Talk about the “Big Bang”, talk about a life changing man

Happy Easter, what a glorious day of celebration.  After Friday and Saturday where death and uncertainty were rife, we now come to a day of excitement and rejoicing that our Lord Jesus is raised from the dead, he is risen, glorified, lifted high.

Luke 9:22 – And he said, ‘The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life

Psalm 16:8-11 – I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay. You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Romans 8:37 – No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us

BIG BANG

Talk about the “Big Bang”, talk about a life changing man, this the greatest day in history, the day Jesus bought victory over death and sin, the day Jesus changed everything, “he is not here, he is risen”, yes death has lost its sting, death could not contain him, nothing could keep him away from us, no love could get more serious, he had to suffer many things, but was not shaken, my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices, my voice sings out in praise and worship to my God who considers me worth the ultimate sacrifice, laying down his own son’s life, so that I will never be abandoned to the realm of the dead, he will never see me rot or decay, because he has led the way and conquered sin,  death could not contain him, he has made known to me the path of life, I turn my eyes towards him and am filled with joy in his presence, today the evidence speaks of victory, resurrection of the Son who died to save me.

God delivers us from evil, redeems us from the life of the pit

God’s plans for us are so perfect.  I have been reading the story of Joseph again as well as the early years of Moses.  What struck me was how intricate God’s plans are and how things that happened years before happen to serve a purpose for his Kingdom.

ABSOLUTE

God’s absolute plan, absolutely perfect, intricate, a plan defined and refined by a God who knows what he’s doing, God delivers us from evil, redeems us from the life of the pit, how great are his miracles and how mighty his wonders, we may squander some opportunities but he never ceases to believe in us, never stops loving us, never gives up on us, his plans waiting for us to grasp, he restores the years the locusts have eaten, he keeps on leading us in his paths of righteousness, he knows where we’re going, he’s been there before us, his plans glorious, perfect for us so even if you feel like giving up, stand up, look into his eyes, ignore the enemy all his deceit and lies and look to your Saviour your Lord and your King, behold he is doing a new thing and believe me his plans for you are without rival, his plans are for victory and for revival.

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.

We are not subject to sacrificial rituals

I have finally completed reading the Old Testament in my 90 day Bible challenge.  I feel almost a lightness now knowing that I am back to the familiar and easier to understand New Testament.  On reflection though I will need to read the Old Testament again.  I have learnt so much from it but equally am sure that a lot has passed me by.  I suppose in summary I would say I am so grateful that God sent Jesus and through Jesus dying on the cross we have direct access to God.  I am so thankful that I know God as a loving, forgiving and caring God because to be honest at times I have struggled with the concept of the Old Testament God of wrath and anger.  It does though remind me of how immense God is and how I should revere and honour him always.  There’s a song that says “when did I forget that he’s the King of the World” and I think sometimes it’s too easy to forget quite how “Big” our God is.

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.

KING OF THE WORLD

King of the World, creator of the Universe, Alpha and Omega, how immense are your ways oh God, how perfect your plans, how blessed are we to have direct access to the Lord God Almighty, how privileged that we can carry everything to you in prayer, not subject to sacrificial rituals but as individuals we approach you with our trials and tribulations, our supplications, we come to you in person as we ask in certainty for your mercy to be shown to us, we are indeed the chosen generation, God’s very own possession no messing, we have no need for priests to intercede for we are indeed a royal priesthood, a holy nation, we have been shown salvation because of God’s son, we have been given the victory because of his sacrifice, given life for all eternity because God declared that it would be.

Maybe Satan suffers from hearing loss

I have news!  God is not to be feared.  God is to be respected and believed and as we start to do that then we start to gain more wisdom and revelation into his desires for our lives. Knowledge of the Holy One can be gained through a closer walk with God and a deeper understanding of his word.  Reading the Bible is so important, and reading it in context so much more important.  Having recently embarked on a reading plan to read the Bible in 90 days starting at Genesis and working through, so much falls into place as you read it in context to other events and happenings recorded previously.

Our relationship with God is personal.  As we seek to know him more he will make clear our paths, he will make clear the ways in which he wants us to walk.  Fear the Lord in the right way, do not be afraid of him he is your friend (he gave his life for you) start a relationship with him, one where you both talk and listen and gradually you will hear his voice and understand what areas he needs you to be obedient in.  Don’t be afraid his plans for you are perfect.

Proverbs 9:10 – The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

NO FEAR

God is not to be feared, you may have heard that wrong, you see the devil longs for you to be afraid, he’s played that card a thousand times as he gets right inside your mind and tells you that God is scary, he wants you to think that living for God is like living in a Monastery, no fun, no talking, no joy just chanting but see that’s a fairy tale, the devil wants you to believe that God is an angry God, a God of condemnation when the truth is God is a God of Love and reconciliation, God came to bring peace and joy it’s actually the devil who wants to steal and destroy, the devil tells lies he’s the master of deception so don’t let him tell you that God is angry or that what you have done cannot be forgiven cos Jesus is still living he didn’t stay in that grave, he broke the curse of death and rose again, he took all your sins all your shame, you could say that’s when he won the game, no extra-time, no second chances he changed our circumstances there and then on the cross and maybe Satan suffers from hearing loss and didn’t hear the heavenly hosts celebrating God’s victory over the enemy, God lives in me, soaks me in love, wraps me in certainty, he delivered me from the hands of the enemy, not to be feared but to be revered, not afraid but embraced by the love of a Father, so don’t let the devil bother you anymore, kick him out, show him the door.

I no longer reach for a blade, I reach for my Bible

Praises to God in the highest heavens today – I am celebrating the power of God’s love, mercy and grace as today sees me one year on from the last time I used a blade and self-harmed.  AWESOME, God is so good and I praise and thank him for being in my life.

This is a message for anyone who may be struggling with something in their life, God WILL make a way, never give up hope, never take your eyes off God and you will overcome

1 Peter 1: 3-5 – Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.

I HAVE OVERCOME

I have overcome, I no longer run from God, I run for God, I no longer hide in shame, I praise his name, I no longer reach for a blade, I reach for my Bible cos now I’m a disciple of my God who set me free, he loves me unconditionally and see he loved me while I was still messed up he helped me to clean up my life, to deal with life’s struggles in a new way so now I pray when things get tough, now I talk to God when life is rough, anxiety and stress are best given to God, anger once a danger replaced with a new calm because I know that my name is written on God’s palm, fear no longer comes near me and the enemy no longer deceives me cos my God looked down on me in mercy and gave me the victory, to him be the glory.

As I get back to my feet I feel the sharp intake of breath

I was listening to the second reading in church today and yet again was just transfixed by the images it brought to mind:

Hebrews 12:1-3 – Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy that was set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

The part I absolutely love is being surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses.  Look up at the sky and just imagine all those Christians gone before us, cheering us on as we run our race.  Having been watching the Olympics lately this just fills me with such positivity whilst I am running with perseverance I am being cheered on from every side, supported and championed by God.

THE CROWD

I look around and see the crowd, I close my eyes I hear the murmur of excited anticipation, I fall, I sense the crowd’s frustration and as I get back to my feet I feel the sharp intake of breath, the elation as I start to run again, I am surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses who will remain with me until I finish the race and as I consider the sea of faces I am elated, I throw off everything that hinders me, the sin that entangles me, I fix my eyes on Jesus the perfecter of my faith, this is my race, I may stumble, I may fall, but I rise up like a mighty warrior, overcoming all barriers, striking out at the enemy as I escape his trickery, Jesus is with me as I claim the victory.