See no evil

Every year, approximately 44 million people are murdered.  Their deaths generally go unremarked, unreported and unnoticed. We have become inured to the killing fields.  The deaths are an acceptable collateral to the lives we choose to lead.

There is more that could be said, but it has been better said by others elsewhere. As I observed here, if you can be OK with this, you can be OK with anything.

But, this is the way of the world.  As Ephesians 2:2-9 says:

You were dead in your transgressions and sins in which you once lived following the age of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the disobedient.All of us once lived among them in the desires of our flesh, following the wishes of the flesh and the impulses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like the rest. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love he had for us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, brought us to life with Christ — by grace you have been saved –raised us up with him, and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God.

The real question on my heart is –  why do many in the Church not have this matter as one of the top things on our prayer list?  Why do we not hear about the reality of the situation from those who preach to us?  The land is drenched with blood, we sacrifice our unborn like the Canaanites of old, and from the Church we hear….silence.

Have we become so used to the killing fields that we regard the status quo as normal?  Perhaps we’re a little uncomfortable, and personally disapprove – but we dare not mention it in public, lest somebody become upset and offended.

But to be comfortable, and get along – that is NOT our role in this world.  We are to be Salt and Light.  You rub Salt into a wound, you will get a reaction.  You switch a Light on in a darkened room, same story.  But that’s what we’re supposed to be – prophets to the culture, not chaplains.

Let us be clear.  We bathe our land in the blood of 44 million innocents every year.  If we don’t care, who will?

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Veneer

1 Samuel 16 v7

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

Perhaps we know not to judge by outward appearances, but to consider a persons heart.  But it is a hard thing to do in practice, it’s very easy to make a judgment based on appearances.  And we all know this, so we make great efforts to appear good – not just in physical  appearances, but also to be viewed in a positive social light by our community.

How much of our lives are governed by the tyranny of the veneer?  How much effort to we put into appearances?  We want people to like us – we know what we ought to be, and because we cannot even meet our own expectations, we end up putting so much effort into appearances. We all wear masks, we all know others wear them too – and by some unspoken agreement we keep the joint pretense going.  Hypocrisy works best in a group setting.

I found myself pondering this recently, and then I wondered what it will look like one day, when the veneer of our lives gets stripped away, when who we really are emerges from the shell.  I suspect most of us would shudder at the thought.

Which is why it really all comes back to Jesus .  Clothed in His righteousness, in the wedding garment of the lamb, what emerges is spotless and without stain. His righteousness covers us, literally blots out the stain of sin and corruption.  As if it had never been there.  Now, that is Good News!

 

 

 

 

 

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Prophetic words

I have compiled a page of Prophetic words received and written in this blog.  I’ll add to that page as / when I receive something new.

Blessings,

Peter

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The Storm

Below is what I consider to be a prophetic a dream I had in August this year.

I was up north somewhere, by a lake (Scotland type scenery), with some other men.  There was some activity involving water rescue. Some of my family were staying nearby, some further south.

There were storms and bad weather I think.  Others went out (on a rescue).  I remained behind in the base – little wooden hut.

The sky turned black, even though it was day, and a massive storm approached.  Tornadoes started to appear, even though it was cold.  Houses around the lake began to be damaged, then as I looked it got worse, much worse.  Rows of houses instantly demolished, swept into the lake, massive, impossible destruction. No man could stand, nothing could sustain. In my little wooden hut, yes I was afraid, nothing could be done except curl into a ball and entrust myself to God.

The hut was not destroyed – knocked of its foundations, on one side, fire at one end – but essentially in one piece.  I knocked the roof out to escape. I walked by the shoreline, witnessing the destruction – the tornadoes were gone, but the sky was still very dark.  I wanted to go find the kids, where they were staying, and at that point the dream ended.

