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!

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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