Teachings and Philosophies Vs. Christ

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Ok, I have to admit it, I’m feeling somewhat depressed and cranky (lip pout). Yet another friend, has turned to a teaching and philosophy, this time Buddhism. It really ticks me off when this happens. Obviously people are searching or they wouldn’t take these things up. I can’t tell you how many people I know who don’t believe in Jesus as the Son of God, that have taken up buddhism or some form of it, or some kind of new age ‘spiritualism’. And you know what? Most of them are the most loving, kind, generous, accepting, embracing people on the planet! And it seems that its the very teaching and philosophies that they follow that have made them that way! So, what’s the deal with all this?

I recently re-read Jesus Manifesto by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola, that says this…….

Jesus cannot be separated from His teachings. Aristotle said to his disciples, “Follow my teachings.”Socrates likewise said to his disciples, “Follow my teachings.”Buddha said to his disciples, “Follow my meditations.”Confucius said to his disciples, “Follow my sayings.”And Muhammad said to his disciples, “Follow my noble pillars.

But Jesus says to His disciples, “Follow Me.

In all the religions and philosophies of the world, a follower can follow the teachings of its founder without having a relationship with that founder. But not so with Jesus Christ. The teachings of Jesus cannot be separated from Jesus Himself. Christ is still alive, and He embodies His teachings. This is what separates Him from every great teacher and moral philosopher in history.

This is not to say that other religious traditions don’t focus on a person. Buddhism can’t be imagined without Buddha. Islam can’t be imagined without Muhammad; “Muhammad is his [Allah’s] messenger,”say the muslim people. Judaism doesn’t so much focus on a person as on a nation – the Jewish people as a whole, and the religion they follow.

Yet in all these religions, a follower can abide by all the teachings of its founder without having a relationship with that founder.

Not so with Jesus Christ.

Yep, I agree totally. And what a huge difference that difference is.

I have noticed however, that many believers don’t exhibit the same kindness, gentleness and acceptance displayed by those who have taken up other philosophies. I would only say that this could be for a few reasons. Either they have not fully had a mind blowing, earth shattering, life altering revelation of Jesus Christ in them and their death that took place at salvation; they haven’t fully surrendered and are still living by their own soul-life more days than not; they call themself a christian when they’re actually not really; (see parable of the sower in Matthew 13) or they are simply like me and still walking out their journey of transformation by the grace of God. But even then, they are still in Christ. And that makes them saved. They have believed into Jesus Christ, and as brother Watchman Nee, God is only concerned with two men. Adam the first man and Jesus the New Man. He’s only concerned with which man we are in.

I am constantly reminded of that great truth when I observe the difference between my faulty life and what seems to be a greater expression of a good person observed in others who aren’t in Christ. I am reminded, God is only concerned with which man I am in and which man they are in. At the end of the day, that’s what’s going to count. Well, that’s all to do with salvation of course.

You know, in Christ, we have the greatest philosopher, the greatest teacher, the greatest inner peace, the greatest healer, the greatest purpose and meaning for our existence, the greatest hope, the greatest light and revelation, the greatest widening of our view, the greatest source of all wisdom, knowledge and understanding, the greatest example and model of a selfless life, the greatest source of blessing and spiritual riches, the greatest spiritual high, the greatest servant, the greatest purity, our true identity, our true value, and our greatest love! We have the answer to humanity’s age old question, why are we here?

Don’t these people realise that everything they are looking for is found in Christ? Ah…..no….dah. Some unfortunately though, are believers in Christ and even they turn to philosophies and teachings, in the form of humanism, self-improvement, psychology, naval-gazing.

I get depressed over it. I get really, really frustrated and angry over it actually if I’m going to be blatantly honest. But what am I angry about? Who am I angry with? I loooove these people. That’s why it breaks my heart and makes me feel so angry. I’m not angry with them, I’m angry with Satan.

