WALKING THE TALK

PULLING ON OUR BOOTS!

 

Hurray! The Cold War is Over!

In 1989 the Berlin Wall, the wall between East and West Germany came down and the country was re-united as just Germany. And on December 26, 1991 the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) ceased to exist, the independence of the twelve republics of the Soviet Union was acknowledged.

The ‘Cold War’ was over! Arsenals could be dis-mantled, armies down-sized. The world had become a safer place, or so it seemed. The world was becoming a global village, what was there to fight about? The conflict between Israel and Palestine reared its head from time to time but we were used to it and ‘accepted’ it as part of our modern world. Peace talks for the region came and went, any new American President had a duty to host some talks and show solidarity to the ‘cause’, but biblical scholars are well aware peace in the region will be elusive until Jesus comes.

So world war three having been averted we all got on with our ‘peaceful’ lives.

Another Breeze is Blowing

Unfortunately we were wrong. There have been many battles fought since the end of World War II, e.g. the Bosnian Genocide of 1995, but for those of us who were not affected we continued our lives in blissful ignorance. Out of sight was out of mind, a few sad faces when the news was broadcast and we saw what was happening thousands of miles away from us and then back to normal.

However unbeknown to the vast majority of us a great catastrophic undercurrent has been brewing in our domain, wherever in the world that domain may be

The proponents of this ‘world war three’ as I like to call it have been bringing this war to us in drips and drops, the flattening of the twin towers, a bomb at the Boston marathon or havoc on the London transport system. We shed our tears, rained a lot of words on how to deal with terrorists and their actions, killed Osmar Bin Ladin and then got on with our lives.

In 2014 we are still ‘getting on with our lives’, but the calm seems to be very uneasy; it feels like there’s a storm gathering steam, a fierce storm.

There’s a new kid on the block who wants to take over the world, his name is Islam.

Now I know the drill, majority of Moslems are peace loving and wouldn’t hurt a fly, they just want to serve their God and get on with life like the rest of us, only a ‘small’ segment have ulterior motives.

That is exactly the problem, the small segment, is no longer small, it’s growing in leaps and bounds and it’s on a mission, a mission that they are more than prepared to give their lives for.

As a present day citizen of the world I’m sure you have heard of the term ‘Jihad’ which means holy struggle or holy war. And is Jihad in the Qur’ran, the holy book and most important authority of Islam, my research says it is. I suppose the next question is, so what does the Qur’ran say about Jihad? Well that’s the slightly difficult part. As is found in many if not all religions, people often interpret their holy book as best serves their purpose. I mean don’t get me started on the Bible, even the devil quotes it (or should I say misquotes it) to serve his purpose.

In my search for answers about Jihad I came across an article by Matt Slick on the CARM (Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry) website  http://carm.org/religious-movements/islam/jihad-holy-struggle-or-holy-war

He says:

“Jihad has been interpreted by Muslims in different ways. The Muslim sect of the Kharijites has elevated Jihad to one of the Five Pillars of Islam–making it Six Pillars. This kind of belief is seen in the extremist Muslim groups we call terrorists. They use the concept of Jihad as a justification for killing anyone who isn’t a Muslim. However, most Muslims disagree with this extremist position of some Muslims and advocate peace. These Muslims view Jihad as a spiritual struggle against evil in a metaphorical sense.

For the most part, there is the Greater and Lesser Jihad. The Greater Jihad is the internal spiritual struggle of the Muslim toward submission to Allah. The Lesser Jihad is Holy War against non-Muslims based on principle of belief. It is this latter that has caused the most concern among Westerners. Is that concern warranted? Many think so”.

I would want to assume that most right thinking people would find it inconceivable that a religion would advocate killing fellow human beings just because their beliefs are different. However what we think is not important it is what is on the ground that matters. Just last month (September 2014) we heard of Christians and other minority faiths being persecuted and killed in Iraq because they refused to embrace Islam.

Right from its inception the followers of Islam have used force to spread their message, if history is to be believed even Prophet Mohammed was not an exception as he frequently used force, or the threat of it, to unify the nomadic tribes of the Arabian Peninsula.

Facts seem to be stacking up that the aim of many Muslims is that Islam should dominate the world. Indeed during one BBC broadcast regarding ISIS I saw someone holding a banner with those very words ‘Islam will dominate the world’. From where I’m standing it does seem to me that that agenda is firmly on the table.

