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The Long Walk

He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until that Day.

Mark 4:13-20
13 “But if you can’t understand this story, how will you understand all the others I am going to tell? 14 The farmer I talked about is the one who brings God’s message to others. 15 The seed that fell on the hard path represents those who hear the message, but then Satan comes at once and takes it away from them. 16 The rocky soil represents those who hear the message and receive it with joy. 17 But like young plants in such soil, their roots don’t go very deep. At first they get along fine, but they wilt as soon as they have problems or are persecuted because they believe the word. 18 The thorny ground represents those who hear and accept the Good News, 19 but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for nice things, so no crop is produced. 20 But the good soil represents those who hear and accept God’s message and produce a huge harvest-thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

When we receive the Word of God into our hearts, it can be life changing. But Christ warns us that Satan will try to steal from us what God has planted. The first thing he will do is immediately bring doubt and confusion into your mind. The second thing Satan will do is bring a circumstance that will discourage you. If you don’t recognize what is happening and fight against him, the Word planted in your heart will not grow and you will stumble over and over again without ever receiving what God has promised. Christ is warning us that Satan comes with lies and half truths and discouraging circumstances to keep us from receiving the promises of God. If you are not growing in your walk with Christ look at what is happening with the Word planted in your heart. Don’t let Satan steal it from you.

Receiving the Word of God into your life is more than just reading, it is speaking the Word, meditating on the Word and then to acting on the Word. Paul wrote in Philippians 1:6 that he was “confident in this very thing:–this one thing, this one truth– that “He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until that Day.” The Word of God in your life and brought to the harvest stage of producing “seed” will change your life. But you must take that Word and speak it, meditate on it and then act on it for it to grow and produce the crop that God intended. But while it is growing in your heart, Satan will try to steal it from you. Beware of him and rebuke him in the name of Jesus and take what God intended for you. God has so much He wants you to know and so much He wants you to receive, but you need to keep His Word on your lips, in you mind and in your actions before it can grow into the promise.


I Love flowers. Something I really love doing is spending time with beautiful flowers. A prophetic word was spoken over my life that if I let go of all the pride, the chains that keep me bound will be broken and I will be like a woman dancing in a field of flowers, in white clothing, and I will be happy. This is something that has stuck with me and something I am working towards. This would be the perfect image for me, and I know that the Lord, knowing my heart, would send word to me of such an image.

I wish that I can say that I have reached this freedom, but it is a slow and sometimes painful journey, but one I willingly take, one that I long for. I know that my reward is not from this world. I know that the Lord has so many good things that He would have me partake in, but I am the one hindering progress. I am the one keeping myself bound and unable to grow. I am finding that the more I trust in Him and the more I let go, the more I find the ropes entangling me, fall away. As soon as I trust in myself, the tighter they become. The Lord is doing a great work in me, and as His word promises, He will complete it. Philippians 1:6 I am so excited. Thank you Lord for your unfailing Grace over my life.

For most of us and our youth, we are not as sensitive as we used to be. Death, Sex and many other taboo subjects are common place for most of us. We don’t seem to cringe back when we see something shocking, but rather try to moralise it somehow. Why are we this way? Why can we not see the dangers in this sort of behaviour?

I really think this is because we forget that we are dayly in the spiritual battle with the evil forces of this earth. We are literally fighting for our children’s souls with very real beings and by the looks of things, they are winning!!

Job 1:7 The LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the LORD, “From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it.”

1 Peter 5:8 “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

Scripture is very specific about this. These beings are real as you and I. Satan has years and years of experience in human behaviour and he knows us. He knows that the flesh is weak and he makes sure that we think what the Bible clearly states is sinful behaviour, we think is simple fun and that we can get away with this kind of behaviour.

The fact is, we are happiests and safest in the presence of the Lord. We were made to give glory to the Lord in heaven and because we are made for this, we are happiest when we do this. Once we let go of our fleshly desires and we forget our needs and focus on God the Father, we receive a peace unequalled. God knows what’s best for us and therefor He gave us rules and guidelines to live by so that we can live with the full purpose for our being on this earth. Think about it. A father tells his children what to do and what not to do. Not to feel like he is in control but rather because he wants whats best for them and doesn’t want them to be hurt in any way. this is the same with our Heavenly Father.

So how does this fit into my discussion? Satan wants the opposite. He knows what the future holds for him and he wants to distroy Gods plans for our lives. We need to be sensitive to the Will of God. we need to know what is wrong and what is right and not moralise something completely sinful. We need to take back the reigns and start teaching our children moral values again. In this day we need to be prepared. This is the time. Now is the time!! Most of all, we need to pray. We need get back into a really personal relationship with God through His word, through Jesus and with the help of the Holy Spirit. We have everything we need to make a difference in this world. God provides, we just need to take it. Thank you Lord for your perfect plan for our lives. Lord help us to reach others and to save our children from the lies of this world. Lord let us take up our cross dayly and be humble before you so that we find strenth through you. Lord my heart breaks for these unsaved souls. Please do your work through us. Let us be your light on this earth. Thank You Lord for the priveledge to serve you the Allmighty God. Thank you for your father love. Give us strengt, give us love, give us faith, to do Your will. Amen!!