I’m angry with those powers and principalities that draw these ones away with deception, lies, tantalising half-truths, drawing them away with counterfeit light and revelation – as if there’s anything higher than Christ?! And yes, I’m disappointed. I’m disappointed that the people have fallen for it, that they haven’t had their guards up if they’re believers, or because they’ve been snatched up in their vulnerability because of their environment and the influence of others around them. Because I want more for them. I don’t want them to be deceived. I want them to be found in the Truth and the freedom of that Truth. And Truth is a person, Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Those teachings and philosophies can’t love them. They are all simply that – teachings…philosophies of thoughts…tools for living your own selfish life on this selfish planet in this selish cosmos and realm called the world. Ways of improving your sense of happiness whilst living on this planet. How to live your best life and all that jargon. They hold some form of wisdom, oh yes, for sure.

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. Colossians 2:8.

There you have it. There’s the warning. There’s the facts. They are hollow and deceptive philosophies. They are dependent on human tradition and basic principles. Of THIS world. RATHER than on Christ.

Paul goes on to say in Colossians verses 9 and 10 – For IN CHRIST all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form and you have been given fullness IN CHRIST, who is the head over every power and authority.

People who are looking to attain some greater level of enlightenment, or ‘the god within’ are deceived. There’s no other word for it. There’s no other way of looking at it. And it breaks my heart. Lord, deliver them and open their eyes to Your Son.

Why? Why will they take up everything else that isn’t Christ, when all that they are seeking is IN CHRIST?

Here’s my answer.

They don’t want suffering. They don’t want the cross. They think that the higher life is one filled with happiness, self-fulfilment and a peace that the world (this realm/cosmos) gives. Well, Jesus said MY peace I give to you, not as the world gives. (John 14:27).

You see, if you’re a believer in Christ and you’re sincerely walking in Him, by His Spirit, and even if you’re only a new believer, you’ll already realise that this christian life is full of difficulty! It’s loaded with the cross. Not the cross of our salvation that Jesus was nailed to physically and that spiritually we were nailed to with Him, but the cross that we bear in our daily lives. And the longer and closer we walk with Him, the deeper and more prevalent is the presence and reality of the cross.

As christians, we are guaranteed suffering! We contend with an enemy that the world doesn’t have! But the cross and suffering is not always about the enemy, it’s the working of Christ’s character in us in all manner of ways. This can be painful, relentless, deeply personal and hidden. Constant.

Jesus said to his disciples in John 16:33 “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

In Luke 9:23 He says “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”

Denying ourselves daily, is most definitely living in the presence of the cross. Suffering at the hands of other saints, is also the presence of the cross. Rejection, ridicule, isolation all because you are following Christ and loving God with your whole life, that is the presence of the cross that the world can’t understand and doesn’t have to deal with. Not engaging in the philosophies of the world that seem to be so loving and kind and accepting, because of your faith in Jesus Christ, that’s taking up your cross.

No wonder they choose to believe in something that makes them feel good about themselves and the world around them, that makes them feel a sense of love and acceptance for all things and all people regardless of the nature of God. No wonder they turn to buddhism and other forms of so called spirituality. No wonder christians are suckered into universalism. There’s no cost. There’s no giving up. There’s no laying down one’s life (psuché/soul life). There’s no cross.

In Luke 14:26 to 35, Jesus says this.

“If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. 27“Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. 28“For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? 29“Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him, 30saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ 31“Or what king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and consider whether he is strong enough with ten thousand men to encounter the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32“Or else, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. 33“So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.

      34“Therefore, salt is good; but if even salt has become tasteless, with what will it be seasoned? 35“It is useless either for the soil or for the manure pile; it is thrown out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

Is it any wonder people reject Christ, even christians, and take up tantalising hollow and deceptive philosophies based on human tradition and the basic principles of this world.

Sadly, these ones will never know the power of His resurrection either. For if they avoid the power of the cross in their lives they will also avoid the power of His resurrection life.

