Walking through the park there are so many squirrels feeding off all the food left out for any animal and vermin to feed off. I feel that sometimes we can think we are being kind and ‘looking after nature’ when really we’re increasing health and hygiene risks, and loosening the boundaries of good stewardship..
How parallel is this to our spiritual lives..? We can sometimes believe that we are ‘helping’ and ‘supporting’ others, when in all honesty we are trying to be their saviour and are only hindering their falling into God’s mighty hands of power, ability and love.
We become their ‘feeders’ when they a God-given ability to be able to feed themselves.
We don’t like to see people ‘hungry’/hurt and so we want to molly-coddle them to keep them from the discomfort.. and this is caring..but it can also hinder the processes where growth and pain is needed to go through to address and turn away from whatever is causing the dis-ease.
God is unafraid of us going through fire as He promises to always be with us.
Let us trust in Him as well as trusting others unto Him.
Isaiah 43.2: When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.
Reading Matthew 8.23 this week, I discover that even though the disciples were in their comfort-zone of being aboard a boat; when the storms came it quickly became a place of discomfort and needing faith and God to move and intervene.
As I thought about this, I am reminded that God always wants us to be full of faith in every area of our lives- comfort-zones included. That we need to be dependent on who we are in Christ rather than our own self-confidence and ability.
Let us never forget that we need God as much on our good days as we do on our bad days.
That it is not by might. Nor by power. But by the Spirit of God.
Jesus Calms the Storm
Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples. Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm.
This time of being alive is so exciting! In the middle of England there is going to be an iconic sculpture to celebrate our answered prayers! Not only for our generation, but for those to come!
The sculpture will be made of one million bricks- each one representing an answered prayer! These answered prayers can be found on the database for worldwide encouragement and engagement, or via technology if you’re at The Wall itself- crazy amazing stuff!!
An amazing and impossible feat by man, but more than possible with God Almighty!
Check it out and get your prayers on a brick to encourage and speak of God’s goodness for during your lifetime and beyond!
This week I went to a kettlebell class for the first time in ages, and for the following 4 days I have been in so much pain!!! As I have been struggling up and down the stairs, I think to myself that to grow and get stronger is such a painful process!
I am so glad that God is unafraid of our pain and moaning and complaining because He knows what we need, rather than what we enjoy in our comfort zone!
And how encouraging is it when what causes us so much pain one day, will be our warm-up as we get stronger.. I love that!
The process is unending but there is great Hope and Strength being built- whether that is in our physical muscles or spiritual ones.. All naturality has a spiritual parallel! 🙂
God, build within us an enduring spirit to continue through the process until we reach our end..
‘And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to go round the land of Edom; and the soul of the people became impatient because of the journey (their soul was much discouraged because of the way)’ (Nu 21:4) After many years of walking thru the wilderness, the people of God […]
The Kingdom of God is not how we would work out in our natural thinking. God has a totally different style and way..
He has said that we are sent out like lambs among wolves (Luke 10.3).
Lambs and wolves have no connection, common ground, similarities, etc.. One is for the daytime and totally harmless; the other for night and unapproachable. One is innocent and carefree and the other roams around in packs desiring lambs for food! And yet Jesus is clear that He is sending lambs to be among wolves.
This amazes me.
I love that He is unafraid for us.
He is secure that He is not going to lose any one of the lambs. He has full security in His prayer to God for their protection (John 17.15).
How different is this from our comfort zone and religious boxes of ‘safety’?! Jesus is unafraid of what we think He would take issue with. What an amazing example for us to live unafraid of going out into the dark night to meet with those who should be our natural danger zone!
Let us live life unafraid. Wise and gentle. Innocent and strong. In the world but not of it. Just as our Example and Leader shows us..
Today is the Saturday in-between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, and I can’t help but think how this in-between stage of Jesus dying and raising again from the dead is a point of deep sadness and confusion.. Followers of Jesus had been taught and come to revelation that He is the Christ and Son of God, and then “can’t even save Himself” as He hangs to die like a criminal.
Imagine being around at that time and not having the next chapters to read straight away to miss out the process of being part of that confused pain…
Doesn’t it sometimes feel like this during the process of prophecy being fulfilled?
Let us hold on to the hope and the Word of God that never fails. Even when it looks like the very Word of God has died, He is able to bring resurrection life, bringing the authority over life and death.
Jesus, please help us to know that You do not promise what You aren’t going to bring to completion. Help us to trust in You even when we are in the middle part of the prophecy and feeling a dark depth of despair and confusion. And then help us not to be so grieved that we can’t recognise You when you come alongside us to walk us into awareness of Your deeper plan and purposes.