I’ve been pondering more on ‘Christ in You: the hope of glory’ and my thoughts have taken me to John 3 and 4.
In John 3 Jesus is talking to a ‘Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews‘ but shortly after in John 4 He is talking to an unnamed woman at a well in Samaria. The two encounters seem very different.
- It is night time when Nicodemus speaks with Jesus but in the heat of the day at noon for the woman
- Nicodemus has a position and standing in the community as a ruler but the woman is isolated visiting the well alone instead of typically in the cool of the day with the other women. She’s doesn’t even have a position in a family, let alone the community.
- A Pharisee would have lived strictly by a moral code and seen to do the right thing . The fact this woman had 5 previous husbands and living with a 6th reflected not just her different moral code but also the men who placed no value on her.
- At least Nicodemus sought out Jesus to ask questions. The woman doesn’t know who Jesus is and simply encounters a stranger at the well.
- the man responds to Jesus with rational, reasoned questions whilst the woman reacts to the experience of truth.
Different, but still the same and if we are honest our experience is found in both of them too.
They are both hiding who they are from other people. Nicodemus perhaps couldn’t have asked those questions in public with his position of ruler. He would have been perceived as having all the answers already. The woman attends to her chores alone in the inconvenient heat. She too couldn’t be herself around the other women who knew all about her and her disgraced position in the community because of failed relationships. How many people can we actually be ourselves around?
They both meet Jesus alone- a private moment of vulnerability. It’s this space that allows for the personal encounter with Jesus. You see both have questions, but it’s Jesus’ questions that opens them, and us, up. To Nicodemus he asks, ‘Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things?‘ for the woman He says ‘go call your husband‘. Both these requests would have cut to the core issue. Nicodemus for all his study and observance of the law still had not found fulfillment for what he craved. For the woman she had sought to find meaning and worth in her status as a wife which offered her no answers either despite trying 5 times. The joy here is that Jesus doesn’t do that to belittle them or pass judgement but to truthfully expose the driest area in their lives in order that Living Water flows to restore, revive and renew every place. When you meet Jesus you can open up and it’s not so you expose the real you to Him: it’s so He can reveal who you really are, to you!
John Anderson, in his book, Jesus the Inner Spring’ puts it this way, ‘ We shall admit that our lives, with their relationships and their out workings, are dead. we shall say,’ I have nothing.’ That is preparing the way for the Inner Spring’
When we all see that we are a no-body with no-thing, the Someone with everything is right there offering Himself. We’re born again into hope by water and spirit. Living water that becomes a well inside of us springing up into life. The well is Jesus Himself abiding with us. Christ in you: the hope of glory. Christ in us takes the no-body with no-thing and puts the Someone inside us. The real you is revealed in all of who He is.
John the baptist understood when he said, “He must increase, but I must decrease” It’s not about having or not having a position or title. It’s not about our efforts or lack of them. It is all about being a nobody in ourselves so we can reveal the Somebody that is Jesus.
We’ve actually moved from no-body to being His-body. Our significance and security is settled so that we understand how special we are because we are in union with Him.
I can’t acknowledge this quote as I don’t know who wrote it but it’s profound:
“you carry the fountain of hope in you. The Kingdom’s way is you carrying the life of Christ, the Presence of God in the power of the Holy Spirit. It’s NOT about you but it’s ALL about the One Living inside of you. When people encounter you nothing happens but when they encounter the Presence of God abiding in you, the atmosphere shifts because of Him dwelling inside of us. HE is life! HE is light! HE is healing! HE is provision! He is wisdom! HE is love! In Him ALL things consist.”
Nobodies with nothing is now just right: joined to the Someone with everything and the only think we can help with is step out the way long enough for Jesus to be Himself through us. Let’s be empty so He can fill and overflow!
Home is a very powerful word to me.
- It’s meaning exceeds being just a noun naming the physical place where we live as part of a family.
- It’s not merely an adjective to describe care and nurture or the security of a safe place to flourish.
- It’s larger than a verb to explain the space we return to that created an environment where we are comfortable to be who we really are.
- It’s deeper than the emotions of knowing we are ‘seen’, loved and accepted.
