Food for thought     1st April 09

I believe that every single event in life happens in an opportunity to choose love over fear.
Oprah Winfrey

Excerpts from Spurgeon

Wherefore hast thou afflicted thy servant?”
- Num_11:11

Gilt is afraid of fire, but gold is not: the paste gem dreads to be touched by the diamond, but the true jewel fears no test. It is true faith which holds by the Lord’s faithfulness when friends are gone, when the body is sick, when spirits are depressed, and the light of our Father’s countenance is hidden. When “tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope,” the Lord is honoured by these growing virtues. We should never know the music of the harp if the strings were left untouched; nor enjoy the juice of the grape if it were not trodden in the winepress; nor discover the sweet perfume of cinnamon if it were not pressed and beaten; nor feel the warmth of fire if the coals were not utterly consumed. The wisdom and power of the great Workman are discovered by the trials through which his vessels of mercy are permitted to pass. Present afflictions tend also to heighten future joy. There must be shades in the picture to bring out the beauty of the lights.


The Lord is saying. I am close by, yet you are thinking that there is not much happening and that I have forgotten you. But I say today that the programme is still going ahead and my plans for you have not been altered. Rejoice for your destiny is set and the target I have planned for you is straight ahead. Rejoice for I have promised that my plans shall surely come to pass.


Walking with Jesus

Part 4

When we have heeded the Lord and made the effort to take that step of faith in obedience to His voice, we need to couple our faith with patience. Its normal in the Christian walk to go through a process of our faith being tested before our reward comes.

Heb 10:35-37 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.

Lets say for instance that you are sick so:-

  1. You ask the Lord for healing, and you believe His promise that if you ask you will receive, if you seek you will find and if you knock, the door shall be opened.

  2. You believe He is wanting to heal you, because you have found out what His mind is on the matter of the request. When the leper said "If you want to you can make me clean" Jesus replied with great tenderness.. .."I want to". So that's cleared up in your mind..... You know by God's word that it is the Lord's will to heal you.

  3. The next step is you believe that you have received. Jesus said when you ask anything according to His will, that you should then believe that you have already received it. I like to think of my heart as the womb in which the 'egg' (my prayer) as been fertilised by God's answer. The answered prayer starts to germinate inside my heart.

  4. Sometimes there is a time of waiting, this may be short or long according to its gestation period. Each answered prayer has its own time frame for being manifested in the physical. So if it can't be seen yet does not mean it has not been answered. Jesus assures us that it certainly has been answered. A pregnant women does not look like she is having a baby at the beginning of her pregnancy, but there are major changes taking place in her body and the event is inevitable.

Isa 66:9 Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut [the womb]? saith thy God.

Matthew 7:7
Matthew 1:40-42
Mark 11:24




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