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.

Journal #5 – What God Has Accomplished Through Christ (Based on Ephesians 1:3-14)

Praise Me! See who I Am! Be blown away by Me! Be breath-taken!

I God, the God and Father of Jesus Christ, have blessed you. I have favoured you. I have showered you with Myself in heavenly realms! That’s right, in heavenly realms and with every spiritual blessing – that is everything spiritual that you need, every piece of goodness, everything that is of Me is…..in Christ!

Everything that is of Me is in Christ My Son and has been given to you through Him. For I chose you, I handpicked you, yes – you, in My Son before I even created anything. I chose you to be holy and righteous just as We are, as I Am, to be blameless in My sight. And I did this in love!

In My love for you I had already intended and determined that you were to be adopted into My family as My sons, that I might love you just as I do My  Beloved Son.  And all this was to be done through Jesus. This was My pleasure, our pleasure! I loved doing this! It pleased Me to do this! It was My pleasure and good will to love you no differently to how I love My Only Begotten Son, who is now your Brother. I have done this by My grace, through this Son Jesus, whom I love. I did it through Him

I have given you so much through My Son. Forgiveness, redemption, all through Him. I’ve done this in My wisdom and understanding. This is how I have poured out My love upon you.

I have made known to you My eternal purpose! It used to be a mystery but now you see and understand that it is My greatest pleasure and My greatest desire that Jesus Christ should be Lord over all things in heaven and earth and that one day everything will be summed up in Him, My Christ.

When you heard the gospel, at that point your predestination from before time and outside of time, entered into time –  and when you believed into My Son I marked you as My own. I did this by sealing you with My own Spirit, the Spirit that Jesus Christ and I share together. Our Spirit is the deposit in you and upon you, that declares you are Mine and therefore guarantees your inheritance in Me as My child, as My possession, to keep you until redemption is complete.

Can you not see how great this is and how your hearts should be filled with praise? Have I not captured your hearts? Have I not left you speechless and in awe? Have you not been captivated by My Son through whom I made all of this possible?

Dear Reader.                                                              

Do you hear the love that the Father and Son have for Oneanother? Do you hear and see the beauty of God’s Holy Spirit pouring out their life and love to and for and from Oneanother? Do you see their Oneness? 

Do you see your place in God’s heart? Do you see the place of the church in the heart of God? How essential we are to Him and His purpose! We were never an afterthought or a mistake to be fixed, though fixed we now are again in Christ because of the fall. That is not how we started. We were always in the heart of God. 

Why? 

 

Christianity is Christ

Many say that christianity is a religion but I disagree. Others say it is a way of life, a preference, a practise, a faith or an outlook.  I disagree with this in one sense whilst agreeing with it in another. Let me explain.

The Oxford dictionary defines religion like this;

  1. The belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially personal God or gods.
  2. A particular system of faith and worship
  3. A pursuit or interest to which someone ascribes supreme importance

Christianity might touch on all of the above, however is not any of the above. Christianity definitely concerns a Way, a Life, a Preference, a Faith and an Outlook. Jesus said “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life” (John 14:6).  Paul states that this life we now live in the flesh we live by the Faith of The Son of God (Galatians 2:20). God spoke of Jesus saying “This is My Son in whom I am well pleased, listen to Him” (Matthew 17:5). Christianity definitely concerns a belief, and worship of a personal God and it definitely concerns a pursuit of supreme importance. But, even the sum of all these things is still not Christianity.

Christianity is a Person. Christianity is Christ Jesus. That’s why the early believers were labelled Christians by those around them, because they were all about Christ, a Person. And there’s no comparison between Jesus Christ and Buddha, Muhammad, Allah, the universe or a ‘god of your own understanding‘ which these days can be anything or anyone. None of these but Jesus Christ can love you! He doesn’t compare with any of them or with any other thing. He is of supreme importance indeed because He is Supreme over all! He reigns supreme over all things, all realms! He is incomparable. There is nothing that equals Him. Nothing in heaven or earth, past, present or future.

