A DAILY LIGHT BITE

DOES AND DON’T’S

Some say that Christianity or religion is just a bunch of does and don’ts meted out by a judgmental God! Well, one things for sure, when my son was little I often had to say don’t do that, or you can do that! Did that make me a harsh, judgemental dad? Of course not, I did it because I love him and wanted the best for him and I knew because I’m older and wiser that something’s are harmful, thus I said no or don’t or don’t touch, but if it was good and helpful I would of course say yes!!

God is so much wiser than any of us, and because He is all-knowing He say’s DON’T, to something’s, and DO, to others! Here are some beauties from Psalm 37 and I challenge anyone to say that God HASN’T got our best interests in mind here!

Psalm 37

Verse 1 don’t worry and don’t be envious of those who do wrong.

Verse 3 [Instead], do trust in the Lord and do good, then you will live safely in the land and prosper.

Verse 7 [Do] be still in the presence of the Lord and [do] wait for Him to act. [Or my paraphrase, ‘Stop fidgeting, keep still, don’t be restless, lay in God’s arms and in His time He’ll act’!]

Verse 8 don’t be angry and don’t be full of rage. Do not envy others- it only leads to harm.

Verse 34 don’t be impatient for the Lord to act! Travel steadily along His path.

Pretty sage and sound advise if you ask me. So go and do the do’s and don’t do the don’ts! [Sounds a bit like a Police song!] LOL

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HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?

17.9.17

HIDE AND SEEK [coming ready or not]

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Then the eyes of the two of them were opened [that is, their awareness increased], and they knew that they were naked; and they fastened fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool [afternoon breeze] of the day, so the man and his wife hid and kept themselves hidden from the presence [lit face] of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to Adam, and said to him, “Where are you?” Genesis 3:7-9 (AMP)

First thing we notice is that they try to cover their sin and shame [naked parts] with the leaves of the trees, then they try to completely cover [HIDE] the whole of their bodies with the trees from which the got the leaves! Be it partial covering or complete covering, the natural, material or even solid matter; these things cannot cover sin and shame. These things are the works of man and the religious, moral or social good works of men and women cannot cover sin and shame, only the sacrifice and covering of God’s choice can do this.

Secondly, nothing is hidden from God’s sight: God in His omniscience knew exactly where Adam was hiding and why he was hiding: “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good” (Proverbs 15:3). By asking, “Adam, where are you?,” the LORD is bringing Adam to the place of accountability. Adam is forced to confess that he is hiding from God because he has blatantly disobeyed God’s commandment: he has eaten the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, so as any sinner does, he hides from the Holy God of creation. As the Lord Jesus Christ said in John 3:17-21: “[17] For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. [18] He that believes on him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. [19] And this is the condemnation, that light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. [20] For every one that does evil hates the light, neither come to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. [21] But he that does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”

God knew exactly where Adam was but did Adam? Look at the name, shame and blame game going on! None of these took personal responsibility or were willing to be accountable for what they personally had done! Nothing new ay! Everybody blames everyone else! It’s my parents fault the way I am, or the land in which I was born. It was my teachers or my peers or my education or lack of it. It was society or my employers or worse, let’s just blame God! Listen to Adam: “And the man said, “The woman whom “YOU” gave to be with me—she gave me [fruit] from the tree, and I ate it.”  [3:12] We could say: ‘this life I’ve been dealt with is your fault God, you gave it to me!’ Hey, whatever happened to free will and freedom of choice!? Everything I’ve said, thought and done has been my own choice! Therefore I am personally responsible and accountable for my life and for every good or bad choice I’ve made I take personal responsibility and own up to it to God.

