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I serve Christ in many different ways. I love Him for who he is and what He has done for me. I would try to give other people the opportunity to find Him for themselves. Bring all things under submission to Him who fills all things and to who all things belong.

Seamless

“This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.”

John 19:23

The robe of Jesus of Nazareth was seamless. The fibres had been woven together as one piece. Where did He get it from? Jesus didn’t buy it- He had no money, or maybe He bought it from His paltry wages earned in Joseph’s carpentry shop.

Who made it? It must have been made by a master craftsman or woman. A garment made by a master, for the Master…

It did not need to be sown up, because it was one-piece, so it must have been woven in the round, using the same principle of knitting on circular needles. Maybe it was knitted cotton, like jersey or the way we weave nylon.

The maker of this robe, had an idea and tried it out. It worked well. Who could have this lovely prototype as a very special garment? The weaver gave it to Jesus, a craftspersons gift to the holy God – no one more special than Him.

So, our God, in the person of Jesus Christ wore this beautiful garment, a gift from an admirer. Martha washed it many times, when Jesus stopped at her house for refreshment.

The humans took it from Him and desecrated that beautiful robe in a craven act of greed. He watched them from the cross, where He hung to pay for our despicable failure. The Scripture was fulfilled and Jesus the Saviour, forgave them all.

The robe disappeared from history and the fibres rotted away.

Christ now wears another robe, far superior to any human invention. It is pure, righteous and majestic, and one like it, waits for all those who are waiting for Him. This is forever. Only the righteous crave this robe and they will get what they desire.

You are…

“I will plant her for myself in the land; I will show my love to the one I called ‘Not my loved one. I will say to those called ‘Not my people, ‘You are my people ’; and they will say, ‘You are my God .’”

Hosea 2:23

God will rescue His Beloved from the clutches of evil people and from their own sin. Surely this is true salvation of the human soul. God will cleanse us and lift us out of our sin and destitution and elevate us higher than we could even dream of. 

He says He will give us a land of our own, not just a place in heaven, but a place in this world where we truly live and move and have our being. We have not been His people, but now we are because, of who our Saviour is in Himself. He is able to save and He will. We cannot save ourselves, because we have fallen so low. But He is able who promised.

God calls us “His people.” What a privilege, for so we are. No one can touch us. It doesn’t matter about the gossips, the patronising, the belittlers- we are queens and priests to God. He has a plan for us and a destiny that no one can take away. We reject the emotional and spiritual blackmail that is pressed on us, and throw of the filthy robes of oppression and walk free. 

Your loving Master and Friend will never leave you or forsake you in trouble or delight. He means all for good for you personally. Trust in Him, you His saints.

You will know you belong to Him, because you will say “You and my God..” you will love Him with every part of your being. Everything will be on the altar of sacrifice and you will rejoice with joy unspeakable.

What a God we belong to. There is no one like Him, or even comes close, so don’t bother looking. Just rejoice today and every day. Nothing can go wrong, as we follow and obey. What Liberty! Do not be enslaved by the chains of bondage ever again. “Come, Lord Jesus…” 

Jezreel

“Great will be the day of Jezreel”

Hosea 1:11

Jezreel is the arm of the Lord. His arm is not too short to save. When God saves it is forever. No child of God can be lost.

The day of Jezreel is a day of great blessing when many human souls are gathered into the kingdom. The are times when God pours out His Spirit on the lives of sinful people, and causes a great change that cannot be missed. Many experience the love of God and the mighty forgiveness that goes with this outpouring.

We long for this, so that people around us will be rescued from coming judgment and find refuge in Christ alone. Many of us have family members that remain unmoved. We pray the day of Jezreel will come and gather them into the kingdom.

Jezreel is the sowing of the seed of God’s Word- the gospel. We are entrusted to speak it and share it everywhere. The day of Jezreel is needed here and we long for more of its blessings, power and salvation.

Not all…

Hosea 1:6-7

“… I will no longer show love to Israel, that I should at all forgive them. Yet I will show love to Judah; and I will save them—not by bow, sword or battle, or by horses and horsemen, but I, the LORD their God, will save them.” …

Not everyone will be saved from the coming judgment and not everyone is going to be forgiven. There are people who are not chosen and who will not receive the love of God. They are the unrepentant and stubborn unbelievers in the Lord their God.

We can get upset about this and get ourselves in a bother, trying to figure out the ways of God, but we can’t. He will work all things out for the good and according to His purposes. We trust Him in that. We ensure that we are trusting Him and following the narrow way.

God will save His people. It will not be through, or using the things of this world, but through His own power. God will save, as salvation is from Him, through Him and for His glory. Those who belong to Him are partakers in that glory.

No child of God needs to fret or be disturbed by anything and as we rely on His power and exercise faith in His sovereign will, we do not fear.

Somehow

“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous laws. I have suffered much; preserve my life, Lord, according to your word. Accept, Lord, the willing praise of my mouth, and teach me your laws.”

Psalm 119:105-108

The Word of God is our lamp to show our feet where to go. It is a light that shows up the pathway. The Christian promises to follow the right laws that are this light. 

We may suffer much, but our Lord will preserve our lives, as His Word promises that He will. We humbly ask Him to accept the praise from our mouths, that glorify Him and thank Him for all that He does for us, every day. 

As we walk the pathway in the light of God, God will teach us His laws and precepts, so that we are wise and know how to live and speak for His glory. Let us look beyond suffering and loss and see Christ, the light of the world. If His glory is in you, it will come out somehow. He will never leave His children in any way destitute. 

Depth of insight

“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.”

Philippians 1:9

How deep and thorough is this depth of insight? How particular is the discernment we are promised here?