So when people ask me what religion I follow, I say I’don’t follow any religion, I follow Jesus Christ. I’m a Christ follower. I am a Christian yes. But I don’t follow any religion.

Below is an exerpt from one of T. Austin Sparks’ messages. I could never say it better than him, so enjoy 🙂

The time is coming, yes, and has already come, when true worshippers will worship in spirit and in reality. Indeed, the Father looks for men who will worship Him like that. (John 4:23 Phillips)

Jesus said to the woman, “the hour cometh, and now is.” Then He dismissed the whole system that had existed up to that time. It was the whole system of Judaism according to the Old Testament. In one sentence, He dismissed the whole dispensation. And He introduced an altogether new order of things.

What did He mean? Because when He said the hour cometh, and now is, He did not mean literally just an hour and so many minutes. He meant that it was the first hour of the new day. With this hour an altogether new day has come. What is the new day? If you would have asked Jesus to put it into a short sentence, He would have said, “Well, I am here.” The hour is not just a matter of time but a matter of PERSON. The new dispensation is the dispensation of Jesus Christ. Christ is the new dispensation. “I am here,” He said. You go through that Gospel of John. He is centering everything in Himself. “I am the Way; I am the Truth; I am the Life; I am the Shepherd; I am the Vine; I am the Resurrection.” It is a Person. It is that which lies behind everything. Christianity is Christ. Christ is Christianity. That is where it all begins and it never departs from HIM. The development of the Christian life is only the development of Jesus Christ in the life.

By T. Austin-Sparks from: “That They May All Be One, Even As We Are One” – Meeting 7

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Do You Have A Nose For Discernment? A re-post

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Hi saints,

I thought I might re-post a few of my favourite posts from time to time. Sometimes it’s just worth reminding ourselves of lessons learned, huh.

So here’s my first flash back from 2016. 🙂

Song of Songs 7:4 Watchman Nee

Thy nose is as the tower of Lebanon which looketh toward Damascus…

“The nose has not been spoken of until now. The faculty of smell is found only with the mature ones. In spiritual matters, many have bright eyes and sensitive ears. But not many have a nose that can smell. This sense does not come from spoken words or visible things; it is an inward ability that reaches beyond senses and words, which enables a person to differentiate good and bad smells. This is a kind of spiritual intuition that enables a person to identify the things that are of God. It is not by reason or logic, but by a spontaneous and inwardly accurate feeling, which enables a person to discern spiritual matters. At the same time, this olfactory sense enables a person to identify bad smells as well. Many teachings cannot be considered wrong, and many people have nothing that others can find fault with, yet you sense that something is off. This sense is what the nose is all about. “Thy nose is as the tower of Lebanon which looketh toward Damascus.” This speaks of its height and sharpness. Today there are too many Christians with a flat nose.” (End Watchman Nee)

Dogs have got really good noses. They use their noses to detect whether or not something is good or not. I’m often amazed at how their sense of smell is so acute. In observing our dogs the other day I couldn’t help but notice the correlation between their sense of smell and our spiritual sense of smell in learning discernment.

Our dogs really make me laugh.  Rocky is almost 8 years old. Buddy (who belongs to my mother) is about 3. Their age difference really shows in their different behaviours.

Rocky is all about smooches, one-on-one time, even if playing with the ball he’d prefer it was just him and me playing. You might say he has two love languages – quality time and physical affection 🙂

Buddy is all about activity! If it looks like a smooch, it’s really a wrestle. If it looks like one-on-one time, it’s really just to get to play ball. Perhaps his love language is …acts of service! – or maybe quality time aswell.

Typical of the age difference, when Buddy came along he was completely ready to attach to Rocky and pal up with him. But Rocky was stand-offish and preferred to observe from a distance, lol. But now, after a few years together, they’re really good mates. Looking at their differences as a pup and an adult dog, just prompted me the other day in seeing how we  grow and mature in the Lord.

