April 29, 2012 § Leave a comment
‘Oh my gosh’.
This week has been a very powerful and awe-inspiring week.
At our church we are doing 40 Days of Purpose, using the book ‘The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren
Pastor of Saddleback Church in Southern California. It is an extremely powerful book if any individual is prepared to open their heart to what God wants for them.
Personally, although I have always loved Jesus, I was not a practicing Christian for forty years. During this time I was always aware of God and what He thought about me and the things and situations that I got myself into.
Being involved in this six-week course, although just in the first week, has already shown me that what I have already learnt from the book and had my eyes opened to was already instilled within me. The only reason I did not realise this was because my eyes were closed to it and also my ears. However, my heart was still with the Lord, and I had learnt a lot about how I should allow my life to be organised by God without even knowing it. Rick Warren tells on the very first page of his book that God had planned the moment that I picked up the book to start the course.
In Ephesians 1:11 we can read that it is in Christ that we find out who we are, and what we are living for.
It struck me on that first page, that God knew before He created the world that I would read this book, do this six-week course and be touched by the fact that He chose me because He knew I would honour Him, Love Him and glorify Him. At this time my own great great-grandfathers great great-grandfather had not even been born. How special does that make me feel. For God to want me Robert Russell to worship Him in all my ways truly is an exceptional honour. For God is the ‘King of Kings’, ‘Lord of Lords’, the ‘I am’ the ‘Alfa and Omega’ He chose me Just as He chose you. Why would I not want to worship Him in all my ways, glorify Him in all my ways, consult Him in everything I do, and Love Him unconditionally.
Page nine is headed ‘A Journey With Purpose’, I am not even looking at the first chapter yet, just a page that tells me how to get the best from this book. But God had already pre-wired me with a predetermined time, after Rick Warren had written the book ‘The Purpose Driven Life’. God knew that the book would awaken within me something that He had put there before the creation of the world.
Within the Forty Days of Purpose course, small focus groups have been set up. I myself attend two because I knew before we started the course that I just had to get this teaching rooted deep within me. Both of the sessions that I have now attended once, have been so powerful in their own way and I have no reason to believe that the power within the groups will not grow and grow and grow. Getting to know others that you have seen around for many years but not really spoken to is in itself a wonderful experience, and the subjects that come up within the focus group are a learning curve for many I am sure.
This morning 29th April 2012 saw our first church service while the course has been going. The worship was taken to another level, by our wonderful worship team, and the congregation was so on fire as was our Pastor as always. Truly the Holy Spirit was there as there was a sweet scent in the air.
This may seem a little far-fetched and beyond understanding for many, but there will also be many of you in Gods kingdom and some that do not know him yet, that will also understand this completely. I give praise and thanks to God for that. As you can see, this journey will have a great purpose and a powerful one it will be, of that I have no doubt.
I will over the next six weeks be looking at this from my perspective and sharing my thoughts with you. I greatly look forward to what God is going to reveal during the next week, and pray that He will touch the hearts of many.
Meanwhile, be good – you know you should, and if you tried you know you could.
April 1, 2012 § Leave a comment
It seems a long time since I last wrote on this blog, well it is two weeks after all.
Sorry if you have missed the updates, but my normal daily work and home life has had to take preference as things got very busy for a while and spare time was like gold dust. Hopefully though, things are now back on track and I can get straight again.
This week I am going to be looking at chapter six of my book. The wrong approach.
1) Bitterness is a cancer,
2) Love yourself to love others,
3) Forgive yourself to forgive others.
Bitterness is a cancer
Yes! Bitterness is a cancer. When you hold a grudge against someone for whatever reason, it gradually gnaws away inside you. Not necessarily noticeable at first, but believe me it is there doing its nasty little job of work.
In our heads we seem to convince ourselves that we can forgive and forget, but really we want to shout and scream at the person(s) concerned, or worse still do harm to them, or we might carry out some sort of vendetta in our own heads but not actually doing harm to them. Which by the way would then land us in trouble with the police. Maybe even the start of a criminal record.
