Let his temple be raised high, exalted above the hills

My readings this week are from Micah, quite a tough book to get your head around, and challenging in many ways.  I was drawn to the verses in Micah 4 which are also in Isaiah about the last days.  We are living in a time which I feel is like the last days, with war, terror and anarchy throughout the globe.  It is a comfort that one day God’s temple will be high and mighty, established as a place for all nations to worship, oh what a day that will be.

Isaiah 2:2-4 –  In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and all nations will stream to it.

Micah 4:1-2 – In the future, the mountain with the LORD’s temple will be the highest of all. It will reach above the hills, and every nation will rush to it. People of many nations will come and say, “Let’s go up to the mountain of the LORD God of Jacob and worship in his temple.”  The LORD will teach us his Law from Jerusalem, and we will obey him.

 DESPERATE FOR JESUS

Stop procrastinating, stop  thinking about it, talking a good talk but not walking the walk, turn to God and ask him sincerely what do you really want me to do, how can I serve you, what can I do, let him remind you that we are an invincible people, filled with God’s Spirit, we are not like other nations, following their idols, we are children of a God who has no rival, he has no equal, so let’s start living this story and stop waiting for the sequel, and OK if we fall down along the way we will rise again, if God is for us then who can stop us, let’s shout it from the mountain tops, let his temple be raised high, exalted above the hills, be filled with his joy, his love and his pleasure, go out into the world, the treasure trove before us, and let’s spread the word to a world desperately needing Jesus.

The only answer to terror is Jesus

Joining with you all as we are so saddened by the news from Manchester this morning.

Psalm 23:4 – Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil,

WALK

We walk through the valley of the shadow of death, swords drawn and ready, no need to be reminded that our fight is not against flesh and blood but the rulers of the darkness, we must bring the light, we must illuminate every corner, the light cannot remain under the bushel, our light must not be dimmed and snuffed out like so many young lives last night, it is right and proper that we speak out against evil, pray for revival, the only answer to terror is Jesus, the only answer to a world divided is a world united under one banner, the banner of love that flies above those who know him now, but one day at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, every tongue confess him King of Glory, he calls us to the great commission, to tell of what the risen Saviour means for those who mourn, for those who weep, for those with anger, those who live in danger every day, for those who worship other Gods and those who deny that our God exists, the list is endless, Jesus calls us to be disciples and today like no other day before, let’s take notice of this war that rages around us as Satan is desperate to gain ground, warriors of Christ stand up, be found ready and prepared, for we are not called to be scared and fearful, let us strike fear into the enemy, deny him a foothold in our community, stand in unity with our brothers and sisters, warriors of God, conquerors, victors.

This whirlpool something necessary for me to grow

I’m so stoked today I’m not even sure what I should Blog about, too many awesome messages from God 😊 I have been struggling over the past couple of weeks and really striving to sort it out in my own head.  Yesterday God gave me two images and a personal message that have given me an amazing peace and yet again just shows me how well he knows me, how much he loves me and how he wants me to thrive.

One of the images is of the sea, it’s calm and peaceful but in one spot there’s a whirlpool, round and round the water swirls, out of control, fast and furious yet all contained in the one spot. God’s showing me that this issue I have been striving with is not mine to struggle with.  He is using it to show me that he is using this whirlpool to clear out some stuff, to get things right and I don’t need to contribute with my angst and worry.  God’s in control and soon that area of my sea will be calm and peaceful again.