For example, I picked up a mandarin and the two dogs were looking at me with great interest. Rocky cries a lot to communicate all sorts of things and Buddy just follows and copies Rocky a lot. So, although they were standing at the door to go out, I figured they were now side tracked with the interest of the mandarin. So I lowered it in my hand to their level for them to check it out and realise that it wasn’t really a food they would be interested in since it had a tough skin all over it.

Typical of Rocky as the older dog, he gave it a little sniff and then looked away. This meant “Ok, nuh, not interested, you can have it back now”. But not Buddy! He took one look at it and wrapped his mouth around it to grab and chew it – clearly thinking it was a ball! After a few teeth squeezes and squeals from me, he backed off but then came back for another go. It took him a few tries before he realised “Ok, it’s really not a ball? Really??” Then I said “Go! Go and get your ball!” And off he went, and grabbed the real ball.

This made me think of us as God’s family. We start off as pups just like Buddy in the way that we don’t often test things. We kind of take whatever is offered us as young or immature Christians (regardless of age) and just assume it’s good for us and what we want and that it’ll be just totally awesome.  Mostly, because we trust the person who’s handing it to us. Selah. Even after a few goes, even when it doesn’t feel quite right to us, we’ll still just blindly assume that it’s just still gotta be totally awesome and we’ll put up with it or persist with it until hopefully, we finally get the message that it really isn’t as it appears.

I’ve seen this in my own life. Critical thinking was something I was afraid of once. In the culture I was brought up in, one doesn’t question, does one? So I blindly took on many things that really weren’t truth, or complete truth, without question. But get this….even if they didn’t feel quite right.  So there’s the Spirit of God residing in me, encouraging and enabling me to test all things, but the paradigm of my culture would squash Him down and ignore Him, assuming blindly in my spiritual immaturity that because someone I look up to ‘said’, or because it looks similar to something else, that it just simply has to be totally awesome. And it wasn’t always.

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world (1 John 4:1).

So then there’s Rocky. Dear old Rocky. Wise and learned, been there, done that. He just took his time, sniffed that mandarin (mind you, it only took one sniff, not a dozen) and knew instinctively that it was not a ball and not anything he was going to have success with or be interested in. This reminded me of the more mature believer.  God’s word says to test all things, test the spirit behind them. We’re called to be wise and discerning, in Christ.  Paul says we are not ignorant to the enemy’s schemes – one of them of-course, being deception.

…in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes (2 Corinthians 2:11)

Rocky didn’t argue, he didn’t have to think about it twice. So there’s the picture of the Holy Spirit in us again. The more we mature in the Lord (and the maturing is the work of the Spirit in us, we can’t mature ourselves), the quicker we are able to discern the spirit behind a thing. Subsequently, having done so, if we find it is a deception, not what it appeared to be at first glance, we easily walk away. We don’t even have to give it a second thought.

The other thing I liked about this little example, is the fact that the same tests are put before all believers, no matter the level of spiritual maturity. A more mature believer is not exempt from testing permitted or orchestrated by our sovereign Lord for our growing up deeper into Him, nor is he or she exempt from being tempted by the devil. But a mature believer will weigh up all things.

So, that’s my lesson today from the lives of dogs. Here’s a little video clip just to share a giggle.:-)

What is the ‘Worst Case Scenario’?

Our worst case scenario is God’s best case scenario.

When Caleb saw the giants in the land promised to them, he said this;

“Only rebel not against Jehovah, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is removed from over them, and Jehovah is with us: fear them not.” (Numbers 14:9 ASV)

The way through the cross is by embracing it.

We fear because we are trying to avoid suffering.

If we are walking in the Spirit (abiding in Christ), if we are in God’s will and our circumstances are looking grim, instead of driving ourselves into a helpless place by our efforts to make things work out in our favour, we can remember this; he who holds onto his life will lose it and he who loses his life for My sake will find it (Matthew 10:39). We have been crucified with Christ, we are dead. Christ is the one living now in us.

