While he was in one of the cities, there came a man full of leprosy. And when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and begged him, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him.
We need to see Jesus, we need a revelation of him to know our need and even the possibility that is there – that we can be healed, that we can be set free. Sometimes our pride stops us from coming, but this man was at the bottom of the pile, he would have been rejected by society – he was a leper. But in his heart he wanted to be healed and was desperate. You can see that flicker of hope in him as he came and saw Jesus, there was a flicker of ‘maybe he can make me whole’. He would have heard stories of Jesus’ ministry, after all how many people do you throw yourself down at their feet? And the stories had lit a flame of hope, but only a very small spark, for he came saying. ‘if you are … Read More »
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. (1Cor 15:58)
Therefore….so what came before? The beautiful chapter on the resurrection of the dead. This is our hope, Jesus the first born among many brothers, in him all will be made alive. The perishable will be clothed with the imperishable, the mortal with immortality, death has been swallowed up in victory, where o death is your sting? In a flash in a twinkling of an eye we will al be changed.
Death has been swallowed up, the mocking of ‘where o death is your victory. Where o death is your sting?’
There is a hope that is to come, we have a hope now. Our kinsmen redeemer has gone before us, the beautiful one, the forerunner, our prophet and king, our Lord and our God, he paid the price and declared it is finished. It is finished.
So stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the lord.
Because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.
When all seems hopeless and dark and without purpose, the … Read More »
Every year at this time I remind myself of the ‘reason for the season’ though I would look at it during the year and often try and think about it this season is a particular focus and an opportunity to think about what happened.
Jesus drank from the cup, the cup of Gods wrath, the cup that should have been for us, yet he chose to drink from it, not my will nut your will be done. I think about it often so that the impact may be greater, not for emotionalism’s sake but so that my spirit may be impacted and convicted and that I may go deeper in my walk and relationship with the Lord. Too often I skirt over deep issues and do not show them the reverence that they need – Lord help me, I ask for a Spirit of wisdom and revelation to know the depth of this truth.
luke 4:1 [Jesus] full of the Holy Spirit….led by the Spirit
You have to be full to be led, more of him and less of me. I know that the more I have of the lord the greater I sense his leading. But how easy do we/I stop being filled? We know the scripture in Ephesians that we are to be be being filled with the Spirit, that is a continual filling but how quickly do I sway from that, and then as I am prayed for or receive a fresh infilling I think again of how much I need his presence. Why is is it that I don’t sense my lack of being full until I am full again, I seem to not perceive the ‘leaking’! If I was more sensitive to his presence I think i would be more aware of the waning filling. I find that as I seek to be led my lack of direction is a highlight of not knowing his presence and I come before him again to be filled – how easy is direction when you are filled with the Spirit. The two go together, and direction of the Holy Spirit naturally comes from … Read More »
I can feel the fire burning in my heart. There is a principal of first the natural then the spiritual but in this case it does not work. If I want to get hungry in the natural I don’t eat. If I want to to get spiritually hungry I eat, that is I eat the things of the Spirit, his word, prayer etc. From having spent a week worshipping every morning for an hour as well as quiet times I can already feel the fire of the Spirit burning brighter. I pray the prayers of ‘ God set me in fire’, ‘Lord I want more of you’ and part of the answer is a step away ,and it always has been. You have to put in the time. Seeking His face is not a shortcut-able exercise. It is not even an exercise, it is something of a calling, one of those things that you must do, a following of the heart and not the head. My prayer in the middle of it is Lord give me more, Lord show me more, Lord increase your anointing!
Simeon was righteous and devout man, the Holy Spirit was upon him. He was a man who heard from God,yet it doesn’t say how. He knew he would not die before he saw the consolation of Israel. The consolation of Israel being that Israel would be consoled, that Israel would be saved. He knew it was coming, he had the word. He was waiting in the temple. I wonder how many days he waited and thought is today the day, is this the day? He was a man of vision. He knew he would see the saviour before he died. There was a hope in his heart, but not a hope that it might happen, it was a sure hope, a certainty. Yet when you have that hope, you still have to live with the every day expectancy, asking the question, is today the day? Simeon was a man who waited for God.
It says in verse 27 of luke2 that he was moved by the Spirit. I want to be moved by the Spirit. Now I think that his being moved by the spirit was a result of ‘the Holy Spirit being upon him’. He lived his life full of … Read More »