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Shine!


Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,16 holding fast the word of life. Philippians 2:14-16b

It’s so easy to become envious of others and complain about our lot in life.  Our hearts are dragged down and we lose that shine that we as Christians should have. As the verse says we as Christians live among a crooked and perverse generation. They have no hope except in their accomplishments, wealth and possessions. If we become like them in desiring the things they do, how can we sow them the way out? That there is much more to life than what they are living. That the treasures of this earth are nothing to compare with what is in store for us who have accepted Jesus as our Saviour. The bible says in 1 Corinthians 2:9; But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” If we complain how can we show them the way? Is the world going to pay more attention to you in your grumbling and complaining or if you shine brighter than all other imitations of the Light? They may seem to be happy and yet within each of them is an inner voice saying; “Is this all there is?” If you do not shine before them, there are plenty of false lights out there to lead them astray such as cults and false teaching.

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16

You are not the Light, but you are a reflection. In the same way the moon is not the source of the light, but a reflection of the sun, it is Jesus who is the Light and you are His reflection.  He is the Light of the world and we are to let Him reflect His light through us to the world. It is not something to be hidden, but used to illuminate the darkness that much of the world doesn’t even know is there.

Has your shine dulled? Get out the word and let it along with the Holy Spirit remove the dross and gunk that has built up and buff up that shine once again. Your unsaved friends and family need you to shine so bright that they can’t help but notice it.

Gerry Desjardins

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Where Your Heart is….


As Jesus was starting out on his way to Jerusalem, a man came running up to him, knelt down, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

“Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good. But to answer your question, you know the commandments: ‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. You must not cheat anyone. Honour your father and mother.’”

“Teacher,” the man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.”
Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions. Mark 10:17-22 (NLT)

We live in a very affluent society. Many of us have been blessed with good jobs and possessions. We in the West have more than our ancestors ever had. We think it’s important we own our own home, need at least two cars and give everything to our children that we didn’t have. It seems to me as even though we are blessed with these things, we are less happy than those that came before us. We are never satisfied with what we have and want more. So it is with the general population. Riches and wealth of possessions rarely brings happiness, Yet so many of us would be hard pressed to part with them.

As I was praying last night I thought much about this young rich man that Jesus spoke with. What if I was in his position and Jesus asked this of me? Would I react in the same way? In all honesty I have to admit there was a lot of hesitancy on my part. I love my warm home and my bed and the fact that I live in comfort. Am I more interested in my own comfort than that of the poor? I’m not rich but what I possess is much more than many around the world. This troubled me quite a bit. My heart is not in the right place and I am in the process of remedying that. In giving us His all, Jesus has asked for all of us. It’s not an option. He’s either Lord of all or not Lord at all. We can’t afford to have any attachment to this world. We are not our own, we have been bought for a great price. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Nory and I are facing this right now, neither of us have jobs and without the Lord intervening we are about to lose everything, even a place to live. We have no choice but to believe the Lord will provide and see us through, but what if He doesn’t? Would we still call Him Lord and say “Yet though He slay me, I will still trust Him”? With thousands of Christians around the world losing everything because of persecution and war are we any better than them? What if it is to fulfill a purpose that only the Lord can see? Would we still trust Him? Please pray for us as we face this trail of our faith.

The question begs asking, what about you? Are you so tied to your possessions that they mean more to you than your service to Christ and His Lordship? If Jesus asked you to give up everything tomorrow, would you? Or would you walk away sad like this young man did? As Christians we should be able to let go of people and possessions at the drop of a hat. Our answer should always be, “Yes Lord.” without hesitation. Everything you have been blessed with is not yours anyway. It belongs to Him to do with a He pleases and if that bothers you then you need to seek the Lord as to why. We bring nothing into this world and there is nothing that we can bring with us when we leave it.

Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God!” This amazed them. But Jesus said again, “Dear children, it is very hard to enter the Kingdom of God. In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”

The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked.
Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.”
Mark 10:23-27 (NLT)’

When Jesus died on the cross He made it possible for all to be saved, but it still comes down to a matter of the heart. Where your heart is there is your treasure also. Luke 12:34. Whatever possesses our heart, possesses us. If it be Christ then we are in the right place. If it is other people or things that we possess then we need to get right with God. Jesus tells us that in giving up our earthly desires and possessions that we gain much more in heaven.

Then Peter began to speak up. “We’ve given up everything to follow you,” he said.
“Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life. But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.”
Mark 10:28-31 (NLT)

So tell me is your heart here on earth set on your possessions or are you building towards your inheritance that Christ has promised you in heaven? It is a question you alone can answer in your time with Jesus. Lord help us to put you first in all things!

Gerry Desjardins

The Potter and His Clay


One who argues with his Creator is in grave danger, one who is like a mere shard among the other shards on the ground! The clay should not say to the potter, “What in the world are you doing? Your work lacks skill!” Isaiah 45:9 CEV

Anyone who truly knows God, knows that He does not make mistakes .All creation has been crafted skilfully and each part has it’s purpose. Every person was created in His image and shaped that they may bring to Him glory through the gifts He stored in them. Anyone who knows the Lord and His word knows also that He created only 2 genders, male and female.

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all[b] the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. Genesis 1:26-27, 31a

More than any other part of God’s creation satan hates man, the jewel of God’s creation. From the beginning he has tried to trip up and turn man away from God and pervert the one who was made in God’s image. We were created without flaw and worshipped and walked with our Creator. Until we disobeyed Him and fell. Now satan has taken that which was created in God’s image and is twisting it into something that is barely recognizable.

We saw this past week all over the the media how they celebrated the transformation of Bruce Jenner into a “woman”. They called him courageous and want to give him the Arthur Ashby award for courage in sports. Let me set them straight, Bruce Jenner is still Bruce Jenner, the one God created. You can change the outside through make-up and photo shop, but you cannot change the fact that Bruce is still a man. Some where along the way Bruce believed a lie and gave into it. Did God make a mistake and create Bruce the wrong way? No and yet in doing what he has done along with the media he is saying that God didn’t know what he was doing in creating Bruce as a man. He put a female spirit in a male body by accident. Really? Psalm 18:30 says God’s ways are perfect.

We also learned this past week that the BC supreme court in Canada is deliberating whether gender should be removed from the certificate at birth and that parents don’t have a right to refer to their child as a boy or a girl. The child should remain gender neutral until the child makes the decision which gender it is.

Sometimes I feel like us Christians are the only sane ones in a madhouse. The world is going crazy. Growing up in the 60’s and 70’s I have seen values change. It is like the example of the frog in the pot where the water has been getting hotter yet the frog does not recognize that it is slowly being boiled to death. So it is with society and change. Things that were once called good are now considered evil and that which was evil is now good. The devil has been masterful at changing things around ever so slowly so that the world barely notices the change and accepts it as normal. The world is dying, but they really like to think they are just being enlightened.

I posted an article from Rush Limbaugh yesterday where he had a radio interview with a man who called in to “out” himself to the world. He declared that he was really a black man born in a white man’s body. It was all done tongue in cheek, but it speaks volumes on how easy it is in today’s society to trick someone into believing you are something you are not. There is even a group of people who label themselves as Transabled. They believe that instead of being born normal they should have been born disabled and have gone as far as to disable themselves or live as a disabled person. Do you see the length the enemy has gone to deceive those who don’t know the truth of God’s word. There is so much I could go into about this, but I will leave it here.

Maybe you are one of those that is thinking you are not whom your really supposed to be. You are saying; God you made a mistake, You forgot my handles, as the passage from Isaiah says above. Listen to what God says about you in the Psalm 139;

For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvellous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skilfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.

17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
When I awake, I am still with You.

You were perfect the way you were created. In you God created something beautiful, but that beauty can only be truly unlocked by knowing Him who created you. It’s in knowing Christ you discover who you truly are and what your potential is. Let Him wash away doubts and misconceptions and flood you with the truth of His word and Holy Spirit. Be who the Potter created you to be.

Gerry Desjardins