These were the words of the electrician as he left our house last week. Wise words indeed on more than one level.
The problem had started on the Tuesday evening. I went into the kitchen to find my oven’s digital display was blank. Nothing. I turned the controls and nothing came on. Mmmm
I called my husband and showed him. He looked blank too…
We went into the garage and checked the fuse box. Nothing had tripped out but we shut off the power and out it back on. Nothing, still blank… we decided to call in an expert but they couldn’t come until Saturday. We told them the problem over the phone and they gave us the worst possible scenarios. I was starting to think there would be no roast turkey this year.
I was in the middle of preparing my preach for the Sunday service and the text was from the gospel of Mark chapter 6: the Miracle of the feeding of the five thousand. I was thinking Lord this is ironic. My oven isn’t working and I’m preaching about feeding people.
The Lord had already laid the verses “you give them something to eat” as the focus for my teaching. The Lord is speaking those same words to us, His disciples, today. Jesus wants us, his body, to meet the needs around us through Him and the power of the Holy Spirit working through us. That good works have already been prepared in advance by God for each one of us to discover and one day we will give an account to Him.
As I had been preparing, the Lord had been saying to me “more of my Spirit” so my teaching was centring around the Holy Spirit and being filled with the Spirit and being led by the Spirit.
Well, getting back to my oven. As I said we had checked the fuse boxes in the garage and my husband had also checked the cupboard above the oven, as I remembered there was a switch there too. The cupboard has lots of pans etc. but my husband looked and confirmed the switch was on.
On the Saturday morning the electrician arrived. He went in the garage, he looked in the over head cupboard, he flicked on a switch and bam, the oven came to life. He left with the helpful words “always check the power supply “!
You see next to the switch in the cupboard was also another switch which had been hidden from my husband’s view. There were actually two switches and both needed to be on. One was not enough.
The Lord is always teaching us something, especially through the every day bits of life. You see we can all do “work” in our own strength (I’ve been there) but to be fully effective for the work God calls us to do I believe we need the Holy Spirit flowing in and through us. A conduit of His gifts, His fruit, His power. We need to check our power supply and be connected to the One True Source of all love, grace, mercy, power, knowledge, wisdom….the list goes on. If we are, then in faith there is the potential for God’s miraculous provision to be revealed.
May God bless you richly today and may the eyes of your heart be opened to the hope of your calling in Him, Jesus Christ the Lord of all. May you discover that you are God’s workmanship created in Him for good works that He has ready for you to do, being filled with the Holy Spirit and overflowing as He leads you today amen 🙏
I have been thinking a lot about hope recently and what hope is. Perhaps it is all that has happened this year which has brought these thoughts more to my mind.
I hear a lot of people say that they can’t wait for the New Year, bring on 2021, as quickly as possible in the hope that it will be different to this year.
I have started to realise that hope is not as easy to define as I thought and can be easily misunderstood. My hope in the past was not always properly formed and I think when I reflect was either a false hope, misguided optimism or wishful thinking on my part.
So then when things did not turn out as I had hoped, I was disappointed. When disappointment took hold that led me down a slippery slope of all sorts of other negative emotions and thoughts. It can shake your confidence and faith. It can crush your spirit and make you feel like giving up.
“When hope is crushed, the heart is crushed” Proverbs 13:12
Disappointment can be the doorway for negative thoughts and emotions and bitterness can start to take root if we are not careful. Guard the door of your heart against disappointment.
Let us encourage each other, to build ourselves up on a solid foundation which cannot be shaken. The cornerstone of our faith and hope is Jesus.
Hope is formed in us through tests and trials. It comes through the hard times. It is developed in those times when we travel through the valley and experience the love and faithfulness of God. We trust in Him to know the best outcome for us. Not my will but His perfect will formed in me.
“We also boast of our troubles, because we know that trouble produces endurance, endurance brings God’s approval, and his approval creates hope. This hope does not disappoint us, for God has poured out his love into our hearts by means of the Holy Spirit, who is God’s gift to us.” Romans 5:3-5
Whatever difficult circumstances you are going through I pray that perfect hope will take root in your heart and mind. If there is disappointment or bitterness, then I pray the Holy Spirit will bring revelation and show you how this has affected your life. That He will lead you to release and healing from all its effects in your life. That your joy will be restored. 🙏
Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, and pray at all times. Romans 12:12
My friend Deb had a picture recently when praying of an orchard with lots of ripe fruit on the trees. She then separately had a picture of an old fashioned juice press which presses the fruit.
I used to mistakenly think that the fruit of the Holy Spirit in my life was mainly for my benefit. I thought I was about becoming a better person for my own good. That was the goal.
I came to realise that the fruit of the Spirit of love, joy, peace, long suffering, faithfulness, kindness, goodness, self control is also for the benefit of others.
When we are obedient to God’s Word and follow the leading of the Spirit. When we discover the good works that God created each one of us for and prepared ready for us to do, then that is when the fruit is pressed in us. It is then poured out for the benefit of others.
This goodness of God in us brings goodness, refreshment and nourishment to others. Let us not let the fruit go to waste. Don’t let it spoil. It is fresh and there is more than enough. I believe the more we give out the more will be produced in us.
