The answer for anxiety


 

There is an inexhaustible goldmine of delight for the believer in the book of Philippians.

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” (4:6)

Be anxious for nothing! This seems, today, an almost alien concept. The whole world is so full of worry. Anxiety is the fuel that propels the media, industry, commerce, science and politics.

How different Bible believing Christians ought to be, yet so often we are taken up with the crowd, worrying, fretting, fearful of that which seldom ever happens.

Be anxious for nothing, but keep on praying.

For those who may be interested: Canon EOS 5D Mkii, Canon EF 24-105mm @105mm F11 1/80 ISO100

 

 

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How am I supposed to rejoice?


“Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.” (Philippians 4:4)

This verse is profoundly simple, yet how do we actually live a life of limitless rejoicing?

Jesus Christ came that our joy might be full. Elsewhere in the Bible we are told that the joy of the Lord is to be our strength. Even a fruit of the Spirit is joy. The “secret” to a life lived in rejoicing? It’s simple: “Rejoice in the Lord”.

This life of rejoicing only comes through Jesus Christ. We don’t rejoice in dire situations, in perils, in diseases, in loss, in pain. For these, we give thanks, but we rejoice in the Lord. He and He alone is what gives sweetness to life.

 

Perfecting, not perfect


My daughter Sarah has a hobby. Well, several hobbies. One of these is making sourdough bread. I had no idea how hard it was to fashion a loaf of delicious sourdough, until Sarah started doing her stuff. She’s getting good at it! She kneads the dough, adds the almonds, and waits. And waits. And waits. Patience is necessary in this process.

Will she ever make the prefect loaf? Obviously no. No loaf could ever be called perfect, but she’s aiming in that direction.

“Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”          (2 Corinthians 7:1)

What does it mean to perfect holiness?  The word “perfect” means to complete, to execute, to finish. What is holiness? Holiness means to be set apart, different. This verse is saying that we need to work at becoming more like God, Who is perfect in holiness. Can we be perfect? Not in the usual sense of the word. We still have our sinful flesh to contend with, but with God’s power, and through God’s Holy Spirit, we can execute a life of Christ-likeness.

The key to this life? Direction. Jesus Christ Himself must be the focus of life. Looking unto Jesus must be our motto. Will we fail? Yes. Will we stumble? Yes; but God will uphold us.

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.” (Psalm 37:23,24)

Technical details for those who are interested:

Olympus E-PL1 14-42mm lens at 14mm / F3.5 @ 1/6 sec / ISO 100

Born again?


Ever wondered why so many professing Christians show no change of life after their apparent conversion? It’s because there’s no new life.

“If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

With the new birth comes new life. Everything changes. You cannot change your life by changing your environment. It does not work, at least not permanently. God has to make us brand new creatures, and this He does at the point of true conversion. This new birth comes not by works, but only by faith, believing that what Jesus Christ did on the cross, (that is, dying and paying for my sin in full), is good enough for me.

Jesus’ simple but profound words ring true even today: “Ye must be born again”. Have you been born again? Has your life changed?

Technical details for those who are interested:

Canon EOS 5D Mkii with EF 24-105mm F4 IS lens 1/60 sec @ F4 ISO 100 with Canon 430EX I flash

 

Time to think


Meditation seems a lost art. True Biblical meditation, that is. Eastern religious meditation, that of emptying one’s mind of everything and thinking of nothing, is pointless at best and dangerous at worst.

Bible meditation is taking the time to be quiet and think upon God’s words. These words are found, complete and perfect, in the Bible. Reading is one thing, memorizing is another, but we must take time in a busy world to meditate on God’s Word. Have you done this today? If not, turn off the telly, shut down the computer, put your iPhone on silent and just take time to think about what you have read in God’s Word today. (You have read your Bible today, haven’t you?)

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. (Joshua 1:8)

Technical details for those who are interested:

Canon EOS 5D Mkii with EF 70-200mm F2.8 IS lens 1/40 sec @ F2.8 ISO 1600

Raining on the unjust


How good is God? Having travelled around 5000 kms through central NSW, Victoria and South Australia over the last month, it is amazing to see the dry inland regions transformed into a lush landscape, kaleidoscopic wonderlands of wheat fields and canola, billabongs abounding, rivers rushing somewhere.

How many farmers will stop and give thanks to God for His goodness and mercy?

Matthew 5:45 “…for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”

Technical details for those who are interested:

Apple iPhone 4

Friends


“A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly…” Proverbs 18:24

Taking times for friends is one of the pleasures of life. Too often I find myself hurtling through my daily schedule, oblivious to the needs of those around me. Friendship takes time, but it’s time well spent, especially with seniors.

Here’s some advice: slow down a tad, and visit some people who themselves don’t receive too many visitors. You will enrich their lives, and your own.

Technical details for those who are interested:

Canon EOS 5D Mkii with EF 85mm F1.8 lens 1/400 sec @ F5