Posts Tagged With: Jesus Christ

The Destructive Nature Of Anger

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Anger is an emotion that all of us have felt or will feel! A formless force that manifests itself in many ways, often in the destruction or (attempted destruction) of whatsoever crosses our path.

Now whilst there are many that struggle with anger problems, often because of deep-seated personal issues, anger is such that even the most mild mannered lady or gentlemen can exhibit feelings of intense rage. Now is this all bad? Not necessarily, in the bible we are told that Jesus Christ got angry, often times at the hardness of people’s hearts towards his words.

In other passages, we are told that due to the lack of respect shown to the temple, he proceeded to physically cleanse the temple of moneychangers & those that bought & sold in the temple with whip in hand.

Now I bring up Christ to highlight the fact that anger in itself is not a bad thing, if the anger is directed towards unrighteousness or injustices. The problem though is that many of us get angry for the wrong reasons! Even if initially our fit of rage is justified.

I picture anger like a man balancing spinning plates; whilst initially he could be successful in balancing a few, as the intensity grows of balancing more & more, he quickly finds that he cannot keep track of all the plates as they begin to smash on the ground, before he knows it, what started out as a simple (albeit complex manoeuvre) becomes something he has no control over.

It’s the same with anger, we often times open up a pandora’s box of hurt, when we let anger control us & ultimately consume us. The bible of course has much to say about this;

Make no friendship with an angry man;
and with a furious man thou shalt not go: Proverbs 22:24

An angry man stirreth up strife,
and a furious man aboundeth in transgression. Proverbs 29:22

Two verses to name a few, highlighting the dangers of allowing anger to sit within us for long periods of time.

The bible says in Ephesians 4:26 “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil

Showing us that anger becomes a problem when we don’t deal with it. The bible’s timeframe of dealing with anger is 1 day, but often times we harbour anger in our hearts for many days, months, years even. We allow it to fester & canker in our hearts, eating us from inside & robbing us of our joy

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The bible says let it go! In a sinful world filled with sinful men & women, the chances of you harbouring anger is extremely high, but understand that in Christ, we have a Saviour who not only took care of the anger of God towards sinners by appeasing it through his own sacrificial death, but forever lives to make intercession for us.

The sustained anger we often show towards others is the same anger that was dealt with on the cross. Can we not show the extended hand of grace to others who have ruffled us?

Is there a time to be angry? Oh yeah!! Christians should not downplay this, but there is a difference between anger at injustices, disrespect & sin & plain anger due to emotional instability (bruised ego, pride etc)

Let’s identify them both & act accordingly! A life ruled by emotions is an unstable & dangerous life to live. Choose rather to be governed by principles & grace.  Amen

 

 

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We Had No Right (short poem)

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He drank until there was nothing left.
My guilt, his love, 3 days of restlessness.

The cup of indignation which was meant for me.
The second of the three, drank it amongst scheming thieves.

Who am I? That the Saviour should bleed? My sin, oh gracious Lord you intercede
You deserve all the glory!
All hail the King of this story.

A new chapter unfolded, the grave clothes were graciously folded.
The dark day gave way to clear displays.
The stone rolled away, you gracious Lord, are the only Way.

– Sal

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9/11 – We Still Hear The Echoes (poem)

Wrote this poem 3 years ago!

Ten years ago! Oh ten years ago, we still hear the impact, we still hear the echoes……

We still see the planes, we still feel the crash, we still gasp at screams,
We still wish it was all a dream………………….

Ten years on, feels like ten days have gone
Tenth is this anniversary, of two towers which stood strong……….

Herein lies the deceased, both here & in the Middle East
Some died for supposed honour
Many died in pure innocence
Some died on the battlefield
Many died for money & greed………

Raging fires turned to dying embers
Dying embers became burning emblems
Two towers came down, one nation stood up,
One voice perked up & one heart pumped up……

Conspiracies arise, we can speculate, we can surmise
But judge with your own eyes
Darkness lies within the bosom & smoky skies…………..

One thing for sure, as I write from across the shore
Is we still hear the echoes, of innocent lives taken…………

Rest in peace the righteous amongst the deceased
A heavenly home now yours, with which no money can afford (John 14:1-4)…………

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Sal

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10 Reasons Why I think David Cameron Thinks Britain is a Christian Country.

