4 December 2021

Chin up. It's tough I know, but there is hope.

 


Coming back to blogging has proven to be rather trying. I've wanted to start writing again but, since everything seems so dark lately, I haven't really had much in the way of positive experiences to write about. I've been working on my new home pretty much five days a week, I'll show you some of the photographs, but in general life has been a little stagnant lately. 

One thing that I've been doing which has proven very helpful has been keeping the Sabbath. Some time ago I got it into my head to spend one day a week alone with the Lord in friendly conversation. I wanted a day without any disturbances, no pressing needs to be worked on and nothing to feel guilty about for not working. 

I have known about Saturday being the Sabbath and kept by the Jewish people as a holy day for many years but knew nothing about what that meant at all. Yet I somehow decided to keep Saturday as my day with  the Lord. AND I LOVE IT.

It started out with just spending the whole day talking to the Lord and resting. Saturday had become my Sunday.  

Over the next few months I came to look forward to Saturday so much that by the time Friday came around I was completely worn out. But the very next day, which actually starts at sundown on the Friday, was the Sabbath of the Lord and I was going to have a day off from work spent with the Lord Himself, so looking forward to that. 

I've come to the personal realisation that the rest of the week is pretty much just one long day, all the stresses of that particular week come together on Friday and the Sabbath is like the night, end of day, time to rest now. 

Sunday for me is a time when everyone else is having their day off so work doesn't realy happen with all the physical stuff but it does happen with my getting ready for this next day/week. I'll go round to the job, check it out and formulate some kind of "to do list" for the next few days. 

One evening, after having admitted to the Lord that I didn't know anything about the Sabbath, He led me to a website of the Seventh Day Adventist Church where I started watching videos by a pastor Steven Bohr. Link to lecture about Daniel and Revelation Prophesies.

No I'm not a Seventh Day Adventist but I do like the way he reveals the word and he surely has given me a much better understanding of the Sabbath and the scriptures in general but I do still have my own interpretations and understanding.

I'm not going to recommend changing your church affiliation but I am going to recommend keeping the Sabbath very highly. It has helped me immensely. Thank you Lord.

While I'm writing this, it's the Sabbath today. So Happy Sabbath everyone, Gods Holy Sabbath.

Lots of love, Geoff.


14 October 2021

Do you believe the Bible is the truth?

 I woke up this morning thinking about the following scripture.

John 6 verse 35

'I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me shall never be hungry, and whoever believes in me shall never be thirsty But you, as I said, do not believe although you have seen'

Do you believe the Bible is the truth or do you believe the "Media" is the truth?

Come on people, start reading your Bible and stop doubting the word of God and believe. 

I haven't had money for more than six years now and yet here I am, still going and still being looked after by God Himself. No money, but fed, watered, and housed. How can I doubt the word of God, I have seen and I'm thrilled. 

Not believing is stupid.

Get real, for God's sake, and take courage. God really does love you way more than you give yourself credit for.

Blessings from Geoff to all God's people.


12 July 2021

Will you keep your word Mr President?



