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" It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." John 6:63

Sunday, 11 August 2019

The Word Only - How Forcible are Right Words!

(An apology for my silence, issues in posting, many drafts waiting to go, but incomplete. To be honest Satan seems sometimes to be winning. Despite knowing for a fact this is not so, life in reality is such a huge struggle for us all.
Thanks for blessing me with your comments and most of all your prayers. I treasure you, I can't wait till we can rejoice & worship in heaven together! 
"Amen, even so Come, Lord Jesus".
This passage really spoke to me!)
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Let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works. Heb. 10:24

How forcible are right words! Job 6:25

I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance.
 II Pet. 3:1
They that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD and that thought upon his name. Mal. 3:16

If two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. Matt. 18:19

The LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone. Gen. 2:18

Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Ecc. 4:910
Let ... no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way. Rom. 14:13

Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. Considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
 Gal. 6:21
(Apologies if you get an add in front of this video, was only one I could find like I knew from youth. 
It also passed the "like-it-singing-along-with-it" test😁!)

This is beautiful portion from the Daily Light. It was written over a number of years by Jonathon Bagster (Son of Samuel Bagster). See link details here. Jonathon and his family daily discussed and prayed over a few years to prepare the final compilation of verses around a theme, readings for morning and evening.
This is a good example of one of them, I love the starting verse.. “how forcible are right words!” Right words are truly wise words. May the dear Lord in His grace and wisdom keep the door of our mouths that we might only think and say “right words”.
Sending prayer hugs πŸ™πŸ»πŸ€— for you, in your burdens,
Shaz in Oz.x
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Friday, 26 July 2019

Am I Waiting or is The Lord?

When recently reading this passage, my attention was really caught. It’s a much loved passage in one of my favourite books, Isaiah.
Isaiah 30:15-18
For thus saith the Lord God , the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.
But ye said, No; for we will flee upon horses; therefore shall ye flee: and, We will ride upon the swift; therefore shall they that pursue you be swift. One thousand shall flee at the rebuke of one; at the rebuke of five shall ye flee: till ye be left as a beacon upon the top of a mountain, and as an ensign on an hill.
And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.
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Note several things...the “Ye would not” of verse 15
The running around doing our own concerns before doing what God wants us to do, so not reaping the blessing..  
In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength:” 

and “But ye said, No; for we will flee upon horses”.... 
We chose our own attitude, we chose our own actions, and so reap the consequences. It may not even be openly rebelling against God, but simply not doing what He says and when.
“But ye said, No..... We will ride upon the swift; therefore shall they that pursue you be swift. ..”
We can never outrun God, and sin's consequences.
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And what is God’s reaction to all this?
 Our God manifests all that we are not.
He is holy, loving, kind, patient faithfully gracious, omnipresent, omnipotent, omnipotent. 
So what does our Almighty LORD God do?
“And therefore will the Lord wait...” 
So are we wondering why things are not as we would have them? 
It maybe simply that He waiting for us to be in the right place for the blessing and peace He has for you.
God waits on us.
Waits till we really wake up. 
He did it with the prodigal son (do you have a prodigal? Don't quit, keep praying, watching in faith just like the waiting loving Father). 
The Lord did it with us in our salvation too, I saw Him do it in the salvation of my darling dad, He waited 89 years, for him to ready! 
And so let us have a heart that waits expectantly upon Him, in faith believing He will meet that very need we have.
He sees 
He cares.
They that wait upon the Lord or click HERE.
He is waiting.
And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgmentblessed are all they that wait for Him.
Lord bless, dear ones, I lift all who read this that the Lord God will be their Guide, Comfort and Strength. He faileth not.
Prayer hugs,
Shaz in Oz.x
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Sunday, 7 July 2019

Mercy and Grace by Christ Jesus

The Mercy and Grace of God. 
This I thought was a suitable summary of the difference:
*Mercy is God not punishing us as our sins deserve.
 *Grace is God blessing us despite the fact that we do not deserve it.
*Mercy is deliverance from judgment.
*Grace is extending kindness to the unworthy.”.
Both Grace and Mercy are gifts from God.

