As you grow less
When you confess.
Let Him increase
Fill to the brim
As you decrease
Brimming with Him.
Bow down to Him
In all your dreams
Yield for a yield
Vast in the field.
33 The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom, And before honor is humility.
12 Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty, And before honor is humility.
4 By humility and the fear of the LORD Are riches and honor and life.
2/1/12 ©Fenny West
Fear knocks on every door
And will surely knock on yours
Choose to do the right thing
Just face fear with faith.
Moses and Mary Magdalene faced fear
Mary, the Mother of Jesus, faced fear
Jacob, Joshua and Jeremiah, faced fear
Peter and Paul faced fear
Isaac and Isaiah faced fear
Daniel and David faced fear
Abraham and Azariah faced fear
So prepare to face your fear.
Hold on to the Word of God.
Think of the power of God.
Think of the promises of God.
Confess the goodness and grace of God
Sufficient for you.
Cast on God all your cares
Never live with fear
Or run from fear
But face fear with faith.
Faith comes through hearing the word,
Not just once but again and again.
Whether in the sunshine or in the rain.
Resolve, my friend, today, to face fear with faith.
9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Josh1:9
1 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” Gen15:1
10 Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isa41:10
Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying:
5 “ Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
6 Then said I:
“ Ah, Lord GOD!
Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.”
7 But the LORD said to me:
“ Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’
For you shall go to all to whom I send you,
And whatever I command you, you shall speak.
8 Do not be afraid of their faces,
For I am with you to deliver you,” says the LORD.
9 Then the LORD put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me: “ Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. Jer1:1-9
When worry wakes you up
Turn your attention to God
He never sleeps- always up.
Take comfort from His word.
Why worry? Begin to pray
And the peace of God will come
Focus on Jesus, don’t stray,
And He will calm your storm.
Worry will war you out
Give fuel to your enemy,
Make you fear and doubt
Becloud any possibility.
Worry wastes your energy
Undermines the word of God
Magnifies your energy
Belittles your Source and God.
Empty Seats Speak
Olympics Race of Grace Lesson
Whereas it is reported that the tickets for some events have been sold off, many empty seats at some events prompted investigation.
Do you know that we also have such problem in many of our Churches? We need not only to pray about this but do something about it-witnessing- because we are co-labourers with God.
9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.1Cor3:9
8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.
9 Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’
10 So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests. Matt22:9-10
6 He who continually goes forth weeping, Bearing seed for sowing, Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, Bringing his sheaves with him.
3 Those who are wise shall shine Like the brightness of the firmament, And those who turn many to righteousness Like the stars forever and ever.
35 Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!
18 Then Jonathan said to David, “Tomorrow is the New Moon; and you will be missed, because your seat will be empty.
Olympic Series: the Race of Grace 1: Preparation
Preparation is essential.
You must be decisive
About the event to do.
You must register to be in it;
Have the right mental attitude;
Deny yourself and train;
Whether it rains or shines.
Put your body under.
Put your goal in mind.
Have partners to spur you on;
Train with you, give you feedbacks.
You must make up your mind to win.
You cannot ignore the alarm
When it beckons on you.
You must sacrifice and rise
Even if the body complains.
There are places you must not go.
There are diets you must forgo.
You must always see the goal.
Ensure you have self-control.
You cannot play when you should pay
The price you know you need to pay.
The same goes for the race of grace,
Which surpasses the Olympics.
Because we run for an incorruptible crown
In place of the crown that will perish;
And so discipline is essential too.
We cannot play in the devil’s vineyard,
Or encumber ourselves with weights
That will easily beset us, trip us up.
We must eat a balanced diet
Of the word which is spirit and life.
When London won the bid to stage the 30th Olympiad, it was a moment to cherish. There was euphoria in the air. We were walking on the air with excitement, proud to have beaten off other strong contenders like Paris
Despite the great preparation for the bid, on arrival back home, it dawned on the Olympic organisers that it is one thing to win a bid but quite another to put all the requirements in place for the greatest and most successful show on earth.[/
A lot of infrastructure was required. Sponsors have to be sort and secured. The government has to deny itself in many areas to cough out substantial funds to back the organisers and to satisfy the IOC that we were equal to the task.
There were security concerns that have to be adequately addressed.
Home-grown talents have to be sort and trained so lift the face of the host and this will take a lot of efforts investment and sacrifice.
Some workers saw it as an opportunity to milk the situation to their advantage which raised the cost of staging the games. There were special Olympic traffic lanes to ensure that key personnel and athletes are not held up in traffic.
Organisers also have to think ahead of the legacy they will leave behind after the games. So preparation has to be comprehensive.
Poor preparation precedes poor performance
Proper preparation procures proficient performance
Preclude proper preparation and you have prepared to fail
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
As With the Olympics
So it is in life.
24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.
25 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.
26 Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air.
27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.
William Ford Robinson Stanley
Great Man of talents many
Whose life was a great reward
And won many sterling awards
Born blessed to be a blessing
Lived a life that is a great lesson
Motivated, created, invented
With penchant that’s excellent.
Industrious and generous
Magnanimous and illustrious
Left indelible lasting legacy
Monument –memorable victory.
Long gone, yet still speaks to us
To take the baton, make a plus
Addition, contribution to all
Make a mark that is tall
William Ford Robinson Stanley (2 February 1829 – 14 August 1909) was a British inventor with 78 patents filed in both the United Kingdom and the United States of America. He was an engineer who designed and made precision drawing and mathematical instruments, as well as surveying instruments and telescopes, manufactured by his company “William Ford Stanley and Co. Ltd.”
Stanley was a skilled architect who designed and founded the UK’s first Trades school, Stanley Technical Trades School (now Harris Academy South Norwood), as well as designing the Stanley Halls in South Norwood. Stanley designed and built his two homes. He was a noted philanthropist, who gave over £80,000 to education projects during the last 15 years of his life. When he died, most of his estate, valued at £59,000, was bequeathed to trade schools and students in south London, and one of his homes was used as a children’s home after his death, in accordance with his will.