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The God Who Can


I don’t believe in wishing wells, nor in magical spells, but rather, in the power of prayer, and God’s providential care, for He has proven time and time again, unlike men, that when I’m in need,
He’s always there.
Thus, my faith is not in man, for where he can’t, God can — yes, the impossible God makes possible — He’s never short of a heavenly plan.
No, I don’t believe in good luck charms, fortune tellers who gaze at crystal balls or palms, but rather, in the God above, who wraps me in His love, and my fears and anxiety calms.
Thus, my trust is in the Lord, not those who seek reward, via astrology, the illusionary, a shuffling of cards, or an Ouija board, and, who thereby folk defraud.
No, I don’t put trust in a four leaf clover, a rabbit’s foot, or horse shoe, and nor do I lean on some mind numbing brew, that leaves one with a hangover, but rather, I look to the God on high, the One who can truly prophesy, a God who’s in control, and whose goodness I extol, a God who understands and hears each cry, and knows the answer to every, “Why?”
No, I don’t believe in those who can’t deliver, clairvoyants, wizards, astrologers, some mystical Indian giver, but rather, in He who freely offers grace, keeps the stars in place, knows each case, and who’s always there for me, anytime, anyplace.
Yes, He’s the God who can, so in Him I trust, not man, for I know that He is able, loving and true, a God who any human attempt can outdo — yes, a God who’ll faithfully see me through.

By Lance Landall



Look Up


When feeling rather low, amidst life’s ebb and flow, and possibly discouraged — be encouraged, and this one thing surely know: That our God is just a prayer away, and angels will quickly send your way, if you just kneel and for assistance pray.
Yes, let a smile replace your frown, don’t let the devil keep you down, and have you in introspection drown, nor flailing pointlessly, for misery so loves company, and speaking very honestly, who wants to share the devil’s, who only in darkness revels, and stirs up trouble and controversy?
No, better to sing and praise, bask in heavenly rays, and to ponder on what God says, than to pay attention to what Satan may mention, for he’s nothing but a liar, whose ultimate evil desire, (after dragging you through the mire), is to see you destroyed by fire.
Yes, better to trust in the Lord, who faithfulness will soon reward, and whose promises are tried and true, for He, unlike the cunning devil, is always on the level, and lovingly watches over you.
And best you also read God’s Word, and yourself with His armour gird, lest Satan sneak up from behind, and with error and temptation bind, for his way forfeits eternity, the pleasure of Christ’s company, and happiness eternally — a loss that I pray you won’t find.
Therefore, allow me to repeat: Don’t settle for defeat, nor fall for the devil’s deceit, but instead, remember who bled, died in your stead, supplies your daily bread, and “I’ll come again” said, for in Him, truth and love meet, hearts much brighter beat, and life’s not bitter but sweet, for anxiety and fear retreat, leaving light, hope, joy and peace instead, and thereby, us with a lighter tread.

By Lance Landall


"We have a God who delights in impossibilities."
Billy Sunday (1862-1935)



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CALVARY



What rebellion cost.
Where no greater love was seen.
Where no greater mercy was shown.
Where no greater sacrifice took place.
Where no greater gift was given.
Where Christ did what man couldn’t.
Where Satan was defeated.
Where God’s character was confirmed.
Where a promise was kept.
Where Christ paid our debt in full.
Where rebellious angels shivered and faithful angels rejoiced.
Where the temple veil was torn and the Earth shaken.
Where Satan was proven a liar once and for all.
Where type met anti-type.
Where innocent blood was spilt.
Where a King died for His subjects.
Where a Master became as a servant.
Where no Father suffered more.
Where no Son showed greater trust.
Where prophecy was fulfilled in every way.
Where an act took place that’ll never cease to amaze.
Where an instrument of torture became a symbol of salvation.
Where one thief recognized divinity and the other scoffed at it.
Where saved has no greater meaning.
Where proof’s no firmer.
Where shattered lives are mended.
Where hope, freedom and victory are found.
Where divinity reaches out to humanity.
Where one should surrender.
Where one should kneel.
Where one should meditate.

By Lance Landall




SPIRITUAL THOUGHTS WITH A TRAIN IN MIND



Know the Driver — God the Father.

Know the Conductor — Jesus Christ the Son.

Get on board — Be baptized.

Produce your ticket — God’s gift of grace.

Take a seat — Study and meditate on God’s Word.

Open a window — Be receptive to fresh insights and revealed truth.

Use the rack provided — Leave all your burdens at Calvary.

Mingle with the passengers — Fellowship with other believers.

Be ready when the whistle blows — Stay tuned.

Pay attention to the signals — Note the signs of the times.

