Take Courage

faith & prayer

Psalm 89:19

I have exalted one chosen out of the people.

C.H. Spurgeon

Why was Christ chosen out of the people? Speak, my heart, for heart-thoughts are best. Was it not that He might be able to be our brother, in the blest tie of kindred blood? Oh, what relationship there is between Christ and the believer! The believer can say, “I have a Brother in heaven; I may be poor, but I have a Brother who is rich, and is a King, and will He suffer me to want while He is on His throne? Oh, no! He loves me; He is my Brother.” Believer, wear this blessed thought, like a necklace of diamonds, around the neck of thy memory; put it, as a golden ring, on the finger of recollection, and use it as the King’s own seal, stamping the petitions of thy faith with confidence of success. He is a brother born for adversity, treat Him as such. Christ was also chosen out of the people that He might know our wants and sympathize with us. “He was tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin.” In all our sorrows we have His sympathy. Temptation, pain, disappointment, weakness, weariness, poverty-He knows them all, for He has felt all. Remember this, Christian, and let it comfort thee. However difficult and painful thy road, it is marked by the footsteps of thy Saviour; and even when thou reachest the dark valley of the shadow of death, and the deep waters of the swelling Jordan, thou wilt find His footprints there. In all places whithersoever we go, He has been our forerunner; each burden we have to carry, has once been laid on the shoulders of Immanuel.

“His way was much rougher and darker than mine

Did Christ, my Lord, suffer, and shall I repine?”

Take courage! Royal feet have left a blood-red track upon the road, and consecrated the thorny path for ever.

I am with You always

©Fenny West2013

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Those Who Know Their God…

crocodile boy 3

“Come on, let’s play snap: Charlie, 3, gets to grips with alligator Gump

“Most children enjoy playing with a puppy or kitten – or anything which is unlikely to take a chunk out of them.

“But fearless three-year-old Charlie Parker prefers sharp and snappy to cute and fluffy as he plays with a North American baby alligator named Gump.

“He comes from a long line of animal carers who own and run the Ballarat Wildlife Park in Victoria.

“Proud father and park owner Greg Parker said ‘wildlife warrior’ Charlie had grown up round the sanctuary.

crocodile boy

‘We didn’t go out to encourage it but he just loves reptiles,’ he added.

‘Like everybody, he’s frightened of some things, others not so much. He can be an ambassador for conservation and animal welfare and I think it’s great.’

The award-winning park is home to more than 80 kangaroos, koalas, wombats and a variety of reptiles”

http://metro.co.uk/2013/01/20/come-on-lets-play-snap-charlie-3-gets-to-grips-with-alligator-gump-3359398/

So what is our inspiration from this unusual source?

 

Those who know well their God

And know well His word

And know well His Spirit

Shall do incredible exploits,

Just like Charlie Conquered Gump.

 

Abraham staggered not at the promise Rom4:

And laughter- Isaac- was born Gen.21

David walloped Goliath of Gath 1Sam17

And turned on the light in Israel.

Shamgar with an ox goad Judges 3:31

Slew over 600 Philistines.

 

They will fear no evil

And trample on the devil

When he surfaces to challenge.

 

Like Paul wrote 13 best-sellers

Like Peter’s shadow securing healing Acts 5:15-16

Like Isaac prevailed in Gerar Gen26

Like Jacob prevailed and became a prince Gen32:28

Like David drowned the enemy in Ziklag1Sam30:1

Like Gideon and 300 trounced the Medianites Judges 6& 7

Like Esther averted holocaust Esther4

Daniel shut the mouths of lions Dan6:

His friends quenched the power of flames Dan3:

Joseph went from pit to palaceGen41:

Phinehas stopped the plaguePs106:30

Elijah called down fire and stopped the rain1ki17:1

Like John Mark bounced back 2Tim4:11

Like C.H. Spurgeon, John Bunyan, John Hyde

Reinhard Bonnke, Smith Wigglesworth and many more.

Guess what? You too can.

I can too.

Why?

God is no respecter of persons.

He has no grand children.

If you know Him well

Know His word well

Know His Spirit well

Willing to be bruised

Then you too will be used.

 

19   If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land; Isa1:19

31   What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Rom8:31

4     You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.1John4:4

7     If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

8     By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.John15:7-8

16   He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.

17   And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;

18   they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

Mark16:16-18

  1. Acts      10:34

Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

So the Onus is on you and I

The choice is yours and mine

If we pay the price,

We will obtain the prize.

 

©Fenny West2013

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Fruitful Colourful Bow

joseph's coat 3

‘Fruitful bow by the well’

Drank living water from heaven

Enriched, endowed, flourishing

Called to be a breadbasket

Targeted by the archers

They shot their arrows

And never missed the bull’s eye

Nearly buried him alive.

 

Despite the great dream

A source of contention

Opposition and persecution

Cause: Coat of contention

and coming future dominion.

