Sunday, 13 October 2019

Feast of Tabernacles - A Christian Feast

It's October 13, 2019 and tonight at sunset, the Feast of Tabernacles will start in God's calendar - The Mazzaroth. Our focus will be on what Jesus Christ gave up to save us. He broke every rule in the book to rescue us and they crucified him for it. He took on the form of a babe, the very likeness of human form, humbled himself and became totally helpless. Remember that when you see a tiny, helpless, baby. 

Australia has passed laws that give the unborn no protection. None at all. Remember that. Babies can be legally aborted up until the day of birth and left to die and this is now legal in QLD. 200 babies were left to die after botched abortion in QLD this past year. 200. This weekend we mark the 1 year anniversary of that law. Yet Jesus came as a helpless babe to a young woman. You think He's okay with this? 

Defend the weak. 
Defend the oppressed. 
Defend the defenceless. 
Rescue those being led away to death.
Uphold the weightier matters of the Law - Justice, Mercy and Faith He commands. 
All life is sacred. 
He sees the aborted babies. 
The unnamed. Unwanted. Uncherished.
But they are not invisible to HIm.
He calls them Named. 
He calls them Wanted. 
He calls them Cherished.

So as I remember Jesus's birth this Feast of Tabernacles, in the context of horrific abortion laws in QLd Australia, I ask that we continue to fight for the unborn. 

You see the birth of Jesus reminds me that God thought I was important enough to fight for. Very few people fight for the ordinary people in this world. But Jesus - He fought for me. That makes me weep. That He cared that much for me.

Born in a stall, into an unimportant family, in an unimportant town, his actual birth date is forgotten. He knew none of this world’s prestige or wealth, only scandal and rejection. The stars announced his birth, but the majority missed that - the bright lights of the city got in the way. The angels sang of his birth, but only a few country shepherds saw that and the very important don’t typically listen to simple country folk. They were too busy;  They missed it. They wanted a ‘Somebody’ and Jesus was a ‘Nobody’ in their eyes.

From his birth, the kings and rulers of the earth wanted Him dead. They hated his goodness - it threatened their current way of life. They hated His truthfulness. It made them deeply ashamed. In the end they violently murdered Him thinking it would quieten their consciences. After all, He was the ultimate whistleblower about all that was ugly and evil in this world. He was love personified.

If you’ve ever been hated for doing the right thing. Or hated for speaking the truth in love, then you know the courage that requires. If you’ve ever had questionable parentage, been over looked, considered unimportant, not worth listening to, had your birthday forgotten, had your party forgotten, had your identity stolen or had your life declared worthless, then you know what Jesus went through. It takes infinite courage to continually do what is right in the face of massive opposition and difficulty. Yet He did it - proving his deity. 

But, you see, you can’t kill God. That would be an oxymoron. You can try, but innocent blood always cries out from the land, demanding justice.

And so, God in his justice, resurrected Jesus Christ, from the dead by the power of his Holy Spirit. Thousands saw his resurrected body. And now over 2000 years or so later, thousands of ordinary folk, still know that Jesus is God and remember his birth. It doesn't really matter whether you remember it in December or October or every single day of the year. Just know that He's God and He gave up everything for your salvation.

“If you confess with your mouth, Jesus is God and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, then you will be saved.” The Bible (Romans 10:9).

That’s why I worship Him.  
The aborted babies are not invisible to Him.
Mothers are not invisible to Him either.
So we Feast on Justice, Mercy and Faith.


Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Day of Atonement - A Christian Fast

It is Oct 8, 2019. Tonight at sunset, the Day of Atonement starts - A day of rest, prayer, fasting, repentance and joy. Set aside to remember what Jesus did for us at the cross. Our focus is Isaiah 58.
Wanted From God by Man:  
  • Fast Healing
  • Answered prayer
  • Guidance
  • Needs Satisfied
  • Strong Body
  • Flourish in Life
  • Joy 
Wanted by God From Man:
  • Loose chains of injustice
  • Free the oppressed 
  • Share your food with the hungry
  • Provide shelter for the homeless
  • Clothe the naked
  • Care for your own flesh and blood
  • Cease malicious talk
  • Delight in the Sabbath
  • Don't do as you please on my Holy Day
  • Stop exploiting workers
  • Stop quarrelling, fist fighting and strife
Yahweh has a checklist, a set of conditions to fulfil, if you want fast healing and other blessings.
You see, contrary to popular modern thought, His love is conditional - conditional on our obedience. Good parents are the same. They expect their children to be obedient to what they ask, before they hand over the treat.
That's not comfortable.
He calls disobedience  to His commands rebellion and sin.
That's not comfortable either, is it?
No one likes a hypocrite. But seeming to do the right thing is not actually doing the right thing.We've all seen the person at work who tries to look busy whilst actually not doing anything actually called 'work'.
Yahweh says:

