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(t)ramblings

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

This is what the Lord says:

“Heaven is my throne,
and the earth is my footstool.
Where is the house you will build for me?
Where will my resting place be?
Has not my hand made all these things,
and so they came into being?”
declares the Lord.

These are the ones I look on with favor:
those who are humble and contrite in spirit,
and who tremble at my word.
Isaiah 66:1-2

My desire is to tremble at His word so that my life would come under it’s gravity. Not with empty religiousity or pagan-like practice (Isaiah 66:3-4), but with humility and in brokeness. The Word is neither words, sentences, paragraphs to be merely committed to memory nor ideologies and values for academic phentermine study,  it is the written direct revelation of Jesus Christ for our redemption (John 1:1; Hebrews 4:12). Between the pages contain the prophesies spoken about Christ, the truths about Christ and the very words of life spoken by Christ (Luke 6:45). They are the very heart of God for my broken life and this broken world.

Context schmontext

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
James 1:23-25

Kudos to my younger brother (Darius) who blogged about verse, giving me fresh revelation.

Up until now, I have read verse 23 without looking beyond. Just reading verse 23-24, Paul’s exhortation to be doers sound almost like a command without a clue. It reads like, “If you listen and don’t do, you’re an idiot.”

But the true gems of this passage is found in the verses following.

“Whoever looks intently… not forgetting what they have heard… continues in it”
As Darius pointed out, the key is to be a hearer. A very persistent hearer. In a similar principle to Luke 6:45 (and Proverbs 4:23), our doing is an overflow of what we put in. The more we put in and keep putting in, more is stored inside and more will overflow! Our actions are no more than the spillover!

“into the perfect law that gives freedom”
The perfect law that gives freedom is none other than the law of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:17, Galatians 5:1). As my father says, “Practice does not make perfect, but perfect practice make perfect”, by this he means that practicing the right thing is as important as practicing itself. In context, we need to be looking intently at the right thing – the freedom in Christ. We do what we hear not out of fear or obligation but out of freedom – because we can.

“they will be blessed in what they do”
Another way of saying it in the KJV is “shall be blessed in his deed”. Our doing is blessed when (because) it stems from an outflow of persistently soaking in his freedom.

It’s hard to do, but it certainly is not hard to persistently enjoy the freedom that is in Christ!

Back to the start

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind. ~Seneca

“What you invest in is what you will have. What you don’t invest in, is what you will not have.”

God affirms his principle of reaping and sowing in my life. It feels like a strange way to say, “watch what you have been pouring your life into”. He did not say if it was wrong or inadequate, but what he did say is: take stock.

“Of what? Against what?” I ask.

It seems obvious – of where we’ve been, where we’re at and where we’re going.

“This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” ~Jeremiah 29:4-7

This is what the LORD says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.” ~Jeremiah 29:10-14

The decision to stay in Australia can be sumed up in 2 words: prepare and prosper. That was God’s revelation for us when we decided to stay. He promised to prosper us and we were to prepare for the ministry to come.

We were to sink our roots into this land. We were to live as people of the land. To give to the land and take from it. To be part of a people and live as they live. We were not to live as foreigners or aliens, but to consider ourselves natives.

But we were also to expect a leaving when our time is up. To where, we don’t yet know. What we do know is that we will be called out from where we are to where He wants us to be. It will be a designation of His divine purpose and plan. He promises that it will not be to our harm, but for our good.

Now it is time to ask some difficult questions:

  • Have we prospered? In what ways?
  • Are we rooted? In what areas of our lives are we rooted and in what areas of our lives are we not?
  • Are we prepared? How have we prepared? What parts of our lives are we unprepared?