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.

 

Great Waters

Upon the path of God are steps taken by faith. Upon the route of the most High are long leaps tried. Upon the flight plan of thy Maker are ways unknown to you. Yet still, by accepting His way through the grace supplied unto you for the task, you can now by faith power courage and strength, hold your peace and move forward. Press forward. Go forward. For though His way be not seen as yet, it will. Follow through on His direction and see the desire of God.


Your way is in the sea, and your path in the great waters, and your footsteps are not known. You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron. 
Psalm 77:19-20

 

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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

Bear the Burden Together

It’s said the summer months are many a things. Among it, “moving season.” 

My brother and his family is set to dive into packing, stacking, and taping what seems like a thousand boxes. I’m exaggerating – a bit, but still they’ll have plenty to organize come mid July when they’re schedule to move.

Moving is difficult.

This past weekend I helped move my elderly uncle of 80 years. It was, I thought, going to be simple, short and steady. It was neither. Regardless of his few things, it was a lot of work, heavy lifting and mental labour just to pack and unpack the truck much less carrying everything. What I estimated would take 3 to 4 hours took 7 to 8 hours of sweat, speed (we had to get the truck back on time) and shear strength (thank you my Lord). Including myself there where only four of us, and two couldn’t manage the heavy things much at all. Me neither, only I had little choice.

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He Leads, Like This

The Spirit of the Lord Leads From all angles

I sighted two geese today. Parents of three little ones. Countless I’ve seen families of geese, this time however, an understanding of their formation was given to me. As I looked straight on, and into the pond called Lake of Dreams, I took noticed how each parent was leading their three babes. After being in the cool of the water for sometime, the parents led their children near to the side of the field where large rocks are (to eat and rest, I suppose). They were looking for a safe place but, since I was there, shouting at them not to come any closer (if you don’t know geese, you don’t know they hiss and wring their necks like snakes – all warning signs that they will certainly attack anyone (me) should they feel threatened under any circumstances – especially that of protecting their children…good parents)! Either way, I stood tall on the park bench to make myself bigger and, to make them go find another spot – since there were many to choose from (for them).

It work!

I stood my ground, (bench), and they stayed their distance, enough. I had gone their to read and talk and listen and bless and enjoy a moment with God, Jesus. But I didn’t end up reading. I just sat, thinking, talking, laughing, and sitting still.

Then, as I looked up, there was the family, again. Only this time they were near the other side of the large pond. Then I saw this:IMG_5093

One parent in the front – leading the way. The other at the side and the rear of the children.

This is how He leads us – you and me. This is how the Holy Spirit of Christ Jesus leads. He is in front of us – so we can follow. He is beside us – so we can hear Him speak and He can hear us speak. We can keep up with His pace whether that’s a (walk, glide, run, jog, sprint, swim or flight) and, He is set as our rear guide and guard – seeing all that we can’t and protecting us from the same. Praise God!

All angles of the leading of the Holy Spirit are covered. They are great comforts for us. He is always is and, always all ways. Ponder that.

Also, I observed that none of the three baby geese had a leash around their necks nor feet nor wings nor belly. None. Not one of them. The first time they came near me, one of the little ones were in front, not able to see their dad or mom, yet as I began shouting to shoo them off, one of the parents starting making a noise. It was noise to me because I don’t understand their language but, surely it was communication to them…to the baby goose. Very quickly it turned back and towards its parents. Back into the water where they all swam together across the pond to the other side where they eventually got out, rested and flapped their feathers.

Had this little one not heard and listened to the words of their parents, it would have been neglecting the protection and wisdom its parents offered. The parents had an understanding and an insight, a point-of-view its children did not.

If this little bird did not retreat on its own there was no leash for its parents to pull it back. They could squeal at the top of their lungs, they could flap their wings, they could even try dragging their child back into the water but, if the child is not willing, eventually they won’t heed any warning messages and, they’ll sadly ignore all the signs.

I reading this we ought to consider ourselves. Christ Jesus died for the world since He loved us and, in doing so made a way for us to have our sins forgiven, our souls justified, and our lives lived eternally with Him. Yes, the King of kings, Maker of all, even died and rose up His life again, completely destroying and defeating what was the strength of death;  He sends warning messages to us, He gives us help, healing, hope in our times of need; He restores us, corrects our steps, our character; He can bring His Light into our darkness and truth to expose our lies we have come to accept and impart but, ultimately it is all up to us – you, whether to follow Him – as He is God, sovereign and all-knowing. It is solely up to us to desire to hear Him and to listen with the witness of our convictions. It is up to us to have a real-ationship with Him because, like the parents of the three little geese, He wills and desires and is most joyous to be our God and we His people, His fiends, His servants, His delight, His sheep, His children. Yes, He, the Christ, loves you. Will you follow Him?

NOTE WELL: None of the three baby geese had a leash around their neck or feet or wings or belly. None. We are free. You are free. I am free. Free to make decisions – but never free from decisions.

 

 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

PSALM 32:8

“Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.”

ISAIAH 58:8