Home is all those things but more. Home is an experience: it’s a feeling that you fit somewhere, with someone, and are wanted and belong. This last weekend it struck me afresh that I’m not looking for or creating a home, I am home. I don’t mean in four walls but I, myself, am a home. In Revelations 21 it says,
“God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God Himself will be with them.“
When Jesus was talking to His disciples (John 14) He promised there would be a day when we realised, “that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you… and we will come to (you) and make our home” God Himself chooses to make my skin and yours, His home. We are home to the Divine Life. God Himself feels my body is a place where He can be accepted and loved, comfortable and welcomed to be Himself. It’s a place he feels He belongs!
So because I am a home, I AM is home. As my body is the space He comes to dwell and live in, all that I AM is, becomes my home too. Who God is becomes my home where I live and move and have my being. We abide and live together and the relationship and union makes a home. Wonderful. Wonder-full and not just a truth but something to be experienced.
God wants us to realise we are home. In fact Paul tells us in Colossians, “ God was pleased to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” God’s pleased to reveal the riches of this to us.
This home (Christ in us and us in Him) carries hope. So what’s hope?
- It’s not wishful thinking. ( I hope that this will happen)
- It’s not an expression of uncertainty ( I hope we get it)
- it’s not a desire either ( I hope I get the good of this)
- A believer KNOWS that their hope is solid.Hebrews 11 talks about ,”the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen“
- Hope is faith – a faith that cannot be moved by circumstance or what the eye sees because an unseen God is seen in His faithfulness. Faith isn’t believing – faith is a Person. ” Jesus Christ is our hope.” ( 1 Tim 1:1)
- Hope is Living. 1 peter 1 ;3 says, ” In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” This fulfills Jesus’ promise in John 14, “ because I live you will live also“
Hope is the assurance of the Person of Jesus living in us- it’s the anchor that does not move us from home base. Cynthia Bourgeault puts it like this. “Hope’s home is at the innermost point in us, and in all things. It is a quality of aliveness. It does not come at the end, as the feeling that results from a happy outcome. Rather, it lies at the beginning, as a pulse of truth that sends us forth.” Hope is our assured foundation. We are not waiting to die to go home to glory – quite the opposite -it’s actually the starting point, that we are in union with Jesus who is at home living with us now.
This home (Christ being in us and us in Him) carrying the assurance of hope, adds glory. So what’s glory? Well it’s more of the riches of His Presence!
- God’s glory can be the recognition of external manifestation of His being: think of “the heavens declare your glory.“(Isaiah 6)
- It’s also His character and nature. When Moses asked God “show me your glory” God’s reply is to talk about His compassion, graciousness, abounding love and faithfulness. ( Exodus 33)
- When John writes about Jesus He says, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” Glory is experienced here as relationship with the Father; identity in sonship; and characterised by a fullness of grace and truth.
- Doxa is N.T Greek for ‘Glory’ and means the manifestation of God’s presence. When you encounter that ‘doxa’ it is the atmosphere of His presence. We have compassion, abounding love and faithfulness living in us.
How incredible that we are the dwelling place of God – That He comes and makes a home with us! Incredible that we are not striving to obtain it but can turn our attention and become aware of what is already given to us . We need to give thanks and receive the Person. Welcome Him home then fling wide the doors of this place and as Russ Walden puts it, ” We are called upon to walk in glory:the manifest Presence of God. Someone on the inside of you is pressing to get out. when you walk into a room, learn to say in yourselves, ‘I release the glory here…”
We need to turn up with love in every situation and allow Jesus to be Himself. Maybe Julie Glover is right too, ” those who serve most potently work on levels of cosciousness that have to do with radiating love -God’s love. The basic premise is that you allow something, (Someone) to come through you… from somewhere deep inside.”
how Jesus goes out of His way to be in certain places. He didn’t need to go through Samaria, most Jews avoided it, but He did. It is so easy for us to just mix with people like ourselves or who are acceptable to us. We need to go out of our way to make opportunities.
He was weary with His journey, so understands how sometimes we feel it is an effort to be intentional. It’s easier for us to want refreshment ourselves rather than give it to others. It’s important to be vulnerable though and share that we have the same challenges as everyone but we do know where to go to get refreshment that lasts.
Jesus was thirsty- but more than His physical thirst His need was to fulfil the Father’s purposes. Jesus has a need to give Himself away to others.
the well was a regular meeting place for connections and community – the woman would have gone for water for washing, cooking, and watering animals but would have talked and shared their lives at the same time. Those kind of wells happen in our culture now. They look like family homes, our garden fence talking to the neighbour, work places, sports clubs, schools, pubs, coffee shops or churches.
