Morning all, I hope you are well. Today’s post is a story from my friend Heather.
“The Roasting Pan”
One day as I took my roasting pan out of the oven, I looked at it in dismay -what a mess. It was originally quite an expensive one but it needed a lot of scrubbing to restore it. My thoughts were- bin it !! I can always get a new one and start afresh.
But what did I hear the Lord say to me “good job I didn’t do that with you”
Yes I thought. God has taken great pains over me – to clean me up and make me fit for purpose, so that I can help others see that God loves and cares for all He has made.
God loves us and He loves us too much to leave us in our messy state and he definitely doesn’t think we are not worthy of being cleaned. He would never bin us.
Sometimes, it takes quite a few times to clean us up because we still mess up. In fact God never stops working on us. He knows we are human and will mess up, but He is always ready and willing to give us a clean start.
So let’s think more of ourselves because of what Jesus has done for us and each day set out with a clean start to be used by God.
We have been redeemed and cleansed by the precious blood of Christ.
We are new creations in Jesus.
In the Potter’s hands we can be reshaped and made as new.
Jeremiah 29 v11 says “ I know the plans I have for you to prosper you and not to harm you . Plans to give you a hope and a future.”
Every bit of God’s love is in creation. His footprint of love is in creation. Jesus was the living Word and where He walked…..love, where He lived….love, the air He breathed…love, the ground on which He spilt His blood…love. A loving touch by a loving Son felt in the fabric of Creation.
God’s touch of love was in Creation. His loving breath into Adam’s lungs. The gift of life given by a loving Father by His very breath. The breath of love. His hands of love. His imprint of love is in the very fabric of Creation.
This beautiful earth which was created for us is a love letter from our Creator God. He created us and gave us the gift of life to enjoy the beauty of His creation.
A loving Father, a loving son Jesus, a gentle & loving Spirit, Holy Spirit; the dove that hovers, wings outstretched over all Creation.
The Lord has written His love into the very foundations of the earth. All that He is, all that He has, it was His very best which was poured out as a love offering for us before the throne of Grace. A love so pure, so strong, so amazing that none could be found that could possess such love but God himself. God who gave of Himself for all of us. To give us life.
How amazing to be loved like that. A love that will sacrifice itself for someone else. What love is this? The love letter from God poured out in the blood that flowed from its Creator’s side, received into the earth itself. Poured out as an offering before God’s throne. What love is this that could be so pure; so amazing; so freely and abundantly given. Nothing held back but all done for His good pleasure and to redeem His children and show us that He loves us.
Blessed be the name of the Most High God. Blessed be His name forever and ever. Amen.
You’ll be pleased to know this isn’t a post about giving up biscuits (cookies) for Lent but rather about the unusual ways God sometimes gets our attention and speaks to us about big things.
I love the fact that the Lord loves to engage with us. He speak to our hearts and sometimes brings a big thing to reflect on but in an engaging and fun way. This happened to me the other night.
My friends and I were having a our weekly chat/pray/bible study over WhatsApp and we took 5 minutes out to listen to a worship song and ask the Lord to speak to us. The word I heard in my spirit was “Biscuits”. Initially, I was like “Lord really? are you teasing me?”Biscuits had nothing to do with what we had been talking about and I wasn’t even thinking about biscuits. Either this was a completely random thought crossing my mind or a word spoken to me by the Lord.
I said Lord -“You want me to share the word “Biscuits” when we all come back together”. In my mind I was already thinking that my friends will think what!! She’s lost it, lockdown has finally tipped her over the edge. However, that still small voice said again “Biscuits”..and “Just you wait and see”….
Ok, so when we came back together to share what we believed the Lord has spoken to our hearts, I just said “Biscuits”. My friends laughed but then asked if I had anymore from the Lord to which I replied .”No, just Biscuits.”
My friend Heather (bless her) had the key though to unlock my word “Biscuits” and interpret what the Lord was saying.
