however, I struck an issue. I could not for the life of me remember my aunt’s home address and when I searched the White Pages online, I found her phone number was not listed. Then, to my astonishment and delight, a wonderful thing happened. Her street name and number were quite clearly and authoritatively impressed upon my mind…when I checked later with my sister, I found that what I had been given spiritually was utterly true and correct. This gave me incredible encouragement to keep going with my commitment to witness to my aunt and her friend, as I’d previously felt a strange, fleshly reluctance to do so. It was clear that God was 100% behind my efforts to spread the gospel to all my family members, particularly my aunt’s household.

The above was the first little miracle and “assistance from above” that I received yesterday. More was to follow. After I mailed out bibles to three separate family households I spent some time in our front garden, painstakingly pulling up weeds. As I did so, the following three words were impressed on my mind concerning bringing people to faith: read, receive, believe. When I pondered these words in my heart over the next day or so, I found – again, to my delight and wonder – that they dovetailed neatly with three phrases God gave me when writing the article “Fighting demons with God’s love” on this site (see https://aeon01.wordpress.com/2016/04/01/fighting-demons-with-gods-love/). The two categories of words formed an interesting spiritual pattern which I will explain here for your edification.

1. Read – the Word of God…which is true (fits with “God is true”).
2. Receive – the Spirit of Truth…which is given in love (fits with “God is love”).
3. Believe – in Jesus of Nazareth…who is the Son of God (fits with “God is faith”).

I hope the above encourages you in your faith walk with the Lord Jesus, the Son of God. It certainly did me, as, like all Christians, I have moments of doubt and discouragement. May we all come to the realization today that we are true children of God, that we are really saved and going to heaven, where we will see God and those we have loved (and witnessed to) on earth.

God bless you.
Naomi

The Nicene Creed

Today I learned from one of my fellow pilgrims (https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/25404729/posts/998593306) that the Word of God (the Bible) has made the top 10 list of banned books in America.

This is a sad indication that we are truly in the last days.

In light of the above I revisited the core tenet of my faith (in the Word of God, and God Himself as He exists in three eternal Persons), the Nicene Creed. Here then for your edification is the text. It should be known by heart by all true Christians as it is so beautiful and comforting:

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.

Who, for us men for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father [and the Son]; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.

And I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Yours in Christ,
Naomi

The Sword

A timely reminder from Eliza on what truly brings light to the world…apologetics may open the door to faith but it is the Word of God alone that convicts souls and saves.

holdingforthhisword

Many times in our walk with Christ we will find that our faith in Jesus Christ is challenged by either unbelievers or false brethren/false teachers.  The only opportunity that we have for coming against such challenges is to present the Scriptures to rebuke, refute, warn and convict those who oppose God and His truth.  It is good to look at the Scripture passages that support this godly conviction about the Word of God as our weapon of warfare against Satan and his evildoers.  The best place to start is in the book of Ephesians the sixth chapter.

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.  11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against…

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How to Witness to a Jewish Person (and other things Christians screw up royally)

A very funny and touching post from my Jewish sister in Christ, Melissa Presser.

I wanted to share tips on Gentiles witnessing to Jewish people as this seems to be a neglected outreach in many churches today.

God bless you for reading, enjoy. 🙂