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29 Feb -The “One”

One of my favorite accounts of Jesus in the bible is the story  in Luke 8:22 -38. Jesus and his friends set out to travel to the other side of lake Galilee. While in the boat a storm blows in putting all at great danger. Jesus however was not concerned, as he was happily taking a nap.

Panicked his friends wake him screaming “we are all going to drown”. Jesus gets up, rebukes the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. 

I love this account, and how it reveals who Jesus is, and that He expects us to operate on the same level. “Where is your faith?  he asked his disciples. In other words what’s  your problem? Just deal with the storm yourself.

But what happens next is equally amazing, and a reminder to me just how much Jesus loves us all. How much He loves the “one,” and what He’ll do to reach just one person.

On calming the storm they reach the other side of the lake of Galilee. As soon as Jesus stepped ashore, a crazed, deranged, naked man comes rushing out to meet him. This man had for a long time not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the local cemetery, and in the wilderness. When he saw Jesus he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don’t torture me!”  

Jesus knew straight away what he was dealing with. This man was not in control of himself, but possessed and totally controlled  by not just one evil spirit but a whole legion of them.  Many times these evil spirits had  seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been driven by the evil spirits into solitary places.

Jesus orders the evil spirits out of the man and the man is restored to his right mind. He is  later found by all the townsfolk sitting at Jesus’ feet, dressed and in his right mind.  Those who see the once possessed man tell everyone how the man had been cured. Then all the people of the region ask Jesus to leave them, because they were overcome with fear. So Jesus gets into the boat and leaves.

 

 

The man from whom the spirits had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus tells him, “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.

Why do I love this account so much? Because it reminds me every time I read it of the value of one person. Of one soul to God. That each and every person no matter who they are, and how “messed” up they be or feel is of valuable.

Jesus was tired, yet he got in that boat that gets caught in the middle of a great storm simply to reach, and set free one man! Then Jesus gets back in the boat and travels all the way back across to the other side of the lake again. All that effort for just one man!

Why? Because Jesus cares about the “One”. He sees the one and He loves them. He sees you and He loves you. He is no respecter of persons and He does not change.

What He did for that one man, He’ll do for you, and for those around you. He came and gave His life not to condemn the world but to love it, and He expects us who know Him to do the same. To reach out to all the “ones” around us and make a difference in whatever way we can in their lives.

“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever”.(Hebrews 13:8)

“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (John 3:17)

“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord”. (Romans 8:38)

Prayer: Jesus thank you that you notice me. That you go to whatever effort and lengths required to meet my need and rescue me. Help me to really understand how much you love me and how important I am to you. Help me also to love those “Ones” all around me just like you do. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

 

 

28 Feb -Hungry!

If you were sitting in our kitchen while the lamb roast was preparing in the slow cooker, you would no doubt start to get hungry. The longer you sat, and the longer you waited the hungrier you’d get. Eventually you would get really really hungry.

Being that hungry is how Jesus wants us to be for His presence and His love in our life.  Not just a little bit peckish, take it or leave it type hunger, but famished. “A nothing else will satisfy, I need Jesus, I need to spend time with him, I need to know him, and experience all that He has to offer”.

St Augustine cried out in hungry desperation for God. He asked for, “the gift of your coming into my heart and filling it to the brim, so that I may forget all the wrong that I have done and embrace you alone, my only source of good.”

There are so many other, so called alternatives that promise fulfillment,  but don’t fill the hungry void in our lives. People might endeavor to quench their hunger with the accumulation of possessions, relationships, family, careers, money, travel, wealth etc. These pursuits aren’t bad in themselves, but they can be a distraction from the real satisfier of the hunger in the depths of our souls. They are a poor substitute for the banquet that Jesus has on offer.

Why? Because Jesus is not a skinny Jesus who hasn’t got much to offer, He’s not low calorie, and barely enough. He is full and overflowing, and has more than enough to sustain, and bring unbelievable joy to our lives.