I for one, like many of you reading this post, by the power of His grace working within me, choose the latter.

“…that I might know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings. (Phil 3:10)

Lord, have Your way. Open the eyes of their hearts that they might know You and the hope to which they’ve been called. Lord have mercy on us all.

Wouldn’t It Be Christ

Ok – so sorry folks – don’t crick your neck! There’s a blip with the video embedding. Well, we are from downunder afterall! Once you hit the play button it’ll be right way up! Go figure.

Here’s a little fun for you folks and maybe another way of drawing from the Lord’s well of life. I hope so.

A couple of years ago Derek and I put some new words to a Beach Boys song Wouldn’t It Be Nice. We changed the words to reflect what it would be/could be/should be/is like, in the body of Christ, as a local community of saints in one another’s lives under His Headship, giving Him expression. This means sticking it out together through the hard times, just like in a marriage. And when we weather those storms together and don’t abandon ship but turn to the Lord, and look and see Christ in our brothers and sisters, He wins. He gets the glory.

Maybe you are stuck in a rut in how you worship the Lord in song, or how you get to express Him together? Perhaps this will spur on some creative juices in you and open up a whole new way of fellowshipping with Him in songs.

You know, the world is full of secular love songs but the greatest love song of all is the one that God sings to us through Jesus Christ our Bridegroom and that we sing to Him – and when we do that corporately as one voice, as the bride to her Bridegroom? Wowswer. Song of Songs in the Old Testament is a profoundly beautiful revealing of this. Well, I’m sure not saying that this post is like the Song of Songs but the sentiments are the same. When we corporately share Him, eat and drink of Him, waste our lives on Him together, it is like a joyous love song to our Lord.

Derek and I weren’t all that familiar with some parts of this song (as you’ll soon discover) but we sure laughed alot during the videoing of this and it still makes us laugh today (but perhaps it’s just us?!) I heard it said once that if you can laugh at yourself, that’s a good thing. Well, there’s no shortage of that here! And I sense that the church could do with a bit of laughter and lightness right now!

So anyway, dear saint, I thought it could be a bit of fun for you to start your new week and I pray that even though it is definitely a little bit of silliness and reminiscent of the Muppet Show, that still you may be edified and encouraged towards our Lord. I’m just certain that He enjoys it when we have fun with Him together.

Our apologies to the Beach Boys lol.


wouldn’t it be Christ when we’re together

then He wouldn’t have to wait so long

and wouldn’t it be Christ to live together

in the kind of Christ where we belong

you know its gonna make it that much better

when we love, forgive and stay together

wouldn’t it be Christ if when we wake up

in the morning when the day is new

and after having spent the day together

love each other till the Christ shines through

happy times together we’ve been spending

and our praise for Him is never ending

wouldn’t it be Christ

maybe if we love and stay and walk and pray it might come true

then there wouldn’t be a single thing that He couldn’t do

we would be married

and then He’d have glory

wouldn’t it be Christ

you know it seems the more we talk about Him

it only makes it worse to live without Him

so lets talk about Him

wouldn’t it be Christ

Do You Need a Refreshing Perspective on Serving God?

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G’day all 🙂

Do you need and want a refreshing look into what it means and looks like, to serve God, without burden and exhaustion and guilt?

Then read (and listen) on!

Here is the link for our latest episode on The Ancient Pathways.com.

Derek and I have just started a series there called The Servant and we are loving seeing the ever increasing view of our Lord, The Godhead and the Church in this aspect of who He is.

It is becoming more and more apparent to me that the heart of the Servant seen in Christ, is paramount to our knowing Him and how we the church are meant to function.

Did you know that God calls Jesus, His Servant?

Isaiah 42:1 “Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations. …

Isaiah 49:3 He said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will display my splendor.”

Isaiah 49:6 …”It is too small a thing for you to be my servant….I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.”

Isaiah 52:13 See, my servant will act wisely, he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.