A bit of a rant about what is happening with regard to this Corona Virus nonsense, I've had more than enough.   Enough already!   A long time ago I had a similar situation, not the current Virus nonsense but something similar.
 I had just come back from an eight week set construction job in a place called the Trans-Kei in the Eastern Cape. My house was a mess to say the least and I had to get things cleaned up. My dogs had made my bed their nest while I was away and there was mud on everything. (I lived on a farm and it was rainy season.) 
Anyway. The whole of the Cape was under cloud and it had rained for weeks and on this particular day it was raining on and off. I did my washing and went to hang it up outside, the sun had come out. A short while later it started raining again so I went out again to get the washing off the line. Again the sun came out so I once again went out to hang up the washing. A short while later it started raining again and the whole process started all over again. This happened a number of times.I was so frustrated and had to get the washing dried, it was my only bedding and I was definitely not going to sleep on the floor. I looked up and screamed at the clouds, "Enough already!" The clouds cleared and the sun came out. 
Strangely my farm was the only place in the whole of the Western Cape where the sun stayed out. 
After my washing was dry, maybe four or five hours later, I went and took it in. I looked up at the clouds and said, "Okay you can carry on." and the rain came pouring down again. 
Jesus did the same thing to the storm if you remember. 
This morning I too became as frustrated with being in isolation and not being able to get back to work on my new home, I have to get it finished. "Enough already!" 
I landed up going to the new cottage just to get my head back into the whole build and said to myself, "I'm going to have to go back home and see what the Lord has to say to me about my morning outburst, and this is what He said to me; 
From the book of Daniel Chapter 3 from verse 10 to verse 18
'Long live the King! Your majesty has issued 
an order that every man who hears the sound 
of horn, pipe zither, triangle, dulcimer, 
music and singing of every kind shall fall 
down and worship the image of gold. 
Whoever does not do so shall be thrown into 
a blazing furnace, There are certain Jews, 
Shadrach, Meshach and Abded-nego, whom 
you have put in charge of the administration 
of the province of Babylon. These men, your 
majesty, have taken no notice of your command; 
they do not serve your god, nor do 
they worship the golden image which you have set up.'
Then in rage and fury Nebuchadnezzar
ordered Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego
to be fetched, and they were
brought into the king's presence. 
Nebuchadnezzar said to them, 'Is it true, Shadrach
Meshach and Abed-nego, that you do
not serve my god or worship the golden 
image I have set up? If you are ready
at once to prostrate yourselves when you 
hear the sound of horn, pipe, zither, triangle,
dulcimer, music and singing of every
kind, and to worship the image that I have
set up, well and good, But if you do not
worship it, you shall forthwith be thrown into
the blazing furnace; and what god is there
that can save you from my power?'
Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego said to King 
Nebuchadnezzar, 'We have no need to 
answer you on this matter. If there is a god
who is able to save us from the blazing furnace,
it is our God whom we serve, and he 
will save us from your power, O King; but 
if not, be it known to your majesty that we
will neither serve your god nor worship the
golden image that you have set up.'

My brother is in hospital with Covid and I saw his wife on Sunday morning eight days ago. 
I have no symptoms nor am I sick in any way.
I'm now sick and tired of all the media hype and fear mongering that has been going on for way  longer than a year now. We were told by our president that it was going to be a three week lockdown, it's been sixteen months now. 
Enough already! 
I don't know who our president's god is who he worships but I do know who my God is and no matter what I'm threatened with, I will continue to rely on and worship my God, He will save me. His word, which I trust with all my heart, tells me exactly that.
The people of South Africa need leadership from someone who keeps to his word.
Up until now I've been a good compliant citizen but to be quite honest, 
Enough Already!





  charge of the administration of the province of Babylon.

8 June 2021

So, you have to have a cell phone do you? No you don't.

 I have a cell phone, yep I do. so why am I saying you don't need one? Well the truth is you don't. My cell phone I tend to leave at home pretty much always. Why do I need to be able to be contacted at any time? For what. I don't suffer from "fear of missing out" syndrome, (Fomo) in fact I suffer from "Leave me alone syndrome." (Lma) I don't like being tracked by whomever, I don't like being disturbed by spam phone calls while I'm doing something I want to be doing, which happens a lot. If someone wants to let me know something or other they can leave me a message and I can tend to it when I feel like it.

People often ask me, "What if someone wants to get hold of you?" Well they can leave me a message and I will decide whether or not I'm interested and whether or not I need to phone them or whether a reply to the message will suffice. Not having a phone with me isn't going to kill me. In fact the opposite is far more likely to happen. You do know that cell phones are electro-magnetic transmitters and receivers don't you? And electromagnetism causes cancer, so why do I want to carry this harmful device around with me in the first place. How often do you see some other motorist driving along at a snails pace while texting or with the cell phone parked up against their head? How often do you hear of people involved in car accidents because someone was glued to their cell phone?

Your cell phone is a tracking device, it can also listen to everything said within range of the microphone as well as record every image coming through the lens whether the thing is even switched on or not. When you hold that phone to your ear the camera on the other side of the phone is active while you flood your poor little brain with electromagnetic radiation, literally flood. And the most astounding thing is, You don't even know who is listening to your conversation.

You cannot eat your cell phone. Yuk! Can you imagine? If you loose it you are more than likely to go into complete melt down, all your most valued and private documents, contacts, images and so on you store ON YOUR PHONE. How pathetic is that and how easy for someone else to manipulate and blackmail you with it.

