Does the sound of my voice gives you butterflies

You just know when the Lord answers prayer.  As I cried out to him yesterday on my walk there was no immediate answer.  I was listening to the song “Spirit Break Out” and I was praying for heaven to touch earth, for Jesus himself to come down to be in a situation with me (the words in the song say, “no more separation”) I was asking God for protection and support as I face some tricky situations in my life.

As I prayed God prompted me to look at Zechariah 2:8 (this was very specific although I did read on) –

Zechariah 2:8-9 –  For this is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘After the Glorious One has sent me against the nations that have plundered you – for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye I will surely raise my hand against them so that their slaves will plunder them.  Then you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me.

It goes on in verse 10 to say:

Zechariah 2:10 – Shout and be glad, Daughter Zion. For I am coming, and I will live among you,’ declares the Lord

There was God’s answer to me in black and white. It backed up a promise he gave me right at the start of this year that although things were going to be difficult he was going to be with me through it all and prayer was the answer.  As I had asked him into the situation he had reassured me, I am coming and I will live among you.

What an awesome God we serve.

Deuteronomy 32:10-11 – In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste.
He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye,  like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them on its pinions.

Psalm 17:8-10 – Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings  from the wicked who are out to destroy me, from my mortal enemies who surround me.

Isaiah 60:15 – ‘Although you have been forsaken and hated, with no one travelling through, I will make you the everlasting pride and the joy of all generations

APPLE OF YOUR EYE

Does the sound of my voice gives you butterflies, does my smile make your heart skip a beat, do you glow when you think of me, do I make your world complete, do you have a special place for me, can I hide in the shadow of your wings, are you the wall of fire around me, will you come and dwell beside me, am I your everlasting pride, say you will never leave my side, do you incline your ear so you can hear me as I call, do you love it when I sing for joy, in a sea of people do your eyes search for me, would you part the sea for me, would you send your Son for me, sacrifice his life for mine?  Yes, then surely I am as you say, the apple of your eye.

Jesus wept.  That kind of swept me off my feet

Up until today I knew the shortest verse in the Bible was John 11:35 but I had never grasped its significance.

John 11:35 – Jesus Wept

As our preacher spoke of the death of Lazarus it started to dawn on me.  Jesus loves me in the same way he loved Lazarus.  As he wept openly at the tomb of Lazarus so he has wept at my “death”.  By that I don’t mean my physical death but the times when I turned my back on God, the times I chose to follow the world and not him.  Jesus wept over me.  In the same way that Jesus prayed at the entrance of the tomb of Lazarus I believe he prayed and interceded for me and continues to do so.

  • Hebrews 7:25 – Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them
  • Isaiah 53:12…. For he bore the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors
  • 1 John 2:1-2 – My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world

Now if that’s not outrageous love, I’m not sure what is!

JESUS WEPT

Jesus wept.  That kind of swept me off my feet, see if Jesus cried then he knows what we go through when the tears start to flow, he gets all the sadness when life brings us low, Jesus wept because he was human, his love for his friend all-consuming, his tears indicative of the pain he felt, the agony of loss, and this same Jesus cried over me, see, we are part of his family, each one of us holds a place in his heart, he gives us the glory that he too received, believing in you and believing in me and in the same way that he prayed for his friend, he prays and intercedes for our offences, he’s already taken the consequences but because of his outrageous love, because he thinks the world of us, this Jesus is our advocate, standing between us and the Father, praying for us to prosper, asking for us to be fostered into God’s family, interceding for our sins, able to save us completely, his tears not those cried briefly, his tears from the heart fall to set us apart from the sin that hardened our hearts, his tears a genuine indication of his desire to save every nation, that not one should perish, each life cherished.

My eyes are drawn to the mountains

My daily reading today is about God guiding his people. What is talked about was that God always takes us the best way and not the shortest way.

  • Exodus 13:17-18 – When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of Egypt armed for battle

That is such an important lesson for me, be patient, God is getting me to the destination but he knows the best way to go.  It may be longer, it may be more challenging but it will prepare me and build me on the way.  Everything he does, everywhere he takes me, everything he shows me is part of his amazing plan for my life.

  • Ephesians 1:10 –  Then when the time is right, God will do all that he has planned, and Christ will bring together everything in heaven and on earth.

GOD’S PATH

Everything in heaven and earth is coming together, when the time is right I will hear the crash of heaven touching earth, the plans God had since before my birth accomplished, the devil’s plans abolished as I claim all God has promised, the path is not so clear right now, the direct line obstructed but that’s OK for he has instructed me to fear not, his plans for me are full of success and promise, and just maybe he’ll use this diversion to demolish parts of me that are no longer needed, to water the seeds and tend to the soil, to oil the cogs and pull up the weeds, let’s face it his plans are sublime and as I reflect that I am his, I remember that he is mine, he holds me in the palm of his hands, so as I pass through desert sands, my eyes are drawn to the mountains where I know the fountain of living water flows, which way will he take me there, only God knows….

United in our love for Jesus

God offers us many types of love and one that was mentioned in a talk last weekend was a “partnering love”.  The speaker referred to John 17 and today I have found some time to look at this in greater depth.

