Abiding Life Discoveries Australia - October 2015
Welcome to our Newsletter
Thank you for opening and reading our Newsletter. In these days of degenerating upheaval, the concept of Abiding in Jesus is the only hope for humanity. I make that statement with absolute confidence. The encroaching lawlessness now on our doorstep can only be stemmed by a transformation of the inner life of the individual. Only Jesus Christ can transform human nature.
If you are encouraged by what you read, and knowing what we are all about, would you forward this Newsletter on to others you know. Our prayer is that Abiding Life Ministry and the ministry of Mount Alford Lodge will become better known throughout our country and beyond.
We have lots of resources. Please call us if you want a greater understanding of what we are sharing. We can come to your church and talk, preach, or run a condensed seminar; our mission is to help folk in the local church to understand the simplicity of Abiding in Jesus, and to equip the people of God to share this with others.
With every blessing in Him
The Mount Alford Team
That's what they call the stuff that holds us together! Literally! Without "it", everything would be nothing - because everything is made out of invisible nothings! Without the glue, all MATTER, including our bones, body, skin and hair, would not be.
What is Atomic Glue? We know, but "they" don't know. The unbelieving, highly educated world of pagans has no idea what it is, so they call it Atomic glue.
But we know what Atomic Glue is. Atomic Glue is a Person - Jesus. "He is before all things, and in Him, all things hold together" 1 Further more, all these "things" which are seen are not made out of things that are visible 2. This, and many other such concepts are found in The Book.
Not only is Jesus the glue that holds us together, His presence within the structured form of our physical body is essential to normal human existence. It is all part of the Creator's original design.
This normality is determined by our choice; but when we choose the alternative, the chooser, possibly unknowingly, is choosing chaos.
To watch the evening news on TV is ample evidence of this human degradation. Night after night we are exposed to murders, bashings, drug exploitation, graft and corruption in high places, disgusting political alliances and the embracing of degenerate moral ethics. We are viewing a replication of Sodom and Gomorrah, the Fall of the Roman Empire, Pompeii, and the days prior to Noah's flood - all while we eat!
The affect of this is catastrophic. It is the result of choice 3
Man is created in the image of God. This statement is absolute. It is not open for discussion or amendment .... and it is proved by life.
Those who have never experienced a life with God ridicule this absolute.
Because man is created in the image of God, to act in a way not supported by God is unnatural. The body cannot function as designed. It causes a solvent process in the human body from which the human body degenerates into disarray. This too, is proved by life itself.
Dr Carolyn Leaf, internationally acclaimed brain scientist, speaks very strongly of toxic thoughts and the consequential toxic emotions (i.e. negative thoughts and resultant negative emotions). The body, designed for love, has no antidote for toxic thoughts and emotions. The brain has a natural process of generating chemicals and other items required for functioning life; toxic thoughts and emotions create havoc in the brain that can lead to sickness, disease, depression and suicide. The physical body is being destroyed by its own inner life 4
This is life without God. It's a life that is falling apart!
We have two choices: take it or leave it.
Jesus is the glue that holds us together. He is also the life that energizes the created framework. It's a great combination. He is our Life 4
"Abide in Me .... for without Me you can do nothing." Jesus of Nazareth, John 15.
References: Colossians 2:17; Hebrews 11:3; 1 Kings 18:21; "Switch On Your Brain" by Carolyn Leaf; Colossians 3:4
"I know the plans I have made for you" declares the Lord, "plans for welfare (shalom) and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with your heart. I will be found by you." Jeremiah 28:11-13
Finding God involves a search. We are to search "with all our heart". This is diligent, consistent and determined activity. The revelation of God is not a ticket from a vending machine. The revelation comes when God knows we are ready to receive it; otherwise it would be the satisfaction as from an ice cream machine - enjoyable for a moment but then lost in the search for something better.
"Search with all your heart" - the heart is the centre of the innermost spirit of the person. It is the source, which, in turn, influences the mind from whence we make choices of conditions in which we all live.
Jeremiah wrote these words to captives in a foreign land - captives who wept when they remembered their homeland! 1 God's plans for their "shalom" - peace - were not for calamity; His people were being groomed through deprivation and hardship. It was these conditions that drove them into search mode. It was also their preparation for the heralding of Jesus, "Son of God", "Prince of Peace", "Emmanuel: God with us", some 600 years later.
Be prepared to search .... with all your heart. They did - for 70 years. God knew them, heard them, was well aware of their situation .... and finally revealed Himself to them.
Such revelation is worth the search! It begins as a walk of faith in the truth of what God has said.
Reference: 1 Psalm 137:1
Last Breaking Free for 2015!
Where has 2015 gone? It is hard to believe that there is only one seminar remaining for 2015. Make sure you register. It is just around the corner.
Breaking Free: My Relationship with God
30 Oct to 01 Nov 2015
$175.00 per person twin share
We are designed with a need for God and a need to worship. How well do we know the God in Whom we trust? How do we get to know Him? Who is He anyway? We pray and nothing happens! How can we approach God? Can I increase faith? This weekend will be an honest, open, nonthreatening time together to find answers to such questions. God offers us an incredible deal: We give Him our mess . . . . and He gives us His life!
Price includes: All meals from dinner on Friday to lunch on Sunday, all sessions with notes, plus accommodation in twin rooms with private facilities (all bed linen, blankets and towels etc provided)
Check-in: From 2.00pm Friday and in time for dinner at 6.45pm.
Faith Trusts God for the Family
Noah had a faith that saved his family. Because of faith, Abraham received the promise, "I will be your God and the God of your children." I would love to be able to hear what Moses's mother said to him during the years that she was his nurse! It must have been really something, because life amid the education and riches of Pharoah's court could not undo it, and despite the cost, Moses chose suffering rather than comfort because of faith. When it comes to your family, answer only one question: Do you have a God? If so, then be anxious for nothing.
Michael Wells (from "Heavenly Discipleship")
Food for Thought
Within the man, God had placed a divine seed. A seed of His Self. The God of might had created earth's mightiest. The Creator had created, not a creature, but another creator. And the One who had chosen to love has created one who could love in return.
Now it's our choice.
"I waited patiently for the Lord ...." Psalm 40:1-3
He waited, and waited, and waited and waited .... for goodness knows how long! Not only did he wait, he waited patiently!
21st Century go-getters are not inclined to wait. We live in the instant age; whether it be food, house loans, love or divine revelation. The instant age is simply a revelation of pride and selfishness. My importance demands instant attention; my selfishness has no consideration for others.
In Old Testament days, waiting on God developed a quality of life and character that has long gone from humanity. It is replaced by high stress and heart attacks.
In the patient waiting, David says "and the Lord .... heard my cry!" Actually God heard his first utterance; the waiting was God's way of building his faith and dependence.
The faith and dependence gained in the simple act of patient waiting motivated God to do incredible things for David:
"He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and mire."
"He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along."
"He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God." (NLT)
David did not have to think up something to say in Church on Sunday morning. The transformation within himself was his testimony to the whole community.
"Many will see and fear and will trust in the Lord."
Maybe we need to spend more time waiting patiently for the Lord!
There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God the Creator, made known through Jesus Christ.
Pascal, 17th Century Philosopher, Mathematician and Physicist