Friday, February 20, 2015

THE LOVE OF GOD ,Psalm 45-46

God our Father on the rainbow
God our Father on the rainbow (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I have a word and I shall simply type not knowing what that word shall be, because it is'nt about me but about Him and He shall give me the words

Wow how beautiful are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims the salvation of the Lord,for He has delivered us from our enemies and He has restored us to the place where we can walk with the oil of gladness above our fellow men

For the oil of Joy is there, like a river and the anointing of the Lord is upon those who seek Him, as Isaiah 61 proclaims

O the love of the Lord God as He prepares the chambers for His beloved

As the wedding feast is made ready and the Bridegroom waits in eager expectation to see His beloved

As He will come by night in proccession with the torches lit and as the bride not knowing the time of His arrival waits and makes herself ready for her husband

O as the bridegroom shouts out with a loud shout and beckons His Bride down She ready ?

She prepares herself with oils and perfumes and fragrances and beautifies herself ready for her love

Her heart is full of praise and admiration , of joy and of wonder, Her
heart wants to praise Her husband

Her heart wants to worship Her husband above all else ...

For there is no other in her life ?

There is no other love in Her life and Her husband is the Only one ?

She has never fornicated Herself or had relations with any other, she has never had another love for she has prepared herself and waited for only one

The love of Her life and she Has been prepared by the Father of the Bridegroom

For He wants the best for His Son , the best of the best and the best of the best are those whose hearts are pure, who seek after righteouness and hate wickedness

Who Seek after Him and seek ONLY Him and the Father prepares the bride for the great day when His Son shall come by night with a great shout and beckon the Bride Home to His house

And in that house are many rooms and they shall be as one together

As one who leaves their Father and Mother to be married so too is one to leave behind and be prepared to leave all behind to be with the Bridegroom

And while the bride is being prepared she knows that He will always be there, for the Father promises that He will never leave and Jesus is there all the time watching and waiting and He will never leave her nor forsake Her

For She is His Church and His only one, the bride , the beloved, the loved one,

Though the ground might shake and the mountains tremble she will stand

Though she may fall by the wayside and be picked up by the certain
samaritan, She knows that whatever happens She is loved

She knows that whoever might invade, whoever might try to take her, whoever might try to take and to invade, to plunder and to mislead into error

She Has One whom will protect Her, She has one who has always loved her and always will love Her, becasue His love does not faulter

His love is the same yesterday , today and forever

He does not alter or change over time, He is not like the shifting shadows

He NEVER changes, although you never know what He will do next

For He keeps His bride alert and ready and she is so in love with Him

She knows that She depends on Him, She knows that without Him she is nothing

She knows that She is weak , She knows that she might be tempted

As in the garden of fragrance...She knows that she might sin and be tempted

She knows that while in that garden of fragrance that she might take that fruit from the wrong tree

But She has one who will love her with an undieing love, an never ending love

She knows that when mountains shake and the earth trembles that He is there

He says " be still and know that I am God "

She knows that whatever happens He will defend Her for He is the mighty one

Valiant in splendour and He rides out in majesty to calm the waves

And She looks to Him for her shelter and Her comfort, for Her protection and for her haven

For He is all things to Her and She is the Church and She is the Bride

She is YOU AND ME being prepared as individuals and as a body

We who have Christ , we who walk in relationship, we who are being prepared for that day and no one knows that day, but The Father will stir His Son and His Son shall come like a thief in the night

And the Bride shall be taken and they shall be as one

He walks in that garden of perfumes and He picks those choicest of

He knows all by name and His love for them will never change



Father God in Jesus name we come to you as those being prepared and transformed, we come to you as those being made ready for that great day when you will come with a shout, we wait in eager expectation for that day when we shall be as one

We know that whatever may come He promises to go through the bad times with us, He will not spare us the rough road, but He gives us the ability to walk with Him through the tough times

So that we can walk with that gladness of knowing Him even though life may throw many spears our way

We know that the enemy will destroy Himself and come against Himself

We know that the battle belongs to you O Lord

Though a thousand may fall at your side and ten thousand at
your right hand, they shall not approach us

We know O Lord God that when the enemy approached Jerusalem and tried to take that which did not belong to him , you casued the enemy to come up against himself

And we know Lord that whatever spear or trial or tribulation may come up against us, whatever earthquake or famine, whatever affliction or trial