Psalm 18:2 – The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold

WHIRLPOOL

My mind’s a whirlpool, an undercurrent of striving rising within me, tell me God what do you see?  I shout out to God I need to know, I kick and scream, I want to dream the answer into being, I am clinging to sanity, losing track of reality, God where are you, where were you, how can you stand by and watch this vortex suck me under, my mind’s under attack, am I lacking faith, am I striving so hard to see your face that I fail to embrace your love, why do I fail to recognise that you have this in control, as I roll into a ball and face the wall, I call to you and that’s when the truth hits me, this is not my fight, God’s won the victory, this is God preparing me, not to be a foot soldier but a warrior, a woman of God hitting the ground running, this whirlpool something necessary for me to grow, but God wants me to let it go, the battle is his and as he prepares the way he says, rest in me, trust me, know that the plans I have for you are great, they’re good, they’ll prosper you, not harm you, they’ll arm you for the fight ahead, instead of striving, take my rest, take this peace that I give you, the peace that I leave with you until the day I return, learn from me, trust and believe, hold out your hands and lay this burden down, hold out your hands and claim your crown.

No compromise, enough of the lies,

Yet again another church is planning to vote on Gay Marriage, this time the Church of Scotland and it looks like they may succeed in passing this through.  I for one am praying for big changes in mindsets this week before they vote. Is anyone else getting weary of this roundabout, of let’s water down our faith for fear of being seen as homophobic?

God tells us in his word that homosexuality is wrong.  Why then are we bowing to pressure from secular society to allow gay people to marry in church?  People, this is our faith, this is what our God calls us to, to be obedient, to teach the truth, to save lives for his Kingdom.  #nocompromise

 #NOCOMPROMISE

No compromise, enough of the lies, enough of us bowing to secular pressure, no more, speak up and speak out, this is our faith, God is not to be taken for a fool, he has given us rules to live our lives by, wake up, smell the coffee, it’s Satan who lies, he seeks to infiltrate our lives, our church, stand strong, don’t allow him a sphere of influence, don’t let him create an ambiguous message that leaves our generation in a mess, giving them more and leaving them less, it’s not about free grace, it’s about seeking God’s face, Jesus never said it’d be easy, stop looking for easy answers and start asking questions, God how can I be a blessing to this generation who have their eyes on the destination but their hearts on earthly lusts, how can we show them to trust in your word, let us speak truthfully, give us the ability to reach out to those we see struggling with unanswered questions, give us patience as we repeat ourselves over again, each time the bible is brought into question let me never fail to mention that this is it, this is the God breathed truth, my working manual, my guide, don’t let them ride roughshod over your word, let my voice be heard, as I stand up for your word, if you want to be a child of God sometimes it’s going to be quite hard, sometimes you’ll need to change your ways, obedience is all he requires, and God is all my heart desires

Look he is coming with the clouds, every eye will see him

Acts 1:   9-11 – After Jesus had said this and while they were watching, he was taken up into a cloud. They could not see him, but as he went up, they kept looking up into the sky. Suddenly two men dressed in white clothes were standing there beside them. They said, “Why are you men from Galilee standing here and looking up into the sky? Jesus has been taken to heaven. But he will come back in the same way that you have seen him go.”

Do you ever gaze up at the sky as you pray?  I do this quite often as I use my dog walking time as a special time of talking to God.  I often look up at the sky, that’s where I imagine God to be, somewhere beyond the clouds, I lift my arms skyward in praise, I chat, sing, shout and praise my God who’s beyond the sky that I can see.

How awesome to think that the disciples witnessed Jesus returning to heaven, but even better than that, one day he will return in the same way.

No wonder I keep looking to the sky, in hope and confidence that Jesus will return again soon, come Lord Jesus.

TAKE A MINUTE

Just take a minute, go outside and look up at the sky, close your eyes and visualise Jesus ascending into heaven, this wasn’t his home just like it’s not mine, a temporary place to rest my head, Jesus himself said whoever believes in me will have eternal life, I know this human body is a makeshift  shelter for my soul and when God’s ready he’ll call me home to a world I’ve never known, yet long to see, a place of love and peace, a place where I will see Jesus face to face, he overcame this world before returning to his Father and just like David said, I’d rather spend one day in his courts than a thousand elsewhere, so as I gaze into the sky I wonder when he will return, when will his Kingdom come to earth, when will every knee bow and how will that happen, what will it sound like when we worship with passion, millions of voices praising our Saviour, all those who have found his favour rejoicing with fervour, what will it feel like to finally be with Jesus, to be home, never again to be alone, no more tears, no more pain, new bodies with no constraints, complaints a thing of the past as we sit at the feet of the Lamb at last, I can only imagine the joy we will feel when we look at the sky and see Jesus returning, the days of yearning finally over, look he is coming with the clouds, every eye will see him even those who pierced him, look Jesus is coming again, with all the Saints on earth to reign

