In John 11 we have the story of Lazarus. It has brought me encouragement on many occasions and as I read it this morning I am particularly struck at how Jesus was moved. The situation that He saw his friends in moved Him to action, I find it encouraging that my situation can move the Lords heart. Yet there is balance between my distress moving the Lords heart and the Lord’s timing in the matter. Jesus could have gone immediately to Lazarus and healed him, but He knew there was a greater purpose.
As soon as Jesus hears news of Lazarus He makes a statement that can only come from a daily abiding and fellowship with the Lord.
“But when Jesus heard this, He said, “This sickness is not to end in death, but for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it.””
John 11:4 NASB
He was in tune with the Spirit such that as soon as he heard the news a promise was quickened to Him. We don’t know exactly how, as it doesn’t say, however it came, Jesus spoke out the words of faith.
It is at this point, the declaration of faith, that the … Read More »
From the moment I saw you, I knew you were dangerous, but I had to keep looking, I had to keep thinking about you. I wanted to touch you, and be with you, yet each time I knew I was dying, atrophy set in. You would have thought that I’d stop, but each time I saw you I wanted more, I needed more, relentless pursuit of what I knew was killing my body soul and spirit. so gradual, so subtle, like I was caught in a daze, hypnotised by the enticing call, captured by the sirens beckoning me. Drawn in to what even I new was to be destruction and death. A lucid nightmare from which there is no escape, a failed anaesthetic, aware of the dark surgeons work. Silent screams from within my soul, Lord wake me up, and then the hunger knocks, like a mist, a fog, seeping under the door, penetrating every part of my house, there is no escape, there is no place to hide until I give in, and let it sting me and let it envelop me, and take me away to get my fix, satisfy my soul for a few moments until … Read More »
“if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace which was given to me for you;”
Ephesians 3:2 NASB
In the British culture, Paul’s words could be viewed as verging on arrogant, but from what we know of his story that is far from the truth. He is confident in who the Lord has called him to be, he is confident in the grace he has been given.
It is helpful to remind ourselves of what grace means. In my early days as a Christian I was given the definition of grace as:
God’s unmerited favour
or when contrasted with mercy:
mercy is not getting what we deserve and grace is getting what we don’t deserve.
Both are satisfactory definitions and are part of the evangelical vocabulary, but neither allowed me to connect with the fullness of what the word grace means. I later came across grace defined as:
God’s empowering presence to be who I am meant to be and do wshat I am meant to do
The former definition made sense in light of Christ’s work on the cross but when I heard others and myself pray for grace it didn’t seem to always make sense until i heard the the latter … Read More »