We live in what society calls 'the age of tolerance', the term itself is self-explanatory- it is the embracing of all. However righteous it appears to be, and the fact that the philosophy is universally appealing, still one must be truly cautious- as it hinges on conformity and compromise. There is a very thin line between these two and if you open your eyes and look closer- it leads to spiritual adultery. I know, strong words, but I do say it as it is.
In God's economy, there are no grey areas, there is only black and white. I suppose that is the reason why He has to clothe Himself in flesh, because despite the fact that He is a fair God - which requires the law and it's consequences, He also is full of grace and mercy. Jesus hung the world's sin on that cross for our sake, to reconcile God and man through the ONLY acceptable sacrifice, knowing that none of us can really satisfy the law because we are born and shaped in iniquity, thus under the blood covenant we were made kin to Him. Amen, it is so powerful and beautiful- God's love for us and it is yours for the taking.
I have walked the road of life with God and sadly at times, without Him. The times without the Lord were miserable and heartbreaking, I could almost convince myself that He has abandoned me but He always prove me wrong. He will even say, in my lowest moments, that I am an overcomer- I am almost tempted to scoff, like Sarah when she heard Melchisedec that she will bear Abraham a son- because I have given up on myself. But the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob- that same God who made a way for all the saints of old and new and present, have a very special plan for me. I don't know it yet but I have this feeling in my heart, that the winds of change will blow soon. All the signs He sent me, leads to His path only and in my heart of hearts- I believe my God. I know Him, I have met Him. He is love unchanging.
Amazing grace shall always be my song of praise,
for it was grace that brought my liberty;
I do not know just why He came to love me so,
He looked beyond my fault and saw my need.
I shall forever turn mine eyes to Calvary,
to view the cross where Jesus died for me,
how marvelous the grace that caught my falling soul;
He looked beyond my fault and saw my need.
If not for grace, my soul would be
a drifting shade,
with no safe harbour from the angry waves
but Calvary's cross shines brightly
through the darkest storms...
and just in time His mercy rescues me.
I am a bit frustrated because Pure Faith has been hacked and unfortunately I have to change my template. I think a virus has attached itself in one of my links or graphics and everytime I open my URL, it reverses back to an Ad- which is a shame because I personally designed and tweaked that template to perfection. But alas, here I am trying to find another appropriate layout to tweak, which will again take some time...in the meantime I have to make do with this template (temporarily?or if this turned out great after my tweaks then I suppose I'll keep it...).
his post is a thanksgiving post because PF is four years old this year :)
Posted on Friday, June 26, 2009 | By Kaye | In SEEK
Whenever I am by myself or in the car driving along, I always find myself humming a tune...not from any particular song, but simply a tune from my heart. A worship tune, I call it because I always end up worshipping God when that melody starts to flow from my lips. I just cannot help it, I am not much of a singer but there you go, my heart just runneth over with praise & adoration for the One love of my heart, that even in the midst of the daily buzz of living I find myself singing or humming a tune or two.
I find it comforting though, to be free to worship my God is precious and liberating especially in a world full of restraints, critics and false idolatry. To be able to worship the Creator of all in spirit and in truth indeed is a privelege. A privelege that most of us take for granted.
On another note:
Can't help but notice how demonic icons such as skulls and bones, demons, cartoon demons (and some are cute ones too), devil horns and the like keep popping everywhere, it seems to be a reigning theme in this generation. That gives me goosebumps, the Hell dimension is truly settling in and except for genuine believers, everyone appears oblivious to it. It's just a fashion statement they say, but even I could argue that...so what kind of statement then?
This generation is reflecting the spirit that is in the world now. I find it hard to shop for my son because most clothing items have skulls, or demon icons printed on them and I don't want my child to wear 'death marked' clothes. That is exactly what the devil is doing- he is marking mankind with death and not just physical death but worse- eternal separation from God, the spiritual type of death.
We are living in dangerous times, friend. Man's faith is waning and in place of God are many idols. The biggest one is 'Self', think about it. Man's intellect has risen sky high that the thought of God has become mockery to them, they lost their faith and sometimes the only way for the Lord to reach to them is through rude awakenings. When death comes near, it reminds us of our mortality...and then we seek God.
