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>> Attention: "The shadow of a Great Rock" has been re-posted.

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These articles are presented by Shaun Beswarick.

They contain an array of interesting facts of the glories of the Heavens, and precious true parallels are drawn between the spiritual and 'space'.

>> The Heresy of Niceness.

This is a must see. The danger of being careful about Christian Image.

Click here for the video clip of Rebecca Pippert speaking on the Subject: "The Heresy of Niceness."

Ananias and Sapphira secretly indulged in carefulness about their Christian 'image'.

They died in the presence of the transparent power of the Lord (because of their lie), in the midst of his resurrection empowered Church. [Acts 5:1-10.]

Because of Spirit dryness in the Church today, all Image judgment if not expedited here, will not fail the spot light at the finish line, and the process of rewards accounting on that day. No fake enters there.

Every believer that has a fierce struggle with sin and acknowledges such before the Lord in a genuine fight to win through with him, without the projection of false image will be perfected and "overcome at the last" [Genesis 49:19.] Praise the Lord!

* THINKING IT OVER. *

Psalm 92:5 (KJV)
"O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep."

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>> Sunday 14th. to Thursday 18th. June 2015. <<

Continuing the theme of having a Vision of Christ and his work

Proverbs 29:18. KJV
"Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."

The imagination and our visual allowances have a powerful effect upon us. At the demise of the young world in the time of Noah the provoked judgement of God was due to the imaginations of the hearts of men.

"And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." [Genesis 6:5.]

The above imagination problem was preceeded by another problem of what men were looking at; what they "saw".

"That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose." [Genesis 6:2.]

What God saw in verse five that precipitated world wide catastrofic judgement was based upon what the "sons of God saw".

The same visionary sin-sickness plagues the world today. John gave clarity to such truth with the breakdown of the three basic sinful ingredients of the world:-

"For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." [1 John 2:16.]

We are bombarded each day by the "spirit of the world" [1 Corinthians 2:12.] in these three issues, namely "the lust of the flesh" and the "lust of the eyes" and the "pride of life".

It is amazing to me having seen a lot of television over many years as a TV technician, to notice a fascinating drift in programs for people to "watch". The emphasis towards the numerous house renovation, cooking and food shows,and entertainment around body weight and makeovers, such as "the biggest loser". All these are reality shows that are centered around the three lust ingredients of the world. Not to mention the plethora of sex and extreme violence shows that provide a comfortable cubby house of entertainment for the carnal nature.

Beware! If we desire a heavenly vision of the Lord Jesus, to see and behold his beauty and majesty and be changed, be "looking to Jesus" in what you are looking at in entertainment. Watch what you "watch" that you may be able to see your wonderful Lord more clearly. If we are looking for him, he will appear to us in wonderful ways through his word.

"Looking unto Jesus" [Hebrews 12:2.] is not looking to him in areas of need and trouble only but looking to him in everything.

We need to remember that Jesus has said that the world will become revolutionised by the devil into two states before his second coming. One is to become like Sodom and Gomorrah and the other is to become like the days of Noah.

The Days of Noah:-

  • Excessive concentration on the body [Genesis 6:3.]
  • Promotion of visual sexual attraction. [Genesis 6:2.]
  • Heart thoughts and imagination saturated with evil. [Genesis 6:5.]
  • The Earth filled with violence. [Genesis 6:13.]
    • Violence in everything. Fierce. [2 Timothy 3:3.]
  • Loose marriage and divorce. [Genesis 6:2. Luke 17:27.]
  • Much concentration on eating and drinking. [Luke 17:27.]
    • The hospitality industry is a multi billion dollar flood today.
  • Rife lawlessness and corruption.

The Days of Sodom and  Gomorrah:-

  • Sodomy acceptance imposed upon society. [Genesis 19:5.]
  • Mass sodomy. [Genesis 19:4.]
  • Fierce and violent attitude towards heterosexual position. [Genesis 19:9.]
  • Totally given over to a diverse lustful life style. [2 Peter 2:7.]
  • Rife lawlessness and corruption. [2 Peter 2:8.]
  • Much occupation with buying, selling, planting and building. [Luke 17:28.]
  • Family life distorted, unbalanced and morally mutilated. [Genesis19:8.]

All these components are in existence in today's world and gathering exponential momentum.

We need to be humble like David and pray [Psalm 12:1.] for the Lord's help not to be overcome but to be what he wants us to be and what we need to be to win relatives and friends to Christ who are drowning in the worldly sea of nations that forget God. [Psalm 9:7.]

>> Above TIO extended to Wednesday 24th June 2015. <<

>> Wednesday 24th. June to Friday 26th June 2015. <<

Continuing the theme of having a Vision of Christ and his work

Proverbs 29:18. KJV
"Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."

