Go and Speak ( by Fenny West)

Inspiration comes through challenges and in unusual circumstances:

Suddenly you have a “lightbulb moment”

I entered a Photo Inspiration  Challenge about a year ago with this picture below.

 

This was my inspiration: Jonah spat out of the mouth of the fish and washed ashore.

He had disobeyed God when told to go and preach at Nineveh. He boarded a ship to Tarshish and all hell broke loose on the ship. He knew he was the cause and asked to be thrown into the sea to save the lives of those on the ship. They did and there was a great calm. 

Jonah was swallowed by a big fish and there he repented and worshipped God, who had mercy on him and commanded the fish to spit him out. He was then washed ashore as we can see in the picture. Read Jonah Ch1 and 2 for the full gist.

What would your inspiration be?

 

Guard Well Your Brand

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Guard well your brand

The Jesus brand

Though in the world

Not of the world.

Stand out for good

Eat God’s food.

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Rise after a fall

And press on like Paul.

Let His word rule

Let His Spirit rule

Ooze His fragrance

In His remembrance.

LOVE

      

Let out the love

In all your move

Let your light shine

Be not full of wine

Let Jesus reign

Sunshine or rain.

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 Holy Spirit dove flying

Be Spirit led

And Spirit fed

Think God’s thought

Guard your mouth.

Speak God’s mind

Mind your mind.

Go where He leads

Do what He bids.

Praying always

Even in a maze.

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Reach for the lost

Out in the frost

Out in the cold

Go. Go. Be bold!

Shine your light

In His might.

Stand in the fire

Get off the mire

Be separate

And considerate.

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Know you’re different

So make a difference

Be excellent

Not repellent.

Be passionate

And compassionate.

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 integrity

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Believers Are Salt and Light

13   “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

14   “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.

15   Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.

16   Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matt5:13-16

Colossians 3: Not Carnality but Christ

1     If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.

2     Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

3     For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

4     When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

5     Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

6     Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience,

7     in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.

8     But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.

9     Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds,

10   and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,

Character of the New Man

12   Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering;

13   bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.

14   But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.

15   And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

16   Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

17   And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

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Walking in the Spirit

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16   I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

17   For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.

18   But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19   Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,

20   idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,

21   envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22   But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

23   gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

Gal5:16-23

Romans 12: Living Sacrifices to God

1     I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

2          And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.Rom12:1-2

Ephesians 5: Walk in Love

1     Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.

2     And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

3     But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints;

4          neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.

 

14        I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.John17:14

15   Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not!

16   Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For “the two,” He says, “shall become one flesh.”

17   But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.

18   Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.

19   Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?

20   For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

1Cor6:15-20

Be Holy

14   Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?

15   And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?

16   And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: ” I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people.”

17   Therefore ” Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.”

18   ” I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the LORD Almighty.”

2Cor6:14-18

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Mercies, New every Morning ( by Fenny West)

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Mercies, New every Morning

I need each and everyday;

More so when it’s tough-going

I know Jesus is the Way.

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When the storms of life storm in,

I know my redeemer lives.

When the earth starts caving in,

Hidden in Christ, in God, is my life.

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His compassion will not fail,

So I will not go under.

By His grace I shall prevail,

By the power that is higher.

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I shall not debunk my confidence

In a God Who’s always at hand.

His presence makes a difference.

This truth I well understand.

 I am with You always

His faithfulness is so great.

His nearness is so real.

His promises are so great;

Precious, none can steal.

 all things are possible

So regardless of how I feel,

I know whom I have believed.

His goodness is very real.

My expectation shall be received.

 

 

 

 

‘…His compassions…are new every morning…’ LAMENTATIONS 3:22-23

 

 

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The Son of Jesse

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The Son of Jesse

With mother not married

Yet with a destiny

impressive and varied.

 

Ushered a New Beginning

Not without much palaver

From insane Saul- the King

Who was as cruel as Lucifer.

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Beloved was his name

And his music so, so sweet

His Psalms brought him fame

Everywhere on every street.

