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Being “STILL”


 
  • When we are in midst of the most toughest battle or in a place where there seems to be no way or sit in darkness where there seems to be no ray if hope, and God says, “BE STILL”, that’s the most difficult thing to do!
    We may feel like it is the end, loose all hope and in desperation cry to God and He says, “BE STILL”.
    “Being still” may be the hardest thing to do at that point but God just wants us to be still so that He can fight our battle and we may know He is God!
    Being still means being still!
    It means to stop striving, stop complaining, stop murmuring, stop wondering, stop crying and just being still in complete faith in the ONE WHO ASKED US TO BE STILL!
     Psalm 46:10,”Be still and know that I am God.”
    Let us hold on to God’s promises for us and stand firm on His Word and be still.
    Julia


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WHERE ARE MY NUGGETS, MY GOLD OF OPHIR?


Hi Family and friends…
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May this week be the most blessed week…
May we see the world through the eyes of God and not miss a sigh or tear of someone who is hurting or in pain around us. May we reach out to the lost and forgotten ones. May we be imitators of Christ. 
God is sure on the move, He will cause the Body of Christ to shine so… bright, that every power of darkness will be dispelled and overpowered!
May we be His light as Jesus was and is the light! 
Let us choose to rejoice and sing even in midst of opposition from the evil one, rejection, pain because God is with us through it all! 
He will raise us up! He is the Glory n The Lifter of our head.
Last week was so…blessed by something our daughter Becky wrote for “Kerygma”, our Church weekly newsletter. 
Let us lay our all at our Savior’s feet…!
Stay blessed…
In Christ…
Julia
 
WHERE ARE MY NUGGETS, MY GOLD OF OPHIR?
 
When we go through tough times, challenging situations and turmoil in our lives; it’s good for us to have something to come back to in God’s Word that will put our lives back in perspective. If we don’t have a close relationship with the Word of God and keep coming back to it to derive our strength, portion and substance from it; we are sure to end up allowing our circumstances to get the best of us. 
 
The book of Job has always been that source of timely perspective for me. Surely, Job went through far much than any of us have been through and his life sort of covers almost every situation a Christian could possibly walk in. Dealing with financial loss? Job did too! Mourning the death of a loved one? Job did too! Have a sickness or illness you’re battling? Job did too! Have friends that criticize you? Job did too! Have marital problems? Job did too! Have people falsely accusing you? Hello, Job did too! Don’t know when your chaos and pain will end? Job didn’t either! Don’t know why God doesn’t seem to be moving on your behalf? Job didn’t either. You get the drift of what I’m saying. This is a great book to come back to at any time and be encouraged. 
 
So, getting to what I actually intended to share in this article…here’s a portion I read a few days back and have been meditating on. It’s Job chapter 22: 24, 25 (NIV): “If you remove wickedness far from your tent and assign your nuggets to the dust, your gold of Ophir to the rocks in the ravines, then the Almighty will be your gold, the choicest silver for you.” 
 
Since I read this, I started asking the Holy Spirit to teach me what it meant to “assign my nuggets to the dust, my gold of Ophir”. I was lead to read about Ophir in the Bible and its significance. 
This is what I learnt: 
• The land of Ophir has been mentioned a few times in the Bible but always in reference to its gold. 
• 1 Kings 9:28 speaks of how King Solomon sent ships to Ophir to bring back the best gold from there into his kingdom. 
• 1 Kings 10:11 tells us that when the wealthy Queen of Sheba came to visit King Solomon she gifted him the gold of Ophir. 
• 1 Chronicles 29:4 shows us how the gold of Ophir was brought in to build the temple of God. 
• Isaiah 13:12 refers to the gold of Ophir as a rare thing.
• In Psalm 45, David sings to the Lord saying, “at your right hand is the royal bride in gold of Ophir”.
 
The Lord started to stir my spirit and show me that He isn’t looking for the best that we can give him at any given point. He isn’t looking for a people who will give him a certain place in their lives. He even isn’t looking to be ‘a part’ of  our daily routines. He wants our everything! Everything. 
 
Church, even as we go through a month of learning from this theme “Let Us Build”, I’d like to share some hard truths about building His Kingdom that the Lord has been teaching me. If we don’t lay down our everything — our best and our worst, our firsts and our lasts, our strengths and our weaknesses and everything we consider precious and hold close to our hearts — if we don’t lay all this down and bury it in the dust, there honestly will be no “building” at all. 
 
The verse uses the word ‘nuggets’? Nuggets are small pieces not huge boulders. What are those small areas in our lives that are so precious to us, that we’d rather keep them in our hands than bury them in the ground? Is it a dream that we’d like to see fulfilled? Is it a relationship we’d like to have or maintain? Is it a love for money or a desire for success? Is it a need to be seen, heard and noticed? What are these nuggets that we choose to hold on to?
 
