"By their fruit you will recognize them... Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit"(vv16-17)
The scripture reminded me of this...
A while ago I was surfing the net and came upon a very interesting article, a young student was doing an experiment on testing microwaves. She got herself two plants. She gave one plant water that was pure natural water. The other plant, she gave with the same water but it had been heated up in the microwave and then cooled down to room temperature. Every day she watered the plants with equal amounts of water and at the same time. As the days went on, the plant with the natural water, bloomed and grew strong but unfortunately the plant with the microwave water, withered and dried up.
What is a false prophet? I am not qualified to say who is or who isn't. I listen to people talking about what the bible means and am grateful for their help but I listen with my heart more and if it doesn't make sense to me I ask God in prayer to help me. I can't judge anyone I still have problems with my own plank. Jesus says "Watch out" which implies to me that we all have to do our part, it is a two way relationship.
In 2 Peter1:5-8 - "For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measures, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ".
I trust in God and know he will lead me the right way. He has never let me down and I am never alone.
(But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. -v 14)
This is a very complicated Scripture and for two verses, there is a lot to think about and understand. When I first read it, I could not understand the meaning of what Jesus was teaching at all. By doing some research I could see I wasn't alone. The first sentence says "Enter through the narrow gate" Which implies that Jesus wants us to go through that gate. I have given it great thought and the only way I can relate to it, is by this next paragraph...
When my son was young I used to drive him to school. My journey would consist, of driving on a busy main road, it was very stressful. We were bumper to bumper going at a snail's pace. I used to sit there following everyone else, seeing people frustrated, beeping horns, shaking fist at each other and I would be worrying, would we be late for school. So I decided that there must be a better way! Being that I knew the area, I started to use the smaller roads. There was hardly any traffic, however I had to pay attention because children used this route to walk to school and sometimes the odd cars but I felt a lot safer. I began to enjoy the journeys and it started my day well.
Having God in my life makes me feel the same way, paying attention and listening to His word. I find situations a lot less stressful and have a better life.
I might not have completely got this meaning right but I would like to think I am on the right road. With Jesus' help I know I will get there.
(Ask and it shall be given to you; seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you - v7)
My first encounter with God was when I was in my teens, I wasn't particularly interested in seeking God at that time but unusual circumstances happened and they seemed to draw me to Him. When I look back, I know now God was looking out for me. He knows everything about me and has never let me down. I am so blessed to have God in my life.
I know in my heart that God loves me, He wants me to be happy and has always protected me, even when I have walked away from Him. God has always answered my prayers. He is patient, loving, faithful, trustworthy, supportive and understanding. He is my rock.
The video below shows just how much God loves us, all we have to do is ask, seek and knock... "there is power in the name of Jesus"
Father, thank you for loving me so much.
Thank you to NVY HUMAN VIDEO YOUTH SERVICES for sharing this amazing video.
(Do not judge or you too will be judged, for in the same way as you judge, you will be judged - v1)
Just give me a moment, I am trying to see the keyboard...
I bow my head in shame. I am sure that I am not alone.
This is a powerful Scripture and Jesus is not holding back. He is telling it like it is and the truth does hurt. Talk about a wake-up call.
How many times a day do we judge others, weather it be by something, someone told you or a person's actions. People make their own judgement about a person, depending on if the have a good relationship with them or bad one. We tend to go along believing what they said or we heard, without knowing that person ourselves.
It's all around us every day, people are judged on how they look, the clothes they wear, the job they do, where they live, how they live, how much money they have or haven't, what car they drive, it's never ending. It is so easy for people to make hurtful comments about someone, the consequences can be destructive. But Jesus is giving us a warning... to be careful. "For in the same way as you judge, you will be judged".
Being judgmental and critical about others is not God's way.
Let's try and be aware of what we say about or speak to people. Will it make them happy?, cheer up their day? give them confidence?, will it be encouraging and inspiring for them to do better for themselves?
Let our actions speak louder than our words and fill people's hearts with joy,
God is about love and blessings.
(Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life)
Worry... I think we all have at sometime or another come under this category. I worry a lot and with all the pressures of life around us, it hard work to be happy. However, I am getting better.
Jesus is right, Look at creation, its awesome. There is nothing more breathtakingly beautiful than listening to birds singing, they pick berries to eat, they collect twigs to make their nest. They busily get on with their life.
God has provided the basics. It's down to us to choose what we do with them, He never said it would be easy but he is telling us here that we should consider what is important to us, regarding our needs.
When I watched the video below, it really put this scripture in prospective for me, I was speechless. We are blessed to have the opportunity to see how great God is,
Jesus said "Are you not much more valuable than they?"...wow
Worrying will not change my problems but I believe that putting my trust, praying and giving them to God will.
Having that reassurance does make me happy.
