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clothed

I was naked. Freezing. Trying to clothe myself with the acceptance of man. Approval. Works. Feeling good about myself. Busy schedule. Doing. Instead of trying to cover this nakedness, I now acknowledge it. I am weak.

Ever so gently and softly, a robe is falling on my skin. It is warm. It covers me. Completely covers me. I am safe, secure. No longer vulnerable to sin.

Now I live not to clothe myself, but I live because I am clothed!

Before I did a thing.

I move now with freedom. I can dance with joy for I know I am covered and I know who covers me.

This shelter. This fortress. is forever. eternal. always.

Truly I can rejoice. I am no longer putting time, energy or effort into feeble attempts at hiding.

Now I remain hidden as I run. I can now love with a love that envelopes me. With the love that consumes me and fills me. A love that overflows.

I’m no longer striving. I had built a house of straw but He built for me a house of brick. The wind and storm cannot penetrate it.

I am safe! I rest here now. Thank you Father. I will sing of your kindness.

Let this sink deeper into my spirit.

The  wonders of your grace…

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always!!

I stand forgiven…

Always.

A child of God…

Always.

Loved…

Always.

In Christ…

Always.

Saved by grace through faith…

Always.

Righteous…

Always.

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1800’s- Horatio G. Spafford and his wife lost their 4 year old son to scarlet fever. His wife later became ill and so they decided to set sail with their 4 daughters to start afresh. A business emergency meant Spafford had to delay but wanted his wife and daughters to go as planned and he would soon follow. At sea, the ship they were on was hit by an iron sailing ship and sunk within 12 minutes…all his 4 daughters drowned.  His wife sent message to him, “saved alone, what should I do?” He  set sail to go to his wife…the captain of the ship informed him when they got to the location where the ship holding his daughers had gone down…

This is when he wrote the hymn, “it is well with my soul”

Challenged and speechless I am. Going to ponder the amazing truth this man had inside him that was the source of his joy and worship…

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1.	When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, 
	when sorrows like sea billows roll; 
	whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, 
	It is well, it is well with my soul. 
Refrain:
	It is well with my soul, 
	it is well, it is well with my soul. 

2.	Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, 
	let this blest assurance control, 
	that Christ has regarded my helpless estate, 
	and hath shed his own blood for my soul. 
	(Refrain) 

3.	My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought! 
	My sin, not in part but the whole, 
	is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more, 
	praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul! 
	(Refrain) 

4.	And, Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight, 
	the clouds be rolled back as a scroll; 
	the trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend, 
	even so, it is well with my soul. 
	(Refrain) 


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fallen leaves

The leaves have turned from green to deep red and earthy oranges. They begin to fall and cover the ground below. They had their season, their time to be but now they fall. This doesn’t quite settle well with me at first. I frantically try and catch them and stick them to the branches using all my desire and good intention. The season came unexpectedly. I was actually assuming they would blossom in a near tomorrow.

Realising I cannot in fact catch these falling leaves, I let out a deep sigh and collapse on the ground. Laying back into the moistness of the fallen hopes, I still see their beauty. It wasn’t the image I had anticipated but the season had the final say. Gazing up at the barren tree, I wonder how I let my imagination create all sorts of possibilities.

Wait what is that I see? A new bud slowly piercing through the hardness of the branch. Another surprise. I squint to try and capture this but all too quickly, the barren tree has become a collage of colours. And this time I don’t think it was crafted by my imagination. It is much too intricate. Somewhat taken aback, I stand once again to my feet. This time ready to dance in unison to the song that is being written.

It is true, “there is a season and a time for everything under the sun…”

xxx

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Doors of Seasons

Seasons are funny things. They require obedience and faith in uncertainty. Once entered, they are walked in faithfulness. Focus on the task at hand. Fulfilling the duty of your ministry. Thoughts of moving are non-existent but the willingness to be moveable remains. Then comes a small voice that something is going to end and something begin. You learn not to hold on too tightly to something because God directs your steps. To stay would be for selfish reasons, as would be to hold on. For security, affirmation and position. To trust God’s timing is peace. To remove yourself from a place of familiarity, comfort and security is trust. It is to be sure that He is truly Lord and not the opinions of man. He confirms any stirring that He begins in your Spirit…by His Word firstly then by His Spirit of discernment in us and usually in another. Guide our steps God to walk in your direction and by your grace give us the boldness to obey.

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Notes from a talk given on our justification in Christ.

Thought: peace as a state of existence rather than a feeling.

We were once in conflict with God. Jesus came to make peace with us and God. That peace is unchanging. Romans 5:1-2- “…we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ…” Peace is the state of relationship between one of God’s children and Himself. A state of peace that cannot be touched.

Thought: righteousness not a feeling but a condition. Romans 4:6-8- “just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works. ‘Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and those whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin”. ..

Our righteousness comes from Christ!! We may sin but are still righteous as He is our righteousness. Our sin is not counted against us and His righteousness is imputed to us! Yet how often do we not ‘feel’ righteous when we are struggling with an attitude or make a mistake. BUT righteousness isn’t a feeling, it is what we have been declared through Christ. We have been made  right with God. Once and for all. Our joy and security needs to come from this alone, not on our ‘performance’ as a christian. What freedom and safety!! Now comes repentence with joy rather than self-inflicting sorrow. My worth comes from the fact that I’m a justified sinner safe in Jesus. Now I am truly free to serve, to love, to fail and to obey.

My relationship with God is objectively based on what can never change.

Isaiah 61:10 “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, My soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness.”


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