The hands on a clock serve as a reminder that all of time is in God’s hands. There’s three hands, reflecting the Three in One Godhead, an hour hand, a minute hand and a second hand. He is the Eternal Now, the All in All, the Beginning and the End.
The living Jesus empowers us to die. The cross is the symbol of sacrifice and death. To live for Him is to die to ourselves and the world. In the Spiritual we came, we died and we rose again as a new creature in Christ. As we move towards and become like Jesus, we die to ourselves. And so there is an important intertwining of dying to ourselves and living the resurrected life. It is the heads and the tails of the same coin.
If you focus on just one aspect to the detriment of the other, you will become imbalanced in your walk. We surely must pick up our cross daily. It is important to realize that this will produce an abundant spiritual life in Christ and while you may die to the flesh internally, the world should see your joy expressed externally and wonder and marvel how such…
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Have you ever wondered WHY God loves us? WHY are we included in His purpose and plan?
In this episode we chat about the reality of God’s love and how this is the backdrop to all that He does.
Please click on the link for the latest podcast episode over at The Ancient Pathways.com.
In the early 1990’s there was a film called ‘Death Becomes Her’. It starred Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn and Bruce Willis. Basically, it was about a woman who took a potion to keep her looking young but it actually meant she lived forever even after being killed and while her body decomposed. The title of this old movie came to my mind during the week reflecting on the life that the Lord has called us to as believers.
As believers into Christ Jesus, we were crucified with Christ and buried with Him. Christ rose from the grave and we are now only alive in Him. It is now no longer us who live but Christ who lives in us. We have been crucified to this world. No longer “I” but “Him”. This death that we have entered into by way of faith in Christ Jesus as Son of God has made us beautiful in God’s sight.
Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day (2 Corinthians 4:16)
In the Song of Songs we see how Christ our King (represented in King Solomon) speaks of His death and resurrection in chapter 4 verse 6;
Until the day breaks and the shadows flee, I will go to the mountain of myrrh (death) and to the hill of incense (resurrection).
He then tells His Beloved (us) that there is no flaw in her. In other words, through His death and resurrection, we have become flawless in His eyes. She was/we were always beautiful to Him but now through His death she/we have become flawless!
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. (Ephesians 1:4)
His death and resurrection has done it all and the church is brought forth as His bride. It is at that point that He addresses her as His bride in verse 8 & 9;
Come with me from Lebanon, my bride…You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride…
As she begins to know Him and express Him, she ministers to Him. And then in Chapter 5 verse 5, she experiences the cross;
I arose to open for my lover, and my hands dripped with myrrh, my fingers with flowing myrrh, on the handles of the lock…
This cross-like experience leads her into a time of searching for Him desperately because she has come to see who He is and how she loves and longs for Him more than life itself. In Chapter 6 & verse 5 we read how she has been transformed through the experience of the cross in her life and in her pursuit of Him above all else. As a result of this transformation the King says these words to her;
Turn your eyes from me, they overwhelm me…
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. (Romans 12:1)
Death becomes us, saints. Our death in Christ and His resurrection Life in us, and our daily taking up of our cross, makes us beautiful in His sight.
How beautiful you are and how pleasing, O love, with your delights! (Song of Songs 7:6)
Well, you know about IKEA, don’t you? It’s that Swedish store (that’s more like it’s own planet!) that sells ready-to-assemble furniture, appliances and home accessories? It’s extremely popular. Not just what they sell, but their stores! Their stores are crazy places – massive, exciting, they’re almost like Disneyland for furniture shopping!
Well, I first visited an IKEA store here in Perth, WA last year. Yes, it is an amazing place, quite extraordinary and very interesting. I don’t think their stuff is all that brilliant but I get what all the fuss is about considering variety, quality, price, and the fair dinkum adventure that is just walking around the store! A lot of people are crazy for it.