When thinking about this verse, I can recall countless times I have 'repeated it off by heart'. But to be truthful... what does it mean? Hallowed means to respect and honor greatly.
To make his name, the most valuable, in the hearts and minds of all people. Its not just recognition of his name, its a prayer, a plea to our Almighty God that we will make his name Holy throughout the world.
He is the Alpha and Omega, Lord of all lords, King of kings, the great I AM, Bread of life, Everlasting Father, our healer, our Maker, our Provider, our Comforter, Shepard, Prince of peace, Jehovah, God of mercy, Holy One, Light of the world, Immanuel, our Rock, our Redeemer, Saviour, the Name above all names and much, much more. I am sure you could add to the list.
Praise the Lord.
(But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret -v3)
When you look at the world today, there are so many people in need, and many people are generous with their help.
However, here Jesus is warning us to be aware of seeking to impress people. He not saying we can't be impressive. Jesus is more concerned about our motives. God looks at the heart and not the hand, He wants us to help people, out of compassion and love, with the desire to make a difference in someones life, which is a reflection of him.
If our motives are only to hear people praising us, then we have already received our reward...but it is on earth and not in heaven.
God knows our needs before we ask him.
We are all brothers and sisters together, we all have the strength in our hearts to love and help each others, with Jesus' guidance and support.
Father All Merciful I Love You...what does FAMILY mean to you?
"love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven" (vv 44-45)
Jesus is teaching us not to just love our neighbours but also our enemies. A pharisee once asked Jesus "Who is my neighbor?"(Luke 10:29) Jesus told the Parable of the "Good Samaritan" which demonstrates that we should love all types of people - no matter what faith, nationality or personality and enemies are included. If you love your enemies and pray for those who prosecute you, then you truly reveal that Jesus is Lord in your life.
The video below really showed me the true meaning of forgiveness, thank you for sharing.
(You have heard that it was said,"You shall not commit adultery"-v27)
In these six verses there is a lot to think about... adultery, lust and divorce. If you look through the bible you will find references to them all, in Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Hebrews, Exodus, Romans... I could go on and on. But why is there so much about them? The one verse that really put it in a nutshell for me was Proverbs 6;32 - He who commits adultery lacks sense, he who does it destroys himself..
Marriage is a sacred commitment between two people, in Hebrews 13, its says "marriage should be honoured by all and the marriage bed keep pure". We should respect each other.
First comes lust and lust is temptation, 'the flesh is weak'. I think Jesus was warning us to be careful, because he loves us so much, he don't want us to be unhappy and make mistakes.
Next comes adultery and then divorce. It is all very destructive.
Today, life can be challenging, pornography is everywhere, leading men to lust after women. Women often use their bodies to lure men into sin. Our passion blinds us and lives are broken and children are damaged.
What hope do we have?...
1 Corinthians 10:13 reflects on temptation and John 8:11 shows that Jesus does not condemn us.
1 John 1:9 - if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness
Jesus came and paid the price for our sins by dying on the cross and only He knows what is truly in our hearts, when we ask for forgiveness.
(But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother or sister will be subject to judgement- v22)
How many times have we got angry with members of our family or friends. Or had a disagreement with someone, be it in a busy shopping store, on the road or driving your car. Everyday situations arise, some in our control, others not. We are constantly being challenged. My list is endless.
I don't always make the right choices and usually after the event... wished I'd been a little more diplomatic or patient, feeling really sad and upset with myself.
We are also surrounded by anger too, seeing it on the streets, in magazines/newspapers or via television/internet. Its hard to not get caught up in it.
Jesus said getting so angry is the same as committing murder. Anger violates God's command for us to love. We will be accountable to God for our anger if we do not resolve the issue straightaway.
I am learning to sort problems out more quickly with the help and support of God's blessings and love. I am not strong enough to do it on my own.
Forgiveness or saying sorry can save a lot less heartache and pain, it can build trust and a stronger relationship, in some situations.
Salt has many uses but the most common is usually for preserving food or used for seasoning. To enhance the flavor.
So in this Scripture, is Jesus asking us to go out in His name and act as a preservative, to preserve the world, help rid it of all the pain and suffering that is happening.. To enhance peoples lives and give them hope? It fills my heart with joy to know that Jesus love us so much and is with us always.
Jesus says, "we are the light of the world".
We could be a beacon of light for Him, helping people, spreading His word and sharing His love. Reassuring our brother and sisters that they are not alone and bring peace into their hearts...
This blog is dedicated to music legend BB King who died in Las Vegas, yesterday morning, aged 89. He had been admitted to hospital last month due to illness.
He had toured up until 2014 and had recorded 42 studio albums. Over his seven - decade career, he had attended up to 342 shows per year, won 15 gammy awards and his fellow musicians had included Ringo Star and Lenny Kravitz.