The helpless situation we are in is a gift to us from our loving God to form Christ in us. So instead of driving ourselves into a nervous breakdown by trying to avoid the worst case scenario that is far beyond our ability to affect, we can accept it as a cross from the Lord who loves us, and trust Him implicitly to care for us in whatever comes our way. It is our opportunity to know Him and the power of His resurrection and to fellowship in His suffering. It is a precious and dear gift to us in going deeper with the Lord. We can say “Thank You Lord!”

We need to remember in these times when we have something good that is being threatened, we can do one of two things. We can go crazy trying to hold onto it or we can embrace the cross in the form of the threat of loss and let it continue to do a beautiful deep work of God in our lives.

One of the greatest tests and challenges to us is when we have something to lose. This is also part of God’s work in us. When we have given up everything material, relational and financial to follow Christ we have not much left to lose and it can be an easier existence. The trials change once He blesses us with success, material possessions and income, because then we have something to lose.

To have these things threatened is then an even deeper going down and into what the Lord has taught and wrought in us before. Where He has taken us in Him before, He takes us again deeper. Hence, we can praise God with a genuine heart of thanksgiving. And in doing so, find that the yoke He has given is easy and the burden He has blessed us with is light.

 

Are You Looking For A Fresh Way To Read The Bible?

Derek and I have been asking the Lord to help us get creative in the way that we are discovering Him and expressing Him to one another.  Recently we were listening to a message on getting to know Jesus more intimately as a friend. In it we were encouraged to read the gospels as though Jesus was reading them to us, in the first person.  So I decided to do this the very next day in my own private time with the Lord. Starting with Matthew chapter 1, I set out to swap the words “he” and ‘him” for ”I” and ”Me” as I read aloud. But just before I opened my mouth, the funniest thing happened.

I realised that in every movie I have ever seen that portrays Jesus, the actor always speaks english with either an American or an English accent.  As an english speaking person in an english speaking country, I have grown up in church and amongst friends and family where I have only ever listened to the scriptures being read with an Australian, American or English accent (except for my dear South African sisters and brothers). I started wondering, what about people that are brought up in Scotland? or Ireland? If they were english speaking, they would have only heard the scriptures read aloud with Scottish or Irish accents. I had the thought that if a Scottish production company produced a film on the gospels, their Jesus would speak with a Scottish accent. The thought didn’t even seem ridiculous to me, it just seemed logical. And so, to mix it up and get a bit more creative, I decided to read the gospel of Matthew aloud to myself as Jesus telling me His own story as an english speaking Scotsman!

Now, if you’re not laughing, I would be surprised! I laughed too! A lot! I laughed aloud at the thought of it and I thought of how many people close to me would laugh if they could hear me doing this! But in all honesty, I felt there was really something in this. I really felt it was the Lord leading me to do this, to discover Him afresh and I sensed Him really having fun with me. This wasn’t silly, this was fresh! This was new! And ultimately, this was a genuine exercise (given by the Lord Himself I am convinced) in getting to know Jesus more intimately as my very real friend. And what do friends do together? They enjoy one another, don’t they. They share their lives with each other and have fun together. And that’s just what we were about to do.

So I started reading with a Scottish accent. Yep, I actually did it.  Despite how I seemed to go in and out of a mix of Scottish, Irish and even Indian at times, (still with an unmistakable Aussie twang) it was captivating. Oh, how the scriptures came alive to me! It was as though I’d never heard them before! It was truly as though Jesus was sitting next to me on the couch, just telling me His story.  He was telling me of His adventures with all the colour and delightful expression that our Scottish brothers and sisters are blessed with. And it was delightful indeed. I heard things in His story I’d never heard before. I saw Jesus in a way I’d never seen Him. I saw a whole new part of His personality through hearing different inflections, different emphasis and I heard His perspective differently. It was a fascinating and very moving tale that even moved me to tears at times when I heard my Lord’s story in a whole new light.  I heard his heart ache for John the Baptist. I heard His repulsion over the acts of the Pharisees. I heard His patience and kindness towards His disciples. I saw His identity as the Son of God come as son of Man and how the two were intermingled. I saw His trust and security in His Father. I heard His compassionate heart for the lost. I heard His sense of deep rest.  I couldn’t get enough so I pressed on for many chapters until I got tired.