She shared that when I said “Biscuits” she was immediately reminded of a word the Lord had given her about Expectation. Heather has a dog Lola who like all dogs loves Biscuits. Whenever Heather takes her for a walk, Lola knows that in Heather’s pocket there are biscuits. She expects to receive a biscuit when Heather reaches in her pocket and she certainly expects to receive a biscuit on her walk. She will sit down and stare at Heather’s pocket knowing that there are good treats to be had. She just has to patiently wait and Heather will give her a biscuit. The Lord challenged Heather on her walk about whether she also expects to receive good things from God and also what her expectation is of God. Is He a BIG, BIG, BIG God to her?
If you have read some of my recent posts on No bargain basement, Good Gifts and Open Sesame that this also follows a theme that God has been speaking to me about recently. God has been encouraging us to Ask him and Expect to receive good gifts from our Father in Heaven. Yet again, God is finding another way to speak to our hearts and gently challenge us by asking us “What is your expectation of Me.”?
I pray that we will all prayerfully consider this question and if our expectation of God is wrong that we will allow Him to show us and bring us into a right expectation of Him. The Lord is so gracious in how He speaks to our hearts. I am reminded of the word I shared some time ago about Expectation and have posted the link below in case you have not read it before.
In the night I awoke with these verses from Psalm 91 in my thoughts and immediately felt a sense of God’s peace and assurance that His arm of protection was shielding me as I was nestled in a place of security. As a mother hen gathers her chicks underneath her for warmth and protection so was this sense of Gods love surrounding me.
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Psalm 91:1-2 – https://www.biblegateway
There is a promise in these verses that when we abide in God (as Jesus encourages us to do) that we can rest (not be anxious or worried) even when the storm is raging around us and trust Him. His presence surrounds us in all circumstances and when we are resting and sleeping God is working on our behalf and He watches over us.
I am reminded of the song by Michael W Smith called Surrounded (Fight My Battles)
The Word Says “For the spirit of heaviness” “Put on the garment of praise” That’s how we fight our battles (yeah)This is how I fight my battles This is how I fight my battles This is how I fight my battles (What we’re doing tonight) This is how I fight my battles (Just when you think you’re lost)It may look like I’m surrounded But I’m surrounded by You (hey) It may look like I’m surrounded But I’m surrounded by You It may look like I’m surrounded But I’m surrounded by You It may look like I’m surrounded But I’m surrounded by You This is how I fight my battles
When things are at their worst. If you are feeling oppressed and surrounded by trouble, anxiety on all sides then God wants to encourage you today that He is surrounding you with His love and wants you to rest in Him. Give your worries to Him and receive God’s peace in exchange.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 – https://www.biblegateway.com
Following on from this week’s post about the good gifts that God has for His Saints, I am going to share a picture which my friend Deb received which may bring some further insight.
Deb had a picture of a very large retail store which was stocked full of loads of items on the shelves. There were rows and rows of shelves packed full of lovely items as far as she could see and she knew she could pick absolutely anything in the store as a gift from God. Instead of choosing something from the shelves though she headed down to the bargain basement to the cheap, reduced items.
She suddenly asked herself what was she doing. Why when she could have anything in the store was she headed down there to the bargain basement. Why was she settling for less than the best God was offering her? This picture speaks of self-worth and believing that we are not deserving of God’s best gifts. We settle for the crumbs from His banqueting table rather than take our seat at the table and enjoy the feast He provides for us.
Does this picture strike a chord? Do you struggle to accept the best that God wants for you. Some of God’s children don’t believe that they are worthy to receive such good gifts and blessings from God. The Lord is saying – Yes you are. He wants you to have His best. You are His child. It’s time for us to get out of the bargain basement mentality.
We as God’s children are worth so much more than the items left in the bargain basement. God has the best in store (excuse the pun) for His children. Let us change our mindsets and bring them into alignment with God’s thinking. He is not a bargain basement God. He has the best in store for you.