My mouth like a sharpened sword ready at all times to quote from his word

Never think you are not good enough, never feel like you are not in the right place, doing God’s work.  Listen to this amazing word – before I was born the Lord called me.  WOW how can we ever be anything but awestruck by that.  How blessed to be anointed and chosen by God.

Isaiah 49: 1- 3 Listen to me, you islands; hear this, you distant nations: Before I was born the Lord called me; from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name. He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver. He said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will display my splendour.”

 BEFORE I WAS BORN

Before I was born the Lord called for me, think about that in all its simplicity, God called for me, he saw me in my Mother’s womb and even then he knew me, he knew the plans he had for me, to prosper me, protect me from harm, his arms already reaching out to enfold me as I was born into the reality of a fallen world where for a time I would not know the depth of love he had for me, chosen by God it was only a matter of time before I admitted my crime of turning my back on my wonderful Saviour, until I confessed all my behaviour that was sinful, until I knelt in obedience before my God and asked for his forgiveness, and how he has blessed me making my mouth like a sharpened sword ready at all times to quote from his word, he hid me in his shadow when life’s path got quite narrow and he carried me when it got so hard that I needed him to support my scarred and weary body, God almighty caring for me until I was ready to be released as a polished arrow to penetrate at the heart of need, concealed in his quiver until like a river of living water he released me to display his glory and splendour, he used me, a sinful offender because God no longer sees the sinful parts once we give him our hearts, he doesn’t see what we were but what we can be, he sees our potential to be successful fishers of men, he loves us unconditionally, can I hear an AMEN?

He forgave me my trespasses back at the Cross

I was meditating on God’s word today and I just felt God saying that I am Anointed, Blessed, Loved and Elevated.  God’s words to me today. WOW, I am ABLE.

This immediately reminded me of the verse:

Philippians 4:3 – “I am able to do all things through God who strengthens me”.

It also made me think about other Bible verses that talk about our “ability” to do things:

  • 1 Corinthians 10:13 – God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able
  • John 9:15 – So the Pharisees asked him again how he had gained his sight. He replied, “He put mud on my eyes and I washed, and now I am able to see.”
  • Acts 26:22 – But I obtained help from God and so I am able to stand here to this day, testifying to both the common people and to those in prominence.
  • Romans 1:15 – For which reason I have the desire, as far as I am able, to give the knowledge of the good news to you
  • 1 Corinthians 14:18 – I give praise to God that I am able to make use of tongues
  • 2 Corinthians 1:4 – who comforts me in all my distress, so that I am able to comfort people who are in any distress by the comfort with which I myself am comforted by God.

I AM ABLE

Fearfully and wonderfully made, anointed with oil my cup overflows, the Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, anointed and blessed, no long oppressed but blessed by a God who delights in me outrageously, loving me despite my blemishes, he forgave me my trespasses back at the Cross, he let me off, my sins forgiven and my freedom obtained, no shame, no blame and when I gave my life to be one of his anointed children he elevated me into heavenly Kingdoms, my thoughts no longer of this world, for I am a citizen of heaven in my temporary home, anointed to make known God’s love to all around me, to use the gifts he’s given me to lift others from obscurity and let God set them free, I am able to do all God asks of me exactly because he chose me, my path defined, my blind eyes made to see, my heart filled with desire to pass on what he has done, my joy to praise my Jesus, Son of God with tongues,  my mouth is filled with praise, his love spills over into me, my role to be all he asks me to be, to speak in truth, to speak in love, to bring God’s word down from above, to walk in faith, to walk in love, anointed, blessed, loved and elevated, forever I will shout of his greatness.

Here for a cause, anointed with a message the world needs to hear

I am trying to learn a Bible passage, Isaiah 61. So far I have learnt the first two verses:

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor, he has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoner, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn

The rest of the passage is amazing too, but these verses speak volumes of what God expects of me and what he has given me.  Since becoming a Christian God has been working in my life and I truly believe all that he is doing in me just serves to further this anointing.  I am called to proclaim good news, to support those who are struggling, to proclaim freedom over so many different types of bondage that people find themselves in and to bring comfort.  I am made in the image of God therefore love is the reason for my existence.