The thing about IKEA, at least in Australia, is that they’re not very common. While a lot of popular chainstores can be found in almost every suburb these days, not so with IKEA. In fact, they only have one or two at the most in the states of QLD, NSW, VIC, SA and WA. That’s like, 10 in the whole country! They don’t have a store in the Northern Territory (which kind of makes sense since it’s mostly desert), or the ACT and they don’t have one in Tasmania.
So how do I see Christ in IKEA? I see that where a Christ-centred community is, is not that common. They’re not found in every suburb, on every corner, or every 20kms apart, not even in every town, or every city, or even in every state and more than likely not even in every country!
If you’re part of a truly Christ-centred community where Jesus Christ is actively THE HEAD, and the only Head of that community of believers, then you are as rare as IKEA. Probably rarer. And I strongly encourage you and your community to seek the Lord continuously on His plan for your community toward HIS purpose.
IKEA sells the furnishings and gadgets but CHRIST-centred community/ekklessia is THE HOUSE. Saints, we have so much more to offer the world than IKEA does. We have the Creator of all things, the Centre of all things, the Head of all things. We have the One whose only motivation is LOVE, to offer the world.
So here’s to praying that more and more of these Christ-centred communities/ekklessia’s start popping up all over the world, in every country, every state or county, every city, every town, every suburb and in every street!
Did you know that God revealed His purpose in two different gardens that we read about in Scripture?
Please click on the link below to listen to the 2nd episode of our podcast on http://www.theancientpathways.com to discover more of Christ in these two gardens.
It’s here! As promised, we (that’s me and my better half, Derek) have officially launched our new podcast site called “The Ancient Pathways.com”.
It’s been three months or more in the making and we’re super excited to kick off on this little adventure with you all!
Our introductory and first episode is now uploaded and ready to listen to, titled What Does God Want? You can go directly to the episode by clicking this link https://theancientpathways.com/podcast-2
Or you can go to the homepage and take a good look around the entire site by clicking here https://theancientpathways.com/
Hope you can join the journey with us 🙂
Although I appreciate that blogs, like people, are evolving and changing shape as the writers mature and discover new things, change is always a little awkward, huh? So changing the direction on Drawing From The Well is the last thing I want to do. I want this blog to always be pointing to Jesus Christ, His Headship, His glory and His Freedom that God has given to us in Him. I always want this to be a place where souls can drink and eat of Christ and receive even just the tiniest expression of His Life on the pages here.
Still, I have to be honest with you. I have struggled over the last number of months with what and how to write. At first I thought there was so much going on in my life that I just needed a little time to settle and it would all find it’s way to the blog posts (and maybe that will still happen at some point). After another little while I thought perhaps I was experiencing writer’s block.
So I’ve been asking the Lord about this. Blogging was definitely a direction from the Lord to me when I started in 2014 and I have never wanted to just write for the sake of writing. I’ve only ever wanted to express the Lord’s life in me, to you and anyone who’ll read or listen. So when I’ve not sensed any life in my writing, I’ve hit the delete button or the ‘save draft’ button and left it for another time, in the hope that something of Christ’s life would come forward at another date or in a new way. Well, the Lord has answered my prayers and now it is clear to me that the writing isn’t what He’s into for me right now.
So What’s New?
It seems that the season for writing has tapered off considerably (for now) to make way for a season of ‘speaking’. That means I will be posting podcasts here from now on, until if and when I believe the Lord changes things again. I will probably write a post here and there as I feel led to but it certainly seems to me that podcasts is what He has on His mind for a new season.
What If You Prefer Reading?
For those of you who prefer reading to listening, each podcast episode will include a fairly in-depth written summary of the content so you can still read. I know sometimes I don’t feel like listening to something and it’s great to read a general synopsis and get an idea before I make the time to sit and listen. Of-course, the beauty of podcasts is that you can listen to them in the car or when you’re cleaning the house or going for a walk or training it to work. 🙂
Something else that’s very exciting is that I won’t be doing podcasts on my ‘pat malone’ (for anyone who is not Australian or English ‘pat malone’ means ‘alone’). My husband Derek and I will be doing these podcasts together. Yay! We’re both really looking forward to this adventure together and thinking it will be a lot of fun for us – and hopefully for you the listeners! (and readers).
