Late… But Always on Time

Many times we as people, we have loved ones who have problems and we are praying that they can be free of them but it doesn’t happen. I think of parents who have kids who are lost, maybe incarcerated, stuck in drugs or other things and nothing is happening – and Jesus just doesn’t seem to be around. They are praying and He doesn’t seem to show up. Well, because God’s time is not our time! Our time is not the same as God’s time. Being “late” is no problem for Him.
A little bit of an example here from the Bible – Jesus’s great friends were Mary, Martha and Lazarus. Lazarus had died, and the sisters were very depressed that Jesus didn’t show up when he was sick. And He only appeared 4 days later! And then they told him that it was “too late”; he was dead. Jesus asked them where the grave was. Everyone was crying because their good friend and brother had died. He looked to heaven and cried Himself. Then the story goes on to say that He rolled the stone away, called his name, and raised Lazarus from the dead. And the people were rejoicing!
People have told me that only if they saw Jesus in person, they would believe Him. But the scripture says in John 20:29 – Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
And in Isaiah 40:31 – “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
SO we see from all this that it is by faith. Jesus was 4 days late; those people, his friends needed a strong faith, but they were with Jesus. Yet we trust and believe… And our faith is increased!
We have many needs; businesses fail, commitments don’t add up, disappointments in life, people are sick for years, relationships break up, and we can’t seem to find God… but His time is not our time!
Therefore today, as we let Jesus into our hearts, as we accept Him as our Lord, Saviour, and Redeemer, He is more than willing as we exercise our faith by believing in Him to bring the right things into our lives at the right time.
Our hope is that in God’s time, He will roll the stone away like He did for Lazarus!! And He will call our name…
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Forgiveness, the Key to the Peace that Passes all Understanding

Forgiveness is always an antidote to poisoning. Unforgiveness is poison. Forgiveness is the antidote.
In the Depression of the 1920s and 30s, there lived a family in the South, with five children. They were very, very poor. They picked cotton to make a living. The conditions were: No sanitation, no power, no electricity and all that. No education. The eldest son, being a 20-year-old at that time, had to donate all his earnings, whatever they were, every penny, to his parents, to help feed the family. One day while resentment was building up inside of him, he told his parents he was leaving for the “big city.” When that young man got into the city, he saw all the different lifestyles of education, riches etc. He made friends with a rich family who helped him with some education, and he became involved in a business and was quite successful in it. The young man did not stay in touch with his parents. By this time, his resentment had grown stronger towards them because of all the possibilities and availabilities that he saw there were in the city! He could not get out of his mind why his parents had not given him what these parents of his friends had given their kids. That is what he was mad at. So, he continued on, got married, had a family of his own, and tried to put all his past in the back of his mind as best as he could.
Many years later, while his parents were still alive and old, the resentment came to a boiling point in his life. He decided that he should drive over there to them and really “straighten them out” about the failures they had with him and the family. He was gonna tell them off. The first night on the way there, he stayed in a hotel and God began to speak to Him a couple of words. By the way, this guy was not a religious guy by any means. And the conversation from God was: “What would you have done better than they if you were in that same position?” With that, the young guy had a change of heart. He turned around from his trip and did not go tell his parents off, but went back to his home. The beauty of it, was the Peace of God washed over him when he had that change of heart… he said it was the Peace that passes all understanding and he could not figure it out!! Well, the long story short is this – that this man got in touch with his parents and made everything right. Now, this man had been struck with a disease of some kind, a terminal disease. Also his wife had a disease. They even had a daughter who was disabled. But through all this, the Peace of God was in him, and made a great change in his family. And the relationship changed between him and his parents! This man passed away two years later, but on his deathbed, he kept relating the power of God in his life through forgiveness. And his wife lived many more years and she was the one that tells the story. But God changed the whole thing!
So, the key was one act, he said, it was getting rid of resentment through forgiveness.
In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus says: “Forgive us our debts as we forgive others.” The key to that is because we are first forgiven ourselves, then we are able to forgive others as He has forgiven us. In accepting Jesus Christ as our saviour, we see how much He has forgiven us, then we are able to forgive others because He has first forgiven us! When we discover the grace of God, how much He forgave us, then we are able to get rid of our resentments through forgiving others.
On our own power and effort, we cannot forgive anything, but when we hear Jesus’s voice (that is what this fellow did – he heard Jesus’s voice) we accept His forgiveness which gets rid of resentment and gives us the power and ability and grace to forgive others. Out of that, the Grace of God gives us the Peace that passes all understanding – we will not explain that one, we can’t!
Today, as He knocks at the door of your heart, let Him in… Let Him speak to you. Have conversation with Him. He will do miracles. God bless you, He is FOR you! He loves you very, very much.
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Jesus, Our Friend