This woman went in the heat off the day by herself. She was in a community yet isolated and not accepted. Although in our communities frameworks are in place to connect people many are alone, unseen and going through life not really living.
The conversation Jesus and the woman have is just beautiful. She talks in the natural and He responds with the spiritual. We all have ‘normal’ conversations with people in our everyday life but it is easy just to speak very naturally the words that come from God. Just look at how Jesus did it!
I’m feeling very blessed these last few weeks. Our lovely friend Liz came to stay after her surgery and after a few days at home with us we retired to the seaside to recuperate together some more.
I cann’t decide if the highlight has been watching Liz walk further and more freely each day ; or her grateful heart at being able to cook us pancakes; it might be how we’ve sat together in an evening acknowledging the day’s progress; watching sunrises over the sea is definitely a contender;
or our youngest daughter swimming and playing. Maybe it’s been the leisurely afternoons in castles grounds and the provision of a wheelchair so everyone could be involved. Eating fresh fish has been a joy. God’s grace in healing and strengthen is evident. His Presence bringing peace and refreshment as we’ve fellowshiped together.
We had a BBQ on the beach one day and treated ourselves to some prawns. Have you every seen such a big prawn? It was a giant!
Then I had some oysters and they were giant too.
We visited an historic cinque port and strolled by the river. The gaint supplies were present there too. This time in lights.
Seeing oversized items reminded me of the men spying out the promised land for Moses. Their report after 40 days was that everything in Canaan was oversized and big.
- one bunch of grapes had to be carried between a pole carried by two men. They must have been the size of apples!
- the people were ‘all tall’
- the walls to the city were all ‘large and strong’
- the descendants of Anak ( giants) lived there
The men’s reports were large too. 10 gave a report on how large the challenges were- so gigantic it was not possible to possess the land. Joshua and Caleb gave a bigger report on their confidence in God – that He would do what He had promised. They had a large understanding of who God was. They had a huge confidence that God was good.
Many of us have promises from God and I’m holding some from years and years ago. What I’m beginning to understand in a deeper way is that the promised land and fulfilment is found in Jesus not in the answer or what I think it looks like.
Everything in the promised land is meant to be large and oversized but it starts when we rest securely in a magnified awareness of who Jesus is. When He is the main focus taking up the way we view things our gratitude is larger; our love flows greater; our relationships are more meaningful and our blessings manifest because His kingdom is appearing.
The promised land is the presence of Jesus living like the truth was true. Seeing all the oversized items made me realise how I’m in the promised land with other areas of my life. We’re seeing Jesus reveal who He is to us more and more.
I’m really stuck by Job’s words in Chapter 42 when he says, ‘I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear but now my eyes see you’. God’s plan for this world has always been that what He spoke actually happened. Think of creation when He spoke and light happened, land and sea were formed, animals and people. Then The Word, Logos, became flesh and dwelt amongst us. That very Life giving Presence became Jesus.
I believe we are entering a time when all the study and theological information we have on who God is from a ‘church’ setting, is suddenly going to burst out of the limits we have created or perceived as Kingdom is exposed. The Spirit is yearning , along with all of creation for us not to just hear about God but actually experience and see Him. We are meant to receive a fullness of God not only a part of it. Hearing about God, of course increases our faith and hunger but as we press on to know Him He reveals more of who He is to us in our own lives and the circumstance we find ourselves in. There are no giants of lack or circumstance that limit us, no illness that binds us when our eyes are open to see the huge gift that is Jesus. I’m not denying the existence of those things but I recognise that Jesus reveals another facet of the diamond He is as He turns towards us. The Light of His Life anchors us. Peace floods us as Jesus overshadows the constant view. The promise is already given – Jesus gives us Himself – and I am watching Him grow larger in my understanding and heart as fullness blossoms more and more. We not only hear but see God tangibly.
So I want to encourage you to join me in asking God for a revelation of more of who He is to us, so that the eyes of our hearts are enlightened to grasp how wide, deep, strong and long His love for us is. That our spirits would fathom the gigantic gift of Jesus. He, Himself, simply is enough. I think we’ll be surprised and flooded with joy as we notice all around us that we have already entered the promised land because Jesus is Present.