"For day after day they seek me out; they seem eager to know my ways, as if they were a nation that does what is right and has not forgotten the commands of it's God. They ask me for just decisions and seem eager for God to come near them." 
To this accusation man commonly replies

"Why have we fasted, they say, and you have not seen it?" "Why have we humbled ourselves and you have not noticed?"

The pharisees fasted regularly and were proud of it. 
They prayed regularly too.
They made sure everybody knew about it.
But they didn't actually do what they preached.
Jesus tore them to shreds for it. 
I like that. 
(Matt 23)

Prayer and fasting is great! If it actually leads us to repentance and a changing of our ways and not just a pretty show for everyone else. The Bible links prayer and fasting to worship, repentance, lamenting over sin, driving out demonic strongholds, weeping and wailing over oppression. But most of all, it links it to us changing our bad habits to godly ones.

You see there's good and bad 'prayer and fasting'.

Bad fasting 
Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please and exploit all your workers.
Your fasting ends in quarrelling and strife, and in  striking each other with wicked fists.
You can not fast as you do today and expect your voice to be heard on high.
Is this the kind of fasting I have chosen, only a day for a man to humble himself?
Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord?

Good Fasting
Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen?
to loose the chains of injustice
to set the oppressed free
to break every yoke
to share your food with the hungry
to provide the poor wanderer with shelter
when you see the naked to clothe them
to not turn away from your own flesh and blood
Answered prayer is conditional on 'good' fasting.
Then your healing will appear quickly
Then your righteousness will go before you
Then you will call and the Lord will answer.
"If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and the malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness and your night will become like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strength your frame. ... If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the Lord's holy day honourable, and if you honour it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, then you will find your joy in the Lord. " 

Good fasting is other's focused. 
Bad fasting is selfish.

Good fasting is 'giving' focused.
Bad fasting is 'getting' focused.

Good fasting is generous.
Bad fasting is stingy.

References: Isaiah 58; Luke 2:37; Acts 14:23; Acts 13:3; Matt 17:21; Luke 4:2; Neh 9:1-3
Est 4:3,16; Ps 35:13,14; Ps 69:10-11; Jer 36:4-10; Dan 9:3; Joel 2:12,13; 

Friday, 27 September 2019

The Beat of Forgiveness

If there is a crime that can be committed under the Law then there is a Christian who has committed it at some point in time. For when Christ Jesus died on the cross, He paid the debt for all who have ever existed, is existing and will exist on the face of this earth. His death at the cross paid the Bill for all. It covers all time frames, all dimensions, all directions, all habitations, cultures and lifestyles. All peoples, of every language, tribe, nation, kingdom, people group, minorities and majorities, of every social status and all creation. Creation itself groans under the weight of the depth of our sin. All of us have sinned. Every single one. And the wages of sin is death. We all deserve death. 

All of us already stand condemned before the LORD God, King of Kings, LORD of LORDS, The Great High Priest, The Eternal Existent One, Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ, Christ Jesus, The Bread of Life, Life Giver, Bridge-maker, The Door, The Second Door when we can’t find the door, The God of Second Chances, The Way, The Truth and The Life, The FirstFruit, The Living Water, The Husband, The Servant, The Son, One, Trinity, Tri-une God,  Eternal Life, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, The Sevenfold Spirit, Yahweh, YWVH, God.

He is the Prophet, Priest and King of the Order of Melchizedek, The Lion of Judah Himself, The Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the World. He is the Head, The True Source of Life, Elohim, The Defender, The Judge, The Avenger, The Defence Attorney, The Prosecutor, The Anointed One, The Messiah, The Lord Who Comes, The Branch, The Vine, The Seed, The All Consuming Fire, The Redeemer, The Saviour, The Sacrifice, The Narrow Way. The All-Sufficient One, The Prince, The Ruler, The Bright Shining One, The Glorious, God is Love, Love Personified, God Incarnate, The LORD who Comes, Child of God, Son of Man, Hebrew, Jewish, Born of a Virgin, The Morning Star, Elohim Yehoshua Yahweh is Salvation, The Great I Am, The Gate, The Great Shepherd, The Appointed One, The Suffering Servant, The Wounded and Afflicted One. The Nameless One, Forgotten, Rejected by Many, Without Identity, Crucified for Us and still he loves us.