Whatever temptation or pestilence, YOU will always be there and you will be there always guiding us through and giving us the ability and endurance

Because you have been through this and you have conquered the world

And you take us ..."the Bride " and you protect us

For you are our shelter and our refuge from the storm

In Jesus name amen


I found myself speaking to the Lord earlier in the week and I was seeking Him and as I found myself seeking Him I found myself asking Him about His love

Not knowing that later I would be typing this message about Psalm 45 and 46 and what that would be about

I was asking Him about His love and seeking Him and while I was doing this He spoke back and He said this

"My love for you has always been the same, I have loved you the same always, my love does'nt change,

Do you remember when you first found me ? do you remember when you first felt my love ? do you remember that time when you felt my love ? "

"Think back to the one time in your life when you really felt my love in the strongest way ? do you think I do not love you anymore ? do you believe my love for you has changed ?

do you believe that my love for you is based on
how you feel ?, imagine the one time when you have known and really felt my love ! that is nothing no nothing compared to how I really love you "

"Think back to the time when you first found me ? has my love for you changed, since that time ? has my love ever changed ? has my love for you changed in the past and even now ? NO and neither in the future "

God also spoke to me about His joy, a joy welling up within, a joy that is above the circumstances and situations of life, a joy that can overflow from the lips and be a fragrance to many

The words I have shared now are words that were spoken to me this week, while seeking God about His love


Now we shall turn to Psalms 45 and 46

Again we read the words of the descendents of Korah and here we see a song of love

And they brought him to the place called Gol'gotha (which means the place of a skull). And they offered him wine mingled with myrrh; but he did not take it. Mark 15:22-23

And we know that scripture tells us that we are a sweet aroma to all around

Hebrews 1:9

New International Version
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy."

2 Corinthians 2:15

New International Version

For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.

And so we begin at Psalm 45 where God stirs up within us and the Holy Spirit over realms us and we are filled with praise and adoration

Psalm 45 is a Psalm about the Bride and the Groom, Jesus and His Church.

Psalm 45 is about the relationship between Himself and His Church, His love for His Church, His Bride, His love,

We can almost see the "song of songs " here as we read through this Psalm

And we read from Luke 4:22

English Standard Version

And all spoke well of him and marveled at the gracious words that were coming from his mouth. And they said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?”

Psalm 45 (New Living Translation)

1 Beautiful words stir my heart.I will recite a lovely poem about the king, for my tongue is like the pen of a skillful poet.

2 You are the most handsome of all.Gracious words stream from your lips.

We must always be ready to give an account and to share what we believe and as a Church and as a Body of believers , as the Bride of Christ, we would want to glorify and praise the one who saved us and who saves us

The one whom said "I thirst " and they offered Him wine mixed with my myrrh and to His lips they offered Him this

Myrrh of cause was one of the gifts the Magi brought to the infant Jesus is as we know one of the spices used to prepare Jesus' body for burial

We see also with Joseph in Genesis 37:23-25 that the brothers stripped Joseph of his robe and they cast him into the pit or well which was empty and we read in

Genesis 37:23-25 that some Ishmaelites who were traders and merchants going on
their way to Egypt were transporting gum, balm, and myrrh,

And the brothers traded with them for twenty pieces of silver

And we realise that myrrh and spices were expensive as we read from 2 Kings 20:13

"And Hezekiah welcomed them, and he showed
them all his treasure house, the silver, the gold, the spices, the precious oil, his armory, all that was found in his storehouses; there was nothing in his house or in all his realm that Hezekiah did not show them."

And lets now read from psalm 45

Psalm 45 (New International Version)

1 My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.

2 You are the most excellent of men and your lips have been anointed with grace, since God has blessed you forever.

3 Gird your sword upon your side, O mighty one; clothe yourself with splendor and majesty.

4 In your majesty ride forth victoriously in behalf of truth, humility and righteousness; let your right hand display awesome deeds.

5 Let your sharp arrows pierce the hearts of the king's enemies;
let the nations fall beneath your feet.

6 Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever;
a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.

7 You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.

8 All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
from palaces adorned with ivory the music of the strings makes you glad.