Let us abide in Christ and allow the Holy Spirit to produce the fruit in us and then let it be pressed by being obedient to Gods word and His will.
Blessings to you in Jesus name. 🙏
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. John 15:1-8
My friend Karen shared these encouraging words about the Holy Spirit with me and I hope they bless you too;
I am the still small voice;
I am the strong wind;
I am the sound of many waters;
I am the fire from above;
I am the One that lives in you;
I am the One that walks by your side;
I am the One that guides your paths;
I am the One that wakens your spirit;
If you want to get closer;
If you want to walk in righteousness;
If you want me to set you alight;
Just ask and seek;
I am there;
you just need to find me;
I say seek me and you will find me. Amen
‘I baptise you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” Matthew 3:11
“If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!’ Luke 11:13
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ Acts 1:8
‘When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father – the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father – he will testify about me. And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.” John 15:26-27
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’ Matthew 28:19-20
Thank you Jesus for sending us the Holy Spirit which is freely available for all of us believers in you today 🙏
If you have not received the baptism of the Holy Spirit then I encourage you to ask and believe in faith that you will receive the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit will help you to live out your life in Christ. You will receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit which are there for you and the fruit of the Holy Spirit, the character of Christ will develop in your life.
These are photos I took recently of the river Mawddach as it flows into the sea at Barmouth, Wales. It is such a beautiful place.
We stayed in a little cottage right on the banks of the estuary. We could just sit, relax and enjoy these beautiful views. God’s creation is so beautiful.
The bible speaks of a beautiful river. The river of life which flows from Gods throne.
“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.
No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever”. Revelation 22:1-5 – https://www.biblegateway.com
I long to see that heavenly river but the good news is that we don’t have to wait to experience spiritual life in all its fullness until heaven. We can drink of that living water right now and the river of life – the Holy Spirit can fill us and also flow through us to help those around us.
Jesus says that He is the living water. If we drink of Him, we will never thirst again. Not only that but we will be assured of Eternal life. We will live forever with God.
To have that assurance of eternal life, the bible teaches us that it is necessary to repent and confess our sins, accept Jesus as our saviour who has taken our sins on himself and be baptised and follow Jesus.
John the Baptist came with the message of repentance in preparing the way for Jesus. People were convicted of their sins and went to him to be baptised in the River Jordan. Even Jesus who knew no sin went to be baptised by John.
What an amazing experience it is to be baptised. I still remember being baptised at my local church back in 1977 in the baptismal tank just like in this photo. My brother was fortunate to go to Israel and get baptised in the River Jordan…how wonderful that was.
Healing – The river Jordan was also a place of healing for Naaman the leper – we read the story in 2 Kings 5. The prophet Elisha told Naaman to go and wash in the River Jordan which Naaman was not happy about at all.
His ego was hurt because Elisha the prophet did not come out to see him personally and would not take any gifts from him. Naaman thought the River Jordan was dirty and nothing compared to the rivers of Damascus. It wasn’t the river itself in the story that healed Naaman but his obedience to the word of God. God healed him according to the prophet’s word.
Don’t let ego or pride stop you receiving what God has for you whether that is salvation or healing.
I pray that you too will discover the river of life in Christ Jesus and drink of that living water if you have not done so yet.
“On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice,
“Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.’
By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified. John 7:37-39 – https://www.biblegateway.com
There is a scripture that is very precious to me which to me speaks of revival and an outpouring of the Spirit of God many coming to know Jesus. I pray that for these times we live in now. That many will discover Gods love for them and salvation in Christ Jesus.
“The man brought me back to the entrance to the temple, and I saw water coming out from under the threshold of the temple towards the east (for the temple faced east). The water was coming down from under the south side of the temple, south of the altar. He then brought me out through the north gate and led me round the outside to the outer gate facing east, and the water was trickling from the south side.
As the man went eastward with a measuring line in his hand, he measured off a thousand cubits and then led me through water that was ankle-deep. He measured off another thousand cubits and led me through water that was knee-deep. He measured off another thousand and led me through water that was up to the waist.
He measured off another thousand, but now it was a river that I could not cross, because the water had risen and was deep enough to swim in – a river that no one could cross.
He asked me, ‘Son of man, do you see this?’
Then he led me back to the bank of the river. When I arrived there, I saw a great number of trees on each side of the river. He said to me, ‘This water flows towards the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah, where it enters the Dead Sea. When it empties into the sea, the salty water there becomes fresh.
Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live. Fishermen will stand along the shore; from En Gedi to En Eglaim there will be places for spreading nets. The fish will be of many kinds – like the fish of the Mediterranean Sea.
But the swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they will be left for salt. Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.’ Ezekiel 47:1-12 – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage
I pray the dry valleys will be filled with the river of God and we will allow the river of life to flow through us. That the water in us won’t become stagnant like the salt marshes but will be always fresh.
As the disciples became fishers of men I pray that this is a time for many fishermen to arise and proclaim the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. There is eternal life, a river of living water and it is found in Jesus.