Time and the eternal …

                                               …NOW!
life

Ever wondered what eternity really is?

      What is it?
      How do you describe or define it?

Actually, eternity is very easy to define or explain!
But in explaining or defining eternity,
… let me ask you this question.

      What limits our understanding of eternity?
      Time, or more accurately, our concept of time,
      which seems to limit or restrict everything!

Therefore, simply remove time and you have eternity!
      If you remove time, what you are left with is – NOW!
      … the eternal now,
      … the now that never ends!
      Eternity therefore is simply – NOW!

As God also said to us

      Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
      Hebrews 13:8

Although one question remains…
How does this affect my time on earth?

      What I don’t do now, I may never do!
      However, I have all of now to do what I should do
      and if I need help, ask God who said

      I will never leave you nor forsake you.
      Hebrews 13:5

He is always there
… waiting for us to reach out to Him – NOW!
 

God supplies the seed

                                    …that you need to succeed!
life

God invites us into His Kingdom
… where all our needs are met.

      But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,
      and all these things shall be added to you.
      Matthew 6:33

Yet it seems that this does not work so well!
Why?
Because our needs are not met in what God does
but in what we do with what He provides.

Jesus told the parable of the talents
      Matthew 25:14-30 – Luke 19:11-27

The two servants who worked with what God supplied
… were blessed and their needs met.
The one servant who did not work with God’s supply
… God simply could not bless.

Why not?
God’s Kingdom is based on
Genesis 8:22
The law of …
seedtime and harvest.

Who will supply the seed that we need?
GOD!

But to succeed
you need
to work with that seed!

      Do not be deceived, God is not mocked;
      for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
      Galatians 6:7

 

Life is full of…

                                    … choices!
life

Surely not again?
Yes, there are times when we just don’t
… want to have to make another choice.

Yet, life is full of choices!
However keep in mind the reality,
that with every choice that needs to be made,
… there are also possibilities
and opportunities to go HIGHER!

The choice is ours
whether to stay where we’re at, with what we know,
or to reach for the higher life,
as did the apostle Paul,

      I press toward the goal for the prize
      of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
      Philippians 3 14

And this is a reality,
… not only in our daily natural life
… and in what we can achieve,
but even more importantly,
… to go higher with God
and in all that He has planned and purposed for us!

      For we are His workmanship,
      created in Christ Jesus for good works,
      which God prepared before and
      that we should walk in them.
      Ephesians 2 10

 

The love of art …

                                    … the art of love!
life

What is art?
The expression of me,
… of my thoughts and my feelings.
The way I see things,
… the way I think.

      For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.
      Proverbs 23 7

What is love?
The expression of my inner image
… of my heart, my character, of my Creator.
The Image of God in me!

      So God created man in His own image;
      – male and female He created them.
      Genesis 1 27

And what is that image?
The image and character of God!

      God is love, and he who abides in love
      abides in God, and God in him.
      1John 4 16

 

fake news …

                              …how would you know?
life

Can you really trust what you hear or read?
NO, regrettably not!
So how then can you know
… what is fake and what is not fake news?

      If it brings pressure or fear
      whilst promoting a solution that has
      … a cost to your livelihood,
      … a cost to your freedom,
      and limits your rights and abilities…

      Is there any good in that news?
      Nothing at all!
      It’s rooted and driven by what is negative!

On the other hand …

      If it brings pressure – with a solution
      that does NOT cost you your livelihood
      and does not threaten your freedom
      … nor attempt to limit your rights and abilities…

      That is good news, that is real news!
      Yes, it does have the same facts
      … but is dealt with honestly and positively!

As is written …

      Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you;
      not as the world gives do I give to you.
      Let not your heart be troubled,
      neither let it be afraid.
      John 14 27

 


A viral attack…

                                    … fight back!
life

It may seem that your body, life and livelihood are under attack,
… but in reality it’s your mind that is being targeted.

Are you being hacked,
… your mind bombarded by negative, accusing thoughts?
You need an anti-virus!
      if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy
      — meditate on these things.
      Phil 4 8-9

Are you being bombarded with thoughts,
… making it difficult to think straight?
You need a firewall!
      casting down arguments and every high thing …
      bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,
      2 Cor 10 4-5

Is your fellowship with God being hindered,
… your relationship and communication with God obstructed?
Get the help of a real professional.