Apologies for not getting some thoughts up for Wednesday.

On two occasions the Lord warned through Jeremiah about those who have visions "of their own heart". [Jeremiah 14:14. 23:16.]

Peter encourages us that even though he was an "eye witness" of the Lord's Majesty he states that we have a more sure word of prophecy that we do well that we take heed "as unto a light that shineth in a dark place" [2 Peter 1:19.] That is, up to the point of Peter's "vision" there stands for us in the old Testament glorious visions spelled out of the coming glory of Christ that can thrill our hearts. One such is Isaiah 9:6. "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this."

The Lord help our feeble hearts to comprehend the wonderfullness of the Lord as Paul did in his words of counting all but "dung" that he may "win (gain) Christ". [Philippians 3:8.]

We can be clear that this world in comparison to the glories of Christ and his Heaven (according to Hannah) is a glorified "dung hill" and we need a clear vision of that and a clear recognition that all our worldly status and "buzz points" are to be counted as "dung" (refuse, dregs.) [Amplified Bible]

Where there is any high esteem of worldly vanity and glory there will be a corresponding diminishing of a comprehension and "gain" of Christ. Be not bemused with this "dung hill" delights. Such will rob us of the revelation of the Spirit and a growing "vision" of the glory of the Lord.

>> Saturday 27th. to Sunday 28th. June 2015. <<

Continuing the theme of having a Vision of Christ and his work

Proverbs 29:18. KJV
"Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."

Continuing a little further with the "dunghill" thought of the previous TIO.

A brother in the Lord said to me recently that the term "lord of the flies" is a Scripture reality. Facing my utter skepticism he proceeded with the following breakdown of the Devil's true position and that also of his world:- Jesus referred to Beelzebub as the master of the house of demons and the protestors against Jesus referred to Beelzebub as "the prince of devils". [Matthew 10:25. 12:24.]

The Greek term "Beelzebub" means - "of Chaldee origin [by parody upon <H1176> (Ba`al Zebuwb)]; dung-god; Beelzebul, a name of Satan :- Beelzebub". [Strong's Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary.]

Notice the English meaning from Strong's Hebrew and Greek dictionary is - "dung-god". In other words ...  "the lord of the flies"!!

Watch out that you aren't imitating the work of a worldly fly, participating in the fly blown dung of this world! Careful how deep you get into the "dung" and begin to smell instead of having a sweet savour of Christ.

We have been (according to Hannah) lifted up from the "dunghill" and "set among princes".

"He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD'S, and he hath set the world upon them." [Hannah's words from 1 Samuel 2:8.]

Praise the Lord this "dunghill" world is no longer our home or even our portion in this life:- "The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot. The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage." [Psalm 16:5-6.]

It is so important that we are not under any illusion about the true standing before the Lord of this world we are in only for a very, very short time. A "Vision" of a world of hidden dung is a must if we are to avoid getting dirty and if we seek a "Vision" of Heavenly riches.

It is important to differentiate between the term "World" and the term "Earth". It is declared in Scripture that the Earth is the Lord's.

"For the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof." [1 Corinthians 10:26.] In the realm of the Earth the Lord has "given us all things richly to enjoy" [1 Timothy 6:17.]

The term "World" is that which is of man and he has smeared all with sin or dung from the "lord of the flies". Jesus said even of religious people - "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." [John 8:44.]

Before we came to Christ we were the pawns of the "lord of the flies" either happily deceived partaking of the "dunghill" or in tears and brokenness thinking that .. "this is all there is in this life, so suck it up".

But we were drawn to look away to Christ, to look away from our standing knee deep in dung rottenness and we were "quickened" off the dunghill and (once again) as Hannah said, we have been "set among princes and caused to inherit, (not a cup of dung in Hell but inherit) the throne of Glory" [1 Samuel 2:8.]

How good it is, like David, to rejoice and "forget not all his benefits". [Psalm 103:2.]

>> Monday 29th. June 2015. <<

Continuing the theme of having a Vision of Christ and his work

Proverbs 29:18. KJV
"Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."

If we consider the the words of Hannah in the TIO above we should be surprised by the wide sweeping statement she makes in her praise to the Lord. She states the following - "....... and to make them inherit the throne of glory". [1 samuel 2:8.]

The Lord not only lifts us up once, but in order to "make" he lifts us up again and again. How weary we can become of our failures and yet the Lord never wearies of you and me, when in our true condition we call out to him. How feeble are our hearts and how often sparse are our victories and yet as with Peter he says ... "let not your heart be troubled" [John 14:1.] and with the patience of a master potter the Lord continues to register a "make over" that is all him; none of self and all of him.