In the 1700’s in England, during a time of economic depression, a single mom and her 20-year-old only son were really struggling to make a living. So the son heard about America and said to his mom, “Mom I am going to go down there and find some riches to help you out.” When this son was in America, he and his mom used to write letters back and forth to each other. He could not find any work of any kind. It was a new country and it was depressed as well. He was lonely and wanted to go back home. Then in one of the letters the mom wrote to him, she said she had found strength in Jesus. And in the letter, she wrote to him, “What a friend I have in Jesus, all my sins and griefs to bear, and what a privilege it is to carry everything to him in prayer.” She said she was very happy now and not lonely anymore! The burden had been lifted. It changed her whole heart. When the son got the letter from his mom, he read that and was humming these words under his breath as he walked around looking for work, and out of it all, God touched him! He became a believer in Jesus! And what happened is he put those words to a song! And it has been sung for years and still is sung around the world today, “What a Friend I Have in Jesus”. He saw the light, the guy!
Jesus knocked at the door of his heart and he let Him in, and discovered he had a Friend forever.
Jesus said after His resurrection and He left for heaven, to His disciples, that He would send another, the Person of the Holy Spirit, which is part of it all when you accept Jesus. Jesus said, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth… But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.(John 14: 16,18). He will come and dwell in you. The Holy Spirit is the one who carries us through life. Part of His work in our lives is He is our guide, He empowers us, He reveals things to us, and He is our teacher, our advocate, our counsellor, and is our comforter.
Believe it today, enjoy it, may God bless you!
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A Merry Heart

I remember many years ago before I let Jesus into my heart, when He knocked at the door, I did not have a clue what life was about. I remember working with a newly married guy. He came to work one morning and he says to me, being quite frustrated, and I was an older person than him, being married a while, “can I have some advice.” While I think of it now, I did not have any concerning marriage! Apparently he had got up in the morning and he was quite a positive guy, and he thought it was a great day, and he told me that he said out loud, “Good morning!” And his wife said, “what is good about it?” He was upset all day about that. He was a cheerful, happy-go-lucky type of a fella. He was always saying, “this is a great day” and his wife would be upset with him and say “what is so great about it?” Even though I had been married a few years more than him, I was not an expert! But, knowing what I know today, unless we know how much the Lord loves us and the sacrifice He did for us at the Cross, we really cannot view too well many of life’s situations. I have come to find out that Jesus talked about this a lot! One place is where it is said “In (the midst of) everything give thanks, for this is the will of God concerning you.” I Thessalonians 5:18.

 

“In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God concerning you”. Notice here, that this scripture speaks about God’s will in our lives – many of us have questions, what is God’s will for our lives?” It is quite simple, it starts right there in that scripture.

 

Another good word is “A merry heart does good like a medicine.” Prov.17:22.

 

And this one… “A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.” Prov.15:13.

 

We can understand from that that God speaks about the heart a lot. So it is not a little thing when we say Jesus is standing at the Door of our Heart and to let Him in! Because life is in the heart! All life springs out of the heart. Once that is right, I find that life is much easier.