9 Daughters of kings are among your honored women; at your right hand is the royal bride in gold of Ophir.

10 Listen, O daughter, consider and give ear Forget your people and your father's house.

11 The king is enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord.

12 The Daughter of Tyre will come with a gift, men of wealth will seek your favor.

13 All glorious is the princess within her chamber ; her gown is interwoven with gold.

14 In embroidered garments she is led to the king; her virgin companions follow her and are brought to you.

15 They are led in with joy and gladness; they enter the palace of the king.

16 Your sons will take the place of your fathers; you will make them princes throughout the land.

17 I will perpetuate your memory through all generations; therefore the nations will praise you for ever and ever.


Let the Church rise and see the Love of the King, let Her see that He indeed has an undieing love for Her, let her rise up like the dawn and let Her be clothed in splendour as she rises up to Her Bridegroom

Let that Robe be a fragrance of delight and the myrrh , aloes and cassia be blown around Her as she delights her King, Her Husband, Her first and only love

Psalm 46

Because He is Her refuge and shelter, He is her protection and Her security, and when the earth shakes and the mountains trembles

And as we come to Psalm 46 we go back to where the nations came up against Jerusalem as we read about last week when we looked at Psalms 42 - 44

And we see Gods p[rote4ction and deliverance as the enemies come up against the Lords anointed and as the nations rise up against Gods chosen

For we know that being saved does not give us a ticket to having no problems and we know that we shall go through many trials but we also know that God will walk with us and we shall be delivered.

He says in Psalm 46 " Be still and know that I am God "

Where else does He say "Be Still " ?

Though the nations rise up, though the earth shakes, though the mountains crumble into the sea, though the waves roar and foam we know that a river brings joy to the City Of God !!

Though Jerusalem had no river ....God was their river

Though other nations had rivers that sustained them and kept them filled and watered their crops , Jerusalem had no river, BUT God was their river

Though Joseph found himself in an empty well , a pit that was dry God was His water of Joy

Though Jesus said "I thirst " He was the river

He was and is the water of life

And He is an everlasting river and water of life that shall go on through the ages of time and beyond time and into eternity

For the oil of Joy is there, like a river and the anointing of the Lord is upon those who seek Him, as Isaiah 61 proclaims

His love is the same yesterday , today and forever, their is no shadow of turning with Him and we shelter in the shadow of His wings

He is that water of life and He is our joy and the love that is the
greatest gift of all

And so I ask myself this question !

Do I know the joy and the love of God ? I mean really know ?

Have I experienced that joy like a river flowing through me ?

Lets pray

Lord Husband and deliverer, shelter and refuge, river of life and water of love, Bridegroom and lover, First love and only love, Jesus we come to you and ask for that Joy to permeate us,

that we would experience that
water of life flowing through us, that we would experience that river of the Holy Spirit more and more as we go on with you

Let me know this as a fact, that you love me , not just when I feel it,
but let me know and experience that love and joy and fill me to overflowing
In Jesus Name amen

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Prince of peace who comes with a sword ,Psalm 45,

My arming sword Juvante
My arming sword Juvante (Photo credit: One lucky guy)
The Prince of peace who comes with a sword

Author Guardian

To find life you must loose it...

Yes Jesus brings peace and a sword

There is a sacrifice...a cost...we do not go back , we move on with God

1 Kings 19:19-21 (English Standard Version)

19So he departed from there and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing
with twelve yoke of oxen in front of him, and he was with the twelfth. Elijah passed
by him and cast his cloak upon him. 20And he left the oxen and ran after Elijah
and said, "Let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you."

he said to him, "Go back again, for what have I done to you?" 21And he returned
from following him and took the yoke of oxen and sacrificed them and boiled their
flesh with the yokes of the oxen and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then
he arose and went after Elijah and assisted him.

There is a dividing of the waters

2 Kings 2:8 (English Standard Version)

8Then Elijah(A) took his cloak and rolled it up and struck the water,(B) and the water
was parted to the one side and to the other, till the two of them could go over on dry

And we walk through the waters

Exodus 14:21 (English Standard Version)

21Then Moses(A) stretched out his hand over the sea, and the LORD drove the sea
back by(B) a strong east wind all night and(C) made the sea dry land, and the waters
were(D) divided.

We have this water inside of us..He is The Holy Spirit

Numbers 20:11 (English Standard Version)

11And Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock with his staff twice,(A) and water
came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their livestock.

He produces in us a new song...the Salvation song...

