Don’t Lose Your Head!

Please click on the below link to pop over to my latest post on The Body of Christ where the folk at 3rdrace.org continue the series on God’s Eternal Purpose. For the month of March we are focussing on God wanting a Body for His Son.

Enjoy!

http://3rdrace.org/dont-lose-your-head/

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Christ Our All

carWell folks, it’s been a few weeks since I posted a blog. That’s because Derek and I have been packing, packing, selling, cleaning, moving out, moving my mother, visiting family, and more packing! We have moved out of our rental house, we’ve moved mum to my sister’s place into a new little portable granny flat which she is renting, and Derek and I have been sleeping at my sister’s place for a week, with Rocky the shitzu of-course!

Tomorrow we head off in our white chariot (1996 Toyota Corolla) loaded to the hilt with all our earthly possessions, to drive across the country to our destination of Perth, Western Australia where we intend to live until the Lord would say otherwise. We will be staying with beautiful friends until we both find work and can afford our own rental. For those of you that don’t know Australia very well, it’s about 5,000 kilometres or just over 3,000 miles I think.

Derek and I are making this move in response to the Lord’s call on our lives to be part of the body of believers over in Perth at this time in our walk with Him, so we can learn Christ more amongst the body there. As we have set our eyes upon His Kingdom first, He has truly taken care of everything else for us. I have so much to share about the Lord’s faithfulness to us both over these past couple of months. He has undertaken in miraculous ways – so mightily – I would definitely not do Him justice to rush it all into this post -not even in one post. So I intend to write again once we are settled interstate. I am really looking forward to sharing with you all, the Lord’s goodness to us and our family.

Until then, hope you all had a Merry Christmas and wishing you all a safe and purposeful 2017 in the purpose of God. May we all learn Him more, know Him more richly, and the power of His resurrection life.

Signing off from New South Wales Australia……. 🙂

 

The Basics of Life

This is such a Life-rich account of what it is to know Jesus Christ in the fellowship of His people who are captivated by Him. And despite all our differences amongst the full body of Christ, I am utterly convinced that this is the true deepest desire in every one of us. I pray you are blessed, encouraged and built up as you read this post from a dear brother Tobie, on a weekend shared with other saints in the Free State of South Africa. .

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screen-shot-2016-11-16-at-3-50-04-pmRevien and I have just returned from an unforgettable weekend spent on a Free State game farm with a group of over 30 believers.

There were no special speakers.

There was no set program or agenda.

There were no presentations, projectors or video clips.

The were no musical instruments, except for a guitar.

I knew almost everyone in the group, and so I was aware of some imposing academic qualifications and remarkable professional accomplishments. I also knew how incredibly gifted and skilled some of these people were. And I knew that quite a few were involved in areas of selfless, sacrificial service that would qualify them to be sainted by the Pope.

But hardly anyone else knew, none of it mattered and nothing was ever mentioned. We were mere brothers and sisters, and what we had in common far outshone everything else we had done in our lives, both good…

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What I Didn’t Know About Body-Life

Over at 3rdrace.org the theme for this month is ‘Body-Life 101’.  Please check it out for my post there today called “What I Didn’t Know About Body-Life”.

What I Didn’t Know About Body-Life

Who Is The Temple Of The Lord?

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…One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple…(Ps 27:4)

…Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Jesus Christ himself as the chief cornerstone. In Him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in Him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit (Ephesians 2:19-22).

Thank You Lord for this temple of Yours. That we as a gathering of Your saints, Your holy ones, have become this temple that You are building with Your living stones. In this temple we get to gaze upon Your beauty in one another and as You move about among us. We seek You in this glorious temple that You are building not with human hands but with Your Spirit. We, like Your servant David, desire to seek You and find You in this temple of living stones. Here we come to gather in Your Name and find You there, to be most breathtakingly beautiful.

 

The Promise of Compensations and Persecutions

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A really vital truth and reminder of that truth……please read on…

By T. Austin-Sparks from: God’s Supreme Interest in Man – Chapter 3 

Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. (Colossians 3:9,10 NIV)

Christ Himself, when He was here, never failed to let people know that when they entered that door, or that straight and narrow way, they were in for trouble. Now that may sound like a very terrible thing to say, especially to you young Christians who are not far inside the door, but be perfectly clear about it; the Lord Jesus never deceived anybody about this, never at all. He let people know that to “follow Him,” as He put it at that time, involved them in difficulty and suffering and persecution and trial and a lifelong thing. There is a cost here, a great cost. And we shall discover that while there are the compensations, for there are undoubtedly the compensations in this life and the mighty compensations for eternity, this is a way which is not easy for the natural man by any means. This work of the Holy Spirit is drastic, exacting, and very trying to the flesh. Make no mistake about it; it will take all the energy that the Holy Spirit Himself has to accomplish this work. It really will. So the Lord Jesus has not left us in any doubt about this.

