Thursday, 26 April 2018

Psalm 66

Often we blame the devil or other people for our situations and circumstances but in Psalm 66 it tells a different story.
v10  For you, God, tested us;
you refined us like silver.
You brought us into prison
and laid burdens on our backs.
You let people ride over our heads;
we went through fire and water,
but you brought us to a place of abundance.

Often the Lord allows us to go through things so that our trust is not in man but in God.
When things happen we often find ourselves blaming others or God for our situations but in the Lord he turns everything for good, if we allow him too, he brings us into a spacious place.

v16  Come and hear, all you who fear God;
let me tell you what he has done for me.
I cried out to him with my mouth;
his praise was on my tongue.
If I had cherished sin in my heart,
the Lord would not have listened;
but God has surely listened
and has heard my prayer.
Praise be to God,
who has not rejected my prayer
or withheld his love from me!

God hears our prayers even when we don't think he has and sometimes His love is withholding the very thing we are asking for as we may not be able to handle it at this stage if we received it.  Often times there are things He is wanting to teach us about His love, about depths of his love that we have no idea about.  He is wanting to show and teach us greater revelations of His goodness towards us but at the time we sometimes feel that His love is not there - it is.

Psalm 67
May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face shine on us
so that your ways may be known on earth,
your salvation among all nations.

May all the peoples praise you, God
may all the peoples praise you.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

The baby's been handed over

Several weeks ago the Lord shifted us out of the 'home office' into the 'market place' and in the process a spiritual shift happened - one of letting the 'baby' go, a releasing and handing over the batten, so to speak to others.

In this process the nests that WE ALL have been in have been stirred up, shaken about, and pushed out, to fly in ways that perhaps we were too afraid to do previously.
The amazing thing with God is that He knows the timing of all of this and where each one of us is at and what we can handle.  Yes there has been a fluttering of wings in panic.  Yes, we have had a few weeks of challenge as authority and structures get changed and challenged, frustrations coming to the fore, but
love helps us overcome, 
love helps us to forgive, 
love helps us to see the good and not the dirt, love helps us remember our own failings and yet forgiveness and grace that the Lord has for me, that I can give to others, remembering it's the glory of God to overlook offences.

It is an exciting time as we look forward to what is to come.  Not necessarily the current place of change we are in, but the place as we learn to walk in this new season and all that the Lord has for each one of us.

So lets not forget to give thanks, amidst the challenges.  I see the Lords hand in all of this, pushing us all into a new place but in this process lets pray for one another and cover each other in our weaknesses and have each others back.  We love and appreciate each one of you.  You are amazing and we are thankful that the Lord has put you all alongside us.

With love - Sarah and Jim