      Let the Holy Spirit reboot your system!
      the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name,
      He will teach you and bring to remembrance things I said to you.
      John 14 26

      And let the Holy Spirit give you an upgrade!
      He will guide you into all truth;
      and He will tell you things to come.
      John 16 13

Beware of the Trojan and Worm, that will try to corrupt your thinking!
causing you to think and speak negative thoughts,
… and even causing you to judge others?
You need the love anti-virus!
      And above all things have fervent love for one another,
      for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”
      1 Peter 4 8 (Psalm 34 12-13)

 
 

What are you expecting?

                                 … to receive?
life

Do you believe that God can heal?
… most people do.
Yet so many are NOT healed!
Why not?

As we have learnt from life,
… receiving is not up to the giver.
That means, that for God to heal you,
… you not only must believe that God does heal,
BUT…
YOU have to believe that God WILL heal YOU!
For that is when believing becomes faith,

      Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,
      the evidence of things not seen.
      Hebrews 11:1

Think of it this way.
You are thirsty,
and God has a jug of water.
The question is,
… have YOU brought a CUP
because you believe God will fill it for you!

      But without faith it is impossible to please Him,
      for he who comes to God must believe that He is,
      and that He is a rewarder of those
      who diligently seek Him.

      Hebrews 11:6

Believe He will reward you
… and you will be rewarded!
 

Living by faith

                                 … in the power of LOVE!
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      The just shall live by faith.
      Romans 1 17

Yet Paul also added to this, saying

      And now abide faith, hope, love, these three;
      but the greatest of these is love.
      1 Corinthians 13 13

How can that be?
Should I live by faith or by love?

Well, consider this…
Can a man move a mountain? – No!
Can God move a mountain? – Yes!
And we also know that…

      God is love, and he who abides in love
      abides in God, and God in him.
      1 John 4 16

So, since God is love,
… and He can move mountains,
it is obvious that …
if I live by faith in LOVE
then LOVE in me – can move a mountain!

      For we through the Spirit eagerly wait
      the hope of righteousness by faith.
      For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision
      nor uncircumcision avails anything,
      – but faith working through love. –
      Galatians 5 5-6

      Living by faith
      in the power of Love Himself!
 

Take the opportunity

                                 … and live that potential!
life

Through the Bible there are numerous incidents
in which God touched the lives of people,
… changing their circumstances
and impacting their future!
How?

      By freeing them from their past,
      removing obstacles from their lives,
      bringing physical, mental and spiritual healing.

However, unlike what we usually expect God to do,
God never gives us physical things like money, etc.

So what does God do, what does God give?

      For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord,
      plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
      plans to give you hope and a future.

      Jeremiah 29 11

God gives us visions, opportunities and plans for a great future!
However,
God cannot change our attitude, thinking or character,
but He does tell us what we should deal with in our lives,
… and He is there to help us in our weakness and need!

      Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times
      that it might depart from me. And He said to me,
      My grace is sufficient for you,
      for My strength is made perfect in weakness.

      2 Corinthians 12 8-9

Hear Him, trust Him and follow Him
into His perfect plan for your life!
 

What you see…

                                 …determines what you’ll be!
life

      Where there is no vision, the people perish:
      Proverbs 29 18

What you see … determines what you’ll be!
Or as a well known saying goes
seeing is believing!
Now, this may not sound very scriptural,
… yet the reality is …
What you don’t see yourself as being or doing,
… you will never experience
… you will never achieve.

      For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.
      Proverbs 23 7

Because what you think,
… the pictures you make in your mind,
… that you see yourself doing or becoming,
is what becomes real to you,
… and what becomes alive in you!

Stumbling around in the dark gets you nowhere,
… but what you visualize and see yourself as doing or being,
is what can become real to you and real in you!
In fact, God has got a picture for your life…

      For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord,
      plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
      plans to give you hope and a future.
      Jeremiah 29 11

and He says to us…

      Call to Me, and I will answer you,
      and show you great and mighty things,
      which you do not know.
      Jeremiah 33 3