A Cup of coffee

Once again I am sitting here wondering how we manage to take the littlest things for granted and I realise as I sip my cup of coffee, this is such a priviledge. My coffee arrived about two minutes ago, freshly ground coffee with an aroma that fills the air. Sent to me by a really great and caring friend. Wow, do I care enough to send him a cup of anything? Am I just too busy with life to appreciate these wonderful gifts that I have in my life?

No Lord no!! Give me the heart of this kind and gentle friend, help me to send a cup of love when they least expect it!!

Another sip. Delicious! a Gift, for me. All I needed to do was accept it to appreciate and experience the true wonders of this cup of love. Why is it that some of us deny ourselves the biggest gift of love ever given? Why is it that some of us prefer to go thirsty rather that accept this offering of love.

Am I talking about coffee?


Dear Lord.

I Pray for strength.
To do Your will.
Please help me now, when I really need some wisdom and insight. I love you Lord…

You have to become like a child…

English Standard Version (©2001)
Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”

This is so huge. This is such a challenge for someone who is in the faith. What does Jesus mean when He says this?

First lets look at how a child would react to his father.

~To a child his father is there to protect him.
~He looks to his father for advice and esteems him wise and intelligent.
~A child would go off and play, with his father looking on but if the father wants to leave or looks like he wants to leave, he drops everything to follow his father.
~He wants to be with his father because he feels safe.
~A child can’t wait to get home to tell his father about his day and if he did somthing good, to tell his father about this, because he wants to please his father.
~ A child does everything to please his father.
~ A child goes to his fahter when he hurts himself or if someone else hurts him.
~ A child goes to his father for comfort and love.
~ A child tells everybody about his great and wonderful dad.
~ A Child trusts his father with everything, even the bad things.
~ A Child knows that his father will love him no-matter what he did.
~ A Child knows there is alway forgiveness.

An adult does thing a little better: Or so they think!

~ He thinks that money and posessions are great because people respect you.
~ It is important to be selfsufficient.
~ It is important to have a good image.
~ It is important to be a good upstanding citizen in the community who does well to all and everybody can see how generous he is.
~ He doesn’t have to impress anybody.
~ He doesn’t have to owe anybody anything.
~ Big boys don’t cry.
~ Real men don’t appologise.
~ We are the father now, and don’t need a father.

If we compare these two: Who has the better relationship with the father. And who is the upstanding citizen.

No, we need to forsake worldly things and take up our cross dayly and follow the Father.

May you be blessed in Jesus’ name!

God is so big and powerful, yet so soft and gentle. He changes people. Thank you Jesus!!

It has been a wonderful, glorious year for Anthony and I. God has done such amazing things in our lives. I am unfortunately going to have to use Anthony here bacause his journey was definitely more intense than mine.

Anthony got saved in April this year at the mighty men conference where God decided to grip his heart and open his eyes to the wonderful glory of God. Now you have to understand that my faith was weak at best because Anthony was full of bitterness, unforgiveness and he was struggling to understand this whole “Jesus” thing that happened in his life. He didn’t know the bible, didn’t really understand what it was about (exept for the stuff I was bombarding him with) (Just for incase the Lord wasn’t able to do this correctly) Haha.

Anthony didn’t want to go to our weekly prayer group. Struggled to go to church. Didn’t understand why I helped out on Sundays to serve coffee etc. To make a long story short…Anthony hates missing weekly prayer group, doesn’t like missing a Sunday service and he poured coffee after Sunday service…and….wait for this…liked it!!!

God started a mighty work in Him and He will finish it. Thank you Lord, you are my King and my Saviour. You are full of love and grace and You are so mercyfull. I love you. Now next. Baptism and Baptism in the Holy Gost. For me Baptism in the Holy Gost. (I’ve allways been a bit weary of this, but I long for it now. I need to be obedient to my Lord and this is the next step. Pray for us!

He allready paid the price, all we need to do is Gloryfy Him through our lives

These last two posts are really close to my heart because I have struggled fiercely to crucify self and to cultivate humility in my heart. It has been a long and painful journey and I am still not there yet, but what I can testify to is that I am at least not the entirely proud,selfrightious, arrogant, manipulating, “I can do it myself thank you” person I used to be. I am now about 10 percent less of the above list as I used to be. God is working in my heart and the Holy Spirit is doing a work in me that I could never do and I trust Him completely. The next post will describe the amazing things the Lord has done in Anthony’s and my life…it is amazing!!

Contrived Humility Vs. Humility from Faith

(Author: Mark Priestap)

Have you ever found yourself in prayer pleading a case before God when you suddenly get a sick feeling that either God is not listening or he’s not willing to hear you? What do you do when that happens? Hopefully you haven’t followed my example.

I have recently become painfully aware of a tendency of mine, when feeling inadequate to approach God, to try to bend his will through tears and contrite statements. Knowing that God will not despise a humble and contrite heart I’ve been seeking to make myself that way so that he would accept me and hear my pleas.

