Monthly archive for August 2011

Seeking after God

Blessed are those who keep your statutes and seek after him with all their heart (psalm 119:2) It offends our senses but the Lord isn’t available to casual seekers. Though if we call and ask him into our hearts he is there, there is a place of seeking him that we can all go to, but it is for the ‘serious’ seeker. There is an elusiveness to God, there is a pursuit to be had. Though he may be found, there is a running and a pressing into him that is not available to the casual seeker. The road is

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The thoughts of your heart revealed

When Simeon is in the temple and Jesus is presented to Him, he prophesies to them that this child will cause the rising and falling of many in Israel, to be a a sign that will be spoken against so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. Such was the impact of what Jesus would do that it would provoke a reaction that people would verbalise. The response in their hearts would not be able to be contained, what they felt would overflow – self condemning. We see it today, the ministry of Jesus causes deep reactions in

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Two different faces

Have you ever come across people who are like chameleons – they change depending on the situation they are in. Ultra friendly in a moment and then cold and harsh in another. Spiritual schizophrenia – rooted in insecurity in who you are in Christ. Who am I in Christ? Is he the rock that I cling too? Or am I thrown around by the waves, by the winds of this age? In each situation I want to be consistent with who he has made me. When I encounter the spiritual duplicity my spirit reacts and I look around to see

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Momentum

The situations of our life can create tension, without tension nothing can move. Think about the muscles in your arm, as you stretch out and pick up something, the muscles are tensioned. There is no movement without tension. With a bow and arrow, you draw back the bow and create tension before the arrow is fired. The trials and situations you face create tension, the tension in turn creates movement. To go anywhere in God you need tension, we can run with the tension and let momentum set it. Tension creates movement, as we co-work with the movement there is

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Extravagance of heaven…

The extravagance of heaven and the extravagance of man…..not necessarily the same thing! We want the lord to be extravagant but we want him to be extravagant in the way that man is – possessions, things, new car, house – and though we are made in his likeness and are his image and he does provide for us with these things it is from a different paradigm. the extravagance of heaven is that he gave his son, that we might be become children of god, he gave his son that we might become part of his family, joint heirs –

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