A repository of beauty, a cache of treasure all given for our pleasure

Sundays are an amazing day for me, I love to worship, I love to meet with God and I love to rest and relax on my only day off work.  Today I went on the most beautiful walk, through an area I hadn’t visited for a long time.  The beauty of this part of Derbyshire is amazing and we were blessed to see so much wildlife on the way round. I truly felt the words of this Psalm were for me today:

Psalm 118:24 – This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.

REJOICE AND BE GLAD

And on the seventh day God rested, he looked at all he had made and it was more than good, he must have stood in heaven looking down and smiled at his design, time after time he must stop in awe and wonder at the stunning magnificence of his creation, the interpretation of his majesty, the reflection of his glory, a repository of beauty, a cache of treasure all given for our pleasure, all gifted to us, an indication of all that awaits us in heaven, the beauty of creation stirs our imaginations to a crescendo of anticipation for if today is the day the Lord has made for us here on earth how much better the days that await us in heaven and that brings praise to my lips and worship to my heart, this truly is the day that the Lord has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it, celebrating God’s love reflected in his gifts, anticipating the day he comes again to lift me high to his right hand, to take me to his promised land

Just how did you make this world so beautiful?

I have just come back from a beautiful walk and what a way to spend a Sunday afternoon.  Our God is a truly magnificent and awesome God, his creation, our temporary home is so unbelievably beautiful, we are truly blessed.

AMAZING CREATION

Your creation is amazing, new life grazing in the fields, a myriad of hues adorning the trees, new shoots bursting forth from the ground, colours surrounds me, your attention to detail outstanding, what joy fills my heart as I walk through farmland, over hill and through the dales, your creation never fails to set my mind racing, as I think of you designing each creature, each feature lovingly crafted, each animal celebrated for its own role in nature, just how did you make this world so beautiful?  The plants and flowers so bountiful, the colours so vibrant, so very abundant, the rivers and streams, the grass and the meadows, the sunshine and shadows, the clouds in the sky, the sun and the rain combining to produce a spectrum of colour, the rainbow reminds us of your unbroken promise, the forests full of peace and calmness, this world shows me you’re not a remote God, not a dead God, your creation shows me you are alive, you are a God that thrives, a God that gives and a God of love, a God who gave us the most magnificent world to call our own, this world that you crafted our temporary home.

Let my identity be entwined with that of the Holy Trinity

We are created in God’s image.  We may challenge that at times, we may have a warped image of ourselves because we live in a fallen world, but when it comes down to it, we are perfect.  God created us and God saw that what he had done was good.  Enjoy being God’s special creation, embrace his love and his truth and how that reflects in and for your life.

2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

Genesis 1:27 – So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them

GOD’S IMAGE

Made in God’s image, consumed with love, fire of the Holy Spirit burn up all that is not of God in me and set me free, let my identity be entwined with that of the Holy Trinity, my body the dwelling place of God, when I start to see who Jesus really is I begin to see the reality that is me, beautiful because God first loved me, beautiful because he lives in me, shining bright for all to see, my self-esteem secure when based on the opinion of my Creator, saved by Grace, saved by his outrageous love, praise is due for all you’ve done, made in your image, I set my mind to think like you, I set my mind on things above, on your life changing love, I sing a song of worship to my God and King, praise you for everything great and small that’s changed my life and made me whole.

In my old world I was dying but now I am living

  • 2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here!
  • Matthew 6:13 – And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.’             
  • 1 Corinthians 10:13 – No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

 From old to new, we are becoming transformed and as such we need to focus on our new nature and less on the old nature.  For me this is quite pertinent when things get tough in my life.  I am learning to reach out to Christian friends and to God for support rather than falling back in to old patterns of behaviour.  The enemy will use these tough times to taunt us and try and tempt us to fall back into the old patterns and it is important for me that I recognise this and can pray for God to protect me from this.