Turkey

Let’s look at Turkey as a country of interest. According to Wikipedia:

“Turkey is a contiguous transcontinental parliamentary republic, with its smaller part in Southeastern Europe and its larger part in Western Asia (i.e. the Balkans and Anatolia, respectively). Turkey is bordered by eight countries: Bulgaria to the northwest; Greece to the west; Georgia to the northeast; Armenia, Iran and the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan to the east; and Iraq and Syria to the southeast. The Mediterranean Sea is to the south; the Aegean Sea to the west; and the Black Sea to the north. The Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles (which together form the Turkish Straits) demarcate the boundary between Thrace and Anatolia; they also separate Europe and Asia. Turkey’s location at the crossroads of Europe and Asia makes it a country of significant geostrategic importance”.

If your English is anything like mine I think what they were trying to say is that Turkey is a large mass of land that is partly in Europe and partly in Asia (or the Middle East if you like).
In 2011 the country’s population was said to be 74.7 million people, the largest city in Turkey, Istanbul, is also the largest city in Europe in population, and the third-largest city in Europe in terms of size. Turkey has the world’s 15th largest GDP, and I know I see a lot of ‘made in Turkey’ labels on my clothes so I’m going to assume they’re not doing badly.

Turkey is a secular state with no official state religion; the Turkish Constitution provides for freedom of religion and conscience. It just so happens that Islam is the dominant religion of Turkey with 99.8% of the population being registered as Muslim.

Now why did I start talking about Turkey? It’s because a lot of early church history following Pentecost took place in Turkey. Indeed Turkey is where the church first thrived. Apostle Paul was born in Tarsus, in what is now Turkey. Timothy was from Lystra, not far from Tarsus. Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bythinia are all in present day Turkey.

Paul was not only born and raised in Turkey, but most of his ministry took place in Turkey! With the exception of Salamis and Pathos (in Cyprus), all the places Paul visited on his first missionary journey were in Turkey (Perge, Antioch in Pisidia, Iconium, Lystra, Derbe and Attalia). Most of his second and third missionary journeys were also in Turkey.

According to reliable traditions, the Apostle John left Jerusalem to become the Bishop of Ephesus. In obedience to Christ’s command, he took Mary, the mother of Jesus with him and cared for her until her death. John was later banned to exile on the Turkish Island of Patmos. It was here that he had a vision and wrote the book of Revelation. We can thus conclude that a major portion of the New Testament was either written to Christians in Turkey or written on Turkish soil.

The seven churches to which letters were written in Revelation chapters 2 and 3 were all in modern day Turkey.

Yes, Turkey was once a bastion of Christianity and sent out missionaries to evangelise a large part of Eastern Europe.

Sadly, very sadly, today finding a Christian in Turkey may just be likened to finding a needle in a haystack, it’s there somewhere, just don’t ask where exactly.

So what happened, what happened to Turkey, that wonderful place that saw the likes of Paul the Apostle, John, Timothy and Mary the mother of our Saviour amongst others?

Yea, you got it Jihad happened!

By the middle of the fifth century, Mohammed’s followers had conquered much of Turkey including the present day capital, Ankara. They also laid a four year siege on Constantinople (named after Emperor Constantine) 654-658, but were unable to take the city until 1453. The city’s name was then changed to Istanbul.

It does seem that the preferred modus operandi of Islam is to take no prisoners, you either join them or you cease to exist, as a result, Christianity has all but ceased to exist in Turkey today.

Now it’s all too easy for us to put our feet up, sigh and wonder out loud about what really happened to the Christian Turks of yonder years and in our nonchalance proclaim that it can’t happen in our town, city or country. Even though the Bible very clearly tells us that ‘…let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall’ (1 Corinthians 10 verse 12).

And that will be exactly where the enemy wants us. Living our lives as per normal, attending church services and the odd prayer meeting. Being ‘good’ Christians as we pay our tithes and give offerings on a regular basis, even giving to charity and supporting missions. We would have loved to go to the mission field ourselves but when we were younger we didn’t have the means and now we don’t have the time. I mean, we have to provide for our families right? The Word of God does say that he who doesn’t provide for his family is worse than an infidel, yes that word is in the bible (1 Timothy 5:8).