 

After 47 years of experiencing some of these benefits and having seen other people experiencing the same life, I come to the conclusion that the indwelling Spirit of God is a major key to a cheerful heart in my life. The key for me has been in these 47 years has been the presence of the Spirit of God in my heart.

 

As He knocks on the door of your heart at this moment, let Him in and I believe together with you, that the peace and mercies and blessings of the Lord will strengthen you and encourage you as you enjoy His purpose and will in your lives!

 

We love you. God bless you. God loves you very, very much.

 

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The Deliverer

Many of us parents, grandparents, other relatives, and friends agonize, have sleepless nights, and worry and search for answers over the fact that some of our loved ones have been caught up in addictions, homelessness, depression, and other desolations. We struggle to assist them in whatever ways we can, and using all our human forces and strength, and our prayers, that they would get off the addictions that they are caught up into. It could be sexual, drugs, alcohol, anything that our loved ones are caught up in and cannot find deliverance, healing and freedom from all these shackles that torture their minds and bodies. We genuinely pray (as we should and it is good) as we bring all our efforts towards getting rid of these problems for them, and we do everything we possibly can for them, sacrifice, spending our human efforts, money, support, detox, yet we can find nothing seems to work. It is not that it is wrong what we do for them, it is that they have not yet met the true Deliverer face to face! Well, the answer is in this story about a very, very troubled man in Mark 5. Jesus appeared to him, and He revealed Himself. The man met Jesus face to face and the Deliverer was revealed to him!

 

Here we see what happened to one person who no human could help – but Jesus did…

 

Mark 5: They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes. 2 When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him. 3 This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. 4 For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. 5 Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.
6 When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. 7 He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name don’t torture me!” 8 For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!”
9 Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”
“My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” 10 And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area.
11 A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. 12 The demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.” 13 He gave them permission, and the impure spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned.
14 Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. 15 When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 16 Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man—and told about the pigs as well. 17 Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region.
18 As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. 19 Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” 20 So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.

 

I believe that the most important thing we have to do as loved ones is TRUST the Deliverer. While we trust, we can rest, and have hope. I read somewhere that while we sleep, God works, but while we work, He sleeps! That is to say that we can trust Him and be at peace with Him. After all, He is the Prince of Peace. And the scripture also says that He brings us the Peace that passes ALL understanding.

 

So today, as Jesus knocks at the door of our hearts, let Him in! Trust Him and enjoy Him. He will accomplish what He promises!

 

We love you and God loves you very, very much!

 

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March 10, 1970

I was 39 years old. I had finished building a new house, living in there with my wife and three little kids. I had lots of work and was doing well, but was totally unhappy and dissatisfied with life. I had quit drinking six years earlier, cold turkey, no more drinking because it was my addiction. That had not solved anything though; I was still angry, fearful, dissatisfied, and wondering what life was all about. And on that very day, March 10, 1970, in the morning, I was at work in Burnaby. I remember I was sitting down on a coffee break, and while having a cigarette and coffee, God was starting to stir me up! It was a little voice that was gentle, just over on one side of my shoulder, and it said “Give everything up and follow me” like your fears and anxieties, but, over on the other shoulder a little voice said “Don’t do that… your whole family, friends, in-laws, parents, would say you are going crazy now.” And then again on the right hand side, the voice said, “No, just follow me and I will give you rest and peace about all this.” Then I sort of thought, ok, but How? Who? I had been around in different religions, listening, trying to be good, and I hated it!!! I felt angry about it all and dissatisfied. I thought that Jesus Christ was a good swear word and a good hippie, who had done a few “tricks” like walking on water, etc. 2000 years ago. But I could not believe that He was God!