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. Surely goodness and loving kindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever”. (Psalm 23:5)

But you have to be hungry. He won’t force you to partake of the richness of who He is. He won’t force you to spend time with Him. He wont force you to forgo the “fast food” substitutes in exchange for the “real deal”. Instead we get the opportunity everyday to choose.

To choose to let go, or even to empty our lives of everything that we’ve tried to fill the hunger with. If we keep snacking on those things that come to try and crowd out God we won’t make room in our hearts and hunger fully for Jesus. We will keep being fooled by the fast food on offer which has no lasting benefits, and  which eventually makes you sick, lethargic, and lacking in what you really need.

God cries out to each one of us “Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And delight yourself in abundance. “Incline your ear and come to Me. Listen, that you may live.” ( Isaiah 55:2)

“Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man (Jesus) will give to you.” (John 6:27)

When we forgo the worlds fast food we start to hunger and thirst after that which satisfies. We get desperate.  We seek till we find it. Our  capacity and hunger grows, and as we open up our hearts to God and receive from Him, He fills us with far more than we could have asked, dreamed or imagined. We receive food from Heaven.

“You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart”. (Jeremiah 29:13)

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled”. (Matthew 5:6)

Prayer: Lord help me to see those things which are crowding my heart, that are a poor substitute for knowing you. Forgive me where I have ignored you and chosen others to fill my heart and time rather than you.  I make room in my heart and life for you; that I would hunger after the one who truly satisfies my soul.  In Jesus Name. Amen

 

27 Feb – Find the Rhythm

Do you ever wish life was simpler?  I often ponder on the simplicity of creation all around us. The sun comes up and goes down, the tides ebb and flow, in and out. The seasons change from summer, autumn, winter spring every year. Its like clockwork, effortless, and consistent.

Yet all this has been designed in infinite detail by God in the rhythm He has set. Its awesome in its simplicity.

Why then do we feel like life can be anything but simple? It  can instead can be very complicated, stressful and feel like we are going from one drama to the next. It can be chaotic!

God didn’t create our world or us to live or function in the chaos. He created perfection, but sin came in causing an element of chaos to be present.
That’s why we can be enjoying a gentle breeze and then experiencing a cyclone.

Too often our lifestyle can be in constant chaos. There is no rhythm, or gentle ebb and flow. We find ourselves trapped by our choices, as we  succumb to the pressure and expectations around us. We too often  live frantic, harried, stressed out, crazy lives.

So how do we change the rhythm? How do we get off the track we can find ourselves on.

Jesus revealed how to live in God’s rhythm.

He did 3 things:

He had times of solitude: He took time out to rest, to spend time alone with the Father. (Luke 6:12-13)

He had times of community: Jesus loved people and connecting with those around him. He shared with others around a meal, and spent time talking, laughing and enjoying others company.(Mark 2:15)

He had times of Ministry: where He gave into the lives of others. He healed the sick, blessed, laughed, cried, and loved. (Matthew 8)

Take some time out and find Jesus’ rhythm. He wants us to live free from the chaos. Look to Him and exchange your chaos for heavens song. For heavens rhythm. He’ll show you the way.

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls”.(Matthew 11:28)
Prayer: Lord I want to live in your rhythm. I exchange my pace for your peace. Your way instead of my way. In Jesus name Amen.

 

26 Feb – Who are you letting in the door?

We have a big family by Australian standards, with six children, a son in law and grand daughter.
When the kids are all together they can be noisy, they talk, (alot!), they squabble, they laugh loudly, sing even louder, dance all over the house and create mess, and an amazing amount of washing!

We are incredibly blessed, and I am known to be a little protective, (“don’t poke the Mumma bear”) about my family.

But I have discovered that there is a visitor who tries to sneak into our home when we are not being vigilant to keep him out. Though our home welcomes many into it, I make every effort to keep the front door firmly shut to this particular visitor. He is definitely not welcome!

