Posted by: lepages | March 22, 2010

Reflections, questions…..

prayers, thoughts and scriptures from time with God…

“Passion for God’s house burns within me.”
John 2:17 New Living Translation

I wonder how many of us have the same passion for God and his kingdom, for God’s presence, that Jesus had – Jesus was passionate about it to the point of violence (and premeditated at that……)

“And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he is the one who has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of malicious behaviour.”
Ephesians 4:30.31 NLT

How often in life do others bring sorrow to our lives with the things they do, with not meeting expectations, with disappointing behaviour and responses? How must the Holy Spirit feel with my life at times… help me always to get rid of the stuff that offends you Holy Spirit, to confess it and be cleansed from it and instead to live a life which is full of your presence and power, in which I delight in you and you delight in me.

“Yahweh is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger, and abundant in loving kindness.”

Psalm 103:8 World English Bible

Thank you Father that loving kindness is not just something that is a part of who you are, but something you abound in; thank you that you love to pour out abundant loving kindness upon our lives, thank you that you love to do that on my life.

“THE SPIRIT of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed and qualified me to preach the Gospel of good tidings to the meek, the poor, and afflicted; He has sent me to bind up and heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the physical and spiritual captives and the opening of the prison and of the eyes to those who are bound, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, the year of His favour and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, to grant consolation and joy to those who mourn in Zion–to give them an ornament (a garland or diadem) of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment [expressive] of praise instead of a heavy, burdened, and failing spirit–that they may be called oaks of righteousness [lofty, strong, and magnificent, distinguished for uprightness, justice, and right standing with God], the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”
Isaiah 61:1-3 Amplified Bible

Lord, for all those who mourn, would you do this, would you comfort them, would you strengthen them in their loss that they may grow strong in you.

“He who wins souls is wise.”
Proverbs 11:30 New International Version

Lord, give me the privilege of winning souls….

Quote from UCB Word for Today notes:-

“The gospel is only good news if we are willing to share it, and get it to those who need it in time. Too many of us have become preoccupied with our material well-being. Instead of believing God for the salvation of our loved ones, we’re believing him for houses, cars, holidays and so on.”

How sad, but how true…. Lord, wake your church up from its self-centred nature.

“People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”

Matthew 6:32-34 The Message

What a brilliant rendering of these verses from The Message – full of so much to reflect on – ‘people who don’t know God’ – an analysis of our society, obsessed with meeting material desires. ‘Steep your life in God reality, God initiative, God provisions’‘steep’, so fill your life in the reality of God, in what he’s doing, trusting him with everything – this is a radically different way of thinking, but what a joy and a delight.

“For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; it is he who will save us.”
Isaiah 33:22 NIV

How upside down is that??!! Those terms are the terms which we think are likely to condemn us – judge – oh no, he’s going to find me guilty – law giver – oh no I’ve failed again and again – king – I haven’t always acknowledged his Sovereignty in my life – he who is in the position where he is justly able to condemn us is the one who chooses not to do so and instead chooses to rescue and save us. Praise you Father for the abundance of your grace. And this is how he works this transforming miracle….

“I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws…. you will be my people, and I will be your God.”

Ezekiel 36:25-28 NIV

God doesn’t do things by halves! Radical transformation is what he’s about. Before he comes in to cleanse and renew us we find ourselves rebelling against his laws – ‘why should I be restricted in that way?’ After, our lives are turned upside down and we are saddened when temptation comes in and we fail to live up to God’s law in our lives. I sometimes wonder whether we truly lose sight of the incredible transformational work God does in our lives. Praise you lord. Continue your work in me.

Signing off till the next time.

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