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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

Tuesday 28 January 2020

The Word Only - Satisfied

Jesus said that we are in this world BUT not of it.
Life too often becomes hurly-burly, all consuming, and we forget this.. these were my thoughts as I read this Daily Light portion.
The word Satisfied came to mind. 
Here they are for your meditation and contemplation.
God's word anchors our thoughts like nothing else.
As a man thinketh in his heart so is he.
He satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness. Psa. 107:9

Ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. I Pet. 2:3

O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; to see thy power and thy glory. Psa. 63:12

My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God. Psa. 84:2

Having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better. Phil. 1:23

I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness. Psa. 17:15

They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. Rev. 7:1617

They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. Psa. 36:8

My people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the LORD. Jer. 31:14

How often are we satisfied with God's goodness? 
Sadly I'm often not.
Too often stressing over a seemingly imperfect result in some situation, fretting because its not as I wanted, or longing for some thing not in God's plan for me at moment.
Groaning inwardly over seemingly unanswered prayer or unresolved grief of heart with another. 
This was me recently proabably in ALL those scenarios if truth be known!
How much peace lost? 
Faith lost? 
Spirit quenched?
O Lord, help us to walk as Jesus walked, as Paul lived and taught, too.
" Godliness with contentment is great gain."
Contented = Satisfied 😊
Link to video here if needed.
Thanks for your patience and for visiting my blog, I've been quiet because of that hurly burly of which I was speaking. It's summer hols here (which I love), so had visitors, visiting or just out every day!
Thankful to Lord for much rain fallen but much more needed.

May the Lord bless you dear ones, send spiritual rain on sad, lost, hurting hearts, and physical rain on parched lands. May God bless our nations and leaders EVERYwhere! and keep us in His ways in all things. A special huge thanks if you take the time to comment. It's appreciated.  
Prayer hugs,🙏🤗
Shaz in Oz. X

Never forget - Never Again
27th Jan is 75th Anniversary of Liberation of Auschwitz. 
Everyone on those rings is a Jewish family destroyed  over 1 million in just Auschwitz. Those bales likewise of human hair were how many lives taken? They saved teeth for gold fillings etc. Incredibly heartbreaking. 
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Sunday 5 January 2020

God Has Not Given Us a Spirit of Fear- So Who Has?

{Edit: 29th Feb. this post was written in earlyJan 2020, when another fear wagon was being filled by the media. The current fear wagon of Caronavirus also comes under this, the media needs to have our attention by any means. To get perspective on this virus, the worst ever pandemic was 1919 influenza outbreak, it killed more people than died in all of WW1. 
Being an influenza it was much more deadly, than SARS or Coronavirus. 
Edit: Feb 2021
1918 Influenza FACTS (link here).
It is estimated that about 500 million people or one-third of the world's population became infected with this virus. 
The number of deaths was estimated to be at least 50 million worldwide with about 675,000 occurring in the United States.
Population much smaller in 1918 too!
In Worldameter with Coronavirus  as of Today 1st Feb, 2021, worldwide just over 2 million deaths or 2,239,275 and over 100 million cases (MUCH fewer deaths. 24/7 media would have us believe otherwise.}
(This post includes links so you may have a clearer overview, not the way the media portrays!)
My post title may puzzle some.
”God Has Not Given Us a Spirit of Fear. 
So who has?” (2 Tim 1:7)
Or perhaps another title might be 
 A Spirit of Fear Vs Fear of God!
So who has given us that spirit of fear?
This thought came to me in prayer for our land of Australia. 
Like many I’ve a deep burden for aching hearts in our country, so much temporal loss. 
But has it caused them, or us, to think of eternal things?
I pray so.
A spirit of fear is whipped up by the unrelenting media. 

Because of these relentless attacks, we need  to refer to  facts on drought and fires in Australian history. 
Plus some wondrous miracles at the end. 😊
Sadly we are often myopic or shortsighted.
We (with the media) forget or ignore past history  in midst of events.
(Sorry, it is long, cut as much as could, it's taken days to write.)
is the commonly overused catchcry of the 24/7 media in 21st century.

However severe and indeed extreme, grievous loss, widespread and long lasting, these events are NOT exactly unprecedented, if viewed in the light of Aust history.
What is Unprecedented is the 24/7  coverage we have of such events, on mobile devices, radio, TV, etc.
It is continuously unyielding and implacable in its influences.

The Worst fire in our history was in Victoria in size or area, in 1851, when 1/4 of state of Victoria  burnt on Black Thursday, over 5 million hectares in this one event. 
NOW the total number of hectares burnt in all fires this fire season in whole of Aust is 12.5 million hectares (as of 5th Jan, 2020)!
(Link here, if check it you'll see it mirrors the  current situation in some ways)

This Total area burnt in Oz of 12.5 mill. hectares is 2 & half times that amount burnt in 1851 fire in one state.
It followed on two years of severe widespread drought in 1850 and 1851.
The Black Thursday bushfires, were caused in part by an intense drought that occurred throughout 1850 when the continent suffered from extreme heat, with fires around for a period before this conflagration. 
Like most fires it was caused by man (80%+ are see link here), a fire left untended by some bullocky (bullocky - men who drives cart with team of bullocks).
It’s recorded in 1851 that a ship, the Henry Edward (info here), sailing up east coast had its sails and rigging catch on fire from the ember attack of the fires.
Image of 1851 fire.
(From this post see link here, describing weather could be today, 117F in Melb ie 47.7C, but these temps not counted by BOM - see below)
Worst fire in number of people  killed was 2009, again Vic, a total of 173 died on Black Saturday, 2009. (link here). 
Intense bushfires are not uncommon in southern Australia. The region is one of the three most fire-prone in the world. Within the last two hundred years, the area has experienced and documented at least twenty-five major fires (see link), beginning with Black Thursday in 1851. We have trees and undergrowth which are naturally highly combustible. Many depend on fire for germination. 

