Winter of content

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As I walk along the footpath
The ice cracks under my sole
The windchill cools the ears
And reddens up my nose.

The Winter Sun looks warm
But passers by just moan
As I enjoy the freshness
And view of shining snow.

The winter solstice approaches
Means Christmas lights to come
Against the constant darkness
And smiling Christmas fun.

Coats and gloves and beanies
Keep the body warm
Prolific defence available
Protects from winter storms.

Many regret December
And it’s weather that is sent
But life’s just a different colour
In the winter of content.

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But to you who fear My name The Sun of Righteousness shall arise With healing in His wings… (‭Malachi‬ ‭4‬:‭2‬ NKJV)

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might…Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭6‬:‭10, 13‬ NKJV)

Now godliness with contentment is great gain. (‭I Timothy‬ ‭6‬:‭6‬ NKJV)

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Who do they see ?

May they know more than this;
“You are the only Bible they will ever read”,

Let this be their experience;
“You are the only Jesus they will ever see”.

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Maturity

Emotions must fall into line
With all the straight heart will believe,
Patience works it’s way in time
Feeling what has been received.

The bluff and lies of satan’s breath
Contradict the Holy Spirit
And bring the nose a smell of death
Preventing those who want to live it.

The Kingdom now is deep within
Experienced through our lenses
For focus and belief are twins
In training up our senses.

Then feelings after all agree 
With faith known at the start
Aligned emotions and the seen
From the grateful heart.

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And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 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. (‭Romans‬ ‭5‬:‭3-5‬ NKJV)

And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble. (‭Mark‬ ‭4‬:‭15-17‬ NKJV)

Feelings of unbelief lie to is. If we have a heart of hope, eventually, our senses align to the truth. A heart of hope is a straight or believing heart that continues in hope despite the lying feelings. Eventually, the senses feel what the heart believes. We can have a heart of hope despite the feelings because God’s love means His best will be manifested in our lives in the end; as He defines it. This is it what it means to “train our senses”, or have our “senses exercised”…

But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (‭Hebrews‬ ‭5‬:‭14‬ NKJV)

One more thing…maturity is not head knowledge, but a person who trains their senses to recognise when a thought or emotion and feeling is contrary to the Word of truth sown in their heart.

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Stronger

“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”
Is “comforting” judgement and foresight
Given by a world and a kingdom
That has poor judgment and little foresight.

Is that the best it has to offer ?.

Love bought at inflationary prices
Hope based in self strength
Faith based on wishful happenstance 
Back to front
inverted sight.

Unbelief is a belief
a system of believing
a deception of seeing…
there is no vacuum of faith.

Strength is not won in adversity
Courage is not bought from opposition 
Cogency is not gleaned from obstruction…
In the long term.

Abiding in Christ 
Fellowship with His Spirit
Intimacy with the Heavenly Husband
Focussing on Strength Himself
Partaking of the gifted Divine Courage
Believing the Grace received
Is what “makes you stronger”.

Lasting…
Easier !.

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The wisest leader

People follow the person first 
Followed by their message,
The wisest leader knows the truth
That gives them greatest leverage.

Yet the greatest leader in history showed
The message makes the man,
And helping all in love and grace
Will gather every clan.

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I used to believe that a person’s message was the main thing. I used to see that all leaders were fallible and therefore, it is best to glean the best part of people’s message whilst not being influenced by the person. However, I now realise this is a minority thinking; most people follow the person first…their message is secondary. If you seek maximum influence, your contact with people should be peppered with love and grace. Your conversation should be “seasoned with salt”. Once you have their attention red carpetted by love, only then will they listen to your message. 

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If you think you get it by…

If you think you get it by reading a book
Throw it away, it was only a hook.

If you think you get it by reading my tweets
I have a Friend I’d like you to meet.

If you think you get it by five easy steps 
Be led by the Spirit, He’s here to help.

If you think you get it by a preacher man
You forgot who owns the Sower’s hand.

If you think you get it by overhead slides
Just refocus on Him who abides.

If you think you get it by going to church
Go back to the One who loved you first.

If you think you get it by clicking on Facebook
Shutdown your iPad and open the Gracebook.

If you think you get it by knowledge and mind
You’ll always be searching and never find.

Come know the Son by the Holy Spirit
And then finally, you will surely get it !.

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There is an old chinese proverb that says if you think you will understand a matter by reading a book, then don’t read the book. The point being that truth is to experienced; not just read about, talked about or preached. You cannot understand God by reading about Him. He is “manifold”; not single dimensional. You cannot put Him in an explanatory box. Jesus is to be experienced through the Spirit…only then will you “get it”.

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Ears to hear

“He that has ears to hear”
Is a strange saying of Christ,
But if you know what He’s thinking
It will unlock a door to His Life.

Don’t be too legalistic
Is what the Teacher is saying,
If you look for a hidden meaning
You’ll miss the point He is making.

But look at the heart of the parable
For the parables are about the heart,
How the Word interacts within it
That’s where the Kingdom starts.

If “you have an ear to hear”
You don’t have to look too deep,
Just receive and believe His Word
And your harvest will grow with the seed.

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But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.” And He said to them, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” But when He was alone, those around Him with the twelve asked Him about the parable. And He said to them, “To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables, (‭Mark‬ ‭4‬:‭8-11‬ NKJV)

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Getting older

Getting older…
Where my knees wear out quicker than my shoes
Where my hair grows inward through my ears and nose
Where I bend my knees to touch my toes
Yet the brain tells the body “anything still goes”.

Getting older…
Where my bones sound like the crack of a whip
The hormones scream “I don’t want to dip”
Too much cycling has worn the hips
You dribble they coffee after a hot sip.

But getting older 
You know the truth from the lies
The experience of life means you’re now wise
You no longer need the old soul ties
Because you’ve experienced the Life of Christ.

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It’s all about your heart

“It’s all about your faith”
The preacher advises with best intentions.

But faith is not self created
It is not a by product of reading the Bible
Like diesel is a by product of petrol.

Belief is a by product of a straight heart
Produced in rest 
Like a butterfly from a caterpillar,
Becoming what it is predestined to become;
The Seed producing its congealed life as a crop
Some thirty fold, some sixty fold, some a hundred fold. 

Yet rest is a by product of a renewed mind:
Changing your mind to what God has already changed.

The Life is Christ Himself
Just like His Seed
Therefore it’s His faith in our new heart
Which He gave at the new creation.

His faith
My heart
His Seed
My belief
His Word
My blessing
His Soverienty
My Responsibility
His Fruit
My fruit
Two lives infused
Two spirits become one.

Now the same word
Now the same glory…

“It’s all about your heart”.

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Securely held

None can take you from His hand
Those who are the christian band
The Everlasting covenant stands
In the spiritual promise land.

Where sin abounds, grace does more
By Himself the covenant swore
For those who enter by the door
Securely held within His claw.

No longer separate by a sin
For He’s in you and you’re in Him
He even made you next of kin
An heir of Grace, and heir of Him.

Covenant made before our time
Sacrificed son was crucified
Covenant formed by those who find
A Love extreme and pure and kind.

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