And again in Matthew;

Matthew 12:17,  This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah; “Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations. …

The topic (for lack of a better word?) has been unfolding to and in Derek and myself over many, many weeks now and there’s no way it can be contained in one podcast episode. Even in the four episodes we have devoted to it (it might go further, who knows?) we know that of course we will have hardly even scratched the surface!

In fact, looking into Christ as God’s servant, and exploring Him as the Servant in His church is fascinating, unbelievably and astronomically enormous and it continues to grow bigger and bigger as we meditate on God in Christ, in this way.

I mean, can He get any bigger? Seriously.

If you want to drink from His well in respect to serving God, I really encourage you to tune in your ears, physical and spiritual, to this series. You just might find a refreshing in this area of your life, that you really need right now.

His yoke is easy folks, His burden is light. Let Him be the One to Serve, as you surrender deeper to Him and fall more in love with Him.

Love and blessings to all of you in Christ, our All in all.

Donna

Our ‘One Day At A Time’ Jesus

A Guest blog by Derek Batty 🙂

We all need to remember to take one day at a time ay? I recall someone saying that it is God’s mercy to give us one day at a time. Why? Otherwise the accumulation of our short comings, the difficulties and trials that we encounter over one life long continuous day without a night of rest would overwhelm us.

In the beginning He created a morning and an evening and therefore one day at a time. This reveals His mercy to give us rest from those things that are too great to bear.

Jesus in scripture is called the “New Day”. He is also called the Bright and Morning Star.

He is also depicted as the lesser light that rules the night and also the Sun of Righteousness (Malachi 4:2) or the greater light that rules the day.

Now Jesus is our One Day at a time. He has borne our griefs, carried our sorrows, Isaiah 54. He is the God of all grace and comfort. He is our ever present help in times of trouble. Our friend that sticks closer than a brother.

Jesus on One certain Day was wounded for our transgressions, was bruised for our iniquities, and the chastisement that brought us peace was placed upon Him. Now by His wounds we are healed. He did all that in One Day.

How To Set Up House in 2020

Except for a handful of items, when I look around at the house we are renting, everything is new. Even though most items are second hand, to me they’re new. They’re new in my life, they’re new things to look at, touch and use. Plants, trees, decking, furniture, appliances, cushions, mats on the floor, blinds, curtains, everything. The whole place is new to me and I find it so pretty. It makes me feel happy:-)

The house is full of light – beautiful natural sunlight. It is painted and furnished in beautiful whites and creams – there are pops of colour with cushions and vases, picture frames – gentle colour. There’s a softness. It’s warm, it’s embracing, it’s cool at the same time and it’s all fresh. It is a totally fresh look for me.

It’s different altogether than what I’ve had or put together before. In the past I’ve had a culmination of house furnishings from family members and only a few items here and there have been things that I’ve chosen myself. The only other time in my life when I’ve gone and purchased things to make a real little nest for myself was when I was very young but even then I still had a mish-mash of family’s things, furniture and items along with things that I purchased.  Even when I married Derek, we used his furniture.

With the last two houses we lived in, in Perth, I didn’t do anything with them at all. The first house was completely furnished by what people had given us. There were half a dozen items that I got second hand but I didn’t put any work into the house, I didn’t add to it, I didn’t make it pretty, I didn’t buy plants or do any gardening or even put pictures up on the walls. It was just a house for us to live in while we were there. I treated both the houses we lived in the same way.

I have to say that all of this was a very rich experience  – having one’s house furnished by the body of Christ there. It was very special and we were very grateful.  I think in hindsight, that it helped us remain with an outlook that we were there to be with the church so the house wasn’t the purpose. The house and making it a home, wasn’t that important to us. And we knew we wouldn’t be living there forever. We thought we’d be there about 3 years but were prepared to be there longer or less, whatever God put on our hearts. But there was a sense of not putting our roots down there in the natural because we knew it wouldn’t be permanent. And so the little money that we earned was just to keep us there but our time and our lives were there for the church. Coming here where there is no church yet, we are again here for the Lord to build His church, and we see that that’s going to be a slow process.