The Lord God made [coverings] of [animal] skins for Adam and his wife and clothed them. 3:21 Thankfully, God did something about our dilemma.  “For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He[even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16 AMP. And  For it is by grace [God’s remarkable compassion and favor drawing you to Christ] that you have been saved [actually delivered from judgment and given eternal life] through faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [not through your own effort], but it is the [undeserved, gracious] gift of God; not as a result of [your] works [nor your attempts to keep the Law], so that no one will [be able to] boast or take credit in any way [for his salvation]. Ephesians 2:9-10 AMP So, there’s no need to hide yourselves or your sins from God! He knows all about them and He’s got you covered if only you would return to Him, repent of your sins and commit your life to Him.

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And let me remind you. It is best to return to Him now because HE IS COMING BACK, READY OR NOT! Then it will be too late. So, get right with your Maker and Creator now.

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HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?

12.9.17

HIDE AND SEEK [coming ready or not]

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Parable of the Lost Sheep

Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such sinful people—even eating with them! So Jesus told them this story:  “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders. When he arrives, he will call together his friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’ In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away. Luke 15:1-7

I remember as a kid how we used to play hide and seek in the street for hours on end. The one who was IT, used to have to count to 100 and then shout out, ‘coming ready or not!’ Then go and find those who were hiding and when you found them, run back to the lamppost [hopefully ahead of the one you found] and shout out ‘nerky 123! and their name!’ Yes, I haven’t a clue what nerky means!!?? Anyhoo, if you got there before them, they were now IT and the game started again. This was before technology BTW when kids really played cuz it was pretty safe out there!

I want to look from Genesis to Revelation at some ‘HIDE AND SEEK’, ‘SEEK AND FIND’ and ‘COMING READY OR NOT’ scriptures and see what God is saying to us? One of God’s names is Jehovah El Roi which means ‘the Lord God sees me’. Now it’s hard to comprehend God’s Omniscient All Knowing-ness, but take it from me and especially the Bible, God is all-knowing and the Bible says of God that He knows the end from the beginning! He’s been to the end, in fact He dwells in the eternal past, eternal present and the eternal future all at the same time because there is no time where He dwells! Yes I know, it is really hard to get your mortal mind around eternity outside of linear time! Even Doctor Who can’t do this even with the TARDIS using wibbly wobbly timey whimey stuff! LOL. God has foreknowledge and can predestinate events before they happen! [But that’s for another day].

You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your book! Psalm 139:16

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 “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5 New Living Translation.

And finally as a BIG heads up: Jesus is coming back, and maybe sooner than we think and “HE’S COMING whether you’re READY OR NOT!”

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HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?

5.9.2017

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Psalm 91:1Amplified Bible (AMP)

Security of the One Who Trusts in the Lord.

91 He who [a]dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will remain secure and rest in the shadow of the Almighty [whose power no enemy can withstand].  

Footnotes:

  1. [aPsalm 91:1 The wonderful promises of this chapter are dependent upon one’s meeting the conditions stated in these first two verses (see Ex 15:26).

In these days of great turmoil and uncertainty in whom or what have you put your trust in? The world is getting more and more unstable with extreme weather conditions, great social unrest, threats of nuclear war, society in free fall, strange skies, the sun is in turmoil, the sea is receding in some parts of the earth and crashing in at other points. There are earthquakes going off every day, volcanic activity on the increase, hurricane Harvey now being followed by hurricane Irma due to hit land fall by the weekend. Strange cosmic events , weird meteorological signs. Need I go on?

So, I ask you again: WHERE ARE YOU PUTTING YOUR TRUST? Psalm 91 opens with an affirmation of faith: fulfill the conditions and you will appropriate the promises. So, I choose to dwell, live, remain in the shadow of the Almighty and Most High God. I’m gonna stick to Him like glue! I’m going to stay grafted in, plugged in so that I can daily receive the power, presence and promises of God. I choose to rest, repose and fully rely upon Him, because I know after 60 years on this earth and 34 of those years as a Christian, there is nothing else I would rather put my faith, hope and confidence in than the Lord! and so, that is what I choose to do.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father God. I choose you this day. Where else can I run to and whom else can I turn to? Your word says in Psalm 46 ‘God is our refuge and strength [mighty and impenetrable], A very present and well-proved help in trouble‘. And therefore I look to you as we seem to be daily heading closer to great troubles, trials and tribulation. So I run to the Rock of my salvation. My prayer is that you will too.