Numbers 21:17-18 (English Standard Version)

17Then Israel sang this song:

"Spring up, O well!—Sing to it!— 18the well that the princes made,that the nobles
of the people dug,with the scepter and with their staffs."

Lord God in Jesus name thankyou that you give a peace that the world cannot understand,
it is not a peace that gives us a nice feeling inside but a peace that transcends all
understanding from the Holy Spirit of peace that comes down as a gift from the Father
of lights.

Lord speak to us and illuminate your word to us, let us go deeper into your word and put
down roots into your word that we would be strong trees growing by the side of the waters
bearing fruit in its season.

That the nations would come to us and that our branches would be the branches that when
broken would make the bitter waters sweet.

Let the sap from the broken heal and make sweet and be a savor to those who hold onto
their lifes in the vain hope of gaining.

That many will be drawn to the trees by the waters that produce palm branches used to
welcome the King of Kings and The Lord of Lords.

Let the storm come and let those houses collapse...that many will know and understand
the parable of the house and the builder...and come to a saving knowledge of loosing their
lifes to gain life and to gain life in abundance.

And let the trees of the Lord stand strong and not move In Jesus name amen

And so we come back to...Cross references and we look to Mathew 10:38

Matthew 10:34-38 (English Standard Version)

Not Peace, but a Sword
34 "Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to
bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to set a man against his father,
and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.

36 And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. 37 Whoever loves
father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter
more than me is not worthy of me. 38And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
At the Cross you could say that "water and blood mixed at the point of the spear."

John 19:34 (New International Version)

34Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden
flow of blood and water.

But He also came and comes with a sword

Heb.4:12 - For the word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged
sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder the soul and spirit, and the joints and
marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

You see Jesus came as a saviour...not as a judge, He came as the "Way " to walk in..

He showed us by example and He shows us the way to walk,

I once had a vision of a spear coming down and piercing a heart, little did I know at the
time that the vision was for me and the vision really is for every Christian who takes
up the Cross.

At the point where Jesus hung on the Cross He looked at those surrounding Him in Love and
always saw His family ...His brothers and sisters, as those who followed Him ..

Once when Jesus's family became concerned about His safety they went to find him ...

"Matthew 12:47-50 (Someone told him, "Your mother and your brothers are standing
outside, asking to speak with you.") [48] But he said in reply to the one who told him,
"Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?" [49] And stretching out his hand toward his
disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers.

You see Jesus came to bring peace..

Matthew 10:34"Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring
peace but a sword!

I wonder what this sword is ?

Matthew 5:9"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. ?

There is a well known saying " blood is thicker than water " in other words family as
in our " blood family " will always be closer and bound together more so than those
outside of our immediate families.

Well when you are saved and you become a Christian Jesus brings peace into your life, this
peace is a peace that the world cannot understand, it is a peace that in the midst of a
storm keeps us calm.

It is a peace that surpasses all is a peace that comes from God ...a
gift if you like...a gift from God.

How can I describe this peace from my own experience ?

I can describe this peace from and of God ...not as a feeling, not as an emotion, not as
a "wow I feel so peaceful man "

I can describe this peace as a peace that keeps me calm in a storm, when all around me
are loosing their pose, I have peace.

Its a peace knowing that God does not change, knowing God and who He is, being sure of.

Without doubt and not turning even when it is 3am and it seems as though Jesus has
abandoned us and all is know these are not just fancy words here, I'm speaking
from my life and heart, this is not some theology lesson.

Sure we doubt...sure we loose it at times, but we have this ongoing assurance and ongoing
confidence that God is bigger.

If you read our last bible message on the " Faithwalk Blog " you will read about " the
unchanging God "

Matthew 14:24 (English Standard Version)

24but the boat by this time was a long way[a] from the land,[b] beaten by the waves, for
the wind was against them.

On the fourth watch of the night, or at 3am..or in the early hours of the morn...( Jesus
comes like a thief in the night to steal away His beloved )

At 3am Jesus comes....when the storm is raging all around you ...even so you are calm
because NOW YOU have Jesus in you by His Holy Spirit that brings peace as a Dove and
although the storms of life may come your way do not turn, your house does not

Your faith goes on...the peace that you have been given in an unchanging God who keeps
His promises keeps you going through the storm and Jesus comes at 3am and says " with
the breath of His mouth ( sword ) "peace be still"

You not only have that peace residing in YOU, but you have that can say
" Peace be still "

Sometimes you may have years of storm but you can also have access to that peace, IF you
allow it or Him

It is a peace that brings the blood and the water together at the Cross, where your family
are those brothers and sisters in Christ.

