Don’t sit there and say it’s someone else’s battle

Was struck by two things this morning.  Firstly, a social media post from The Passion Translation, which was based on 1 Timothy 6:11-13, entitled I hear his thunder, “I am calling the men back to me” and secondly my daily reading from Joel 3:

Joel 3:9-11 – Say to the nations: “Get ready for war! Be eager to fight. Line up for battle and prepare to attack. Make swords out of ploughs and spears out of garden tools. Strengthen every weakling.” Hurry, all you nations! Come quickly. Ask the Lord to bring his warriors along

The theme of both was similar, we are called to God’s army, we are called to arise and follow God, to claim the victory.  This is a war and we need to be ready to serve under God.  The Joel reading made me sit up and take notice as it states the opposite of Isaiah 2:4 which promises us a future where we will make ploughs from our swords and we will never war amongst ourselves again.  It’s the hope, the future joy that we are fighting for, the day of victory when all will be free.

BE EAGER TO FIGHT

War, a war to end all wars, be ready, be eager to fight, line up for battle and prepare to attack, don’t be settled in your ways, don’t sit there and say it’s someone else’s battle, don’t allow the shackles to be reapplied, Satan is real and Satan tells lies, do you hear God’s thunder?  Do you hear God’s call?  That call not for some, that call is for all, arise, put on your armour, don’t risk becoming a foreigner in your own land, stand up, stand tall, be prepared with your all, that’s what God desires, a nation of people with fire burning inside, a tribe of warriors, followers with no fear of the barriers strewn in their way, victorious in attitude, committed in pursuing the truth, standing up for Jesus, claiming his promise of triumph and victory, overthrowing the enemy, marching together into his land of plenty.

Restoration, healing, a pledge that you are my new creation

My bible readings this week are based on Joel and today I read:

Joel 2:25- I, the Lord your God, will make up for the losses caused by those swarms and swarms of locusts I sent to attack you

Restoring the years the locusts have eaten is a reality to me.  This verse which was given to me very early on in my walk with God has come to mean so much to me.  It is a promise I hold dear, a promise from God which I can see him answering over and over again.  God is faithful and good, he bears no grudges and will use each and every one of us as we desire to draw close to him, regardless of how our years may have been wasted.

RAPID GROWTH

I made some mistakes, I left it quite late to fess up and speak to God, I’d made some bad choices, listened to wrong voices, my track record was not something to be proud of, but as I laid it all on the ground at the foot of the Cross, I received a promise that affected me profusely, I will restore those years, the years where you were fearful, angry, tearful, those days of hurt and sorrow, of wishing that tomorrow would never come, I vow that from now on as you draw close to me, have faith in who I made you to be, you will be restored.  Restoration, healing, a pledge that you are my new creation, nothing you have gone through will ever be wasted, let me do this new thing in you, love me and let me love you, let it go and I will show you all that I have planned for you, acceleration as you spend your time in worship and adoration, rapid growth as you soak in my presence, blessings upon blessings as you confess your sins and repent, the life you dreamt of a reality, perfect peace and harmony, knowing who you’re meant to be, living life expectantly

 

Wake up sleeper, it’s time to glorify God

When God calls us to do his work there are probably three responses.

  1. Here I am Lord send me
  2. I’m not ready yet, give me time
  3. Who me? No, think you’ve got the wrong person

I just feel that when God calls we have to be confident that he knows we are ready, he knows we are the right person (or why else would he be calling us) and respond in the positive, here I am Lord.

Haggai 1:2 – You say this isn’t the right time to build a temple for me

Haggai 1:8 – But first, go to the hills and get wood for my temple, so I can take pride in it and be worshiped there

Philippians 1:6 – And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 5:4 – “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

WAKE UP SLEEPER

Wake up sleeper, it’s time to glorify God, whilst you’ve been sleeping God’s been keeping his covenant of love, he has been with you, perfecting his plans for you, so now give careful thought to your answer, give careful thought to the path you will follow, God is not just with you, he is in you, so you go girl, you give God the glory, let God take pride in your story, if you never step up to the plate it may be too late, if you never put yourself out there, how can he finish the work that he started, when called change your answer, not why me, but what can I learn from this, called to walk in God’s strength, obedience is what he demands, you may not see it yet, but all things work together for good, without God in our lives nothing would happen, we would be left mapping out the course for ourselves and we know that ends in disaster, if God’s not in it, we might as well forget it, this is the right time, this is my time, time to shine, my body a temple of the Lord, a temple of which he can take pride, a temple where the Lord himself resides.

