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.

 

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

Who?

Who has Gathered the Wind in His fist? Who has ascended up into heaven, or descended? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth?

What is His name, and what is His son’s name, if you can tell?

To you who knows the answer to such questions, I pray may the spirit of wisdom abound all the more, and the revelation in the knowledge of Him abound much more.

 


Father, in the name of your son do I ask you this, that the one who is knowing of such questions cling all the more to seek wisdom and yearn with their whole heart the revelation in the knowledge of you. So be it.

Faithful

WOUNDS OF A FAITHFUL FRIEND

I can remember a time several years ago, when my friend and I were sitting in McDonald’s while it poured heavily outside. It was late Sunday evening and we had just left out of church when suddenly, as it seemed, a few cool drips turned to buckets of ice cold showers, drenching any and all who’d been caught outside. Instead of hitting the highway (I was in no rush to get home) I insisted we meet at the McDonald’s near her home. Once inside we ordered a smooth cup of hot chocolate to warm ourselves up. I was glad to have her company. About ten or so minutes into our conversation she said something like, “Tash…I need to talk to you about something.”

“Oh boy,” I thought, not knowing at all what “something” could be. I nodded my head, motioning her to speak. She did. She told me about an incident that happened two or so weeks before, one, she said she tried and hoped would have passed, but didn’t. She told me that I hurt her with a joke I had made about her to her. Well, it turned out that the joke was no joke at all. She mentioned how much she tried getting over it, praying about it…telling herself, I didn’t mean it…whatever she could do. Yet still, it did not recede and, it did not “go away.”

Serious matters don’t just go away – though still we labour vainly hoping they will.

That night she courageously, truthfully, peacefully and clearly explained to me exactly what’s been on her mind and heart. And oh man, did I ever feel terribly disable in my soul when I heard what my foolish (in the very true sense of the word) joke established. I was just as equally sorry and glad that she had told me.

Twofold:

There are two reasons why I was glad (after a day or two of being saddened and remorseful of what I said). One: There are greater hopes that it won’t happen again, not to her and another as I learned and learn what are true jokes and what are not; and Two: Though her telling me wounded me because it was true, in the end she and I were free and in good communion towards each other. I love her dearly and our love is true.

I also have learned from her that counsel and rebuke from a friend is sweet — should I receive it. And if I am willing to yield and humble my own self, I can, and will grow, mature and bloom for the better. I am most grateful to have such faithful friends in my life. Though they be not multitudes, but few trees, they reap vast harvest in my very soul.

The substance of the heart of a friend are like drops of honey to the lips and water to the soul, even in times of trouble. The faithfulness of a friend will impart truth to your ears and give life to your soul. The faithfulness of a friend will bring about good no matter the cause, because their heart is set with true and pure motivates towards you. Should you need to ask of counsel, a friend will seek the best for you. Even when it cost them to wound you, they do so for they know, like a mother teaches her young to fly, so must they aid you to soar.

Father in heaven, holy and true are you. Lord Jesus Christ, thank you. Thank you very very very much for my faithful friends. Help and guide us in our faithfulness. Lead us into a deep and growing relation that we may be a benefit to each one’s house, and a blessing upon each others head. I ask you of this my King, in your holy name, Jesus. I love you with great strength and in you do have I put my trust and hope. To your throne there will be no end. Thank you for the wounds of my friends and help me to be true to them as well. Might we walk in unity and peace, in one accord with one heart in the name of our God. And may we be as a blessing in the lives of each other as you so desire to us to be in your sight and in our hearts and minds. Lord, according to your own word and the desire of you heart, bless them this day I pray you. Amen, Most High God, Maker of all, Amen. Bless the name of Jesus!

 


“Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
PROVERBS 27:6