 

 

David CameronSO after being inundated with posts like these – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-27105023 in regards to good ole Britain still being a Christian nation, I honestly couldn’t think of one reason why Cameron would make such a claim like this. I mean, it would only take a couple of quick discussions with actual Christians (you know, like the ones who ACTUALLY believe the bible) to see that this is false. We’ve fallen a long way as a nation, and no honest to God Christian really takes Cameron’s words seriously.

So in light of such a bold face lie of a statement, here are my top 10 reasons why I think our Prime Minister thinks otherwise.

1) Our national anthem still contains “God” in it.

2) Our flag has a huge red cross across it

3) We have many tall church buildings

4) Westminster Abbey

5) We are living in the present but, thinking of the past

6) Britain is part of the western world. Western world = Christianity

7) The first English bible was from England.

8) Christmas & Easter are still bank holidays

9) Being religious = being Christian. Christianity = religiosity

10) He lives in a bubble.

Yep so those are my 10 reason, most of them are nonsensical, just like David Cameron’s claims. If you would like more serious reasons why Britain has fallen away, including the moral degradation that is eating our country up, take a read of this insightful post. – http://www.john-stevens.com/2014/04/letter-to-editor-why-does-david-cameron.html

Sal

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No More Heroes?

be-a-heroContinuing the vibe from my last post about reflecting on the past year, I wanted to write this post to discuss a trend which sees no respite as we step into 2014; THE FICTIONAL HERO TREND!!

Goooodnight! We had a plethora of fictional heroes this year to complement last year’s haul of fictional heroes. We had new entries in the Iron Man series, Thor, Wolverine, Superman, Hunger Games to name the big hitters this year. With 2014 looming, there will no doubt be additions to these titles, along with new fictional heroes to add to the foray. Now this post is not really to bash fictional heroes, I just really want to highlight the trend in 2013 on the big screen, and how at times these are the heroes we idolise and attempt to emulate.

This is not necessarily a bad thing in itself if the portrayed hero has inherently good virtues, but it’s a shame that we cannot point to real life people who have done extraordinary or just selfless things and emulate them. They are out there….we just have to read more non-fiction books.

Better yet, many of these heroes on the big screen all have certain attributes that are terribly reminiscent of Jesus Christ, which is one of the reasons I find the cinema boring! You see, regardless of what the anti Christian media would like portray. The character of a hero, in order for it to be successful and resonate with the audience, must have certain key attributes which elevate him above the norm. Characteristics like selflessness, sacrifice, boldness, faithfulness etc. these attributes all but appear in each and every heroic stock character. Add to that the sweeping idea that the said hero was destined for “great things” since childhood, and you have your manufactured  icon, ready for the masses.

The problem is, these are all attempted carbon copies of Jesus Christ…without the spiritual aspect to it or the significance of his death for mankind. They are just hollow examples basically of the holy example. If the heroes we have are only alive in the pages of fiction books or on the big screen, then we are getting watered down versions of a Saviour who is infinitely more greater, whose real life and death is the single greatest heroic story in humanity.

One that has spurred on millions of other non-fiction heroes to pick up their cross and emulate Christ. If we struggle to find real heroes to emulate, why don’t we by emulating Christ’s example of living a righteous life, and obeying him be heroes for the next generation who are quickly growing up in a world where heroes are only within the pages of comic books or fiction books.

Sal

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Being Thankful 2013

what-are-you-thankful-forIt’s that time already! Where has month gone to? Already the 14th of December, next week and a half we will be celebrating Christmas, and subsequently be looking forward to 2014….by God’s grace of course!

As the year draws to a close, it is so important to remember all what the Lord has done in our lives through this year. The very fact I could write this blog post, indicates for one that God has kept me alive to this point; and trust me, if you know how I cycle, it’s only by the grace of God that some car or bus has not knocked me down yet. (I’m making it my goal to be a more road conscious cyclist for 2014 lol)

The books of 1 and 2 Samuel are some of my favourites, and I recollect particularly in 1Samuel, where Samuel erects a stone in chapter 7 called Ebenezer to mark the point to which God had helped the people especially against their enemies the Philistines.

Ebenezer means “stone of help” and is not that so apt for what the Lord does for Christians today? He is our help; The psalmist in Psalm 46:1 puts it beautifully when he writes “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” He sure is!!

I write this blog post to challenge all you and myself personally to write down all the blessings God has blessed us with throughout this year, and give praise to the Lord for his goodness. Many times we forget to have a heart of thankfulness so we forget the goodness of the Lord, even in the simple things. I know I am prone to this, and it is something I constantly work on cultivating.

