A good note from ODB. I would just add that the host had the good sense and grace not to allow pride to get in the way of accepting help …..
Still brings tears ….
It doesn’t matter what we look like, but there is so much beauty in a liberated spirit.
A liberated spirit is:
Full of joy
Free in the presence of God
Free from condemnation
Free from accusation
Cut-off from the lies of the enemy
Free to come before the throne
Free to express their heart
Living in the promises of God
Free to be their true self
Justified before a Holy God
Wholeheartedly grateful for deliverance
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 …
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:
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.
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:
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.
An ODB submission that invites the reader into worship, contemplating the vast capacity of God and contrasting that with his loving care for us.
From ODB: “As we study our star-spattered night skies, our Creator invites us to seek Him with passion and persistence. He hears every prayer and song of praise flowing from our lips.”
God’s identity: For me the psalm helps us see how the very act of worship brings us closer to more of God’s true identity. Majesty, the heavens, protection (a stronghold from the praise of children and infants).
Our identity: A little lower than the angels, crowned with glory and honour, ruling over the rest of creation.
Loss of Security / Identity
The Battle for Peace
Grace in Weakness reveals God’s Strength
“I SEE YOU. You were lost but I have found you, now stop being lost again and come enter my presence once more.
“Trust me, and keep trusting me for what I will do through you, for you and those you love. Trust and obey for then people will know that you love me and I will know that you love me.”
The Gospel can only be properly understood as good news when we understand just how terrible the bad news of separation from God is. It is not about who goes to heaven or hell. It is about the reality of reconciliation with God made possible through Jesus Christ.
I was reminded of something God has shown me historically in the last week.
I have always taken the phrase “It’s better to give than receive” as a given. It is something I have always accepted as good advice and a statement of truth. And I still do. That is not what God showed me!
For more on the phrase see:
10 Reasons why it is more blessed to give than receive. (this is an excellent encouragement to give and worth further study)
So, what was it I was reminded of?
It’s better to give than receive …..
But don’t steal the blessing from someone by refusing to receive what they want to give you.
Be grateful and let them know.
Don’t let pride get in the way of blessing.
Note that God loves to receive our gifts to Him!
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.
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.
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.