 

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HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?

30.7.2017

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God puts the CALM in CALaMity.

So, we have looked at 3 possible scenarios regarding harpazo [the forceful snatching away of the Church from the earth!] The second and third on the surface could lead us to get a bit stressed out and anxious at just the thought of it. I was trying to think of words to express what it would be like if there was a world war 3 or the forces of nature [which are being rocked even now] get 10 times worse!? So here are the ones I’ve thought of:

*Disastrous *Catastrophic *Cataclysmic *Devastating *Dire *Tragic *Fatal *Ruinous *Crippling *Awful *Dreadful *Terrible *Woeful *Grievous *Calamitous *Direful *Disastrous *Calamity.

It was when I looked over these words that I noticed that the word “calamity” had within it the word calm! This reminded me of Jesus in the boat in the middle of the raging storm and he slept like a baby because not only did He know His Father in heaven would protect Him, He also knew He Himself was the Prince of Peace and He was the calm in the storm and He knew also that He had complete power and authority in and over this demonic storm!

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FIG 1

FIG 1 The eye is so calm because the now strong surface winds that converge towards the center never reach it. The Coriolis force deflects the wind slightly away from the center, causing the wind to rotate around the center of the hurricane (the eye wall), leaving the exact center (the eyecalm.

So, whatever storms are in your life right NOW find Christ at the centre of the storm and abide in Him! Or those that may yet come or the increase of those worldwide as we see riots and almost civil war in Venezuela, the threat of North Korea, Iran, China and Russia. Of the threat of conflict in India and China, the escalating tensions in Israel, the threat of more volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunami’s, more storms to come, flooding, famine, the threat of drought and fires in Italy and fires across Europe and the States, civil unrest worldwide, not to mention financial troubles ahead, and the possible threat of Cosmic cataclysmic destruction. He can also be found in these storms likewise! No wonder the Lord said:

And there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars; and upon the earth [there will be] distress (trouble and anguish) of nations in bewilderment and perplexity [without resources, left wanting, embarrassed, in doubt, not knowing which way to turn] at the roaring (the echo) of the tossing of the sea,  Men swooning away or expiring with fear and dread and apprehension and expectation of the things that are coming on the world; for the [very] powers of the heavens will be shaken and caused to totter”. Luke 21:25-26

But in Jesus’ words to the disciple regards His going away and His return for His Bride [the Church] and what would transpire over the years between these events,  He comforted them with these words: Do not let your hearts be troubled (distressed, agitated). You believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely on God; believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely also on Me. John 14:1 Jesus would not use this phraseology if there was not something coming that our flesh and souls would fear! However, He said also “Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled”.] John 14:27 Jesus knew what would befall His disciples and He knows what is just around the corner from us! But the words He spoke to them then also apply to us now! Jesus also said: “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you”.] John 26:33

And finally a few very wonderful and timely words from Paul:

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WHATEVER IS COMING UPON THE EARTH, AND SOMETHING IS COMING, NEVERTHELESS, WHATEVER IT MAY BE, FIND THE PEACE OF CHRIST IN THE MIDST OF THE STORM. REMEMBER, BOTH THE WISE MAN’S AND THE FOOLISH MAN’S HOUSES [LIVES] WERE BATTERED BY THE STORM, BUT THE WISE MAN BUILD UPON A STRONG FOUNDATION OF THE STUDY AND APPLICATION OF THE WORDS OF CHRIST! THE FOOLISH MAN BUILT HIS LIFE UPON THE FOUNDATION OF THE LIES AND PHILOSOPHIES OF THIS WORLD! THE WISE STOOD STRONG IN THE STORM, THE FOOLISH COLLAPSED! SO, WHICH ONE ARE YOU?