Expose. It’s a word that suggests something has been revealed that really wanted to remain hidden. Like a secret or a bad habit. On the other hand it can mean you have now had a new experience because you have been exposed to something or Someone. I just love how God can take one perspective and completely transform and redeem to another
I have a dear friend coming to stay today as she convalesces after surgery and it’s going to be a joy. A few months ago she fell coming down her stairs and had to have her hip replaced. During the care she received for that, other issues were detected and revealed the cancer. One difficult situation thankfully exposed another silent one that may well have otherwise remained hidden for too long. The joy comes, not through the challenge of illness but that it’s exposing Jesus. Like all of us her family and friends are a mix of believers and seekers so the way she speaks has had a profound impact on people. There is no fear or anger but a peace that comes from knowing that Jesus is present. She’s expressed that naturally and openly and shared the Life she is receiving.
Yesterday I was supposed to be making the room look nice – except I got distracted by a journal that was on the side and started reading. It had lots of notes on David and Goliath and it was relevant to me today but also to the challenges we have in facing the giants of terrorism and change that the news is so prevalent in reporting. Goliath means uncovered, expose or reveal. So recent events are…
exposing the giant.
Goliath had been intimidating the Israelites for 40 days and He had exposed himself to be aggressive and destructive. The last few weeks in our news we’ve read about attacks in nightclubs, (US) hospital (Germany), community festivals (Nice), fast food restaurants ( Germany), a disabled care centre (Japan) and now a church (Rouen). It has brought the terror and fear away from warzones and into everyday ordinary life very close to home. We may not live in those countries but we identify with the communities who are going through it: these are places we visit in our own countries. I’ve read on Facebook so many status’ saying ‘what is happening in the world?’ These reports give witness to how the ruler of this earthly kingdom is manifesting all too regularly. Evil and terrorism is exposing itself openly. Other giants are present in job situations, relationships, illness or finances. It exposes fear, hatred and division but also by exposure, they over play their hand as it brings it to light and therefore something can be done. The giant though is also……
exposing our hearts
Our reactions to the giant reveals what is in our hearts. For some in today’s world it exposes fear of other cultures or the unknown. It can expose our doubt in our leaders or solutions. In ourselves. For believers it exposes a trust in a faithful Father. Scripture says that out of the abundance of the heart speaks the mouth. So when some giant is shouting defeat at me what will my heart say back? I’m reminded of when Moses’ 12 soldiers went into spy out the land of Canaan. On their return 10 say it’s a good place but they can’t take the land because of the giants. One of them reports, ‘And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.’ The giant exposed that they looked at their own strength and it was insignificant and small. Having eyes on themselves and not on the promise and character of God made them believe they were as small as a grasshopper. The Israelites did the same in the face of Goliath and sat immobilised by the fear. However, when the young shepherd boy David arrives his hearts had plenty to say about who God was in the situation. David’s eyes were on how big God is. The giant exposed that David’s heart had transformed fear into faith and doubt into confidence. His eyes weren’t on himself but on the might and ability of God. His heart knew it and his mouth spoke it. How about our mouths – what have the circumstances shown is in our hearts? Jesus’ words are Spirit and Life and we need to be using them.
The giant is also……..
exposing weakness and strength
I don’t mean the giants strength and our weakness but the completely opposite. Giants are often disadvantaged if we’d only see them for what they are. Look at Goliath:
He wasn’t very observant. He talks about David coming at him with sticks but no mention of the sling. Giants have limited sight where as David’ focus was very clearly on God and who He is.
He was arrogant. He didn’t even draw his own sword in the fight. In contrast David ran confidently, humbly carrying the stones fully aware perhaps that God wins not by might not by power but by the Spirit
He was rigid in his approach. He only knew one way to fight and that was with fearful speech and violence. David was flexible realising he could not wear Saul’s armour or wield his sword. He used the skills God had given him thus far.
Do we identify with feeling strong in our weakness? We can rest confidently that God is holding and sustaining us through whatever the situation is. We are on the strongest side. We trust wholeheartedly that God’s promises and presence is true because of His faithful character. So whatever the situation we must be faithful in……
- exposing God
The giant is revealing our heart but it’s also revealing God’s heart to pour out His goodness. Joshua and Caleb speak to the other spies and say, ‘neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us’ (Numbers 14 v 9) They understood that the giant situation they faced was going to make a way and reveal an experience of God that would sustain them. There would be living Bread that nourishes them in the midst of the land: the Living God who is active and present and more powerful than anything we face. Whether our giant is a personal one, a community one or a global one, we can expose God. This was what Jesus did after all. He told His disciples, ‘Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.’ (John 14 v 9) and it’s what He wanted for us.