No matter how much science and carnal knowledge discredit and refute the truth of God and His word, that does not change a thing. Our own mortality attests that there is One who is immortal, there is One who gave us life, that we have a Creator. Man's intellect can never replace that which is eternal because we are finite, our knowledge is finite. We get overly confident in ourselves, in our achievements, in man's greatness and knowledge, but friend, we all know deep inside that the end of all journeys truly leads to one road and one road only- we have to meet with our Creator, our God. When that time comes, what will we say then?
I had feasted once again in my Father's table this sunday morning and it was satisfying. Again, the Lord spoke to me in many ways and on many levels and I feel really priveleged. He was working on me the night before church, softening me up so I could benefit the next day (that was Saturday... ) all my thoughts were about the scripture and God's love for us, for me. I thought to myself 'this is where I always want to stay- in His sweet, comforting Spirit' in the bosom of my Father, hidden in Him.
Sometimes, friend, I find it difficult to put into words the love relationship going on between my God and I. It is something so intimate only He and I understand... and like a natural marriage I also go through tough times when my faith is tested, often to the limit, but whenever I fall- the good thing is Jesus is there to catch me.
He comes at the right time, see. The Lord knows when we need Him the most, His love is truly amazing. Beyond words, beyond reason, unconditional. I am at awe with my Creator. Bless the Lord oh my soul!
I did not use to be like this, friend, far from this - I did not really trust Him with everything. Fear can still take ahold of me before but I remember one time, the revelation of the scripture - I AM THE POTTER, THOU ART THE CLAY - suddenly became real to me, just like that. I know it was His grace that did it...from then on I knew, I was certain that everything that happened and WILL happen in my life is according to His plan and whatever may come my way, no matter how difficult it would be for me I would just yield to the Lord.
Nay but, oh man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed him, Why hast thou made me thus? Romans 9: 20
Somehow, somewhere along the way the Lord gently came to me, spoke to my heart, wooed my soul. Amen. He made me love Him, more and more too as time rolls by. This is where I found my dwelling place, my soul finally found its refuge and it's not in the world but it's in Jesus Christ my Lord.
How people reject this kind of peace, rest and comfort I would never understand...the only thing I know is that He found me. I am not worthy but in His eyes I am perfect. I am His Bride.
Blessed be the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Louise Moloney, New Zealand
This testimony truly blessed me because I realized that in every situation that we encounter in life- God is there. He is there to answer our prayers, He is there to teach us something, He is there to give us His peace.
But even in the midst of fiery trials we have the assurance that He is there- ever present in our lives. He never forsakes those who are His, even in the eye of the storm He is there with you. Jesus was with Peter when he walked over the sea and he nearly drowned because he was starting to doubt, but He pulled him up. When Shadrach, Meshac and Abednego were thrown into the fiery furnace, Jesus Christ was there too. When His two followers were on the road to Emmaus and they were discussing Calvary between themselves, Jesus walked with them and gave them hope. When Paul started to weep because there was no one worthy to open the sealed book, He came forth and offered Himself. For our sins, He surrendered His precious life. He suffered the wrath of God, and bore our shame, Hallelujah.
He is the Faithful One, worthy of all our praise.
It's so easy to get lost in the world. It is full of shiny & attractive things, it beckons one to look, to stay even...and if you give in, it's hard to come out of it. Life in the world is 'fun', it's easy, one can do anything you want literally- you want pleasure? you go get it, that is the attitude, no one's going to stop you.
Therein lies the battle. The enemy has got one agenda- that is to make us forget Jesus, to make us forget who we really are and so he set up the world in such a way to achieve this mission. And a small seed of doubt is all it takes. And sometimes, it isn't obvious...you know how when after we fall, slip or backslide, we feel unworthy of Christ? we have the desire to pray and yet we resist it? we think that we are so filthy, so sinful and undeserving we reject God's gift of forgiveness and chance. It might surprise some when I say that it is false humility, albeit unintentionally or out of ignorance. God stirs our hearts unto repentance, He himself placed that desire in you and if we resist His mercy then that won't do us any good.
Life in the world, although it may appear fun & easy, no spiritual battle to fight, is but temporary. It isn't the real life that God had intended for His children. There is a higher call. We need only to be reminded of this fact. We are the sons and daughters of God, made to live a life reflective of Him. I know I also needed reminding because I forget too. I forget who I am every so often, that I feel I am llike a lost child, sobbing whimpering in a corner. Without Christ I am broken, I am incomplete. I am nothing because Jesus is my everything. He is my heart & soul.
