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

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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.

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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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Church was great

Hi all! It is a beautifully cool and rainy morning here. Time is 6:50am on Monday 30th March. For some obscure reason I was just about to type September.

Church yesterday was great. All about the love of God towards us and how we are called to ‘Behold the Lamb’ who takes away the sin of the world. It is in Him we find our peace and life, in the midst of this world which seems to be falling apart around us. Many are hurting and in need of prayer and we can come to Him and pray for them.

Can you hear His still small voice calling to you? Even this still small voice does not speak lightly and we must take heed.

But this only takes us to a place of love and peace and rest. Even when difficult decisions must be made.

Did you know that as He prays for us we can join Him and pray for others? As He poured out Himself for us so we are called to pour out ourselves in prayer for others.

All part of finding peace and rest and love in Him who is our Peace and Rest and Who is Himself Love.

Blessings

Trish

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