Meditate Not Slander

•November 27, 2012 • Leave a Comment

ג Gimel

17 Be good to your servant while I live,     that I may obey your word. 18 Open my eyes that I may see     wonderful things in your law. 19 I am a stranger on earth;     do not hide your commands from me. 20 My soul is consumed with longing     for your laws at all times. 21 You rebuke the arrogant, who are accursed,     those who stray from your commands. 22 Remove from me their scorn and contempt,     for I keep your statutes. 23 Though rulers sit together and slander me,     your servant will meditate on your decrees. 24 Your statutes are my delight;     they are my counselors.

Psalm 119:23 – Though rulers sit together and slander me,     your servant will meditate on your decrees. This verse could apply to anything or anybody in our lives – rulers, pastors, elders and fellow Christians. The attack seems strongest within the church, sometimes the people you would want and you would think would support you, encourage you end up slandering you and most of the time not even know it. Too many times words spoken out by people in the church towards me have knocked me down, discouraged me, made me feel like I’m worthless, not up to the standard’s that they think I or other people should live up too, their standards, controlling, self-motive’s and for their own gain.

The verses from 17-22 sounds like a committed Christian, asking for God’s anointing, His blessing not to leave, to stay always, asking God for His presence to stay.

V20 – My soul is consumed with longing for your laws at all times.

With this comes tribulation, hardship, criticism, jealousy, slander and even innocent disrespect.

But also with this we can meditate on God’s Holy decrees, on His words and promises and find comfort in his mercy.

HIS STATUTES ARE MY DELIGHT, THEY ARE MY COUNSELLORS.

No longer will I live in the shadow of other people and their opinions of what worshiping the Lord looks, feels or sounds like. No longer will I accept the scrutiny of those who think they are better than me just because of their intelligent minds.

My heart is with Jesus and there it will stay till my last breath, my counsel will be in God, not in man.

Seek first the kingdom of God.

My dreams and Visions will no longer be crushed by the words, actions, emotions and opinions of man.

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Filled With all Joy and Peace

•November 26, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Romans 15:13 -May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Not just fill but overflowing – by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Trusting in God brings us all joy and peace/fills us with all joy and peace, not just a little bit but fills to the point of overflowing and this is done with the help of the Holy Spirit, which was given to us/promised to us and is in us.

Thank you for this wonderful gift, the Holy Spirit, my beautiful friend, Jesus.

•November 19, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Go Play, from my wifes blog

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About two years ago I was sitting in our new church building

and I believe this is what God told me;

That the church was like a tree-house and the land was his. That he was my Heavenly Father and I was to go and play.

At the time I thought “aww that’s nice” but I did not recognize the significance of this until just recently. For the past year I have been dealing with depression due to many stresses of life  that have had me feeling like there was no hope and nothing will ever change in our lives. Praise God that for the past six months I’ve been coming out of it with an abundance of joy!!

So what happened???? I went to the Doctor and got some happy pills 🙂

Not just that alone, as I still had my faith in spite of feeling lost, one of the scriptures that kept me going was this Habakkuk…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal

•November 14, 2012 • Leave a Comment

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•November 3, 2012 • Leave a Comment

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Outreach To Tenali 2012, India Part 5

•October 30, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Outreach to Tenali, India Part 5
Destination: Tenali, India, Guntur District, Indian State of Andhra Pradesh

Well sorry it’s been a while since I posted the next installment of our outreach to India a few weeks ago. Hopefully I will get the last 2-3 parts done today and tomorrow.

We visited the widows twice while in India during the evening. There was about 40 widows all living in a Hindu community not too far from where we were staying. Pastor Ravindra visits the widows about every 3 days. There is also a Sunday school there for the children in the community with Christian Pastors. How awesome is that. It’s a Hindu community with a Christian Sunday school for the children. One day these children will be the future for God’s kingdom. So anyway, our first evening visiting the widow’s was such a great experience. In my westerner thinking, I thought, just like the pastor’s conference that we would be in a small room or small hall to meet the widows and hand out food. But to my surprise, and I’m glad it happened this way, they pulled up two chairs for us in the street, and this was at night. So I was a little surprised. God uses every little situation, anyway he can to reach people for his purpose. And I was meant to be playing a few worship songs in front of the widows. Not only were there widows but children, teens and men from the neighbourhood gathered. What an experience and a blessing to played Christian worship songs on the street in a Hindu community. Wow. I played a couple of song and then Gary shared the message for about 10 minutes. And then an alter call. About 20-30 people gave their hearts to Jesus. And then we were blessed to hand out food.

I have a couple of photos of the Widows, sorry about the quality, but hopefully they will be clear enough. Bless ya.

Widows of India

Widows of India

Widows of India

Widows of India

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Outreach To Tenali 2012, India Part 4

•October 12, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Outreach to Tenali, India Part 4
Destination: Tenali, India, Guntur District, Indian State of Andhra Pradesh

The second pastor’s conference was similar to the first except that it was in a different village. The third and last pastor’s conference felt a little different, in a good way though. The Holy Spirit moved, I sang two worship songs, Gary preached an awesome message, and I also got to preach for a little before Gary preached. Really felt like God was moving amongst all of us. There seemed to be more of an outpouring of God’s Spirit. Afterwards, when we were praying for the pastors, women started coming up for prayer, I think they were waiting outside while the conference was on. It was such a blessing that this happened, a conference for leaders but still with room for others to come for prayer. God’s house is an open door for everybody. One woman came up for prayer with a tumor just above her eye, she had some pain and after Gary had prayed for her the pain was gone, one of the healings we got to witness. At the end we got to pray for the pastor and his family of the church the conference was held in (While Gary was praying for them, I had a vision of an angel coming up behind them and wrapping it’s wings around them, wow). This particular church wasn’t welcome in this village and the locals were trying to get rid of it and there was even legal action in the process of trying to get rid of them. And I think also the neighbor’s had even tried burning the church down. So later Gary got to talk to the pastor and encourage him with the Word of God.

Oh and yes more garlands.

So the next few evenings we went to the orphanage Pastor Ravindra had started up and a community of about 40 windows in a Hindu Community. For me the feel of the outreach sort of changed after the conferences. We were able to get in and visit the local and surrounding communities. The orphanage was about 30-40 minute drive from Tenali, out in a village around the rice fields. During our time in India for me, the children really blessed my heart. They were so full of joy to see us. It was such an honor for them to tell us their names and to know our name. I think that by telling us their names, they feel important, not over looked, like somebody cares about them. It was so sweet. So the first time we visited the orphanage I got to sing a few worship songs for them and Gary shared a short gospel message with them. We were also able to buy them food and got to serve them. Thank you to all that gave financially, you blessed these children’s hearts and lives. We also got to see their living conditions. This wasn’t much more than a small brick and concrete building with three small rooms. The children and one of the workers slept on the floor on very thin mats. Most days they have little or no food or money for clothes. Also pastor Ravindra told us that he would visit the orphanage every 2-3 days. Sometimes he wouldn’t have the money to catch a bus out so he would walk most of the day to get there and stay for a few days and then walk back home. What a man after God’s glory.

Sorry didn’t get around to talking about the widow’s, will leave that for the next part. Cheers and Bless ya.

Orphanage Children

Orphanage Children

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