But the Lord is gracious and full of mercy, He is faithful to His promises and I believe He would finish what He started in all of us. Nothing will stand in His way, neither doubt nor all the evil in the world put together for He is the creator of everything, both the light and the darkness. We are all clay in His hands.We just need to trust Him completely, unconditionally.
The great eagle is soaring above us, circling those who are His...calling us to come up higher.
Lord Jesus, help us. Open our ears to hear, soften our hearts of stone and break all the shackles that holds us back from coming to You...for You are the only one, the most worthy One. You are the great Creator, the Potter of our lives. Shape us, mould us, and if we resist Lord, break us, shatter us and build us up once again until we become like you. Just intreat us not to leave thee...
Have mercy Lord Jesus and we thank thee for your abundant love. Amen.
Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 | By Kaye | In prayer , repentance
We often hear people testify about their answered prayer, about the things the Lord has done for them and how great it truly is, but not until we have experienced it ourselves do we realize the power it unleashes in our lives. Sometimes we even feel silly because we appear to be talking to the wind or talking to ourselves ( or so it may seem to us ) and more often than not it's the desperation the drives us to utter even a phrase or two of prayer...some dont even bother at all.
I know some people have the vaguest idea about praying because when they pray they ask God for such and such- like winning the lotto or something so they could help others or give a church a big donation BUT our requests and prayers should align with His Word and will, others get disappointed because their prayers were not answered ( according to their imagined outcomes ) God indeed answers ALL our prayers but not always with a YES, see, it can be a WAIT or perhaps NO.
Prayer is above and beyond that. Praying can be a simple singing of a hymn or even a melody, it can be a sentence or two of thanks in the morning, or you can shut your bedroom door and pray til the wee hours of the morning...whatever form it may take, it has to be a sincere, heartfelt attempt to connect with God. It makes a lot of difference. It is intimate, it is sweet. It is an experience with our God Almighty.
True prayer is when we go to our altar- not the man made altar but the Altar of our heart, it's when our heart and soul desperately seek for Gods will and voice, it's pouring out who we are and all we are to God, it's where we breathe out our cares and worries, it's where we grieve for the sins we have committed and ask for forgiveness, it's where we sing the sweetest hymns only our soul can utter, it is where we keep still and silent and wait on Him, it's where we die daily to our will, it's where He anoints us and gives us strenght for the next battle. But above all- it is the trysting place of the bride and the Bridegroom.
Praying is where the Bridegroom whisphers His love to the Bride. He wooes our spirit and draws us near. It's not complicated, friend. You talk to Him as you would a friend. Simple. All you have to do is be sincere and true about it. He wont judge you, He wont place demands on you. Our Lord Jesus loves you, it's His pleasure to hear from you, it's His pleasure to help you- to ease your fears and worries, calm the storms in your life...After all He is our Creator, we are fearfully made in His image. He made you and me didnt He? I guess that says it all. Amen.
"And having a high priest over the house of God; let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil concsience, and our bodies washed with pure water. " Heb. 10: 21-22
" Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace in time of need. " Heb. 4:16
Distractions are everywhere but am I glad there are bells ringing in my head when things begin to take over. That still, small voice gets louder, though ever so gentle- reminding me to not forget about Him. I feel really bad too, when I feel like these things start to take ahold of my mind completely.
I believe that God should be the pre eminence in my life and although I know that I have not forsaken Him, still to forget to pray at nights and to spend less time reading His word- it's not ok, whatever the reason may be. I realized how easy it is to get distracted with earthly things and obligations without noticing it because it just happens, see. For me it is studies, for someone else it might be another thing- perhaps work, relationships or hobbies.
I'm sure you could relate to what I'm trying to say- you know how work tend to override everything else? when all you think about is work even at home? or better yet, relationships?
Although things should be taken in their context, personally, to me- it doesn't seem right to put anything else above the Lord and so I decided to make a few changes in my life...my God deserve the best from me after all. I know I make mistakes, often - but it shouldn't stop me from trying to put in conscious effort to be pleasing unto my Lord.
I have to press on even harder, to fight the enemies attempt to dull my shine, to be able to truly reflect Christ in the midst of a dark world. That is my duty, the purpose of my life.
And I know despite me, He will see me through.
Posted on Monday, February 16, 2009 | By Kaye | In christian , faith , Jesus Christ
I remember one time when I bumped into my Mom's friend and after exchanging pleasantries, she asked me if my mother is still a 'born again' christian and I replied 'yes', then she added 'Oh well, you know because she suffered much in her life, she needs to eh?" I just smiled. She was a Methodist herself.