We sense that we’ll be living in this little house for a good length of time because it takes time for the Lord to build His church and we could be just praying for two years. We’ve been praying so far for nine months and perhaps there is a little tiny ripple in the water. However, it’s the Lord’s work and it is His timing and His preparing of us and other living stones in the quarry before He brings us all in together onto the building site, so to speak. So at this time we’re being established here in this house and area in the natural as well as in the spiritual.

If you’ve never gotten rid of everything to start over again, I can thoroughly recommend it. It is an amazing experience. We came here with practically nothing. We just came with a few cartons of things we had in storage but nothing else, no furniture, no plates, cutlery, no cushions, no chairs, no lounges, no tables, no beds, no appliances. It has been a whole project to furnish the house to meet our living needs and to prepare it for others to be here with us so we’ve got enough seating and sleeping, got enough plates and glasses etc, to meet with other saints.

The Lord has been using this to teach me much needed lessons in delayed gratification because it’s been a long process. Its been a process as we waited on income to purchase this and that and only a bit at a time per pay packet. You know, what can we live without till the next pay comes in or the one after that or the one after that. For example, we didn’t need a microwave urgently, so that was a few months before we got a microwave even though it was only $40…that sort of thing. But seeing how the Lord has been furnishing the house in what He’s given us for free? Wow. What an experience.

Amazingly, so much of what we have now has been picked up for free on the side of the road! Or it’s been bought second hand on market place and we’ve done things up. When I’d walk Rocky I’d find an item and it would match everything else! I had a list before I left Perth of all the things that I needed and wanted to get to put in our new home wherever we would be. These things I have waited to cross my path. I could buy them perhaps but sometimes there was (and still is) a sense of “just wait”. Then I’d find it for free or I’d find a second hand one for a cheap price.

It seems to me that in such a loving way, a colour scheme has risen out of nowhere that the Lord has put together. (It’s risen out from Him of couse). Things that I’ve been attracted to and gathered – well just amazingly when I look around the house, everything is connected. Every room is connected in a colour scheme and a style and its incredible seeing the Lord furnishing this house in the natural.

This is just speaking into what He’s doing in the spiritual of course and that it takes time for Him to prepare, build, and get what He is after. There is delayed gratification when waiting on the Lord in spiritual matters. There is a time of waiting, there is a time of preparing. Through the project of setting up house, He’s been showing me that there’s just one step and then you wait and then another step and you wait. Oh, and there’s also a surrender. There’s a giving up, letting go. That is an imperitive part of the process to remain in peace and surrender to Him, lest ‘things’ become idols and become way too important. God won’t share His place in our hearts with anyone or any thing. Not any interest, hobby, taste, passion, desire, nope – nothing.  We must be prepared to lose everything tomorrow, if He asks us to. So there’s this reliance on His provision. And nothing is gathered that doesn’t serve a purpose, that isn’t needed. There’s a waiting on His instruction and direction. And one piece at a time. Everything has His flavour in it so it’s all reflecting Him.

And that’s how its going to be here with the church that He’s building here in Newcastle. It will be fresh, it will be new, it will reflect His life, His nature, His character, His personality and it will be built over time. One piece at a time according to His plan, His timing, His purpose.

He’s the architect, He is the master builder, He’s the one that lays the foundation, He is the foundation. He is the colour scheme, He’s the furnishings, He’s the decorations, He’s the adornments, He’s the environment, He’s the atmosphere, He’s the beauty, He’s the peace, He’s the calm, He’s the warmth, He’s the natural light shining in.  It’s all about Him.

His house is so pretty. His house is the prettiest house in the street.  In all creation His house is the prettiest house. It’s the most welcoming house, it’s the most open house, it’s the warmest house and yet it is hidden and yet it is visible.

