Archive for April, 2012


 

 

I had a 8 girls in the house the other night and we had a brilliant time. None of them are christians but their company made me feel I belonged. It got me thinking about community and it seems that community is everywhere and it is an important part of our lives. When life gets busy and you don’t have the time to see so many people it can feel isolating, can’t it? Anyone with me on that? You have a week or so that goes by and it feels frenetic and not much of it involves all the people that you really care about.

 

I thought about the communities that we live in, friends, family, church, groups. Then my mind wandered onto Jesus’ community of disciples. His mission was to train them for discipleship and ministry but it was through communion with him. He was close to them, he chose them and he invested in them. When we are in communion with people we want to draw close to them, we choose them (unless they are family) and we invest in them.

 

 

I had a powerful experience once at a Christian music festival and I literally took communion with 25,000 other believers. The experience was an intense and memorable one.   The presence of God was so tangible that that it left an imprint on my memory and showed me a different aspect of communion and community that I hadn’t encountered before. Here are a few of the many verses I could find on the need for us to gather together and lift each other up. Paul talks about us being a part of the body of Christ and we function best when we are connected to other parts of the body. Although I enjoy being in community with friends who don’t know God, I also love spending time with my brothers and sisters in Christ. For all those people I am truly thankful.

 

 

 

 

Matt 18:20  For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.

Rom 12:5     So in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

Gal 6:2          Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Rom 12:10   Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.

Rom 1:11-12   I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong–that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each    other’s faith.

1 Th 5:11        Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

Heb 10:24     And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.

1 John 1:7     But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

 

 

 

I love worship more than anything in this life, to worship the King of Kings, and it makes my spirit soar to heights I can only experience in constancy when I reach heaven, but for now those moments and glimpses of him, of his spirit, are enough. The lyrics sum up, for me, our purpose on this earth, to exalt him.

His presence is a sweet fragrance and without him I am nothing. He is worthy of our highest praise. Nothing can separate us from his love, no powers, dominions or anything else in this world can separate us from the love of God, our Heavenly Father.

 

I was reading Job recently and wondering how his suffering affected his ability to worship God. Although he clearly wrestles with the attacks he is subjected to, he never accuses God of injustice. He lives a righteous, ‘blameless’ life yet God still says to him, “Happy is the man who God corrects.”  Wow! The enemy seeks to destroy him and, after a long, long battle in an agonizing 42 chapters of the book of Job, God gives him a double portion. A double portion. God blessed Job’s later life more than the first part of his life. It was after all this suffering and conflict that God blessing him two-fold.

 

Our response to suffering and persecution of any kind must be to exalt God. He deserves our highest praise. There was one thing in my life which seemed to have remained untouched by difficulties or opposition and for that I thanked God. Then, suddenly, it was removed and I lost my peace for a while but God prompted me to praise him through the storm and it has taught me something profound. Something no sermon or book could teach me. It taught me that there is nothing the enemy can’t unsettle and, simultaneously, nothing that can separate us from our father. It has taught me that praising him through the storms of life is the only way to find peace in him.

 

I will exalt you Lord.

Your Love is Everything……

I know my posts have been a bit thin on the ground lately. I’ve been battling with my health and have been on antibiotics for a long time. I’m still in pain but God is faithful. He is giving me just enough strength for each day. The challenges of 2 littlies with their dad travelling now through most of the next 2 months seem difficult but God said to me this morning as we were causing chaos in the kitchen making flapjacks, “I can use you despite your faults and through your weakness.” It gave me hope and reminded me that his ways are perfect and sometimes what we see as difficulties are his ways of refining, testing, strengthening. It’s difficult to get to church or anywhere at the moment so I’ve been listening to a lot of Chris McClarney and want to share this beautiful worship song with you.

Have a blessed day all!

 

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