Traded like a chattel

But God’s presence

Made mammoth difference

Anointing oozing, profuse

Favour found him

And elevated him

 joseph pit test

Yet another dart was thrown

Challenging his purity

Confronting his integrity

Culminating in imprisonment

Conjuring great bafflement

Why evil attending the good?

Until it was revealed, understood.

Dream disdained, denounced

Dream received and revealed

Dream promotes purpose

Dawning of a New Day as he rose.

joseph pit test 3

24   But his bow remained in strength, And the arms of his hands were made strong By the hands of the Mighty God of Jacob (From there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel),

25   By the God of your father who will help you, And by the Almighty who will bless you With blessings of heaven above, Blessings of the deep that lies beneath, Blessings of the breasts and of the womb.

26   The blessings of your father Have excelled the blessings of my ancestors, Up to the utmost bound of the everlasting hills. They shall be on the head of Joseph, And on the crown of the head of him who was separate from his brothers.

Gen49:24-26

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The Three Wise Men

The Three wise men

wise men

The Three wise men

Were led by the star

To the place of worship

And the place of fellowship.

There they gave gold, myrrh

And frankincense to the King-

King of kings and Lord of Lords.

 

Today may we also be led

Into His very presence;

into the Holy of holies-

Led by His Holy Spirit

And there to give our best

Crowning Him Lord of all

Enthroning Him on our hearts.

 

 

5     So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet:

6     ‘ But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.’

7     Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared.

8     And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.”

9     When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was.

10   When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.

11   And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

12   Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.

Matt2:5-12

What do the presents of frankincense gold and myrrh represent?

The Kings brought gifts of Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh.

-Gold represents purity and the Royal Crown and is a fitting gift for our King.
-Frankincense are the white bits from the gum resin of a tree that grows in Arabia, and was used to make special incense which was then burned in the Temple by the priests as a sweet-smelling offering to God, and reminds us that Jesus is both a priest and an offering to God on our behalf.
-Myrrh comes from a small bush in Arabia and it was used to make perfume and annointing oil. It was used by the Egyptians in their embalming fluids, and as a perfume it was used by many nations as part of preparing a body for burial.

 

Lev 2:2 And he shall bring it to Aaron’s sons the priests: and he shall take thereout his handful of the flour thereof, and of the oil thereof, with all the frankincense thereof; and the priest shall burn the memorial of it upon the altar, to be an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD:

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_do_the_presents_of_frankincense_gold_and_myrrh_represent

 

 

Since gold represents His majesty and royalty and glory and His worth, may we remember the worth of our Saviour and exalt Him in our hearts and worship Him for who He is – Our Lord and Saviour and our God, as we remember His birth. May we keep ourselves pure even as He is pure because we are partakers of His holiness

May we also who have accepted Him as Lord and Saviour know that we  have been accepted in the beloved and have been made partakers of His royalty and purity.

May we carry ourselves as royalty and be His worthy ambassadors.

 

9     But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

10   who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. 1Pet2:9-10

 20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.2Cor5:20

As Myrrh represents the material used for the embalming of His body, may it remind us of the sacrifice He made for us to give us New Life. Paul also reminds us that we have been crucified with Him and this life we live, we live by faith in the Son of God.

20        I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.Gal2:20.

We died with Him and were raised with Him. Eph2:6

  May the Frankincense remind us how His obedience- offering of Himself on the cross -was a sweet smelling fragrance to the nostrils of the Father. May we also be inspired to yield our lives in submission and obey the word of God so that our lives will ooze such sweet smelling fragrance to our Father in heaven.

©Fenny West2012

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Garden of Gethsemane

Garden of Gethsemane

 He Daily Interecedes for Us

Garden of Gethsemane

Spoke volumes, many;

That your friends can come so far,

But you must go further- yonder,

To a place they cannot come.

 

Jesus approached His hour

With sorrow and prayer.

The way to the cross paved with agony

Yet HE trod on to meet the enemy,

Surrendering His will to the Father’s.

 

‘Not my will but Your will be done

For this purpose I was born;

For this reason I have come

To lay down My life as a Lamb,

To bridge the gap- make atonement.’

 

The flesh can be weak the spirit, willing

I must die daily to live in that hour,

When I come to my Gethsemane;

In the day of My great agony;

When I come to my Crossroad.

 CG96

To enter the Promised Land and stay,

You must go through thorns on the way.

Rough places will surely surface and greet.

Bears, hyenas and lions you will see and meet.

But you must  trod on, press on, till you win.

 Christ  is risen

Lord, when the Crossroad comes,

Help me. May I not turn and run,

But ask for Your way that is life.

O that I will sew my life as a seed

That will sprout, bring fruit of many lives.

 

 

 

 

 

Jesus Institutes the Lord’s Supper

26   And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.”

27   Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you.

