Day 60/365

(Jesus speaking) “This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.” (‭‭John‬ ‭15:12)

I saw this Scripture this morning and picking up on yesterday’s point, it hit me hard!

We can all say “Love one another…” And leave it there, but Jesus didn’t end it there. He ends the statement with, “… in the same way I have loved you.”

So, how is He loving you? What have ‘you’ come to expect from him?

Grace – even in the face of our constant and wilful sins?
Mercy – even in the face of our constant and wilful sins?
Forgiveness – even in the face of our constant and wilful sins?
Financial help – even in the face of our constant and wilful sins?
Non judgemental attitude – even in the face of our constant and wilful sins?
Etc., etc.

At that point Peter got up the nerve to ask, “Master, how many times do I forgive a brother or sister who hurts me? Seven?” Jesus replied, “Seven! Hardly. Try seventy times seven.” (‭‭Mat 18:21)

FACT – it’s hard (actually impossible), to be a Child of the Living GOD without the Holy Spirit’s help! ❤️

Day 59/365

(Jesus speaking) “… When others mistreat and harass you, accept it as your mission to pray for them.” (Luke‬ ‭6:28‬)

I sometimes listen to a Christian radio station in the mornings and there’s a particular lady with a voice that grates on me. In fact, whenever she speaks I just ‘turn off’ – I don’t listen.

So this morning the Lord tells me to stop being as I am and that I should ‘bless her!’ So I mumble a few words of blessing … “No!” He says emphatically. I want you to really Bless her!”

This time my convicted heart feels the Holy Spirit kick in and I hear myself blessing her with: protection over her ‘health’ as well as the health of her family and all she holds dear. I bless her ‘marriage’ with the fruitful gift of Love and Grace. I bless her families ‘finances’ so they can be fruitful and multiply I bless her personal ‘walk with the Lord,’ that she’ll always hear His voice and not try snd do it ‘her way,’ but use the Grace to perform all that He asks.

I truly bless her …!

I believe that GOD is doing a new thing amongst us. His Holy Spirit isn’t just convicting us and asking us to change, if we listen then He’ll give us fabulous Master classes in just ‘how’ to be His sons and daughters. ❤️

Day 58/365

Turn back to God and be reconciled to him. (‭‭2 Cor‬ ‭5:19)

I came tired and heavy laden, dry and grimy, the light of Jesus dim within me.
Wooed and led to this pool by His gentle voice. Expectant, but apprehensive. Excited, yearning.
“Lord,” I had cried, “I want you to break me, to cleanse me, refresh me. To put your arms around me. To embrace Your bride and whisper words of love to me. I miss you Lord, please hurry – find me!”
“I remember the times when I soared with Eagles wings, Every sinew alive, pulsating. Your lifeblood in me. But now … Lord, take me to the high peaks – let me fly again.”
“Step into the water child, this pool of life. Go deeper. Let the cool waters wrap around you.”
“This is good Lord!”
“My child, trust Me, dive into the deep. Take your feet from the ground and plunge into the depths of My Love. Trust Me. Trust Me! Let My Spirit cleanse you.”
Deeper and deeper I go … peace. His Peace flowing, caressing me. There it is! There it is, that beautiful pearl – the Heart of God!
“Touch it child – take it – receive it – it’s yours to cherish!”
“My Jesus, my Lord.” Warm tears flow from me. Taking away the hurts that bound me. “I’m free – I’m Yours. I give You all of me … Lord, I thank You that You’ve forgiven me.”
“Let me stay here in this pool with You Lord, we can … sorry Lord, I know I must go. Back to the battlefield – strengthened, refreshed, your fire burning and shining in me.”
“This pool – Lord, how can I ever forget it. Inviting, welcoming, crystal clear and sparkling. Deep and steadfast. Filled with Your love. It’s brought Joy, it’s brought Healing – it’s brought ME back home to You.”
Eddie Badger, 1995, Glasgow. ❤️

Day 57/365

Jesus replied, “Loving me empowers you to obey my word. And my Father will love you so deeply that we will come to you and make you our dwelling place.” (‭‭John‬ ‭14:23‬)

Relationship… relationship… relationship!!!

None of this walk has anything to do with ritual, or sacrifice, or anything else you can think of to ‘get GOD to act!’

It happens when we finally come to our senses and begins with an act of volition – a statement of the will that recognising our situation finally crumbles, gives in and discards our prideful stance. This action then reaches outward and upwards like a plume of smoke from the wreckage of our lives and whispers through the pieces of a shattered heart: “I need you…!”

By inviting GOD into your life, that simple act of giving over your broken and damaged ‘self,’ begins a cycle of events that will beautifully, wholly and systematically heal and transform ‘you’ as well as everything in and around you ‘forever!’

Some things will be perfectly restored, some things will be discarded – and all for the better!

