Sitting …

Sitting in the presence of God

Feeling His touch upon my life

Breathing in the breathe of God

His Healing Hand upon my heart

Knowing His eyes watch over me

His compassion and love surround

The gentle whisper guides the way

“I am” is with me His very name continuous

The promise of abiding love

His footsteps go before me

His Spirit lives within me, resting on me

His strength stands behind me

Overwhelming grace carries me

His pleasure bringing joy to my heart

His face lit in Holiness and Glory

He calls me Beloved and draws me in

 

I know, I know, I know

I am with you in every step

I see the pain and I feel it too

Beloved, I weep as I see the damage done

My heart cries out, it won’t be long

My tears bring healing, refreshing water on each wound

My voice brings peace to calm the fear

I am the way, the truth and the life

Follow me to find your way

Listen to the words I say

Watch as my presence brings life

I speak creation bringing light to darkness,

Healing to suffering and Life to Death

I am the Alpha and Omega, Beginning and the End

There from the start with my finger prints on all that is good

Trust in me and know I will not stop until it is done

 

Rest in me

 

Rest my little one

 

Rest, Rest, Rest

 

Be still and KNOW that I am God

 

Be still …

The Receipt of God’s Love brings Healing

After a long day writing what God has put on my heart I sat on the tube ready to go home.  I realized that when I stopped work after a busy day I just had this sense of God’s love.  All I wanted to do was stop and rest in it, bathe in it even.  I felt this as I was leaving work but I wanted to be still and I could do that on the tube – with my noise cancelling headphones on – with no music – in the quiet.

Being still really allowed me just to soak in it.  It was beautiful.  It is beautiful – for it is still there as I write.  However, it is best experienced doing nothing – “Be still and know that I am God!”

As I sat there I just knew there was healing at work in my heart.  The anxiety I had been feeling was gone.  Sitting in the silence I also felt God’s peace at work within me and His pleasure in me.

It was then that the phrase came to me:

“The Receipt of God’s Love brings Healing.”

I recognised that given God’s love is a constant that somehow there had been something in me preventing that receipt.  It was like something blocking the flow of a river.

So I started asking what blocks the flow?

For most of us it is a lack of belief that can often be our biggest blockage.  Do we trust God for who He is.  It’s why worship is so important.  When I was writing on Giving and Receiving worth it was a series of thoughts born out of my feeling of low self-esteem this morning.  Tied into this was also a feeling of anxiety – worrying about what people who are important to me might think of me.  I went on to write that we need to start with worshiping God at these times.  In doing so, we are reminded of who He is and what He is like (His unconditional love) and that reaffirms our identity in Him as children of God.  That restored my self-worth – as I accepted it was not dependent on what I did and was not diminished by my failures but was rather dependent on what Christ has done for me and my adoption into God’s family.

Quite simply, this restored my belief that I am loved!

In addition receiving and accepting His forgiveness meant that I could sit and receive His love with a clear conscience.

For more see:

Engraved on His hands

and

Giving and Receiving Worth

This went on with thoughts about honour as well as love.  When we honour someone we recognise and value them for who they are.  I recognised that we cannot seek honour from others but can only bestow it on someone else.  On God most importantly through worship.  When I reminded myself that I am a son of God – adopted in the family, I realized there was no greater honour for me.  To take that on I had to accept and receive the honour that God has given me.

There’s no taking love and honour

I also wanted to dig in to how I can share what I write more effectively – looking to Jesus’ own example.  This lead to these posts:

A Continuous Walk with God

Expert map readers and guides

and finally, see the comment on the last post.

In that comment it was like one of those “light bulb”moments.  Where the answer of what I was looking for is so simple.  It is a simple answer but it will take a life time to put in into practice.

Having found this new treasure I felt God’s pleasure for both putting the effort in to dig deeper (being hungry and thirsty for righteousness) and also in the finding of an answer I can now take away and apply.

So, as I write this I realize I have been blessed today having been healed of the anxiety and low self-esteem I felt in the morning (through worship and reminding myself of God’s truth) and also in knowing God’s pleasure in finding a new piece of treasure I can build upon.

Will

 

Engraved on His hands

A beautiful picture of God’s love in ODB today – which has so fit with some thoughts God has given me this morning (to be shown in a later post).

Is 49:14-18

Can a mother forget her baby?

v16 – See, I have engraved you on the palms on my hands!  Wow!

Add to that the insight on how God remembers us!

Engraved on His Hands

The Right Way to Pray

I am discovering that ODB is becoming more and more a source of good content to further explore and gradually add to the painting of the picture I hope to develop in the Discipleship Framework.

This entry from Sept 16th is fundamental – PRAYER.

As I expand on the importance of the Christian Posture (Learning to Walk a Different Way) then the way in which we pray, what we pray for, how we position ourselves with the Lord and what we pray for will be central.

In addition, I now think I should add another category – a prayer diary.  To keep a record of prayers and hopefully add answers over time.

Matt 6:5-15

The passage itself needs mining.  There are also some very useful guidelines and comments from ODB.  The Lord’s prayer in particular needs dissection.

The passage tells us things about God’s character as well as what He asks of us.  It also reinforces who we are as children of God being able to address God as “Our Father.”

The Right Way to Pray

The Ultimate Satisfaction

A taster inviting us into great spiritual depth from ODB today.

The passage is an invitation from God to be satisfied as only He can satisfy.  The write-up from ODB points to passages which need deeper study to take hold of this great truth.

Is 55:1-7

The Ultimate Satisfaction

You Love Me?

ODB on Aug 29 2018

Mal 1:1-5

This speaks of how God’s love expressed through:

  1. Correction – for protection
  2. Being chosen – God’s choosing is not a momentary decision.

It also highlights our expectation that if someone loves us then they make sure we get what we want and that if we are in difficultly we often don’t take responsibility and it’s easier to blame God even though our own decisions will be what lead to our existing situation.

You Love Me?

Learning to Trust

This is one of the most awesome inspiring and timely posts I have received from ODB.  I can take a hint and I believe this is a strong one from the Lord!  It follows a sermon on worry yesterday.  I need to pull out those notes and compare, however, I believe this will strongly speak into the Discipleship Framework lens of Security and Authority.

Matt 6:25-34

Posture

Do not worry about your life.  That is a statement that covers everything, but he then focuses on food, drink and clothing – the basics needed for survival.  Jesus then points to God feeding the birds and clothing flowers and in both cases reminds us we are far more important to the Father then they are.  We need to trust God for provision.  This is about trust.  Putting our faith in God not storehouses!  Instead we are to seek after the Kingdom and righteousness (being right with God).  Don’t worry about tomorrow, not because it doesn’t matter but because today has enough troubles of its home.  Which I think means Jesus is encouraging us to be focused in the moment we are in, the people we are with and situation.

The writer from ODB says that even the strength to earn a living and “help ourselves” are gifts from a heavely Father.  She then goes to speak of the powerful testimony of her mother even with Alzheimer’s disease.

Purpose

So much of our purposes in life our focused on building and creating store houses for the future – just in case.  This passage says that instead we should focus on the Kingdom and righteousness.  These needs to be our purposeful life.

Going deeper – I need to contrast this with the sermon from Sunday.

Learning to Trust

Declaring Dependence

Such an important concept put very well by ODB.

John 5:16-23

Declaring Dependence