One Sunday my sisters and I were walking around in their garden and just talking about various things and plants and so on. My one sister mentioned a plants she had heard about from a movie she had seen, it was called a Dragon Fruit Plant. Within a matter of minutes a message popped up on her phone, "Dragon fruit plants are available from such and such a nursery." We were amazed for about three seconds and then realised someone had been listening to our conversation. Yes, she had her phone with her but she hadn't even tried to Goggle it (spelling intentional.)

So, you have to have a cell phone do you? No you don't.

Blessings from Geoff in Johannesburg South Africa.

You cannot eat money.

 Things you have been told, some of which you've been told your whole life, which are untrue;

You have to have money. False.

You have to have a cell phone. False.

You have to have a television. False.

You have to have a car. False.

And I'm sure there are lots of other things you've been told are essential, too numerous for this Blog post.

All of them are untrue.


I have a whole bag of trashed money, that's all it's worth.
It comes from the South African Mint.


MONEY;

Money is a drug, a psychological drug, but true.

For thousands of years people lived all over the World without money but in today's world, which is falling apart, not having money is viewed as a social enditement. One who doesn't have money seems to be considered useless and worthless. Someone who is not worthy of respect or consideration.

I have three cats, I have had many animals in my life, but these three cats have absolutely no money at all, not even one cent. They are fed every day, they are given water every day, they have a warm home to protect them from the elements and they have air to breathe all day and above all they have the love of someone who will protect them and keep them alive.  All without any money at all. Are they not worthy of consideration? No, of course they are. You will never have enough money, ever. Even the wealthiest person in the world will never have enough, just like a drug addict, they have to have more. You too have to have more no matter how much you deceive yourself of the opposite.

Think about it. That first coin you were given as a young child, which you don't have anymore, was so exciting and when you went with your mommy to the store and paid for a sweet with your own money, think about how your mommy praised you for paying for it with your own money. When Daddy came home you probably rushed to him with your little sweet to show him what you had bought with your own money and how he praised you, you were so proud. You received respect and admiration from your parents, and you wanted that more than anything, all because of money. Getting money became an essential part of being respected.

The other day I was driving down the road and noticed a young man on the side of the road who looked so defeated and despondent, he was obviously wanting to beg from the motorists stopped at the robot waiting for the signals to change. This poor young man had obviously not been helped, and probably didn't even want to be there, but due to family pressure was forced to beg. I called to him and offered him a R5.00 coin, he was so excited to have someone offer him a little money that he nearly got run over rushing to the car window to get it. He was over the moon with gratitude as can be imagined.

I have been thinking about that incident for days now and eventually realised that he must have been sitting there all day, with nothing to eat at all. The R5.00 coin would only buy him a quarter of a loaf of bread at best which he would have to get from the shop a number of Milometers away, but just walking there would cost him energy he didn't have. 

HE NEEDED FOOD NOT MONEY.  A hard boiled egg would have been better for him than any amount of money, well in that moment. The next day he was back but I had nothing to give him, I no longer carry cash and I don't carry food around with me in the car.

His life won't improve and eventually he will steal or rob in order to be able to take some money home with him to  feed this addiction his family has for money, just like a drug addict.

Addiction can lead to terrible consequences, just look at the richest people in the world, total addicts who will do absolutely anything to feed their addiction.

Jesus said "The LOVE of money is the root of all evil." Addicts love their addiction and cannot even imagine what it would be like to ditch it and be free of their need for the particular drug no matter what it is, they are addicted.

From a very early age you have been told over and over again that you need money, this is false. Money itself isn't evil but the misconception you have lived under all your life is the way evil finds it's way into your every thought, how much is it going to cost?

Drug dealers are super wealthy and harsh beyond measure but that is what they are, addicts in their own way but addicted to money and respect from their victims and peers, not a good life.

 I haven't had money for many years now. Don't want it, can't stand it, want nothing to do with it. Money has caused more devastation in this world than any other drug. And the drug dealers in this case are the banks. They are the ones who will kick you out of your home or throw you in the poor house. Not your neighbour, not your friend but the bank. Think about it.

I am addicted to something though, I'm addicted to the word and love of God. I don't run after money but I sure do run after the love of God. His love is more important to me than anything else.

Your wealth will not save you in the day of God's wrath. You can't bribe God, not even worth trying.