We need to trust in the Lord with all our hearts because this "make" is a relentless love for our growth beyond the carnality of "babes in Christ"

"And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ." [1 Corinthians 3:1.]

Let us praise the Lord for his unfathomable goodness and with purpose of heart continue to cleave to him. "Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord." [Acts 11:23] Remember you can say with Paul .... "By the grace of God I am what I am" [1 Corinthians 15:10.] and in this 'hot coal bed' of the Lord's work to 'make' us inherit the throne of glory we can be resolute because of such "reconpence of reward" and with courage like Job, say .... "Though the Lord slay me, YET WILL I TRUST HIM". [Job 13:15]

Even though the the pruning may be painful, praise the Lord, fruit and great blessing is his sole purpose along with us also having (as he said to Peter) a "part with him" [John 13:8.] The Lord help us to keep such a 'vision' of his faithfullness and respond to him (however he deals with us) in faith and love.

>> The above TIO extended for today: Tuesday 30th June 2015. <<

>> Wednesday 1st. July 2015. <<

Continuing the theme of having a Vision of Christ and his work

Proverbs 29:18. KJV
"Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."

What do we esteem? We are governed so much by what we esteem as priorities or vital principles to follow.

David said:- "Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way." [Psalm 119:128.]

There is a need for a 'vision' of the great value and blessing of "all the counsel of God" [Acts 20:27.] and not shun any instruction for all is full of LIFE!

>> Thursday 2nd July 2015. <<

Continuing the theme of having a Vision of Christ and his work

 Proverbs 29:18. KJV

"Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."

Continuing the thought from yesterday of the needed 'Vision' of the Word of Christ dwelling in us richly as Paul instructed the believers at Colossae.

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. [Colossians 3:16.]

We can hold to the Word of Christ but how "richly"? The meaning is copiously. Let his Word flood your heart and notice the benefits:-

1). Imparts to us ALL Wisdom

2). Ability to teach the blessing of the Word.

3). Ability to be able to admonish others in the Word and song and the joy.

The Lord help us to allow his Word to dwell in us Richly and so the richer the blessing we will be.>>

>> Friday 3rd. July 2015. <<

Continuing the theme of a Vision of Christ and His work.

 Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)
"Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
The following is visionary, and very valuable from T. Austin-Sparks.

A great encouragement of the needed vision of the all sufficiency of Christ.

My God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19 ESV)

God has assumed the responsibility of a Father, and has taken up those responsibilities to meet them in and through His Son. The enlargement of that in Christian utterance is found in Philippians 4:19. This means Christ recognized, Christ known, God in Christ, and that on the ground of our utter separation unto Him. But note: it is God's gift. He says that it was not Moses that gave the manna in the wilderness, but His Father. Then it is not the result of man's labors, it is the issue of God's grace. Are you laboring for spiritual growth? How we have striven and strained to increase our spiritual measure and our spiritual stature. What a burden we have taken upon us in relation to the maintenance of our own spiritual life! We have almost assumed the whole responsibility for our spiritual life, and made it as though it depended upon our labors in prayer, our labors in the Word of God, our labors in the Lord's service, our effort, our stress.

No one will think that we have made little of prayer or the Word. No one will think that we have said you must have no care whatever for your spiritual life, but there is such a difference between assuming responsibility for ourselves and recognizing that God has assumed that responsibility. And because God has assumed the responsibility we should cooperate with God. There is all the difference between trying to work for our justification, and working because we are justified; between trying to work for our perfection, and working because our perfection is secured in Christ. The difference is not merely technical, it is practical, and of immense value. Sometimes it is necessary for the Lord to say to us: "Look here, you are making far too much of your own praying, far too much of your own business in the Scriptures, you are unconsciously coming to think that everything depends upon how much and how fervently you pray." And then you go out and talk to other people about your prayer life as a kind of setting up against their own. You do not mean it, but the implication is that this is what accounts for your growth, and it is going to count for other people's growth. That must not be a cause but a result. 'The cause, the secret, the spring of everything is Myself, and sometimes you will just have to cease straining, and rest back in Me, in loving trust. Learn to do that a little more, and then you will pray better, and I shall be able to do something more!'

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Click Here: For a great encouragement from Rebecca Pippert with ..

.... "5 Reasons Why Christians Hesitate to Share Their Faith". ....

 Click Here: David Phelps - "The End of the Beginning"

Click Here: The Heavens shall declare.

Click Here: Video song clip - "God on the Mountain".

Click Here: Michael W. Smith - I'll lead you home.

 The Lord BLESS. He does the BEST.

Grant.