He loves strife, gossip, backbiting, fighting and anger. Actually he tries to bring some of his more unsavory mates along with him to visit too.
I tell our kids don’t let these guys in! But sometimes the door of our home is opened, and in they waltz bringing havoc with them. They even try to camp out and make themselves really comfortable in my lounge room, at the kitchen table, and  believe it or not in the bathroom!

Who are they you might ask?

Their names are strife, unforgiveness, bitterness, anger, hatred, selfishness, and the master of evil Satan. They have access into our homes when we welcome them in by our negative attitudes, speech and the way we relate to one another.

Next time they show up at your house, “show them the door”. Then make sure you and your family keep your home firmly shut against them sneaking back in. No good comes from them hanging around.
Tell them they are not welcome. Not anytime, not anywhere, not ever!

The bible tells us know what Satan is the mastermind of, and to be vigilant against his schemes operating in our lives; “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work” (James 3:16).

Instead we are encouraged to welcome Jesus, and the peace and bliss of heaven into our house.
However the wisdom that comes from heaven above, is first of all pure, then peace-loving, gentle, willing to yield, full of compassion and good deeds, and without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy”. (James 3:17)
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me”. (Revelation 3:20)

Make your home and family a place your’e glad to come home to.  You might need to kick some unwanted house guests out, but you’ll be glad you did.

Prayer: Envy, strife, anger, and anyone and anything else that you Satan have tried to bring into my home, get out in Jesus name! You are not welcome here any longer. Jesus you are welcome here permanently. Please come fill my home and life, with your peace, unity and love. In Jesus name. Amen.
 

25 Feb – Shh, Listen.

Before refrigerators were invented, in colder parts of the world  they used ice houses to preserve their food. During the winter, people cut large blocks of ice from the frozen lakes and streams. They hauled them to the ice houses and covered them with sawdust so the ice wouldn’t melt.

There is a story of a man who lost a valuable watch while working in an ice house. He searched carefully raking through the sawdust but failed to find it. Others helped look but they also failed to find the watch.

One day a small boy quietly went into the ice house during lunch break. After a few minutes, he came back out with the watch in his hand. Amazed, everyone asked how he found it. “It was simple,” the boy replied. “I just closed the door, lay down in the sawdust, and kept very still. Soon I heard the watch ticking.”

How many of us fail to be able to hear like the men who couldn’t find the watch. We aren’t taking the time to be quiet and listen. Or we’re only listening for the things we want to hear, and we ignore the rest. Or maybe we are listening, but the noise of everything and everyone else is so loud that we couldn’t hear the voice of God even if we wanted to.

There is no substitute for taking  time to be quiet and listen. With the constant daily activity we can find ourselves in, it’s so important to find times of quietness and rest. Time when we can sit and listen to our hearts, consider any challenges, and take our concerns to God. Time to sit and listen to His guidance and receive from His strength.

This is what the Sovereign LORD, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength (Isaiah 30:15).

Today take the time to sit and listen. As you read His word, and sit in God’s presence just listen. As the young boy in the story found the valuable watch, you’ll be amazed with the valuable treasure you’ll find.

Prayer: Lord help me to simply stop, rest and listen in your presence today. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

 

24 Feb – Can’t see for looking?

There is an account in the bible about the some friends of Jesus who met Jesus after he had risen from the dead. The strange thing is they didn’t recognise him. They didn’t expect to see Him walking along the road with them, and even when Jesus  shared a meal with them for the most part they couldn’t see Him for looking!

Luke 24:28-30 says,  “When He had reclined at the table with them, He took the bread and blessed it, and breaking it, He began giving it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished from their sight. They said to one another, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?”

Jesus’s identity was hidden from them, and they could not see for looking even though their hearts burned within them. It was only when Jesus took the bread and broke it in the same manner as when he had at the last supper that His identity was revealed to them.(Mark 14:22)

Their eyes were suddenly opened!