Automatically we think it has to do with understanding the Holy Scriptures, and nothing to do with “what’s for dinner?” We are taught that the spiritual is more important than the physical… sure we die anyway! What does it matter what we eat..?

God is not a superficial Saviour. He saves us and teaches us to follow Him. The consequences of that are huge. It will affect everything we do, say, think, touch. Our love abounds as our knowledge and depth of insight grows. All of us must grow and if we neglect one part of our being it will affect all the others parts of ourselves. Bodies and souls and supposed to be together and are only temporarily separated by death. Heaven will be full of redeemed souls and bodies.

Therefore we must grow. The better we grow, the more love we have. Doing the best for ourselves is of prime importance. We cannot function depressed, hungry and sick. We are all responsible for ourselves and to take care of our whole selves is our chief task. If we allow ourselves to become unhealthy, it is hard to be holy. As we grow, so our insight grows and we can “see” better.

We will become more particular, and concerned about the way things are. We will experience things that distress us, because they are not right, nor done carefully. We can discern what is best, because we have insight. As we exercise insight, it will lead to righteous living and God will be seen in our lives and therefore praised for His greatness and holiness.

It turns out “what’s for dinner?” is a cogent question, and reflects someone who cares about themselves as well as dinner. Dinner must be good, good for us and a pleasure to eat. Our homes should suit us and reflect us. The insight we use to organise them will reflect who we serve and what our characters are like. Funds have nothing to do with it. The power of God will manifest itself in all our daily tasks, and we will work and not be lazy.

This is for everyone…

Trouble has come

“Trouble and distress have come upon me”

Psalm 119:143

Trouble and even distress, come into every life. But they are not always there. They can come upon us at certain times and in pre-ordained circumstances. No one wants distress, but we suffer it and God allows it, or sends it to us. It is painful and we complain under the stress of it. “Why Lord?”

Sometimes we have the wisdom to understand why, and sometimes we don’t. As we go through the distress, we can know the closeness of the Lord in a unique way. This is the point of it. It loosens our hold on other things, and we gradually realise that we only need Him. God will supply all our needs and will smooth our troubled minds and hearts with His amazing love.

This is the destiny of every person who will trust Him and lay all that they are at His feet. He will teach us, according to His purposes for us, and always for our personal good. When trouble comes, as it will, we look to Him and obey His Word.

“but your commands give me delight.”

Psalm 119:143

When we obey and keep His commands, we will have delight. His commands are not grievous, but set us free to enjoy and follow Him. The certainty of God’s Word and the presence of Christ in our lives brings us a lasting joy.

Unfolding

“The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.”

Psalm 119:130

We all need to be able to read and understand the Word of God like never before. Our access to teaching from other people has reduced very much, but we continue to need to make progress in holiness of life.

God’s Word is “unfolded” for us, through the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit in our minds. Like a carefully folded work of origami, we can take it apart, to learn it’s processes and hidden mechanisms that have been constructed by the maker. As we unfold and refold, we learn the ways of God and they become part of our psyche.

As we do this repeatedly, we make progress in knowing God and sanctifying our lives for His glory. As we unfold the paper pages, the very light of Christ shines out to us and fills our darkened mind to understand and obey.

No matter how foolish we are, we can get understanding. It is not about intelligence, but is for those who desire wisdom. God will abundantly bless those who seek Him and give them that rare gift. As we continue to unfold the Word, so all that is valuable will multiply and all that is worthless will fade away.

Friendship with God

Genesis 15:1

“After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.”

James 2:22. Abraham known as the friend of God..

James 2:23 “and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him as righteousness” and he was called the friend of God.”

All of Abraham’s ways in his life are ordained by God. God is sovereign and sets out our pathway as we walk on into eternity. Abraham believed God, since he was a chosen child of God and heir to the promises of God. Abraham was called “the friend of God.” What a privilege and what a life he led, upheld by the living God. Is any child of God the less?

God’s friendship with Abraham was anchored in His grace. God loved Abraham and highly favoured him in every way. God drew Abraham close and kept him close in godly and in holiness of communion. God marked his life as precious and imputed deep spiritual blessings on His friend. God counted Abraham’s friend and enemies, His also.

Abraham loved God in return. He believed His Word and trusted in God always. He cheerfully obeyed, even to the sacrifice of his own dear son. We see in Abraham the mirror image of the holy, all-knowing and living God. Abraham believed that God would keep His Word, even if he did not understand how. This is the faith that made him the “friend of God.”

This faith made Abraham righteous. The faith was given by God and the righteousness comes from that faith. These two also go hand-in-hand. There is no faith without the imputed righteousness of God, bought for us by the death of Christ, God’s Son at Calvary.

There is certainly no righteousness in any human soul, without the indwelling work of the Holy Spirit.

Before me

‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me”

John 1:30

How could Jesus, John the Baptist’s cousin be before him? When John was an embryo in the womb of Elizabeth, the body of Jesus had not yet been conceived. Jesus was a month younger than John. John watched his divine cousin grow up and knew exactly who He was, and is. Even in the womb, the small, yet-forming body of John, jumped for joy, when Mary, Jesus’ mother, visited Elizabeth.

What is going on here? We don’t exist before conception, but John is telling us that Jesus did. He is a unique person because He existed before His earthly life. In fact, we are told in the Word of God, that Jesus has always existed. He is the eternal Word, ever-existing and the Creator of all things. Why should He contract Himself to a human body? 

“Who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!”

Philippians 2:6-8

He is not like us. He has humbled Himself and given up glory, honour and His life, for our sake. How wonderful to be loved by Him and to walk through this vain life in His blessed company. For those who follow, we also give up ourselves and live for Him.