Oh. My. God.

God's love destroys me more than the power of His mighty wrath. More then the strength of a thousand hurricanes, His love for mankind caused Him to set upon Himself destruction beyond the perception of hearts, and wires of minds.
“…That He, by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” Hebrews 2:9
His workmanship is us.
His reason to lay down His life is us. 
His steadfastness in suffering long is His jealously for us.

The Will and The Works

“FOR IT IS GOD WHICH WORKETH IN YOU BOTH TO WILL AND TO DO OF HIS GOOD PLEASURE.”

Without desire or a purposed thought what seed would ever be planted? Without water and sunlight and minerals and care, what seed would ever grow? Growth itself is a combination of many things.

All things grow by being fed. And so the obvious of question is this… Whose seeds are planted in your very mind, affections and desires? And what is their state even now?

God, as the scripture says, works in us. Like when a farmer or anyone, even a child, digs a hole in the ground to fix and place seeds in the ground, so to does God. He works. Yes, God Almighty is working. Not 9 to 5, not even 24/7. God works in His own “time”. He does not sleep and He is never tired. He is God and He is working.

The work that God has done and is doing is not difficult to locate because He has plainly revel this knowledge to us.

I saw a squirrel with an acorn in its mouth as it made use of its front paws, digging a hole for it. Then I saw others searching for acorns they had already positioned. Their search took them all over the field. But God Almighty’s work is located right in you. In me. In us. Yes. That is where His work abides. Right in us. In our minds and thoughts (as we are thinking moment by moment). His works are in our soul as our desires and ways. And, God’s works are in our heart. Yes, our affections.

All of His works are in us for these two reasons as the scripture says, to will AND to do.

To Will:
will2
wil/
noun
noun: will; plural noun: wills

 

Expressing a command: expressing desire, consent, or willingness

want, see fit, best, choose, prefer

A deliberate or fixed desire or intention

desire, intention, intent, volition

The thing that one desires or ordains

desire, decision, choice;

 

To Do:
do1
verb
verb: do; 3rd person present: does; past tense: did; gerund or present participle: doing; past participle: done

Perform an action

carry out, undertake, discharge, execute, perform, accomplish, achieve

Work on (something) to bring it to completion or to a required state.

prepare, make, get ready, see to, arrange, organize, be responsible for, be in charge of;

Make or have available and provide

make, create, produce, turn out, design, manufacture;

Solve; Work out

work out, figure out, calculate 

God’s works of His good pleasure in us that we might desire them, know them, even understand them, to carry them out in action onto completion. A finished work is better than a work that is just underway, yet a work underway is a work heading towards completion.


Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish His work.

JOHN 4:34

I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.

JOHN 17:4

Amen.

 

 

*(Source of definitions: Google dictionary/Google.com; as of same date of this post).

 

What He Wants

Wasteful gifts

Have you ever received a gift? Ever? And was it something you’d been hoping for? Something you’d been deeply desiring? Deeply yearning for? Something you either wanted or needed or both?

Did you get it? Was it the exact thing that was in the beautifully wrapped box with the glamours curly coloured ribbon dangling from a tightly secured bow? Huh? Did you ever get a gift that was exactly what you wanted?

If so, well done to whoever gave the gift. Right? Right! Well done.

But some gifts aren’t always so accepted, in the heart that is. Sure, we’ll probably say a big “THANK YOU!” We’ll probably say it a few times, “Thank you, thank you so much.” Even if a gift isn’t what you had in mind or something strange or all together ugly or simply not your style, or taste, you’ll more times than not, accept it not to upset the one offering the gift.

Fine.

But not so with God.

A few weeks ago the Holy Spirit reveled to me the desire of His heart for me and, I’m most certain, for you as well.

You see, there was something that I had so terribly desired in my heart to do for God in His name. It was going to be an expression of my love and honour and gratitude and, did I say my love for Him? Yes. I had planned to do something so over-the-top, stunningly beautiful and graciously humbling. It would have cost thousands if not millions of dollars. Yet no matter the costs I wanted to do this for God. I wanted all my guests to know that He is my help, that He is God, the He is worthy. I wanted so greatly to honour Christ before men and bless the people.

But He said NO. 

The Holy Spirit reveled the truth and the fullness of what God desires of me, of us.

"Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word."
IISAIAH 66:1-2

All these things that I had so hoped to do as a joy unto God was not and is not a gift He cares for. NOT AT ALL. Plainly as the scriptures says, He has made all things, so what would I truly be giving Him but that of what is already His? Everything is His. Everything and everyone. He has rule over all that is His. And, here’s the thing, anything that I would possibly think to give is from here, earth, which as we read, is His footstool.

Done.

No more plans to give God a gift He doesn’t care for, a gift He won’t receive from me. But He did say what He would accept. What He does care for from you and I. Yes, even you and I have something of ours He is desiring from us.

Our heart. Our honour. Our trembling at His word.

Our poor and contrite heart. Our empty and sorrowful and remorse heart for a sin we commit against Him. He desires that we desire to do right and walk uprightly as He is right. And, not if but when we do sin and behave wrongly, He wants us to acknowledge the truth and turn our heart in humility that we are guilty but that He is merciful should we come before this throne of grace to receive His mercy and find grace by faith in the name of the Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Our honour to His Holy name.

Our trembling at the very words of Almighty God given to us, even us as wicked as this world is, is still to this very day being spoke to by Christ. Yet who will consider the voice of God?

This is what God almighty wants from all His children who are called according to the hope of His calling.

To say the least, this has now become my hearts prayer and my minds desire. Lord, cause me to give you what you want. My heart. Poor and contrite before you. Broken and empty without you. Honour you most holy name that is above every name ever named and, to fear that you have spoken and do speak that I might take heed and cling to every single word.

May you give Him what He wants. Because remember, no matter how decorated the package may be, it’s what’s inside that’s being given. It’s what’s inside that will be judge all the more.

Glory to God in the highest. Great and terrible things has He done.


“For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”

PSALM 51:16-17

FOREVER.

And He shall reign forever more.
Forever!
And Ever.
Glory  Hallelujah!!!

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

 

Unto You

The Lord is my ocean, filling my life and, yet more. For as far as I can see He stretches on. He is everlasting. His glory, forever. Even unto the ends of the world. O King in the heavens, reign upon your throne my God, creator of all.


“…Blessed are they who You choose and cause to approach You, that they may dwell in thy courts: we will be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple. By terrible things in righteousness will You answer us, O God of our salvation; who are the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of them that are afar off upon the sea: Which by His strength set fast the mountains; being girded with power: Which stills the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, and the tumult of the people.”

PSALM 65:4-7