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My Alabaster Box - A Simple Guide Through the Christian Journey
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Like Mary’s Alabaster Box with the precious ointment which she poured over Jesus to anoint Him, we have packed My Alabaster Box full of precious help, advice support and guidance with little pockets of inspiration for the Christian journey.  My Alabaster Box outlines the origin and foundation of the faith, why there is a need to accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour and how the world came to be in the situation it is in.

 

It dispels some of the myths, misconceptions and misunderstandings which has penetrated our society becoming firmly intertwined into the Faith.  If you are looking for a basic understanding of Christianity in simple terms, have been silently struggling through the years, have fallen away and are seeking to find a way back or have more questions than answers you will be strengthened by My Alabaster Box with its’ delicate balance between Bible doctrines, teachings and simple guidance.

 

Learn how to develop and nurture your relationship with God, through prayer, fasting and studying the bible.  My Alabaster Box brings all the elements of the Christian journey together into one overarching summation that can be understood by someone with little or no experience of the Faith.  Guidance is based on scriptural references taken from the King James Version of the Holy Bible.

 

Learn how to flow in your calling.  Just as a young river springs up, flows quickly over stones and around large rocks, then matures as it runs deep and fast, aging into gentle meanderings as it ebbs and flows, creating lakes, watering the land and joining with other rivers and lakes to avoid becoming dry at the end of the course, but finally making its’ way out into the vast ocean.

 

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The Heart Condition

 

You have heard me mention many times that it is the heart the Lord works with, not the outward appearance or the things we are seen to be doing.  The Heart Condition is everything to God.  Everything we are and will be in God is based on His love for us and our love for Him and each other.  He created us through love, He redeemed us through love and He has saved us through love; it was because of that love that He gave us the greatest gift of all, Jesus Christ.  The following scripture expresses how important it is for our hearts to be right, it doesn’t matter what we do or how well we do it, if we have no love in our hearts, it’s all for nothing.

1 Corinthians 13 (KJV)

 

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing.  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profits me nothing.  Love suffers long, and is kind; love envies not; love vaunts (brags, boasts) not itself, is not puffed up, Does not behave itself unseemly, seeks not her own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil; Rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never fails: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.  For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.  But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.  When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.  For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.  And now abides faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is LOVE.

The love the scripture is referring to is not the limited erratic inconsistent human love, with great emphasis on beauty, physical attraction and ego.  It is the eternal, consistent, unchanging love of God.  It is a love that does not see colour, does not define or judge a person by their physical attributes, does not change when that person causes them pain, it is a perfect love.  Many Christians when they come to the Lord, get carried away with what they see, the miracles, the preaching and teaching, and crave the ‘power’ of the Holy Spirit.  They want to raise the dead, they want to preach to ten thousand, they want to prophesy and bring many souls to the Lord.  Whilst it is a good thing to have a desire for the Lord to use you, and work great things through you, nothing can or will work if you do not have love in your heart.  Everything we do must be based on Love for God and love for each other.

 

A great gift to pray for when you first come to the Lord to start building your faith on solid foundations is for that ‘Crucifixion Love,’ the love that said ‘Father forgive them for they know not what they do’ (Luke 23:34).  The love that was able to endure cruelty, that prayed for the same people who told lies on Him, spat in His face, pulled out His beard, stripped Him naked, beat and persecuted Him and finally killed Him.  Pray for that love and when it begins to show in you everything you are destined to do will begin to flow.  If you are praying for the ‘power’ but you have no love in your heart, what is your agenda?  Only the Holy Spirit can strengthen this love in us because it is the most important gift of all, it is the power of love that moves everything and makes things happen.  Everything you do must be based on love. It is the two commandments that Jesus left with us.

Matthew 22:37-40

 

Jesus said unto him, You shall love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, You shall love your neighbour as yourself.  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

For the Christians who are adamant that they have to live by the law and try to be perfect through their own efforts, try these two and see how you get on.  When God’s love is perfect in you, you will know the truth, accept grace and no longer put yourself under the law.  The Bible tells us so often that Jesus was moved to compassion, that He cried and through that compassion, He did many miracles.  The following scripture is the shortest scripture in the Bible and encapsulates this love perfectly.

 

John 11:35

 

“Jesus wept.”

 

Our God wept for us again and again.  If you preach it and teach it, you must live It.  It would be very sad to think you are doing it God’s way and everything is right, you’re on your way to heaven only to find out that somewhere along the way you made a wrong turn and never got back on track.  Keep checking with the Lord if you are doing it right, if you are doing His will, He will correct you because He doesn’t want you to fail.  When your love grows for the Lord you will have a natural desire and joy in doing His will.  When your love for the Lord starts growing cold, you will have a natural desire to do your will...

 

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