God’s Ways Are Not Our Ways (by Fenny West)

God’s ways are not our ways

 

Louis Hemmings wrote on face book:

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” Fenny was Ireland’s first black, Pentecostal male nanny. now, that has got to be a first:) we had interesting, challenging and prayerful times together….”

 

 

I dare anyone to break that record. His ways are not our ways. Life’s difficult roads often lead to pleasant destinations. See what the Lord has done through the valley of the shadow of death. Visit my youtube Channel

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While I was going through the mill God, was birthing songs upon songs  in my spirit and using me to minister to others in various churches as He still does today. The enemy may meant it for evil but God uses the valley to spell victory. He uses the mess to write a message and the trials for triumph, the barriers for breakthroughs.

  • Job said, though He slay me, yet will i trust Him. when He had tested me, I shall come forth like gold. God’s word is so true.

  • It’s a spiritual warfareThose who put their trust in Him will not be put to shame.

  • So if you’re going through the mill, hang in there, looking unto Jesus, the author and Finisher of y9ur faith. He who has begun a good work in you will continue to work at it until He brings it to a glorious finale.

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Eagle Odyssey and the Christian Journey (by Fenny West)

 

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Push Against the Rock

Pushing Against the Rock Ps119:30

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I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I set your rules before me.

A man was sleeping at night in his cabin when suddenly his room filled with light and the Savior appeared. The Lord told the man he had work for him to do, and showed him a large rock in front of his cabin. The Lord explained that the man was to push against the rock with all his might.
This the man did, day after day. For many years he toiled from sun up to sun down, his shoulders set squarely against the cold, massive surface of the unmoving rock, pushing it with all his might. Each night the man returned to his cabin sore, and worn out, feeling that his whole day had been spent in vain.
Noticing that the man was showing signs of discouragement, the adversary decided to enter the picture by placing thoughts into the man’s weary mind. “You have been pushing against this rock for a long time, and it hasn’t budged. Why kill yourself over this? You are never going to move it.” Thus giving the man the impression that the task was impossible and that he was a failure. These troubling thoughts discouraged and disheartened the man. “Why kill myself over this?” I’ll just put in my time, giving just the minimum effort and that will be good enough.
And that is what he planned to do until one day he decided to make it a matter of prayer and take his thoughts to the Lord. “Lord” he said, “I have labored long and hard in your service, putting all my strength to do that which you have asked. Yet, after all this time, I have not even been able to budge that rock. What is wrong? Why am I failing?”

The Lord responded compassionately, “My friend, When I asked you to serve me and you accepted, I told you that your task was to push against the rock with all your strength, which you have done. Never once did I mention to you that I expected you to move it. Your task was to push. And now you come to me with your strength spent, thinking that you have failed. But, is that really so?”
“Look at yourself. Your arms are strong and muscled, your back sinewy and brown, your hands are callused from constant pressure, and your legs have become massive and hard. Through opposition you have grown much and your abilities now surpass that which you used to have. Yet you haven’t moved the rock. But your calling was to be obedient and to push and to exercise your faith and trust in my wisdom. This you have done. I, my friend, will now move the rock.”
At times, when we hear a word from God, we tend to use our own intellect to decipher what He wants, when actually what God wants is simple obedience and Faith in Him…
By all means exercise the faith that moves mountains, but know that it is still God who moves them.
– Author Unknown

Coade Stone ( by Bill Crowder)

Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious. —1 Peter 2:4

Read:Read: 1 Peter 2:1-10

Throughout London, there are statues and other items made from a unique building material called Coade stone. Developed by Eleanor Coade for her family business in the late 1700s, this artificial stone is virtually indestructible and has the capacity to withstand time, weather, and man-made pollution. Though it was a marvel during the Industrial Revolution, Coade stone was phased out in the 1840s following Eleanor’s death, and it was replaced by Portland cement as a building material. In spite of that, however, there remain today dozens of examples of this sturdy, ceramic-like stone that have withstood the harsh London environment for over 150 years.

