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Grace to stand…


Grace to stand….

I was praying for a friend this morning. Two phrases came into my mind that I had not even thought of for so long… fight the good fight and finish the race, I looked them up these are the two verses so powerful and they speak of the times we are living in ❤

~1 Timothy 6:11-14~

But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,

And this verse is powerful too… I am blown way

In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

 

These are the days we are living in, these are the fights we have on our hands, to rise above the pull of the enemy which will come from all directions to take us away from what He wants and what He has called us to do. 

If we simply do his work in every day if our lives I believe he will give us grace to stand against all that the enemy is drawing us into.

He can change our hearts, He can drain all that we fight against from our focus, He can cause the grip of these things to be loosened and then destroyed. Nothing is impossible with and for Him!! 

And then He will bring us all that is in his heart for us. He will supply the true need. He will lift the veil that has clouded our eyes and give us the true desires of our hearts that will bring us the greatest joy peace love hope and fulfilment than anything the world or anyone in it could offer… 

 

Wow Amen I feel the presence of God so strongly on this as I write…. I can actually feel it… This is a word in season for us all. 

Stand strong then….

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

~John 16:33~ 

 

 

I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]

But thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory [making us conquerors] through our Lord Jesus Christ.

~1 John 5:5 ~

 

 

Who is it that is victorious over [that conquers] the world but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on that fact]?

Amen let it be as He has said.

I pray you will sense his presence and empowering grace strength and peace on this word.

Just something to think about….

~Cam Richmond~

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If in doubt….


If in doubt…

This is something that I have been talking to God about these last few days… doubt and how to dislodge it from where it has taken root.

How do I believe and have faith when doubt has bunkered down and made itself at home? How do I believe?

How do I not doubt when I don’t understand all the how’s and whys of the will of God and seemingly unanswered prayers when I know we should be believing and be in faith?

The famous passage…

Mark 9:21-24
Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?” “From childhood,” he answered. “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” “ ‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

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If you are like me then there’s you know there’s a lot we don’t understand fully.

Pray the prayer this man prayed….

“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

These are some notes below from a bible commentary that I read that helped me understand a little better….

Mar 9:23

“If thou canst believe…”
This was an answer to the request, and there was a reference in the answer to the “doubt” in the man’s mind about the power of Jesus.

“I” can help him. If thou” canst believe,” it shall be done. Jesus here demanded “faith” or confidence in his power of healing.

His design here is to show the man that the difficulty in the case was not in the want of “power” on his part, but in the want of “faith” in the man; in other words, to rebuke him for having “doubted” at all whether he “could” heal him.

So he demands faith of every sinner that comes to him, and none that come without “confidence” in him can obtain the blessing.

“All things are possible to him that believeth”
All things can be effected or accomplished – to wit, by God – in favor of him that believes, and if thou canst believe, this will be done. God will do nothing in our favor without faith. It is right that we should have confidence in him; and if we “have” confidence, it is easy for him to help us, and he willingly does it. In our weakness, then, we should go to God our Saviour; and though we have no strength, yet “he” can aid us, and he will make all things easy for us.

Mar 9:24

“Said with tears”
The man felt the implied rebuke in the Saviour’s language; and feeling grieved that he should be thought to be destitute of faith, and feeling deeply for the welfare of his afflicted son, he wept.

Nothing can be more touching or natural than this. An anxious father, distressed at the condition of his son, having applied to the disciples in vain, now coming to the Saviour; and not having full confidence that he had the proper qualification to be aided, he wept. Any man would have wept in his condition, nor would the Saviour turn the weeping suppliant away.

“I believe”
I have faith. I do put confidence in thee, though I know that my faith is not as strong as it should be.

“Help thou mine unbelief” Supply thou the defects of my faith. Give me strength and grace to put “entire” confidence in thee.

Everyone who comes to the Saviour for help has need of offering this prayer. In our unbelief and our doubts we need his aid, nor shall we ever put sufficient reliance on him without his gracious help.

Just something to think about….

~Cam Richmond~

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Control or lack thereof…


Control or lack thereof…

I don’t like tension…. It takes me back to childhood memories of anger, family fights, situations beyond my control and trying to keep everyone happy and feeling responsible for things I couldn’t change.

When something is about to happen or does in fact happen that causes any kind of tension, even to this day, I want to fix it…. to stop it.

Its like I always know what is going to happen and I want to prevent the inevitable outcomes, any explosions, outbursts or people sparking off each other.

That is how I learnt to cope as a child. I wanted to keep everything calm and smooth it over. Now when I encounter any situation like that I want to do the same thing… I want to keep the peace, mind you it’s not normal to live with that mentality of trying to keep peace….

When you live in a volatile environment you become very perceptive, you know what’s around the next corner,  and you know well in advance.

The good thing is I am aware of this pattern of how I react, even when it happens in various settings, I’m learning to let it go and let other people sort it out. Its part of God growing me to free me up.

I don’t like it but at least through learning to recognise these patterns I am going to be controlled less and less by them. I know I get worked up about these types of situations easily and then worry, only to find out the whole storm had passed while I was stressing but the worry alone is what motivated me to try to stop it!

The thing is that it’s not our role to control all these things, whether they are hard or just plain terrible. And we can’t control or prevent every incident but the driver is fear. The thoughts come into your head and you want to prevent impending doom.

Fear is stronger in these moments than the realisation that we cannot and often should not try to control these things but we give it a go anyway. After fear ends its rule, then the next one to speak up is embarrassment. Embarrassment will also shout loudly and tell you that if you strike stealthily first you may be able to break the circuit and avoid the repetition, the scene, the side-show, the performance, this is another factor in our desire to control.

Who was I trying to protect? Well… firstly me of course, naturally… that is totally the truth, then next on the list was EVERYONE, you, family, friends and even innocent bystanders.

Each of us come to the realisation that we need to stop intervening, at least in most situations, as most situations are not the kind that we grew up in, they are usually far more simple and straightforward but we automatically go into fight or flight mentality.

I have found that as I have slowly gained some ability to step back that I am growing and that I am allowing others the ability to grow too, and protect themselves, as after all I am not always there, and neither is anyone else ALWAYS going to be around. We all need to learn this and the reward for our lessons is that we are continually getting set free….

Just something to think about….

~Cam Richmond~

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