 

Playing for deranged King Saul

Her was healed and refreshed

And even delivered tall

So much to be relieved and blessed.

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As a boy, Goliath felled

Turning on the light for Israel

In God’s secret place he dwelt

And so will his music forever sell.

 

 

When women’s silly songs

Made him Saul’s enemy

Brought him so much pain and wrong

Unexpected protracted acrimony.

 

Deliverer became a fugitive

In the camp of the Philistines

Yet he was able to forgive

When the King was netted in his inn.

 

The psalms and poems kept coming

In waves, in leaps and bounds

From his wilderness wanderings

Leaving and indelible endearing sound.

 

Then one day, Saul and son fell

And he wrote a sweet psalm for them

So deeply mournful, it went down well

God was his root and his stem.

 

Man after God’s own heart

Man sold out to God

Loving Him with all his heart

Wallowing daily in His word.

 

This was a man of courage

Man of great incredible faith

Started living for God at an young age

And went from strength to strength.

 

Absalom, his son usurped his throne

Sending dad fleeing, crest fallen

Disinherited by bone of his bone

With a payment for forgiveness given.

 

The usurper was caught by his hair

His beauty became his snare

Cutting himself off as an heir.

Many wee gobsmacked as they stared.

Dad wept bitterly for the lad

To the dismay of his henchmen

His deep sorrow made them feel bad

They felt like those trapped in a lion’s den.

 

 

When kings went to war

The King stayed at home

It was against the law

Soon his eyes began to roam.

 

Then he beheld beautiful Bathsheba bathing

Could not take his longing eyes away

Soon lust of the flesh and eyes were beckoning

And the man of God fell headlong, went astray.

 

 

God would not spare the King

Sent Prophet Nathan on an errand

It was a great task- very difficult thing

But the prophet followed God’s command.

 

 

 

The King was approached with wisdom

An allegory was his window of opportunity

And soon the repented of his whoredom

His sin he admitted and pleaded guilty.

 

 

Out came the psalm of contrition

Psalm fifty-one: against You, I have sinned

From this we learn a great lesson

None is immune from sin.

 

Solomon came soon after

A King with wisdom beyond compare

Also endowed with wealth like no other

Carried the baton like his father.

 

God is all-knowing and all-seeing

You can run but you can’t hide

But He is also forgiving

When we repent without pride.

 

 

 

He was a man of covenant

Understood the meaning of friendship

As forgiving as he was gallant

Even death did not end relationship.

 

Jonathan-his friend, he honoured

As Mephibosheth he restored

The cripple was elevated

Even though he was very surprised.

 

This man recycled men rejected

Into a formidable mighty army

His fighting spirit in them injected

And they routed every enemy.

 

He fell many, many times

But he sought the face of God

And God answered many, many times

In keeping with His word.

 

 

This man teaches us courage, devotion

Discipline, dexterity, leadership, contrition

Compassion, friendship, covenant knowledge

Repentance, honour, patience, faith, pledge

Love, wisdom, determination, boldness, kindness

Industry, creativity, diligence, focus and fear of God.

 

2 Samuel 23

1 Now these are the last words of David. Thus says David the son of Jesse; Thus says the man raised up on high, The anointed of the God of Jacob, And the sweet psalmist of Israel:

 