But there is a humbleness that does not flow from the gospel, and I frequently fall completely into its trap. It’s the same humility that we see in men who flog and cut themselves and do other religious practices thinking that by these works God will finally hear their prayers. But true humility does not come through self-made regulations (Colossians 2:23).

The humility that pleases God (Psalm 51:17) isn’t an outward show, but a response of faith to Jesus’ work for us and nothing else. The place where we ought to go when we sense our unworthiness in prayer is straight to the cross where we put full trust in the righteousness of Jesus on our behalf, where he canceled the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands, nailing it to the cross (Colossians 2:14) .

We can be comforted when we pray, knowing that it is not our righteousness which gains us entrance into his presence (Hebrews 4:16), but that of Jesus, whose blood washes away the sins of all those who by faith trust in him alone.

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (Romans 5:1,2)

Take up your cross every day.

Let Him Deny Himself

(Author: Jon Bloom)

The Christian life is a journey to the greatest joy that exists. But “the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matthew 7:14). Why is that? Because, paradoxically, in order to pursue our greatest joy, we must deny ourselves.

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It was a moment of euphoria for the disciples. Jesus was the Christ. Peter had confessed it and Jesus had confirmed it. The long-awaited arrival of Israel’s Messiah had come! And the Twelve were at the center of it!

Then oddly, Jesus immediately started talking about being murdered by his enemies. And he said some strange things about a resurrection. This was very confusing. But one thing seemed clear to Peter: defeat could not be the path to the Christ’s glory. The Christ was to be victorious.

So Peter brought correction to Jesus. Jesus called his correction satanic.

Peter was stunned. What could be satanic about wanting the Christ to be victorious? Jesus’ answer was, “you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man” (Mark 8:33).

Jesus knew that this was the case for all the disciples and the crowd following him. So he gathered them all together and dropped a bomb on them:

If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. (Mark 8:34)

A crowd of bewildered faces. A cross? They all knew what that meant: Roman execution of the most horrific kind. They were hoping that Jesus might conquer their enemies and “restore the kingdom to Israel” (Acts 1:6). Carrying a Roman cross did not sound like the Messianic kingdom. It sounded like death. Jesus wanted them to die?


Jesus’ kingdom was not of this world—not the geopolitical world they knew (John 18:36). His kingdom was far broader in scope than they yet realized. And their true enemy was far more powerful and deadly than Rome. Rome was a drop in the bucket (Isaiah 40:15). Their real enemy lived in them and all around them. Jesus had indeed come to conquer that enemy. In fact, he was headed to Jerusalem to strike the decisive blow in just days.

So he now was preparing them for the cross—his first and foremost, then theirs—and the multi-millennial mission to call out Israel from all peoples into his kingdom. Jesus was teaching them to intentionally move toward death.

Physical death, yes. All present that day would die, some as martyrs. But all his followers would also have to die to themselves. Die to the desire for self-glory, die to the desire for worldly respect and the fear of man, die to the desire for an easy life, die to the desire for earthly wealth, and a thousand other deaths. Finally, they must die to their desire to save their earthly lives.

But Jesus wasn’t calling his followers to some stoic life of self-sacrifice for a noble cause. His was an invitation to joy beyond imagination. The broad road of the world was lined with seductive false promises appealing to and blinding sinful human heart-eyes. And it was leading many to a horror beyond imagination. So Jesus was calling his followers to deny themselves the world’s paltry, brief joys that they might have overflowing eternal joy; to deny themselves hell that they might have heaven.

That’s why he went on to say:

For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. (Mark 8:35-37)

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Two brief summary observations from this account:

First, the Christian life is hard; sometimes agonizing. We shouldn’t be surprised (1 Peter 4:12). It’s hard because denying our fallen selves is hard. Any death is hard, some much more than others. But it’s designed to be that way. Our lives are our most precious earthly possession. Nothing displays the worth of Jesus more than our willingness to give away our lives (in small and large ways) for his sake.

Second, the only things that Jesus asks us to deny ourselves of are what will rob us of eternal joy. Like Moses in Hebrews 11:25-26, we are called to deny ourselves the passing pleasures of sin and consider the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the world’s treasures. How? By looking to the reward! I’ll sum it up in some lyrics I wrote in a song for my oldest daughter years ago:

There’s joy beyond your wildest dreams if you will just believe
This aching thirst for joy you feel God only can relieve.
And that eternal life is what’s in store
For all who will believe that only he’s worth living for.

Psalm 139

Psalm 139 (New International Version)

Psalm 139
For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.
1 O LORD, you have searched me
and you know me.

2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.

3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.

4 Before a word is on my tongue
you know it completely, O LORD.

5 You hem me in—behind and before;
you have laid your hand upon me.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.

7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?

8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, [a] you are there.

9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,

10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”

12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

16 your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

17 How precious to [b] me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!

18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand.
When I awake,
I am still with you.

19 If only you would slay the wicked, O God!
Away from me, you bloodthirsty men!

20 They speak of you with evil intent;
your adversaries misuse your name.

21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD,
and abhor those who rise up against you?

22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
I count them my enemies.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.

24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.