God.

As much as God has greatly revealed Himself through Christ and even lives in His people through His Spirit and is known and understood by the accounts told in His word, the Bible, there are still wondrous unimaginable marvelous aspects of Almighty God in which is not known to us, not now, not here.

Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, Elijah… these and others were, as the scriptures revel, close to God in the understanding that the Lord spoke to them often (Moses “face-to-face”) and reveled great mysteries to them using them in mighty ways. Yet still, even they didn’t know the half, so to speak, of the revelation of God.

Christ’s apostles, particularity John, Peter and James, were as close to God in the flesh, Jesus Christ, as anyone ever was while He was here on the earth in human form. They rested their heads on Him, they walked with Him, ate with Him, ministered with Him, learning and watching and listening and receiving from God. Yet still, even they and, Paul the apostle by the will of God, did not know God fully. None here on the earth has ever and will never know God fully, understand God fully. None. Not me, not you.

Paul wrote,

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

When Christ the Lord Jesus reveled Himself in His glory to John, John’s response was…

And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. And He laid His right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:

John was in great and awesome fear, holy and reverence, after seeing Jesus standing before him in His glory. How frightening. How wonderfully terrible and awe-striking to have seen God Almighty in His glory. And that’s just seeing Him.

“Lift your eyes up. God is greater than what you think He is. Whatever you can see, Christ is greater. The vision you have of Christ is crucial. It’s has to effect the way you live out you life. Effect your love for Him. Effect your obedience to Him. Effect your priorities. The bigness and smallness of what God has created is overwhelming. Not just above but even in all things, filling all things, the ant and the great white shark, the stars and sand, with meaning.” – Discover the Word

Lift your eyes up and let it filter down inside your being that God is God. How do you explain God or come to some kind of understanding? His name. I AM.

Christ Jesus, “…the one who fills all things in every way.”

Breathe. The worlds do not revolve around you. They revolve around God.

Breathe. You are alive. Live in Christ.

Breathe. He is as near as He is far. Wonder in Him.

Breathe. Delight and take great comfort and joy in what is known of God and, that which is unknown of Him be still stand back and know that He. Is. God.

 

What Shall We Do?

The whole harvest doesn’t make it to the market – not every fruit that bears are good

During the time when John, being used of God, went baptizing many with water, he preached saying, “…bring forth fruits worthy of repentance…” The message was clear. If in fact those who were being baptized were doing so out of a true heart’s change and desire to now follow the Word of God in their hearts, their lives should in turn mirror that reflection.

Ever heard of the numerous accounts of kids behaving rudely while defending their behaviour by referencing whom their parent is. You know, the kid whose parent is the principle of the school, the judge of the courtroom, the driver of the school bus, and the leader of the cookie club and the coach of the team. Well I know it all too well. In fact, I was that kid.

Years ago when my mom drove for Charterways school bus company, she would at times, park the 45-foot yellow bus in our neighbourhood. Despite her tireless efforts and warnings to keep us (my sister, our friends and I) out of the bus, we’d gladly find our way in. It was an imagination of fun. We spent hours playing all sorts of pirate and captain, sinking ship, lost island games and, on occasion someone would muster up enough courage to honk the horn! Many times after declaring, “THIS IS MY MOM’S BUS” I’d kick other kids off for whatever reason I it thought necessary. If she knew what I was up to she would have kicked me off too.

It’s old news. And John addressed it when he went baptizing. When he told the people to bring forth fruits worthy of repentance, he also right after said “…And begin not to say within yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as to our Father.’”

Understand this, the fruits of your life, as the scriptures say, will testify of yourself. They’re either good fruit or not good fruit and, “…every tree therefore which brings forth not good fruit is hewn (cut) down, and cast into the fire.”

WHAT SHALL WE DO?

Three groups of people who heard and saw and believed all that he ministered asked this question of John, WHAT SHALL WE DO?

The People: “What shall we do then?” John: “He that has two coats, let him impart to him that has none; and he that has meat, let him do likewise.”

The Publicans: “Master, what shall we do? John: “Exact no more than that which is appointed you.”

The Soldiers: “And what shall we do?” John: “Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.”

This question, What shall we do, is good for us now even as it was for generation to generation since then because we must bear fruit worthy of our new life in Christ.

Just ask, Lord, what shall I do?

Ask Christ with your whole heart knowing and believing that He, just as John did give an answer, will surly revel to you what you shall now do.

Amen.


Heavenly Father, King of kings, Most High, bless you Lord. Bless you name and be you lifted up above all in our lives. You have called us Lord and by your Spirit you have taken us unto you. And now great One, Rock of our salvation, I pray you Lord, reveal to those who will ask of you ‘What shall I do?’ Lord apart from you we can do nothing – not a thing. Nothing God. You and you alone have created all things for you and to you and through you. So now Christ I pray let your people know what now they must do. And by your goodness and truth cause us to do just that with joyful hearts because we rejoice in the delight of our God.

Glory be to you my King and my God.

In Christ Jesus I ask all this O’ Lord my refuge.

 

Read Luke chapter 3 and may the Lord Jesus direct you of what you shall do.

 

Honour The Lord

“Faithfulness is not dependent on the reception or responsiveness of others…” Therefore brothers and sisters stand firm. Be patiently consistent. Our God, maker of all, is faithful. Forever.

(This post came about as I was rewriting my notes from Sunday January 07, 2018 at the hearing of the preached word, a sermon preached by G. Boyd).
To God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ be all glory. Amen.

 

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.” ISAIAH 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