The apostle Peter described Jesus as a living stone. He wrote, “Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house” (1 Peter 2:4-5). Precious in the eyes of the Father is the sacrifice of the Rock of our salvation. Christ is the enduring stone upon which the Father has built our salvation and the only foundation for meaningful life (1 Cor. 3:11).

It is only as our lives are built upon His strength that we will be able to endure the harshness of life in a fallen world.

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name. —Mote

 

We have nothing to fear if we stay close to the Rock of Ages.

 

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Let Down the Net ( by Bob Gas)

Luke 5:4

Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.

Word for today

We learn from this narrative, the necessity of human agency. The draught of fishes was miraculous, yet neither the fisherman nor his boat, nor his fishing tackle were ignored; but all were used to take the fishes. So in the saving of souls, God worketh by means; and while the present economy of grace shall stand, God will be pleased by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. When God worketh without instruments, doubtless He is glorified; but He hath Himself selected the plan of instrumentality as being that by which He is most magnified in the earth. Means of themselves are utterly unavailing. “Master, we have toiled all the night and have taken nothing.” What was the reason of this? Were they not fishermen plying their special calling? Verily, they were no raw hands; they understood the work. Had they gone about the toil unskillfully? No. Had they lacked industry? No, they had toiled. Had they lacked perseverance? No, they had toiled all the night. Was there a deficiency of fish in the sea? Certainly not, for as soon as the Master came, they swam to the net in shoals. What, then, is the reason? Is it because there is no power in the means of themselves apart from the presence of Jesus? “Without Him we can do nothing.” But with Christ we can do all things. Christ’s presence confers success. Jesus sat in Peter’s boat, and His will, by a mysterious influence, drew the fish to the net. When Jesus is lifted up in His Church, His presence is the Church’s power-the shout of a king is in the midst of her. “I, if I be lifted up, will draw all men unto me.” Let us go out this morning on our work of soul fishing, looking up in faith, and around us in solemn anxiety. Let us toil till night comes, and we shall not labour in vain, for He who bids us let down the net, will fill it with fishes.

Perspective is Pertinent

 

One day a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose of showing his son how poor people live.

They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family. On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?”

“It was great, Dad.”

“Did you see how poor people live?” the father asked.

“Oh yeah,” said the son.

“So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?” asked the father.

The son answered: “I saw that we have one dog and they had four.

We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end.

We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.

We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants who serve us, but they serve others. We buy our food, but they grow theirs.

We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them.”

The boy’s father was speechless. Then his son added, “Thanks, Dad, for showing me how poor we are.”

Isn’t perspective a wonderful thing? Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for everything we have, instead of worrying about what we don’t have.

Remember this…

“When you complain, you will remain; when you praise, you will be raised.”

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Unbeatable Donkey

Unbeatable Donkey

                       

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One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey.

He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement he quieted down.

A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.

As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!

MORAL :
Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.

Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

1. Free your heart from hatred – Forgive.

2. Free your mind from worries – Most never happen.

3. Live simply and appreciate what you have.

4. Give more.

5. Expect less from people but more from yourself.

11   But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

Ro8:11

14   Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.

2Co2:14

God’s Everlasting Love

31   What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

32   He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?

33   Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.

34   Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.

35   Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

36   As it is written: ” For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”

37   Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

38   For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,

39   nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Ro8:31-39

18        I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.Rev1:18

25   Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.

26   And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”John11:25-26

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Motivation for those Over 50

 

When you are over fifty, it is easy to write yourself off and start shuffling your feet and getting ready to vegetate, especially if you have been made redundant. But your life can actually begin at this time more so if you have been employed in a job that you know you were not cut out for. You did it because it put food on the table. You would rather be doing what will give you fulfilment, even if it did not pay that well to start with; but you know you are in the right place and not a square peg in a round hole.

Meet some over 50s who discovered themselves albeit late in life and have started living by stating their business. You could be one of them soon, if you have the will like they did.

Who says you’re too old to dream?

 

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The Prince’s Initiative for Mature Enterprise supports people over the age of 50 who are unemployed or facing redundancy to become self-employed.

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Believe God for the Best

 

Believe God for the best

Refuse the second best

So long as you have life

Go for abundant life.