For The Sacrifice Which Comes, who knew the Price was Deficient and  Provided the Price which Covers to pay The Price of the Conflict. He is the Sacrifice Slain, The Piercing. The Victor, The Royal Crown,  The Carpenter, The Witness, The Good News, The Stone the Builder Rejected, Our Fortress, Yah’s Keep, Yah, The Conqueror of the Grave, The Lover of My Soul, The Mountain of God, Mount Zion, The New Jerusalem, The Diadem, The Great Watchman, The Word made Flesh, The Teacher, The Carpenter, The Wisest of Wisdom, The Great Comedian, The Great Strategist, God. He Broke All the Rules to Rescue Us When That was Required. His timing is perfect. His understanding unfathomable.

He is the Creator, Sustainer of Life, The Bread of Life, The Forgiver, Our Gracious One, May His Name Alone Be All Hallowed, For He is Our Father in Heaven. His Kingdom Reigns, His Will is Done, Let all creation give majesty and honour to the All Majestic One.

He is the Designer. He knows the Languages of colour, light, sound, frequency, vibration, energy, resonance, harmonics, audio, signs, dance, media, art, telecommunications, travel and time. He is supreme above all!

For He is the Father to the Fatherless, the Defender of Widows, He puts the lonely in families, provides for the poor, feeds the hungry and protects the orphans and abandoned. For He is the Provider of our Provisions. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills. He controls the banks. He is the Bank. He is the Vault. He sits above the Vault. He Created the Vault. He is enthroned above the heavens. His currency is Love. He clothes us, feeds us, quenches our thirst, shelters us, puts us to sleep, get’s us up, wakes us up, rescues us and drowns us in his perfect love. We simply can’t comprehend the depth of His love. We simply do not have time to list all the ways that our Heavenly Father loves us.

Which ever way you look at it, in what ever language you conceive it, comprehend it or don’t comprehend it, there is a God who created this world to whom we are all subject. He is known by more names than we can ever comprehend for there are more languages than each of us will ever comprehend in our finite human minds. He is the Interpreter. Intrinsic to the very essence of God is that He is One. His Name must be Glorified by All. That is the True Purpose of Man. To Glorify God and enjoy Him Forever. To Worship the LORD God and serve Him Only.

The Holy Scriptures, The Bible, The Word, the Word of Life, is full of accounts of men and women who have sinned before God and sinned against others. He Has forgiven prostitutes, spies, polygamists, rapists, pedophiles, abortionists, pornographers, alcoholics, smokers, adulterers, murderers, liars, tax avoiders, false prophets, false teachers, astrologers, sorcerers, idolators, witches, wizards, journalists, kings, servants, slaves, all forms of falsehood, drug pushers, impersonators, nazis, communists, mafia, militia, rebellious, delinquents, humanists, atheists, cheats and thieves. We have all forms of education and learning, all races and skin tones, all sizes, all ages, marrieds, singles, disabled, abled, sick, confused, tired, exhausted, depressed, despairing, ill, divorced, eunuchs, slaves, free, servants and masters, rich, poor and in-between. All are included. All are covered by the Banner of His Love.  Even the ones not listed, not known by us. He knows those. You are not invisible to Him. He is the Silent Witness to all the Unseen. He Sees Everything. He knows Everything.

All have had their sin paid for at the cross if they choose to accept this. To believe this. To humbly put their trust in Jesus Christ and say you are LORD God and I will follow you for the rest of my life. For he chose us before the creation of the world to be His.

It is against Him only that we sin. For He is the Great Law Giver. 

For if there is a crime that can be committed, then there is a Christian who has repented of it and been forgiven and had to forgive others of it. 

So BEFORE you take your brother or sister, friend or foe to court, know that there is an even Higher Court in Heaven. Ask the All Knowing, All Powerful, Self-Existent One who Left His Throne in Heaven and His Glory to Humble Himself to Die for You, Persecuted, Marred and Disfigured beyond recognition, if this is the path of His Righteousness, Holiness, Love, Truth, Justice, Mercy and Faith for you.

