Posted by: lepages | November 12, 2009

Pointing….

I’ve heard it said that its rude to point, but all I was doing was repairing the wall! Yes, I’ve had my first go at pointing work, and I’ve discovered preparing walls is a bit like moving net curtains….. you really shouldn’t do it…. the more you uncover the more you find there is to do. Oh well, it’ll be worth it when its done and the wall is all freshly painted… its only been waiting about 4/5 years since we had our replacement windows fitted…. oopppssss! (You can tell I love DIY stuff!) Pointing is done, just need to give mortar a day to dry, sand off any excess and then I can get on with the painting!

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Pointing made me think about getting the point. Read an interesting article in The Times this morning called ‘Gene shows why we can talk, but chimps can’t answer back.’ Interesting read, talking about how a small differential in the FOXP2 gene allows human beings to communicate via language, which no other living creatures are able to do. Have to admit, just made me think, its another marker of how we are created in the image of God, unlike the rest of the natural world – one of the many things that mark us out as different from the rest of creation! God is a God who loves to communicate. Fitting that us being made in his image should love to communicate also!

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Read from 1 Samuel 8 this morning and first verses struck me:-
“When Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons as judges for Israel.
The name of his firstborn was Joel and the name of his second was Abijah, and they served at Beersheba. But his sons did not walk in his ways. They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice.” 1 Samuel 8:1-3 New International Version

We live in an unchanging world – those words describing a situation several thousand years ago, are phrases which hit our headlines again and again – the names may not be the same – but how interesting – we love to name the names don’t we – to have someone else to look down on. Even in the last few days the words ‘dishonest gain’, ‘bribes’, ‘perverted justice’ have featured in news reports in our papers, radios and tv’s. We react to the stories when we hear them. For the Israelite people the result was they wanted a king like everyone else, instead of trusting God as their king. I wonder what the result is for us as a nation as we see failure in our society?

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“Unresponsiveness in God’s people is still the greatest barrier to the supernatural and miraculous breaking forth amongst us. Responsiveness is not merely, or chiefly, a matter of psychology, of course; the spirit and mind are essential in this.”
Philip Greenslade, Leadership p58

I wonder how often we feel we need to have some special prompt from God before we will step forward to receive from him? I wonder how many of us take seriously the Word of God which says “…eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy.” 1 Corinthians 14:1b (NIV)
Eagerness doesn’t have to be an emotional response. It can be a decision, to pursue God, and all he has for us.

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Then Haggai, the Lord’s messenger, gave the people this message from the Lord: “I am with you, says the Lord!”
So the Lord sparked the enthusiasm of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the enthusiasm of Jeshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the enthusiasm of the whole remnant of God’s people. They began to work on the house of their God…
Haggai 1:13,14 New Living Translation

How often have we known the LORD coming and saying to us, and reminding us, that he is with us? Surely such a wondrous knowledge, that God, the Creator of all things, is with us, should spark enthusiasm to go and live for him, and see his kingdom coming on earth, as it is in heaven.

I wonder if the Holy Spirit has been pointing out some things to you, as he has to me?

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