I was actually biting my tongue with that comment, not because it was about my mother but because being a christian is not what people assume it to be.
Serving Christ is not a phase, it's not a crutch that we use to get through life, it is well more and beyond that. The life of Jesus Christ is not a philosophy that we study, it is not understood with carnal minds and knowledge. We cannot, try as we may, use logic and science to make sense of it all BUT it takes a heart of faith, a heart void of any doubt for God to be able to break through and reveal Himself to us.
To know God is to take Him in, inside your heart, believing and obeying His word...to be true and faithful witnesses to our Bridegroom, amen. The scripture says in 2 Cor.3:6, that the letter killeth but the spirit giveth LIFE...
Our God is real, He is not a product of some made-up ideology. He is not a myth or a super hero character who healed people 2000 years ago. Friend, He is your Maker, the creator of all life...even if man's knowledge try to discredit who He really is does not change that truth.
To some, joining church or jumping into christianity as a phase or trend, or to even use Jesus as a crutch in life- only wanting Him in times of need- is not right.
If we decide to follow and serve God, let us do it with all of our heart, all of our soul and all of our mind. Knowing fully well that it is a serious matter and knowing what it requires- to lay down our lives, our will daily. Bringing the flesh into subjection, to be able to set ourselves aside and be God's Bride body in this age. Manifesting only Jesus. Amen.
God bless you all.
"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. " Ecclesiastes 12: 13-14
Death is slowly seeping in the world- both in the natural and the spiritual realm. It isn't unusual for us to see icons of death in clothing and accessories, movies, even in childrens cartoons- such as crossbones, skulls, even the grim reaper himself. The natural is just a reflection of the spiritual and the devil is marking us with death...if not physically then more so eternal separation from our God.
We don't really seem to notice these things or give much thought to it, we dismiss it as merely the fashion statement of the times but nevertheless the god of this evil age,satan, is evidently expressing his desire to separate us from our Maker.
He knows he does not have much time left, see and he'll try to get as many souls to death as he can BUT what a comfort to know that we have a God who fights for us. The very same God of the Old and New testament, is our God today and He is there to save us, protect us and give us eternal life if we choose to believe, serve and love Him.
We have a free moral agency, we get to choose who we serve and although people deny the concept of salvation, eternal life and death...it does not change the fact that these things are real, they actually exist. That in this lifetime, I can say with confidence that, one way or another- we have had contact with God and I mean 'God' himself.
Perhaps you've heard about the Bible and the stories of the bible, have heard a preacher somewhere, even as a conscience He is there reminding us that there is such a thing as right and wrong, that is why we feel guilt. In many a deathbed I'm pretty sure the reality of God's existence hits people hard but I won't wait for my deathbed, friend. I want to know the Lord, my Creator, in the here and now whilst I have a chance to repent and surrender and I thank God for His abundant grace and mercy, that He gave us the privelege of repentance. For giving us the blood covenant, His Holy Spirit.
Choosing Jesus Christ over the world is not an easy task despite the desire that we have because the flesh is constantly at war with the spirit and it takes the supernatural to overcome indeed. It takes unconditional love to be able to surrender all to Christ. His unconditional love and it may surprise you, but yours too. To be mature in the Lord requires that we trust and love Him unconditionally...and that means despite anything that may rock your way, you'd still be holding on unwavering and believing.
And it is a process friend, a series of slips and falls, a series of battling and being in the sidelines, until we reach the stage where we outgrow ourselves and see that to be able to overcome all, we have to lay down our all.
God wants us to trust Him 100%, He wants us to learn how to feel assured and secure in the midst of chaos and crisis and He will help you get there. In fact, he already did all the hard work, all we are left to do is to repent, believe, surrender, trust, love and to watch and wait for Him.
Friend, let us choose life over death. The world portrays itself as exciting, bubbling with activity and 'life' but if you look real close- what it really offers is death. It is rotting to the core and soon the Lord God would annihilate it.
There is still time albeit very little...with love, I pray that we turn back and repent on our wicked, dishonest ways and seek the Lord. There is no more hope, there is no other hope but Jesus Christ.
Despite what intellectuals or philosophers say- truth is not subjective, although that is how it is being packaged nowadays. There is truth in the midst of all the spiritualism, denominations and religions of the world- There is one truth and that is JESUS CHRIST.
May the Lord open our spiritual ears to hear, amen.