It is the most precious prayer Jesus uttered the night before He died, ‘ I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one-as you are in me, Father, and I am in you’ (John 17 v 21)
Jesus is not just with us through this life -He is IN us. We are one with Him and the Father -an extraordinary source of communion. For such a long time I have tried to be like Jesus or imitate His character and got very tired working at that. I am now conscious that I can rest in Him because He is in me. Jesus gave Himself, so I could receive Him so He can be Himself in me. I need to get out the way long enough to let Jesus do that. The Jesus that reveals love and grace. Jesus Himself exposing His forgiveness and grace. Jesus revealing kindness and truth through me. The woman at the well was in everyday life yet she encountered Christ and He revealed the I AM to her. It wasn’t the well that was important – it was the Man at the well. He creates living water inside us, connected to the source of supply that springs up into Life.
We become a well where people can met Jesus too as our flesh is housing Him. We are called to expose God in our being. Joey Le Tourneau puts it this way ‘Wherever you go, not by title or position, but by presence, faith, hope and love may each person who encounters you say, “Because I have seen you I have seen The Father.”
I truly believe there is only one reality, that which resonates with Heaven, is in harmony with Jesus and in one accord with each other. This union is the reality that will expose God amongst us and defeats the fear and ruler of this world to establish God’s kingdom. Our world is crying out for the answer and we have Christ in us, the hope of Glory who we can uncover and release to speak Life, love and peace into the people we meet. Let’s get busy revealing and releasing Jesus in our homes and towns by worshiping Him; declaring His truths; speaking His words in every situations; by trusting and resting in His goodness
I’ve just picked our littlest princess up from school early. The end of term excitement is bubbling up as summer has arrived with 6 long weeks before us, giving space for lie ins, holidays, day trips and general fun. Rest is on the cards for the teachers as they get to spend more time with their own children and families. We’ll watch our children grow at least a foot before our eyes, as this terms uniform will testify in September when shoes and clothes no longer fit. A different routine where rest , fresh air and fun makes them develop more.
It hasn’t always been like that though. This long summer break has it’s roots in our agriculture heritage. Education was put on hold because everyone was needed for a new season’s task. An army of people would descend on the fields ripe with harvest. Whole families went to live in make shift homes on farms by the coast and formed new communities. The gathering in of the crops began at dawn each day and when the tally man said enough had been picked they stopped to go and fetch water from the well and would eat around a camp fire sharing all that they had between them. Parties would often break out long into the night as they celebrated the amount that they had managed to gather together. Other people had planted the seeds and tended the crops as they grew but now all these labourers, young and old, gathered the harvest together. Long days and hard work but time was of the essence -the harvest was ripe and ready and needed to be brought in.
This history isn’t relevant to our educational system now but I think it is to our spiritual journey. John 4 says:-
My husband is currently on a mission trip. He walks with a 12 foot cross from town to town sharing the message of Jesus as he goes. It’s prophetic as the cross goes through a town declaring the symbol of Jesus’ death and resurrection in everyday life rather than in a church building or service. He prays as he goes declaring God’s words and asking God to bless the areas. He has wonderful conversations with people and has opportunities to pray with them for their situation, salvation or healing. He’s walked in 13 different countries.
He left on the 2nd July to start in Brussels and yesterday he arrived in Paris. He posted photographs of the celebrations for Bastille day with the crowds pouring through the streets outside his room and blogged about how he had been amongst them in the day sharing and praying with people.
At the same time of his postings different events were enfolding in Nice, southern France. Being a national holiday the same crowds and party atmosphere manifest in that town until death and panic arrived with a man driving a van into the crowd. Shocking. Awful. Oh how we need to pray!
As I tried to get some information for him I read about 2 days of national mourning being declared. The comments under the news article was where God spoke to me about how to pray. And it is a picture of how God turns things around for good. One commentator was generically hating on religion being the root of all division and hatred. She quoted the Quran and the Bible. She put chapter and verse to her comments – except those verses don’t say anything of what she had written. Not in interpretation either – she had mentioned rape and death being ordained by God- it was simply a completely different story of events with Elisha. The verses actually were, “My Father, My Father the chariots of and horsemen of Israel.”