The saints in Perth sent us a parcel recently, filled with things they had made together to minister the Lord’s life to us and encourage us. In the parcel was a picture frame around a cross-stitch picture of a house and garden and the words ‘Home Sweet Home’.  So I painted the frame white to match everything else and it sits humbly up on the wall near our beautiful solid timber dining table that we found on the side of the road which Derek restored beautifully.

Yep, God’s Home is sweet alright. And He is the carpenter, He’s the restorer. We love Your house oh Lord. We look forward to You getting Your house here in this place. It will be the prettiest house and You will love it and call it Home.

What I’ve Learned About Essential Oils

Recently I looked into essential oils. It came about because of a documentary on Netflix or Stan I think. It was very interesting and sparked my curiosity. I was considering getting something to help my mum with her sundowner condition and got in touch with a sweet lady I know who is right into essential oils. She put me onto some information and to my amazement I discovered there’s a whole world of people out there who are all about essential oils and they just love them. I had no idea there were so many different kinds for so many different uses, let alone what they even were in the first place! It’s a real rabbit hole once you start looking into them.

They’re taken from all natural resources, plants, herbs, and of-course the purest forms are more expensive than the watered down versions in the local supermarket. But you pay for quality right? They make sprays or roll ons. Or you can put some drops here or there, in the bath or on your skin, or around the home. Some people even swallow a drop or two, although I don’t think that is encouraged!

They are used for all kinds of ailments and needs – anxiety, stress, to help with breathing, asthma and so, so much more. Plus, they smell awesome! They’re just beautiful really. It’s lovely to think about all the beauty being drawn together to create these precious oils to bless people in various ways.

But all this got me thinking about the Lord.

Christ is our essential oil. He is like the oil running down Aaron’s beard we read about in Psalm 133.

He is the fragrance, the aroma and the very reality of God in our lives. He brings calm, healing, peace. In fact, He IS calm, healing and peace. He fills our lives, our inner beings, our spirit, our heart, our mind, our bodies, not just our living room. In fact, He IS our living room! lol.

The essential oils in the natural are so beautiful. He made them after all! By Him, through Him and for Him, were all things created.

For in Him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities. All things were created through Him and for Him. (Colossians 1:16)

They smell so yummy and they seem to change peoples’ lives.

Well, isn’t that a picture of Christ?

He Himself is the source of Life. He is our natural source of all the Father has. He is the fragrance and essence of Goodness. Everything in Him and about Him is good for us.

He is beautiful beyond description, His very own nature is beauty personified. We have tasted Him and seen that He is good. We have eaten and drunk of Him and we are changed. He transforms us.

And like that lovely essential oil community out there, those of us who have seen and touched Him, well we just want everyone to know how good He is!

 

 

 

Karate Kid – “Not Everything Is As It Seems”

The recent Netflix series Cobra Kai has sparked alot of interest for 80’s fans of the Karate Kid series, of which Derek and I are two! We have really enjoyed seeing many shadows and types of the Lord and His church in the series (though unfortunately there is always at least a little ‘muck’ mixed in with modern scripts). However, the series harkens back to the deeper messages of the Karate Kid movies in many ways. I’ve been touched again at how the Lord trains and teaches us, His church – as seen in the sensei/student relationship portrayed through Mr. Miagi’s teachings that have been passed on to Daniel as a grown man running his own dojo.

One point that stood out to me in particular was when Daniel approached a lone fisherman whom he felt resembled Mr Miagi. The fisherman said something along the lines of “You only need to put the bait in the water and those who are hungry will come looking for it”. I took great comfort and encouragement from this.

In 2014 I posted on the original Karate Kid movie and so thought I would re-post it here today. If you missed it, I hope you enjoy and see something beautiful of the Lord and His ways in it.

Have a great week.

Drawing From The Well

What a classic movie.  Karate Kid is a story of a unique relationship. The relationship of Christ and His church. What a great lesson in putting our trust in the Lord. Trusting Him to fulfill what He said He would do. Trusting His expertise. Loving just being with Him. Walking with Him.