SURROUNDED BY LOVE

Love, the reason for my existence, God’s favour outweighs all opposition and I have come to the conclusion that it’s better to have God’s approval than the world’s applause, I am here for a cause, anointed with a message the world needs to hear, surrounded by God’s favour I will never waver from my calling, enjoying his mercies, new every morning, a blessed overcomer benefitting from an explosion of God’s goodness which surrounds me all the days of my life, I am more than a conqueror through him who loved me, anointed to be a beacon of light, to take up my sword and fight as a daughter of the living God, the Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, anointed and blessed, I will not rest, I will not give up , I’m a child of God and I’m surrounded by love.

God put a great big CROSS in my box

God elected us – chose us, that was the theme of our evening worship yesterday and it is still a blessing to me every time I think about how God chose me.  We are just average people living average lives and then God pops up because we are on his list, we have been chosen and he calls us to follow.  What a privilege but also a responsibility.  I was looking at a painting by a Christian artist on Saturday and it was a stairway from heaven of water (living water) and the artist was saying that most Christians stay at the bottom of the staircase, still getting wet from the water but not venturing closer to God.  However God wants us to seek him and we can get closer if we take first one, then another and yet another step of faith.  He chose us so in my mind there is no way we should shy away from seeking him with all our heart, mind and soul. 

1 Peter 2:9 – But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

CHOSEN

Part of a chosen generation, God put me in this situation, strategically orchestrating my steps since I chose to say yes, overlooked by others but handpicked by God, privileged to be valuable to my Saviour, confident in my labour, beloved child of God, anointed and appointed, elected by God, like if God had to tick polling cards he put a great big CROSS in my box, the cross meant that I was forgiven, I was chosen, I was part of God’s holy nation and the CROSS signifies that I too have died to the old and have risen with the new, part of God’s elected crew, ready to do his will, ready to be still and hear his voice, to jump up in worship and to rejoice, ready to serve, ready to follow, to give God unique control over all my tomorrows.

The whole earth is his, yet he treasures me

Was given a word earlier in the week:

1 John 2:27 – As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit–just as it has taught you, remain in him

I have been looking at this and it has led me to some other verses, in particular:

  • John 15:7 -If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you
  • Exodus 19:5 – Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine..

Exploring these verses has led me to appreciate more the importance of allowing God to lead, guide and counsel me, to understand the importance of living in his word, reading it daily, praying it over situations and understanding all that he says so that I can obey him.  It also makes my heart skip a beat that I am a treasured possession of God even though the whole earth belongs to him, wow.

VICTORY

Chosen, wanted, appointed, anointed by God to do his work, needing no other teacher as he reaches into my heart, sets me apart, living in me and I in him, I remain in him and allow his words to live in me, God put me here for a reason and this is my season to spend much needed time on my knees living the dream, spending time with my Father, abiding in his love, giver of life, his anointing teaches me all things and I remain in fellowship with him, claim the love that never ends, the joy that makes me full, a friendship that’s endless, my dependence only on my God who loves me, I am no longer of this world, I remember God’s word, “obey him fully and you will be treasured”, above all his possessions, the whole earth is his, yet he treasures me, where now Satan your victory?

Have you seen my crown of beauty?

How amazing to think that God has anointed us but also a great responsibility.  We have a message for the world and we should not shy from delivering the message at every possible opportunity, that’s what I aim to do every day yet sometimes it is hard to seize the opportunities and I resolve to try harder to seek out opportunities to witness for God.

Isaiah 61 – the year of the Lord’s Favour

BLESSED

I am anointed for God’s favour cos I have a message the world needs to hear, a message that speaks to all, that drives out fear, hearts may ache but God brings joy, good news for the poor, freedom from earthly anxieties and needs, comfort for the bereaved, a release from darkness into light, God fights for us, we just need to be still and allow his will to be done, God turns the bitter into sweet, only my God can bring beauty from ashes, have you seen my crown of beauty?  Have you heard what he did for me? Jesus set me free from so much trash, he took the ashes of my life, shone his light into all the dark places, his grace is enough, enough to wipe your slate clean, I mean the whole thing, delivering me from what I’ve done and what others have done to me, he will restore, rebuild and renew every part of me, I will be as a mighty oak tree displaying his splendour, praise replacing sadness, gladness overflowing from every part of my being, I own nothing yet I have everything, instead of my shame I proclaim God’s mercy and love, receive double the blessings and eternal joy, all who see me will know that I have grown, I am a new creation and the elation I feel in my heart cannot be held down, I are blessed, clothed with salvation, dressed to impress with robes of righteousness, I have been planted for God’s glory and God will use my story to illustrate his healing power, his mercy and grace, his favour is on me and I am blessed.