I will write about the other lies you have come to be believe as essential in upcoming posts. That is of course if I'm allowed to by the powers that be.

In the meantime I would highly recommend you read your Bible, as if your very life depended on it, which it does. Open your eyes and see, how long have you been working your backside off and how much of that time (which you have been told is money, "time is money." false) has resulted in actual money in your pocket right now? 

Start growing vegetables, you can eat them. But above everything else start believing the Bible is true and give God thanks for what you now know to be true.

The world is falling apart right now and it's time to wake up and accept the truth, All you need is food, water, air, shelter from the elements and the LOVE OF GOD.

Blessings from Geoff in Johannesburg South Africa.



14 May 2021

Jesus has NEVER let me down, not once, ever.

 So here we are on the eve of the new sabbath, and I'm so looking forward to my time with the Lord.

Yesterday was not a peaceful day for me at all. In the morning I was washing the dishes, the window over the sink faces sort of towards the early morning sunrise, when my daughter came to tell me that her husband was going in to have a covid test, he was very sick and even his voice was taking strain, well as can be imagined, I told her I would pray to the Lord God almighty for him and off they went. I went to my spot, which isn't unusual, and talked to the Lord about all that was going on and then asked Him to keep His hand on My daughter's husband and to let him come back with a negative result. 

When I opened my Bible to see what He wanted to say, this is what He gave me to read;

Psalm 41.

Prayer for healing.

1  Happy the man who has a concern for the helpless!

   The Lord will save him in time of trouble.

2  The Lord protects him and gives him life, 

    making him secure in the land;

    the Lord never leaves him to the greed of his enemies.

3  He nurses him on his sickbed; 

    he turns his bed when he is ill. 

4  But I said, 'Lord, be gracious to me;

    heal me, for I have sinned against thee.'

5   'His case is desperate,' my enemies say; 

     'When will he die, and his line become extinct?'

6    All who visit me speak from an empty heart,

     alert to gather bad news;

     then they go out to spread it abroad.

7    All who hate me whisper together about me

     and love to make the worst of everything:

8    ' An evil spell is cast upon him;

      he is laid on his bed, and will rise no more.'

9     Even the friend whom I trusted, who ate at my table,

      exults over my misfortune.

10   Oh Lord, be gracious and restore me,

       that I may pay them out to the full.

11   Then I shall know that though delightest in me

       and that my enemy will not triumph over me.

12    But I am upheld by thee because of my innocence;

        thou keepest me for ever in thy sight.

13     Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,

         from everlasting to everlasting.

                         Amen, Amen.

The words that touched my heart immediately were of course those in red. Little did I know that right from the beginning of this psalm the words were of importance for this day ahead."Happy the man who has a concern for the helpless!"  

Now in my home the one thing I have always insisted on was that the animals have priority. If we don't have money for food for ourselves, the animal food takes priority, I could explain to my children why we had to go hungry that evening, but I couldn't explain that to the animals, therefore they take priority. My children, who are now adults, still live by that principal, as do I.

Anyway. After reading that particular psalm I was excited to tell my daughter's husband about it when I noticed that my little "Lilly," one of my cats, wasn't around as usual. I called her expecting her to pop out as usual, nothing. I went looking for her in all her usual spots, not there. I called again, still nothing. As can be imagined, the angst started building and the search was on, in earnest but to absolutely no avail. She was nowhere to be found. Angst through the roof.

Now Lilly is a very special cat to me. When I got her she had been abandoned by her mommy, she was very sick but by the time she was handed over to me she had already been to the veterinarian and received medication. She was tiny, only three weeks old and very scared. I took her and put her inside my jacket against my chest, she didn't stay there for long but climbed down the sleeve and there she stayed. Well She bonded with me to such a degree it was heartbreaking, I became her everything. When loud noises happened she would come running to me immediately and get as close as possible, any unusual occurrence would send her rushing to me. Even my family couldn't believe just how attached to me she was. Without me she was helpless.

So when I couldn't find her, every fearful thought entered my head, She was taken by an owl, she was taken by a hawk, our hawks are rather large in Africa and they can take a domestic cat with no sweat, she was lost and couldn't find her way home and so on and so on. I became very despondent. Walked up and down the street calling her, right around the block, no sign of her. 

