Monthly archive for December 2010

Listening to the spirit

John 11:6 So when he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was The obvious thing to do would be to act immediately when you hear that someone is ill, especially in those days when a sickness could easily result in death. But Jesus stayed longer. I was watching Miss Potter last night and when she heard of her to- be fianc√©’s sickness she went immediately – there was a sense of urgency that correlated with the level of love she had for Him. Now Jesus loved Lazarus. He would have know

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Our delicate hearts

Our hearts are so delicate and we must guard them so very carefully. For there is an enemy out there who will try and destroy us, and sadly, using other believers to wield the sword. The writer of the proverbs had something when he said above all else guard your heart for it is the well spring of life. How easy is it for someone to say something and we let it defile our hearts, we let it defile the streams of living water that flow out from us. Like a dead sheep in a stream that poisons the flow

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Giving up

Failure can feel like a punch in the gut. And when it keeps happening it’s tempting just to give up. But you can’t; you must ‘get up again.’ Failing doesn’t make you a failure, quitting does. H.E. Jensen said, ‘The man who wins may have been counted out several times, but he didn’t hear the referee.’ A failure-free life feels safe, but it fosters boredom, apathy and low self-esteem. Ever noticed that the devil never reminds you of what you’ve learned? No, he wants you to keep reliving the painful details. Learn the lesson, then forget the details! Victory requires

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Streams of living water

John 7:38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. I have often wondered what this means, that we should have rivers of living water flowing out of us. There is a dynamic in which we can drink from each other. It seems to imply that conversely there are rivers of death that could flow out of our hearts – have you encountered people who short circuit you? Who drain you of life? There are people who obviously operate in this way, not through there own design (apart from

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being part of it..

Dont you want to be part of something that is bigger than you? I imagine that the early disciples joined Jeus because they knew that he was different and that they were caught up in something more than themselves, the sense of destiny was murmuring within and they knoew that the world had nothing to offer. I certainly feel that longing to be caught up in something bigger than myself, to be part of a bigger plan. Ultimately I know that it is only in Him will I be satisfied, wherever I am and whatever I am doing. he is

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food and drink

When Jesus said that we can come to him and never hunger and never thirst it is difficult to imagine what this is like when you are in a Western society. We have so much to eat and drink and so much choice. Having recently read ‘The Hungry always get fed’ – a blog/diary written by Heidi Baker et al. I was struck by the simplicity of the Gospel that they share and how complicated we seem to have made it. When Jesus said come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden He didn’t put any riders

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