Are You Tired of Searching And Striving?

mountains-1284691_1920“…but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:14)

I’m very conscious that many Christians are weary and tired. Many are in fact exhausted. I mean this in a spiritual sense, hence the need for a place to sit down and draw fresh water to revive a weary soul. And many who don’t know Christ at all are equally spiritually exhausted in their search for truth and life, amidst a myriad of voices and choices, all of which have failed to deliver.

So here is a prayer poem for every one of you precious folk;

Today though you are tired

And your soul is heavy

whilst your burdens are many

and confusion reigns

may you be led to the trickling

of the streams that are running

flowing from the rivers

from the mountain’s terrains

As you sit by the streams

may you breathe in the air

that is fresh and sweet

to sweep away your cares

May you swish your feet

in the cool water flow

and be washed from the world

and it’s heavy, muddy blow

May your heart be quickened

to follow the streams

to search with tranquillity

the source of their beams

as the sunlight splashes

and shows you the way

may you not strive but rather

delay

the cares of the world

and it’s push and its shove

the lies of self-effort

to live by your own love

May you find yourself walking

ever so calmly

toward the river

in an atomosphere balmy

with a spring in your step

and a song in your heart

find yourself walking

in Someone else’s love

May you feel His hand

resting light on your shoulder

May you sense His warmth

permeate you and smoulder

the shame of your past

and the fears of your future

in the light of Him

in His perfect character.

May you find yourself lifted

your shoulders lightened

your legs at rest

and no longer frightened

May you know that within

you are being beckoned

Beckoned and called by

the One who has reckoned

Who’s reckoned all things

in His blood that has done it

That’s settled the matter

though you’ve not even earned it

Drink from that stream,

bathe in that river

Let your head fall back

and be carried hither

by the Arms of His Love

in the River of Life

May you come to know Him

As His Bride, His wife.

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” Let the one who hears say, “Come!” And let the one who is thirsty come, and the one who desires the water of life drink freely. (Revelation 22:17)

Look, I am coming soon! (Rev 22:7)

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We’re Still Eagles

 

Today I saw a wedge-tailed eagle flying not far from where I live. I see them often around these parts.

As is common, this eagle was being pestered by two smaller birds. I’m not sure what type of bird they were – perhaps a magpie and crow as captured here in this photo on flickr –  but it seems these pestering birds so often go hand-in-hand with eagles flying around here. It’s very rare for me to spot a flying eagle without it being pecked at and harassed by smaller birds.

However, I do love it when the eagle catches the thermals and begins to rise up higher and then so high, that the little pesty birds can’t get to him or her anymore. Gradually, the harassing smaller birds lose the battle.

Today it really reminded me of us as believers into Christ.  When I saw the eagle today, I was driving home, and had been praying for someone very dear to me who is going through a really tough time.  This person is a sister in Christ, and has really endured some emotional upheaval lately, only to now be faced with it all over again. I had been asking the Lord to teach me how to pray for her.

When I saw this eagle, it was such a picture of our lives as genuine surrendered believers. It was such a picture of this precious sister of mine.  It was as though the Lord was saying loud and clear – “Look at that eagle. See how he is tormented. But also see how he is not swayed or perturbed. See how he is so much more beautiful, strong, courageous and nothing is distracting him from his path as an eagle. Those little birds that are pecking at him, cannot compete. Look at his confidence. He is so sure of who he is. As long as you’re alive, you will always be harassed, pestered and pecked at but you will always be the eagles”.

So I pray for my sister in Christ, that she will see herself as an eagle. Strong, courageous, majestic, beautiful and confident in who she is in Christ and that in spite of the pests that peck at her, she will continue to soar with You Jesus – as with the wings of an eagle.

But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

 

 

There is Peace in the Eye of the Storm

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Storm Brewing

 

Dear Brother or Sister,

If you feel like you’re in a storm right now, here is a link to what seems to me to be a very anointed song by a dear sister in Christ and a dear friend of mine.