I prayed to the Lord for her, I reminded Him of his promises and so on and so on, you can imagine. Here was a helpless creature who, without me to protect her, was not in a good place at all. I cried out to the lord asking Him what I had done to bring such horror on this innocent little creature, she had done nothing wrong so it had to be my fault but I couldn't think of anything I had done to bring this about. What had I done to anger the Lord? Was He doing this to humble me? Was there something I had done that wasn't acceptable to Him? I had no idea. Somewhere or other I had read about this being a test or could it be the club of defiance, when had I defied Him? I read my Bible all the time and have no idea where I read that.

Well my daughter and her husband eventually came home and he had had a negative result. I gave him the psalm to read, sort of to encourage him and pass on what the Lord had said and then I told them Lilly was missing. 

No one was expecting that. Out went the phone calls to the SPCA, the veterinarians all around the area where we live, her chip number was given to them, phone numbers were given out and sadness descended on our home, a sadness that isn't easy to negate, no amount of reassurance could take this sadness away. Tears flowed down my cheeks and prayers went up in abundance. I read scripture after scripture looking for reason for this calamity that had descended upon my home. 

I don't know whether or not you read the Bible as much as I do, I read the Bible all the time, I cling to God's word with all my heart and I believe in them with my whole heart but when I'm completely despondent my reading seems to be like just reading words, I don't really take those words into my heart, or spirit, and I miss everything the Lord is trying to say. Stupid, I know. 

Anyway, I kept on reading things like, "Face East," or "Look to the east," but that didn't sink in. All I could think about was "My little baby girl is dead." I was so sad. I called and called but to no avail. The day slowly passed with no sign of Lilly.

By the end of the day I hadn't given up but hope was slowly dissipating and I was sinking into a state of not wanting to carry on living anymore. I had been looking for Lilly since about 9 in the morning and here it was already 10 in the evening. I was sitting at my computer watching some video or other when I felt this push against my chair, I turned around to see who was trying to attract my attention and there was Lilly.

She wouldn't let me get close for a few minutes, she wouldn't even come out from under the chair for quite a while, she was freaked, tail swishing all over the place, ears up and very tense. She seemed to be in good condition, no apparent injuries just freaked. But she had come home and I was so grateful to have her home again. You can imagine how many thoughts had been going through my mind. things like The bird had dropped her and she was injured and couldn't move her legs or her guts were torn open and so on and so on all day. But here she was in perfect uninjured condition. Fear is a nasty thing indeed. Prayers of thanks just came pouring out. 

She had apparently been cornered by the neighbours dogs and had spent the past 17 or 18 hours holed up in their yard. Guess where this neighbour's yard was in relation to my home. Exactly EAST. 

There is a small hole under the wall through which she had gone, presumably to go exploring, and had gone from one yard to the other and there had become cornered.

The Lord knows I'm a man of gentle spirit and He knows I care about the helpless and in His infinite mercy He had kept her safe the whole day. 

This morning, after letting the Lord know how grateful I am for His bringing Lilly home and for keeping His hand on my daughter's husband's health, I opened my Bible to; 

Nehemiah chapter 9 verse 8 

Thou didst find him faithful to thee........

So all my stressing over what I had done to upset Him was for naught.  My daughter's husband, although still feeling a bit weak, is okay and recovering rather nicely. My kitten Lilly is home and the sadness that descended on my home has lifted completely and there is once again joy in my heart.

Thank you my Lord and Master, You have my whole life in the palm of Your hand and for that I am eternally grateful.

In Afrikaans they would say "Moenie stress nie, die Here is in beheer." Or in English "Do not stress, God has control.

Blessings to everyone who reads this post.

From Geoff in South Africa. 





   


9 May 2021

On keeping the Sabbath.

 I've been following God for years now, about 35 years or so, but have never kept the sabbath, didn't know anything about it. Six weeks ago, for some unknown reason, I decided to start keeping the sabbath. It has been an enlightening experience.

I've known that God instructed the Israelites to keep the Sabbath, but I'm not Jewish and have never been told anything about that command, nothing at all. 

My understanding of God's word isn't like anyone else's. To me the Bible, well most of it, is a spiritual book, it touches my heart not my brain. The churches I used to attend always had sermons focused on the teachings of Paul, you know what I mean, "Turn to Ephesians... or go to Romans or Hebrews or go to the book of Thessalonians and so on and so on, always Paul. 