So we have a cancer growing inside caused by our own attitude towards somebody. Notice that I said caused by our own attitude, not everything can be blamed onto satan. Although we may be in some areas living the way that he wants us to live, we have allowed it to happen. Either way we have it and may have been caused by someone whom we have to work with, is a member of our family or church or association. How are we going to deal with that cancer, the solution is to say sorry, that done we can now carry on as before. Wrong, if we just carry on as before the cancer will eventually return.
So where did this bitterness/cancer come from, it is of our own making.
Because we initially decide that we won’t say anything to the person concerned because we can cope with it, we lock it away. Rather like a block of cheese being put in the fridge because we know the fridge will keep it fresh, but there are changes taking place which we cannot see. Eventually those changes become evident in the form of mould. Ok! I know that we can cut the mould off and still eat some of the cheese, but if we put the cheese back into the fridge and leave it there for a while it will soon develop more mould.
It is rather like that when we have this lack of forgiveness inside us. As already mentioned it begins to gnaw away at us on the inside and the mould i.e. bitterness/cancer begins to form. Eventually the resentment that builds up within us starts to change us as a person, not in all points of our personality but in areas that would cause us to think about the reason for this change.
Love yourself to love others.
Before we can forgive the person(s) who done wrong to us, we must forgive ourselves and learn to love everything about ourselves. For it is not possible to love someone else if you are unable to love yourself. Within the ways of the world this may be seen as narcissism (from Greek Narkissos) where one is too much in love with oneself. In the spirit you have to be love to give love. For we are made in God’s own image and God personifies love. Love is embodied within itself and gets stronger and stronger with love.Without this no man can truly love, therefore without love you cannot give love.
Forgive yourself to forgive others.
Without love you cannot forgive, just as you have to forgive yourself to be able to forgive others. This is so important to be able to give true forgiveness to others that have done wrong to you. Why would anyone want to live life with the turmoil that unforgiveness can cause, living within them. It binds you up, limits your capacity for happiness and much more. Having personally experienced this cancer, I can say with true conviction that being let free through forgiveness and love is a wonderful feeling a true blessing from God. If you have never felt a true weight being lifted and being replaced with an unprecedented love, then you have yet to experience, one touch from the King.
Meanwhile, stay good – you know you should, and if you tried you know you could.
March 17, 2012 § Leave a comment
Sorry there was no blog last week, but things were a little bit manic as you will be able to see considering the details below, as well as the fact that I in fact wrote up my blog and whoops, I pressed the wrong button and deleted it by accident! I was too tired to start all over again and I just have not had a chance to re-write it until now.
Have I got news for….my followers.
Yesterday, saw the culmination of nine months hard work, prayer and great wonder. Now if you have been on twitter or Facebook you may already know the answer, if not, read on.
I BECAME A GRANDAD AGAIN.
Little Louis, well! I say little 10lb 4ozs not exactly little came into the world at 1:19 pm on Friday 9th March 2012. Perfectly healthy, all parts working and in the correct place. I give praise and thanks to God for this wonderful miracle that has been born into His kingdom here on earth.
Big brother little brother on the night of the birth
February 26, 2012 § Leave a comment
Another week gone by, where does the time go to. I used to think when I was younger that older people sometimes spoke a lot of rubbish, especially with some of the old wives tales that used to be prevalent at that time. I remember hearing many times the words, time goes much faster when you get older, so make the most of your time while you are young.
I used to get fed up with time when I was young, sometimes a week would seem like a lifetime. Funny how things change. Now I wish there were more hours in a day, more days in a week and that the weekends were longer.
Because time seems to pass by so quickly makes me think did I, or do we do things the right way. This brings me to my blog update for the next few weeks. Having recently written an autobiography called ‘The Right Way’ I have decided to examine different sections of the book. To look at what could have happened if I had done things differently. What do I really mean by ‘The Right Way’ and is the right way the correct way.
Join in with me as the weeks progress, leave a comment, do you agree or disagree.
Week 4, Blog 4 ‘The Right Way’
So is ‘The Right Way’ right or wrong. In a nutshell it depends on what you want out of life. Do you want a good life, one which is full of love, happiness, joy and salvation then yes it is the right way. On the other hand if you enjoy torment, vulnerability, uncertainty and sadness. The idea of being used to hurt and deceive others, then yes this may be the right way for you. But it is the wrong way to go.
I can say the above through experience in many areas of life which are open to us if we do not want to follow Jesus.
