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CHARACTER

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God always has a Divine Purpose for our pain. We may never understand why we suffer, and why people and children all over the world suffer, until we are in Heaven.

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”         Helen Keller

Many men owe the grandeur of their lives to their tremendous difficulties.   Charles Spurgeon

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After The Rain                       By James Cleveland

Count it all joy, joy

After the rain the sun will shine again

Weeping may endure for a night

Joy will surely come

If you trust and never doubt

Your faith will bring you out

The sun will shine again,
the sun will shine again

The sun will shine again

After the rain the sun will shine again

After the rain.

Trouble ain’t gonna last always

When you get through moaning down here

He’s gonna work it out,

He’s gonna work it out

If you just keep holding out?

You just keep on holding on

After the rain

You don’t have worry ’bout it

Let God in your life,

let God in your life

After the rain the sun will shine,

will shine, will shine, will shine again.

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Sanctification

When we first personally realise that we need a Saviour, this is the work of The Holy Spirit speaking to our heart and our spirit and soul ‘the real you’. We realise that our own deeds are not good enough to get us to Heaven when we die. The Truth of God dawns on us and we repent of trying to run our lives our own way, invite Jesus into our hearts and lives and ask Him to be our Saviour and Lord. We dedicate ourselves to live God’s way and not just our own selfish way. Now from that moment on we are ‘saved’ but we are not yet perfect. The work of sanctification begins in us. This is the work of God The Holy Spirit. He makes us fit to live in Heaven one day. It is a gradual process throughout our lives. God does the work but we have to be willing to listen to the ‘still small voice, and change the things in our lives that God does not want. Things like anger, envy, greed, jealousy, hatred and unforgiveness to those who have hurt us. Although God does the work in us with the power of The Holy Spirit, we have to work with Him and be willing to change. We need to have our minds transformed from the ways in which we used to think. This is not always easy, but when we start thinking of things God’s way, the love, joy, peace, contentment and thanksgiving that we feel inside is well worth it!     M. Mainwaring.

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Justification and Sanctification: What is the Difference?

Understanding the difference between justification and sanctification can be as important as understanding the difference between salvation and damnation. Rightly dividing between the two is of crucial importance. When you understand what they are, you can then draw a line in the sand and say, “This is what saves. This is not what saves.”

Justification is the work of God where the righteousness of Jesus is reckoned to the sinner so the sinner is declared by God as being righteous under the Law (Commandments). This righteousness is not earned or retained by any effort of the saved. Justification is an instantaneous occurrence with the result being eternal life. It is based completely and solely upon Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and is received by faith alone. No works are necessary whatsoever to obtain justification. Otherwise, it is not a gift. Therefore, we are justified by faith.

Sanctification is the process of being set apart for God’s work and being conformed to the image of Christ. This conforming to Christ involves the work of the person. But it is still God working in the believer to produce more of a godly character and life in the person who has already been justified. Sanctification is not instantaneous because it is not the work of God alone. The justified person is actively involved in submitting to God’s will, resisting sin, seeking holiness, and working to be more godly. Significantly, sanctification has no bearing on justification. That is, even if we don’t live a perfect life, we are still justified.

Where justification is a legal declaration that is instantaneous, sanctification is a process. Where justification comes from outside of us, from God, sanctification comes from God within us by the work of the Holy Spirit in accordance with the Bible. In other words, we contribute to sanctification through our efforts. In contrast, we do not contribute to our justification through our efforts.  By Matt Slick.

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More about sanctification.

Changes in our lives remind us that nothing on earth stays the same. This can give us courage because I have found that bad times come to an end as well as good times. God gives us seasons in our lives which seem to be woven into the process of our sanctification by Him. We grow spiritually during the difficult times. In the seasons of the year there are similarities to the seasons of sanctification in our lives.

If you are a gardener you will know the feeling when winter seems to have been so long it seems spring will never arrive. But it does! A frenzy of planting and sowing begins; the work is so enjoyable and therapeutic but you never quite achieve as much as you would like; time always runs out. The weeks go so quickly. Sometimes obeying what God wants us to do in our lives is easy. Some days it is easy to love God, put Him first in our lives and love all people.