You can only have this peace through and in the Holy Spirit of God
If you want to know this peace in your life you need to accept Jesus into your life and
heart, He will not force His way into your life and make you like a puppet on a string,
as if He could ever force anyone to become a robot..

You need to ask Him in ...and as you ask Him into your life His Holy Spirit of peace
like a dove will descend upon you and again you may not feel anything, but He will be
there and in time you will know this gift of the peace of God that transcends all

But the sword that divides,.. what of the sword that divides ?

The sword is the sword of His mouth, the sword is the word that creates, the sword is the
breathe of His mouth, the sword is the life giving Spirit, the sword is the sword that is
the living word , the sword is the sword that inspired men to write down the very words
of God onto manuscripts,

The sword is the sword that is translated into modern day
language for us to read, the sword is the sword that we read and that transforms our
lifes and hearts becasue it is a living sword, a living word and the word lives in us.

When we take up our Cross we will be pierced, His Holy Spirit will pierce us, and His
Holy Spirit will divide thoughts and motives of the heart and in so doing this in turn may
cause a strom to arise .

I remember when I first became a Christian...I wondered about my old friends and what I was
leaving behind and what they might think of me now and how they might react, how would my
family react ? you see the Holy Spirit.....the sword had begun the dividing.

Now it seemed I had a new family, new role models..

Now it seemed my baptism into the family of God had washed a whole new way of living into
my life, now it seemed the water of the Holy Spirit had also affected all these other people
around me, they too had gone through the waters from Egypt to the other side to begin
their journey....their " faithwalk"

They had walked through those waters and reached the other side in safety while the stormy
sea engulfed the Egyptians seemd as if the peace of God had taken us through
the waters

Now the water of life was inside of me the Holy Spirit of life was inside of me.

Now the blood and water mixed at the point of the Cross

Now my family became or began to become all those in Christ

But what of my immediate family ? what about my blood relatives ?

Well although I never really got on with my parents and there was never really any
relationship there to speak of...for the first time ever I had a peace where I could see
them and talk to them and share with them.

And after many years of praying for my mother...she was saved..

My father was not saved as far as I know, but that does not mean that God did not meet him
at the point of death.

This message was meant to follow cross references in the bible but has ended up being
a differnet message than was be it

Consider Matthew 10:34

Not Peace, but a Sword
34 "Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth.(B) I have not
come to bring peace, but a sword.

Now consider

John 14:27 (New International Version)

27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

In fact the Holy Spirit is a gentleman, the Holy Spirit is a Dove of peace !!

Once again we see a paradox, we see a two edged sword...we see two swings of a sword that
seem to contradict each other, we see God come in from both sides !!

We see God dividing our thoughts and motives and giving us peace, we see Jesus and the
sword of His mouth dividing and giving us a new family, we see at the point of the Cross
the blood and the water mix.

So how does this speak to us and how can we apply this message to our lifes and hearts...

I believe the Holy Spirit once again is echoing a message to people that once they "born
again " once they are saved....once they walk through the waters of the red sea...

The Sword separates them ...the Sword separates us...the Sword separates YOU AND ME..
the Sword separates us as Christians from the land we left behind, we are separated,

Although we are in the world we are not of the world...we cannot look back...for once
we have walked through the sea we are the "salt" of the earth and when we look back
and long for former days...when we look back to that city of Sodom and Gomorrah ...we can
become motionless...neither going forward or going back.

Neither hot nor cold...we can become an abomination to God, we can become Laodiceans, in
other words like the Church in revelations that needed for nothing, ( the rich young ruler)

(Or the rich country that is in fact poor with debt)

Laodiceans who were a rich banking community only concerned with their wants and material
concerns, they had become like " the world " by looking back. Motionless...good for

We can become motionless, "a pillar of salt".

God is always moving on and we must follow Him, He never stands still...He does not
slumber, He never rests and again we find another paradox, a two edged word that swings
accross the hearts of those who have ears.

God never rests...HE does NOT STAND STILL....and yet....we rest in Him

I wonder what God makes of "OUR" day of rest ? the day of rest that we have given
ourselves ? that mindset of " mans " concept...of a "day "

I wonder if Jesus would say " get behind me satan " !!