Two main characters – Daniel-son and Mr. Miagi.

Daniel-son, a young boy, is like the church, the believer. Daniel-son needs to learn karate in order to defend himself.  In order to do so, he is mentored by Mr. Miagi, a karate expert, an unassuming, older, wiser man, who respects the craft and loves Daniel-son as his own son. Mr. Miagi is like the Lord.

Mr. Miagi finds Daniel-son, not the other way round. Although Daniel-son goes looking to find this ‘maintenance man’ who has mysteriously fixed his bike, to thank him, it is Mr. Miagi who has opened…

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An Anthem Shout Hidden In A Dream

Have you ever had a dream that you just knew had come from the Lord? A dream that left your spirit full, feeling filled with love and adoration for Him?

A couple of years ago I had one of these dreams and it went like this…

I was seated in an enormous outdoor stadium, like at the superbowl or something I guess. There were thousands of people, every seat was filled and my seat was a few rows from the back along the side.  There was a great sense of anticipation in the atmosphere. Funnily, there was nothing on the field, just a completely packed out stadium.

All of a sudden, I stood up with raised arms in the air and looked heavenward with a huge smile on my face. In a high reaching anthem-like melody, I sang with a loud bold voice these following lines;

He is risen, He’s alive again, He’s living, He’s living in us!

Instantly, the crowd of thousands, every single person, rose to their feet as in a mexican wave, and every voice joined in the loud, bold, strong and mighty declaration! As one voice we sang like an expectant mighty choir of angels, a thousand upon thousands –

He is risen, He’s alive again, He’s living, He’s living in us!

And I woke up.

I’ve been profoundly affected by that dream. Many times I have found myself shouting out that song and my heart is again filled with a sense of great anticipation and heavenly joy. Other worldly.

I’ve tried to capture it even in just a small way here in this little recording for you, in the hope and prayer that you will capture the same sense of anticipation and joy and that it will become also an anthem of proclomation in your heart and your mouth.

To the glory of God and our Lord Jesus Christ – the Risen One, the Living One, the Life Giving Spirit – living in us!

Love and blessings, to you all.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off every encumbrance and the sin that so easily entangles and let us run with endurance the race set out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God…Hebrews 12:1-2

And from Jesus Christ, the faithful Witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the Ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and has released us from our sins by His blood And made us a kingdom, priests to His God and Father, to Him be the glory and the might forever and ever. Amen…Rev 1:5-6

When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. But He placed His right hand on me and said, “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last, the Living One. I was dead, and behold, now I am alive forever and ever! …Rev 1:18

 

 

Update – New Podcast Episode

Hi all,

Remember aaaaaages ago I used to link to a podcast site that Derek and I own called The Ancient Pathways? Well, this is just a little post to let you know that after a very long break, there is a new episode uploaded over there. It’s episode #4 and there’s more on the way folks!

For those of you who are newly subscribed to Drawing From The Well (thank you 🙂 ) The Ancient Pathways is a call to believers to come back to the purity of Christ. My husband Derek and I started the podcast in 2017 and only recorded three episodes before the Lord took us aside for a long time of hiddenness in Him. And now, He has revived it!

Please click here to visit the website or click here to go to podcast episodes.  If you enjoy the episode/s be sure to click on ‘subscribe’for furture updates and share with others as you feel to. We would love to get the word out there to many others.

Till next time, in Christ who is our All…..

Donna

 

Journal #6 – A Prayer When Learning From The Lord

Lord, help me not to project onto another, the lessons I am currently learning from You. For their walk with You is different and we may be in different places. May I only ever share what comes from Your Life as You lead me to. Let me only share from a place of love, lest in my own enthusiasm I present a sense of expectation and judgement on others and therefore bring only condemnation and hurt. That is not the nature of Christ. Amen.