Seeing the wood for the trees

1 Corinthians 2:1-5

Christ Crucified

And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

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Australian Federal Election…Course correction begins

When we consider the the miraculous result of the Australian Federal election on the weekend, see this link, and the unlikely victory of a Liberal/Nationals coalition Government led by Scott Morrison, we are witnesses of the strong arm of God who acts in mercy to start the course correction of this ship called Australia.

It seems mercy has prevailed, the Lord giving the nation of Australia a chance. Will we take it? The slumbering giant of the church awoke, and some fervent prayer started before the election as they considered where the ‘progressive’ (read left wing) agenda was taking us, but will she slumber again? Of course, the Lord’s faithful intercessors had been stirred up many years before this to travail for our nation. The threat to life (of the unborn and aged), and freedom of religion very real.

Perhaps the majority of the nation’s voters also struggling with the high taxing and a very socialist looking left wing agenda of the ALP. The Christian foundations of the nation were been directly threatened by some aggressive ‘progressive’ (socialist) strategies of the ALP and Greens, but of course the Liberals were also struggling to be consistent on this matter.

The issues of the costs of living are still to be addressed, as to the housing problem, but before that the moral values of the nation, and the restoration of its Christian foundations needs to be addressed, as to the security of the nation. This was a victory for life and righteousness.

Turning an Ocean Liner does not happen as quickly as we like, but is can and does occur, and over the weekend we saw the Lord give us a push start, but He looks to see whether we will repent and continue to press in to Him, righteousness, and the mission of His Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. We cannot lean back, rather it is critical we press on in to His mercy. Dark days lie ahead, but in Christ this nation has a refuge, and becomes His beacon of hope for many.

The church in Australia needs to continue to awake, and not fall back in to slumber. Weakness was revealed in the Coalitions policies during the campaign, and so to our new PM. Strength and boldness should be the call, and we should continue to pray for our leaders. Be assured opposition forces will not be happy, and their supporters will react. May the Lord squash their retaliation, sending confusion amongst the enemies camp.

Thank God the Prime Minister Scott Morrison acknowledged the source of the victory (a miracle from heaven), and sort God’s blessing on Australia. It has been some time before either have occurred.

It is only the Lord Jesus Christ who can save this nation not politicians, and the church also needs Him to bring it much cleansing. If Christians (God’s people) would humble themselves and pray, repent, turning from their wicked ways, then the Lord will hear, and heal our land.

Righteousness exalts a nation, whereas unrighteousness will humble it!

Proverbs 14:34; Isaiah 51:9-16

Link: https://blog.canberradeclaration.org.au/2019/05/19/miracles-and-the-australian-election/

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The Lord God hears you

‘In my distress I called upon the Lord,

And cried out to my God;

He heard my voice from His temple,

And my cry entered His ears.

“Then the earth shook and trembled;

The foundations of heaven quaked and were shaken,

Because He was angry.

Smoke went up from His nostrils,

And devouring fire from His mouth;

Coals were kindled by it.

He bowed the heavens also, and came down

With darkness under His feet.

He rode upon a cherub, and flew;

And He was seen upon the wings of the wind.

He made darkness canopies around Him,

Dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.

From the brightness before Him

Coals of fire were kindled.’

(2 Samuel 22:7-13)

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Wait…

The way of the Lord

‘For since the beginning of the world

Men have not heard nor perceived by the ear,

Nor has the eye seen any God besides You,

Who acts for the one who waits for Him.’

(Isaiah 64:4)

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Ways of wisdom

The way of life winds upward for the wise,

That he may turn away from hell below.

(Proverbs 15:24)

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Love

God is love, and it is He, the Word of God, that defines that which is the greatest thing that will remain on earth. It is not for man to define love, and in Christ Jesus it’s measure is truly revealed.

Only as we are found in Christ can we truly love divinely…and by His Spirit, an abiding in Him, with a humble and contrite heart, we can. Such a gift.

Mark 12:29-31

Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

1 Corinthians 13:13

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

John 3:16

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

1 Corinthians 13:1-10

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.

John 13:34

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

John 14:21

He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”

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True worship and heart

Isaiah 66:1-2

Thus says the Lord:

“Heaven is My throne,

And earth is My footstool.

Where is the house that you will build Me?

And where is the place of My rest?

For all those things My hand has made,

And all those things exist,”

Says the Lord.

“But on this one will I look:

On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit,

And who trembles at My word.

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