Guys, this was so grand! It was a wonderful experience and I touched Jesus in a whole new way. I got to experience afresh the Lord’s sense of humour, creativity, His sense of adventure, His willingness to be with me and share Himself with me.

If you’re looking for a fresh way of touching Jesus as your friend through scripture reading, I thoroughly recommend giving this a go. Do as suggested and read the gospels in Jesus own words about Himself as outlined in my first paragraph above. And throw off religious restraints by throwing in an accent.  If you are Scottish (my apologies for my poor reflection of your beautiful language and accent) try an Italian or Russian accent. Go crazy!  You know, for me it just shook all the religion out of my bible reading.  It threw it all off and I was in story time with Jesus.

I’m going to give you a taste with a few chapters that will hopefully make you smile, (and not laugh too hysterically) and see your Lord in a whole new light also. I encourage you to get your cup of tea or coffee, cast off the religious restraints, hit the play button and close your eyes as you listen. And let’s have fun with Jesus. He’s not religious at all, He is wonderful! I hope you enjoy Him in these recordings of Matthew Chapter 2 – 11 from the NIV.

  • Recommended reading – There is a book called Jesus in His Own Words by Robert Mounce. I have never read it but I would very much like to. It looks like it’s near impossible to get a hold of it but even just clicking on this link will give you a little taste of it which might be enough to open up your creative juices into a new way of discovering Christ in the scriptures.

Go ahead. I dare you.

Saint, Where Is Your Home?

Dear holy ones,

For the longest time I’ve wanted to sing this song to all of you out there loud and strong, clearly and powerfully. The recording is posted below. My voice won’t do it justice but that doesn’t matter. The Spirit of God is able to speak through a donkey so He is able to use my voice :-).

This song is three things.

1. This song is a call to all saints to truly enter into Christ our Promised Land, through the gathering of believers under His Headship

It is a call for saints all over the world to leave, deny and forsake their natural lives and even geographical locations if necessary (i.e. comforts of this world system, home and religious practises) to come in to a true local expression of Christ in, and as Head of, His Body. Let the deciding factor of where we live geographically no longer be based on employment, preference of weather, family, friends, schools, our children’s needs and so on but be based on where the Lord wants us and where He has a local expression among our brothers and sisters in Christ. Let’s cast off the religious trappings that bind us and the comforts of our flesh that prevent the living Christ from having full reign and expression (there’s more of Him folks, always more!). From wherever we have been spiritually, scattered to this wind of doctrine and that, let’s come home to Jesus Christ as Head of His church.

…until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, as we mature to the full measure of the stature of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed about by the waves and carried around by every wind of teaching and by the clever cunning of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Christ Himself, who is the head.…(Eph 4:14)

Let’s take up our cross, give Him first place in all things. Let’s take up our pilgrimage back to the Ancient Pathways, back to the Beginning, who is Christ. Back to the One by whom, through whom and to whom all things have been created. Back to the headship of the One whom God the Father calls His beloved Son and says ‘Listen to Him’. Back to the One whom God has given all things, the One in whom The Fullness dwells. The One who has the preeminence in all things. He who is the Beginning and the End. He who IS the Church. He in whom God will sum up all things in the fullness of time.

And He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and firstborn from among the dead, so that in all things He may have preeminence. For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through the blood of His cross.…(Colossians 1:19)

There is so much noise out there today. Our world has become so small – as in, we are informed and exposed to things that are going on around the globe that wouldn’t ordinarily affect our daily lives.  The chaos that is taking place in other nations has entered many other nations via social media and the television. Of-course we’ve now got a global pandemic and almost all of humanity alive is aware of its impact across the world.

In the midst of fear and turmoil, rebellion, anarchy, hatred, violence, protests, confusion, pain, suffering, rising power, the overthrowing of power and deep fractures there are nations crying out to protect and save their own ideals and cling on to yesteryear. And God knows, there are multitudes of christians getting swept up in the fray and losing sight of our True King and Country.

