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.

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

 

 

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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