Stay coupled to the engine — The Holy Spirit.

Keep the fire stoked with coal — Be unceasing in prayer.

Don’t lose your steam — Remain committed.

Top up at the water tank — Quench your thirst via the living water — Christ.

Stay on track — Don’t stray or be derailed.

Prepare for tunnels — Take hold of God’s promises.

Help fill more carriages — Call the lost.

Harmonize with the rhythm — Be in sync with God’s will.

Rejoice in the journey — Sing praise songs and share blessings.

Make use of the caboose — Fill it with spiritual treasure.

Don’t miss the station — Look out for Heaven.

By Lance Landall






HEAR YE, GOD HATES VIOLENCE!


"Christendom is not the same as Christianity, as the Danish theologian and philosopher Kierkegaard pointed out. Christendom's violence was not Christian, for the simple reason that it was diametrically opposed to what Christ himself taught. People who engage in violent and cruel activities at any time, in Northern Ireland or the Balkans or anywhere else, while invoking the name of God, are certainly not obeying Christ when they do so, whatever they may say to the contrary. After all, the name "Christian" means a disciple or follower of Jesus Christ. Following Christ means obeying his commandments. And one of those commands was the explicit prohibition of the use of force to defend Christ or his message. That command has been very well known since it was issued at a point of high tension in the Gospel narrative, the arrest of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Jesus taught his followers not to hate their enemies but to love them; and he acted accordingly when the armed crowd came with Judas to the Garden of Gethsemane to arrest him. In that historic encounter he specifically forbade his disciples to use violence. Jesus rebuked one of his disciples, Peter, who, untrained in swordsmanship, swung wildly with his sword and cut off the ear of the High Priest's servant, Malchus. "Put your sword back into its place," Jesus said, "for all who take the sword will perish by the sword" (Matt 26:52, ESV). He could not have made it more plain. To take the sword, gun, or bomb in Christ's name is to repudiate both Christ and his message. He will have none of it. Gunning for God, in the sense of taking a weapon into one's hands on God's behalf, is a contradiction of and an affront to the Christian message."

From the book "Gunning For God" by John C. Lennox.
The title "Hear Ye, God Hates Violence!" is mine.


“I don't remember Moses writing, 'Thou shalt not kill...unless you think you have a good reason.”
Willie Nelson






WHERE IT'S AT


Matthew 25:31-46, NKJV

“ ‘When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.
All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.
And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.
Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;
I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?
When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?
Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’
And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:
‘for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink;
I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’
Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’
Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’
And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life’ ”


Or might God say, "Why were you partial in your kindness?"





A MARITAL ANALOGY


Christ is our coming bridegroom; we His bride to be.

When we accept Him as our Lord and Saviour, via baptism, we become betrothed to Him.

By the way: We can’t accept Christ as our Saviour without accepting Him as our Lord — otherwise we’re still in that rebellious mode.

Christ is very jealous of His bride to be, and rightly so given that we’ve chosen Him too.

And so,
He wants us to be faithful to him.
Therefore,
We shouldn’t idolize anyone else.
We shouldn’t remain involved with our old flame (ex-boyfriend, Satan).
We shouldn’t continue to flirt with the world.

And so,
We shouldn’t give Him reason to doubt our sincerity,
By spending most of our time suiting ourselves what we do.
By jeopardizing that relationship in anyway.
By falsely representing Him and all that He stands for, as that would shame Him.
By doubting His promises.
By showing a lack of faith in Him.
By being on and off — in other words, inconsistent, a part-timer.

And so,
We should put a lot of time into our new relationship with Christ.
Hence,
That Sabbath day that He set apart for quality time and freedom from common distractions.
That morning and evening devotional.
That moment by moment prayerful attitude.
That putting Him first; before others and things.

And so,
We should be concerned about those things that matter most to Him, and that are dear to His heart,
Like saving more of His currently lost children, and treating them just as kindly as He does.
Like promoting, upholding and sharing His biblical authorship.
Like looking after His creation and creatures.
Like coming together to share and learn more about Him, His Word, will and ways.
Like supporting His cause via our generosity.
Like putting things right between ourselves and others.

And so,
We should show how much He means to us,
By singing His praises.
By doing those things that please Him.
By carrying out His instructions.
By treating Him respectfully.
By reverently worshipping Him.
By putting up with things for His sake.
By defending His reputation and Word.
By our eager anticipation of His soon return.

And so,
We also preparing for that wedding day,
By enlisting the help of the Holy Spirit.
By clothing ourselves in a garment that’s only made in Heaven’s loom.
By detoxing our inner temple.
By acclimatizing via the heavenly.
By regular contact.

By Lance Landall


This last article was uploaded 27 Jan 2018.