The three headers in the NIV are:

  •  Jesus prays to be glorified
  • Jesus prays for his disciple
  • Jesus prays for all believers

Looking at the final section verse 20 to 26 I can see that this refers to unity and that so speaks to me today.  I had reached out for clarity on a project my ladies group have recently started (long story) but the answer lies plainly before me here in this passage.  Oh how great is our God!!  Unity, it’s about breaking down barriers, building bridges and working together as one.  God is in each one of us regardless of denomination, we need to pull together not apart so that the world can see that Jesus came to earth to save all.  Enough of our differences and more of God’s love.

UNITY 

I love being different because God’s love is sufficient for me, God recognises diversity yet brings us together in unity, he is my security and as I trust in his love I see that I am not above or below any other, we are all sisters and brothers, united in our love for Jesus, unanimously in love with our God of love, flying solo we may soar, but flying together we will roar, unleashed we increase the glory, the sound of heaven meeting earth, worthy to be called God’s children, our light no longer hidden, combining to shine into every corner, together our message stronger, no longer the lone voice crying in the wilderness, unified in the Spirit our strength knows no limits, prayed for by Jesus himself, given his glory, brought to complete unity, claiming the victory.

I won’t downgrade my expectations to fit your perception of reality

I am reading “The God Chasers” by Tommy Tenney.  Just into the second chapter and I am already reeling from the first.  When God turned up at church day after day the power was thrilling, his presence enough to draw non-believers from the street to repent, leaving those who experienced it first-hand, hungry for more.  That’s exactly what I want, I want to be a God chaser, I don’t just want to read about this, I want to experience it for myself.  I want to feel God’s power, witness his miracles and partake in the supernatural with God.  Do we stifle God sometimes by not allowing him to act in his way.  When we say “wait on God”, do we wait or get bored half way through our time and start talking at him?!  I am going to rethink my time with God and chase after the absolute best he can give to me.

Matthew 7:7 – Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you

Ephesians 3:20 – Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,

FEARLESS

I want to be fearless in pursuit, risking it all, when they look at me let them see the girl who decided to “go for it”, more committed to God than to my comfort zone, not caring if that means I do this alone, chasing his power, surrounded by doers, believers and receivers, all of us recognising that we’re not here to fit in, I won’t stop believing, I won’t downgrade my expectations to fit your perception of reality, no, I upgrade them to match my promised destiny, chasing God who is capable of amazing things, to fly and touch the sky my dream, no longer waiting I hustle hard in my pursuit of the Lord, it says in his word I can do immeasurably more than all I have asked or imagined because of his anointing, miracles, breakthrough, I’m ready to smash through glass ceilings, don’t try and stop me I’m like a child who climbs the tree, earnestly seeking to reach the sky, some say don’t try you’ll never succeed, I say I know who I’d rather believe, my God is waiting for me to pursue him, to search for him with all my being, my life’s goal, to seek God fearlessly.

Why are we falling into Satan’s trap, I can’t do this, I can’t say that

Frustrated is a word I would use for my emotions today and this is all borne out of my own issues with struggling to understand Christians who seem to lack an external passion for God.  Now I’m really trying not to sound judgmental and I have been talking to God about this and repented of my feelings this morning.  What I am saying below is just a word maybe of encouragement to not wait, because we all know tomorrow never comes.  It’s good that we’re all different, if the world was full of people like me I hazard a guess it would be chaotic, however I know that God can use every single one of us right how we are now, if we just ask him to use us.

  • Matthew 5:15 – Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.
  • Matthew 5:16 – In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
  • Matthew 28:19 – Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
  • Romans 10:14-15 – How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”

BORN TO BREATHE FIRE

Born to breathe fire, born to fly, not born to sit back and take it easy, born to live, born to give, chosen, anointed, designed for success, it’s less about you and more about God, giving him the glory as you work out your story, don’t look back, don’t lack ambition, God is with you in each situation, no fear, no anxiety, hasn’t he told us that he is trustworthy, give it to him, give him your worries, relax your grip, don’t flip out, don’t scream and shout, give them to God, it’s really not hard, what are you scared of, why all the angst, think about that while you stop and give thanks, anxiety, a human emotion of which God has spoken, do not be afraid, why don’t you hear him, what part of his words are unclear, he longs for you to give him your fears, step up to the plate before it’s too late and you wonder why life’s passed you by, we have a calling, we have good news, why are we falling into Satan’s trap, I can’t do this, I can’t say that, stand up, take a bow and tell others of your love for God right now, share what he’s done for you, share how he loves you, will you take the first step, please let it be so?

Amazing Love how can it be?

Had the most awesome day today at our Ladies conference, the theme Outrageously Loved.  Yet again God let me know personally how loved I am as a word of knowledge was given which was for me.  That’s a whole new blog entry but for today was just so inspired by all the different types of love I wrote this:

God’s Love

Sacrificial Love, he died for me

Conquering Love, claiming victory

Embracing Love, he cherishes me

Saving Love, he ransomed me

Forgiving Love, my sins are gone

Sharing Love, apportioned to me

Repeating Love, mine for Eternity

Partnering Love, he works with me

Unrelenting Love, he never gives up on me

Obsessive Love, guarding me jealously

All-knowing Love, he knows me intimately

All-seeing Love, he sees my every need

Passionate Love, his banner flies over me

Outrageous Love, it’s dazzling me