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Leaky guts?

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Today I wanna talk about leaky gut! I know, strange right? Do you know what it is? It's a hypothetical condition, not recognised as yet by the medical community, where they believe the intestinal barrier gets impaired, toxins get into the bloodstream and can result in bad health.  Now I don't know whether it's a real thing or not, but it served to give me a really good spiritual point.  The bible says in Proverbs 4:23 that we are to " Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it  are  the issues of life." Leaky gut can be likened to what happens to us if we don't guard or keep our hearts.  We can let in toxins that will contaminate our spiritual walk.  The word HEART here is the Hebrew word 'LEB'.  It means the emotion centre of a person, but also extends to the mind, will and even the intellect, wisdom and understanding. In Hebrew, the 'heart' is the very centre of everything. The 'issues' of life are anything we face.   So we have

What happened next?

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Most of us have probably read or heard the story of Peter walking on the water.   If you haven't, here's the gist.   After a busy day of ministry, Jesus takes some time by himself and sends the disciples across the sea by boat.  It gets very windy and they are only part way across, when Jesus is seen walking on top of the water towards the boat.   The disciples must have been very busy dealing with the sailing conditions, but on seeing someone walking on water they all freak out, thinking that it's a ghost.  Peter, however, somehow recognises something about figure - and calls out "If that's you Jesus, tell me to come to you".   As it is Jesus, he does call Peter, who climbs out of the boat and walks on water.  Peter suddenly becomes aware that the wind is boisterous, and he starts to sink!   Jesus reaches out to him and raises him back up. For most of the times I have heard this taught in church or bible college, that's where the story finishes.  While th

Inexplicable!

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Have you ever considered why people came to Jesus?  There was just something inexplicable about him.  He spoke with authority the priests didn't seem to have; he healed the sick and raised the dead.  He wasn't in a rush.  There was just something about him.  People couldn't explain it.  When Jesus healed the man, blind from birth and the authorities were questioning him about what had happened  John 9:25 (TPT) The healed man replied, “I have no idea what kind of man he is. All I know is that I was blind and now I can see for the first time in my life!” Jesus was inexplicable to the natural mind!  The dictionary defines that word  'inexplicable" word as " unable to be explained or accounted for" While we of course know that Jesus was the Son of God, the folk around him did not all see that, but there was something about him that drew people to Jesus. It's not enough for Christians to simply be nice, generous or gracious people.  We are to be equally in

I believe I can fly!

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Can you fly?  If you stand outside and flap your arms hard enough, can you take off?  Of course not.  The main reason is because of the law of gravity.   Gravity keeps us on the ground.   However,  you can fly!  Get in a plane and off you go!  What changed?   What changed is your position! A plane brings into effect a law which supersedes that of gravity.  The law of aerodynamics (thrust and lift).  In that plane, though gravity still exits, you can experience something contrary to that law.    When you are outside of the plane, you are bound by the law of gravity, but change your position and you are able to take advantage of a greater law. In this world, before we accept Jesus as our saviour, we are bound by the law of sin and death! We cannot help but follow after the flesh and things of this world.  However, once we become Christian's we change our position and are now 'In Christ'. From that position we are able to take advantage of a law that supersedes the law of sin

Lie, Lie, Truth.

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Have you ever played the game 'Lie. Lie. Truth?  The gist is that you tell your opponent(s) three statements, two of which are not true and one of which is true.  I might say  1) I have eaten oysters 2) I have had blue hair 3) I have travelled in a helicopter The game is to decide which is true from those three is true!   The right way to play is to make the two lies as believable as possible.   That is how the world treats humans, presenting some things as though they are true, when they are not! We (human beings) have some commonalities, regardless of where we live in the world.  We have basic physical needs (food, shelter, warmth etc) but beyond that we all desire significance, acceptance, and security.  These are the very things the world plays on as it offers people it's own variety of wisdom and truth.   It offers significance if we perform and attain enough accomplishments; it offers security of we advance in status and gain recognition and it offers acceptance if we loo

Noise

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One of the things I most notice about life today is the noise.  There's always noise.  TVs are on, radios are playing, people filling silences with mindless chatter.   Even in church, the service leader says "Let's just have a time of silence to reflect on what we've just heard' and in a few seconds or so either someone starts to pray or people start checking their watches.   Silence intimidates us. We fill it with any and everything, not necessarily evil or bad, but just noise.  When we surround ourselves continually with the noise of this world, it's hard to focus or find intimacy with Holy Spirit.  We need to be happy with silence as a space to listen, and then God can speak at a frequency that the heart can grasp.   He never shouts.  He most often speaks in that still small voice, that can only be heard when we are settled and at peace, and quiet.   The language of love is best heard from a quiet and peaceful heart.  When we are still and silent we can focu

What's that?

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Have you ever considered that it is not as important THAT you believe as WHAT you believe? Everyone believes something.  People believe the world is flat, or that the moon landing is a conspiracy, or that there is no God.   Every person puts their faith in things multiple times a day -whether that's in a green traffic light meaning it's clear to go, or in a supplement that will improve your health, or in a relationship..  Faith will only truly be effective when we believe in the truth.  We all believe, but it is WHAT or WHO we believe in that will determine whether our faith 'works'.     Faith starts with God's gift to us - a measure of faith just like Jesus had.  What we do with that measure is up to us.  When they asked Jesus to increase their faith, Jesus said it didn't matter the size of what they had.  A minute seed of faith in God's word can move mountains.  It's all about what you believe.  When you believe the truth, you have mountain-moving fai