So I challenge my fellow Christians to take up a pen (or tablet, mac, laptop, whatever lol) and write down some of the things you are thankful for in 2013.

A trying year it has been for many of us, but even in the trials we face, those are blessings, that go a long way in conforming us more into the image of Jesus Christ. He was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief we are told in Isaiah 53:3. Our Saviour! The one we should try and emulate by the Holy Spirit’s power until his return or our death, whichever comes first.

So take up the challenge folks! Remember no blessing is too big or small, for if God is our provider and very sustainer of life, everything we have and cherish is because of the Father of lights.

I finish with the chorus of that great hymn

Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done

God bless and early Merry CHRISTmas to my brothers and sisters in Christ.

Sal

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It’s Worse Than You Think!

 

Solomon's TempleAnyone who has read the book of Ezekiel will know that it is filled with imagery and symbolism! With Israel already decimated by the Assyrians, Judah’s judgment was coming swiftly! The hot hand of God had been stayed by the deeds of some righteous kings of Judah like Josiah in the past, but like a huge blue plaster across a bursting dam, the flood was coming…..and it came without mercy. The Babylonians overthrew Jerusalem and Judah in a matter of years.

Whilst all this is going on, we are introduced to Ezekiel the son of Buzi, gathered with the captives of Judah along the river Chebar. God makes his presence known to Ezekiel, and what then ensues are fascinating encounters between God and his chosen servant Ezekiel. I implore everyone to read Ezekiel, not only for the sake of just reading God’s Word, but also for the understanding of the ways in which God works, and the absolute execution of his perfect will. If God has spoken it, then IT WILL COME TO PASS!

For me, chapter 8 is one of my favourite chapters of the book, and one that I draw my title from for this blog post. It describes a visionary encounter with Ezekiel and God, as he lifts Ezekiel up by lock of his hair and take him by visions to Jerusalem, to see the abominations that are being carried out in the temple by the priests and princes of the city.

The candid expose on the idolatry and rank immorality of the elders in Jerusalem is startling, and one of the most vivid descriptions ever recorded in the Word of God.

As I read this chapter and highlighted key verses, a statement stood out to me that God repeats 3 times to Ezekiel and it’s this; “but turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations

Just as I was coming to the conclusion that it could not get worse for Jerusalem, and the downward spiral of sin could not go another spiral, God brings the message home to me; “It’s worse than you think

This statement got me thinking, and I wondered in myself how many times I don’t see sin the way God see’s sin. Me who on a weekly basis trawls through this world, going about my business fail sometimes to see sin for what it is. The conditioning we so readily accept from the standards set by the world makes it difficult to stand back with subjective eyes and mourn at the state of affairs.

I think of when God by visions lifts Ezekiel high in the sky in chapter 8, and gives him a birds eye view of Jerusalem, a God’s eye view of Jerusalem I should say. It is almost the implication that God wanted Ezekiel to see what he see’s. This is not just a rebellious people, oh no, in God’s eyes these were stiff-necked people of the basest level.

With so much filth we pick up in the world, it is imperative that on a weekly basis, we remember to wash our hearts and minds daily in the Word of God, After all, if we are to reach the lost, we have to see the situation from God’s perspectives. This is a lost and dying world, not a world of redeeming quality, we as sinners are only saved by the grace of God, so let us share the good news, since there is no redeeming quality in ourselves, but only in the Redeemer who has purchased us with his blood.

I wrote all of this to bring to remembrance that sin is worse than we think sometimes, and because it is, there is a real hell for the punishment of sin. We have to reach out to our fellow man and warn them of the dangers of coming judgment, like Ezekiel did, and show them the way to the one who cane save their souls. May we always have fresh perspectives on the great mission that lies ahead for all believers. We are all responsible for carrying out the Great Commission.

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What If Christ Had Never Been Born!

576194_347600601960947_279570182_aHaving already viewed the impact of a Muhammad-less world, we turn our attentions to Jesus Christ. Just what sort of impact would it have on the world, had God never come in the flesh as Jesus Christ……

Name: Jesus Christ, Messiah, Lord, Son of man, Son of God, Alpha & Omega: too many names to list here, but you get the picture.

Born: AD 1

Brief Profile: The chief cornerstone of biblical Christianity! Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem, Judea. His earthly mother was Mary and his step-father was Joseph. Not much is said of his upbringing aside from what we gather from the scriptures. He was clearly a very marked child with understanding and wisdom beyond his formative years. Continue reading

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