Times when we cry out to Jesus

We need you now – words of a song that resound today. With all that is going on in this country, let alone the rest of the world, we need you Jesus.  Actually, it brings it home how insular we are at times, when things happen in our own country it seems to impact us more.  The site of a burning tower block in London resounds, maybe because we can relate to it more than a burning building in Syria or Iraq.  But the result is the same, loss of life, loss of homes, pain and suffering.  Jesus we need you now to step into all these situations, come Lord Jesus.

COME LORD JESUS

Be truly glad, wonderful things are ahead, but there will be trials to endure, times of hardship, times of questioning, asking why, times when we will cry out in fear or anger, times that we face mortal danger, times when we cry out to Jesus, come take on this situation, come save our nation, we know that Satan is already defeated, we’re ready to see him depleted, unable to cause any more suffering, come with your comforting, come with your love, come down from heaven above and make this right, come shine a light that draws all men, come Lord Jesus we ask Amen

Would I say this in front of you? 

Worship is not a single act, it is a continuous act.  It is how I live my life, minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day.  Just reminded of how great an opportunity that is to give God the glory in everything I do and say.

  • Psalms 29:2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendour of holiness.
  • Psalms 95:6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!
  • Psalms 99:5 Exalt the LORD our God; worship at his footstool! Holy is he!

 WORSHIP

Expressing my deep love for you, devotion to you God, my life a sacrifice, Whatever I do let it be for you, whatever I say, may it be pleasing to you, would I say it in front of you?  If I want to be worshipful in all of my actions I have to think would this be my reaction if Jesus was here standing by my side, would I open my mouth so wide and say these words if the risen Lord was in the room, would I do this if Jesus was here, would I watch this programme, read this book, would I post that comment, indulge in gossip, would I call her that name, to my shame there are times when my actions are not what I would want God to see, sometimes there’s less of God and more of me in the way I live, truthfully there are times I should forgive that little bit quicker, bite my tongue and not be so critical, times I should listen and give more of me and for that Lord I say please forgive me, let my life be a light, a beacon of hope, let my worship be searching, let it be demanding, challenging me to think of your sacrifice for me and comprehending that I can be worshipful in different ways, in all my ways acknowledging you, in all my ways being true to you, my life an act of worship at your footstool.

Not Jesus mentality

I’ve been reading Joel this morning and one of the comments about the passage spoke of this quote:

“We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

Is this not a good reminder to look outside of our own, small world into the bigger picture and consider what it is God is telling us? How can I make a difference to all the pain and suffering?  One thing’s for sure, if I never look out of my own bubble, I’m never going to make an impact.

CARE

Pain, suffering, children dying, malnutrition, contention, war, bloodshed, hostile actions, reactions, terrorism, racism, dictatorships, persecution, provocation, incarceration, poverty, insufficiency, famine, addiction, depression, debt, let’s not shy away from this pain, living in a sheltered bubble, no exposure to the troubles that surround us, that’s not Jesus mentality, the reality is this world needs us, open your ears to the groaning, pick up your megaphone and intercede, get on your knees, Jesus teaches us to love, love our neighbours, not just those who surround us, reach out in prayer, let them know that we care, arise, react, interact and impact.

Choose joy, rejoice and be glad

I wasn’t sure what to blog on today, I know it’s going to be a tough day as I am going to see my Dad, who is really suffering with bone cancer.  He’s not in a good place right now and as I was thinking about my Blog this verse came to me.

Romans 8:18 – I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us

It’s easy to read and to agree in principle, but when we are suffering, really suffering pain and discomfort this must be a hard verse to fully comprehend.  But, we do have a glorious hope, we do know that in the future we will be renewed in Christ.  No more pain, no more tears, no more suffering and that has got to be enough to see us through.  Thank you God that we have that hope, without it our suffering would truly be unbearable.

JOY & DELIGHT

Joy, delight, jubilation, exultation, exhilaration await me,  choose joy, rejoice and be glad, worship and praise through the darkest days, this pain, this dark time not worth your breath for with death the pain will go, with death we will know the greatest joy as we are transformed, as we claim our space in heavenly places amongst the many faces of those who’ve cheered us on the way we will stand and claim the glory, our story never meant to be just this fraction of time, for this is just a fragment of the bigger picture, a snippet, hesitate and you will miss it, our lives eternal but our bodies are mortal, let’s face it it’s normal that they should rot and decay, this life transient, temporary, a fragment of time, a season, no reason to be so low, God tells us where it is we will go when our time here is done, his Son saw to it that we would have a better future, perfection ensured we wouldn’t lose out, have no doubt, the devil is a defeated foe it’s just his pride that makes him so determined to steal your joy, don’t give in, don’t allow him to destroy your peace, praise God throughout, worship at his feet, pray and praise without ceasing, let your worship be unending.