How often are we the same as the disciples? We fail to recognise Jesus?  How often can’t we see Jesus or His plans and purposes even when right in front of us?

Is it because He often works differently from what we expect? Is it because we pray but we tell God how we want Him to answer? We like to dictate to God and when the answer comes in a different way we don’t at first recognise God’s hand.

The bible says, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.…(Isaiah 54:8).

Do we not see Jesus when He is right in front of us because our hearts have become so cluttered and dull towards God? When He speaks do we hear? If we hear, do we answer or push Him aside and go our own way?

It’s too easy for our hearts and lives to become dull to hearing and seeing Jesus.

Yet if we hunger after God our eyes will be opened. The bible promises that if we draw near to God he’ll draw near to us. The Lord is near to all who call upon Him in truth“. (Psalm 145:18)

He is ever ready, always calling and longing to reveal Himself and the treasures of His kingdom to us. It’s just too often our hearts have grown dull through compromise, undealt with sin, complacency,disobedience, worldliness, and rejecting God’s word and His way of living.

Take the time to seek after God. Draw near to Him and He’ll draw near to you.He’ll speak if you really want to hear. Hunger to know him. For the eyes of your heart to be opened. God promises He will answer, that you may see and feel and understand who He is and how much He loves you.

Don’t go another day failing to know that Jesus is walking along beside you. If you know Him already, draw near and seek a deeper revelation and closeness with Him. There is always so much more! He promises that “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart“. (Jeremiah 29:13)

My Prayer for you today is that:I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.  I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,  and his incomparably great power for us who believe. (Ephesians 1:17-19).. May you know Him and His awesome plan and love for you. In Jesus Name Amen

 

 

 

23 Feb -Run your own race

Everyday we are faced with a choice. “Do I keep my peace, and walk my own journey, or do I try to keep pace with all those around me”?

Making comparisons will tempt you to try and keep pace. Instead of focusing on running our own race, comparing ourselves will lead to us trying to run like someone else.
I read a great quote recently. It said, “every moment you spend comparing yourself is a minute you spend subtly accusing God of short changing you.”

Whose race are you trying to run?  Has comparing and looking too much at what others are doing in life caused you to feel like somehow you’ve been shortchanged by God, and He’s run out of the “blessings” for you?
You’ve been busy singing “what about me, it isn’t fair, I’ve had enough and I want my share”.

About 18mths ago I started to run as my exercise.  It’s my time out, de-stresser, and the way I start my morning with the Lord. (He’s my running buddy)
While running I quickly learnt some things about myself, and discovered some lessons I can apply to life along the way.

1. I need to run my own race. When I ran with others, who inevitably have longer legs than me I end up hurting myself. I have to run at my pace, with my length strides. If I  try to keep up with others when I’m not fit enough, or not matched to them I start to feel deficient and even embarrassed at my ability or lack of.

But how often do we do that in everyday life? We are constantly tempted by the world around us; through social media, advertising and just being part of society, to compare ourselves and then try and live life how other people live it, looking how they look, and moving like they move. When we try to be someone other than who we were created to be; when we try to do things the same as someone else does, without exploring if that is the right way God has planned for us, we run the risk of ending up singing “What about me, God have you forgotten about me?. The result is we begin to doubt God’s love, goodness and unique plan and purpose for our life. Whats worse we lose our peace and rest in life.

2. Don’t bother worrying about what others may or may not be thinking. I run alongside a very  busy road. I’m sure everyone in the city is driving along that particular road as I run. If I worried too much about what they might be thinking as I run past them I’d never get out the front door.
Instead I’ve taken the attitude, (thanks to some coaching from the Holy spirit), of hoping I inspire others if they happen to glance my way. “If she’s out running, maybe I can too”.