BB King was fondly known as "King Of Blues", he had influenced many musicians in his life-time with his great music talents and will be sadly missed.
"Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."(v10)
When you look around today in the 21st Century, being a committed Christian is hard. Many of our brothers and sisters are still suffering for their faith, people can be cruel and unkind..
When you do a good deed these days, it is not always appreciated.
God never promised it would be easy.
Many of the men and women of God in the old testament were put in prison or beaten, persecuted, hated and sometimes killed. But because of their dedication and faith, the good news of Jesus is spread throughout the world.
Jesus said "Look after my sheep" and they have.
How inspirational is that.
help me to live a positive and impacting life,
at this difficult time in the world
"Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God".
What is a peacemaker? That's a big question! We all have our own ideas of what 'peace' means. It could be - bring an end to wars or making peace with someone who we have had a disagreement with.. Listening to people in need and comforting them. Whatever our ideas are, a peacemaker is someone who reconciles, mediates and loves to brings harmony into any situation.
The ultimate peacemaker is Jesus, He came to reconcile man to God. To rid the world of war, greed, hatred and so much more. God could not tolerate sin and so sent Jesus to pay the price by cruel crucifixion, to save us and reconcile us to Himself.
Unfortunately, we still hear today about war and people suffering, should we give up and accept that this is how it is and not think about it? Or as peacemakers, we could pray God's peace to all the people that are trying to bring harmony into the world.
Forgive people when they make the wrong chooses and hurt us.
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God."(v8)
I would like to believe that I am "pure in heart" but the truth is I am not. To the best of my ability I try. Does that mean I will never see God? In "Psalms 51" there is an answer. That by drawing closer to God, asking for His help, He will create a pure heart in me and to help me to turn away from sin. I know God loves me and I trust in Him. I am so blessed.
There are so many people in the world today that are kind and have wonderful hearts, these people give me inspiration... as the above video shows.
Today the reading I have been looking at is Matthew 5:7
"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy". (v 7)
What is mercy? To me, mercy means forgiveness and forgiveness means mercy. We have all been in situations when we feel people are trying to put us down or make us feel like we are not good enough, deliberately going out of their way to hurt us and everything around us is negative. But if we show mercy towards the person or situation that has hurt or damaged us, it can open the doors to reconciliation and love. Being merciful, can help us to heal the pain, sadness and distress we are experiencing. It can sometimes help the other person too. brings freedom to the giver and receiver. We all make mistakes because we are only human.
God has already shown His ultimate sacrificial mercy to us, Jesus' death on the cross.
I am always thankful for his mercy, love and humility.
Also, thank you to my friend, who visited me at the weekend. I dedicate "Sounds of an Angel" to you for your help and support.
love, light and blessings to those who have read my blog. xx
Today my study reading is John 1:16 -
"From the fulness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another".(v16)
How many times do we say "Bless you" in our daily life.
When someone shows me a kind act and it has really change my situation or helped me, I always thank them and say "bless you". It gives me joy to know that God turns his face towards them and gives them peace.
The definition of blessing in the English dictionary has many meanings but the two that stood out for me was 'bringing happiness' and 'worthy of deep respect'.
Life can be so challenging and sometimes impossible to cope with but God never changes, He longs to give us His love and blessings.
thank you for providing for me and protecting me.
Bless all the people in the world who are sad, lonely, unloved,
desperate and feeling lost.
That they will know your love and have peace in their hearts.
This week is "Red Cross Week". I am also grateful as they helped me in my hour of need a few years ago.
They help people all over the world,
The movement started in 1863 inspired by a Swiss Businessman - Henry Dunant.
Over 90,000 people volunteered for the British Red Cross at home and overseas during the First World War.
In the Second World War the British Red Cross members worked in hospitals, convalescent homes, nurseries, worked with ambulances units and worked as nurses. Raised money and cared for the sick and wounded, prisoners of war and civilians needing relief as a result of enemy action at home and abroad,
Today they help find missing families, help with Health and Social Care, First Aid training, Refugee Support, Teaching resources, working throughout the world, helping people in crisis.
The list is endless...
Please donate to show your appreciation for their hard work and commitment.
Where has the time gone?? trying to get into bloggin has been a challenge for me, not knowing what would be interesting, So I give up and decided to just "wing it" I have a YouTube channel as I love music. Its good for the soul. I spend time on that, I have also been interested in Bible studying so I will use that for my inspiration.
Today I looked at Matthew 5:1-12 Jesus is talking to his followers on the mountainside, about his Kingdom. It must have been amazing to have been there, seeing him and listening to him and to know that Heaven is a peaceful place, no pain and no suffering.
Jesus help me to understand your teachings so that I can draw closer to you - Amen
Have a good day - love and light xx