But note, and I am glad the Apostle Paul puts it like this, because it is so true to experience, “The new man who is being renewed.” Notice, first there was a precise and definite transaction, “Ye put off” and “ye put on,” but now the work that is going on is not a single act of a single moment and a single day, but it is something that is going on in us.

 

“If I Were a Christian Now” – A Cry From The Old Testament Believers

Please listen to this video before reading….(men the clip will apply to you too so hang in there)…

 

At first I thought there was something just naturally beautiful about this clip. Initially I liked it because the ladies in it, all different ages, have grey hair. I love that they’ve accepted their grey hair because although I am only 48, I am learning to accept mine. So I thought wow, that’s cool, maybe there’ll be a revolution among Western women to let their hair be its natural colour, now that’d be something!

I noticed more women were ‘liking’ the video which I ended up sharing on my Facebook timeline so I watched it a few more times. It seemed to really resonate with the cry of so many women’s hearts in this Western society. It seemed to reach right into the core of our beings as women including mine.

Now, I’ve never considered myself to be any kind of ‘women’s lib’ advocate. To be honest, and please don’t be offended, it’s just never concerned me that much. Call me naïve, ignorant, lazy, call me whatever, it’s just not an issue I’ve bothered with. So I was kind of surprised at this deep reaction inside of me to the cry of the women in this video. Then it hit me.

It’s the cry for the church! I began to hear the words of these women and see the expression in their faces, as that of the Lord in and for His bride! I could hear the plea of the Lord’s heart for her to stop agonising over works and exhausting herself with self-effort as though she can be anything or do anything at all in her own strength. I began to hear how ludicrous it is for the church to let herself come under bondage again to the law. Try hard, try harder, fail, give up, try again, try hard, try harder…Oh! It’s painful and sad just to think about it.

I began to hear the soft gentle whisper of our Lord, saying “Come unto Me! All you who are weary, and heavy laden…I will give you rest for your souls…my burden is light! My yoke is easy!” I began to hear the word of the Lord to His very own body, to His very own bride, to His very own family.

I think these women can be representing the voice of the church, the bride of Christ, calling out to all her members, to say come out from ‘works’ and just ‘rest’ in Jesus. If we listen and watch this video through the eyes of what the Lord is saying to us, His church, I think we’ll be relieved to once again be reminded that “It is finished”.

I can hear the saints of the Old Testament crying out to us saying that now they understand the freedom of Christ, why are we living like they used to? They’re saying that if they were us living here in our time, they would embrace this incredible Christ and the freedom Christ died for and not return to being bound by the law with all it’s works – serving on the committee, having to prepare a sermon every week, be on the visiting team, run a new discipleship class, attend the conferences, run the youth group, play the drums in the ‘worship’ band, be early for every ‘service’, attend the prayer meetings, contribute to the building fund, join the street witnessing team, bring people to church, go to bible college, become a strong church leader…and so on. You know how it goes.

After beginning with the Spirit are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort? asks Paul of the Galatian church (Galatians 3:3).

When Christ came and set us free from the law by fulfilling it for us, He took away the danger of us burning out from religion.

Some quotes from the video:

…Pressure to be the perfect mother, the perfect wife, the perfect friend….to be successful, a boss, a leader…

…If I had my time again I wouldn’t create a To-Do’ list, I’d create a ‘To-Don’t Do-list…

…I’d give myself the time to indulge myself in the things I now understand are the most important…

Christian, the most important is Christ Himself. Let’s indulge in Him and Him alone. Let’s give up on the expectations of the world and the law of religion that do not belong to us.  Let’s stop concerning ourselves with ‘doing’ and just ‘be’. Let’s ‘be’ the church, the bride, the beloved of our Lord. Let’s indulge in Him and in doing so find our identity, our purpose, our joy and our rest.

41But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; 42but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her. Luke 10:41-42.

Now, listen to the video again, with your spirit.

In Search Of Authentic Authority

Leadership. For many of us the word leaves a bad taste. For some it evokes a sense of deep disappointment, emotional pain or abandonment. And for far too many it awakens traumatic memories of spiritual abuse. Jesus didn’t have a lot to say about leadership, except to warn the disciples that His idea of leadership […]

http://breadforthebride.com/2015/09/30/in-search-of-authentic-authority/

I Do

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Wedding party head to the Wedding Feast

I love this photo of our dear brother and sister, Mr. & Mrs. Drikus and Megan Cronje. As a shadow and type, it is an image of Jesus our Bridegroom, the church as His Bride and their attendants, after the final ceremony of marriage, heading on to celebrate at the wedding feast of the Lamb. Oh, what a glorious day that will be!