Let me delve further into my younger years as mentioned in my book ‘The Right Way’. The amniotic membrane that was over my head is said to have spiritual significance when birthed in that way. If it did or not I had no idea and it has meant absolutely nothing to me for the last fifty nine years. Now though two and a half years after writing ‘The Right Way’ I have had time to reflect on what I wrote and of course what has happened since. It makes me wonder where I would have been if I had followed the correct path that God had planned for my life all that time. For me I know now that things could have been very different spiritually, I would not have been in some of the dark situations that I have encountered from time to time.
I cannot say with any certainty what would have happened in my life for only God knows that answer. All I can say is that I am at this moment in my life very happy, content, a work in progress where the Lord is concerned but I know I am going ‘The Right Way’
What about the other way, what could have happened. Well, for a start if things had carried on where motoring convictions were concerned I would have probably have ended up in prison. Married women, if that had carried on I would not like to think what may have happened. I was once threatened with having my throat cut from one ear to the other just for talking to a man’s wife and someone else getting the wrong idea and talking out of turn.
That episode in itself taught me to mind my own business, it didn’t make any difference at the time but I did know. The incident with the coach, if the Lord had not had His hand on my life and my foot had just squeezed a further two MPH out of the engine I could well have been looking at a very long manslaughter sentence. Now is any of this what a well balanced person want for there life, the answer is no and because we would be off balance with our weight of sin brought about by allowing the enemy to be in charge of our lives.
Although I have had visions and revelations over the past six years that I have been back with the Lord, some of the visions over the last two and a half years have been really breath taking. In the main they are to do with the growth of our church but at times they are for an individual within our home connect group. I even get visions for my wife which just cements for me what God laid on my heart when we first met, that we really are soul mates.
Join me next week when I will expand on another section of my book ‘The Right Way’
Meanwhile, stay good-you know you should, and if you tried you know you could.
February 19, 2012 § Leave a comment
Nice to see you here again, thank you for continually dropping in for a catch up. Now I wonder which one you are waiting to hear about first, the shower or the poem. If I was in your shoes I would really like to read the poem first, that’s why I will tell you about the shower. Is that a Grrrr I can hear, all good things come to those who wait.
Ok! I will recap a few words just to refresh the area where beer cannot reach.
It is not unusual for me to talk to the Lord when in the shower, and often also where the Lord may lay something on my heart.
Why the shower? Well, it is to do with the water. Running waters have a very spiritual significance, and personally I have always found that I feel more at one with God when under running water than anywhere else. I feel His very presence on many occasions. It was in the shower that I learnt to be very careful what I ask God for even in jest. Water is pure (normally) and when I have a great time with the Lord I can come out of the shower on a spiritual high. Water is cleansing and I feel that I am washed clean not just bodily but spiritually as well. I was once given a vision that became a poem, where I was sitting beside Jesus at a pool in a heavenly garden and we were holding hands and just talking. Close by was a waterfall and the peace abounding due to the cascading water was amazing. This still holds for me when I am in the shower, and I have no reason to believe that it will ever change.
Now you know the significance of water for me in the shower.
A Poem from God
A poem that God gave to me the day after my mother’s funeral, had such an impact on me and my life to come. It is fairly common knowledge that when we lose a loved one whom we hold dear, it can take many years, normally about three, for us to progress through the grieving process to the point where we can fully accept the loss and move on without any feelings of guilt, remorse or other as this is a process which is different for many of us. This poem for me was powerful, as through it, God allowed me to do a complete grieving process from start to finish, I don’t know why but all tears, sadness, loss, regret etc, were replaced by joy as He allowed me to see and understand that my mother’s death was not pointless, and that it was the next step to eternal life, for which all Christians strive. I also felt and still feel that God knows I will follow what I feel He has placed on my heart, and use the poem and experience for the benefit of others who may be suffering in some way, where this account may bring them comfort at a much-needed time in their lives. Put together with the vision that I had in the shower which I spoke about last week, I would say without a doubt that this is the most profound experience that I have had for myself from God.
Here is the poem that was given to me by God.