But I'm not answerable to "THE CHURCH," I'm answerable to God and having read about the sabbath in the scriptures so often I decided to take a day off and focus purely on what God had commanded the Israelites to do, KEEP THE SABBATH DAY HOLY.

This is what happened; 

On that first Friday evening I got home about an hour or so before sunset, the Jewish day begins at sunset and ends again at sunset the following day, I've known this for ages, and so I, having realised that if I'm going to do this I better feed the animals and so on before sunset. I got to it, and by sunset I was ready to switch off my computer and cell phone and keep the sabbath as planned. At sunset I told the Lord that I wanted to spend the next 24 hours alone with Him. Just God the Father, His Son Jesus and me in friendship with the Holy spirit guiding me. 

God, on the seventh day, rested and made the seventh day Holy and instructed the Israelites to do likewise. Their oxen, slaves, slave girls, asses and everyone was to take the day off from their labours and burdens. But this is a book of spirit so burdens in this case includes spiritual loads and that is what I did. What was still to be done, what had happened during the week, what worries and stresses I had and so I laid everything aside and refused to even allow thoughts pertaining to everything else to enter my mind. This was a time to talk to the Lord about all the blessings of my life up to that point and to allow Him to speak to me as He wanted. 

That first evening, I became very tired. I read my Bible as I usually do, spoke to the Lord for a while and then went to bed. I slept like a log.

The following morning, no I did not get up at sunrise, I did not open my laptop, I had already switched my cellphone off and did not switch it on but went out to my spot in the back garden and prayed to the Lord. I did not leave the property, I didn't even open my garage, it was my time with God and His time with me, like a tithe of time dedicated to the Lord in friendly conversation, all day, Just the Lord and me alone together all day. It was great.

We chatted for a while and I went and made myself some breakfast came back outside and chatted until about lunch time and again I went and made myself some lunch, all the while speaking to the Lord and again went outside read my Bible where the Lord opened it for me, discussed what He had revealed to me and chatted some more until just before sunset. 

It was a good day, actually a very good day.

In the book of Thomas, which is a collection of Jesus' sayings not included in the Bible, one of the things He says is "If you don't fast from the world you will not enter the Kingdom of God." And that is what I did the whole day, fasted from the world. 

The following morning, Sunday or the first day of the "world week," in other words, back to the days of stress and tension until Friday evening when the next Sabbath day would begin, I was sitting in my spot again talking to the Lord about the day before and what the Sabbath is all about saying "I don't know what the Sabbath is." and "I'm a bit lost as to why this was such a fantastic day I had had." I sat there wondering about it for a while and then opened my Bible to see what He wanted me to know about it and this is where my Bible opened; 

The title of the passage was  "On keeping the sabbath" Found in the book of Jeremiah chapter 17 from verse 19.

These were the words of the Lord to me: 

Go and stand in the Benjamin Gate, through which the kings of Judah go in and out, and in all the gates of Jerusalem. Say, Hear the words of the Lord, you princes of Judah, all you men of Judah, and all you inhabitants of Jerusalem who come in through these gates. These are the words of the Lord: 

Observe this with care, that you do not carry any load on the sabbath or bring it through the gates of Jerusalem. You shall not bring any load out of your houses or do any work on the sabbath, but you shall keep the sabbath day holy as I commanded your forefathers. Yet they did not pay attention, but obstinately refused to hear or learn their lesson. Now if you will obey me, says the Lord, and refrain from bringing any load through the gates of this city on the sabbath, and keep that day holy by doing no work on it, then kings shall come through the gates of this city, kings who shall sit on David's throne. They shall come riding in chariots or on horseback, escorted by their captains, by the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and this city shall be inhabited for ever. People shall come from the cities of Judah, the country round Jerusalem, the land of Benjamin, the Shephelah, the hill country and the Negeb, bringing whole offerings, sacrifices, grain-offerings, and frankincense, bringing also thank-offerings to the house of the Lord. 

But if you don't obey me by keeping the sabbath day holy and by not carrying any load as you come through the gates of Jerusalem on the sabbath, then I will set fire to those gates; it shall consume the palaces of Jerusalem and shall not be put out.