A most excellent shadow and type of Christ the Bridegroom and His Church, His Bride, is seen in the traditional Jewish wedding of Jesus day when He was on earth. It is full of shadows and types that move me to tears.

For instance, just like in the West today, the chosen bride in ancient Jewish times always had a choice.  She, like us, could reject the proposal. This is seen in the case of Rebekah in Genesis 24:57-58. When she was asked regarding Isaac “Will you go with this man?” she said “I will go”.  This reminded me of today’s Western marriage ceremony where the bride is asked “Do you take this man to be your lawfully wedded husband…”?  The bride traditionally responds with “I do”.

So at the bottom of this post I’ve changed some words to a well known Abba song, to reflect the “I do”s of the church The song of-course is called I Do, I Do.  There is great significance in the lines referring to the Bridegroom taking His cup of wine, for in Jewish weddings the bridegroom would take his cup of wine at the betrothal ceremony and say to his bride-to-be,  “This is the cup of my covenant, the cup of my blood, which is poured out for you” which literally meant “I am committed to you as your husband forever”. Jesus said these same words to His disciples at the Passover meal. As He drank from the cup, He spoke the language of a Bridegroom to His Bride. 

Click on the link for an instrumental of the song so you can sing along. I hope you get a glimpse of the joy and celebratory heart of our Lord who is eagerly waiting the time He comes to collect His betrothed (us!), complete the ceremony and celebrate together at the wedding feast of the Lamb!

Enjoy Church, for our Bridegroom is coming soon and He’s excited!!!

 https://youtu.be/HEYRu-7zZtM

I Do, I Do (song)

Sunday, 24 May 2015

8:50 AM

SONG to tune of Abba’s I Do

(verse 1)

Bride 

Your father chose me, I’m Your bride, now receive me

I love you

I do, I do, I do, I do, I do

 

(verse 2)

Groom

My Spirit sealed it, I’ll return, can’t you feel it?

I love you 

I do, I do, I do, I do, I do

 

(Chorus 1)

Bride & Groom together 

Oh, I’ve been dreaming from eternity past

Now we have made it, I found you at last

 

 (Verse 3)

Groom 

With my cup, I have done it, with this wine, I’m excited

We’re betrothed

It’s true, it’s true, it’s true, it’s true, it’s true

 

(musical interlude for tag and one verse)

 

(Chorus 2)

Bride

With all – Your promises and wedding feast

We’ll be united, for all eternity!

 

(Verse 4)

Groom

With my cup, I have done it, with this wine, I’m excited

We’re betrothed

It’s true its true its true its true its true

 

(Verse 5)

Bride

So you’ll never leave me, I’m Your Bride, You’ve received me

I love you

I do, I do, I do, I do, I do

 

(Verse 6)

Groom

My spirit sealed it, I’ll return, just believe it

I love you,

I do, I do, I do, I do, I do

The Prophetic Gifts of the Magi – Part 3 

For Part 1 & 2 of this post discussing the gifts of gold and frankincense, look under Shadows & Types of Christ and His Church on the Menu Bar.

We have already discussed how the gift of gold brought to Jesus in the manager by the Magi revealed Jesus as King and divine, and how it revealed the existence of the Bride of Christ (us!) talked about in the Book of Revelation.  We have also discussed how the gift of frankincense revealed the sacrifice of Jesus’ death on the cross. Now let’s take a look at the gift of myrrh.

Myrrh was also taken from a tree by the same manner.

Myrrh is a red gum-like resin taken from a thorny tree that to be harvested must be wounded repeatedly until it bleeds its resin. Gosh. Can’t we just see in this, the crown of thorns placed on Jesus’ head, continually wounding Him and causing blood to flow from His brow.

Myrrh is a bitter spice often mixed with wine and we know that at Golgotha, on His way to being crucified, Jesus was offered a bitter wine mixed with gall (another name for myrrh). We see here, the Lord’s suffering and affliction, represented by the bitterness of the myrrh. This mix of bitterness with the wine, as Jesus is the New Wine of the Second Covenant, can also reveal the life of the church. The church is called to join in the fellowship of His suffering. There is a bittersweet relationship of myrrh mixed with wine.

Not only is myrrh bitter but it is also used as anointing oil and for embalming. It is associated to the Balm of Gilead mentioned in Genesis 37:25 and Jeremiah 8:22 and 46:11).  Jesus is our balm for healing and anointing, as we read in these verses for the healing of God’s people, Israel, which we as the church, have now become.

So in the gift of myrrh, the wise men unwittingly symbolically announced not only the suffering of Christ by bearing the crown of thorns, the life of the church in the fellowship of His suffering but also Christ as healer, our Saviour, by His sacrifice we are saved! The myrrh was brought by the Magi to point all humanity to Christ as the healer of the nations!