They are attributes of our God.
As our God is holy and righteous, He is also gracious and merciful.
Mercy is undeserved favour.
Grace is a gift of God.
 God’s grace is given to believing ones, that we by faith in Him might have the gift of salvation. 
Freely given, but cost our Saviour so dearly..
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; 
and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 
Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Eph 2:8, 9

So Grace is a necessary gift for our salvation.
Mercy and grace are intertwined in our salvation.
Mercy likewise is a gift of God too. 
It is not in our sin-filled nature to be either completely gracious or merciful, although mercy and grace can be shown by some who are compassionate, yet not knowing God themselves.
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However God’s mercy is perfect and pure, with eternal consequences.
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, 
but according to his mercy he saved us..” Titus 3:5a
Praise God for His saving mercy.. freely given to all who call upon His dear Son Jesus to be their own Saviour.
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Grace is measured by God, I believe it’s in measure according to the measure of our faith.
“But unto every one of us 
is given grace 
according to the measure 
of the gift of Christ.” Eph 4:7

“For I say, through the grace given unto me, 
to every man that is among you, 
not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; 
but to think soberly, 
according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” Rom 12:3


"Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, .. according to the proportion of faith;" Rom 12:6

And SO...
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace
that we may obtain mercy
and find grace to help in time of need.” Heb. 4:16 
Did you catch that.. all of it?

Oh, Lord, help us that we would truly walk moment by moment in the light of this command.. 
Yes! it is a command!
Let us come BOLDLY
to the throne of GRACE
and obtain MERCY
and GRACE to help in time of need!


“For the law was given by Moses, 
but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” John 1:17

Mercy came by the law, the first (Old) testament.
Grace came through Christ and the second (New) testament.

"Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, ...
he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy." Mic. 7:1

As we appropriated salvation by faith in the Lord Jesus, let us take by faith, the gift of grace for each and every moment of the day .. for as Paul said God's grace is all sufficient.

"My grace is sufficient for thee, my Strength is made perfect in weakness." 2 Cor 12:9

Surely the all sufficiency of God's Grace, shows us how great His Mercy is toward us, we who were "once dead in trespasses and sins". Eph  2:1-5

A prayer below to pray every moment of every day. 
A great great command too...

"..GROW in GRACE, 
and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 
To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen." 2 Pet. 3:18

Let me then be always growing,

Never, never standing stil.
Listening, learning better knowing,
Thee and Thy most blessed will,
Till I reach Thy holy place,
Daily let me grow in grace. (Unknown)

“Be ye therefore merciful, 
as your Father also is merciful.” Luke 6:36


We are commanded:
 be both Merciful 
and to Grow in Grace!
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Praying earnestly that this blesses you even more than it did me (& I was greatly blessed; some posts are written quickly, this one over weeks with a gentle leading of the Spirit😊). 
If so blessed, please kindly leave a comment, time permitting. 
May God richly bless your day in every way. 
Praying for you, Shaz in Oz. x
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Monday, 1 July 2019

Meditation - “Christ, Who is our Life” ...

Colossians 3:1-4
"If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory."
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What beautiful words! We are not our own.. we belong to the Lord of Glory!

“Christ, Who is our Life” ...” your life is hid in Christ in God”
Did you catch the circle of this sequence?
.. your life is hid in Christ in God .. 
Christ, Who is our life..
Eternity will be amazing! as we will then be like Him, we will truly have the mind of Christ. (1 John 3:2 here)

The key words that have been grabbing me this past week is the phrase:
My "life is hid in Christ, in God".
Hidden...
... kept by the Almighty power of God (1 Pet. 1:5).
So why fear?
Why worry?
Why whinge?
Why doubt?
.. "your life is hid in Christ, in God".
Not a thing can touch us there.
We are kept by His omnipotence.
Needs will be met.
Answers will be given.
One who causes grief in our life, will be dealt with ...
Blessings will come.