For God never rests and has no need to rest, but we rest in Him and work with Him as
He works through us, this is our "day " of rest.

Our notions of a heaven and our human concept of man made ideas about floating around
in a cloud with angels is so far away from the truth it is almost a lie.

Heaven is an eciting place full of motion and movement and noise and when we are on the
new earth there will be a new heavens and I wonder if our bodies that will not need rest
or see decay will be motionless !!

Or whether it shall be full of noise and vigour and excitement and noise and commotion and
activity !!

And so listen to the swing of the sword, see how the blood mixes with water..

In other words putting it simply.

We are separate, a Holy People, do not look back, do not stand still, walk on and do not
give up, you are divided and set apart " HOLY " and you also in this find the peace
that ONLY the Holy Spirit can give.

You will find once you are saved that you will be separated, you will see a "separation "

BUT you will find a whole new family of brothers and sisters. you will find blood mixing
with water, in other words you do not just share with those in your family line..your
family suddenly gets bigger as the crumbs are scattered under the table, so salvation is
for all, and the seed of Abraham grows.

But you must move on, do not look back, do not be controlled by your past...

Know that peace in your life that surpasses all understanding.

It is not about being busy, anyone can be busy,

It is about doing what we believe God is telling us, it is acting on the word, it is
letting God work through us and putting aside what we might want, this is Christian faith
acts, its about listening to God and obeying Him.

We can never live and do all that we read in Gods word, even a good deeds..if there is
such a thing, are as filthy rags to God, and so it is about listening to God and then
acting on what God is telling us.

It is about moving on with God....

I wonder if God has a bible ?

I wonder if every day of our lifes are written in His book ?

I wonder if the bible ends in revelations !! or whether it carries on in the lifes of His
people here and now !!

As this is a living word, living in us and the "acts" of His people continue.

Even if you only take a small amount of this message in...take it as from God and listen
to what He says ..through that small amount ...lets pray

Speak out to God and lose your life to find life.

Lord God I come to you . the living God and I give you my life wholeheartedly so that I
might find life, I give you my family..that I might find my family..I give you all I have
that I might find all that is in you.

I give you my troubles that you might give me your peace.

I give you all I have that I might find that treasure in you.

I give you 100%

In Jesus name amen

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

How can light mingle with darkness,Psalm 43,

Light of the World
Light of the World (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
How can light mingle with darkness

Author Guardian

I often hear fellow Christians say " Do not be unequally yoked with none
believers "

As if we are not to have anything to do with " non believers "

We are not to befriend nor be seen to agree with them...

So I ask you this question..

How can we be unequally yoked with non believers ?

You see before I knew the Lord, He was speaking to me, He was gently nurturing me,
His Holy Spirit was speaking into my life and heart, the Light of the world was
speaking to me while I was walking in darkness.

The light of the world was iluminating my heart and mind and even though I did'nt
know His voice or recognise His calling at the time, my heart was responding to

All of us who are Christians now at some point walked along the Damascus Road and
had a light shine down on us.

While we still walked in sin, While we still walked in the " I " Instead of the " O "

The " "I" in the middle of s "I" n

Instead of the "O" in the middle of S " O " N.

We all had that " O " , that God hole inside that needed to be filled..

It was no good blaming anyone was no good blaming Adam and Eve...

Adam and Eve were not the only people to disobey and be rebellious.

We were enemies of God, walking in disobedience, Walking in the " I " , walking
the wide path, walking along when sudenly a light began to shine down.

And God spoke to us whether we recognised His voice or not...

And as God said to Paul " Paul why do you persecute me "

He could have been saying it to any one of us, because all of us held Jesus to
the Cross.

And the light shone down upon us and we fell and responded...

Now we suddenly realised the way in which we had been walking and for the first
time we began to realise that maybe we needed to change and walk another way.

Before that time we knew no different, before that time we were walking in darkness,

But at the point of the light coming down then...even though we were blinded by the
Light of the world and we walked knowing that we were blind...this was the turning
point of our lifes .

Now we knew we were blind and we sought to have our blindness taken away.

Now and only now could we see the way we had walked in our previous life.

Now and only now could we see that we had been walking in darkness and now we
realised how dark that darkness was.