Even I find myself more likeable

The fruits of the Spirit should flow out through us as the Holy Spirit flows through us like a stream of living water.  They should not have to be forced or worked upon, as we grow in the Spirit, as we receive the Spirit we become filled with the gifts and our lives are changed.

This should be an ongoing process, one that changes us for the better day by day.

Galatians 5:22-25 (CEV)  –  God’s Spirit makes us loving, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled. There is no law against behaving in any of these ways. And because we belong to Christ Jesus, we have killed our selfish feelings and desires. God’s Spirit has given us life, and so we should follow the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 1:22 – set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

Isaiah 12:3 – With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation

LIFE CHANGING

Life changing, giving my life to Jesus, nothing more, nothing less, just life changing. Obsessed, stressed, an effort to live, searching for a direction, seeking correction, out of my comfort zone, hard pressed and challenged on every side, holding on by my fingertips, slipping, ripping chunks out of my skin, failing to understand that sin had me gripped, sin had me chained, but that all changed the day I gave my life to Jesus, he put his seal of ownership on me, freedom from solitude, freedom from living a skewed existence from following the path of least resistance, no longer distant, God loomed large and gave me life, his Spirit living in me, changing me, living water flowed through me, washed away the old me, created a new heart within me, I may not yet be the finished article, but the change is remarkable, and even I find myself more likeable, life more enjoyable, nothing impossible because God is with me, life changing, the day that God picked me.

Am I my body or am I my soul living in this outer shell

Does anyone else struggle sometimes with making snap judgments about people.  Working in the retail industry I meet literally hundreds of people each year.  Since becoming a Christian I am less likely to judge people by outward appearance, but every so often I fail.  Interestingly the other day I was talking to a guy who I had made a snap judgment on and turned out as we got talking that he was a church goer and had recently visited Jerusalem on a tour.  Isn’t it great that God does not look at the outside of us, but straight into our hearts?!

1 Samuel 16:7 – But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’

I also love Psalm 139 where God goes even further, he knows when I sit down, when I get up, my thoughts before I think them, my words before I say them.  God surrounds me, his knowledge is incredible, his thoughts towards me beyond my comprehension.

It reminds me not to judge but also reminds me not to react if someone fails to see the real me, cos God knows the real me and that’s all that matters.

BODY OR SOUL

Am I my body or am I my soul living in this outer shell, can you tell what I’m thinking when you look into my eyes, if I am tall does that make me better than someone who’s small?  If I am fat do you wonder what causes me to indulge, when you see my tattoos do you think I’m a loser or are you someone who’s easily impressed by outward appearance, if I showed you my scars would you think I was damaged goods, someone who couldn’t cope with life unless they are clutching a knife, do you hear me talk and think I’m an outsider, do you see what I’m reading and think it’s beneath you, do you see me walk into church and think that’s my crutch, a place for those who don’t have much else going for them, do you condemn me for my faith, do you proverbially spit in my face, well that’s OK, what I can say is I don’t need your approval, I don’t need to have you love me, to endorse my choices, I don’t need human voices to tell me I’m doing OK, I am a child of God, God who looks past the surface, he disregards the body and looks straight to my heart, he knows what I think, he knows my motivation, my fixation on serving him with all that I have, he looks upon me and that makes me glad, he looks at my soul, the soul he made whole, he looks past my shell into the very heart of my being, he is all seeing, all knowing, my loving Saviour whom I will serve forever.