Help with updating WordPress site

Over and over and over again I am getting a request to update my site but when I attempt to, the message is “Failed — try again”. I do not have the expertise to dig deep and source the problem. I need help. I’m willing to update but I am not able.

Sarah Tun: http://www.sarahtunwordsandvoices.com

Maturity: A Final Post

Jesus crossToday is the 1st of May. I’ve been writing this blog for some time and while I love it, I feel the LORD saying I must minimize blogging and focus on a fiction piece I’m working on called, Jasper’s Trail, about a young girl who’s family disappears and she must find them.

It’s a tail of the supernatural, purposed to draw girls to question who is in charge of our universe and what is His character.

As I write, I’m not sure this will be the last post I ever write at Life from the Lighthouse but it will be the last post of its kind. I love AGLOW International, who call their small groups Lighthouses. Perhaps there will be a useful way I can morph this site into something that will fit for AGLOW.

Today I draw from John’s 1st letter:

“I write to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, Because you have overcome the wicked one. I write to you, little children, Because you have known the Father.” (1John 2:13)

Each of us has been created and saved for a purpose. It is my leaning that I’m called, in part, to encourage maturity in each of us, to grow into the people we’ve been created to be, in order to do – in and through our lives – what God has created us to do. Whether we are still on the milk in the Word, or are on a steady diet of spiritual meat (see Hebrews 5:12), we need God’s Word, the Holy Spirit and fellowship with one another in order to continue to grow in the grace He provides. If you are finding growth stalled because of your anxieties, fears or insecurities, my book Free to Be is available. Even better, you need to apply the knowledge that the old man is dead, indeed, and allow the New Man to rise up in Christ, simply by refusing to dwell on anything that is not a thought or emotion of God. Through the help of the Holy Spirit, we can walk in the fullness of God’s grace today and every day, just as Jesus has encouraged us to do and has modeled for us.

It is my desire that I live out the fullness of God’s purpose for my life. There are times when I feel I’m pretty close to the mark. There are days though, when I think I’ve completely missed God’s plan. How wonderful to have fellow brothers and sisters who encourage me.

There are 3 things in my lifestyle that help me to live as I believe Jesus would have me live:

  1. I read the Word daily and I pray deeply
  2. I encourage other believers
  3. I praise God for all things that come my way.

RevelationsIt is these things that help me to grow, to learn, and to enable others to do the same. We are all part of the same body. Let’s discover, live out and encourage others to fulfil their purpose. I believe Jesus is coming soon. I believe there are positions in Heaven or in the New Earth for those who have overcome the world. Revelation 2 and 3 tells us what is in store for those who have overcome. Let us begin today by overcoming the flesh, the world and the devil, by recognizing that Jesus took all of the ‘junk’ we think or feel from us when he died on the cross, and believing the Holy Spirit equips us for overcoming and for living as God has purposed us to do.

Let us go in peace to love and serve the LORD. Hallelujah and Amen!

Does God make Mistakes?

Trusting God in ALL circumstances

God does not make mistakes.

Recently I heard of a fellow believer’s plight: while in hospital herself, her husband developed an infection and was also admitted to the same hospital. They have 3 young children.

Neither of the parental conditions was life-threatening, fortunately, but how could it be that both parents would end up indisposed at the same time, in the same hospital but due to the infection of one of them, they could not even see each other? When we are ‘down’ we are blessed through our spouse’s encouragement. In this family’s case the one was not available to encourage the other.

How could this happen? Why did this happen? We could say the enemy was attacking this family. We could say they didn’t have enough prayer covering? We could say it is purely unfortunate coincidence that both would be in hospital at the same time for unrelated illnesses. Or we could let God be God and ask a different question: What is the LORD preparing this family for that requires such strength in them, strength to persevere and to be patient? Strength to overcome and to carry on. Strength to trust God’s love and blessings in the face of inconvenience, discomfort, and trial.

I believe God is sovereign, all loving and all knowing. And any family in trial ventures through, they are shining and will shine.

I think this is a testimony and an opportunity for all of us to benefit from and to learn from: God is in our circumstances to grow us. We grow in strength, we grow in faith, and we grow in perseverance. And through this we grow in love, joy and trust in Him as our Saviour and as our Lord.
Life is pleasant and sweet at times. Life is difficult and bitter at other times. We who are committed to the Lord Jesus know that we can defeat the enemy when he attacks through prayer and intercession. But God knows our circumstances, designs them for our good, and we can embrace the trials knowing they exist because He is trusting us to trust Him and to know,

“But He knows the way that I take; When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.” (Job 23:10)

This is to be the penultimate post in Life from the Lighthouse. This will morph into something else or will be complete in itself. Stay tuned next month as I will pray through for the changes over the coming weeks. Until May, God bless and keep you safe, surrendered and full of His joy.

Overcoming in Adversity

Overcoming in Adversity

 

From My Will to Holy Spirit Will

My strength or Holy Spirit Strength

“…I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 20:17)

We have surrendered our life and our will to God. We want to utter His prayers and do His works, based on His will and not our own. Jesus said we can move mountains if we have faith. Bathed in prayer, we can walk in the Spirit and not in the Flesh.

But how can we be certain we are praying the prayers of the Holy Spirit? How do we pray God’s prayers and not our own? Is there a ‘ceiling’ above which our prayers do not rise, unless they are prayers inspired by the will of the Father?

I’d like to suggest a strategy that works for me, to help me be ‘less of me and more of God’ in my day-to-day walk.

1) ‘He who waits upon the LORD shall renew his strength’ (Isaiah 40:11)

As I wait in a quiet place I find God joins me. As I make room for Him, he shows up to inspire and to lead me ‘beside still waters’.

2) ‘All scripture is God-breathed’ (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

As I sit, reading and re-reading a passage of scripture, those words become alive, guiding me and inspiring me. Through the Word of God I hear the Will of God on a daily basis.

3) ‘I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength’ (Philippians 4:13)

Expecting God to speak or to move through my prayers and my actions creates in me humility and hope. I can’t make Him do as I please but I can expect Him to respond to the prayers and intercession He has anointed me and inspired me to pray.

4) ‘Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness’ (1 Chronicles 16:29)

When I pray in tongues, when I sing or dance as led by God’s encouragement and freedom, I begin to lose myself in worship and adoration. When that happens I am beginning to enter into a private place with the LORD where He draws me close, speaks to me and leads me in His way everlastingly.

5) ‘Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.’ (Matthew 7:7-8)

Breakthrough comes when we wait, spend time with God’s Word, expect Him to come, and worship Him. This is not a formula but a promise.

If we want to ‘live and move and have our being’ in Him, we need to commit our way to Him and He will give us the desires of our heart. Meditating with Him will draw our desires toward Him and His will can be done on earth in and through us, His surrendered servants.

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