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Monday, 11 November 2013
Monday, 4 November 2013
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I had a great text from a friend yesterday as we were reflecting on what God was doing amongst us in our church community. She said, "Yes, it's wonderful what God is doing in our lives, making Himself known". Wow. This really reminded me that this grace, presence and experience of Him is not just about us, it's about Him making HIMSELF known through us. So how much do I keep all this God stuff to myself? How quick am I to share what God is doing? When we receive healing how quick are we to stand up and say, "Guess what happened!!?".
We British do reticence very well. Don't want to get too enthusiastic. Don't want people to think we're going over the top, becoming Jesus freaks. It's wise to be cautious and wait for the right moment isn't it? When the Spirit leads etc etc etc. Yesterday I was telling a friend how much God has been doing in my life over these last few years. He has been blessing me with such an awareness of His Presence and I am becoming more and more hungry for Him and discovering that He responds to hunger. He loves it! He loves it when we come and give it all to Him and He pours more and more into our lives as we draw near to Him. As I shared I felt tears coming and I felt awkward. Afterwards I wondered if I had said too much, been too gushing. But to be honest I don't think I, or most of us are in danger of going over the top when talking about Jesus! I want to be more in danger of going over the top than becoming lukewarm!
As God has reminded me, I want to remind you that all He has done and is doing in your life is not just to bless you. It's to reveal Himself to those around you making known His great love and compassion for them. Come Holy Spirit and make yourself known through us!
Saturday, 5 October 2013
God intended it all for good
Rising to a challenge reveals hidden abilities within you that otherwise would have remained dormant. Just as you find out what’s inside a tube of toothpaste when it gets squeezed, adversity reveals what you’re made of. Sometimes we say, ‘I could never go through what that person went through. I would die.’ Then you go through it, and guess what? Your heart keeps beating. Your world goes on. You don’t know what you’re capable of until you have to cope. Wise people have always understood the connection between suffering and growth. Meng Tzu, the Chinese sage, said, ‘When heaven is about to confer a great responsibility on any man it will place obstacles in the path of his deeds so as to stimulate his mind, harden his nature, and improve wherever he is incompetent.’
God could have let Abraham stay in the comfort of Ur, and Moses in the splendour of Pharaoh’s courts. He could have kept Daniel out of the lions’ den, Nehemiah out of captivity, Jonah out of the whale, John the Baptist away from Herod, Esther from being threatened, Jeremiah from being rejected, and Paul from being shipwrecked. But He didn’t. In fact, God used each of these trials to bring them closer to Himself—to produce perseverance, character and hope. It’s said, ‘The school of hard knocks produces the greatest scholars.’ And guess who the teacher is? Adversity! You either face it with God, or without Him. And those without God are watching you. When they see your faith sustain you and God bring you through, they’ll get interested in what you have to say. And not before!
Monday, 12 August 2013
Our souls wait in silence
In rest and in quiet for You Spirit
In trust and dependence
We walk in this promise of You Coming
With hope and healing in Your wings
With fire and with wind
You fall on us again
Here we are waiting for this house to be shaken
For the boldness to carry Your name to the nations
Your signs and Your wonders to go now before us
For the weight of Your glory to rest as we lift You up
We lift You up
Be magnified in us