With Jesus (Given by God at death)
Clouded eyes although they are green,
Most wonderful send off I have ever seen,
Flowers not many you said in your bed,
I do love them now but no good when I’m dead,
We honoured your wish and flowers were few,
Just two on the coffin as I sat in my pew,
The service was short both loving and kind,
To honour a life you have left behind.
A lady of honour and passion and pride,
Backbone of her life she did never hide,
It was Father God in heaven above,
That lived in her body that radiated such love.
At peace with no pain she does rest at last,
A life of great love that’s finished and passed,
But this is not true for her love does live on,
It’s seen in her children sons Robert and John.
Pillars of strength they got from their mother,
Something few people now give to each other,
We’ll honour your life which was solid and true,
We’ll tell other people that Jesus loved you.
We’ll tell them he’s everywhere and with them right now,
That their life is His and He’ll touch it and how,
Just call out to Jesus as our mum had done,
And live life to the full and a glorious one.
Dear mum you are gone but you rest in our heart,
Memories to treasure and never depart,
But we’ll see you again with our Father and Lord
You stayed the full course of that we applaud.
Your spirit now resting in a casket above,
Surrounded in glory and covered in love,
With millions of others that Jesus did show,
‘You’ll see her again son’ ‘Yes Jesus I know.’
Once, twice, three times a lady,
When I hear that song it will send my head crazy,
Now your body is buried but your soul is not dead,
So I’ll look up and smile as I strive on ahead.
Well that is the poem and yes it did bring a tear to my eye, but then again at times so does a thought of my father who has been dead for fifty-seven years. Tears are all part of healing anyway so if you shed a tear or two when reading this poem just maybe God is allowing you to heal in some area of your life.
This week has been good, for one thing I had three days without work, being self-employed it happens at times. God however has used it to bless me in different ways. The best was on Saturday morning, I woke up and just knew that Jesus had touched me while I slept. I may not know how or what the blessing was, but I felt good, I felt really alive and I just had to share on twitter that I loved Jesus. It was without a doubt the most beautiful way to start any day. Thank you Lord for your never-ending love and for being my Dad. Blessings come in all shapes and sizes, and knowing what they are we may never know. Whichever way they come to you is it not wonderful when you realise that you have been blessed by the highest possible power in the land, universe, and stratosphere. Awesome, impacting, life changing and absolutely wonderful.
Next week, I will start to enlarge on areas of my first book “The Right Way’ see relevant page. so that you may gain a fuller picture on aspects of my life that have been spoken about.
Meanwhile, stay good – you know you should, and if you tried you know you could.
February 1, 2012 § Leave a comment
Hi bloggers and followers and any other ers!
I am Robert and this is my very first attempt at doing a blog. It is most likely to be slightly waffly at first, but bear with me, for I am sure that over the next twenty five years I will be able to get it right.
The soon to be for all to see 2012 BLOG TOUR is my first attempt to try and get my first book ‘The Right Way‘ into the public eye since being released in September 2011.
Just so as you all know a little back ground as to why it has taken so long to push it, and something to read over your coffee and Corn Flakes…
As already partly mentioned, it was released on the 10th September 2011, nineteen days before I married my beautiful wife. We had our reception in a newly restored town hall/magistrates court and my wife and I were going to share our reception with an official release, which sadly did not happen.I thought never mind, we can enjoy the wedding and I will organise an official launch party at the same venue shortly after.
Sadly, four days after the wedding my 89 year old mother passed away just after having a massive stroke two weeks before the wedding, so again it was not the right time and was of course not organised.
Then of course there was the customary quiet time to collect my thoughts and my emotions, which you can obviously guess were shot to pieces with fragments anywhere from Dover to Denmark. Then of course we start the house clearance, the rather big chuck-out time that nobody really wants to do. Who got the job? You guessed it, Mwa.
Now, though, by the grace of my Lord in heaven, I have been given a great peace over mother’s death and have been able to get things together much quicker than would have been normal, praise the Lord.
Now I know some of you will be hankering to know what Mrs Russell looks like, well if you go to the page of my website called About The Author, you will be able to satisfy your curiosity.
The aim is to try and do a blog every one to two weeks, but if I fail and you happen to see me in Sainsbury’s or such place, please do not throw rotten apples at me I much prefer red grapes. Meanwhile, stay good – you should, and if you tried, you know you could.