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 fiancé’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 what sickness can do in the natural, that time would have been of the essence. Yet he did not have any sense of urgency about him. Thinking about it, it is like Jesus never had any sense of urgency – purposeful and focussed yes. But never urgent, he never was stressed, or hyped over any situation. Nothing seemed to throw him. Even in the garden
before the cross there is a focus a determination to do do what he must, a discipline of heart, a resolve – but he was not panicking.
So Jesus heard of his friend who he loved and … Read More »
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 is offense in our hearts. We are required to be so secure in who we are in Him, knowing His calling upon us, knowing what he is saying that we are not effected by lies of enemy, by the snide remarks of others. Lord hide me in your heart, let me be hidden beneath the shadow of your wings so that the fiery darts of the enemy will have no target.
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 building on what you’ve learned and moving on. Theologian Brooke Foss Westcott said, ‘Great occasions don’t make heroes or cowards, they simply unveil them…Silently, as we wake or sleep, we grow strong or weak, and at last some crisis shows us what we have become.’ This article ran in The Wall Street Journal: ‘You’ve failed many times although you may not remember. You fell the first time you tried to walk. You almost drowned the first time you tried to swim. Did you hit the ball the first time you swung the bat? Heavy hitters, the ones who hit the … Read More »
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 those who have deliberately been involved in the occult). But as followers of the lord, believers in him, from our hearts should be rivers of living water, and this should effect others around us. People around us should be able to drink from these waters and be refreshed. The only qualification for us to be carriers of the river is that we believe. But so many believers seems to not have any life flowing out of them, is this the unbelief that they hold onto? Maybe it is a spiritual dynamic that we fail to recognise. Whatever we may feel … Read More »
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 the big plan. He is my sense of destiny.
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 to go with it. He did not say you must wear certain clothes, do certain things etc. The statement is simple, ‘come’. The only thing we have to recognise is that we may be weary or heavy laden. Simple. And as we come He said we will never hunger or thirst again. With so many distractions and many not knowing what hunger is, the verses will wash over and not enter in. Not that I want to force myself into a place of hunger in an ascetic manner but I do want to hunger and not be numbed by the … Read More »