FOCUS

My focus is on building the new not fighting the old, that was then, this is now, consider this, in my old world I was dying but now I am living, giving my heart to Jesus was the best thing I could do so now when the going gets tough I don’t give up, I focus on my Saviour, I keep my eyes on his face, I think of his amazing grace, I praise throughout the storm, praise him for promises kept, like he’s never left me, never abandoned me, he still provides for me and he will not let me be tempted beyond what I can bear, he won’t leave me there in that room with the blades, he made that clear when he saw my tears and spoke so softly in my ear, the devil may try to bring me down but my praise drowns out the sound of his whining, my praise driving him away and as I pray he may as well get the message, this princess is not forgetting that she is a child of God, no matter how hard the enemy tries his lies are falling on deaf ears, God’s perfect love has cast out my fears, I am a child of God, transformed from glory into glory, nothing the enemy does can take that away from me.

Stop looking at the damage look at the healing

Interesting, have had a really tough time last night and then woke up this morning and read yesterday’s Blog post!  All about trusting God through the storm, keeping my eyes on him and I just thought how quickly I forget.  I think if I’m honest being this new creation is a work in progress.  I have got to a really good place and then I have revisited a situation where I have been hurt in the past.  I thought I was ready but I think me and God have still got some work to do to get me totally ready to face this.  But a timely reminder taken on the chin, I have a couple more days to work on this until back to normality so Jesus help me through and help me be victorious in this situation so that your glory shines through.

2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

POSITIVE

Positive thoughts, be yourself, if God has taught you anything it’s selfless sacrifice, stop looking at the damage look at the healing, take deep breaths in, I was created in God’s image and he doesn’t make mistakes, he takes ashes and makes something beautiful, whatever you tell me I am usable, he uses me and see just because you don’t get what God has done in me I know I can trust in my God, immerse myself in his word that tells me all I need to know, shows me my future and my hope, shows me that yes I can cope as long as I keep my eyes on him, this storm, well that’s nothing, I can weather the storm, my God walks on water and I am his daughter, I claim victory over my mind, the thoughts that the enemy wants me to find once more, I claim victory I will not be beaten to submission I fix my gaze on the risen Saviour on whom I model my behaviour, I praise him at the start of this new day, I dedicate this day to him regardless of what the hours will bring.

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.

Revelation, elation, Omega the end.

God is the beginning and the end, all-encompassing in between, he created us and will be our God for all eternity.  This led me to write this fun poem maybe a quick blast through biblical history!

  • Isaiah 44:6 -Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: ‘I am the first and I am the last, And there is no God besides Me.
  • Isaiah 48:12 – “Listen to Me, O Jacob, even Israel whom I called; I am He, I am the first, I am also the last.
  • Revelation 1:8 – “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
  • Revelation 1:17-18 – When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man And He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.
  • Revelation 21:6-7- Then He said to me, “It is done I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. “He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.
  • Revelation 22:13 – I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

ALPHA AND OMEGA

Alpha, Genesis, where it all starts, Big Bang, creation, a new beginning, Adam, then Eve, the serpent then sinning, lying, killing, idol worshipping, slander and envy as God’s people waited for the promised land, no man found worthy of their calling, OK so some did better than others and heeded God’s warnings but all fell short of perfection but it’s OK cos God’s plans were already in place, in order for humans to have any chance of running the race we needed a Saviour, Prophets foretold of his coming of his impending death on a cross so that man would no longer be permanently lost, a baby born to Mary, a virgin birth so pure and holy, Jesus the child already worthy, preparation for his earthly calling, disciples selected, miracles effected, Pharisees suspected, plotted, Judas traitor, sealed with a kiss, crowds cried crucify him, Peter denied him, cockerel crowed,  nails held his feet and hands, a crown of thorns thrust on his head, a sword inserted to ensure he was dead, tomb donated, friends waited in sorrow and sadness, three days later madness, stone rolled away, empty grave, Jesus had come to save the world, Satan could not keep him down, the enemy defeated, Jesus victorious, in glorious scenes his disciples receive him, scars shown to doubting Thomas, Jesus lived among us for just a short time more, ascended into heaven, Holy Spirit ccame, strengthening us to do God’s will whilst waiting for the second coming, anticipating with joy the bride meeting the bridegroom, heavens palatial rooms prepared for us, revelation, elation, Omega the end.