The song will cost $1.79 AUS to purchase but I don’t post this to get sales for her (Kathy’s album has been out for over a year).

Rather I post this in the hope that you will find great peace, comfort and strength as the Lord ministers to you through this vessel of our dear sister, through His gift of music and words, by His most Holy Spirit who lives and dwells in you and me.

Never Will I Leave You – by Kathryn Mary Johnston 

Lyrics to Never Will I Leave You  

The Lord is my shepherd
I have everything I need
He leads me to the water
and into pastures green

Never will I leave you
Never will I forsake you

You’ll hear a voice behind you
Saying this is the way, walk here
You’ll have no need to worry
You will have no need to fear

There is peace in the eye
in the eye of the storm

Jesus – The One Who Wills and The One Who Does

Just yesterday the Lord showed me one of the most important stages in my Christian growth that I’ve not understood until now, through Andrew Murray’s book “Absolute Surrender”.  I have understood the point we as believers get to, when we share with Paul’s cry “oh wretched man that I am, who will save me from this body of death?” (Romans 7:24).

I thought even getting to this point was a spiritual leap of significance. What I didn’t understand is that we can so easily stay at this point and that is not the place of victory. The Lord showed me the importance of growth beyond that step, and moving through the journey with Paul and joining with him when beyond that point he says “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:25) and “…through Christ Jesus, the law of the Spirit of life has set me free from the law of sin and death!” (Romans 8:1). Hallelujah!

This is the most significant step – to move beyond realising my inability to live this Christian life to then see through the Lord’s eyes, that He truly is the one who actually does it.  The words that God “works to will and to do in me” now mean something more.  He is the one who wills it in me and this I have come to experience and understand. But more than that, He is the one to ‘do’ it in me. I cannot do the doing no matter how willing I have become. My willingness does not enable me to ‘do’. Jesus is the one who wills and the one who does the doing. “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” (Luke 18:27) – even changing our hearts – the hardest thing of all in my estimation!

Today I have seen this revelation lived out before me through a loved one, as the Lord led my prayers where I could not pray. In realising I could not even pray I was able to call upon Him to do all the ‘doing’ and He led my prayer into a place I couldn’t see on my own. And only half an hour after, I received a call from my loved one who had received breakthrough into the very understanding and sight that the Lord had brought into my prayers. God is so willing and God is so able to do.

I am forever indebted to You my Jesus. My Lord. My Sovereign King. You are the one who wills and does. And I will love You forever, through Your love.

Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!…through Christ Jesus, the law of the Spirit of life has set me free from the law of sin and death!” (Romans 7:25-8:1).

Getting to Know You Jesus

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Jesus, You are like the sunrise.

When I meet with You, in the quiet place, it is like sitting with You in the dark.

The longer I wait, the closer I am to being present as Your light begins to appear.

It seems I am sitting with You in blackness, not a negative blackness, but where I can’t see.

Then, after a time, it seems to appear that I can begin to see, ever so slightly.

The longer I stay with You, the lighter it becomes.

The more clearly I can see.

The more clearly I understand what is around me…..what You are showing Me.

….You….

Your light begins to flood the earth, the skies, and nothing is hidden from You.

You have seen me all along, and now I see You.

This is how I get to know You Jesus, my dearest, most gentle friend.

Jesus, You are like the Bridegroom coming forth from Your pavillion….nothing is hidden from You. Psalm 19

My Greatest Responsibility

My Greatest responsibility to the body of Christ –

is to spend time in the presence of God –

not just in the knowledge that Christ is in me and I am in Him, all the time, which is true,

but intentionally being in His presence,

sitting with Him,

quiet and still,

for Him –

Silence by Mickey Raina

“Silence” by Mickey Raina flickr member

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not for me.

So that He can speak if He wants to,

can be quiet if He wants to,

can do as He pleases.

This time is for Him,

my Lord,

not for me, for feelings of closeness or elation,

not for revelation.

Intentional,

practise,

and in faith,

that by making myself available to Him in this way,

I am in His presence.