Sunday, 18 November 2018

He makes me look great!.

There is a saying that behind every great man there is a great woman and it is said to be true of the other way around as well.
But I say, behind every great person of God there is a Great God.

We can often attribute success or a persons giftings' to a persons ability, talent, drive, character, nature, etc but for me as a Christian, whose nature and character is in Christ and as one who has died, been buried and raised again in Christ, I am a new creation and that new creation comes from only one person - Jesus Christ.

I was mediating on the word this morning that was brought in church yesterday, Psalm 18 and in particular the scriptures 32-36:
"It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.
He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he causes me to stand on the heights.
He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
You make your saving help my shield, and your right hand sustains me;
your help has made me great.
You provide a broad path for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way."

As I read this v35 "Your help has made me great."
God makes us "great" as we trust in him, as we rest in him, as we allow him into every part of our lives, he makes us great.  And yet as He makes us great, He gets known among the earth and His name is glorified through us, through his creation, because we realise everything we are, everything we can do, is not from our own doing but rather from our Creator and Author of our lives, Father God.

When I look at my daughter as she has grown, people often say how she looks like me.  And as I watch her nature, her strength and her boldness develops, I can see a replica of me in many ways.  And so in the same way, as we mature in Christ, we become more and more like our Heavenly Father, full of love, full of glory, full of His greatness flowing in and through us to those around us.
All glory goes to God who arms us, who trains us, who strengthens us, who is our saving help, whose right hand sustains us.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Meerkats may be cute, but they can be dangerous.

This morning I saw in a dream I was in a car with some people travelling along and they saw a bunch of meerkats that they thought were cute and they invited them into the car.  I was trying to tell them not to let them in, but they continued to let them in.  And then shortly after that I saw another very cute animal that people wanted to pick up and cuddle, but it too was a very dangerous animal that would cause harm.

As I was asking the Lord about it and I got the scripture;
"There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death" Prov 14:12

For myself personally I am looking at next year and praying and asking the Lord for the plans for next year as many of you leaders may be doing the same.  We can continue with what seems right and good, and has gone well in the past, but I believe the Lord is saying, be careful as what you think may seem right and good, actually may cause harm.
I encourage you, especially Pastors and Leaders, don't necessarily continue on in what you have done this past year in moving forward into 2019, even if it was good and produced a great harvest.  God may have other things for you in the coming year.

For those who are not leaders or Pastors, but are thinking about their next steps in the Lord, please take the time to put it to prayer and to know the confirmation and peace in the Lord.  Sometimes the things the Lord asks us to step into are not necessarily what we would naturally do, but as we step in we find God's purpose and plan for it.

Many years ago the Lord called Jim and I to China.  At the time we didn't understand why, as there was no 'position' where we felt we fitted, it didn't seem to fit who we were as practical people with our skills and personality, and yet we could not get away from God's call for us to go there.
We received confirmation though other people and one scripture was sent to us out of the blue, which was "stand firm, don't let anything move you".    That one scripture spoke to us and helped us continue on when opposition came.
So we went still unsure as to why except the call of God on our lives that we could not deny.  But as soon as we got there we saw why - we fitted!  The  Tibetan people were exactly like us, not because of 'spiritual or practical' reasons,  but because of who we were as 'sheep and beef farmers',  just like they were and our humour was the same as theirs.  We were accepted and could relate on so many levels because we had similar backgrounds.  So I want to encourage you that although sometimes things don't seem to make sense, God knows and sees the big picture of both who you are and what He is asking you to step into, that in the end produces and leads you to the desires of your heart, (Psalm 37) that you may not even be aware of that you have.

So please lets be careful what we 'pick up' this coming year that may be seem good, but not necessarily lead to the life that the Lord has for us.