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Good Parenting is Pertinent

THE   MOST IMPORTANT SKILL YOU CAN TEACH YOUR CHILD (3) by Bob Gas   (Word for Today)
‘…Your   thoughts…are the source of true life.’ Proverbs   4:23
Teach   your child to ask themselves these two questions: 1) ‘How will I feel   afterwards?’ What outlasts our decisions are the subsequent feelings of   self-respect versus shame, and positive self-worth versus negative   self-worth. Our actions ultimately become history, but our thoughts about   them continue to shape our future. ‘Carefully guard your thoughts because   they are the source of true life.’ Children with self-respect are much less   likely to indulge in promiscuous sex, drugs, drinking, antisocial and illegal   behaviours. Self-respect and self-worth are internal standards which we are   loathed to violate. Giving in to selfish choices is like abandoning the moral   core of our being-the sacred soul God gave us. 2) ‘How will the people I   value feel about me after this decision?’ The trust and respect of others is   always needed to succeed. Reputation trumps money, even in the secular   marketplace. ‘Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high   esteem is better than silver or gold’ (Proverbs 22:1 NLT). Poor decision   making can earn us a reputation that’ll haunt our prospects indefinitely. ‘A   person who plans (chooses) evil will get a reputation as a troublemaker’   (Proverbs 24:8 NLT). When you get a negative reputation, it’s hard to recover   from it (Proverbs 25:10 NLT). The short-term benefits of making poor   decisions lead to long-term losses and regrets. The person God blesses must   ‘…exercise self-control, live wisely, and have a good reputation…’   (1Timothy 3:2 NLT).
THE   MOST IMPORTANT SKILL YOU CAN TEACH YOUR CHILD (2)by Bob Gas     (Word for Today)
‘…A   man reaps what he sows.’ Galatians   6:7
Somebody   said, ‘Yard by yard life is hard, inch by inch life’s a cinch!’ For their   life to go right, your children must learn to think right. So teach them to   ask: 1) ‘What are my options in this situation?’ But do it with the right   attitude. If your face is like thunder when you talk to them, they’ll run for   cover. Brainstorm with them, writing down every option that’s offered. Tell   them that no answers are wrong and no idea will be judged as silly; all   suggestions are accepted and valued. You’re priming their creative pump,   encouraging them to think for themselves. 2) ‘What benefits come from each option?’   The goal is not to coerce them, but for them to discover and embrace the   truth for themselves. And that comes through patience, not pressure. Ask them   to list which benefits seem most important to them. 3) ‘What negative   consequences come from each option?’ Children can be brutally honest. That’s   okay; it’s just part of learning God’s cause-and-effect law of sowing and   reaping. Indeed, many adult regrets could have been avoided by following this   law. Don’t preach or rant about how terrible the consequences are. Teach them   to question themselves, ‘Am I willing to accept the consequences? How would   they change my life?’ 4) ‘What personal values are involved in this   decision?’ Values-based decisions call us to the high road rather than the   path of least resistance. Suggest some godly values as primers, such as   truthfulness, trustworthiness, loyalty, responsibility, compassion,   friendship, self-denial, courage, honour, faith, etc. Break it down small for   younger children, but don’t miss your opportunity.
THE   MOST IMPORTANT SKILL YOU CAN TEACH YOUR CHILD (1)by Bob Gas  (Word for Today)
‘…Choose   for yourselves this day whom you will serve…’ Joshua   24:15
Good   decision making is the key to a happy life. But good decision making is not a   skill some of us are naturally blessed with, while poor decision making is a   handicap others are born with. Courage, education, or the ageing process   doesn’t automatically produce better decision makers. Spending time with good   decision makers is wise, but it doesn’t rub off on you. And the earlier you   teach this skill to your children, the better (Proverbs 22:6). So teach your   children the following principles: 1) The consequences you get are the result   of the choices you make. Let your children know it’s not their circumstances,   but decisions they make about them, that govern their lives. You may think   your children know this, but they don’t. Their ‘wiring problem’ makes ’cause   and effect’ difficult to connect until their brain reaches later adolescence.   Asking, ‘What were you thinking about?’ will just invite the famous shoulder   shrug and blank stare. They’re not stupid-they just need guidance. 2) You   will always have options. Children commonly feel powerless and hopeless when   reacting to negative circumstances. They tend to be ‘either/or’ thinkers,   concluding that things are either all good or all bad. Teach them ‘both/and’   thinking, because things can be bad yet you can choose to make good decisions   about them. ‘Either/or’ thinking frequently produces children who become   pessimistic, disempowered, easily manipulated, depressed adults. Knowing they   always have good options prevents circumstances from dictating their lives.