Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Are you a grazer?

Last week I walked around this meadow in St. Ives, England a good number of times.  Admittedly, the sheep won me over with their incredible cuteness!  Second to their cuteness, I could not help but notice their continuous grazing.  
Perhaps we can learn a lesson from the behavior of sheep!  I have heard that grazing all day, health-wise, is better than three good sized meals.  Sheep must instinctively know this healthy eating habit since healthy sheep have normal eating and cud-chewing behavior for 85% of the day.  Healthy sheep are almost always hungry!  A lack of appetite is a good signal of a sick sheep.

The sheep got me to thinking not only about a natural appetite but a spiritual appetite as well.  We know our natural appetite is essential to our physical bodies, but God created within us a heart to hunger for something beyond this physical hunger - the spiritual.  

For He satisfies the longing soul and fills the hungry soul with good.  Psalm 107:9 AMP

The question we need to each answer is what do we choose to feed the inner longing to know that something greater than ourselves?  We don't have to be left wondering.  Jesus said if we desire and seek after knowing Him & His truth, we will always, always be filled.  Not with temporal food but something that satisfies the deeper hunger in our innermost being!

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.  Matthew 5:6 NIV
Hunger works the same way in the spiritual realm as it does in the natural. We were created for relationship with God, but it is our choice to enter into this love relationship with Him.

Are you like a sheep grazing in His pasture?  If not, today can be the day you choose to pull up your seat to the banquet table He has prepared for you.  This is the table of relationship with Jesus, who died so you could live.  This is the table of His goodness. 

Know (perceive, recognize, and understand with approval) that the Lord is God! It is He Who has made us, not we ourselves [and we are His]! We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Psalm 100:3 AMP 

Are you hungry...for more?  Don't wait any longer.  By all means, come and taste and see that He IS good!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

a YES!


Hope this quick truth finds a 'YES' place in your life, as you believe in Him! 

What an opportunity I had today when my friend asked for prayer! Opportunity - you think? Yes, a big fat yes, because I know as much as I want the best things to happen for my friend's life, I can do nothing to make it actually happen.  But God!  His promises are true.  What He says can be trusted.  He doesn't waver or forget what He said, as I might do sometimes.  This scrippy came into my heart as I prayed for  my friend - I looked it up to see this truth in the Word                

For as many as are the promises of God, they all find their Yes [answer] in Him [Christ]. For this reason we also utter the Amen (so be it) to God through Him to the glory of God. 
2 Corinthians 1:20 AMP

Though I read many versions of this text, looked up commentaries on this particular scrippy, in the end, I really found nothing about this verse.  It's obvious (I think to most of us...he he) that this verse was not accidentally written in the Word!  

How excited I was to come across a song from a worship leader, Matt Redman, that I believe makes this scrippy come alive in meaning!

Yes and amen to everything that You have planned.
We live to see Your will be done,

And see Your perfect kingdom come on earth, on the earth.

Yes and amen, we´re taking up our cross for You,

Give us the strength to take these dreams and follow through.
We live to see Your will be done,

And see Your perfect kingdom come on earth, on the earth.

All His promises are yes in Him - for His will to be done.  What does this mean for us?  We get to take part in the BIG plan.  Our lives were never intended to be lived for ourself.   We get to live that others may live by shining light to those who are still in darkness. His death on the cross for our sin, His burial and His resurrection from the dead was accomplished that we might know Him, the one and only true God.

Are you in the 'YES' of His word?