Well that’s the bad news, but I assure you there is good news. The good news is that we can go to the mission field, the mission field that is the house next door, the mission field down the road and in our town centres. There’s a mission field in our place of work, our college, our gym and our local park and by jolly do we need to be on a mission.

We live in perilous times, check the news on your smart phone if you don’t believe me; the days of being neutral or undecided are over. The fence has been pulled down and thrown onto the rubbish heap so you can’t sit on it, you are either for or you are against. If we don’t stand up for what we believe then we might just go the way of the fence.

An Atypical War

This is war. But it’s not your typical war, it’s a war where one side has been assured of victory, but and this is a very big ‘but’, inasmuch as the Lord’s side has been given the winning crowns it is up to each of us individually to fight the battles we have been given for the sake of the Kingdom.

These are not physical battles “for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds…” (2 Corinthians 10 verse 4) and we know that “…we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6 verse 12)

I’m sure you have heard of how the Western world is bombing ISIS (the so called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) in a bid to halt their onslaught of terror. Thankfully we are wise enough to know that this isn’t a Middle East problem and ISIS is not hoping to be contained within Iraq and Syria and bordering states no they have a very wide vision. However the West have so far refused to put ‘boots on the ground’ as it is called, i.e. no foot soldiers, even though many seem to agree that ISIS cannot be defeated without foot soldiers.

I strongly believe that we need to take the offensive in this battle wherever we are in the world. We need to get our boots, the ones that are an embodiment of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and we need to pull them on and do up our laces (Ephesians 6:15). Then we need to go out there, everywhere and preach the gospel as if our life depends on it, because it does!

All historic wars have depended on armies and today’s wars are no different. Armies need recruits, people fit and able to wage war on their behalf, we need to go out there and conscript people into the Lord’s army, He’s depending on us.

Before the enemy gets to the young men and women who live round the corner and gives them visions of trophies in ‘paradise’, and human heads and AK45’s in this world we need to tell them the Truth. Let them know where paradise really is and The Way, the only way that leads there. Jesus is depending on us to carry this message.

Peradventure we won’t do it for ourselves, or our country or our church, let’s do it for our children, our grandchildren, our nieces and nephews and all those coming after us. I’m sure you know someone who you are hoping to leave behind when you go to the great beyond, think of that individual, what legacy do you want to leave them, what type of country do you want them to live in. Take a second and think if you neglect to preach the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ today and your country goes the way of Turkey (it might seem impossible but it’s not), and the next generations are forced to become Moslems will you see your offspring in Heaven?

Now it may not matter to you, that’s fine, you’ll have this massive mansion in heaven and no one to share it with :).

But if you want to see your children’s children not just in this life but in the hereafter then now is the time to pull on those boots and get moving!

Hoping to see you down town preaching the Gospel, it’s one weapon that we have and that we can use freely :) :)

LolaA

 

 

 

 

 

INVICTUS

 

Maybe you have or haven’t heard of the Invictus Games. It’s a four day event presently taking place at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London in the UK.

The international event for sick and injured servicemen and women from 13 nations is aimed at inspiring recovery and rehabilitation as well as highlighting the injuries of service.

The Games is the brainchild of Prince Henry of Wales aka Prince Harry who was inspired to create the Invictus Games after attending the Warrior Games in Colorado, an annual event aimed at rehabilitating injured US servicemen and women in 2013.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Games Prince Harry said:

“Over the past eight years, I have witnessed the whole cycle of life-changing injury; evacuating soldiers and local Afghans to hospital; flying home from Afghanistan with some of those critically injured; meeting others in hospital coming to terms with life-changing injuries; and finally trying to keep up with 12 wounded veterans on our way to the South Pole. I can only begin to imagine how challenging the journey of recovery is, but the admiration I have for these men and women, to move beyond their injuries, is limitless.”

The Games is all about the service men and women who have decided to look their set-backs in the face and declare ‘you will not beat me, you will not hold me down, and you will not hold me in bondage’. ‘I will overcome you, I will conquer you!
Many have taken advantage of the modern day tools made available to them; wheelchairs, prosthetic arms and legs and for some their injuries are seemingly invisible, their minds being the battle grounds.