This 2019 -20 fire season, although not as severe as those two, or even many others I could name, may be perhaps longer lasting and wider spread than these events. 

Our local 183,000 hectare fire started in early Sept (or late Aug not sure), but we were smoke affected from 6th Sept till 25th Dec. when the Lord miraculously gave us 2 days of rain and 
put our two fires out, a great Christmas gift. Praise Him!

Another key issue of course is population has increased greatly.
 Many more areas become naturally fire-prone as populated habitats. 
Fire and man go together!
Re Unprecented Drought:
Over a century ago in 1896 it was time of one of the most severe droughts in recorded history in Aust. The temperatures reached protracted long periods of over century 110F+ heat, up to 50C day after day in some outback towns . 

However these temperatures are not on records! Why?

The Aust Bureau of Meteorology c. 2010 (could not find exact date for this, tried multiple times and ways) removed all pre 1910 records from Aust. records (link here to BOMand others here.

This is not commonly known and skews all temperature records totally.
Any current record temps are only in last 100 years.
Why did they do this? 
They said the early method of records are unreliable, with limited or poor use of a Stephenson Screen thermometer, thus inaccurate. 
However there are other facts that prove they were wrong to claim these inaccuracies.
There were 437 deaths just on east coast of Aust due to severe drought of 1896! (link here).
(Also many recorded deaths that decade in droughts in northern hemisphere, including USA.)
If that many people died from heatstroke on only east coast of Aust. THEN the records cannot be that wrong!
That heatwave was unprecedented. 

No global warming then, or pollution. 
No UN either, to cloud, confuse the facts..

So when you hear the phrase in our media of “Smashing all previous records..." as I did yesterday,
it should be 
Smashing all records since 1910..!”

I don't know if other countries have done this but I would not be surprised.
It's so convenient for the global warming argument and 1992 Agenda 21 by the UN, (link here), which is  simply out for control by "sustainable development".
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; 
but of power, 
and of love, 
and of a sound mind.
Note Order:
Power by the Spirit indwelling,
Love fills us 
  THEN the Sound Mind!
Fear of the Lord, THAT is saving and keeping fear.
It keeps us from the dread and terror the world and Satan likes to instill. 
Our Saviour gives peace, perfect peace in the midst of storm.
The One Who calmed the storm upon the sea of Galilee will calm the storm of our heart with 
"Peace, be still"! 
Or Ps 46:10 
"Be still, and Know that I am God".
There have also been many miracles of God’s preservation in midst of fire.
 In some cases, I've heard towns saved miraculously as fire danger was "somehow" averted, or in Vic many individuals thought lost are perfectly safe!
I’ve been praying for these miracles and I’m sure you have too. 
In Cobargo, NSW a pastor and his wife fled their slight timber structure building, going to help friends defend their more defensible house. 
They called others to pray for mercy. 
For two days they believed their home gone, till finally able to return, they miraculously found it all intact. 
(Link here, listened on iPad, couldn’t on phone though.)
The image shows the fire lapped the front right edge and stayed by God’s hand and all around the whole perimeter. 
In front of shed is the large crude cross which is used in Good Friday parade each year and stored there.
Fire stopped just before the foot of cross. Words roughly painted on cross are “life transforming power".
This is a dear friend of a friend's home, all around home burnt, but same lapping of edges, but even bikes not burnt or her rose garden!
Had to leave in hurry & couldn’t damp down anything, but with others prayed!

Another believer in Mt Torrens, S.A, property where the fence line was licked with flame but stopped!
(More of stories here) 
It reminded me of story of Elisha and the servant surrounded by the Syrian army, and the servant was terrified. (2 Kings 6:16->).
 .. he (Elisha) answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. 
17And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha."
"And the angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear Him, and delivereth them. Ps 34:7

Thank you for your patience if you've read this far.

I'd just like to close with a meditation on the real reason for today's ever present disasters. 
Yes, we live with constant assault by media, but we need to measure it in light of God's word, not man's  word.
"For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 
And not only they, but ourselves ... even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body." Rom 8:22, 23
The fall of sin affects creation.
One day it will, praise God, all pass away (verse here).
Till then we must pray on!
Especially for our Christian PM Scott Morrison, and all leaders everywhere, in US, UK, Europe, Israel, Middle East, Asia, etc
Our PM is accused falsely of much by media beat up of flawed facts.
If PM does things on national level, he's condemned. If he leaves it to rightly State to handle it, he's rediculed as inept, same result in both cases.

This post applies I am sure to other countries too as Satan, as the Prince and Power of the air (see verse) and the Father of lies (verse), is the author of confusion. His spirit and cohorts, our adversaries are busy at work in those who will not walk in God's light, especially the ungodly media.
Oh dear Heavenly Father, please please have mercy upon us, we never deserve any of Your gifts especially salvation in Jesus, but oh Lord have mercy upon poor sinfilled Oz.
For we have no might, neither know we what to do but our eyes are upon Thee. 
With God all things are possible, especially rain to end the drought and put fires out, please. 
Please also comfort, help, strengthen all hurting hearts everywhere. Keep us faithful in prayer, please.
May blind eyes see, unbelieving hearts believe and seek the only hope in the saving power of our Lord Jesus Christ. 
In His sweet Name,  Amen.

May the Lord bless our nations and leaders EVERYwhere! and in great grace & mercy and save us from ouselves.
Prayer hugs,🙏🤗
Shaz in Oz. X

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