9 Ways Every Pizza Eating Believer Can See The Lord

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“Can you see the Lord in it, sister?” This is my favourite question of late.

There is one particular wonderful sister that we do life with in our little community of believers here, and she is forever asking this question. Whatever matters are coming up in our lives, she asks me “Can you see the Lord in it, sister?” When she talks about matters in her own life she says “And I was really wondering how I could see the Lord in it…”

Looking for the Lord in everything, was a really strange and new concept to me a few years back, and for this sister also. In fact, when I was introduced to the ‘concept’ (of-course now it’s life to me, no longer a concept) I thought it was a little OTT (Over the top :-)). I thought it was something we were trying to do in our own strength and was a bit silly. (Go, you good religious thing Donna!)

Even though initially I was sceptical and it seemed to be only an intellectual exercise, when I heard other saints doing this, I truly sensed some life in it and joining in, was fun. Ironically, the more I ‘had a go’, the more I could actually see! Of-course it was the Lord Himself that was the life in the exercises because I began to see Him everywhere! If we’re looking for Him, surely He is found!

Let me give you an example of what some of the discussions were like. Here’s one about pizza for example – that is, looking for the Lord in pizza. What? Yep, in pizza! I know, right? Ok, it went something like this (and I’m going to ad some extra toppings to it!);

  1. Well, the base is like Christ as our foundation. There has to be a foundation of Christ and nothing else. And God talks about not mixing the dough with yeast, so there’s no mixture in the foundation, it’s Christ alone.
  2. The sauce represents the blood of Christ that was shed for the whole world. It covers the entire pizza and without it, nothing else would stick to the base. So the sauce is like the blood of Jesus that saves us.
  3. The cheese is really sticky and glues everything together. It’s like the Holy Spirit. He lives in each believer and joins us altogether as one with God.
  4. The toppings are all so different and spread out all over the place. They’re all different colours and different flavours. That’s like the body of Christ. We’re made up of different nationalities, personalities, backgrounds and each with something different to contribute. There is diversity in the body of Christ but together we are one. Together we are the beautiful bride of Christ. If there was only one topping it would be boring and taste the same every bite. By being diverse, we see the priesthood of all believers! (C’mon!)
  5. The pizza is round so it is like the wedding ring that is in a circle, it goes on for eternity, there’s no beginning and no end to Christ! His riches are unsearchable, without end.
  6. Before a pizza is of any use it has to be cooked – this is like the body of Christ, and also like Christ Himself. He had to suffer by going into death before being resurrected. And we were crucified with Him and now we stand with Him in His resurrected life, changed and transformed. We are a new creation in Christ, the old has gone. Only then are we acceptable before God. Also, we are refined in the furnace of suffering so that the life of Christ (the taste) comes forth!
  7. Through the process of being cooked, we are like the toppings that are no longer sitting as separate individuals but are now joined together, melted in the cheese which is like the Holy Spirit, and have become blended together. We are more like a community now than isolated individuals. We have become part of the body of Christ.
  8. When the pizza is cut into slices, they’re all 3 sided – this represents the Godhead – 3 in 1!
  9. All slices are pointing to the centre! This is how the church is, Christ is Central, our eyes are fixed upon Him as our centre at all times.

Go on, have a go, ad your own flavour. It might seem silly at first, but what have we got to lose and what have we to gain? If we look for Christ everywhere, even in what might seem the strangest place, we will still find Him even there (Ps 139). He is not a ‘figurative’ God, He is everywhere to be found and to look for Him is a life-begetting-life experience. The more we look for Him, the more we’ll see Him.

Christ is the image of the invisible God.

Jesus said that if we seek Him, we will find Him.

Jesus said to come unto Him as little children.

Would love to hear of your experiences….

 

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Drawing From The Well

Hi there folks,

Below is a newly entered ‘page’ for my blog site which now sits under the ‘Home’ tab on the main menu. I have copied it here as a post for anyone to read who is familiar with my site but not with any updated changes to it as of 24.2.15.