We’re actually both pretty nervous as we’ve never done anything like this before so be prepared for us to make complete fools of ourselves, which is highly likely! 🙂
The content will of course be focused on the centrality of Christ and I continue to hope that He will be revealed through the content.
How Will It Work?
While Drawing From The Well will continue, we have a whole new site currently being built and that’s where all the action will be happening. That means that I will link the content from the new podcast site to Drawing From The Well. So each time an episode is released on the new site it will show up here as well. In other words, folk can access the podcasts through both sites. Make sense?
We expect to launch the new site early October 2017 . We already have a few recordings ‘in the can’ as they say, so I guess we’ll just start there and see how we go.
I will confirm the launching date of the new site as we get closer!
How Does This Change Reflect The Life of The Lord?
I love that the Lord is always changing things up – He’s always calling us on further. And yet, almost paradoxically, He Himself never changes. I also love that He is full of variety and there are endless ways of expressing Him because He is endless.
So Just To Recap
- Drawing From The Well site will continue
- It will mostly publish podcasts as from October
- The podcasts will be linked from a new podcast site being developed by Derek and myself
- The episodes/content will continue in the same vein as Drawing From The Well
- I will continue to blog here occasionally
- This may be only a seasonal change – we hold on loosely to all things
- Stay tuned
Brother, sister, may you always be refreshed, encouraged and built up in Christ who is the Head of His church who calls us all onward in Him to know Him more and the power of His resurrection life and to fellowship with Him in our sufferings….which most definitely includes tackling change.
Thanks a million for following this site and commenting, I really hope you’ll see/experience much more of our glorious Lord through the coming adjustments here on Drawing From The Well.
Watch this space…..there may be a post or two before change arrives….;-)
So, in our little backyard there is a vine. The vine by all appearances looks dead to me. In fact, I thought it was dead and some months ago endeavoured to untangle it and pull it off the other tree and off the fence that it is all wrapped around. It looked very untidy because it was just a brown stick-like vine all coiled between the ground plants and the foliage of the tree next to it. It was very hard to pull at and undo, so typical of me, I gave up :-).
Then the other week I noticed – there’s this cluster of beautiful bright purple flowers in the middle of it! There’s bright fresh green leaves in the same cluster. When I first noticed it through the window, I had to do a double-take. I thought “what?” There’s flowers growing on that vine? And they’re so beautiful, and rich in colour! It’s quite odd though because there’s no other signs of life anywhere else on the vine.
I would have expected if there was new growth, it would start coming through all over the vine, not just in one section alone. Looking at it again today when I took this photograph, I was reminded of how it is God’s job to keep us in His Son – the reality of the picture Jesus gave us of Him being the Vine and us being the branches. Looking at this cluster of flowers where it seems there’s no other life on the vine, reminded me that God is faithful to Himself and therefore faithful to us.
Ephesians 1:4 tells us very clearly that it was God who placed us (believers) inside His Son;
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms. 4For He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless in His presence. In love 5He predestined us for adoption as His sons through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of His will,…
Jude 1:24 tells us that it is God who keeps us in His Son;
Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
Philippians 1:6 tells us that it is God who perfects and completes in us what He Himself started;
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns
Dear saint, be assured that these promises are yes and amen because Christ is the Yes and Amen of God. You and I are in Christ. We are as in Christ as the life is in that vine to produce beautiful flowers. We share His royal blood – the colour of purple. And although there may be seasons and times where it appears there is no life at all, the Life is always there. The flowers are always there hidden inside that vine until God Himself brings them through as a beautiful display of His Son’s Life and for His very own glorious inheritance.
Wow. What a God we have. What a Christ.
I have enjoyed listening to RSG (Afrikaans) radio for many years, and got to appreciate the input of senior radio producer and journalist, Suna Venter, whose body was discovered in her flat in Fairland, Johannesburg, very recently. Just thirty two, she had been diagnosed with a cardiac condition known as Stress Cardio-Myography or ‘Broken […]