For though we must confess our sins to each other and repay our debts to each other, we must First worship the LORD God, give Him glory for what he has endured on our behalf and be patient, oh so very patient with our brother or sister, friend or foe just as our Heavenly Father, showed us grace and lifted our shame and made us whole again.

His name is Jesus. Jesus Christ. He is Lord and God. Shall we do another 1000 hallelujahs in digital, numerical or empirical? For He knows the language of numbers as well. How else could He calculate the depth, oh the depth of our debt? Would you like it in Hebrew, Greek or Latin? Even the stones are crying out! The stars themselves, the heavenly bodies themselves declare His Glory and pour forth speech day after day after day and night after night and night. Day and night. Day and night. Sunset, Sunrise. Sunset, Sunrise. Always forgiving. Can you hear the music yet? Can you feel the rhythm? The beat of forgiveness. Can you hear Him - the Greatest Showman and Songwriter who ever lived and lives eternally for what was done at the cross….it finished everything eternally! For He rose Again. Victorious! Declaring Victory. Loudly! IT IS FINISHED!!!!!! HE DECLARED, HE SHOUTED. He whispered, he thought.

So before you take your brother to court….spend hours and hours praising and glorifying Jesus Christ. Fix your eyes on Him. Keep instep with His holy Spirit. Let Him fill you with His Holy Spirit. For it is our Seal, our Signet, our ring. You might just change your mind, do a back flip and repent. For what he’s paid for you, is nothing compared to what you owe him. He is continually re-creating us in His image. He makes all things new. There is nothing He can’t do. His mercies are new every morning. 

Hallelujah! It’s All About You! You are My Reason to Live. I can’t Help Talking About It, Singing about it, both loud and soft, fast and slow. Just Keep Singing. Your Life can be Mainly Music. For we Bring a sacrifice of Praise into the House of our God. We are the Body of Christ. We are the Temple. The Consecrated Ones, Set apart to do His will.

Holy is His Name. Only His Name is Holy. He is the Holiest of Holy. Our Ambassador, Our Warrior, Our Deliverer, Our Helper, Healer, Therapist, Psychiatrist, Physician, Administrator, Commander in Chief and Governor and Divine Appointer.

The Worthy Lord of All - He is God.

“Forgive us our debts as we forgive those whose trespass against us.”


Let all Nations Worship!

Saturday, 21 September 2019

Do Not Take Your Brother to Court

Forgive easily.
When someone insults you.
Turn the other cheek.
Forgive and keep on forgiving.
70 x 7
seconds, minutes, hours, days, years, decades, centuries, millennia

Do not take your brother to court.
Settle matters quickly amongst yourselves.
If any of you has a grievance against another, how dare he go to law before the unrighteous instead of before the saints! Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!
So if you need to settle everyday matters, do you appoint as judges those of no standing in the church? I say this to your shame. Is there really no one among you wise enough to arbitrate between his brothers? Instead, one brother goes to law against another, and this in front of unbelievers!
The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you are thoroughly defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated? Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, even against your own brothers!
Therefore if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift. 
Reconcile quickly with your adversary, while you are still on the way to court. Otherwise he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.

I refuse to take my brother to court! 
I forgive you.
I have been forgiven much.
I choose to forgive you.

There is a Royal Law under which both sides can meet in peace.
It is the Law of Love.
It is a Law higher than any other Law.
Written by the Sovereign King of Kings and Lord of Lords
The Lion of Judah himself.

It allows both sides to stand
 in unity, 
side by side, 
unafraid of the other
and to worship Jesus Christ,

It decrees:

"Love the LORD God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength
and love your neighbour as yourself."

I refuse to take my brother to court.
I choose to love you like my own flesh and blood.
I will continue to love you like my own flesh and blood.
Let's worship Jesus Christ together.
One Flesh.
Christ Jesus Our Head.

Matt 5, Matt 18, I Cor 6

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Hallelujah! Jesus Christ def. The Drug Pusher

As Australia continues to unleash righteous anger over abortion and the rights of the unborn, I want to raise the issue of 'The Remains.'

Do you know what happens to the aborted foetus?
There is no burial.
There is no grave stone.
No birth certificate is issued.
No death certificate is issued.
No funeral.
All are required by the Law of Love.
All are required by Australian Human Decency.