Since I decided to stand up from my fall, I felt how the forces of the enemy came rushing back in, all around me...I know, I felt their anger- but I felt no fear because the God that I serve is the great God Almighty. It was even a comfort to know that once again I am considered a foe. Oftentimes the battles are overwhelming but I am glad that the Lord is the comforter of my soul. He settles me, calms all my fears and hushes all the other voices in my head.
One time I was just bawling my eyes out, I was grieved to the core of my soul and I didn't sleep for a couple of nights, worrying about my problem and then I felt the urge to get my bible and read and in my mind I said to myself- maybe the Lord wants to tell me something. So, I opened it, teary eyed and desiring to hear from Him- and there was one highlighted verse where my eyes immediately laid on:
"Thus saith the Lord; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the Lord...and there is hope in thine end, saith the Lord, that thy children shall come again to their own border".
It was Jeremiah 31: 16- 17 and boy, did that verse hit me hard, straight to my heart and again I cried, but I did cry this time because of the comforting words he told me. I suddenly felt His peace and the sweetest presence, like He was embracing me...it might sound unbelievable but that was what I felt. Jesus Christ, what a marvellous, most gracious father we have in Him.
When we feel the desire to love Him, to lay down our lives for Him- let us not forget that He loved us first...He laid down His life first. He is the perfect example of pure love, in fact, the only thing He wants to do is to love us. IF we give Him a chance...
The devil continually try to distract us from knowing Jesus, he appears to be good at it too. He uses technology, entertainment, women, fame, power and money to steer us away from our God but to those who fervently seek Him, there is a promise: in Matthew 7 and in other scriptures as well- the Lord promised that those who seek will receive, see? we just need to have more faith, we need to believe what God says.
Dear reader, hang in there. I know for myself how hard life can get, how difficult trials and temptations can become but we have a Father in heaven who knows everything we are going through. He knows it all and He can do something about it if you'd only allow Him.
Oft times our sin and our doubts hinder God from expressing all His attributes to you and I but if we repent of our wrongdoings, truly forgive those who have transgressed us, cast away all doubts and instead take Him at His word- then friend, I can guarantee that Jesus Christ will move in your life. He will become everything to you that you will never need anything else. With God all things are possible, only believe blog- reader, that is the key.
"The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit." Psalm 34:18
God is setting the stage for the final prophecies to take place, and if you are a keen observer you will realize that things are beginning to speed up.
Days are getting shorter, men's hearts are growing cold, the sign of the fig tree- Israel wants to reclaim it's heritage, the planets have just re-aligned, quakes and tremors are felt in very unlikely places, there is global recession and despite all encouragement, the scripture says it would only get worse.
Nature is ready, the global warming phenomena can be compared to an oven being heated up for the annihilation in the end...I know it sounds crude and morbid but friend, there is an end coming. The earth and it's people will be judged.
Are you ready for that day?
if not I want to let you know that there is a way of escape...if only you'll accept it. JESUS CHRIST can save you, He is the only one. I know I say this over and over again but that is the truth- your religion cannot save you, mother and father cannot, your church cannot too, not even your own good works BUT if you come to the author of life and accept Jesus as your Saviour AND Lord then nothing can hinder the fulfillment of God's promises to you, friend.
His promises of being a healer, a friend, a saviour and the transformer of your life- He will do it if you have faith enough to believe. If you are desperate enough to really want it.
Most prophecies have come to pass, there is almost no time left and we are just waiting for the last of the redeemed to come in- the last Bride then that is it, she will be raptured ! Amen.
In the book of the New Testament in Luke 21: 7-36, says:
7 And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass?
8 And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.
9 But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.
10 Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:
11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake. 13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony.
14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:
15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.
17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake. 18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish.
19 In your patience possess ye your souls.
20 ¶ And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.
21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.
22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.
23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.
24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. 25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
29 ¶ And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;
30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.
31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.
32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.
33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
To some, I might sound like the chicken who keeps saying that the stars are falling from the sky or like the boy who cried wolf- a doomsayer...but I don't intend to cause fear or panic in anyone. But because I believe in the scriptures and the prophecies foretold, I feel obligated to share the truth to everyone, regardless whether you will accept it as truth or not, that decision is yours to make.
Though I will not tire to scream truth from the rooftops, until the Lord tells me to stop.
To fellow christians- it is time to rejoice because our redemption draweth nigh! amen.
We are on our way home!