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“You will find Me when you search for Me with your whole heart!”

If I said I heard it, that would be misleading. It wasn’t a voice because it wasn’t audible. It wasn’t a thought because I didn’t think it. Yet, deep within my spirit, I knew it, knew that it was true, and knew that it was my Word from God. There were some things … ahem! …I had to shake off some things that I was holding on to; some things that were restraining me; some things that were holding me back from seeking Him with all my heart.

I jumped up.

‘That is in the Bible!’ I thought…

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“You will find Me when you search for Me with your whole heart!”

If I said I heard it, that would be misleading. It wasn’t a voice because it wasn’t audible. It wasn’t a thought because I didn’t think it. Yet, deep within my spirit, I knew it, knew that it was true, and knew that it was my Word from God. There were some things … ahem!  …I had to shake off some things that I was holding on to; some things that were restraining me; some things that were holding me back from seeking Him with all my heart.

I jumped up.

‘That is in the Bible!’ I thought. I grabbed my Bible concordance and searched for the word ‘search’. I was completely ready for what I found.

  • Jeremiah 17:10 ~ “I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to…

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SUBMIT TO GOD

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Submit to God.

UPDATE: My family and I moved back to Jamaica after living and working for about 8 years in Japan. We are so happy to be home.

I’ve not posted here for an entire year. My apologies. 🙂

My first post for 2018 is really a reflection. In fact, the past year has found me more introspective than anything else.

I don’t make resolutions I just live and adapt or change completely, depending on the circumstance, point in time, path of life and, ultimately, the guidance of God.

I accept that change is a constant and I embrace the new as I am led to it.

I’ve also accepted, based on my faith in God and His divine will that my perceived control of things, outside of the leading of the Holy Spirit, is a derailment of His guidance.

His divine will is a constant that keeps me aligned to the best effects of change in my life.

If I presume to take control then I’m derailed and cannot expect the best result immediately; I have to wait until change realigns to God’s divine will.

We are sometimes our worst enemy. These are those moments when nothing seems to go right.

In some future time, God synchronises our lives with His will and our lives go back on the divine track.

We can avoid intermittent derailment by completely submitting to God’s will. This, for me is still a work in progress.

The scripture says:

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7 KJV

Total submission seems impossible but we have the assurance of scripture that we can do all things through Christ Jesus.

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13 KJV

Submit to God.

ENTERTAIN STRANGERS

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As you may already know, my family and I live in Japan. We’ve entertained many strangers in our Japan journey but this was the first time I’ve had an experience like the one I’m about to share.

angels unawares

I took my four year old to the park today. While there, running around like two four year olds, I noticed an older gentleman on a bicycle. He bowed and I returned the bow as is the custom. He rode up to the restroom and parked his bicycle then strolled over to the park benches, watching us frolic the entire time.

I pushed my four year old on the swings, then we had a race. We then went to the slide and lastly to the seesaw. Then my four year old said it was time to go.

As we walked to our car, the man started talking to me in Japanese. My Japanese conversation skill is quite basic. I wasn’t sure what he was saying, so I went closer to him to see if I could understand.

He was brown skinned, tanned I’m sure, and his speech was difficult to understand because some older people talk with a “thicker” form of Japanese.

I did understand when he asked me where I was from and I told him. Then he asked if my wife was Japanese and I said no. He then asked what our work was and I told him. he also asked if I had any other children and I said yes.

I was being very polite and these were the usual questions that foreigners get from Japanese people.

The most unusual thing happened after that. He started to say something, still in Japanese, and I could hear the words for hungry, three days, and money. He was asking me to buy him food.

If you know Japan, you know this would NEVER, ever happen, at all, especially from Japanese to foreigner. Ever! I was shocked! But I kept a poker face and double checked what he was saying.

I asked him if he was hungry, if he had not eaten in three days, and if he wanted money to buy food. I had to double check because if that wasn’t the case, and I tried to give him money, it would embarrass him. Alas, it was what he had said!

