Just a few random thoughts

It’s raining at the moment, not heavily, but it is rain and we need it badly. Also it is warm.

Thinking about how the ground needs the rain reminds me of how much we need the ongoing work of Holy Spirit in our lives. Not just now and again, but every single day. I know I certainly do.

Can’t get to church at the moment because of my physical problems so I get the notes, listen to recordings and hear the word of Adonai. It is a time of blessing, there is a richness in His word that is certainly not found in anything else.

Those two probably aren’t really all that random. Just I didn’t have a set topic when I decided to post.

Sha’ul (Paul) in his letter to the Philippians said that Yeshua (Jesus) emptied Himself and became a servant, or bondslave or His Father. He gave up all that He was, not in the sense that He ceased to be Who He was, and still is, but that He didn’t take hold of it and say, “Hey, I am God as well remember”. He simply submitted to the will of His Father.

Sha’ul tells us that we are to have this attitude in ourselves. We are to put Him first and not ourselves. His way and not our way, His will and not ours. And we are also to be servants.

Now that is a tricky concept for me at the moment in some ways. I have a great deal of trouble walking and sitting, so I cannot cook or clean. So how can I serve?

Prayer is one way and that is something I do not do nearly enough. I can encourage others, bless them. And I can remain steadfast in faith in the midst of everything that is happening. Just because my body is in a mess my heart and soul, my mind and spirit do not have to be.  

It’s raining, God’s word falls like dew and rain. I am blessed.

blessings in Yeshua’s wonderful name

 

Trish

*Philippians 2:5-7

Weakness

In Sha’ul’s second letter to the Corinthians he records that Adonai told him that “My grace is enough for you, for My power is brought to perfection in weakness”.

What a wonderful comfort this is. Especially when things aren’t going well in your life, for whatever reason. We can turn to Him and say, “I cannot do this on my own, I need Your grace”.

Why do we worry when things are “off”? Is our desire to be in control of our own lives so strong that we ignore God? Sha’ul was content with weaknesses, insults, hardships etc. One translation uses the word ‘infirmities’ in that verse.

Can we be content when our health is not good? Or do we worry? Are we looking to Adonai in this time of financial crisis, or do we worry?

His grace is enough, His grace is enough, His grace is enough. How many times do we need to hear it before we take it to heart?

I try to, every day. Sometimes I succeed, other times I complain. But I know that as I turn to Him, His grace is sufficient and He can turn my mourning into joy.

Trust Him instead of worrying.

Blessings

Trish

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Emptying and Offering

This is what Yeshua did. And we are called to imitate Him. So what does this mean for us?

Surely it means that we also are to empty and offer. But what does this actually mean, practically?

We have to put aside all our own ideas, even our ideas about what our ministry call is, put aside our goals and ambitions, give up everything we are and have. This is what emptying is. And this is what Yeshua did. He was and is God, but He didn’t cling to that. He became a servant, a bondslave.

Are we prepared to do this, to become nothing as it were? Or do we cling to things believing we are entitled to them for some reason. Really we are entitled to nothing, We are only saved because of His Amazing Grace and Love.

Surely we can put aside what we think we are, or think we can offer, and just offer what He wants us to?

Yeshua did not say, ‘Hey, I am God the Son’. No He said ‘i am Your son, i will become Your bondslave and i will do what You ask me to do. No matter what the cost.’ 

Offering to Adonai  is to be on His terms not ours.

What is this blog for anyway?

This has been a bit of a trial for me. figuring out which way to go with the blog, or even whether to blog at all. I really have not been motivated, but it isn’t about me, or it shouldn’ be.

So what I will be doing is looking to share from my devotions.

This morning I was reading about following the example of Yeshua who emptied Himself and became a bondslave and died.

Now I may not have to die physically as a martyr for my faith, but I am called to put others before myself, infact to not even consider myself at all in many ways. For I am to serve others as He did and still does. He doesn’t insist on His rights of equality with the Father for that is not the way of the Servant-Son.

We are called to live the lifestyle of offering.

Published in: on August 20, 2009 at 1121  Leave a Comment  
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God is good, no matter what happens

Had a visit to the doctor last Friday. The underlying problem is a long standing one, but it is getting worse. I may need to have more surgery which may not work or might make things worse. And on top of that I also have breathing problems related to my condition.

All in all a situation for worry and tears and what ever else.

Not so! It is for me a time of faith and rest in God. I know that many, many people are praying for me. I know that God is good and that He loves me.

So when I am in pain at night and sing songs speaking of the goodness of God, my faith is lifted, my spirit and heart rejoice in Him.

The apostle Paul and many others found this, I know I am finding it. Contentment with joy, no matter what the circumstances.

God is good to me,
O what love I see,
Jesus as a Lamb was slain.

He delivered me,
Cleansed and set me free,
Lord of all, He rose again.

Now I live,
Yet not I,
Jesus is alive in me.

Sending the Spirit’s flame,
Showers of latter rain,
God has poured His love on me.

My times are in His hands, I can rest secure no matter what happens.

Blessings to you all

Trish

Published in: on May 19, 2009 at 0715  Comments (1)  
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Bread, fruit and praise

I’m reading a book at the moment called ‘The Practice of Biblical Meditation’ by Campbell McAlpine. The chapter I have just finished talks about us being Bethlehemites.

The word Bethlehem means house of bread. We are to be children of this house, feeding on the sure word of God, the bread of heaven.

Another name for Behlehem was Ephratah. This word means fruitful. We are called to be fruitful children, showing forth love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, meekness, temperance and faith. And we are called to share this fruit with others so they to can be fruit-bearers and children of the house of bread.

And finally, Bethlehem is in Judah,  and Judah means praise. Our lives are to be filled with praise to God and of God.

Children of the house of bread, feeding on God’s word the bread of heaven, bearing fruit and praising God.

Will you join me in being a child of this house?

Trish

A Favourite Psalm

I love reading the Psalms, and singing them as well. There is simply so much in them about faith and life for us today.

Psalm 103 contains a song which I sing sometimes.

“Forget not all of His benefits,
Bless the Lord, O my soul!
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities,
Bless the Lord, O my soul!
Who healeth all thy diseases,
And crowneth thee with lovingkindness,
Who redeemeth thy life from destruction,
Bless the Lord, O my soul!

This is one of many pslams and songs that speaks of the goodness of the Lord God towards us. One that brings peace to my heart in the night when I find it hard to sleep. It reminds me that He did it all for me.

His offering of Himself was for my benefit, my forgiveness, my healing and my redemption.

Bless the LORD O my soul indeed!

Trish

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Lordship and love

Just wrote an email to lady who has been a friend for a few years now. And it was not a pleasant one to write but I felt I needed to do it. The issue is just what the topic says.

Why do people want the love of Christ, but do not want to obey His word? Or why do they just want the nice bits but not the sword of the word? You know that word, that very sharp two edeged sword.

Love is very important, but it is more than a feeling, it is an act of the will. We decide to love. And it isn’t always nice and pleasant. Loving can hurt, and can at times require that in order to be kind, truly kind, you must ‘hurt’ other people.

I am not talking about deliberately or in a nasty fashion, but simply speaking the truth, which they may not want to hear.

I can only pray that my love is expressed in the words I wrote.

Trish

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