Happy Me, Bishop Todd Atkinson , Shepherd of shepherds (Santa on vacation), Howard the Hunter after God and Faithful Friend, David the Marksman and Magnificent Son…
…and in the background, foreground, among us all, Jesus: Giver of every good gift, The Good Shepherd who found us all, befriended us all, and made us all sons who belong to the household of God forever: Jesus, enjoying us eating, drinking, laughing uproariously, letting our dreams speak and run free, and loving one another! The Kingdom of Heaven is indeed near…
A meal shared with those who love Jesus is a foretaste of what is coming:
“On this mountain, the LORD of Armies will prepare for all the peoples a feast of choice meat, a feast with aged wine, prime cuts of choice meat, fine vintage wine (Isaiah 25 verse 6).”
Well with me it is a bit like waiting for a bus: you wait and all of a sudden 3 come at once. Same with propheticy things for me as it is a now and then sort of gifting, rather than my main call.
Anyway here is another propheticy offering:
Some of you need to resist the pressure of openness! There can be an inner pressure and a growing church cultural pressure to bare all. To conceal is not always hypocrisy. It is often a forgotten wisdom. Make sure God’s Spirit is leading your revealing and your concealing rather than a compulsion, an unheralded desperate need or another pressure.
May God help us all to know how much to say, when and to who. If our flesh or the devil directs such things it is a sure and certain route to deep rejection and loneliness at worst or being held to the revelation rather than being allowed to move on. Self revelation is not our calling or our ministry. Know when and what to share.
A propheticy thingy: a while since I have had one of these:
Keep to the call. Don’t trade a part of that call for advantage someone offers to you in another aspect of the call. Don’t open the call of God to hijackers. Hijackers are not for you. They are for themselves. Try an experiment. Say “no thank you” to them and apparent interest in you and relationship with you quickly fades. BUT , a big but…there are those whose offer of help has no strings attached. Avoid hijackers. Wait and look for Kingdom of God enablers.
Be careful in making alliances! All that glitters is not gold, but where it is, where it is true spiritual gold or even literal gold and silver being offered in and for the will of God, embrace it with thankfulness.
But, I say again: if the price of friendship, favour, the opening of doors involves surrendering one percent of what God has said to you, turn and run like heaven, and don’t look back wondering, “but what if I had …”
In the dragon’s den the pressure is always on to give away more of an original call and idea than is right…
This won’t be for all. There are however seasons in God’s purposes and seasons in the enemy’s assaults, so it may be for several of all y’all!
“If you had been the only one, Jesus would have gone to the cross for you!”
I know the intention behind that thought, but….
… but what? Well, one of my favourite parts of the writings of the Old Testament are the “Servant Songs” in Isaiah. In a remarkable way we are taken into the innerness of the relationship between God the Father and God the Son, 7 or 8 centuries or thereaabouts before Jesus actually walked on the earth to think the thoughts expressed in these Songs. (You can find them in Chapters 42, 49, 50 and 52-53.)
It is the conversation between the Father and the Son in Chapter 49 that interests me with regard to the oft quoted sentiments in italics mentioned above. In that chapter we read the innermost thoughts of Jesus. He says to His Father, “My work seems so useless.” Have you realised that Jesus could be downcast? Depressed? Presumably He was thinking here of the smallness of the spiritual harvest as the cross approached. So few folowers, little apparent impact. The Father did nnot say, “Son, it would have been worth it all for even one.” He actually gives an assurance to His Son, His Servant, that a world wide harvest is coming! “You will do more than restore the people of Israel to me. I will make you a light to the Gentiles, and you will bring my slavation to the ends of the earth!”
God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, are thinking big! They are thinking expansively. Think big with God!
What does that mean in practice? Well it means that we pray for and actively work for the extension of the KIngdom of God in this world, spreading its righteousness, joy and peace, diligently, creatively, relevantly, thoughtfully, with compassion, seeking to show others that God and His Kingdom love and power have come close to us in Jesus.
Think of yourself as an outpost of the KIngdom of God, as the disposal of One whose love has conquererd the territory of your life, whose eye is on the sparrow but also scans the centuries and distant coastlands, always reaching out with His strong arm to save. Jesus said in Isaiah 49, “I am like a sharpened arrow in his quiver.” Every true believer seeks to become like Jesus. Well, let’s be like Him in his self understanding expressed here: we are sharpened arrows prepared by the Father, ready to be fitted to the bow of his saving love and shot with aim and intention into the world. Perhaps you have felt you have not landed on any target. Perhaps the Father has a target in mind that you have not yet seen and could not imagine.
He has prepared you, the arrow, and he has prepared the target. Can you believe that? I hope so: think Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch, if you get my drift.
Why so serious? Why try and carry a burden that is not yours to carry? Enjoy God today!
That’s all folks!