Too often we spend wasted time worrying about what others might be thinking about us, and how we are running our journey. It’s unproductive and energy sapping, and not what God wants for us. God thinks we are awesome and all of heaven is cheering us on. So go for it, and forget about what others might think.

3. When running stay focused on where you are going. Have a goal.
It’s much easier to last the distance on a run, and in life if you have a point of focus; a goal to reach, whether it be to reach the end of the block, or to fulfill a dream you’ve had in life.

There are so many distractions and opportunities for discouragement. It’s important to not look to the left, to the right or even behind, but firmly up ahead.
Some wise words from the bible say it this way, “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.,(Philippians 3:13-14)

Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.” (Proverbs 4:25)

Today, run your race at your own pace. Let peace fill your heart and mind. We all have a life to live, but let God be your coach and guide. He instructs us not to listen to the negative voices or the noise and pressures of the world. Follow Him and His way of doing things. “Let peace, not pace” be your motto and you’ll reach the finish line.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us” (Hebrews 12:1)

Prayer: Lord I ask that you reveal to me where I compare myself, and try to keep pace with others, instead of simply running my own race. Please let your peace and wisdom guide me. I choose not to play the comparison game any more, and trust you to bless and prosper all I do. I want to care more about what you think about me. Help me to do that. Lord. In Jesus name. Amen

22 Feb -Fear or Faith?

I have known great moments of faith, of trusting and confidence in God.

I have also know intense moments of fear, of gut wrenching, paralyzing pressure.

Christianity  is based on faith not fear, but so often we get beaten about by fear and feel lacking in the faith department.

Faith is belief, a knowing even when we can’t see it, a trusting confidence based upon who God is and His extreme love for us. (Hebrews 11:1)

Fear is the opposite of faith. It is more often than not the root of many problems; worry, anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, restlessness, anger, sickness.

God knows we struggle with fear. But He desires for us to overcome our fears. “Fear not” is recorded over 365 times in the Bible. His best for us is that we live free; free from fear and full of faith, trust and confidence in Him.

Look in His book; (the bible) it reveals and guides us on how to live free from fear, and walking in faith. It is a choice, and it is our choice.

Matthew 7:24-27 is the story Jesus told of the wise and foolish builders.

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

To live a life of faith not fear we are encouraged to build our life on solid foundations. Jesus is the most solid foundation there is. Without Him I would estimate there is good reason to be afraid. The world is full of confusion, loneliness, violence, hopelessness, sickness and death. Outside of Jesus I can’t give an antidote or answer to being afraid!

There are plenty of people who try: positive thinking, meditation, exercise, health kicks, hobbies, study, careers, travel, relationships. Many of these  things are good in themselves, but they are not necessarily a lasting antidote for fear.

These things don’t deal with the spirit behind fear, and our powerlessness to control those things beyond human control.

In the world today we can easily feel helpless and out of control. So our human inclination is to grasp at anything; to grasp at what we can control, to make ourselves feel more secure. We hope in finding that security our fears will be dispelled.

But who knows the future, and what tomorrow will bring. Just watching the news, or picking up a paper or talking to people can cause fear to rise up within us. We can’t control everything, and too often we can end up on very shaky, anxious ground when we try.

Jesus said in John 10:10 that “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full“. There is no fear mentioned or included in that life. Jesus is that rock we build our lives upon. The storms of life will come, but Jesus is rock solid and said “In me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation. But take courage; I have overcome the world.”

If we want to live a life free from fear we live a life of faith!