What is our ‘gold of Ophir’? People went on missions to look for gold in Ophir. What is our life mission? Are we on a search for significance? Is the conquest of our lives something materialistic or temporary or earthly? If so, are we willing to bury our gold of Ophir — our prized accomplishments, our unique talents, our expensive efforts, our costly callings, our lavish desires and extravagant objectives. 
 
You’ll notice that the verse clearly says that only when we render our nuggets useless and assign it to the dust and our gold of Ophir to the rocks, only then will God be the choicest of gold for us. 
 
Church, if we are passionate about building anything for the Lord, how can we start unless buried deep in the foundations are the things we consider precious? The Lord is looking to build a Church in these last days, that will stand on a foundation of precious stones that are the sacrifices made by Christians who have given their everything to Him. This last day Church will stand on a grave that has buried deep inside it dead desires, dead dreams and Christians dead to their flesh. 
 
Are you willing to be a part of this end time remnant? If so, ask yourself this today: “Where are my nuggets, my gold of Ophir?” 
God richly bless you this week and may you have your own revelation of the King and His Kingdom. 
In Him, 
Becky Leslie. 

 


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Bring in the sick, lost, hopless….


Hi…
Greetings…
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Our Lord came to seek and save the lost.
Luke 19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost. 
Mark 2: 15 While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and “sinners” were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the “sinners” and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?”
The self righteous Pharisees were  not happy to Jesus eat with sinners. But Jesus loved them and knew they needed Him the most.
Mark 2:17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Are we turning our face away from people who we think are not of our kind? They are the ones who need to see Christ’s love in us and through us.
Our Lord wants to see many souls won for the Kingdom.
God. He came to save them.
Luke 5: 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
Luke 14:23 “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in, so that my house will be full.
That’s why the Lord wanted us to go into the world a preach the Gospel.
There are millions who need to know about our Lord and His salvation plan.
The Lord chose us and now has a mission for us.
Isaiah 42:6 “I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness;
       I will take hold of your hand.I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people 
       and a light for the Gentiles, 
7 to open eyes that are blind, 
       to free captives from prison 
       and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.
Christ’s mission on earth was this and now God wants us to be imitators of Christ. We are blessed to fulfil God’s mission.
We need to seek Christ’s Righteousness to be imitators of Him.
Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Let’s reflect Christ. Let His love rule and reign in us.
2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
Let’s go to the struggling, the lost, the wandering, the hopeless, the sick, the lost, the backslidden, with the Word of Life and Hope.
Stay blessed…
YSIC
Julia

 


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Wandering eyes…


Hi Family, friends
Wanted to study a bit on “Wandering eyes”. 
I came on-line to and I happened to see a desperate prayer request…
This was from a person who was so….lonely, bored in life and she wrote,” ….I’m worried……my eyes are starting to wander. My emotions are calling for notice”. 
In her longing to seek attention and love her eyes were wandering on-line for friendships and relationships.
It’s okay to have good healthy friendships but the problem is when eyes start wandering the enemy has deceptive traps laid all over the Internet to trap innocent victims.
There are people out there who are just illusions and just want to have fun with innocent people who fall for their lies and false friendships.
Then after a while they’ll be suddenly gone leaving these people feel cheated.
That’s why my heart went out to pray for this person.
Job knew that “Wandering eyes can end up in sin” that’s why says in
JOB 31:1,”I made a covenant with my eyes 
       not to look lustfully at a girl.”
Here Job not only avoided adultery, he had not even taken a step towards that sin by looking at a woman with lust.
Eyes wandering on-line to find true love can slowly be drawn away into the snare of the enemy unknowingly. Then one starts loosing focus and priorities change places.
Even someone who loves Jesus can be caught in this web and then Jesus sighs.
They loose the passion and love they once had to serve God.
Then Jesus will say….
REVELATION 2:4 “Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love.
5 Remember the height from which you have fallen!
Repent and do the things you did at first.
If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lamp stand from its place.”
Let our Love for JESUS and our Passion for seeking and serving HIM be our 1st love.
Let’s take our eyes off from the things of this world that lures us to sin.
Our eyes need to look up to God for our help comes from Him.
PSALM 121:  1 “I lift up my eyes to the hills—
       where does my help come from?”
Wandering eyes can also cause one to lust for the things of this world and worldly pleasures.
That’s why it’s said in
1 JOHN 2: 16 “For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man,
the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—
comes not from the Father but from the world.”
We need to remove every stumbling blocks that cause us to fall in sin.
Matthew 18: 9 “And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away.
 It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.”
It’s not literally taking out your eyes but cutting off or turning away from any friendships, activity, practices, sites, neighbourhood that may cause one to sin.
Our eyes the Bible says is the lamp of the Body.
LUKE 11: 34 “Your eye is the lamp of your body.
When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light.
But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness.”
Let our eyes be fixed on our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Let not evil and sinful desires dim our spiritual vision
Then we will have hard time seeking God, seeing His vision and serving Him.
Let us desire to know our Savior better.
May Yeshua’s love rule and Reign in your hearts.
Stay Blessed,
YSIC,
Julia