But competitive sport has given each of them a new purpose in life, inspiration to rise above their circumstances, to let go of what inhibits them and embrace their capabilities in a bit to excel in their chosen event. To push themselves to be the very best and then some!

The Games actually takes its name from a poem written by William Ernest Henley 1849–1903 an English poet.

 

Invictus

(By William Ernest Henley)

Out of the night that covers me,

      Black as the pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever gods may be

      For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance

      I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeonings of chance

      My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears

      Looms but the Horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years

      Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,

      How charged with punishments the scroll,

I am the master of my fate,

      I am the captain of my soul.

 

Over 400 wounded, sick and injured personnel are taking part in these games, men and women who have decided to confront their ‘demons’ and take back their lives. Men and women who have decided to give life their best shot, they have decided to succeed and to excel.

If these men and women can do it then surely so can you and I and with Jesus living on the inside we have even more reason to overcome and partake in the victory march.

Our broken limbs, broken relationships, our wounded hearts and diverse impairments may seem life shattering, but if a double amputee can outrun many fully bodied contemporaries then we too must never give up.

For some their disabilities precede them wherever they go, for many of us we wrestle with them of a night-time alone on our beds. But whatever our own particular circumstance may be, there is someone who wants to stand alongside us and coach us on until we arrive at the gold podium. His name is Jesus, He promised that when we embrace Him, He will never leave us nor forsake us. He promised to give us victory if we follow His lead.

I encourage you to be inspired by the 400 plus exceptional men and women taking part in the Invictus Games.

I urge you to place your faith and trust in the greatest life-coach of all time, the Lord Jesus Christ and be a part of the world’s dream team, the team that has been assured victory!

 

Looking forward to seeing you on the gold podium, LolaA  :)

Jaco Van Gass is presented with a Gold Medal by Prince Harry

Jaco Van Gass is presented with a Gold Medal by Prince Harry

 

How Long is Time?

 

As we know time is constant. Thousands of years ago sixty seconds made a minute and today sixty seconds still make a minute, sixty minutes make an hour and so on you get my drift.

But what about our perception of time, how do we see time?

Take 6 years old Johnny for instance on Saturday his mum told him to go to his room and spend an hour on his school work. He was to do his homework and then spend some time going over the timetables he was learning and the other things he’d done in school that week. Johnny’s shoulders drooped as he obediently put aside the video game he was playing and went to his room. Fifteen minutes later his mum hearing him on the stairs said “Johnny are you having a problem with the timetables?”
“I’m done”, Johnny replied.
Smiling his mum said, “Johnny you’ve only been up there fifteen minutes, you’ve still got forty-five minutes to go”. Johnny stared incredulously at the wall clock in the passage as he went back to his room. Forty-five minutes sounded like an awful long time.

On Sunday Johnny and his mum went to Aunt Gloria’s house, it was his cousin Anna’s birthday and he was looking forward to playing with her and her younger brother Ben. As they parked outside Johnny’s mum turned to him and said, “Johnny, I don’t want you throwing any tantrums when it’s time for us to go. You’ll have two hours to play with your cousins and then we’ll have to head home as I’ve a load of things I need to sort out.” Johnny smiled as he nodded several times to show he was fine with the deal. One whole hour times two, sounded like ample time.

Two hours and twenty minutes later Johnny’s mum called out, “Johnny, time to go”. Johnny was sure he wasn’t the one being called; they couldn’t have even been there up to an hour he reasoned. He continued the game he was playing with Ben and he was beating him at it too.

Johnny’s mum stood up and went to where he was, “we have to go Johnny”, she said.
“But you said two hours, it’s not fair”, Johnny whined.
Looking at her watch she replied, “It’s now exactly two hours and thirty-three minutes; now get your shoes on cause we’re leaving”.

In utter disbelief Johnny put his shoes on, now he knew for a fact his mother’s wristwatch loved to run ahead of everyone while the wall clock at home tended to drag its feet like his grandfather :)

 

When we pray we would very much like it if our prayers could be answered the minute we say, amen. Unfortunately majority of the time that isn’t what happens.

Our prayers are like seeds we plant them in the field of our faith and water them with the Word of God. And like seeds of all types and shapes they need time to germinate. Beans are said to be one of the quickest vegetables to grow yet even they need 8-10 days to germinate.