Three things which help us to live a life of faith and not fear are:

  1. To make Jesus the rock upon which we build our life. He is the foundation. Foundations must be strong and solid. The walls and roof can look great, but if the foundations of our house (life) are shaky and not based on anything substantial and trustworthy then everything will eventually come down.                                                   We begin to live a life of faith not fear, when we get to know who Jesus is, what He did for us, and why we can believe; how to pray, and how to read and claim the promises in His word. Simply getting to know Jesus  causes our faith and trust in Him to grow.
  2. Surrender and obey. (Jesus what would you have me do ?) When we get to know Him we start to discover we can give over all our burdens and self-leadership to Him. He is God and He knows the end from the beginning and everything in between. We see partially, He sees eternally                                                                                                         “Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. (1 Corinthians 13:12)
  3. Fill your life with Jesus. When we come to Jesus He cleanses us, pardons us from all wrong doing and fills us with His power strength and love. Being filled with God leaves no room for doubting or fear. Empty out yourself and make room for God to fill you with His perfect love which casts out all fear!                                                                     “No fear exists where his love is. Rather, perfect love gets rid of fear, because fear involves punishment. (1 John 4:8)

My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.

 God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. (Ephesians 3:16-20)

Prayer: Allow me to speak a blessing over you today: I  bless you today as you realise more fully the depths of God’s love for you. I bless you as you make Jesus the foundation upon which you build your life.That all fear will be washed away as you ask Him what He would have you do, and make room in your life for Him. Be blessed  with the fullness of His love and goodness, full of faith and free from fear.  In Jesus Name Amen.

 

 

21 Feb – To Know Him

“A have  come to a resolve that instead of just talking about Jesus and preaching about Him and evangelizing about Him and even being a pastor for Him, I want to know Him. That’s my heart. To know Him and to know Him more. Not to know more about him, but to know him. Everything else flows as an overflow of that relationship.  When the passion of our hearts changes from mission and vision, and what we can do; to simply knowing Him. Our activity then begins to flow out of the knowing”. (Roy Godwin – the Grace Outpouring )

Matthew 22:37-40 in the Bible encourages us to “Love the Lord our God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind. And love our neighbor as ourselves”.

It’s to do with our heart , not with obedience to a set of rules.

It’s a new heart and a new way of relating to God; A new way of seeing the world and creation, and all that is in it, and God’s heart toward His creation.

It’s not about another experience or even just being able to move in signs and wonders, have angelic visitations,  visions, and ecstasies. It’s about knowing the Father, knowing Jesus, knowing Holy spirit. Knowing God in His fullness.

I’m not satisfied just hearing about him, I want to draw close and look him in the eyes. I want to hear his heartbeat, to know his thoughts and his heart.

In life that desire, that passion and fire can die down, or even get extinguished. We can get caught up in the system of the world, and even the system that we may know as church. We serve more as a way of knowing him. We give and give, and we end up having our zeal for Him exhausted by weights which perhaps He never intended for us to carry. I’m not saying don’t serve; Jesus served. But if that is our “knowing him” then we’ve lost our way.

Our motivation must be to love him. To know him more.  Out of that our “doing” flows.

What is your determined purpose? Is it to just have experiences and excitement, to only stick to the well beaten path in your walk with God, or do you also really want to know God and who He is more deeply.

The Lord spoke to me about being prepared to  go off the beaten track. About going “off road”(four-wheel driving). Some of us struggle with going off road. We like the predictable, the  “I know where I’m going”.

But the wind of the spirit is blowing, He is shifting things and bringing change. Where we are going is not always on the map.  He’s taking us on what we call in  Australia ,”bush bashing”. At times we will meander along on paths unknown and then bang we see why! And then we are in the midst of a crazy wild ride. An adventure!

But if we we don’t take the time to know Him we won’t trust him to take the driver’s seat, and we will take over and head for known paths. When we are under pressure or get afraid, we will head back to the tried and tested road.

We have to anchor the new things God is releasing, and our journey  with God in the strength and rest of knowing Him deeply. Then we will trust Him wherever He leads.

For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power out flowing from His resurrection”.  (Philippians 3:8-10)

Prayer: Lord lead me. I want to know you. Not just know about you, but really know you. Forgive me where I have settled for just hearing about you, but have not been seeking you with all my heart.  In Jesus name amen.

 

 

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