De Profundis…..


King David

From the depths of despair, O LORD,
I call for your help.
Hear my cry, O Lord.
Pay attention to my prayer.

LORD, if you kept a record of our sins,
who, O Lord, could ever survive?
But you offer forgiveness,
that we might learn to fear you.

I am counting on the LORD;
yes, I am counting on him.
I have put my hope in his word.
I long for the Lord
more than sentries long for the dawn,
yes, more than sentries long for the dawn.

O Israel, hope in the LORD;
for with the LORD there is unfailing love.
His redemption overflows.
He himself will redeem Israel
from every kind of sin.

How often have you cried out to God in the misery of your circumstances. How often have you sought an answer to the problems you have faced, the fears that you could not face?

The authorship of this Psalm is anonymous, but it echoes a cry like many that King David wrote.

David, the warrior King, beloved of all Israel, cried out to God more often than he rejoiced. In moments of fear, failure, guilt, frustration, loneliness, he cried out to God. Almost every emotion you and I have experienced in our lives, David experienced.

‘De Profundis…” out of the depths of our pain we cry, because our eyes are seeing ourselves only and do not have the time and perception to understand why we have found ourselves in our predicament.

Although God in His compassion, laments with us, His reason differs from ours. We lament because of ourselves, our emotion; God, because, we lack understanding that He longs for us to have.

The psalmist points to the problem – sin. (sin is probably the most misunderstood word in the bible) The state of ‘sin’ is no more than being apart from God – doing our own thing, to use a contemporary expression.

RedemptionThe intense hope of the Psalmist is seeing the dawn of redemption, the dawn of the Son of Man, God incarnate – Jesus.

The Psalmist’s hope was reserved for another dawn; the dawn reserved for you and me. A hope free from all the cares and anxieties of this life.

Out of the depths of this dawn is the greatest treasure of all.

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I’ll encourage you…stay with Me


 

On the 22 April 2017 all South Africans were invited to meet on a farm near Bloemfontein in the Free State. The purpose of this meeting was to worship the Lord and pray for our country, South Africa.

It was amazing to be part of such a gathering. As far as our eyes could see there were people of all cultures assembled for one purpose…to petition the Lord our God and intercede for the country. Each one of the one million people that attended worshipped the Lord in the warm Free State sun. There was a call for repentance and many gave their lives to the LordPrayer Picture Group for the first time. It was important to ask for forgiveness before asking God to hear the prayers of His people.

The Lord encouraged His children to become ‘prayers’. Once leaving the gathering, we should all become intercessors for the areas in which we live. We left the meeting excited at the prospect of being used by the Lord in our area to intercede for our country.

 

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A Timeless Tale – Chapter Ten


With your permission, I am going to interrupt the theme we have been working on so far. I am doing this especially for those readers who might belong or have belonged to Christian Communities.

When I say Christian Communities, I am referring to those across denominational divides.

You will notice that in the previous chapters I have made no mention of two practices that the greater majority of these communities hold fast.  These are ‘Baptism’ and ‘Holy Communion’ (or ‘Breaking of Bread’ as it is often called).

My reason for not mentioning these topics before, is simply that they are ‘ceremonial practices’ that will in nowise affect your day-to-day spiritual life here on this earth and certainly never have any influence on your eternal future. On this basis, let us get some understanding on these issues.

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A Timeless Tale – Chapter Two


Adam & Eve

This is a Third in a Series A Timeless Tale ( See God is a Timeless Tale, A Timeless Tale Chapter One).

Chapter Two – Mission Accomplished

In the times of the first five books of Moses, at the beginning of the Old Testament, God made an arrangement with His people.

Instead of the severity of the punishment, suffered by Adam and Eve, for their disobedience, God arranged for people to come to His temple in Jerusalem, once a year, bringing along with them a pair of spotless (free of any blemishes) lambs, or if they could not afford these, then two pigeons would be in order. [1]

These creatures were given to the priest in the temple and he duly slaughtered them and sprinkled their blood on the altar. This ceremony then absolved the people who brought the lambs/pigeons, from their disobedience to God.

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Free E-Books Launch


Good News!

For those of you who run a house church, or would like to start up a house church, here is a simple and easy way to begin:

Firstly you click on ‘go’ then open link to download. You then read the simple instructions in the beginning of the manual and away you go.

Do not use second manual until you have completed the manual above.

Use the same procedure above to continue on the second manual.

If you have any difficulty downloading, then go to home page and click on ‘Free E-Books’.

The e-books are given and can be copied free of charge without prejudice to author’s rights on the strict condition that they are never sold, not even to cover costs.

May Father anoint you to teach yourself and others this life giving message.

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The Jesus Tree


Someone sent me a picture of “The Jesus Tree” on What’s Apps the other day and this is what it looks like:

Jesus-Tree 2

Published by viralsection.com

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The Link Related to the Post on ‘The Importance of Forgiveness’


As promised, here is the link to ‘Admissions’ the ten minute movie clip, concerning forgiveness.

I would like to mention that I’m aware that the clip covers political and religious themes, which are not necessarily my view. The real underlying issues for me were:

·         The insignificance of our earthbound belief systems, when we enter the realm of the eternity. 

·         Irrespective of our earthbound belief systems, forgiveness was paramount.

Lastly, I think this was possibly a trailer of a full movie production, which if viewed, might bring many other issues into play, but as I haven’t seen the full production. I’m not in a position to comment.

Link to ‘Admissions’:   Note: you need to set the time to 13:16 to avoid going through video material not relevant to this message.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcCpVZZjaVgsh

 

 

What is Prayer (Part Two)


Prayer is another way of saying; ‘speaking to God’. In many respects, there is a likeness between praying and our conversations with our fellow humans.

We would hold a conversation with a child in one way and an adult in another. We adopt one approach when discussing a serious matter and another in telling funny stories. Continue reading “What is Prayer (Part Two)”

The importance of Forgiveness


The Importance of Forgiveness

I had never understood the significance of forgiveness in my life until I underwent a very deep personal spiritual experience.

Both my mother and grandmother were absolutely insistent that I should, ‘Go right now and say you are sorry to…..’(to the person that I had offended). I suppose this process was the closest I ever got to asking for, or offering to, forgive another person and this was the case until I had reached my fortieth year. Continue reading “The importance of Forgiveness”