 

Greater One is in you

He’s there to bring you through.

Put your hands in His hands

And you’ll enter your land.

 

Don’t say, ’It is too late

That world to create

If you have faith in God

You will see the reward.

 

Go, go my friend, for gold

Refuse what you’ve been sold.

It’s like horse meat for beef

Say, ‘No! This is not beef!

This is not my portion

I rise into action

I go in Jesus Name

Even if I am lame

I refuse to be tame.

God will give me the best

That is my one request.

I know, He is faithful

And He is merciful

And above all truthful.

Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel

15   Then Laban said to Jacob, “Because you are my relative, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what should your wages be?

16   Now Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.

17   Leah’s eyes were delicate, but Rachel was beautiful of form and appearance.

18   Now Jacob loved Rachel; so he said, “I will serve you seven years for Rachel your younger daughter.”

19   And Laban said, “It is better that I give her to you than that I should give her to another man. Stay with me.”

20   So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed only a few days to him because of the love he had for her.

21   Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in to her.”

22   And Laban gathered together all the men of the place and made a feast.

23   Now it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter and brought her to Jacob; and he went in to her.

24   And Laban gave his maid Zilpah to his daughter Leah as a maid.

25   So it came to pass in the morning, that behold, it was Leah. And he said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? Was it not for Rachel that I served you? Why then have you deceived me?”

26   And Laban said, “It must not be done so in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn.

27   Fulfill her week, and we will give you this one also for the service which you will serve with me still another seven years.”

28   Then Jacob did so and fulfilled her week. So he gave him his daughter Rachel as wife also.

29   And Laban gave his maid Bilhah to his daughter Rachel as a maid.

30   Then Jacob also went in to Rachel, and he also loved Rachel more than Leah. And he served with Laban still another seven years. Gen29:15-30

God always has the best for us, but we have an enemy who wants to short-change us and steal that best, kill that best or destroy that best. He come in various guises. At times it can be a direct affront like he tried to do to Jesus when he tempted him in the wilderness. At other times it could be through people close to us, whom we trust; may be family members or very good friends as he did using Peter to dissuade Jesus from going to t he cross. At other times he uses our weaknesses to steal God’s best for us.

 

However, it is not always the fault of the enemy when we lose God’s best.  The enemy can be in us. We can often be our worst enemies. And when this happens, we run the risk of losing the best of God.

 

Jacob had his eyes on Rachel and served Laban for seven years for her hand, but on the wedding night something unbelievable happened. Laban had all along being forging a plan to rob Jacob of the best he had hoped for. He had seen how God was blessing him because of Jacob and wanted to retain his service for much longer; and so he used the cover of darkness to rob Jacob of his bride.

 

Leah, under the cover of darkness was led to Jacob and whilst Jacob thought he was having a time of his life on his honeymoon night with Rachel, he never knew that it was Leah. She pretended all along  in the darkness and gave nothing away until daybreak. 

When the sun rose and entered the room, Jacob almost had a heart attack. He could not believe his eyes: Leah, with her unusual eyes was under his embrace instead of Rachel. What is happening! Was it a dream? But it was real. He was not seeing a vision. She smiled at him but it was not a funny joke to Jacob.

 

Jacob approached Laban to find out what was going on and Laban told him casually that it was customary to give the elder daughter away before the younger one, and he had inkling until then. It left a bitter taste in Jacob’s mouth. He may have thought he had met his match in wheeling and dealing. But this was on another level however.

 

Jacob had to make a decision, to storm away in anger and leave Laban  or stay and get the best he had bargained for. He was wise and went for God’s best. He was prepared to make the necessary sacrifices for the best of God.

 

So my friend, is anyone trying to steal God’s best from you? Refuse to allow the enemy from short-changing you. Go for God’s best.

However, knowing God’s best is not always easy. What is God’s best for David may not be God’s best for Darren and what is God’s best for Mary may not be God’s best for Martha. We need to be intimate with God to know His best for our lives. Whereas it is clear that God’s best will not violate His word, there are certain occasions where it is intimacy that will make it crystal clear.

 

 

So find out His best and go for it.

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