The Father’s Favour

Father, You are righteous and just, perfect and holy. You are without beginning, without end. There is no measuring of Your days for You flow endlessly like a mighty river rushing into the ocean. You are the Creator who is uncontainable just as the oceans would not be contained had You not drawn a line in the sand and said, ‘this far and no farther shall you come.” Your spoken words set the tides in motion, the moon to wax and wane and the sun to give us light, life and warmth.A place provided

Would you trust Him fully beloved and live in surrendered obedience to His Majesty? He has plans for you that are good. You have heard for years that He has plans to give you a hope for your future and plans to prosper you and cause you to bear fruit.

Don’t be complacent with the word of truth. Lean hard into Him when your circumstances appear to contradict His word of promise. Your circumstances will change, His word will not.

If you would join Him at the river and experience His indwelling presence and power, your roots shall grow deep. Difficult news shall not shake you nor shall calamity strike you down before your time. Instead, you shall bear fruit and bring forth that fruit in its season at the right time.

Be mindful, beloved of our God and His ability and desire to teach you and lead you in the way He intends for you to go. Do not be stubborn like the mule; instead be pliable and trusting in His hands. You always have the choice to follow or not, but it is there in that sanctified purpose where He enables you to get wealth.

Wealth is not always the currency of our day. It may be golden treasures from His word, a supernatural ability to lean your entire being upon Him. His plan is to go before you making crooked places straight and opening doors for you with just a whisper and a breath. His favour on your life is greater than gold.

He knows your way beloved. He knows your rising and your sitting. He fully understands and discerns your thoughts. He knows why you do what you do and why you think and feel a particular way. We can hide nothing from Him.

His word, more powerful and precise than a lightning bolt will divide your soul and spirit; piercing and separating your joints from the marrow and all of you lays bare and open to Him.

Never fear the division of the word for it brings us into alignment with Him.

In the piercing and dividing, He gives you clarity and wisdom as He positions and aligns you with His purposes and plans. Your spirit, soul and body will synchronize with the thoughts and intents of His heart. His word will be alive in you even as Jesus lives within you and the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead shall quicken your mortal body to the abundant life He has promised.

This is fruit bearing beloved. This is why we must allow the Gardener to shape us as He prunes our dead and straggling branches. There is great beauty in the pruning so never run cringing in fear from the shears.
He is creating in you a work that will bring Him much glory, honor and praise. He loves you beloved with a fierce and jealous love and He wants all of you. He loves you and His blessing is upon you, surrounding you with favour as a shield protects a warrior.

Go forth in peace and joy, flow in the mighty stream of love. You will be a light of hope to those who are walking in darkness simply because He lives within you and nothing can hide the light of His presence in you.

Your Redeemer walks with you and there is hope for redemption for all.

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Prepare for Usefulness in the Kingdom

Preparations are essential.  Without them we cannot make a simple meal and we go hungry.  When we do not spend time in the Word of God we miss out on learning and being taught the benefits of godly living.  

When it comes right down to it every one of us need to make preparations for what we desire to see  happen in life.  We sow seed into the Kingdom of God and we ought to be preparing to receive in kind.

Preparations begin in dreaming with God and getting His heart for our lives.

 That means we must prepare our days so we carve time in our schedules to draw away to be with Jesus.  To go to that special place we have prepared to meet with Him and hear His whisper, listen to His song of joy as He sings over us.  Close our eyes and watch Him dance over us.

…And a child will lead them…

Funny how the simplest of things can change one’s heart; the lad in John 6 who gave up his bread and fish is just one example for me.

He is an example, even at his young age of what the ministry of helps looks like.  We can imagine that he is thinking ahead and planning to take with him, that which would meet a need.   Young boys are always hungry, so this was huge that he was thinking about sharing his food especially in such a remote location.

He has made a decision to run with the crowd to see Jesus, but amazingly stood far above the rest in his ability to foresee the possible need that could arise.  It seems that he was the only one who brought food and that means:

  •  He wanted to be with Jesus and not be bothered about dealing with the issue of hunger,
  •  He was willing to move with and be in agreement with whatever Jesus chose to do and
  •  He cared enough about others to bring extra.

In other words, he was prepared.  He made a deliberate point of being ready to meet needs, to take an active part in the ministry of Jesus by being prepared for the miraculous.  His bread and fish was seed he was willing to sow into the Kingdom of Heaven.

How many of us “grownups” make a deliberate point of being ready to meet needs and are ready to minister life in the Kingdom of God, especially when we know that preparation will cost us?

It will cost us our very lives and we must be aware of that and still be willing to run towards Jesus with passion and enthusiasm – even when He asks us to give what is in our hand.

The lad had to put aside what we call immediate gratification.  He understood that quite likely he would endure the pangs of hunger. What took priority for him was to look at what was in his hand and make a conscious decision that the bread and fish would be seed to sow into the Kingdom.