Feel like vomiting?

We have masses of unmarked graves for the fallen unknown soldiers.
Rightfully so.
But where are ones for the Innocent Murdered Babies?

The Blood of the Innocents Cries Out,

"Remember me?
My body was dismembered against MY Will.
It was packaged up and traded.
My human dismembered body was trafficked.
Sold to the highest Bidder - the Drug Pusher
Put into petrie dishes.
Looked at under microscopes.
Poked At.
Used to make pharmaceuticals.
Injected into other new born babes, widows, young mothers, and children,
 often against their will.

"Quick. Do it now, they whispered. Before these too can object."
while they are young.
Under 12.
Before they have a legal right to say "NO!"

Ready to vomit yet?

"Is this the fast I have chosen, only a day for a man to deny himself,
to bow his head like a reed, and to spread out sackcloth and ashes?" Jesus Christ.

Only 1 day?
Will you call this 1 day enough to appease the Most High God?
The King of Kings
The LORD of Lords.
Their Heavenly Father
The Babies were created by God.
He owned them.
He is the Avenger of their blood.
You trafficked their Body Parts.
You used it for Sorcery.

46 years since Roe vs Wade.
46 years.
How many children do you believe were murdered?

46 days of fasting is required
before you can take the Promised Land.

Fallen is Babylon!
Unable to get up.
Unable to stand up.

Who can save you?

"For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world but lose his soul?
You can not serve both God and mammon." Jesus Christ

"If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.”

“Let us not glide through this world and then slip quietly into heaven, without having blown the trumpet loud and long for our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Let us see to it that the devil will hold a thanksgiving service in hell, when he gets the news of our departure from the field of battle.” 

Honourable Men and Women of Courage Stand for Life.
Honourable Men and Women of Courage Stand Against Abortion.
Honourable Men and Women of Courage Stand Against Trafficking Human Body Parts.
Honourable Men and Women of Courage Stand Against Drugs, Pharmaceuticals and Sorcery.

Honourable Men and Women Protect Children

Real Leaders Worship the LORD God and Serve Him Only.
Jesus Christ was the first to call it wrong.
Now Serve Him.
Accept His Grace and Forgiveness.
For He Has Defeated the Drug Pusher.
He declares Justice for The Remains.
The Life is in the Blood.
Sing Hallelujah for Justice, Mercy and Faith are Upheld.
He sits on the Throne!


Wednesday, 4 September 2019

The Life is in the Blood - New Testament Commands

"It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God. Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood. For the law of Moses has been preached in every city from the earliest times and is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath." 

Context and Intent:

Let's look at the context  and intent of the above passage for the question has been asked is it still relevant in 2019 for everyday Quiet Australians? Yes! For Gentiles are still turning to God and Messianic Jews are still helping them understand their faith despite the fact that there are not jews and gentiles in our faith for all have been accepted by God and all are one in Christ Jesus.

The context is found is Acts 15:1. There had been some confusion between the new converts to Christianity and the Jewish apostles and elders leading the church. The Gentiles who were turning to God wanted to know where to start and what were the essential issues of faith were, in regards to righteous living. The Gentiles already had the Holy spirit as a sign that God accepted them. This was not in question.

The apostles were wanting to not make change particularly difficult for the Gentiles who were turning to God.  For example, they didn't ask them to suddenly pay all their debts or mortgages up. For although we know we are not saved by obeying the Law, we also know that we are to uphold the Law. Where was the pivotal point to be? What was to be the minimum requirement for peace? 

The rumour went as follows:
"Unless you are circumcised according to the custom taught by Moses, you cannot be saved."
"The Gentiles must be circumcised and required to follow to obey the law of Moses." 

A meeting was held and the following answer was given. The Israelite leaders would write to the Gentiles turning to God and explain to them where to start and what were the basics of the faith from a physical perspective, now that spiritually they were declared righteous by God, with a righteousness that was apart from the Law - a righteousness that was from God, through faith in Jesus Christ.

You will see above that there are 4 basic requirements.

  1. abstain from food polluted by idols.
  2. from sexual immorality
  3. from the meat of strangled animals
  4. from blood.

Why were these 4 particularly chosen? All four are about honouring God with our physical bodies, not just our spirituality. All four are about maintaining good health, as far it is our responsibility.