You can read the whole story in 2 Kings 2 but here’s how I’m feeling led to pray:-
- It’s a time for us to press in and keep following the things of God. Elijah was the prophet and Elisha had been serving him. Elijah had tested him by saying to him 3 times ‘please stay here’. 3 times he gave him the opportunity to deny the call on his life. Sounds familiar to Peter being asked 3 times did he know Jesus? Elisha’s reply is always, “As the lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” No matter how hard things are in circumstances or how much we want to remain in a comfortable situation we have to press in. God lives and we need to be using our words to keep declaring in situations that God lives – which means I can live and you can live. There is hope to be spoken. An assured hope. In France right now and in lesser degrees in our own communities there are circumstances of shock and confusion but we need to press in to find God in it. We can declare the hope that He lives and is very present. It’s not a time to hide or remain silent about our faith in the Person of Jesus but speak it out and pursue it wholeheartedly as the only real answer to what is faced.
- Don’t be distracted by the voices of fear. A school of prophets rightly tell Elisha that his master will die but Elisha ignores it. There are people around, and the media, who predict with doom and gloom how present death and destruction is and whilst it can be accurate, the interruption of it need not bring fear. This is a time not to be distracted by the voice of fear but to press into the things of God even more. Elisha was not distracted by the other prophets warning: he did not change course but kept following, trusting and understanding, perhaps deeper, than you don’t change anything by being frozen in fear or living reacting to it. Life happens and death is part of it but God is present in everything and will remain focused on bringing LIFE. We need to pray that people in Nice and in our own communities come together in times of difficult and confront it head on, standing together so that the situation doesn’t divide us but unites us. Compassion does that. it means ‘suffering with’ we don’t ignore it or ‘not go there’ we take Jesus with us into it and find He is already there working.
- It’s time to speak relationship not religion. Elijah dies and is taken up in a whirlwind and at this moment Elisha says ‘ My father , my father the chariots and horsemen of Israel.’ In this moment Elisha has eyes to see what is happening in the spiritual realm not what is happening in the earthly one. Oh how we need to ask for clear vision to see the things of God happening in France, and our own communities, and not the earthly visible one. We have to look for the invisible things of God and call them forth into reality. If we see them in our spirit then we can pray and partner with God to establish them. We can pray that God will rise up people who will see clearly and then speak as God’s ambassador into the individual lives; that the right people come along side the families who have lost loved one; that the believers in the town will rise up and speak words of hope and comfort and of Jesus’ Life as they rebuild theirs. We can pray that, like Elisha, they begin to say my Father and that thoughts about a ‘religion’ that has to master you will change to an intimate relationship connected to the Father. We can pray they have a double portion – My Father My Father-where the Spirit of sonship rest on them to bring security and comfort.
- Find the courage to move on to new Life. Elisha had to pick up the cloak and move on with his life. Life was going to be different now. After such a life changing event we need to pray for strength for the individuals and the town ( including our own with the changes we face) to have strength to move forward. But it’s strength to move on in God not our own . Elisha walked on to Jericho, a place known for defeat and miscarriages. In other words there was a lack of life there. He salted the water and the town was restored. A well of life sprung up with refreshment and hope for a future. This isn’t just a prayer for Nice and the rest of France. It’s a prayer for us to press into for all communities where ever we live. We can pray that the source of the living water springs up and transforms dead end defeated situations back to Life. We believe in resurrection and God loves nothing more than making that a reality in situation here on earth rather than us just surviving our time to get to a resurrected life in eternity. Father, let your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. Establish it here now in the barren places transform lives, communities and countries because the water they drink is from you- living water.
So join me to pray. Pray these things over Nice- Pray them over France and our own communities. Pray them to silence the voices of fear. Our God ALWAYS triumphant over death.
If you’d like to read more about Alan’s mission trips you can find it here. https://crossthenations.wordpress.com/
I’m not much of a gardener and we only have one plant in our house: a special miniature yellow rose by my kitchen sink. You’d have to know a lot more about my story for me to explain why yellow roses are special. Enough here to say they represent how my friendship with God is new life to me. Isaiah 61 in the message says,
Isn’t this worship in Spirit and truth? It the place where we awaken out of the darkness of night to the light of a new day. It is the moment when we arise because we are lifting Jesus up. Habakkuk knew something of this despite everything perishing around him he declared yet. Yet. Yet will I rejoice in God. The cry of a heart that is lost in a dark place struggling with death around doesn’t waste time on other questions of why? how? what now? please do this! please do that! would you come and …? (all valid and reasonable to ask) but it’s a heart that takes the focus of himself and on to Him. A foundational first fruit offering
where we no longer ask God for something;
where we no longer say thank you for what you did before,
where we no longer say I believe you can,
where we no longer look at the circumstance around