Saints! Christ is our King! Christ is our Nation! Christ is our Country! He is our Promised Land! He is the Promise of God that God has brought us into. We have been brought out from captivity just like the Israelites were delivered out from Egypt. Let’s not be like those Israelites who set up camp in the wilderness, who got comfortable in alien lands and idol worship of various kinds, and find that we cannot enter in! Did you know that we can indeed set up the country we live in/were born in to be an idol? Did you know that we can make our version of politics an idol? Social justice and causes can also easily become idols or distractions that can take that place in our thoughts & focus that belongs to Christ!

For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, WHO IS YOUR LIFE, appears, then you also will appear with Him. (Colossians 3:4).

2. This song is a shout out to all God’s people living in America and Australia right now in 2020

Here in Australia we are privy to a great deal of the goings on in America but are also influenced by that. Many ‘Australian’ christians are caught up in American politics and cultural happenings, way beyond just being informed.

For this song, I have borrowed Neil Diamond’s song called “America” and have re-written the lyrics to express what is in my heart and spirit. Neil Diamond wrote his song as a tale of Jews being called from all over the globe to freedom found in the United States. Just a shadow, folks! Just a shadow! Just a shadow of THE REALITY! Forget the ‘great American dream’ and pursue God’s dream! Yes, God has a dream and His dream is His Son, the living Christ, the Son of God. And to see Him expressed, magnified and glorified in His people, the church LOCAL. (Please click on this link to read more on this).

Beloved, let me just say, the United States are not united.  That is not the nation of freedom. Neither is Australia the ‘lucky country’ or ‘God’s country’ as it is so often called. No, Christ is God’s country!  Christ is our Fortune!  Christ is our Freedom and Promise, and when we His people, are united IN HIM, when we gather together UNDER CHRIST, when we forsake allegiance to earthly country to take up allegiance to the KINGDOM OF GOD, we find TRUE LIBERTY! Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you (Matthew 6:33).

So, as the Holy Spirit says;

Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the desert, where your fathers tested and tried me and for forty years saw what I did. That is why I was angry with that generation, and I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known my ways’. So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.””

See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first. As has just been said;

“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion”

Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt? And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the desert? And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief. (Hebrews 3:7-29, NIV)

…so long as it is called Today! Christ is the New Day and Christ IS Today.

3. This song is the call of the Ekklessia (assembly of Christ’s body members) to her embrace

Far….

We’ve been travelling far

Towards His home

Towards His Morning Star

Free

He wants us to be free

We huddle close

Hang on to His dream

In the cars and on the planes

We’re coming to the Promised Land

Never looking back again

We’ve come into the Promised Land

Home, doesn’t seem so far away

He’s our living Light Today

He’s the eye of the storm

He’s the eye of the storm

Home, it is a new and shiny place

He lays His Head and pours out His grace

Freedom’s Light burning warm

Freedom’s Light burning warm

Everywhere around the world

They’re coming to the Promised Land

Everywhere His flag’s unfurled

They’ve come into the Promised Land

Got a dream to take them there

They’re coming to the Promised Land

Got a dream they’ve come to share

They’ve come into the Promised Land

We’ve come into the Promised Land

We’ve come into the Promised Land

We’ve come into the Promised Land

We’ve come into the Promised Land

Today, Today, Today, Today, Today

Our country ’tis of Thee

(Today)

Sweet Land of liberty

Of  Thee we sing

(Today)

of Thee we sing

(Today)

Can you see them coming? Can you see the saints leaving the world behind and making their pilgrimage once and for all back to their Homeland? Back to the Headship and Life of Christ? Can you see the multitudes? Can you see them in their gatherings all over the world? Can you see their faces radiant with the Light of Christ shining out of them? If you aren’t already, will you be among them?

*Other posts that echo this same call ;

Listening To The Call

Haystacks and Harvest

* The original song was written and recorded by Neil Diamond. These above lyrics have been made up to reflect the message of my post and my heart. I claim no ownership to the song and will not be professionally recording my version 😄