I know the one who held those oceans in his hands

Sometimes I think I forget just how great God is, just how powerful he is and when I think about that I wonder why sometimes I just don’t give him every burden just like that instead of clinging on.

I love Isaiah 40:31 – But those who trust in the Lord will receive new strength. They will fly as high as eagles. They will run and not get tired. They will walk and not grow weak.

Today I was reading an earlier part of that chapter and God’s power was really brought home to me.

Isaiah 40:12 – Who has measured the oceans by using the palm of his hand? Who has used the width of his hand to mark off the sky? Who has measured out the dust of the earth in a basket? Who has weighed the mountains on scales? Who has weighed the hills in a balance?

 GOD OF WONDER

God of wonder, God of power, oceans will rise and Kingdoms will fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever, alive and powerful, I know the one who held those oceans in his hands, he holds me too, I am not unloved, I was to die for and the same power that raised Christ from the dead lives in me, all the forces of darkness cannot stop what God has ordained, he flattens the mountains and enters my circumstances with power, when all else fades, God remains, when I had nothing left, I discovered that God is enough, he gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless, trust in him and you will soar on wings like an eagle, you will run and not grow tired, walk and not grow weak, our God is not meek, his might is unequalled, he is unrivalled, he’s measured the sky with the span of his hand, weighed the mountains on scales and measured the dust of the earth in a basket, I ask you can you think of anything more full of wonder than my awesome God who’s stronger and more powerful than all Satan’s armies, never lose sight of God’s immense might, don’t try and fight your battle alone, God knows, God sees, he says come to me, God protects, God shields us, God sent his son Jesus, cleared a way for the Lord in the wilderness, every valley lifted high that the glory of the Lord would be revealed, the Lord God full of might, the Lord God our everlasting light.

Incomprehensible to the human mind

I love this verse from Isaiah prophesying the birth of Jesus.  I was thinking how we need to revisit this verse more often than once a year, remembering just how great God is.  Are we in danger sometimes of taking him for granted or not fully appreciating his might?  The word “wonderful” stood out for me in this passage, are we still “full of wonder” when we think about Jesus?

  • Isaiah 9:6 – For to us a child is born, to us a son is given and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

God is awesome, wonderful and mighty in power, may we always have a sense of wonder and awe as we approach him.

  • Psalm 40:5 – Many, LORD my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.
  • Psalm 66:3 – Say to God, ‘How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies cringe before you.
  • Psalm 77: 13-14 – Your ways, God, are holy. What god is as great as our God? You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples.
  • Psalm 99:3 – Let them praise your great and awesome name –he is holy.
  • Psalm 147:5 – Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.

WONDERFUL

My God is an awesome God, full of wonder, which really means he is incomprehensible to the human mind, you will find no one to compare with him and no one can really take in the enormity of his deeds, you see they would be too numerous to declare, my God is an awesome God, always there, trust him to listen to your problems and guide you in the right direction, he is wonderful in counsel and excellent in wisdom, his love is so wide and so deep it sweeps all other loves away, how awesome is his name, holy, holy, holy, mighty in power, many are the wonders he performs, miracles that even the cynical cannot ignore, so store up these treasures in your heart, set time apart to ponder his might, be wowed, be amazed, be filled with wonder, set time apart to discover his magnificent splendour.

Hey have I ever mentioned that my God is the God of miracles?

I was praying with a lady in church this morning for a specific situation and as I said that things would get better her comment was “that will be a miracle”.  And yes it will be and one I look forward to celebrating with her in the near future.  Miracles come in all shapes and sizes and we need to be confident in God’s love and power and expect miracles, pray for miracles and trust God to provide.

  • Job 5:9 – He does wonderful things that can’t be understood. He does miracles that can’t even be counted.
  • Isaiah 61:1 – The Spirit of the Lord and King is on me. The Lord has anointed me to announce good news to poor people. He has sent me to comfort those whose hearts have been broken. He has sent me to announce freedom for those who have been captured. He wants me to set prisoners free from their dark cells.

IN NEED OF A MIRACLE

In need of a miracle? Hey have I ever mentioned that my God is the God of miracles, and OK you can’t see God cos he’s kind of invisible but trust me, faith is the opposite of sight, and you can’t see God right now but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t exist.  You see the list of miracles he performs is pretty much endless and it would be pretty much senseless for me to try and write them all down, but God’s son well he was pretty renowned for healing the sick, making blind men see, which makes me realistic.  I expect miracles and not just because they’re biblical, I expect miracles because I believe that Jesus has the power to break ever chain, to remove our pain, mend broken hearts and broken bodies, to speak into minds, give sight to the blind, he turns torment to fervent praise, the fearful become fearless, hope, well that’s never lost, the lost are found, the prodigals return, the anxious become unconcerned. Miracles mean that the unreachable becomes reachable, the unavailable becomes available, the unattainable becomes attainable and OK so miracles may be unexplainable to those who don’t yet know my Saviour but it’s kind of normal behaviour for those of us freed from the bonds of the past, for those healed of sickness, strengthened in our weakness, released from depression and countless obsessions, freed from addiction, worry and suspicion.  In need of a miracle?  Get down on your knees, stay the course and hold on to your belief in my God who performs wonders that cannot be fathomed and miracles that cannot be counted.

 

Live your life in tandem with God

Working through my Bible reading plan and I arrived at Job.  What despair!  I really ploughed through this one thinking will this never end and then WOW chapters 38 and 39 and it just gave me such a jolt of how amazing is our Creator God.

WHAT MAJESTY!!