 


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~THE ROOM~ by Joshua Harris


Hi …
I Read “The Room”, it’s very thought provoking.
Hope you read it too……till the end (Plz…)
It’s written by Joshua Harris. (His vision)
You’ll never be the same again!!
We may think our loved ones, parents, friends, Pastor, kids don’t see what we do in private and within the closed doors of our homes and minds,
BUT GOD SEES IT ALL!!
Let’s always remember that Our Lord’s eyes are always watching us…
Our every word, deed, thoughts, actions are recorded.
Including out every tear!!
NOTHING, JUST NOTHING IS HIDDEN FROM HIM!!!!
Let this open our eyes to the truth and live this life for Christ’s Glory!!!
This moved me to tears..
May the peace of God and the freshness of the Holy Spirit rest in your thoughts, rule in your dreams tonight, and conquer all your fears. May God manifest Himself today in ways you have never experienced. May your joys be fulfilled, your dreams be closer , and your prayers be answered. I pray that faith enters a new height for you; I pray that your territory is enlarged. I pray for peace, healing, health, happiness, prosperity, joy, true and undying love for God.
Be washed in the Precious Blood of Yeshua and Be refreshed in His anointing,,,,
Be Blessed
Julia

“THE ROOM “
My Dream
~By Joshua Harris~

In that place between wakefulness and dreams,
I found myself in the room.
There were no distinguishing features except for the one wall covered with small index card files. They were like the ones in libraries that list titles by author or subject in alphabetical order.
But these files, which stretched from floor to ceiling and seemingly endless in either direction, had very different headings.
As I drew near the wall of files, the first to catch my attention was one that read
“Girls I have liked.”
I opened it and began flipping through the cards. I quickly shut it, shocked to realize that I recognized the names written on each one. And then without being told, I knew exactly where I was.
This lifeless room with its small files was a crude catalog system for my life.
Here were written the actions of my every moment, big and small, in a detail my memory couldn’t match. A sense of wonder and curiosity, coupled with horror, stirred within me as I began randomly opening files and exploring their content.
Some brought joy and sweet memories;
others a sense of shame and regret so intense that I would look over my shoulder to see if anyone was watching.
A file named
“Friends”
was next to one marked
“Friends I have betrayed.”
The titles ranged from the mundane to the outright weird
“Books I Have Read,”
“Lies I Have Told,”
“Comfort I have Given,”
“Jokes I Have Laughed at .”
Some were almost hilarious in their exactness:
“Things I’ve yelled at my brothers.”
Others I couldn’t laugh at:
“Things I Have Done in My Anger”,
“Things I Have Muttered Under My Breath at My Parents.”
I never ceased to be surprised by the contents.
Often there were many more cards than I expected.
Sometimes fewer than I hoped.
I was overwhelmed by the sheer volume of the life I had lived.
Could it be possible that I had the time in my years to fill each of these thousands or even millions of cards?
But each card confirmed this truth.
Each was written in my own handwriting.
Each signed with my signature.
When I pulled out the file marked
“TV Shows I have watched”,
I realized the files grew to contain their contents.
The cards were packed tightly, and yet after two or three yards, I hadn’t found the end of the file. I shut it, shamed, not so much by the quality of shows but more by the vast time I knew that file represented.
When I came to a file marked
“Lustful Thoughts,”
I felt a chill run through my body. I pulled the file out only an inch, not willing to test its size and drew out a card.
I shuddered at its detailed content.
I felt sick to think that such a moment had been recorded.
An almost animal rage broke on me. One thought dominated my mind:
No one must ever see these cards! No one must ever see this room! I have to destroy them!”
In insane frenzy I yanked the file out.
Its size didn’t matter now. I had to empty it and burn the cards.
But as I took it at one end and began pounding it on the floor, I could not dislodge a single card.
I became desperate and pulled out a card, only to find it as strong as steel when I tried to tear it.
Defeated and utterly helpless, I returned the file to its slot.
Leaning my forehead against the wall,
I let out a long, self-pitying sigh.
And then I saw it.. The title bore
“People I Have Shared the Gospel With.”
The handle was brighter than those around it,seemed newer, almost unused.
I pulled on its handle and a small box not more than three inches long fell into my hands.
I could count the cards it contained on one hand.
And then the tears came.
I began to weep.
Sobs so deep that they hurt.
They started in my stomach and shook through me. I fell on my knees and cried.
I cried out of shame, from the overwhelming shame of it all.
The rows of file shelves swirled in my tear-filled eyes.
No one must ever, ever know of this room. I must lock it up and hide the key.
But then as I pushed away the tears, I saw Him.
No, please not Him. Not here.
Oh, anyone but Jesus.
I watched helplessly as He began to open the files and read the cards.
I couldn’t bear to watch His response.
And in the moments I could bring myself to look at His face, I saw a sorrow deeper than my own.
He seemed to intuitively go to the worst boxes.
Why did He have to read every one?
Finally He turned and looked at me from across the room. He looked at me with pity in His eyes.
But this was a pity that didn’t anger me.
I dropped my head, covered my face with my hands and began to cry again.
He walked over and put His arm around me.
He could have said so many things.
But He didn’t say a word.
He just cried with me.
Then He got up and walked back to the wall of files.
Starting at one end of the room, He took out a file and, one by one, began to sign His name over mine on each card.
“No!”
I shouted rushing to Him.
All I could find to say was
“No, no,” as I pulled the card from Him.
His name shouldn’t be on these cards.
But there it was, written in red so rich, so dark, so alive.
The name of Jesus covered mine.
It was written with His blood.
He gently took the card back.
He smiled a sad smile and began to sign the cards.
I don’t think I’ll ever understand how He did it so quickly, but the next instant it seemed
I heard Him close the last file and walk back to my side.
He placed His hand on my shoulder and said,
“It is finished.”
I stood up, and He led me out of the room. There was no lock on its door.
There were still cards to be written.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”-
Phil. 4:13
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
JOHN 3:16
If you feel the same way forward it so the love of Jesus will touch their lives also.
My
“People I shared the gospel with” file just got bigger, how about yours?
~JOSHUA HARRIS~
This is a chapter from His book….” I kissed dating good-bye”