Then comes summer, a time to enjoy the splendour and variety of blooms; except those inevitable failures, seeds that never emerge into the exotic examples on the seed packet cover and plants that produce leaves in abundance but never any flowers. Of course there are other drawbacks in summer too. Slugs eat away at some favourite plants; they’re sneaky too, they have their best feasts during the night! Caterpillars love eating the plants that snails aren’t partial to! The weeks speed by even more quickly!

Late summer is a wonderful time, especially if we have an ‘Indian summer’, but again comes that frenzied planting things for next spring, moving things around the borders, taking cuttings to provide even more work for next year!

Autumn arrives and I spend every fine day, whenever possible, almost trying to extend the summer, digging, dividing plants, pruning and generally getting tender plants into their winter positions. This involves cramming the greenhouse as full as possible, not to mention the house! I am lucky to have a husband who, although not besotted with gardening himself, has coped over the years adapting to my eccentric ways!

It’s a great feeling when everything is finally accomplished; I fully understand the farmer’s joy when the harvest and crops are safely gathered in, and I love to sing the harvest hymns; a beautiful reminder that we do the work but God produces the results.

Winter arrives, everything rests. The long dark nights and sometimes the weather, get us down. The weeks seem long.

Similarly the process of sanctification, at times, takes us through some long and difficult days while God causes more love and patience to grow in us. Some days in our lives we find it so difficult to obey God. We can find it difficult to love our ‘enemies’ and some days we can be so selfish and self-pitying!

When we are feeling perhaps at our lowest, suddenly the Forsythia blossoms; spring bulbs pop their welcome green leaves out of the soil and snowdrops are already in bloom, the days are getting longer. Hooray! Another year to look forward to!

Similarly we have days when God fills us with love, joy, praise and wonder!                                   By Margaret Mainwaring

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STEPPING   STONES   AND   GROWING   PAINS   OF   SANCTIFICATION.

Saying goodbye can be a painful experience. It is “sweet sorrow” when we expect to see the departing person again soon, such as when they are going off on holiday to some lovely destination.

It is a pain hard to bear when that goodbye has to be final because of death. The pain is almost unbearable when death strikes unexpectedly. Shock sets in as if to cocoon us in a shell of unbelief for a while.

Moving on in life means that we sometimes have to leave dear friends and colleagues due to promotion or to changing jobs. Sometimes we move away to live in another part of the country due to marriage or work.

Other times it is we who stay and friends or family who has to do the moving on. These changes are not the terrible wrench of loss, just another kind of sweet sadness that reminds us that nothing on earth stays the same.

The saddest parting of all is when someone leaves in anger. It is an unbearable wrench that somehow we have to bear with God’s help. When someone won’t let go of their anger and won’t let us love them again it is our own personal winter, our own personal Gethsemane. Even so, we shall never have to suffer the agony that Jesus suffered when He prayed to God The Father in the Garden of Gethsemane.

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Luke 22:39-46

[39] Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him.

[40] On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.”

[41] He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed,

[42] “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”

[43] An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.

[44] And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.

[45] When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow.

[46] “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.

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Pain 4   PAIN 11   FAITH 14

FAITH 15   FAITH 16   FAITH 17

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Philippians Chapter 4

A few verses from one of Paul’s letters to the Philippians

1 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.

12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

20 To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

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I recommend that you watch The Revelation TV Channel on Sky channel number 581 or Freesat channel 692 and The Roku box in The UK and The United States. You can also watch programmes on their website http://www.revelationtv.com/ They are a Christian channel. They have live, interactive programmes, which are wonderful for people who are lonely, and many programmes that help people learn about the love of God and how to live the Christian life. The presenters and guests make you feel that you are part of the Church family. They have really helpful programmes to help people grow in their Christian life. Their programmes also help you if you are not sure about your faith and want to understand more. They have live interactive programmes too. These are really good if you are lonely, afraid or worried. We all go through times when we need spiritual help. They also have programmes where you can send your prayer requests.

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If you feel you need God in your life and you don’t know how to find Him and you feel alone, lost, guilty and frightened, I recommend the website from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association www.PeaceWithGod.net

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