With what is going on in the world at present, which includes my Daughter and her husband moving to the united states of America, me having to move into a house that I'm having to build, having no money with which to do that, rather strange climatic anomalies all over the world, what we are led to believe is a global pandemic and so on and so on, there is much to raise the tension and stress levels but this the Lord has helped me to overcome by leading me to an understanding of what fasting from the world means. The sabbath day is a day of rest in His presence but He doesn't want me to carry all this that is going on into His holy presence, He just wants me to be at peace for one day, the rest of the week I can stress as much as I like but Saturday is a day to let it slide, He will take care of everything in His way and in His time. 

God is very very good to me and has for so many years carried me through all that has been thrown at me by social society. As a Christian you know what I mean. 

It's been six weeks now since I kept the sabbath for the first time, I've kept it every Saturday since and man how I look forward to Friday evening, whew. 

My family have come to know that Saturday is down time for Geoff, no work, no shopping, no contact, just leave him alone, he'll be back on Sunday. 

My recommendation; Take one day a week off to be with God and to take a chill from this world. A sabbath day, because it's Saturday it gives you Sunday to get ahead of everyone else, they're still relaxing on their perceived day off but for me Sunday is a work day but chilled all the same.

I could go on and on and on about this but it's late now on a Sunday evening and it's time for me to give all of those who read this post a break. Enjoy your week and look forward to Friday evening knowing that a day of rest is just around the corner.

Blessings from Geoff in Johannesburg South Africa.




20 April 2021

Love truth and peace.

 


For these are the words of the Lord of Hosts; Whereas I resolved to ruin you because your ancestors roused me to anger, says the Lord of Hosts, and I did not relent, so in these days I have once more resolved to do good to Jerusalem and the house of Judah; do not be afraid. 

This is what you shall do; speak the truth to each other, administer true and sound justice in the city gate. do not contrive any evil one against another, and do not love perjury, for all this I hate. this is the very word of the Lord.

The word of the Lord came to me; These are the words of the Lord of Hosts; The fasts of the fourth month and of the fifth, the seventh, and the tenth, shall become festivals of joy and gladness for the house of Judah. Love truth and peace.

This is what the Lord gave me to read when I first opened my  Bible this morning. Words of reassurance in uncertain times.

Make of it what you will.

Blessings from Geoff in Johannesburg South Africa.

Zechariah 8, 14 to 19.

18 March 2021

Psalm 22, God's assurance of peace for you today.

 This morning I've been cleaning up my little cottage and, as usual, been talking to the Lord. I'm currently living in what feels like two homes, one where my bed and furniture is and the other where all my tools and things are, it's rather trying.

I've been noticing what has been going on in the world, the big picture from God's perspective, and I'm not happy at all. I've been talking to the Lord about this for quite some time now and have become rather disturbed. 

This morning I was getting ready to go to work on the new cottage and while getting ready I thanked the Lord for His amazing provision and asked Him for peace today. This was His reply;


I rejoiced when they said to me,

"Let us go up to the house of the Lord."

Now we stand within your gates Jerusalem:

Jerusalem that is built to be a city

Where people come together in unity;

to which the tribes resort, the tribes of the 

  Lord,

to give thanks to the Lord himself,

the bounden duty of Israel.

For in her are set the thrones of justice,

the thrones of the house of David.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:

May those who love you prosper;

peace be within your ramparts

and prosperity in your palaces."

For the sake of these my brothers and my friends,

I will say, :Peace be within you."

For the sake of the house of the Lord our 

  God

I will pray for your good.


God is overwhelmingly good to me. He blesses me continually, He stops me from putting my foot in my mouth, well most of the time, He genuinely looks after me. 

I do realise that my situation is different from most people in that I have the solitude and time to spend time with God, not everyone has that and I'm very grateful.

The truly astounding thing to me isn't that God blesses me but that He listens to me and addresses my concerns every time. He talks to me through His word and I have come to know God and to understand Him. I have also come to that point where I would rather be alone at home talking to the Lord than anywhere else. Just Jesus and me, who could ask for anything more.

Jesus has been an amazing friend to me for many years now but when He gives me scriptures like today's, it humbles me.

Bless you my Lord, I love and thank you in all things, Geoff in Johannesburg South Africa.