Now as Paul ....walked along in blindness, we too walked in blindness instead of

Because for the first time our eyes had been opened to the truth that we were blind.

I wonder how many of us had a ......." Ananias.." praying for us ?

Now having sat and sought God we knew the lifting of the scales from our eyes and
at last we walked in the light, now we could go out and see the world in new eyes.

Now we could mix as Paul mixed with the gentile and the jew.

You see most of us walk alongside those who are called ( by the Christian community )
" non believers "

A lot of us work with non believers, a lot of us mingle with non believers, a lot of
us have more contact with non believers than we do with believers.

Every day we walk alongside those who still walk in darkness...

We mingle with these people, as Jesus Himself mingled with people.

Jesus did not spend all His time at the local synagogue, neither did he spend His
time with the religious people of that day.

In fact as we read , He spent most of His time as the light of the world mingling
with the people who walked in darkness and the people who walked in darkness had
seen a great light.

He walked and mingled with those who were prostitutes and thieves, those who were
down and out and those who were beggars of that time.

Those who were tax collectors and shepherds, who were not seen as the " top " of
society at that time.

He walked and talked with the lady at the well and told her how she was living,
because the light was shining in the darkness and iluminating the hearts of those

In fact you know who Jesus could see into more than anyone ?

The pharisees and the sadducees !!

His light exposed the hearts of those religious teachers of the law...

Jesus looked past the external things and His light saw into the hearts of the
people around Him.

And so we see that Paul himself saw the light, and we see that we ourselves saw and
the light and we now as Paul walk in the light and we see that the Magi, those
magi ..cians followed the light to the place of Jesus .

To the manger, that was a feeding trough in a stable, so that all could feed from
the bread of life as in a manger.

And the shepherds of the sheep saw a light and heard heaven rejoicing...

So in fact we see time and time again that instead of the light hiding away, the
light in fact does the opposite and exposes and shines out into the darkness and
the darkness can never hide the light.

For the light of the world exposes the darkness and the darkness in a heart.

And as Paul , it is not until the light exposes that we realise that we are blind.

And we seek to have our blindness taken away.

So what does it mean when we read " Do not be un equally yoked with non believers " ?

Surely we spend all our time with " non believers "

We watch television, we listen to the radio, we read the newspapers...

We are in the world but not of the world.

Our enemy is not far out there somewhere, but in fact our enemy is all around us.

We are living in the enemy camp, but "stronger is He that is in us, than he that
is in the world "

And so we read these scriptures and we ponder what they might mean ?

2 Corinthians 6:14 (New International Version)

14Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and
wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?

2 Corinthians 6:14 (Amplified Bible)

14Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers [do not make mismated alliances with
them or come under a different yoke with them, inconsistent with your faith.

Some time ago I had to reach a decision regarding my business..

At that time I had just split from a partnership of three that employed five people,
and was launching out on my own, I employed two people to carry on my own cleaning
business, but I had come up against some interesting decisions that I had to make
some conclusion on.

One of the people working with me at that point was not a Christian and the other
was, during the years I employed people I met and employed many " non believers "

And I am sure that a little of me rubbed off on them and I am sure a little of
the character of God rubbed off on them.

They probably saw all the bad points about me and workinbg alongside me all the time,
they saw me on my bad days and my good days, they saw all the jagged edges.

They probably saw things about me that I never saw, they saw my bad hair days,
and they probably made up their own decisions based on what they saw.

In fact I could say that at that time of employing people I would prefer to employ
non believers because this gave an open doorway for God, and the Christians who
worked for me probably knew me too well and probably had preconceived ideas about
" what I was like "

They saw me as I was and not as I am...

In other words they had already made up their minds what I was like by what they
had heard about me.

They did not really see me as God was moving me on, but saw me as they had seen me
years ago.

You know beware of people who read into things that are'nt really there...

The devil can get a foothold on these things, never try to read into situations
without knowing the full story and seek God above all else, never base your
thoughts on " lack of knowledge "

But back to the topic at hand..

At this point in time while I was running this business several firms were joining
up together and this was a great idea, it strengthened firms and made for more

I had several firms come to me asking if I would be interested in joining together !!

This would have meant doubling or tripling turnover, this would have meant joining
our ideas together and our teams together and putting our knowledge of the cleaning
business together.

This might have meant expanding into all kinds of areas and possibilities...