He was completely willing to do what seemed ridiculous in order to see the miraculous.  He was also willing to be a conduit for the miraculous, letting go of everything he had in his hands that the power of God might touch others.  Is this your heart?

If the Kingdom of Heaven was at hand, as Jesus said it was, he wanted to be part of it and he chose to fast.  Do we today, in our fast moving world make decisions to fast in order to grow closer to our Lord? Not fasting things, like Facebook, but fasting what is necessary for life? Have we ever thought much about Isaiah 58 when he talks about living a fasted life?  Food for pondering…

Are we willing to prepare ourselves, to the point that it costs us something, in order to give more back to the Kingdom?

I have a friend who has the gift of the prophetic.  Her perception and sensitivity to the things of the Spirit is very accurate, very precise.  My pastor would call her “spot on”.

She gives the prophetic word tempered with compassion and love.  She has a husband, children, and a job.

Like the lad who foresaw the need for food, and possessing a heart that longed to exercise his gift within the Body brought along extra, she too understands that to operate effectively and skilfully in the gift and callings God has placed within her, preparation is required of her.

Her heart is willing to move with the Spirit and share her bread and fish; however, in order to have bread and fish to share she must spend time with the Lord. Hence, she rises at 4:30 in the morning; she rises while it is yet night and spends time with Jesus in order to have food prepared to share with others.

I think it is clear that the preparation is going to cost us. Are we willing to pay the price of discipleship, of sonship, of reigning in this life as sons and daughters of the King of Kings?

The King has given each one of us a mandate and a call.  He has called us to make a difference with the gifts He has given us.  He has clothed us with His cloak of righteousness and we represent and are ambassadors for the Kingdom of Heaven.

We must base all that we do on our relationship with Jesus. He is with us, in us, for us and longs to work through us.

The question is this.   Have we positioned ourselves at His feet, have we leaned against Him in order to hear the whisper of His words? Are we making decisions daily to come aside and spend time just with the King?

Let us run to Him so that we are able to run with Him.  Hear His voice on the wind and soar with Him to places not yet imagined but oh so necessary for the building up of the saints of God and those to come.

Will you position yourself and allow Him to get you ready to be a participator in the works of the Kingdom of Heaven?

Will you position yourself next to Him and grasp the greatness of His love for you, that love that makes the sacrifice bearable and wearable?

Can you feel the comfort of the cushion of His love?

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Purpose

 

 I have some bread to share with you today…

A young lad has inspired me lately.  I have been reading in Mark 6 and saw something entirely different from what I have seen before.
 
 The spotlight is on one lad in the midst of a crowd of at least five thousand men.  This lad  stands out from all the rest.  What has he done?  He had been following Jesus around, listening intently to His teachings and chose to believe Jesus when He said the Kingdom of God was at hand. 
 
He got excited and dreamed of being part of the miraculous.
The difference between the lad and the crowd was Purpose.
He believed and therefore he acted. 
 
He ran with the crowd clutching his five loaves and two fishes that he was sure would come in handy, even if it were to assuage his own hunger pangs so as not to be distracted from the life giving words Jesus spoke.  His heart leapt as he imagined the possible scenarios.
 
Can you just imagine the scene – five thousand men plus women and children all flocking en masse to the place Jesus was teaching?  A lad could easily be trampled in the hustle and bustle of the crowd, easily overlooked and ignored.
 
The lad had a purpose in going that I believe was different from the others.   All the grownups went empty handed  but he went with five barley loaves and two fishes in hand.
 
One lad came prepared with food…just in case…he had heard the Kingdom of God was at hand, he knew Jesus could do miraculous things and so he came prepared.
 
Just in case.
 
He came with all he had, prepared to open his hands and let go, to give, to sow seed into the Kingdom of Heaven.  He was hoping to see a miracle and he came with a readiness to be used.
 
I can imagine a lad who had heard the teachings of Jesus, heard what he knew to be the truth, saw love in amazing action. Excitement coursed through his young body as he determined that he would be a follower of Jesus.

He was willing to lay his life down-he was willing to share his bread, share his food with the hungry and not count the cost.

He has shown me three things this lad has.
  • Purpose
  • Preparation
  • Positioning
We, like the lad must purpose to be with Jesus.  Purpose even when it means moving from our level of comfort and make a determined effort to spend time with Him.
Purpose, for the lad included a reason for his being in the crowd. 
 
He desired to see the miraculous.  He was young and he knew he would not be the only one who got hungry so he purposed to bring bread and fish.
 
What do we purpose in the presence of Jesus and in the midst of His people?  Are we content to fit in with the crowd or do we purpose to come with our gift of five loaves and two fishes?
 
Do we come with a purpose to give what we have, releasing/relinquishing our gift to Jesus to use to feed the hungry?   Do we take what we have and extend our filled hands to the hungry, needy and poor?
 
