And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. (Ephesians 2:22 NIV)
It feels like a mystery, that God should dwell in us. That we should contain something of Him in our hearts. More so that as a people He is building us together and that His Spirit would dwell in us as a body. It realigns our thoughts of a personal walk with God to seeing it as corporate journey, we are together. We can grieve the Spirit on our own, but we can also grieve the Spirit corporately. The Spirit dwells in our hearts as individuals but He also dwells in us as a body. Through the networks of relationships he flows, or not, as the case might be.
It is the bonds of love that are the veins through which the Spirit of God flows, and it is hatred and dissension that brings the stroke or heart attack to the body. A blockage here or there, a faction with an opinion that causes destruction to the body. To control who you love is akin to the blocking of an artery through which the Holy Spirit would move and … Read More »
To feel hopeless is hopeless, it is a spiral that feels like thee can be no return. In moments like this it is only the word of the Lord that can speak in and release freedom, and deliverance and ultimately hope.
It is good to be wise to the enemy schemes, not that we focus on him, but that we understand how he works. He will cause us to draw conclusions from situations around us. Conclusions such as, God doesn’t care, if God really loved me he wouldn’t have let this happen, God doesn’t answer your prayers and so on. Little doubts are fired at our hearts repeatedly like arrows. If we don’t protect ourselves the arrows will weaken our resolve and cause Our thinking and belief in God to be compromised. The enemy continues his work looking to weaken our belief and cause hope to fall. He knows that if he can get us to stop hoping and if he can plant disappointment and doubt in our hearts then we are powerless…but the Word of the Lord can cut through and it is his words planted in our hearts that release life and lift our heads from the mire to … Read More »
It is in 1 Chronicles 21 that we can read about David and how he purchased the threshing floor from Araunah. Araunah wanted to give the land to David but David insisted on paying. Somehow he knew that his payment was also an honour to the Lord, he knew the value of sacrifice and so he paid 600 Shekels of gold for the site. He wasn’t going to sacrifice to the Lord that which cost him nothing. Our offerings to the Lord cost us. If there is no cost involved it is not an offering, it has to involve a cost of time or money and sometimes more.
When you look at the site of the threshing floor you will see that it was not the only time that it has been used for worship and sacrifice, previously, Abraham had been up on this mountain with Isaac, in later years Solomon would build the temple and later still our Lord would be hung on a cross on this very mountain.
Sacrifice and worship are important, and though we don’t need a specific place to worship, it is important that we find a place.
There was a man who found some treasure in a field. He was so full of joy that he sold all that he had and bought the field.
We are that field! Such is the joy of the Lord towards each of us. Maybe we don’t recognise the treasure in our own hearts, but it is there, and the Lord sees that treasure. In fact, he saw it ahead of time and gave all that he had that he could have that treasure. For though this is a parable about the kingdom and our need to value it and seek after it, the parable is also about the Lord’s desire for each of us. It talks about the price He paid because of His joy that we would be His.
The journey to the cross began the day Jesus was born, He was born to die. Maybe a bit of a dramatic start, but as we approach Easter my eyes are increasingly turned towards it’s events. I wonder how much the Lord knew of His journey in his early years? At which point was it clear that the cross was the way? As God, He would have had perfect knowledge, but in His limiting himself to walking as a man full of the Holy Spirit this knowledge would only come through revelation. Yet at whichever point it came He was unafraid, he was bold and courageous, he didn’t pass the cup to someone else. He knew His father.
And so, as we know the Father, we too can be courageous and bold to face our own proverbial and literal deaths. Whether a humbling circumstance, a confrontation, a conversation we know we need to have. There is grace, but it only comes through knowing our God, for in Him, because of the cross, there is grace for whatever we go through.
“Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God;”
John 13:3 NIV
Jesus always amazes me. He says the most profound things, be is not afraid to upset the apple cart, turn the tables. He doesn’t need to keep up appearances, He is not ruled by the agendas of man, though He does have an agenda. He is secure in who He is.
Insecurity is defined as: uncertainty or anxiety about oneself; lack of confidence.
Jesus is the antithesis of insecurity, the most secure person who worked the earth. He knew who He was, He knew the Father. His washing of the disciples feet didn’t take away from who He was, it didn’t threaten Him.
This security comes from two things, knowing who the Father says He is and knowing who the Father says I am. This is my journey in life, to know Him and to know who he says I am.
This truly is my desire that I would be secure in Him, free from insecurities and confident in the one who came to rescue me.