Recently the ordeal of the 200+ school girls from Chibok in Nigeria passed the 100 days mark. As I took a moment to offer a prayer on their behalf I thought of the awesomeness of our God. I thought of the fact that He could have caused their return many days ago, in fact had He been so inclined He wouldn’t have allowed them to be kidnapped at all; afterall they are secondary school girls, young and impressionable. But He knows best and He has a plan.

Over the years I have had the privilege of listening to different men of God telling in their various ways of the great faith of Abraham and urging us to emulate him. What did Abraham do, he held on to the promise of God for 25 years. Could God have given Abraham a child after 2 years, yes but He chose not to, after 10 years He could have done it but He chose not to. He could have told Abraham to be satisfied with Ishmael but He didn’t.
After 25 years when Sarah was long past menopause and Abraham struggled to remember just how agile he used to be in generations gone by the Father God decided it was time to fulfil destiny and bring promises to fruition.

Can you imagine waiting 25 years to have a child, 25 years before your prayers, whatever they may be, are answered. I know many people, yours truly included, who after praying and striving to have the faith of Abraham, add a side thought that as much as possible they wouldn’t want to wait 25 years.

Ironically, it is because of the 25 years gap that we talk about the faith of Abraham today.

I had hoped, prayed, believed, pleaded and trusted that the Chibok girls would be home before now. But I know that my God has a plan, and I know that the longer they stay in the ‘wilderness’ the greater the miracle of their return will be!

The Chibok girls may no longer be in the headlines, but I assure you that the One who exists outside of time continually has them in His sights. He understands time, He created it, but He is not limited by time, time doesn’t fluster Him as it does many of us.

I fully understand that for these poor girls the last 100 days must have been and still is like 100 years of total agony, each minute must seem like a day. However I wait with great anticipation and hope for that glorious day of their ‘shewing’ (Luke 1:80 KJV).

I realise that there are many schools of thought of what might have become of the girls by now, after 100 days in the forest. Just like the ‘doctors’ must have certified Sarah physically incapable of becoming pregnant let alone carry a child in her womb for 9 months. Thankfully God’s plans are not dependent on human capability or limitations. If He says a thing He’ll do it then consider it done, His proposals always come to pass.

Our God, the Father God, the creator of the heavens and the earth is a faithful God and I eagerly await the day when # Welcome Home Chibok Girls will rule the waves. Yes indeed!

 

Keep on believing, LolaA

 

 

D-DAY

Although the term D-Day is used routinely as military lingo for the day an operation or event will take place, for many it is also synonymous with June 6, 1944, the day the Allied powers crossed the English Channel and landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, beginning the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi control during World War II. Within three months, the northern part of France would be freed and the invasion force would be preparing to enter Germany, where they would meet up with Soviet forces moving in from the east.

With Hitler’s armies in control of most of mainland Europe, the Allies knew that a successful invasion of the continent was central to winning the war. Hitler knew this too, and was expecting an assault on northwestern Europe in the spring of 1944. He hoped to repel the Allies from the coast with a strong counterattack that would delay future invasion attempts, giving him time to throw the majority of his forces into defeating the Soviet Union in the east. Once that was accomplished, he believed an all-out victory would soon be his.

On the morning of June 5, 1944, U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the supreme commander of Allied forces in Europe gave the go-ahead for Operation Overlord, the largest amphibious military operation in history. On his orders, 6,000 landing craft, ships and other vessels carrying 176,000 troops began to leave England for the trip to France. That night, 822 aircraft filled with parachutists headed for drop zones in Normandy. An additional 13,000 aircraft were mobilized to provide air cover and support for the invasion.

By dawn on June 6, 18,000 parachutists were already on the ground; the land invasions began at 6:30 a.m. The British and Canadians overcame light opposition to capture Gold, Juno and Sword beaches; so did the Americans at Utah. The task was much tougher at Omaha beach, however, where 2,000 troops were lost and it was only through the tenacity and quick-wittedness of troops on the ground that the objective was achieved. By day’s end, 155,000 Allied troops–Americans, British and Canadians–had successfully stormed Normandy’s beaches.

(http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/d-day)


The article above was taken from the History.com website.

Yesterday the 6th of June 2014 we marked the 70th anniversary of that great D-Day, the day that marked the beginning of the end of World War Two and changed the course of history.