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29.7.2017

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Today we will look at the 3rd possible scenario for the ‘forceful snatching away of the Church’. But first let us recap: Firstly we saw that it could be simply Christ’s desire to return for His “bride to be”, because the Father has said, “now is the day, now is the hour?” Then secondly, we saw that it could possibly be the start of world war 3 and as the missiles come down, the Church is immediately and forcefully snatched out of the maelstrom?

3. And so, thirdly the scenario could be one of a cosmic, seismic, meteorological or tidal catastrophe? This is not like some Hollywood blockbuster style fantasy like ‘the day after tomorrow, or 2012 or something similar! Look what Jesus said: Jesus answered, ‘you will continually hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end [of the age]. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.  But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs [of the intolerable anguish and the time of unprecedented trouble]. MT 24:6-8

There will be violent earthquakes, and in various places famines and [deadly and devastating] pestilences (plagues, epidemics); and there will be terrible sights and great signs from heaven. Luke 21:11

Now, this is just an overview, but Jesus and Paul made it crystal clear that terrible, awful, catastrophic and devastating times are ahead for the human race, and that things would not get better before His parousia [His return to the earth], but they would in fact get worse in intensity, magnitude and frequency just as the birth or labour pains of a woman. So what we have to ask ourselves is: “IS THIS HAPPENING NOW? IS THERE ANY EVIDENCE OF THESE OCCURENCES?”

There have been 100s of earthquakes in the last 7 months maybe even 1000s since the turn of the new year. Many of them in the ‘SIGNIFICANT” magnitude range. And the chances of ‘the BIG one’ happening are getting higher by the week. Hurricanes, tornadoes and flooding are on the increase. I saw something yesterday about 2 hurricanes clashing into each other! But do you think I can find it now?! However, just go onto you tube and check it all out, it’s crazy now! Don’t rely on your main media news channels for information! Most of the big ones are run by the Global Elite and One World Government proponents who will only feed you the information they want you to know for their evil purposes! There’s worldwide volcanic activity going on and especially in Yellowstone park. There are strange skies almost every day, strange seas and tides. Every day here in the UK we have strange fiery red sky mornings and evenings. Cloud formations I have never seen before in my life. Chemtrails galore, [yes many of them are chem and not con trails!] Even a child could tell the difference!

Check out the magnetosphere! There’s something going on there and we all know how vital that piece of divine engineering is to our protection from deadly cosmic particles! Imagine that falling into holes! People would be scorched and seared! [Oh, now where have I read that before?] Then the fourth [angel] emptied out his bowl upon the sun, and it was permitted to burn (scorch) humanity with [fierce, glowing] heat (fire). People were severely burned (scorched) by the fiery heat, and they reviled and blasphemed the name of God, Who has control of these plagues, and they did not repent of their sins [felt no regret, contrition, and compunction for their waywardness, refusing to amend their ways] to give Him glory. Revelation 16:8-9 [AMPC] Hmm, I don’t somehow think the partial preterists and Post Millennialist’s would like to meditate on that scripture, and definitely not the left wing Liberalists in the Church!

Also, check out the solar flare activity from the sun. It seems to be going crazy at the moment. Check out the possibility of large Electro Magnetic Pulse emissions [EMPs]! See what that could do to every electrical system on planet earth. And on the subject of SOL, what on earth has happened to it over the past few months? It’s becoming a white-hot, dazzling, glaring, intense ball of pulsing light and heat! It’s never looked that crazy before? Please, am I the only one seeing all this stuff? No, there are 1000s, but we’re generally accused of being Kooks or conspiracists! Hey Ho. Then there is the possibility of the Nibiru/Nemesis system being for real! What if it is? What are we, you, I doing to prepare for it? Could IT be the reason for the harpazo? Or any or all of the above? Look, I’m not scare mongering, if something’s coming on the horizon then prepare for it! If it comes to nothing, well you have stuff spare for the future, and even if we’re going to be raptured, we may still be affected by something coming this way before the rapture actually takes place! So prepare and have extra.