  1. When we eat of food polluted by idols (as in dedicated to idols or idol feasts) we participate in the table of demons. (1 Corinthians 10). We are told it makes the LORD jealous and we're to abstain.
  2. Sexual Immorality - "Everything is permissible but not everything is beneficial.... The body is not meant for sexual immorality but for the LORD and the Lord for the body...Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ himself and unit them with a prostitute? Never! do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, "The two shall become one flesh." But He who unites himself with the LORD is one with him in spirit....Therefore honour God with your body....Flee from sexual immorality." (1 Cor 6:12-20)
  3. Meat of Strangled Animals  - This is about the life being in the blood of an animal. Full details can be found in Lev 17. 
  4. Abstain from Blood - the life is in the blood. God commands us to not to eat the blood. That includes injecting it, drinking it, eating raw or very rare meat, personally I also include blood sausage in this.  This is commanded by God in Lev 17:10-12. The Israelites and the Aliens (think foreigners / non Israelites / Gentiles) living among them were to abstain or be cut off from their people.  For the everyday Quiet Australians, this has implications in what we eat but also in how we treat our illnesses and diseases. I believe this includes blood transfusions, organ transplants and vaccines for all contain blood products - the blood transfusion is from a human donor, the organ transplant is either human or  sometimes pig and the vaccines, use aborted foetal tissue. References ( ; ; )
Circumcision is not an essential for salvation. But you will find, that when you abstain from the above things, your relationship with God will improve and your over all health will improve and a whole lot of other sins in your life will fade away. The Holy Spirit inspired the above four commands. God wants us to glorify Him with our bodies! Sorting Out the Disputable Matters

What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said; "I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God and they will be my people. Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the LORD. Touch no unclean thing and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you and you will be my sons and daughters says the Lord Almighty.
Since we have these promises dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. (2 Corinthians 6:16 - 7:1)

Ultimately, it is the blood of Jesus Christ that cleanses us from all our sin (Hebrews 10). I learned these lessons the hard way. Many, many years ago now I had blood transfusions, vaccines and rare meat. Since I have ceased, I use prayer and essential oils/herbs as an ethical alternative.

I will testify that the LORD God has forgiven me and restored me into a right relationship with Him. I have maintained a habit of abstinence from the above four and it has been to my benefit!  And I just want to give Him all the Praise and glory for that! For it has not been an easy journey, by any means. But he has faithfully held my hand through it all. Thank you Abba. It's like heaven on earth. For we cannot help speaking about what the LORD has done for us.

Monday, 2 September 2019

What About Freedom of Religion?

There has been much discussion about Freedom of Religion these past few months, both in the MSM and in the parks and playgrounds. It has come to light, that ordinary, quiet Australians believe this to be vital for life. The matter is to be discussed in the Australian Parliament / Senate sometime in October this year.

What is Religion? 

The Bible talks about a Royal Law that supersedes all other laws.

Love the LORD God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and love your neighbour as yourself. This fulfils the law and the prophets. - Jesus Christ.
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. 

What is Freedom? 

In Acts 4 we have a perfect example of Rulers and elders trying to gag the apostles Peter and John from speaking in the Name of Jesus Christ and healing in His name. 

Peter has just declared to the Rulers and Elders of the people,

"Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."
"Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, "Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God's sight to obey you rather than God. For we can not help speaking about what we have seen and heard."

What is a Christian's correct response when Freedom of Religion is threatened? 

Prayer,  praise, preach and heal.

"On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them. When they head this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God."
"Sovereign Lord", they said, you made the heavens and the earth and the sea and the everything in them. You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David: "Why do the nations rage and the people's plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against his Anointed One."
Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed. They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen. Now Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch our you hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus."
After they prayer, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. 

Is God's Sovereign Power great enough for these situations?  Yes!

For our God is the same, yesterday and forever.
He who is the God of Joseph, Abraham Moses, Joshua, Samuel, David, Elijah, Elisha,  Shadrach, Meshach,  Abednego and Daniel is our God!
He who is the God of Miriam, Deborah, Hannah, Jael, Rebekah, Tamar, Ruth, Rahab, Abigail, Rachael, Leah, Sarah and Huldah is our God!
He who is the God of Peter, John, Steven, Philip, Paul and Timothy, Rhoda, Mary, Lydia and Phoebe is our God!
Our God is courageous. His men and women are courageous. For the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead lives in us. The power of the resurrection!