Royalty, presidents, politicians and the veterans were out in full force to honour those who gave their lives so that the world would be a better place.

We are told that thousands lost their lives and the sea became red with the blood of fallen heroes shot down by their adversaries. Helpless to assist their comrades the other soldiers went ashore marching on as they dodged bullets, for there were battles to be fought and a war to win. Yesterday as in years gone by we remembered the victories, but most of all we remembered those who gave their lives to enable the victory.

As I think and ponder on these things I remember the greatest soldier of all time, the greatest victor of all time who also gave His live that others may live. His blood was special; it was sinless, spotless and powerful. His blood has the inherent ability to wash away the sins of every man, woman, boy or girl who comes to Him for cleansing.

Our Saviour is a man of war and the Lord is His Name. He spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, and He triumphed over them in it. However He is also the Prince of Peace and He loves us with an Everlasting Love.

Today He is knocking at the door of our hearts, asking us to remember the blood He shed at Calvary and urging us to embrace Him in totality.

June 6th 1944 was a great day, the day the Allies decided to put an end to tyranny. An even greater day was the day Jesus, having shed His blood on the cross, fought the devil and his cohorts overcame him fair and square and took back that which the devil has stolen from mankind.

Today He hands to us the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven enabling us to exercise authority here on earth, He has made us more than conquerors, and we are overcomers in every sense of the word through the victory He wrought for us.

As we by default are partakers in the great outcomes of that D-Day 70 years ago, I urge to embrace and partake of the greatest outcome of all time, the Salvation that was won for us by Jesus!

Looking forward to seeing you at the victory parade in heaven

LolaA

(Ref: Exodus 15:3; Colossians 2:15; Isaiah 9:6; 1 Corinthians 13:8a; Revelations 3:20)

True Freedom

 

 

I’m sure many of us have come across one person or another who likes to rant about their freedom.

“I’m a free moral agent, I’m free do what I want to do, when I want to do it and how I want to do it, nobody, nobody tells me what to do and that includes you!”

Sounds good, especially if they’ve worked themselves up into a frenzy and are pouncing around like a tiger newly released from its cage.

One gets the impression they are desperate for freedom and are hoping that if they make enough noise and trouble someone will cut them loose.

The onlookers are also willing freedom on them, for if someone at that precise moment should indeed question their freedom the tiger may decide to bite and no-one wants that now, do they?

What is Freedom?

But what is freedom? The dictionary defines freedom as:

  1. The state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint
  2. Exemption from external control, interference, regulation etc.
  3. The power to determine action without restraint
  4. Political or national independence
  5. Personal liberty, as opposed to bondage or slavery.

So if we live in a country that is politically free, we aren’t in jail and are not beholden to anyone are we free? Can we do whatever we like without restraint? I don’t think so.

If we put our music on full blare at two in the morning we’re likely to get a visit from the cops and if we make a habit of going over the speed limit on the highway our freedom to drive will probably be taken away.

So our freedom seems to be relative, it’s dependent on the laws of the land. For instance there are a number of countries especially in Europe where public nudity is not illegal e.g. Spain and Germany. Of course the authorities are not expecting you to be on ‘Main Street’ in the middle of town baring all, it’s more to do with the beaches and those looking to sun tan without pantie lines. In other words, yea, you’re free to go naked but please do so ‘responsibly’. We see that ‘relative freedom’ all over again.

Mental Imprisonment

Depression, anxiety and fear are ways in which our minds hold us captive.

We are free moral agents, but we are unable to stand up to that bully of a manager and get what rightfully belongs to us.

We are free moral agents that lay awake at night fretting about everything imaginable, things that might happen and things that will probably never happen.

We are free moral agents but we are unable to shake-off that sad feeling of gloom and doom. We wilfully confine ourselves to our houses instead of going outside and enjoying the sunshine because our minds hold us hostage and play games with us.

So just how free are we in this life?

Lasting Freedom

How many of us are truly living ‘the dream’? The dream in my estimation is a carefree life. Not a careless live, but a live free from unnecessary cares and worries.