In God's timetable, not in ours.
"Thou art my hiding place.."
This eternal, "present-here-now" position IN Christ does not promise  there will be no trials.
 For Jesus said:
"In the world ye shall have tribulation,
BUT be of Good Cheer, I have overcome the world." John 16:33

God's grace is ALL sufficient. 
So let us ..
"Be still and know that I am God."
Be still.. know... I am...
Truly then we will know that our "life is hid in Christ in God".
If this seems too airy-fairy, too hard to understand in all its length, depth, breadth???
Then pray.
Ask God to reveal it to you.
What it means to me, the simple joy, peace, comfort it brings me, will be different for you.
We are not the same.
Our needs are different.


Our God knows no limits. 

It's we who limit Him.
"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, 

that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; 
and it shall be given him." James1:5
Or https://youtu.be/905DEs06g64

Lord bless you, dear ones. 
These scriptures greatly blessed my heart. 
They are good food to meditate thereon.
Praying for you, 
Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz.x  
For further study on this subject Oswald Chambers has a post on it here.
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Saturday, 22 June 2019

The Word Only - Love that Gives and Gives..

Never man spake like this man. John 7:46

Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever. Psa. 45:2

The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary. Isa. 50:4

His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend. Song 5:16

All bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. Luke 4:22

He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Matt. 7:29

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom. Col. 3:16
The sword of the Spirit ... is the word of God. Eph. 6:17

The word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword. Heb. 4:12

The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. II Cor. 10:4-5 
Philippians 2:5-8
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

.. took upon Himself the form of a servant. 
Why I am here? Firstly to serve the Lord of glory, secondly to glorify His Name by this service. 

May we likewise humble ourselves as Christ did, be obedient to His Word, and "by love serve one another ". 
A good prayer to pray that we will walk thus, God helping us.
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Lord bless, dear ones. These scriptures greatly blessed my heart. They are good food to meditate thereon.
Praying for you, 
Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz.x  
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Friday, 14 June 2019

Walking in the Ordinary

Sometimes in our Christian walk we are in the thick darkness of the valley, or at other times upon the glorious mountain top, or some times in between. There is also the plateau of ordinariness.
This caught my heart and eye as I read it the other day.
"I will neither leave thee, nor forsake thee” (or I will  not in any wise forsake you). Sometimes it is not difficulty that makes me think God will forsake me, but drudgery. There is no Hill Difficulty to climb, no vision given, nothing wonderful or beautiful, just the commonplace day in and day out — can I hear God’s say-so in these things?

We have the idea that God is going to do some exceptional thing, that He is preparing and fitting us for some extraordinary thing by and by, but as we go on in grace we find that God is glorifying Himself here and now, in the present minute.
If we have God’s say-so behind us, the most amazing strength comes, and we learn to sing in the ordinary days and ways.
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"We are more than conquerors through Him that loved us."
When we are upon this plateau of ordinariness, we can reach out one to another - by phone or a visit, one with whom you know you can pray.
Prayer together will lift them and you! and you will be a blessing to one another. Fellowship is key to keeping our eyes on Lord and keeping the fire of faith burning. So many need this kind of cheer. Visit a nursing home.. there are elderly saints who would be so blessed by this, or weak ones who need such an uplift. The key is the “present minute” of “glorifying the Lord” spoken of above.
We achieve this through such actions.. God's love in us serves.
"By love, serve on another" Gal. 5:13.
And such conversations will be added to the Book of Remembrance spoken of in Malachi 3, second last chapter of Old Testament.
This was on our calendar and loved it. Very apt to share here.
Hope this blesses you as much it did me, if you've time please let me know. 
Sending prayer hugs πŸ™πŸ»πŸ€— for you, in your burdens,
Shaz in Oz.x
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Thursday, 6 June 2019

The Word Only - Grace Sufficient


My heart panteth, my strength faileth me. Psa. 38:10

Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psa. 61:1, 2

He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 
For when I am weak, then am I strong. II Cor. 12:9, 10

When (Peter) saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? Matt. 14:30, 31
If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small. Prov. 24:10

He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Isa. 40:29

The eternal God is. thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. Deut. 33:27

Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power. Col. 1:11
Hope this blesses you as much it did me, if you have time please let me know. 
Sending prayer hugs πŸ™πŸ»πŸ€— for you, in your burdens,
Shaz in Oz.x
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