God bless you and have a great day 🙂

 


Increasingly over the couple of years prior to one particular morning, I had begun to see my Lord Jesus in images of water – as a rushing river, speeding along over all the river-stones, teaming with life, sometimes carrying me along in the roaring flow – deep, cool, green and frothing with white clear wash. I had also begun to see Him as a deep unfathomable ocean – vast, majestic, all-powerful and beyond me altogether. I had also begun to see my Lord as the cool springs, trickling along in shallow pools – gentle, refreshing and healing, in which I could paddle and drink from, providing peace and refreshment.

Then, one morning as I sat in silence with Him in the dark early hours, the Lord Jesus impressed upon me something of Himself and this life with Him that was completely new to me. It came to me in the softest, gentlest way. I began to see the Lord Jesus as a well.

I imagined the women in the bible who so often met thirsty, weary travelers at a well. In the Old Testament we read of Rebekah meeting Isaac’s servant at the well where she gave him and his camels water to drink.  Jacob met Rachel at a well where she came to water the sheep. Zipporah met Moses at a well where she and her sisters drew water for their fathers’ flock.

In the book of John in the New Testament, we read that beautiful account of Jesus meeting the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. Jesus spoke these extraordinary words to her; “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”…

In this time of quietness with my Lord Jesus, I believe He was showing me that He is this well and that we, the church, are like those women.  He simply calls us to ‘go’ to the well and then to ‘draw’ from it. We draw from the well by partaking of His life. The Lord Jesus in all His wisdom and tenderness, was showing me that the simple act of ‘going to’ and ‘drawing’ from the well, is all that He requires of us. Once we draw from the well, we have water to drink for ourselves and water for others. 

I saw that we don’t have to dig the well, we don’t have to make the bucket, jars or ropes. We don’t have to set up or manage the pulling system. We don’t have to advertise the well or make fancy tupperware to use. We don’t have to set up a stall or mix anything with the water to improve it. We are invited simply to ‘go’ to the well and ‘draw’ from it. A simple act of intimate time with Him. This is living out of the Lord’s in-dwelling life.

By drawing from His well, we have something to give the thirsty. We have something to give to the weary stranger and something to give to our Father’s flock. That something, is Him.

Who will drink from it? Whoever is thirsty.

 

Feasting on the Tree of Life

Wow – this is so beautifully written – a revelation the Lord has and continues to give to His people. I’m re-blogging it because I couldn’t have put it better. I pray that all who read it, receive the Lord’s Life from it. Thank you Cheryl, dear sister 🙂

Bread for the Bride

Bread for the Bride will be inactive for a couple of weeks while I take a short break away from home, but here is one from the archives I hope will bless you in the meantime!


alberoLike an apple tree among the trees of the woods, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down in his shade with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.

(Song of Songs 2:3)

Come with me to a garden, a magnificent garden where it seems every plant, tree and creature radiates intense life.  In the middle of this vast garden a woman leans to pluck the fruit of a splendid looking tree that towers over all the other plants. Tentatively, she tastes the fruit, and seeing her obvious delight the man with her also tastes.  Their enchantment with the tree is short lived, however.  Soon the woman discovers she has been deceived and the…

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The Spiritual Condition That God Blesses

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.…” (Hebrews 12:1-2).

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I am witnessing somebody walking a deeper walk in Jesus than this person has ever before. I am seeing that it is leading this precious saint to some very unfamiliar and disconcerting experiences. You, yourself, may be walking in those places at this present time, or relate to it completely. If so, I am so glad for you. You are blessed indeed!

This morning I felt the Lord lead me to read what we call “The Beatitudes” (Matthew 5:3-10) and I saw these words of Jesus’ in a whole new light, as never before.  I saw Jesus, having all knowledge of what His disciples (that includes you and me) are called to, speaking to them on the mountain (significant in itself) as ones already abandoned to Christ.

Jesus speaks to His disciples then, and today, of a spiritual condition ………..

That dear soul who is abandoned to Christ is BLESSED because he becomes;

One who is poor in spirit – emptied in his own spirit, empty of all else but a longing for a deeper knowing of Christ, even a sense of dryness as the Lord appears to hide Himself for the sake of being sought after earnestly.  Such a one finds himself empty except for what the Lord Himself brings forth into and from his spirit. To this one, the kingdom of heaven belongs – they walk in the reality of their ‘now’ place, seated in Christ, in heavenly places, being in Christ from eternity past to eternity future.  How truly blessed is this one.