My pet peeve for years has been the coffee break at church until ever so recently my husband suggested I look at it as a timeout in a football game that gives the key players an opportunity to regroup.
As I reread this portion, in all honesty I have to admit that the reason I have not enjoyed this portion of the service has been due to my deafness and the fact that it has always been so much easier to stay in my place.  I still can forget the changes God has made in me ~ not only can I hear Him but with hearing aids I can hear others very well too and don’t need to exert so much effort in listening…and so I too regroup, refocus, shift my attitude and get up prepared to share my bread and fish.
Instead of focusing on the coffee at the break, what if we purposed to ask the Lord to show us whom He had a word for…and then yield to Him our tongue.  We can ask Him to show us someone who is secretly struggling and needs prayer. We purpose to be bold and bring them before the Throne of Grace.  We can, each one of us purpose to speak an encouraging, sincere word, share a smile, and give a hug….

It is so easy to blend in with the congregation.  But…people are hungry even in the midst of the teaching.

What will and does make a difference to the “crowd” is when even one person purposes in their heart to make a difference and choose to be the difference.
 
What gift can you see in your hand?  Are you willing to have it taken from you in order to see the miraculous happen in your midst?
We never know what effect it will have on someone when we bestow a smile, a hug, a kind word, a prayer….consider the gift that God has given you and then purpose to use it and become skilled at it by reason of use.
 
Sometimes the simple paves the way to the miraculous. A young lad showed me that as I read Mark 6.
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Break Bread

“Break bread” is the word the Lord gave me for 2012.

Most years for me begin in September, simply because that is my birth month but this year I completely forgot because we were camping.

What is “break bread” going to mean, what do I think will be the result?

 I have no idea, but I do sense that as I “break bread”, there will be a change in my heart and a deepening of my walk with Jesus.  A deepening that currently I cannot comprehend.

Psalm 119:1 speaks loudly to me this day of “break bread”.

Blessed are the undefiled in the way…
the undefiled in the way are those who have remained keenly focused on their Christian walk.  
The Way is walking with Jesus on the road to Emmaus ~ His words burn in our hearts, they light a fire of love and there is a passionate pursuit of the One who has saved us and filled us with hope and purpose…
And yet I have been distracted….I have been in the wrong room far too often…I have sat in front of the computer….yes, I have gleaned both information and knowledge….I have made Facebook friends for whom I am grateful and thankful, appreciative of the gifts and talents God has placed within each of you.

I have a room in our home that I have laid claim to.  My desk and favourite things are there ~ the entire room has been redone and I love it ~ and yet I have not frequented it.  I have bypassed it and gone instead to the computer room!

Today I am in the place where I can “break bread”.  Jesus, the Word made flesh, and I want to behold His glory.  I want to receive His grace, favour, loving kindness and truth.

I have seen the Blood, dripping red over my life and I do not want to move away from that purifying flow.

This is as fasting ~ this is indeed a different form of fasting.  I am fasting computer time and I am present in the Way to “Break Bread” and eatTo taste and see that the Lord is good ~ to taste the sweetness of His Word in my mouth… Psalm 119: 103

The bread is breaking…

It is through His precepts, His life giving words, His law that I get understanding…I have compared, despaired and not prepared.

The only One to compare myself to is Jesus…I admit, I have compared myself to others in the Way and despaired at where I am.

Jesus is speaking to my heart!  He is calling because I have not intently and intentionally focused on what He is trying to teach me.

He is calling ~, He is calling to wake me up and to be present with Him right now.

Right now, He is pleased with me, right now, I am undefiled and perfect in His sight.  How could I want anything else?

His pleasure in me is mine and it is beautiful and rich.  He has prepared my heart and it is ready to receive, in fullness and in part, His Word, His seed to create new life within me…

Right now, the Blood is dripping red over my life…the Blood has saturated the Broken Bread ~ I am pure in my choice to walk in the way of the Lord.

To follow His way of living and doing and being ~ in Him I truly do live, breathe, and find sustenance for life.  I will find rest and refreshment here in this place.

My place, it is my place to stand ~ God holds me by the hand and this is the place; this is the hour for my feet to stand right here.  It belongs to me for I have long ago chosen to commit my way and work to Him so He can establish me.

I choose fresh bread today, not just to look at but also to break open and receive into the deepest part of my being, sustenance.

I love this definition of bread: what the rich shared with the poor so they did not have to eat cake!

Am I going to “break bread”?

My Father, the King of Glory is rich, rich in mercy, grace, truth and love….

My King saw that I am poor and shared His only Son with me…He Who lived to die, Who allowed His body to be beaten and battered…
Jesus, the Bread of Life, the Bread from Heaven sent that the world, (me, you) might be saved through Him.
Jesus, gave His Bread, gave it all, becoming poor that we might become rich.
That we might have abundant, rich and full lives instead of feeding on the cake ~ the dainties of this world that give no satisfaction and do not satiate our hunger.
Oh, taste, savour, and see for yourself how good the Lord is.

 


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