 

So later that day after watching the news at supper time, who comes on TV but Billy Graham! Back then, #1, we had heard at a young age that we weren’t allowed to watch him! Anyway, he made a claim that did not make sense. He said that Jesus Christ is fully God, fully man, who came to earth to redeem us and show us the way! Then Billy went on and invited us to kneel down in front of the television, saying, “If He is knocking at the door of your heart, open the door and let Him in!” At that stage I thought, I have done a lot of foolish things in my life; I might as well try this!

 

You know what? Answering His knock at the door of my heart and letting Him in was the key to everything! There was no big bang or anything, but a Great Peace started to invade me! This might be hard to believe, but I began to see things differently! I think I was looking through a different lens, towards my wife, my kids, my work, eternity, and it was Forward-Looking!! Now I gotta say this, there has been a lot of living since then. And it has been good. I have a friend in Jesus, which the Bible says in Hebrews 1:3 – “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.” He is the perfect God as our Father. Well, He changed my life completely, to this day.

 

The Bible says when you do that, you become a new creation in Him! My personal relationship with Jesus from that day on, is what sustains me, keeps me and has blessed me not just talking about material things, but with my life, family, friends, it is never ending. It is eternal! I am 86 now. Many times we fail, and I did not become a monk! No need for that! Because when Jesus died on the cross and shed His blood for us, it washes away our sins, past, present and future! And Jesus has never left me, and faithful during every step of my life. I see where He was faithful to me even BEFORE that experience that day… and that is because God is love, we are created in His image, and He loves us REGARDLESS! We are chosen before creation!! But then, I guess like it says in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” – the Abundance part is for here now on this planet! And today is my 47th Anniversary! I cannot forget it!

 

It sounds like He is always knocking at the door of our hearts. Let Him in, talk with Him, enjoy Him! He will tell you how things are done… He has got lots of good promises and a lot of insights and wisdom. He loves you very, very much!!!

 

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Condemnation No More!

Before I became a Christian, before Jesus knocked at the door of my heart and I let Him in, and He became my saviour, Lord and redeemer, I lived a lot of my life under condemnation. If I did not condemn myself because of my sins, misbehaviours or actions, somebody else would do it – anybody in authority, parents, leaders, friends – the enemy would use any one of them. Condemnation brings many forms of disapproval – I could feel left out, isolated, discouraged, guilty.

 

Condemnation is NOT from God; it comes from the accuser himself, Satan. You know, my Grandma was Irish. The Irish didn’t call the devil “the devil” – they called him “hisself”!! I think they were afraid of him, or they were polite! So they called him “hisself.” But it is true – he is the carrier of condemnation, the accuser! But one definition of “sin” is misbehaving. We live in the world, where misbehaviours are part of life. Now how many times a day, a year or whatever do we misbehave? But we got to remember what the blood of Jesus is for! It washes away EVERY sin, past, present and future! That is the Gospel!

 

I just want to give a Bible story here – it is about a woman who was caught in the act of adultery by a bunch of religious leaders of the day (this is in John 8:1-11). In those days, if you broke the law, they didn’t take you to court, but they stoned you to death. So this lady was brought in front of Jesus with these guys with stones in their pockets and they said to Him, “Jesus, this woman was caught in the act of adultery today and we are going to stone her to death because that is what the law recommends. What do you say?”
Well, what Jesus did was say, “all right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” And those accusers heard this and they started filing out, one by one, the oldest first. In a few minutes they were all gone. And Jesus was left with the woman alone. Then Jesus asked the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” And the woman said, “No Lord!!” And He said, “Neither do I; now go on your way and sin no more.” Misbehaviour is washed away by the precious Blood of Jesus at the Cross, past, present and future. And the Bible says, you can NEVER be separated from the Love of God –

 

Romans 8:38
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

 

We are freed by the Love of God!! God is love and He created us in His image, so therefore, in His eyes, you are –
valuable,
favoured,
significant,
very, very important,
and very, very, very loved,
and He cares for you!!

 

Today, He is knocking at the door of your heart, Let Him in! And enjoy His love,

 

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