Go check this stuff out! What have you got to lose but a few hours of TV, face book or whatever time! Go study this stuff. If it’s pie in the sky that’ll just pass by, then fine, no one’s any the worse for wear. But, if it’s the real deal that they’re trying to conceal, then take these words of wise Solomon and apply them to yours and your family’s lives.

A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences. Proverbs 22:3 I have chosen to be wise just in case!

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HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?

28.7.2017

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I thought this was worth posting today. Some great teaching here from Bob Gass. Worth sitting down with a cuppa, chewing this stuff over then applying it to your life by prayer and action. I’ve highlighted words etc that I think are very significant!

‘I knew you…I sanctified you…I ordained you.’
Jeremiah 1:5 NKJV
God told Jeremiah, ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew yousanctified you [set you apart]…I ordained you a prophet to the nations.’ Observe: 1) God knew you. The word knew means ‘to have intimate knowledge of’. When your delicate fingers were just a web, before your heartbeat registered on the monitor or the doctor could predict your gender, God knew all about you. ‘You…scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe’ (Psalm 139:16 TLB). God knew what you were born to be, and provided everything you’d need to fulfil your life’s purpose. 2) God sanctified you [set you apart]. He fixed it so you wouldn’t fit in, and designed you so you couldn’t rest any place He didn’t want you to be. He intended you to wander and feel lost until you found Him. That’s why you’re uncomfortable in certain places and around certain people. It doesn’t matter how hard you try, you won’t fit in because God has set you apart for Himself. 3) God ordained you. Men may ordain, but only God can foreordain. Stop worrying about who does or doesn’t recognize your gifts. John Mason says, ‘Each person has been custom-made by God the Creator. Each of us has a unique and personal call on our lives…to be our own selves and not copies of other people.’ God told Jeremiah, ‘Go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you’ (Jeremiah 1:7-8 NLT). So the word for you today is: you’ve been called by God.

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PRAYER: Heavenly Father God, this knowledge is astounding, that before I was knitted together in my mother’s womb, you knew me, chose me and divinely designed me to be the unique me that I am. WOW. All I ask is that you would help me to be me, help me to serve you, help me to be significant and help me to make a difference. Please. Amen.

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HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?

26.7.2017

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2. The second reason the word harpazo or forcefully snatching away could possibly be used in rapturing the Church away  is because of a world war 3 scenario?! Now, this is one no one wants to think about so we bury our heads in the sand or work or whatever and hope it is for another generation! But according to scripture it is a distinct possibility that it could happen in our generation.

Jesus said: You will continually hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end [of the age]. Matthew 24:6. Now, wars and rumours of wars are nothing new; however, when you tie it in with the birth pangs signs of increase and intensity, then I believe we have a very good case for the possible world war 3 scenario! Just do the math and wake up and smell the coffee! Escalating trouble on the border of China and India in the Bhutan region. then there’s the ongoing tensions between India and Pakistan. Russia and China are now doing joint military manoeuvres and war games  in the Baltic sea region also, and these 2 big players are joining up with Iran, and we know what Iran’s ultimate agenda is? The elimination of Israel! Hmmmm! Then there’s the continuing unrest in Turkey, Syria, unrest on Israels northern border with Syria and its southern border with Gaza, not to mention the escalating tensions between the Palestinians and surrounding Muslim nations against Israel. Then there’s North and South Korea, North Korea’s sabre rattling against the USA, the ongoing tensions between Iran and the USA and the continuing unrest between Russia and its Baltic region neighbours! Need I go on?

The potential for world war 3 is staggering and only the sovereign hand of God is staying execution. The book of revelation speaks of the four horsemen of the apocalypse of which one [the red horse] is war! Whether the Red horse of war is pre trib or during the tribulation is open for debate and speculation and your end-times view point, however, it could potentially be the commencement of world war 3 that causes Christ to come for His Bride! It’s worth thinking about at least!

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