In the Joy magazine issue of June 2010, there is a news item on page 13 which reads: ”International ‘Nakednews” To Come To SA” Directly underneath it “Boycott ‘Nakednews’ channel” in which we are called upon to stop this from happening. Interestingly, if we were asked to form a barricade against these ladies, there is a good chance that I will be one of the ‘religious women’ forming part of the barricade. You never know which side you will be on! Because of where I come from I know that there is a much deeper root to follow. Naming the people involved one by one before God. Praying that they may meet Jesus and that they may put Him on the throne of their lives. Interceding for those who do not know. That the truth might set them free. That they will experience the love of A God who sent His son to die for them. Such a privilege to know the power of prayer.
This verse got a whole new meaning to me today:“While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4: 18)
The only photos you will find in my home are the few stuck up with prestik on my linen cupboard door. Everywhere else words of life will smile at you from various points of my kitchen walls and lounge. If I should fail to praise God, then my walls will. It never occurred to me that this was unusual until a family friend confessed that my sisters thought I was a bit over the top.
The point I want to make is that looking at the photographs on the door, showed me how the things my eyes see have all been subject to change. Those that were, are no more and those that are, are not the same. But the words on my walls are eternal. They will never change.“Heaven and earth will disappear, but My words will never disappear.”( Matthew 24: 35) “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish.” (John 10: 28) “For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands; eternal in the heavens.” (2 Corinthians 5:1)
There is one thing I never will understand. Why do so many Christians not read the word of God? Why do so many Christians have their quiet time from a devotional book that has one verse from God and a full page from human opinion? Surely every Christian should make an appointment and covenant with God to read one book from the Bible from beginning to end until they have read through the entire Bible? How come the same verses do the Christian rounds and no one knows what comes before and after the verse?
A Christian friend was handing out a lovely verse at Bible study “May the Lord watch between you and me when we are absent from each other. (Genesis 31: 49)
The request for God to watch ‘between you and me’ was in fact that Jacob and Laban would not pass a certain point to harm each other. It was a boundary line drawn between them. No one knew what comes before and after the verse.
Jesus replied: “Your mistake is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God. (Matthew 22: 29)“If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8: 31-32)
After one of the Angus meetings I spoke to men who were overjoyed at the Spirit filled messages and wonderful things that happened over the weekend. When I asked if they were now making time to read God’s word undiluted, their answer was no. But that was the entire message! Everyone is too busy. But then give up your TV time! Use the time you use to read a newspaper or a magazine!
It was to get this message across to my youth that I wrote the play about the husband who marries his lovely bride and then seals her mouth with sticky tape; locks her up in the cupboard while enjoying his single life freedom. Come Sunday, time to visit the parent, he takes her out and apologizes while telling her how beautiful she is and how he adores her. Once back home after parading her to the world, he locks her back in the cupboard. Jesus wants us to be in a personal relationship with him on a daily basis. “And you must love the Lord your God with all our heart, and with all our soul and with all our strength. (Mark 12: 29)
“…whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
This is my life story. You also have a life story.
Then we get back to 1 Corinthians 3: 11 “But on judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of works each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value.”
In a newspaper article of the 70’s, Glenda Kemp is referred to as the scarlet woman of South Africa’s entertainment.
What does God say about that?
“Come now, and let us reason Together,” says the Lord,
“Thought your sins are like scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson
They shall be as wool.”(Isaiah 1: 18)
How wonderful to be able to say for sure that I am a new creation in Christ. All the old things have passed away. This is a new day. Come Lord Jesus, come!