In Luke chapter 12 Jesus urges us to live a life free of worries He encourages us to observe the ravens or take a leaf out of the lily’s book:

“Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”
Luke 12verse 27

 

True freedom comes when we hand our lives over to the Lord; that is why He said in His Word:

“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
John 8 verse 32

The truth is that salvation is in Jesus and in Him alone (Acts4:12)

When we embrace His salvation and hand the totality of who we are over to Him, He gives to us all that we need, He takes care of us so we don’t have to carry the cares.

We give Him our worries, our fears and concerns. He gives us peace, joy and a heart filled with His love that enables us to enjoy life to the full.

When someone else is taking ‘care’ we have the freedom to live life to the full.

We will not need to throw a tantrum, to rant and scream for the chains to be removed. We will just bask in all that the Lord has done, is doing and will continue to do for us.

Because: “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” John 8:36

 

I urge you to embrace true freedom; I urge you to embrace Jesus who can truly set you free!

 

See you soon LolaA

 

- An inspirational overview of the Passion Week, which highlights the key events and scriptures leading up to, and after Jesus’ crucifixion. The video follows a trailer style format to make the story engaging for all audiences.

Please click on the link and preferably watch on full screen you’ll love it! LolaA

via When Jesus Rose // Passion Week.

SPRING!!!

It’s that period of the year when we spring into action and enjoy the actions of Spring!

Spring

Spring

Spring is one of those words that in linguistics is called a homonym, i.e. one of a group of words that share spelling and pronunciation but may have different meanings.

Let’s see what good old Wikipedia has to say on the different meanings of spring:

-          Spring is one of the four conventional temperate seasons, following winter and preceding summer. There are various technical definitions of spring, but local usage of the term varies according to local climate, cultures and customs. When it is spring in the northern hemisphere, it will be autumn in the southern hemisphere. At the spring equinox, days are close to 12 hours long with day length increasing as the season progresses. Spring and “springtime” refer to the season, and also to ideas of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection, and regrowth.
(The Spring Equinox is the first day of the spring season and occurs when the sun passes the equator moving from the southern to the northern hemisphere. The next one is March 20th 2014)

-          A spring is an elastic object used to store mechanical energy. When a spring is compressed or stretched, the force it exerts is proportional to its change in length. (I would have said more about this but I really don’t want to turn this into a physics lesson).  :)

-          A spring is a point where water flows out of the ground. A spring may flow the whole year or only sometimes. This depends on the water getting into the ground all of the time (rain) or only once in a while (snow melting).
A spring often sends water down, along the land. This is how rivers start.
Some springs produce water that is good for health reasons. Sometimes towns grow by these springs because many people who are ill come there to get better. Such towns are called spa towns.

 

One thing we see from these various meanings of spring is that they are all positive, and seemingly have positive energy. The sun crosses to the northern hemisphere during the Spring Equinox, bringing warmth, sunshine and a general feeling of happiness.
A mechanical spring stores energy which can be useful in different ways such as in opening and closing doors or in helping us to write with our ball-point pens.

A water spring is probably the one time that water naturally flows up, up out of the earth and then along the ground bringing with it healing powers.

Talking about the season of spring, Wikipedia says “springtime” also refers to the ideas of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection, and regrowth.

It is a time when we can shake off the drab of winter, pack away our dark clothes and brighten ourselves up both inside and out. The days are longer, sunnier and often happier and our hope for a better tomorrow goes up a notch. The flowers bloom, the weather is warm and we can roll down the fresh grass on the hillside, what’s not to like?

Indeed Spring is when we remember the death, burial and resurrection of our Saviour.

Just like we can plant a single seed of corn and harvest hundreds of seeds from one cob, Jesus, one man gave His life that millions upon millions may share the fruit of His resurrection. Awesome!

As we see the flowers open up and the bees, hedgehogs and chipmunks’ come out of hiding. As we see the birds fly home from their winter holiday and we bring out our shorts and flimsy tops let us remember the one with the ultimate power to put a spring in our step.

The Spring Equinox is indeed coming on the 20th of March but there is hope for a perpetual Spring. We can spring into the nest of our creator a place of eternal rest, of unlimited energy, good health and abundance. A place where the sun doesn’t leave the hemisphere and hibernation is not necessary.

Let’s sign up for the un-ending spring, let’s sign up for Jesus!

In-case I don’t get to see you here on earth, let’s make a point of meeting where the sun never goes down!

Catch you soon, LolaA

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