Its the 1st of November and we have roughly 60 days to go before the year 2010 comes to an end. To me it seems like January was just a couple of blinks ago, but here we are…
Do you remember the place you were at in your life in January? Are you still in the same place or even the same person? Very likely not. But the one thing that has and will continue to remain constant is the Lord and His Love.
For most of us this year has been quite a tough one for different reasons, but one thing that has resonated through and through is that even in the midst of the difficult-est situations, God has been there [usually realized in hindsight, but very true anyway].
So for this Newsletter I’d like to “talk” a bit about staying in the place of God’s love even in the midst of all the goings on (i.e. life).
At church on sunday, the Lord really spoke to me about this and it wasn’t even in the Sermon, but in the opening prayer! It was surreal – as the lady was saying the opening prayer complete with Bible readings, I knew it was my message for the day. I might as well have gone home after that really – but it was a great service and I’ll share.
The major verse was Ecclesiastes 12:13
All has been heard; the end of the matter is: Fear God and keep is commandments for this is the whole of man and the whole for every man
My favourite Amplified Translation puts it this way:
All has been heard; the end of the matter is: Fear God [rever and worship Him knowing that He is] and keep His commandments for this is the whole of man [the full original purpose of His creation, the object of God’s providence, the root of character, the foundation of all happiness, the adjustment to all inharmonious circumstances and conditions under the sun] and the whole [duty] for every man.
I just love this cos beneath all the wording what the verse is saying is that the whole purpose of every man is to Fear God and Keep His commandments. Period.
So instead of trying to keep up with religion and doctrines and various dos and donts, we only need to remember these 2:
Keep His commandments.
In doing this, we will ensure that the Love of God which He showed through the death of Christ on the cross is available to us; that we are hidden in the palms of God’s Hands; that we are enclosed in His hedge of security; and we are indeed His children… in the family so to speak.
What this involves is accepting to be a member of the family and acquiescing to live by the rules. Its kind ofthe opposite of what the prodigal son did when he upped and ran away with his new-found riches. But the welcome he received upon his return is a small example of the Love with which the Heavenly Father welcomes us home. OR even just wrapping His arms around us when we’re having a hard time.
Its interestingly simple that all we have to do in ANY and ALL situations is to remember to Fear God and Keep His commandments – and He will come through.
So can I challenge you all to put this to work in your own lives? – whatever that situation may be – choose to remain in God’s family, holy and pure in your thoughts, words, and actions and let’s see what the Lord will do… in our lives, our walk with God, our relationships, our marriages, our husbands, our children, our work, our fears, our strugges, our successes, our failures, and everything.
PRAYER FOR THE MONTH
Lord, we believe that You Are, we worship you, we revere you; we choose to believe and obey your commandments because we know that when we do this, we position ourselves as your favourites in the centre of your love family. We commit out situations to you Lord, and as we fear and obey you, we expect you to show yourself mighty in our lives.
Father, I pray for that sister who’s at a crossroad in her life and needs to make a decision. Lord strengthen her and help her to choose you. Let her know that in doing the right thing, the godly thing, she opens herself up to Your Love and the experience of you.
Lord show yourself mighty in our lives…. its a challenge…. and it’s on.
Please share the testimonies and experiences. I get the feeling its going to be quite interesting.
Have a great month ladies… God bless you