As far as impressions go – it was a powerful dream, and didn’t have hotboots stench on it, rather it felt like the overwhelming judgment of God.  All manmade structures were destroyed – dead bodies, torn apart. I could not survive in my own strength, but entrusted everything to God.  It seemed to me to be a bit like a similar dream I had in 2012.

Anyway, I leave this for your discernment. To me, it speaks that the hour is short, and grows yet shorter still.  The Lord is patient, so very patient, and the Gate of Mercy remains open into His presence.  But on the day Judgment comes – and it must – what side of the gate will you be on? Turn to Him while you still can – tomorrow may be too late.

2 Corinthians 6:2
New International Version – UK

For he says,
‘In the time of my favour I heard you,
    and in the day of salvation I helped you.’
I tell you, now is the time of God’s favour, now is the day of salvation.

 

 

 

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There are none so blind….

….as those who will not see.

Back in March I wrote a post – Who are the Barbarians?   Excerpts are included below:

The world has correctly judged ISIS and their ilk as evil.  And rightly so,  for they are stunted barbarians, semi-humans, devoid of love, mercy, pity or anything that is good.  And they serve their father, Satan, well.

But they do have one thing that we do not – honesty.  They are honest in their barbarism, clear in their embrace of evil and contempt of God and anything that is good, noble and honourable.

They have slain their tens of thousands.  But we have slain our millions.  And what we have done, and are doing is far, far worse.  They slay their enemies.  We slay our own children, sacrificed on the altar of ‘choice’.  They celebrate their killings.  We lie, dissemble and cover with weasel-words the utter barbarism of our misdeeds.

We think we are civilised.  We are not, we are savages hiding from the truth, lying to the world and to ourselves.  Future generations will look upon us with horror and revulsion.

As a culture, our sin is so far advanced, that is has given birth to death, a death we readily embrace, accept, seek after, and call good.  Can we really be so blind, so deceived?

With recent revelations, I think the answer is clear – yes indeed we can.   I have struggled to understand how our culture is not only murdering the weakest and most vulnerable of us, but we are then dismembering them and selling their parts for profit.  I cannot think of a greater evil.

But for many people it is a non-issue, or an attack on ‘rights’, or a political side show, or something else.  Anything other than that what it is.

Just so you know, I am not American, nor do I live there.  I have only marginal interest in the political machinations. But I can see Evil for what it is.  It shouldn’t matter if you are Right or Left wing, Christian or Atheist.  If you can be OK with this, you can be OK with anything.

Well, I begin to understand why somebody like Wilberforce had such trouble outlawing Slavery.  We think it’s a no-brainer – what were some people thinking then, supporting such a thing?  Now we know.  We just need to look in a mirror – at ourselves and the horror in our ‘culture’.  We truly are the barbarians, the real deal.

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What does community look like?

The whole question of community is something that I’ve wrestled with for years, what does it look like, how should it be ‘done’, etc.?  I think now however that I have the real definition of community.  And  it comes from very personal experience.

Now, this blog is really not about me, but to explain I have to tell you just a little.  After 12 years in Canada, we are returning to the UK – we were called out here, and we now believe the Lord is calling us back.  Twelve years to the day, precisely.  Not planned, but 12 years seems somehow appropriate.

In all this time I have been part of a church with a deeply welcoming heart.  Not perfect for sure, and we have had our fair share of challenges.  But the first church that I have ever been part of that could be honestly said to be a community.  Where it’s not just acquaintances that attend on Sunday, but something much deeper than that.  And I am going to really miss their friendship.

In the midst of our move, I think I have discovered the meaning of community.

  • It is friends who, not knowing if they will see you again, work late cleaning your house and haul away your garbage.
  • It is friends who drop by unannounced with meals to feed the hungry, with no expectation of return.
  • It is friends who stay up and drive out to your house past midnight to pick up those extra bags you just can’t stuff in, and who open their home up to the newly minted homeless family.
  • It is friends who give, with no expectation of return, because they love you. That is community.
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