I didn’t have a lot of cash on me, but I took out my wallet and gave him half the cash I had. His reaction was one of surprise and gratitude. He then shook my hand, another very rare thing, and told me his name. He then asked my name and I told him.

All of this was happening in Japanese, although mine was broken Japanese. We said our goodbyes and parted ways. I could see him waving to us as we drove away from the park, another rarity.

During the experience, my thoughts immediately went to Hebrews 13:2

“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” ~AuthKJV

Maybe for now I will never know. I was happy to help him. It always feels so awesome to live the scripture. I am still awed by how God works in simplicity sometimes.

Do not forget to entertain strangers. Blessings all!

THE WILDERNESS EXPERIENCE

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The wilderness experience isn’t always an enjoyable one, especially if you don’t want to be in it. The wilderness is usually dry and hot or humid, with many extreme and unpleasant conditions.

Israel Wilderness

Wilderness in Israel, photo credit maxpix.

Yet Moses and countless others endured it, learned valuable lessons in it, and came out with new purpose because God schooled them through it.

What’s your wilderness experience?
How can you see your Heavenly Father with you in it?
How can you endure the extreme and unpleasant experiences?
How can you emerge more knowledgeable, spiritually stronger and wiser?
What new or renewed purpose can you discover from it?

TRUST your HEAVENLY FATHER; He has a bespoke (uniquely tailored) plan for YOU in the wilderness experience.

Blessings ALL

SM for EM

 

A BASIC BIBLE STUDY METHOD

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Here is an easy way to really understand what the Holy Bible is saying. You don’t have to be a theologian. Trust God! (^_^)

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A BASIC BIBLE STUDY METHOD

Many people rely on others to interpret scripture for them because they think it is a challenge to study and understand the Holy Bible. The problem with this is that they run the risk of getting an interpretation that serves the interest of a particular theologian, religious body, or group.

Some theologians explain the text in a way that says what they want as opposed to what God the author intended. In some cases this is not due to outright maliciousness but due to ignorance. The direct result is that many people end up with a human opinion quite different from God’s intent.

One has to understand the origin of the Holy Bible as a starting point in one’s approach to Bible study. What we now have as the Holy Bible was originally written in three (3) languages: Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek. It has been translated from these…

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What is the definition of a true MINISTER?

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What is the mark of a true #minister of #God? Is there a blueprint? Find out here. https://epignosisministries.com/2011/06/20/what-is-the-definition-of-a-true-minister/

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What is the definition of a true MINISTER?

I shouldn’t have to ask this question but here I am asking and requiring all (including myself) to continue to look deeper into scripture to find out what the Word of God says about our commission.

St. Paul. Mosaic in the Archbishop's Chapel, Ravenna, 5th century AD The Apostle Paul. Mosaic, the Archbishop’s Chapel, Ravenna, Italy, 5th century AD

Ministers, God set specific operating procedures for all who carry and dispense His Word. Look at what the scripture says about ministers:

“Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient…

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FEEL-GOOD GOSPEL

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FEEL-GOOD GOSPEL

People need to hear the truth contained in the Word of God, to the edification of their souls.

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It is enervating to see, in present day, the continued trend inherent in the church’s style-of-preaching (and teaching).

There is this seduction of feeling (though not in ALL) that draws souls away to the slumber zone; to destruction and not to edification.

Paul had to communicate similarly to the Corinthian Church three times:

“Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction.” ~2 Corinthians 13:10, AuthorizedKJV

Today’s messages feel good and appeal to the soul, but do little to change the soul or transform the mind to the mind of Christ. We are supposed to have the mind of Christ, ARE WE NOT?

“For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” ~ 1 Corinthians 2:16, AuthorizedKJV

The mind needs to be renewed to take on the mind of Christ. Renewal comes by being edified from the Word of God. The scripture urges us to be transformed by renewing our minds and to NOT be like the world system.

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” ~ Romans 12:2, AuthorizedKJV

The feel-good gospel is like a Sunday pill that wears off on Monday. People go back to the carnal weekly routines and pine for next Sunday’s fix.

FEEL-GOOD GOSPEL

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