As you grow less
When you confess.
Let Him increase
Fill to the brim
As you decrease
Brimming with Him.
Bow down to Him
In all your dreams
Yield for a yield
Vast in the field.
33 The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom, And before honor is humility.
12 Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty, And before honor is humility.
4 By humility and the fear of the LORD Are riches and honor and life.
2/1/12 ©Fenny West
Fear knocks on every door
And will surely knock on yours
Choose to do the right thing
Just face fear with faith.
Moses and Mary Magdalene faced fear
Mary, the Mother of Jesus, faced fear
Jacob, Joshua and Jeremiah, faced fear
Peter and Paul faced fear
Isaac and Isaiah faced fear
Daniel and David faced fear
Abraham and Azariah faced fear
So prepare to face your fear.
Hold on to the Word of God.
Think of the power of God.
Think of the promises of God.
Confess the goodness and grace of God
Sufficient for you.
Cast on God all your cares
Never live with fear
Or run from fear
But face fear with faith.
Faith comes through hearing the word,
Not just once but again and again.
Whether in the sunshine or in the rain.
Resolve, my friend, today, to face fear with faith.
9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Josh1:9
1 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” Gen15:1
10 Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isa41:10
Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying:
5 “ Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
6 Then said I:
“ Ah, Lord GOD!
Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.”
7 But the LORD said to me:
“ Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’
For you shall go to all to whom I send you,
And whatever I command you, you shall speak.
8 Do not be afraid of their faces,
For I am with you to deliver you,” says the LORD.
9 Then the LORD put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me: “ Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. Jer1:1-9
When worry wakes you up
Turn your attention to God
He never sleeps- always up.
Take comfort from His word.
Why worry? Begin to pray
And the peace of God will come
Focus on Jesus, don’t stray,
And He will calm your storm.
Worry will war you out
Give fuel to your enemy,
Make you fear and doubt
Becloud any possibility.
Worry wastes your energy
Undermines the word of God
Magnifies your energy
Belittles your Source and God.
Empty Seats Speak
Olympics Race of Grace Lesson
Whereas it is reported that the tickets for some events have been sold off, many empty seats at some events prompted investigation.
Do you know that we also have such problem in many of our Churches? We need not only to pray about this but do something about it-witnessing- because we are co-labourers with God.
9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.1Cor3:9
8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.
9 Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’
10 So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests. Matt22:9-10
6 He who continually goes forth weeping, Bearing seed for sowing, Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, Bringing his sheaves with him.
3 Those who are wise shall shine Like the brightness of the firmament, And those who turn many to righteousness Like the stars forever and ever.
35 Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!
18 Then Jonathan said to David, “Tomorrow is the New Moon; and you will be missed, because your seat will be empty.
Olympic Series: the Race of Grace 1: Preparation
Preparation is essential.
You must be decisive
About the event to do.
You must register to be in it;
Have the right mental attitude;
Deny yourself and train;
Whether it rains or shines.
Put your body under.
Put your goal in mind.
Have partners to spur you on;
Train with you, give you feedbacks.
You must make up your mind to win.
You cannot ignore the alarm
When it beckons on you.
You must sacrifice and rise
Even if the body complains.
There are places you must not go.
There are diets you must forgo.
You must always see the goal.
Ensure you have self-control.
You cannot play when you should pay
The price you know you need to pay.
The same goes for the race of grace,
Which surpasses the Olympics.
Because we run for an incorruptible crown
In place of the crown that will perish;
And so discipline is essential too.
We cannot play in the devil’s vineyard,
Or encumber ourselves with weights
That will easily beset us, trip us up.
We must eat a balanced diet
Of the word which is spirit and life.
When London won the bid to stage the 30th Olympiad, it was a moment to cherish. There was euphoria in the air. We were walking on the air with excitement, proud to have beaten off other strong contenders like Paris
Despite the great preparation for the bid, on arrival back home, it dawned on the Olympic organisers that it is one thing to win a bid but quite another to put all the requirements in place for the greatest and most successful show on earth.[/
A lot of infrastructure was required. Sponsors have to be sort and secured. The government has to deny itself in many areas to cough out substantial funds to back the organisers and to satisfy the IOC that we were equal to the task.
There were security concerns that have to be adequately addressed.
Home-grown talents have to be sort and trained so lift the face of the host and this will take a lot of efforts investment and sacrifice.
Some workers saw it as an opportunity to milk the situation to their advantage which raised the cost of staging the games. There were special Olympic traffic lanes to ensure that key personnel and athletes are not held up in traffic.
Organisers also have to think ahead of the legacy they will leave behind after the games. So preparation has to be comprehensive.
Poor preparation precedes poor performance
Proper preparation procures proficient performance
Preclude proper preparation and you have prepared to fail
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
As With the Olympics
So it is in life.
24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.
25 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.
26 Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air.
27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.
William Ford Robinson Stanley
Great Man of talents many
Whose life was a great reward
And won many sterling awards
Born blessed to be a blessing
Lived a life that is a great lesson
Motivated, created, invented
With penchant that’s excellent.
Industrious and generous
Magnanimous and illustrious
Left indelible lasting legacy
Monument –memorable victory.
