Christian Aid: Peace

They say an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind…

But how often do You stop to be kind…

or loving enough to consider someone outside your world?

Out of sight, out of mind?

Like the natural disasters, the famine and war?

Called to be peacemakers yet

we allow peace to grow weary right next door

We so easily mute the tears of that child so sculpted by grief

So consumed by what falls only under our sky

..boxed into me, myself and pride

Remote and controlled by I TV

Like when we forget to forgive like

We aren’t living under forgiveness

Like when we refrain from giving, like we aren’t beneficiaries of God’s goodness

But were the wounds to His flesh

I said the, flesh torn pieces

Not enough for us to hold our peace?

Not enough for two to take a piece out of the book of Love, to

Remember the point of His peace purposed blood

We forget our actions nail him back to that cold cross

Was his pierced body not enough for us to mend the shattered pieces of our own egos

We so quickly forget that the war of wars was won by the real hero

With a promise to be Near to those who sorrow

& to Save those whose hope has ceased

Let’s live for Love today, for a better tomorrow

Remember Side by side is when we withstand defeat

So Take hold of this life and the Light placed inside, give ear to the broken

Let us swallow our pride

& passionately pursue peace

Me too.

They say God makes a test a testimony.

But can it still be called a testimony if it’s not shared? If it’s not heard? If it’s not made clear?

What if you’re afraid. What if you’re seen as too human rather than superchristian. Too weak, unholy, too easily tempted.

Well here’s the gospel truth. I have struggled too. I have gone through trials too. I have doubted too. But I still get up. 

Staying depressed? Jesus didn’t die for that.

Accepting defeat? Jesus didn’t die for…

Finding security in your insecurity? Jesus just didn’t.

The bible says that we overcome by the blood of the lamb and by the WORD. 

By our words, by our testimony.

By passing those tests. 

So SPEAK out. Even when it’s awkward. Even when we’re scarred and still healing and it seems forward.

For trials build character. And Character building is Christ’ forte. 

So Speak. My struggles may not be your struggles but if we face struggles together then sure enough we won’t be struggling forever.

Shorter falls and stronger heights.

For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of might. His power within us. His blood that covers us. His covenant made to us. So stay high. 

I rise because he rose and so will you. 

You see, my scars are healing because his flesh deep stripes were  real and now he’s alive. 

So if you think I’m immune, I’m not. But it’s not so much the fall but how you get up that counts. It took Jesus 3 days. How long will you allow?

I am a testimony because I, by God’s grace, have overcome a test. & that shaped me into the best me yet.

& Yes, people can judge, people may boo, but sharing a problem halves the problem and so if you’re willing to be an ambassador of healing then

Me too.

Happy New Year!

Written on 23/11/16 

Sacrificial Love: The love that didn’t die with death

What is love really?

An expression?  An emotion?

Like a gift that can be opened?

Love is something that’s cute

 And within that there’s some truth

 

But to me,

The fact that God can be spelt

L.O.V.E

Has opened up my mind to what love can truly be, see…

It’s a love that February 14th

Can’t quite comprehend

Because this type of relationship couldn’t just mend with an

“I love you” if things were tough

Because NOTHING we do could ever be enough,

Unless we ourselves had hung on that Calvary cross

 

But NO

 

Jesus already did that for us

When he was whipped, mocked and spat at

Yet he barely even tossed, you see…

Sacrificial love had to come at a cost

 

So then, If not for His grace

Where would we be?

Merely alive but not living,
Broken and still sinning
We could never win… In fact,

If it wasn’t for the blood

That was shed on the cross,

This sacrificial love for us,

Our living would prove a loss

Everything ‘meaningful’ into

Nothingness.

 

But hallelujah

Glory be

To our Lord that hung on the tree

Not just for me, he or she

But for plural WE  

 He showed a love that literally

Bled

Purity

 

He died for us all,

Came and conquered,

Jesus took that fall,

With our sins, our shame our mistakes and He

Wiped every inch away and

Ruled them out of the game

Yet… He wasn’t playing

 

Now our canvas is clean,

Without a stain

All we have to do is have faith

To obtain this sacrificial love

This new beginning

Because by His stripes we are healed

Past, present and future tense

His love will not change

 

So you see He loved us first

But now we’re a team,

If we only look within then

We’ll lose the steam

But for Jesus
It may seem obscene

But to go farther, to reach the furthest, the finish line, the goal…

We must look up

We will not strike our foot,

And He will fill our cup

 

Why choose luck when you can lean on the Rock of salvation?

The Saviour of the nation,

The God of all creation,

We are forgiven because He was forsaken

That is Sacrificial Love.

 

That is the love that will always be patient, and kind

And all the other things that will probably

Blow your mind

 

A love that slid into history like a glove

The symbol of love

A love that silently screamed salvation

…Yes, you may say you’ve heard this all before

But love,

Do we really give it enough appreciation?

 

Think about it,

The curtain was opaque

But because of the weight that He bore,

It split into a thousand beams of beautiful rays and

Now we are lights reflecting Jesus’ love

Because we are SAVED,

we are FREED, and

I’ll forever stand amazed

At what my God did for me,

 

I said we are SAFE, we are FREE,    

 I will FOREVER stand amazed

At what my God did for me

Summed up in verse 16 of John 3.

 

Sacrificial Love.

 

Obedience is better than sacrifice 

Scripture focus: Exodus 17:11-13 (Israelites vs Amalekites)

Whenever Moses held his hands up, the Israelites were winning.

This can signify consecration. Whenever we look to God in a situation rather than ourselves (Moses’ hands down) we will overcome that situation. If we look to our own abilities and external circumstances then we are sure to fail or not do it as well. Either way it won’t be perfectly in line with God’s will.

Also, the fact that he had to seek help to prop up his hands demonstrates that we should surround ourselves with like minded, loyal friends. People that we can trust to help us in difficult situations, people that will also point us to God.

Another perspective is that the task of Moses lifting his hands seemed trivial. Sometimes God will ask us to do things that seem odd or untimely, however trusting Him in the little things is so necessary. If Moses had not kept his hands up, the Israelites would have lost in battle. See, your actions/obedience may be the answer to another person’s prayer or simply character building.

God’s ways are higher than ours so I guess we’ll never fully be able to know or understand every ‘why’ in His decisions. However, rest assured that all things WILL work for the good of those who honour him (Romans 8:28). You have a hope and a future ahead (Jeremiah 29:11) so chin up… Or perhaps, hands up 😉

Keep Twinkling,

A.