While I’m taking a few days off from research and writing to hear from the Lord. In the interim, I am sharing interesting posts from some of the blogs that I personally follow. This one is entitled Living Waters from Rus Alan.
As the waves are coming in, and the children felt the tug of the current; they ran off not to return in to the water. Then I observed a man standing in the waves; as the whitecaps were moving him, he enjoyed the tug, and stayed in the same position waiting for the next move of the swell. I desired to get deeper, and as I moved further in to the deep; I felt the amazing currents around my feet; I felt as it lifts me up and tug and pulls me in to the ocean. As I looked at the water and around it, I felt an amazing sensation of lightness as well as lightheadedness and vertiginous sensation. I then observed another man running in to it and attempting to catch a wave with his surfboard.
As I was observing and experiencing this awesome and magnificent but gentle power of nature, I realized that the Holy Spirit is the same in His attributes. He is gentle, but powerful. He is not swooping us away, but gently calls on us. All we need to do is run in to Him and jump in to the deep.
Majority of us come close to Him, then run away as we feel His tug. Some of us step in to it, and are content with some of the experiences, while others step in to it up to the waist and are happy with the dizzying and vertiginous experiences. While others run in to Him and jump in to the deep.
He is asking us “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
As I reminisce on my experience today, I would like to encourage you to pay careful attention to the “tugging” and “pulling” of the Holy Spirit in your heart. He is a Gentleman and does not force you to obey Him. Although, he will quietly ask you, prompt you, tug at your heart, and pull on your spirit to get your attention. Sometimes His “tugs” may be so gentle that you almost miss them. But if you’ll develop your sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, He will gently “lead” you exactly where He wants you to go with your life. Romans 8:14 says, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God”.
As you look at your own life today, I urge you to make the decision to let the Spirit be your Leader in every area of your life. Let Him take you by the heart and give you a little “tug” and “pull” in the right direction. Then say, “Lord, I sense that You are tugging on my heart, and I’m ready to let You lead me where You want me to go.” Get excited and happy to be in full submission, unconditional surrender to Him, let God be in control! Watch where He leads and see what He does through you, this will later give you a cause for great rejoicing. You’ll be so thankful that you allowed Him to be the undisputed Leader in your life!
“For I will pour out water on the thirsty land And streams on the dry ground; I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring And My blessing on your descendants.” Isaiah 44:3
“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.” John 4:14
“To the one who believes in Me, it is just as the Scripture has said: ‘Streams of living water will flow from within him.’” John 7:38
So run in to Him, be bold in stepping in to Him and enjoy His great love. Jump in to the deep of His living Water, be surrounded by his currents and whitecaps. Be in love with Him.
While I’m taking a few days off from research and writing to hear from the Lord. In the interim, I am sharing interesting posts from some of the blogs that I personally follow. This post is from Elihu at The Isaiah 53:5 Project.
Originally posted on The Isaiah 53:5 Project:
“I didn’t get anything out of it”
Have you ever caught yourself saying that about worship services?
The above phrase is merely a euphemism for this one: “What’s in it for me?”
Humans are not masochists by nature. We want what is best for ourselves. We want cars that run properly (and look nice). We want to go to a reputable college. We want to live in a low-crime neighborhood with Mr. Rogers as our next door neighbor. We want to worship with a church that meets our needs. We want to get a return-on-investment so to speak.
There is nothing inherently wrong with desiring pleasant things for ourselves. The problem arises when we want to take more than we give or when we give only so we can get something back. Is that the attitude of Christ? Was his life a selfish, self-seeking, self-serving life or a selfless, sacrificial…
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While I’m taking a few days off from research and writing to hear from the Lord. In the interim, I am sharing interesting posts from some of the blogs that I personally follow. This is from: “i sing because i’m free.”
We all need friends.
Friends who know the real “you”- the good, bad, and the ugly.
I couldn’t put my finger on it, but I just had to get out of the house. Away from the dishes, piles of laundry, the never ending to-do list…and the raging thoughts that run rampant through my head… I had so many things I needed to get done, I couldn’t remember half of them, and I couldn’t get myself motivate to do anything.
I grabbed my car keys and bid farewell to my dog, and all the while I didn’t have a clue where I was going to go.
I prayed- in that sort of groaning, exasperated sighing kind of way. As I drove down the street, He brought a friend to mind- one I hadn’t talked to in months.
I grabbed my cell phone and was preparing to leave her a long, rambling message like we often do for one another. And then a miracle happened- I heard her voice. “Ahh… it’s Julia” she exclaimed in her most dramatic Spanish accent.
My mood was already better, and I hadn’t even said a single word.
And we talked. About life, marriage, the pursuit of happiness, mamma guilt, saggy old-lady skin, how we’re getting older by the day and sometimes don’t know how to deal with it… and how even though it might seem like we have it “all together”- we still feel like little kids who are holding onto dreams. It was comforting to know that my friend knew just what I was feeling.
She said something to me on the phone that day that resonated with me-
we need to be invisible.
our SELF wants to be acknowledged in worldly ways.
but we must become invisible so He can shine through us.
He must become greater, I must become less- John 3:30
There is something special about picking up the phone and having the person on the other end know exactly what you are thinking and feeling before you even utter a word.
My friend said just what I needed to hear- once again showing me the beautiful way He works through others to speak truth into our lives.
As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17
While I’m taking a few days off from research and writing to hear from the Lord and prepare my next series on meditating on and memorizing God’s Word; God’s Appointed Times aren’t taking a vacation.
In 2015, the festival of Sukkot – the Feast of Tabernacles, begins at sundown on Sunday, September 27th. Sukkot is the third of the great annual pilgrimage festivals (Vayikra 23:33-43). Each year, all adult Jewish males were required to go up to Jerusalem to celebrate the feasts of Matzah, Shavuot and Sukkot. The festival is also called the “feast of ingathering” (Sh’mot 23:16; D’varim 16:13). It is celebrated immediately after the harvest, in the month Tishri, and the celebration lasts for eight days (Vayikra 23:33-43). During this period the people leave their homes and live in a sukkah, a temporary dwelling, formed of the branches of trees as a memorial of the wilderness wanderings, when the people dwelt in sukkot (Vayikra 23:43).
Typical Backyard Sukkah