28   For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

29   But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”

30   And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial

31   Then Jesus said to them, “All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written: ‘ I will strike the Shepherd, And the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’

32   But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee.”

33   Peter answered and said to Him, “Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble.”

34   Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.”

35   Peter said to Him, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!” And so said all the disciples.

The Prayer in the Garden

36   Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.”

37   And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed.

38   Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.”

39   He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.

40   Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour?

41   Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

42   Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.”

43   And He came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy.

44   So He left them, went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.

45   Then He came to His disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners.

46   Rise, let us be going. See, My betrayer is at hand.”

Betrayal and Arr

Matt26:36-46

 

©Fenny West2012

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Living the Life of Love

Living the Life of Love

 LOVE

Living the life of love

 that is from above

will cost you dearly

Stretch you daily.

 

It’s not a matter of feeling

But a matter of action

Based on a quality decision

It is Holy Spirit-induced

And God-propelled

And sustained

and maintained

It is sacrificial

And self-less

You cannot do it

in your own strength

But in the strength of the Lord.

You must die daily

to do it sincerely.

 

4     Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;

5     does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;

6     does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;

7     bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

8          Love never fails.1Cor13:4-8

God’s Guidance is Great

God’s Guidance is Great

 

God’s Guidance is Good;

Better than SATNAV;

Takes you out of the woods

To the Land you should have;

It gives you assurance

But requires faith and endurance.

 

God’s Guidance is Great,

Leads you in the right path;

Lamp to your feet;

Light to your path.

Takes you from obscurity

 into visibility.

 

God’s guidance is the best;

Takes you into your Land

With milk and honey manifest;

Driving away wicked band;

Enabling you to pin your flag;

Putting your gold in your bag.

 

God’s guidance should be desired

More than silver or gold.

Divine direction should be preferred

To any riches untold.

It gives joy unspeakable;

Peace and comfort inexplicable.

 

… lead me in the way everlastingPs139:24

8     I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.

Ps32:8

23   The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way. Ps37:23

 

 

©Fenny West2012

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Praise Him in the Storm ( by Fenny West)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Praise Him in the Storm

Praise Him in the Calm

Prise Him in the Day

Praise Him in the Night

Praise Him on the mountain

Praise Him in the valley

Praise Him in the winter

Praise Him in the Summer.

Praise Him when you are sick

Praise Him when you are well

Praise Him when you are loaded

Praise Him when you are broke.

Praise Him when you have Friends

Praise Him when they are all gone.

Praise Him when you are blossoming

Abounding, prospering, booming, flowering

Praise Him when you are barren, dry, waiting.

Praise him when you are in a pit or prison like Joseph.

Praise Him at all times, no matter the weather- rain or shine.

 

 

1     I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

2     My soul shall make its boast in the LORD; The humble shall hear of it and be glad.

3     Oh, magnify the LORD with me, And let us exalt His name together.

Ps34:1-3

1     Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

2     Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy,

Ps107:1-2

 

20   Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped.

21   And he said: ” Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; Blessed be the name of the LORD.”

22   In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.

Job1:20-22

3    ” For there is hope for a tree, If it is cut down, that it will sprout again, And that its tender shoots will not cease.

Job14:7

35   Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.

Heb10:35

3     And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;

4     and perseverance, character; and character, hope.

5     Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Rom5

20   according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death.

Phil1;20

37   Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

38   For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,

39   nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Rom8:37-39

 

21   And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the LORD, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: ” Praise the LORD, For His mercy endures forever.”

22   Now when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated.

2chro20:21-22

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©Fenny West2012

The Lord Is My Shepherd (Illustrated – Fenny West )

Psalm 23

 Illustrated version

http://christian-talk.forumotion.com/t5926-the-lord-is-my-shepherd-illustrated#11244

                       

1  The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

 

2  He makes me to lie down in green pastures;

 

 

 

He leads me beside the still waters.

 

 

 

 

 

3  He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

 

 

 

5  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.

 

  

 

6  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.

     

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

Psalm 23

 Illustrated version

http://christian-talk.forumotion.com/t5926-the-lord-is-my-shepherd-illustrated#11244

 

                         

When You Know Jesus is Really Your Boss

 

When You Know Jesus is Really Your Boss

 

When you know Jesus is really your boss

You will work hard and give Him your best

Knowing that every effort of yours will be a plus

That will ultimately yield a great harvest.

 

When you know that you are in His vineyard

 Worker, called, appointed for divine purpose

Then you will do your duty and work, joy-clad

Knowing that your reward will come in great dose.

 

When you know that you are His Hands and feet

A City on a hill, salt of the earth, light in darkness

Then you will open yourself for Him to complete

And press on in all you do so that His heart you bless.

 

 

When you know that you are a co-worker with Him

Raised with Him, seated with Him in heavenly places

Then you will strive to excel, and fulfil your dream

Knowing that sufficient for you is His surpassing grace.

 

“Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and the Master you are serving is Christ.” (Colossians 3:23-24 NLT)

 

©Fenny West2012

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