Team Kingdom

 We all have a race to run.  It’s our destiny, what we were born to do.  When God chose us for His team, for His kingdom, our position was already planned. He even knew the road bumps we would hit along the way.  Even though it hurts when we fall and we aren’t sure we can get back up and run the race on the steam we have left, Jesus has already made a way.

When we fall, we lose our sense of focus and bearings.  The agony of defeat is almost more unbearable than the physical pain we endure from the fall.   With every defeat comes an opportunity for success.

Success might not be dressed the way we thought it would be, success may be disguised in defeat!

Success is ours the moment we choose to rise up out of the dust/snow and continue the race we are called to.

As believers, you and I are part of a team.  God called us into His Kingdom and He knit us together so we would be one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       One Body, one heart, one mind all focused on loving the Lord our God.

Canadian coach helps Russian with broken ski in Sochi cross-country race

Showing the depth of that love by loving our neighbor as ourselves.

He has given us the opportunity to be gatekeepers, holding open the gate so others can see the promises of God and learn how to avail themselves of them.  

We might feel we have made the biggest mess of our race but God uses everything to strengthen and teach us so we are able to walk forward in wisdom.

 He trains us in righteousness, He teaches us there is not a measurable depth to the sozo life He wants us to walk in.

In those moments when our failure is visible to all and shame holds us in its vice grip;

God has made a way for us.

 Russian athlete Anton Gafarov falls during the Men's Sprint Free Semifinals (RIA Novosti / Konstantin Chalabov)

 

Twitter image of Canadian coach Justin Wadsworth fixing Russian Anton Gafarovski.

 

 He calls others to come alongside us in our time of need.  We may not even know they are there, we are so intent on  running our race.  When we are listening for the Voice of our Beloved, we will discover He has a way of positioning us ‘just so’ so we will be in the exact spot required to meet a need.

1 Thessalonians 5:11

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up as you are already doing.”

 

We enter the race when we answer the call of God.  My race is different from your race, but we must keep our eyes  focused on the race at hand so at the end our Coach King can say, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant’.  Anton Gafarov finishes the race at the Men's Sprint Free Semifinals (RIA Novosti / Konstantin Chalabov)

There are so many of us going through difficulties but I think it would make such a huge difference in our lives, if each one of us stood our ground,  believed the promises of God and then held them out for another to grab onto.

 You see, Jesus hasn’t left any one of us helpless just because we fall and feel our difficulties are insurmountable.  He gave us the Holy Spirit to be our Comforter and ever present help in time of trouble.  And He gave us each other to strengthen and encourage … so instead of giving up when we fall, let’s look for the help God promised would be there for us.

 If our walk is strong and steady? Then lets be committed to watching to see where we can meet a need and help our brother or sister to cross their finish line.  Let’s not hold back in meeting a need no matter how unconventional it may look.  

Remember we are Team Kingdom!

Just a few thoughts as I saw these photos in the news.

With a humble heart of love,

Jeannie

photos courtesy of Globe and Mail

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Thirsty

Summer of change

There is a reaching in my spirit to touch the deep of God.  I strain, I press forward toward the Voice that calls me to deeper life in Him.

In my garden, I see as if for the first time that there is a food chain of birds and bugs.

In the Kingdom, I see.  I see as if for the first time.

A banqueting table has been set, ready for me to sit and feast in the presence of my enemies.

Jesus, even cancer, that foul enemy humanity hates and fears.  In the presence of it, You prepare a table before me.

God, I sit down.

You anoint my head with oil.

My cup You have filled

It runs over.

“Drink this cup,” You have said. “This is My Blood of the New Covenant.

Seal of the promises I keep for you.”

The Blood runs over

It spills and covers us.

The Blood runs over

You have purchased us by

Royal Blood shed.

We belong to the King,

To the God of amazement, wonder and beauty, the One who is more than enough in every situation, every circumstance.

There at the table, as I lift my face to You

I see a banner blowing over me.

It blows in the wind of Your breath

Blows hard so the enemy sees it.

Jehovah Nissi!

Behold!  I see the enemy scatter

They cannot prevail when Your banner waves.

Jehovah Nissi – our banner of Victory

Jehovah – the Blood, the Blood of Your Son has won the battle.

Goodness and Mercy await my awakening.

I will walk through

I will walk through the valley streaked with the shadow of death.

I will walk through valiantly, victoriously,

Voraciously trusting in You, my God and King.

I am Your child; Your eye is ever upon me.  Your Presence fills me with peace, unstoppable joy.

If I run too fast, the crook of Your staff gently corrals me back to Your side.

Your side, that has dripped with Blood shed for me.  You ask me to keep in step with the Spirit.

I gaze upon You, see only glorious radiance.

Look behind; see Goodness and Mercy bubbling with laughter and joy.

I look upon the enemy that confronts me.  I see only the Table You have prepared for me.

You anoint my head with the oil of joy. Or is that Mercy?

I drink my overflowing cup, the Blood spills over and I am covered.

Your covenant promises are for me.  By the power of them, every need has been met.

There at the Table You have prepared a feast.

You say, “Take, eat, this is My Body which I broke for you.  Drink the cup, drink for it is my Blood shed for you.  Drink, beloved drink, let the Blood cover you completely.  Let its power course through you like a mighty rushing river.  The life for your flesh is in the Blood.  Drink.  Drink and consider Jesus.  Raise your glass high, victory is nigh.”

 

My soul is crushed and breaking with longing for Your judgments at all times.  Psalm 119:20

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