Long gone, yet still speaks to us
To take the baton, make a plus
Addition, contribution to all
Make a mark that is tall
William Ford Robinson Stanley (2 February 1829 – 14 August 1909) was a British inventor with 78 patents filed in both the United Kingdom and the United States of America. He was an engineer who designed and made precision drawing and mathematical instruments, as well as surveying instruments and telescopes, manufactured by his company “William Ford Stanley and Co. Ltd.”
Stanley was a skilled architect who designed and founded the UK’s first Trades school, Stanley Technical Trades School (now Harris Academy South Norwood), as well as designing the Stanley Halls in South Norwood. Stanley designed and built his two homes. He was a noted philanthropist, who gave over £80,000 to education projects during the last 15 years of his life. When he died, most of his estate, valued at £59,000, was bequeathed to trade schools and students in south London, and one of his homes was used as a children’s home after his death, in accordance with his will.
Intimacy is Gold
Relationship with God
Cherished above all things
Let it be your delight
And you will have His light
Let it be your first love
And you will be above.
New Birth is the first rung
Of a ladder that’s long.
You must desire to grow;
Increase, rise, soar and glow.
Like Enoch walked with God
You too must walk with God
Walk worthy of His call
Walk consistently like Paul.
Desire to know Him more
And He’ll open the door
To treasury you know not yet
And you’ll zoom like jet.
Let it be your one desire,
Then you’ll rise out of mire,
Into the place for you;
Specially meant for you.
Cry, ”That I may know Him!”
Yell, ”That I may love Him!”
More than all else I know.
May we together flow
Hand in hand like lovers
Communing under cover
Meeting long before dawn
Much long before the sun.
Intimacy with God is gold
Go for it and be bold.
Grow in it day by day.
Be this, O Lord, I pray!
w in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.Mark1:35
1 As the 35 Nodeer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?Ps42:1-2
4 One thing I have desired of the LORD, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to inquire in His temple.
5 For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.Ps27:4-5
Charles H. Spurgeon
“Thou hast left thy first love.”Revelation 2:4
Ever to be remembered is that best and brightest of hours, when first we saw the Lord, lost our burden, received the roll of promise, rejoiced in full salvation, and went on our way in peace. It was spring time in the soul; the winter was past; the mutterings of Sinai’s thunders were hushed; the flashings of its lightnings were no more perceived; God was beheld as reconciled; the law threatened no vengeance, justice demanded no punishment.
Then the flowers appeared in our heart; hope, love, peace, and patience sprung from the sod; the hyacinth of repentance, the snowdrop of pure holiness, the crocus of golden faith, the daffodil of early love, all decked the garden of the soul. The time of the singing of birds was come, and we rejoiced with thanksgiving; we magnified the holy name of our forgiving God, and our resolve was, “Lord, I am thine, wholly thine; all I am, and all I have, I would devote to thee.Thou hast bought me with thy blood — let me spend myself and be spent in thy service. In life and in death let me be consecrated to thee.”
How have we kept this resolve? Our espousal love burned with a holy flame of devoutedness to Jesus — is it the same now? Might not Jesus well say to us, “I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love”? Alas! it is but little we have done for our Master’s glory. Our winter has lasted all too long. We are as cold as ice when we should feel a summer’s glow and bloom with sacred flowers. We give to God pence when he deserveth pounds, nay, deserveth our heart’s blood to be coined in the service of his church and of his truth.
But shall we continue thus? O Lord, after thou hast so richly blessed us, shall we be ungrateful and become indifferent to thy good cause and work? O quicken us that we may return to our first love, and do our first works! Send us a genial spring, O Sun of Righteousness.
There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
How different will be the state of the believer in heaven from what it is here! Here he is born to toil and suffer weariness, but in the land of the immortal, fatigue is never known. Anxious to serve his Master, he finds his strength unequal to his zeal: his constant cry is, “Help me to serve Thee, O my God.” If he be thoroughly active, he will have much labour; not too much for his will, but more than enough for his power, so that he will cry out, “I am not wearied of the labour, but I am wearied in it.” Ah! Christian, the hot day of weariness lasts not for ever; the sun is nearing the horizon; it shall rise again with a brighter day than thou hast ever seen upon a land where they serve God day and night, and yet rest from their labours. Here, rest is but partial, there, it is perfect. Here, the Christian is always unsettled; he feels that he has not yet attained. There, all are at rest; they have attained the summit of the mountain; they have ascended to the bosom of their God. Higher they cannot go. Ah, toil-worn labourer, only think when thou shalt rest for ever! Canst thou conceive it? It is a rest eternal; a rest that “remaineth.” Here, my best joys bear “mortal” on their brow; my fair flowers fade; my dainty cups are drained to dregs; my sweetest birds fall before Death’s arrows; my most pleasant days are shadowed into nights; and the flood-tides of my bliss subside into ebbs of sorrow; but there, everything is immortal; the harp abides unrusted, the crown unwithered, the eye undimmed, the voice unfaltering, the heart unwavering, and the immortal being is wholly absorbed in infinite delight. Happy day! happy! when mortality shall be swallowed up of life, and the Eternal Sabbath shall begin.