 

 


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Imitators of Christ


Imitators of Christ….

 
Jesus Christ our Lord was a ‘down to earth’ person for sure! He came “Down to Earth” on mission from the Father; a mission of love and obedience! He was the ‘Almighty One’ but walked with humility on earth. His messages were never complicated and often spoke in parables that even a child could understand. He was never unapproachable, even children loved to be around Him. He was ‘The Holy One’ but never was ‘self-righteous’. That’s why He wants us to be Holy as He was Holy but never self righteous. Our righteousness are like ‘filthy rags’.(Isaiah 64:6)
1 Peter 1:15-16, “..but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”
 We are to be imitators and followers of Christ!
Paul write in 
 1 Corinthians 11:1, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”
 Ephesians 5:1 “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children.”
Max Lucado writes like this about our Lord and Savior!
 
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The Almighty did not act high and mighty!
The Holy One wasn’t holier-than-thou.
The One who knew it all wasn’t a know-it-all.
The One who made the stars didn’t keep His head in them.
The One who owns all the stuff on earth never strutted it! (displayed it) Never! He could have. Oh how He could have!
  He could have been a name-dropper: “Did I ever tell you of the time Moses and I went up on the mountain?”
  He could have been a showoff:” Hey want me to beam you into the 20th Century?”
  He could have been a smart-alec:” I know what you are thinking. Want me to prove it?”
  He could have been highbrow and uppity:”I’ve got some property in Jupiter…”
Jesus could have been all these, but he wasn’t.
His purpose was not to show off but show up.
He went to great pains to be a human as a guy down the street.
He didn’t need to study, but still went to the synagogue.
He had no need for income, but still worked in the workshop.
He had know fellowship of angels and heard the harps of heaven, yet still went to parties thrown by tax collectors.
And upon His shoulders rested the challenge of redeeming creation, but took time to walk 90 miles from Jericho to Cana to go to a wedding.
As a result people liked Him.
Oh, there were those who chaffed at His claims.
They called Him a blasphemer but never called Him a ‘braggart’.
They accused Him of heresy, but never arrogance.
He was branded as radical but never called unapproachable.
There is no hint He used His heavenly status for His personal gain.
His faith made Him likable, not detestable.
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Wouldn’t it be terrible if Our Lord Jesus Christ came back for His body and we didn’t look like Him?
EPHESIANS 5:1, “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children”
May the Holy Spirit help us to reflect Christ in all we do and say.
May Christ’s all loving, never failing love govern our hearts and minds.
Our Lord is Holy and He will come back of a spotless and blameless bride and God’s faithful to complete the good work He started in us and perfect us so that the day we see Him we will be like Him.
☆1 Thessalonians 5:23 “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.
☆1 John 3:2, “ Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” 
Be blessed..
Julia