Sin or relationship?

As Christians, Jesus has cleansed us from our sin, not because of His hatred for sin, but because HeRelationship wants us to have relationship with Him, here and now.  Sin just got in the way.  So He so very kindly removed it from us, at His own very painful expense on the Cross.

He wants us, and for us to be as Adam and Eve were originally with Him, walking with Him in the cool of the day, before sin came into the picture.  To be best friends.  BFF.

So the focus is not so much about the sin, (and neither should ours be) but on the fact that He has dealt with our sin once and for all so we can have relationship with Him.  What a wonderful God.  Blows my mind actually.

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God……….   1 Peter 3:18  NKJV  (emphasis mine)

 

 

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The Journey

Do you have a call on your life for something big?  Have you had words spoken over you or felt God tell you directly that He has a huge plan for your life?

I have, and straight away I started to get myself ready by researching the topic that I felt that RoadI was called to, bought books of people who are doing the same thing, and dreamed big plans.  I now realise that I was doomed to failure by doing these things.

Who was it that called me anyway?  Was it me or was it God?

So many times I can get caught up in the destination and forget about the journey with Him to get there.  So if I stay close to Him, learn to live in His presence day by day and be led by Him,  then He will get me where He needs me to be when He is ready, and I am too. I will be exactly where I need to be in 6 months, 1 year or even 6 years time.  There is learning in the journey, just walking and abiding with Him.  No pressure.

One thing

I was stewed up.  I didn’t know which way to go, what to do.  Going around in circles. Trying to reason it out.  The only sensible thing I did at the time was to journal with Father about it.

It took a while, but I heard His whisper about being troubled and anxious about many things.  Hmmm, where is that verse, Lord?  Google helped me out with that one.

38 Now while they were on their way, Jesus entered a village [called Bethany], and a woman named Martha

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welcomed Him into her home.39 She had a sister named Mary, who seated herself at the Lord’s feet and was continually listening to His teaching. 40 But Martha was very busy and distracted with all of her serving responsibilities; and she approached Him and said, “Lord, is it of no concern to You that my sister has left me to do the serving alone? Tell her to help me and do her part.” 41 But the Lord replied to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered and anxious about so many things; 42 but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part [that which is to her advantage], which will not be taken away from her.”  Luke 10  AMP

I was definitely being Martha-ish – being concerned about what I have to do, what people will think, what God will think etc etc.  But Jesus said only one thing is necessary, and that is sitting at His feet, and listening to Him.  One thing Lord, only one?  Really?  Sitting at Your feet?  Sounds wonderful, peaceful and stressless.

And so I became more Mary-ish.  I just sat at His feet, and ignored the yelling in my ear of all that needs to be done and all I should do.  I only need to do one thing – Jesus said so!  And it was wonderful, peaceful and stressless.  And I got my answer.

I will get it eventually – He seems to keep on telling me about intimacy.  One day it will sink in.  I will keep you posted – it will be a red letter day.  🙂

 

Bushes, sheep and donkeys

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God can speak in unusual ways.  He has spoken through the fleece of a sheep (Judges 6), through a burning bush (Exodus 6) and even a donkey (Numbers 22).  I would like to add to the list an unusual way that God spoke to me – a Stampin’ Up! catalogue.

It was just a normal everyday day.  Then something triggered a panic attack.  But before it could get a hold on me (praising God usually helps) my eyes fell on to the open Stampin’ Up! catalogue.  It was advertising a stamp set, and one of the stamps said:

You’ve Got Courage

You’ve Got Strength

You’ve Got ME

And that broke it, but I was still a bit wobbly.  So I sat down to browse through the catalogue to keep my mind  occupied.  Lo and behold, and few pages later, another stamp set:

Good things are going to happen

You’ve got this

I’m here for you

It blew me away to think that He would use something so insignificant to get to me.    Years ago, I had a friend whom God spoke to through the paper church bulletin – the number of the bulletin and the date on it!

If He needs to tell us something, He can make it happen.  He can use even the small things in our lives to tell us something monumental.

 

 

 

New year, new ideas

It was the new year.  I was on holidays, and I was feeling well, and relaxed.  A friend of mine made an innocent comment about a business idea that I had been already dabbling in.  Wow!  This was a great idea!  Let’s do this!  So I started researching what was involved.  I sourced the materials and equipment I would need from the internet.  I even wrote out a business plan and then looked up the government sites as to what was required of me legally – did I need to register a business name, product name, tax requirements etc.  I was pumped!

And then…. I read an article by Andy Sayers called  “2016: My Kingdom Come, My Courts Be Done!”  This is the opening paragraph of his article.

At the beginning of 2015 I set out ready to conquer the world through a deep passion that I’ve worked in for many years – called publishing. By February, bizarre disappointments piled up fast. By the time fall came, I was exhausted and ready to pull my hair out (what’s left of it).

He went on to say why:

  1. I was building an empire with my own strength.

    On my high horse but going nowhere fast. Photo Pixabay

  2. I wasn’t putting the Lord first in every aspect of my life.
  3. I had to be knocked off my high horse 

I felt a few ‘tuggings’ in me.  Hmmm…. had I even asked God if this is what He wanted to do?  I realised to my chagrin that I hadn’t.  What if I had taken off with this ‘building my own empire’ as he puts it, only to have it not succeed and ending up discouraged and burnt out?  I hadn’t even finished the last thing He had told me to do (writing).

So on to the back burner it had to go, and I had to ask Him to take away my desire for this Ishmael.  I am now back to writing, and intimacy (and work or course!)  And God may open the door again for this business idea to happen and I will know if that is the case when the desire comes back.  Stay tuned.

To read the full article by Andy Sayers:

http://www.elijahlist.com/words/display_word.html?ID=15585

Intimacy

The more I journal, the more I am hearing that intimacy with Him should be our main objective.  Everything flows out of that place of fellowship with God, even ministry.  Especially ministry.  Intimacy is the place where we draw our strength from Him, where His life flows into us. Our home base.

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4 Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will

live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me.

I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.  John 15:4,5  Amplified

I have never seen a grape branch bearing fruit without being attached to a vine.  I have also never seen a grape branch stressing and straining to make a grape form.  This happens naturally as it is attached to the vine.

This also is true of us, as we attach ourselves to our beloved Vine, and spend time with Him, His life flows to us, and through us.  We receive His strength, love, comfort, guidance – whatever we need really.  The result?  Grapes!

I am convinced that this should be the purpose of my life – seeking Him first above all.  Seeking His face.  And if I am launched out into ministry, then it will flow out from my relationship with Him, my strong place, my hiding place, and it will be all of Him.

PS – I spend my intimate times with Him by journaling, reading His Word, and sometimes combining the two by talking to Him about what I am reading.

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