What majesty, what creativity, can you see the glory of God echoed in his Creation? Innovation doesn’t begin to cover it, you see when you really think about the depths of intricacy required to provide us with this awesome planet you need more than a bit of human talent.  Supernaturally created our God saturated the world with beauty, get this, the sea enclosed with invisible doors, it comes so far but knows its space.  He commands the morning, causing dawn to know its place, but here’s a question, where does light reside?  Where does it hide when darkness comes, and come to think where does darkness reside?  Visualise this, storehouses full of hail and snow, stocks of thunderbolts ready to throw, water jars filled ready for God to lift up his voice to the clouds and command the jars to spill. And I have an impression that there is a frost in heaven prepared to turn water as hard as stone, where does the ice come from, that’s another unknown?  He causes the seeds to sprout, the plants to grow, he sees all creatures as they give birth, his eyes roam the earth as he observes his creation. He laid the foundations at the beginning of time as we know it, God in perfect control of this planet and that’s how he planned it and you see he planned lives for you and for me, each day ordained and written in his book don’t you just wish you could take a look? But better still you can ask him to take control, live your life in tandem with God, no longer making random choices or listening to voices that lead you into temptation, God, the author of Creation wants you to walk with him, I can’t think of anything more tempting than the life God wants to give to me and I embrace it now wholeheartedly.

What greater joy can there be than to know that the real joy, the serious stuff is yet to come

So today in church we were talking about joy and as Christians are we really filled with God’s joy?  You know I have times when I am up and times when I am down and appreciate that life can get in the way sometimes if we let it, yet I know that I have never experienced happiness and joy like I do now, God has filled me with an inextinguishable joy that fills my heart, how amazing and awesome it feels too and we have the promise that what we are feeling now pales to nothingness compared to the joy we will have in heaven AWESOME.  I believe God is making my love increase and overflow for others, that he is building up great joy in my heart and he has plans to use all that love and joy to help others come to know him too AWESOME

1 Thessalonians 3: 12-13 – May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. 13 May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones

Nehemiah 8:10 – Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

GOD NEVER FAILS

We have a God who never fails, a God whose love is unending, a God who spends his time defending us from the enemy, a God who gave his son for our salvation and what more joy can I have in my heart than to know I will never again be apart from his love, never be separated from his grace, joy fills my heart daily as I increase and thrive in his love, inexpressible joy, I have an assurance that you are in control of the detail, no matter how small or how large you are in charge, my confidence is in you and that ultimately means everything is going to be good, so why wouldn’t I praise you in all circumstances as you command us cos now I know I am worthy of having joy in my life, I think of your sacrifice, your life laid down for me and I cannot be down, my heart leaps for joy at the amazing plans you’ve laid down for me and as I follow the paths you have planned for my life I am filled with joy in your presence, Lord you gave me the best present ever when you gave your son to save me, I sing for joy, shout aloud to the rock of my salvation, I claim your love the love that gives life, I claim joy that no man can take away from me, the joy of the Lord is my strength and what greater joy can there be than to know that the real joy, the serious stuff is yet to come when we claim our crowns in heaven, that’s when the fun really begins, where we’ll sing and praise all of our days, where there will be no crying or wailing, no tears of sadness, where our hearts will overflow with gladness as in his presence we receive fullness of joy, what joy fills my heart as I consider what part I will play on the day Jesus comes again, such wonderful joy that can never, ever be taken away.

Open the heavens Lord pour out your Spirit in me

Wow the power of the Holy Spirit is working in me and it’s so exciting had a real encounter with him last night, filled to over flowing and it was awesome, something I pray for more of every day.

THIS IS MY PRAYER

Breathe on me breath of God, breathe so hard into an emptiness that only you can fill, deep places in my soul hand designed by you and reserved for you to fill, give me an immense strength, faith, courage to let you take control for just as I see that the whole earth is filled with your Glory I yearn for more, open the heavens Lord pour out your Spirit in me, fill me to capacity, full, filled and fulfilled, my brain is full of joy, my heart sings, the God of all hope overflowing from me, Spirit of God who raised Jesus from the dead fall afresh on me, empty me of me so you can fill me with you, knock me off my feet, sweep me away each and every day, Holy Spirit you are welcome here, overflow from me, intercede for me in my weakness, strengthen me to receive your power, my soul thirsts for you, I delight in you as you delight in me, I say yes to the journey may impossibility become my reality through your Spirit working in me.

Believe and step out in faith, partnering with God

Well another first in my Christian journey and, well just to say AMAZING, our God is awesome.  I was part of a small prayer group and we were praying for healing for one of the group from a long term issue with severe pain and hampered movement in her arm, it was suggested that we needed not to pray necessarily for healing of the arm but for healing of the root cause of the problem and that’s what we did and she reported pains in her neck and then a “release” of those pains and she was able to move the arm and felt only a minor discomfort (which we continue to pray for) but HEY God is awesome and I was stoked to think that God would use a small group of women in such a way and this morning I was reminded of John 14:12

Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

OUR HELPER

God gave us his helper, a helper who is ever present, who lives in me, yes the Holy Spirit lives in me, he’s there to teach and remind me, remind me of what God wants for me, from me and to do through me, I will do great things for God, believe and do great things, believe and step out in faith, partnering with God, mission impossible becomes mission accomplished, unbelief my only limit, my potential unlimited, I take a risk, it’s time, time to trust and obey and do all things in Jesus name, he is near to all who call on him, his power invested in his children, there is power in his name, power to accomplish all these things, let God direct your steps, let God provide your wings and you will soar like the Eagle and you will touch all people, healing hearts and minds for you are no longer blind to the truth that set you free and because you believe, truly believe in God the Father he promises that your works will be greater, his power in you a powerful weapon, you can genuinely serve as God’s reflection.