And it all begins with accepting the invitation to a Relationship ❤️

Day 56/365

When God made his promise to Abraham, he backed it to the hilt, putting his own reputation on the line. He said, “I promise that I’ll bless you with everything I have—bless and bless and bless!” Abraham stuck it out and got everything that had been promised to him.

When people make promises, they guarantee them by appeal to some authority above them so that if there is any question that they’ll make good on the promise, the authority will back them up.

When God wanted to guarantee his promises, he gave his word, a rock-solid guarantee—God can’t break his word. And because his word cannot change, the promise is likewise unchangeable.

We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up his permanent post as high priest for us, in the order of Melchizedek.
‭‭Heb 6:13)

Promises don’t mean anything when you exist in the world of ‘MUST HAVE IT NOW, NOW, NOW …!’ Promises go hand in hand with Faith and Trust and Belief of the One Who’s made the promise to you. ❤️

Day 55/365

Then Jesus gave this illustration: “Imagine what would happen if you were to go to one of your friends in the middle of the night and pound on his door and shout, ‘Please! Do you have some food you can spare? A friend just arrived at my house unexpectedly and I have nothing to serve him.’ But your friend says, ‘Why are you bothering me? The door’s locked and my family and I are all in bed. Do you expect me to get up and give you our food?’ But listen—because of your shameless impudence, even though it’s the middle of the night, your friend will get up out of his bed and give you all that you need.”

“So it is with your prayers. Ask and you’ll receive. Seek and you’ll discover. Knock on heaven’s door, and it will one day open for you. Every persistent person will get what he asks for. Every persistent seeker will discover what he needs. And everyone who knocks persistently will one day find an open door. (‭‭Luke‬ ‭11:5)

Can your Heavenly Father’s Love for you be any clearer? ❤️

Day 54/365

Now Jesus was telling the disciples a parable to make the point that at all times they ought to pray and not give up and lose heart. (‭‭Luke‬ ‭18:1‬)

We’ve had the blessing of children, and on each one my wife has said, “When will this child finally come out?”

The thing is, patience just isn’t one of humanity’s greatest attributes – but it is a Gift of Grace that we should all seek!

Remember GOD does (ALWAYS DOES) answer prayer:
A) Sometimes a direct ‘Yes, this is the best path for you’
B) Sometimes a direct ‘No, this isn’t the best path for you’
C) Sometimes a directive to use His gift of Patience ‘Yes, but trust Me, rest in My Patience and wait a little while for the best time for this to transpire.’

❤️

Day 53/365

… older women must train the younger women to love … (‭‭Titus‬ ‭2:4‬)

This Scripture came alive for me once in Italy. I attended a prayer meeting where I was the only man present. During the course of the evening a woman asked for prayer. By the way the others were comforting her, I could tell that the problem she had was on going and terrifying.

It transpired that she had no family but a son and he had given his life to drink and drugs, so much so that ‘if’ he managed to find his way home then he would spend hours absolutely terrorising her!

As the ladies prayed I felt the Lord telling us that we needed a plan. Bottom line, she was to tell her son clearly that his behaviour wasn’t acceptable any more and that as he couldn’t act responsibly any more then ‘she’ would take the lead for him!

She was to fit a sturdy lock to her bedroom, intercede for him and then see what the Lord would do. After a week of pounding and hammering the door, the son finally stopped and just crumpled on the other side. She kept praying and over two more nights she heard him on the other side of the door sobbing and begging GOD to help him …!

After I’d left to come home, I got a message from the ladies. Apparently, the woman often brings her son to the prayer meetings now. By all accounts he’s now a lovely gentle and totally ‘changed’ man. ❤️

Day 52/365

You will see your teacher with your own eyes. Your own ears will hear him.

Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left. (‭‭Isa 30:20)

The Holy Spirit is real and personal snd He wants a real and personal relationship with you. He might speak to you outright in a dream or vision, or manifest Himself in a friend’s loving words. He might try and direct you through the way the wind is blowing, or within the expression of a song.

This defines the term ‘marriage made in heaven’. Two lives working together in harmony and both parties totally wanting to please the other. ❤️

Day 51/365

Behold! He appears within the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him. And all the people groups of the earth will weep with sorrow because of him. And so it is to be! Amen. (‭‭Rev‬ ‭1:7‬)

My wife and I watched “I Believe” on NETFLIX last night. It covered the testimony of Jeremy Camp who, at only 20 years of age suffered tremendous hurt, heart ache and pain, as watched as the young love of his life die of cancer.

In the midst of all this turmoil, he didn’t fold or quit but found the faith to put down his heart’s thoughts and wrote some of our most beautiful Worship songs.

There’s a song I enjoyed many years ago:“Sometimes He comes in the clouds.” by Stephen Curtis Chapman.

“Sometimes He comes in the rain
And we question the pain
And wonder why God can seem so far away
But time will show us, He was right there with us

And sometimes He comes in the clouds
Sometimes His face cannot be found
Sometimes the sky is dark and gray

And sometimes our faith can only grow when we can’t see… ❤️