His name – our name

I’m sorry to those who have followed my posts, the past two months have been very difficult. I think the most difficult aspect of spiritual trials is that you imagine that your local Christian community would somehow sense that you are going through a difficult time and offer support and encouragement. Yet, I think all of us go through a Garden of Gethsemane experience, when our closest friends fall ‘asleep’, as we realise that this is the time to pick up our cross – and, all we are left with, is the hand of God; it’s then we realise, that’s all we need. His love is sufficient.

I liked the following in today’s study: “We come now to the last day of our studies on the theme of God’s revelation of Himself through His names, and also to the last day of another year. What a tremendous note on which to end our studies: (Revelation 22:4) ‘They will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads.’ Over the last weeks we have seen how God’s name reveal certain facets of His character, which are disclosed only when His people reach a significant new stage of development in their lives or enter an area of special need.… At this moment all the privileges of His name are ours – salvation, healing, cleansing, sanctification. But in eternity all these characteristics instead of being available to us, will become an integral part of us because when we see God, we shall be like Him (I john 3:2).”

Tomorrow – is a new year – the world (I think), is worse off than a year ago – financial turmoil – western culture in a state of decline – it’s a time when we all should take a long, hard look at our relationship with Jesus – is it – what it should be?

Lift the latch

It’s has been a few days since I’ve written a post – have been going through a lot, one way or another. I’ve also spent a lot of time thinking about the ‘will of God’ in regard to life’s misfortunes, such as illness and accidents. Now, that I’ve have started to get a clear perspective on that issue – I’m ready to continue & to catch up on those posts I’ve missed.


Today’s study is a good one – it’s very relevant to my situation and well-timed in regard to its important message.

Selwyn opens with: ” … we are studying the difference between perfect peace, the peace that comes from God, and imperfect peace, the peace that comes from mental tricks.” He closes with these encouraging words: “God’s peace can stand anything that challenges it. Since it is possible in this restless age to experience the peace of God, do not let anything prevent you allowing peace to invade you.

Peace is knocking at the door. Lift the latch and let it come in. Make it your life affirmation to say: the peace of God helps me; the peace of God holds me; the peace of God protects me.”

These verses, John 14:23-27 (NLT) are excellent: “Jesus replied, ‘All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them. Anyone who doesn’t love me will not obey me. And remember, my words are not my own. What I am telling you is from the Father who sent me. I am telling you these things now while I am still with you. But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.  

I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

I think that there is one important statement made by Jesus that many people ignore; and, that is, if we love God then we will try to obey His commandments. I sometimes feel that some people have the idea that as long as they believe that Jesus loves them, then they can do – whatever they please. Such a view is not right – God is seeking a two-way relationship with us. He has demonstrated His love for us on the cross – we, in turn, demonstrate our love for Him by the way we live our lives. Do you agree?