But I had to reach a decision on this as I had done many times before and time and
time again I found myself unable to go ahead in these decisons..

Why ?

Because you cannot be unequally yoked with non believers...

Light cannot mingle in the things of the darkness...

In other words, although I worked alongside " those who did not believe at that
point "

Although I worked in a dark world, although I walked as a light in the darkness
and alonside those who had not yet been blinded by the light

I could not join forces with other people and do the things they did.

I had to "take up my Cross " if you like...

I had to out my walk with the Lord before the world..

It is one thing to work and walk alongside those who have not yet seen,
but quite another to do as they do.

Amalgamating with and joining up in partnership with non believers would
have meant taking on their practices and their ways of doing the books, it would
have meant , not just working alongside them but saying in effect " I am like you "

I had to walk away and stand my ground even though it meant " loosing out "

because you see there is a cost, but far greater the reward in the life to come.

You see you cannot be in the Kingdom of light and in the kingdom of darkness.

You cannot serve two masters..

Although Jesus walked alongside those that were in darkness and walking in darkness.

He did not do as they did..

So simply ....try to avoid at all cost forming alliances with those who are in
the world.

BUT try to befriend and walk alongside these people " at all cost "

Now there are some who find they " see the light " while in a marriage and
united with a " non believer "

Here you have the two kingdoms living together.

The reason that Gods word says " do not be unequally yoked "

Is not to say " this is a law "

It is not to say " you are wrong "

It is not to condemn and blast a Christian with scripture.

It is simply God saying " be wise.. be careful my son or daughter "

" you are walking in the light as children of the light so do not
do as the children of the dark do "

A simple illustration is this..............

If you stand on a chair and you try to pull someone else up onto that will find it quite difficult ?

Much easier for them to pull you down !!!

This is a simple rule to follow

the scripture we have looked at goes on...

17"Therefore come out from them
and be separate, says the Lord.
Touch no unclean thing,
and I will receive you."[d]
18"I will be a Father to you,
and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty

Although we come out of Egypt ( the world )

We carry things along with us, we can still hold onto the gods of Egypt

We can still carry the rich foods of Egypt in us and it is not until we
come to the waters of Marah that we find our cleansing from the inside

It is not until we come to the springs of Elim that we find our filling.

It is not until we come to the base of the mountain and look up at the
mountain when things seem impossible that we start to see the gods that
we had held onto become the gods that we worship.

And we find ourselves unclean, unable to touch the mountain..

We can have a " golden calf " in our lifes.

We can carry the " golden calf "

And once we melt down those things we ....then and only then do we see the
idol for what it is.

It is not until the light comes that we see the darkness..

It is not until we are blinded by the light that we see that we were blind.

It is not until we come to the foot of the mountain that we see the " gods "
as they are.

Once the children of the light walk alongside the children of the
dark then the children of the dark will see a light and see that they have
been blinded and want to turn and follow the light.

And so to conclude..

Let us be a beacon light to those around, but not join forces with those around.

Let us be " the light of the world " in a dark place.

And let us walk up the mountain of God instead of joining with those who sit at
the bottom of the mountain.

For how can the army of the Lord join forces with the enemy ?

Lets pray.

Lord God in Jesus name you have given us so many gifts to use in the season of
salvation, you have given us the sabbath rest, the day of all days...

To walk in and to be lights shining in the darkness, that others might be
blinded by your light and see what they have been walking in and desire to see
and have their eyes opened.

You have given us Jesus who has been born in our hearts and reborn every time we
come to Him, you have given us so many gifts for this season...

Let us not follow the ways of the world but walk in the world, let us not be as
they are, but be as you are, let us not sit on the throne of judgement, but let you
be the judge, let us not pull others down but see you pull them up.

Let us walk alongside those who are weary and heavy laiden that they might find
" rest " from their labours and walk in yours.

Let us walk alongside those who are weary and heavy laiden that they might find,
" your sabbath rest "

Let us not walk past the stranger at the wayside, but let us help them and pick
them up.

Let us not walk past the stranger at the wayside but go to their aid as indeed
you first picked us up as the " good samaritan " and helped us to our feet and
continue to do so.

Let us not walk past the stranger at the wayside but pick them up as indeed you
pick up the Church.

Let us not join in and do things as other do , but do the things that you would do.

Let us in all things seek what you would want and not speak out of our fleshy nature.

In Jesus name amen