One who mourns – mourns and laments for the abandonment of the entire church to God through His glorious Son alone, for the reigning and ruling of Jesus Christ to be made manifest in the lives of others, for the life of Christ the person to be the primary obsession of God’s people.  Such a one finds the comfort of God, He walks with this one and encourages him in his mourning, keeping His faith strong, assuring and comforting Him to believe against all belief that this is the will of God and is fulfilled through the prayers of such a one who bears this burden of the Lord. He is blessed to know the Lord’s heart and know Him so intimately.

One who is meek – holds no sense of self-importance or ambition, has given up on self, no longer defends self, has been subdued and quietened by the Holy Spirit in his life, seeing himself as ‘nothing’ but Christ as ‘everything’. This one inherits the earth, the Lord directs his path and provides him with greater responsibility in this life, to him is given the authority of the name of Jesus to subdue the earth under him. He is truly blessed to walk in such reverence of the Lord and for him, He will experience the new earth spoken about in the book of Revelation.

One who hungers and thirsts after righteousness – strives yet rests in the grace of God, to offer his life as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to the Lord, as is pleasing to God.  To such a one, transformation comes and his heart is satisfied with the righteousness of the Lord. He is blessed indeed and knows it to be true!

One who is merciful – is willing to bear the cross with others, is prepared to lay down his own soul-life, preferences, for the sake of another from a heart of compassion and grace, seeing them through the eyes of the Lord, even if such another is unkind and undeserving of such grace.  To this one, the Lord is also merciful, full of compassion and slow to anger, sustaining him in His grace, mercy and love, even when undeserved. This one counts himself blessed to share in the character of Christ.

One who is pure in heart – seeks first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, is single-eyed in the purpose of God being fulfilled, sold out to the purpose of God, forsaking all other distractions. To this one, God reveals Himself in the here and now, He makes Himself known to this child, and it is His great delight to do so. This one will see the Lord’s eternal purpose and be given revelation into the heart of God. He is blessed abundantly by the life of God in him and he seeks no other.

One who is a peacemaker – does all within his capacity to live at peace with others, has the courage to be vulnerable in order to bring peace where there is no peace, knows the Prince of Peace and allows the Lord’s peace to rule in his heart, imparting peace to the lives of others by the Holy Spirit. He has walked through trials in his life that have forged the peace of God into his character. This one is called the son of God, as he is a joint-heir with Jesus, who is the Prince of Peace. This one has become like his Father and The Son.

One who is persecuted because of righteousness – righteousness is not popular in the world of Satan, and the one who seeks after it is promised a cost indeed. He will suffer rejection, loss of all kinds and persecution even from fellow believers and those closest to him. But to this one, the kingdom of heaven belongs, because he will see it and live in it, he is blinded by its glory, in the here-and-now, in the spirit, in-time and out-of time, and eternity to come.  How blessed he is to be counted among those who have suffered for the sake of righteousness, he joins the many who have gone before him, a great cloud of witnesses.  

If this is where you are, dear brother or sister, know that you are most blessed.

Jesus in food!

Jesus said He is our real food and real drink (John 6:25-59)

I don’t mean this to sound sacreligious – please bear with me …….

The other day as I was eating my muesli for breakfast, I saw Jesus in my muesli.  No, I don’t mean that the seeds formed a shape of Jesus! I saw with spiritual eyes that Jesus is my ‘roughage’, He’s the one that fills my life to rid me of all the junk that resides inside. He is like the fruit, nuts and seeds that are all natural and full of nutrients. Jesus is like this, in that all that is in Him is organic, of God, and He alone is my nutrient. He alone is my goodness. He is sweet to the taste, sweeter than honey and the honeycomb; The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether. 10They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb. 11Moreover, by them Your servant is warned; In keeping them there is great reward.(Psalm 19:10).

He is my daily food, He sustains me and keeps my inside healthy.